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One who hopes. That's the meaning behind the title of Americana folk rock band The Mascot Theory's "Esperanto" EP album. When the band descended on Clutch Sound in Madison, WI in May of 2015 they realized they had an abundance of songs for what was to become their new full length album. In an effort to deliver new music faster to their loyal fan base they decided to focus on the tracks that had been in heavy LIVE rotation throughout the year and release those on this special EP. Also included on this EP is an epic LIVE performance of their song "Monterey" performed with members of the Madison Youth Choirs and the Black Star Drum Line at the 2015 Madison Area Music Awards. Early in 2016 The Mascot Theory will return to the studio to work on the remainder of the new songs with plans to release their third full length album later that year.


released December 18, 2015

Erik Kjelland • vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Adam White • electric guitar, vocals
Nick Fry • upright bass, vocals
Paul Metz • drums, percussion, vocals

Guest Musicians:
Kenny Leiser • violin/fiddle
Peter Rische • mandolin, dobro
Amelia Kjelland • guest vocal

Tracks 1-4 recorded and mixed by Brian Liston at Clutch Sound, Madison, WI. Track 5 recorded LIVE by Andrew LaValley/Bear Sound and Natalie Hinckley/Hinckley Design & Production at the 2015 Madison Area Music Awards, Overture Center, Madison, WI - with members of the Madison Youth Choirs and Black Star Drum Line. Mixed by Brian Liston.
Produced by The Mascot Theory and Brian Liston.
All songs written by Erik Kjelland, ©2015 Velvet Mystery Publishing ASCAP, all rights reserved.
Package design by Erik Kjelland / Noon:30 Design. Cover photo by Mary Sweeney.



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Madison, WI based alt-folk rock! The music of The Mascot Theory has been called "a full-fat, high-energy dose of Americana- tinged, folk-country rock" with lyrics and melodies laced with "passion, depth, reflection and accusation working across a spread of influences." ... more

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Track Name: First Summer Breeze
First Summer Breeze
Written by Erik Kjelland, 2015

Hold tight, stay with me tonight
I know, its a hardship to divide
All the glitter in this world
From the wreckage on the shoreline

These days, not much to celebrate
Build walls, and fortify the gates
There's corruption on the streets
And distrust between the sheets
But we've been through it all
Yeah we've seen it all

Every chain, can be broken
Every door that is shut, can be opened

Here comes the relief, oh oh oh oh
Its riding on the back of a breeze
Oh, oh, oh oh oh oh
Its covering you, its preaching to me
Its the first summer breeze

At times, we all lose control
A wrong step, can leave you in a hole
Filled with anger and disgrace
Failure painted on your face

Dreaming, driving through the snow
I see, no lines upon the road
There's a pileup on the interstate
Hope I’m alive when will I wake
Better slow it down
I better slow, it, down

Every word, every warning
Every breath you create in the morning


VERSE 3 (Instrumental)

Every life, has a purpose
Even sinners like me, who don’t feel, that they deserve it

Track Name: Over The Horizon
I’m staring out a window
10000 feet above the cold
A fitted sheet of nimbus clouds below
Though I can’t see the highways
Or the churches where the children pray
I feel that they are safe inside today

When the world seems far away so distant
Out of reach from your tired and calloused hands
I assure you there’s a glow where the river meets the shore
There’s a good chance you will find just what you seek
Over the horizon

Are the highest mountains under me
Or mighty rivers bursting seams
An infant who is learning how to dream
I know its hard to see right now
The flowers planted in the fall
Will burst to life as soil begins to thaw


Please, hold tight the ones you love
Every kiss and every hug
You can never have enough
Count them one by by one
Track Name: One Last Serenade
Lay down promises like fresh cleaned linens
Piled up high, ‘til the cold wind feels betrayed
We hide like children, under beds full of sorrow
And wait for tomorrow to chase those blues away
There’s a reason for the change of seasons
Falling leaves, like mile markers in the sky
How far we’ve come is, such a relative equation
I’m certain there’s a new day, on the other side

I never was the perfect statue
I walk on until there’s nothing left to prove

I’ve seen the sun go down like one last
serenade, Though my boots have all
worn through, I will walk on any way
When my days are few and my debts
have all been paid, Still my feet will keep
on movin’ I will walk on any way, walk on

Been prone to wander down fresh gravel roads
Follow footsteps to the sweet sweet by and by
A proud, determined man, framed in a mirror
I’m certain I can trust him,
cause he looks me in the eye
Track Name: End Of The End
Rip off the bandage let the healing begin
Let's call it what it is, the end of the end
Pull the drapes open wide, let the fresh daylight in
Let's call it what it is, the end of the end

Two broken hearts take a long time to mend, you’ll see
And the good times live on in our thoughts and our memories

We’ve seen what we’ve seen and we’ve been where we’ve been
So let's call it what it is, the end of the end

We climbed a mountain
with the best of intent
Now the sun sets before us
and its time to descend
If we’re lucky, hit the bottom,
in time to begin
To see the sun rise again,
and a new day seep in