Exposure & Response

by Mo Troper

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smoothdad Amazing mix of bombastic power pop, 60s sunshine pop, and clever instrumentation! Love the horns and banjos and strings!! Favorite track: Your Brand.
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Marshall Fassino Another AMAZING record from Portland's Mo Troper. A well crafted slice of power pop where every song has it's place and no tune overstays it's welcome. More people should be striving to write the kind of timeless and insanely catchy music this guy seems to throw out like it's as easy and automatic as putting pants on in the morning. Favorite track: Dictator Out Of Work.
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Nick Green Dictator out of work- genius
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Jesse His biting and cynical critique sounds just as good dressed up with horns and strings. Favorite track: The Customer.
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released November 17, 2017

mo troper: vocals, guitar, keys, bass, drums
jackson machado: guitar
ben burwell: bass
asher mcKenzie: drums

additional musicians:
lee ellis: keys
shannon rose steele: violin, viola
lily breshears: vocals
zach banks: cello
anthony meade: trombone
corey palacois: trumpet

artwork by dylan balliett

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Track Name: Rock And Roll Will Change The World
all these important songs are finger paintings on the fridge
crocodile teardrops in a bucket of artifice
you still think rock and roll will change the world?
Track Name: Your Brand
turn a tragedy into something you can work with
keep your finger on the pulse that’s in your pocket
think of your brand, think of your brand
it doesn’t matter what baggage they’re carrying this instant
when you’re born first class, everything’s just business
think of your brand, think of your brand
it’s just a scam, they don’t give a damn
think of your brand, think of your brand
Track Name: The Customer
you call me over
wounded critter
I can’t move any faster
if I could, I’d be a dancer
this is just a cover-up
I really hate your guts
I think you’ve had enough
but who am I to judge?
tell me what you’ve learned
i’m the boss as far as you’re concerned
the customer’s always right
except when they aren’t
Track Name: The Poet Laureate Of Neverland
you’re only as old as the company you keep
you only feel tall because it’s such a low ceiling
bottom feeder getting too big for its pond
if your nose were any higher you’d be smelling god
you did something once
but those days are through
now you just twiddle your thumbs
contemplating your next big move
you’ve got the head of a politician
and a sloth’s ambition
it’s just the no one understands
glutton for sentiment
they’ll be sorry when you’re dead
you’re the poet laureate of neverland
you tried growing up but it just wasn’t for you
practically drowning in the fountain of youth
you have everything that you could ever want
you don’t have to reminisce when you never move on
you did something once
but it took all your energy
now you just twiddle your thumbs
and nurture one-sided rivalries
you’ve got the head of a politician
and a sloth’s ambition
it’s just that no one understands
glutton for sentiment
they’ll be sorry when you’re dead
one day they’ll build a monument
to the poet laureate of neverland
Track Name: Freebin
I thought things were going great but you had other plans
I thought we were headed straight, but you left me at a dead end
I just wanted to be special to someone again
I just wanted to be special to someone again
but you put my heart in a freebin
I thought things were going great, but I couldn’t see
it ran out of gas while I was taking in the scenery
I just wanted to be special to someone again
I just wanted to be special to someone again
but you put my heart in a freebin
Track Name: Window Seat
you put the company on the map
with your knack for invention
they put you out with the trash
sent you back to the beginning
sitting in the window seat
pushed you out into the street
and you got struck by a passing car
say a prayer for a forgotten star
Track Name: Dictator Out Of Work
your makeup's starting to run
like a clown in the sun
you aren't fooling anyone
a dictator out of work
king of the castle
but the foundation started to fail
a loser on the campaign trail
a dictator out of work
you were in the summer of your career
now you'll do anything just to be remembered
counting down the days until you rise again
started at the bottom and now you're buried in a basement
like a villain out of some cartoon
a human hot air balloon
now they're singing to a different tune:
"a dictator out of work"
Track Name: Tow Truck
I ruined your big night to remember
by parking in front of your garage door
I’ve never been here before, find it in your heart
to accept my apology
you didn’t have to make fun of me
it’s the first mistake I’ve ever made, so cut me a break
turn it up. turn it up, until it’s so loud
that i can’t drown out the sound
you scared this rock and roll asshole from ever going back
I nearly had a heart attack
Track Name: Wedding
wedding bells and I feel better
under her spell eager to tell her
“I know no matter what I won’t stop loving you”
I can’t believe it’s me she’s chosen
I’m off the market, my heart’s been stolen
every second with her is a honeymoon
I can’t wait to escape the city
gossip and old ghosts still haunt me
keeping me from all the things I ought to do
blink and you’ll miss it
the best part of this bittersweet existence is about to begin
here comes the bride
for the rest of your life
Track Name: Wicked
it’s the kind of dirty that you just can’t seem to get off
you put your poison in a vault with a leak
the next bad seed we’re just dying to root out
i can only assume they’re as wicked as me
another crooked nail just waiting for the hammer
another stripped screw begging to be put out of its misery
you might as well have fun until they call your number
I can only assume they’re as wicked as me
Track Name: Jumbotron
my love’s so long, my love’s so long
you could fit it on a jumbotron
my love’s so long, it goes on and on
you could fit it on a jumbotron
how much bigger until you can see?
that you’re the only one for me
Track Name: Big School
pay to have someone reassure you that you’re smart
if it weren’t for all this money we wouldn’t get too far
now you think every fleeting thought is a jewel
and you’ve always gotta prove
you went to the big school
when you have everything you really can’t complain
a human centipede in love with its own brain
everyone’s the same, they’re all so original
and they’ve always gotta prove
they went to the big school
but now that you’re being put to the test
you find that all that mental masturbation only left you with a mess
your parents must be proud you turned out so special
and they’ve always gotta prove
you went to the big school
Track Name: Clear Frames
I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing
that he wears them too
I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing
that he wears them too
we have the same taste in fashion
you said that’s where the similarities end
should I be relieved, or offended?
I’m a nervous mess
insecure and stressed
never better than second best
I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing
that he wears them too
I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing
that he wears them too
maybe it’s a reflection of your taste, then
arrogant, uptight and indifferent
sounds like he does everything I did
he’s inconsiderate
self-interested
but I started it
I don’t wanna wear clear frames after hearing
that he wears them too
Track Name: Old Man
they try and make it seem more complex than it is
they try and say it in their mature language
you just did what felt right
you had to downsize
my old man didn’t want me anymore
my old man walked out the door
they try and make it sound like it was no one’s fault
I guess you can’t expect that much from an adult
you just did what felt right
you got your fill of me for a lifetime
my old man didn’t want me anymore
my old man walked out the door
like a dirty penny he dropped on the floor
my old man didn’t want me anymore
Track Name: In The Waiting Room
you realize that you might lose your mother
none of your fake problems prepared you for this
you realize you can’t do anything without her
what’s it called when you’re an adult who still feels like a kid?
in the waiting room you’re biting on your fingers
trying to make a mental list of everything you regret
and your inkwell’s filled with spit and rancor
so busy looking at yourself that you never learned how to swim
you realize that you might lose your mother
none of your fake problems prepared you for this

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