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Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 1

The Paper Chase

About “Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 1”

“Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 1” Q&A

  • What has the artist said about this album?

    In a June 24, 2009 interview with The Aquarian, John Congleton was asked:

    Q: I read in an interview somewhere that your last album, Now You Are One Of Us, was about dedicating your life to art and wondering if it means anything. Basically, that you can live your life being an artist trying to change people’s lives, trying to wake them up or warn them about how they’re getting screwed over every day. Do you feel like this album is your warning to mankind about their inevitable destruction?

    A: It’s absolutely not a warning. No way. There’s no message behind this record for other people. I just wrote it for me. I mean it sounds like real broad concepts, like I’m trying to convey this major message to people or the most ludicrous thing people have brought up to me is that this album is some sort of ecological commentary and it’s totally fucking not. To me this album is the answer to a lot of questions that I was posing on older albums. There is so much dread, so much concern-like, ‘Oh god things are going to fall apart, what do I do? What can I do to stop it from falling apar?’

    This album is, ‘Hey everything’s going to fall apart and that’s cool. Don’t worry about it. It’s okay.’ We are not significant in the way that we feel like we are all the time. And it’s not supposed to be disparaging. You should live a great life and you should experience things and try to make the world a better place, absolutely and try to contribute something to society. But don’t take it too seriously, because in the scope of the universe, we’re just, we’re insignificant and I see true beauty in that, in knowing that we are a part of something way bigger than ourselves. We think that everything we do here on Earth is so significant. And of course it is on this small tiny microcosmic level, but we need to let go and know that there are things way bigger than us. To me it’s a very celebratory album; I know that sounds sickening to some people, but if you pick up a tone of celebration on the album, that’s totally purposeful.

    In a May 13, 2009 interview with The Skinny, John Congleton said:

    The songs are all talking about natural disasters and calamities in one way or another, looking at how we are all really powerless in the face of some situations and occurrences. People are pretty egomaniacal; we’re obsessed with the idea of how we can have a massive impact on our surroundings but I kind of take comfort in the idea that we often are pretty insignificant, you know? Events just show us to be tiny creatures on a very big planet in a very big universe and we’re really not as big a deal as we’d like to think. It is certainly something that helps with the panic attacks. The ability to recognise that some things are beyond worrying about: completely outwith our control. Then the anxiety goes.

    The entirety of this May 7, 2009 Dallas Observer interview with John Congleton also provides a lot of good insight into the meaning of this album:

    The Paper Chase Avert Disaster with New Disaster Album.Dallas Observer
    We're all going to die, and there's nothing you can do about it. So relax. As grim as that sentiment may be, it's morbidly comforting when everyone around you is frantically forwarding e-mails about the latest swine flu casualty. It's also the theme of The Paper Chase's upcoming album, Someday...
  • What happened to Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 2?

    The short version is that it was never released. There have been some contradictory statements about what exactly happened to Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 2, but the most thorough answer that John Congleton gave was in his 2015 interview with the podcast Conan Neutron’s Protonic Reversal (Episode 035). What follows is a transcription of the relevant portion:

    Q: Someday This Could All Be Yours is a part 1 – is there ever gonna be a part 2 on that?

    A: Nah. I mean, the part 2 was written and it was partially recorded. The thing that I have to sort of explain to people – it was becoming very obvious that the band was winding down and that we probably wouldn’t play too much more. If we put out the second part, we probably wouldn’t play too much more after that. And my original sort of concept for it was that the first half was sort of like this more aggressive – y’know, the record it was, it was pretty aggressive, very verbose. And the second half was sort of like this very defeated, just highly depressive record. Like slow songs, right? And uh, it just really – I just had to make sort of like a call that I just didn’t want that to be the band’s last statement, and I got this enormous satisfaction – and I know this pisses people off, but I got this enormous satisfaction by never releasing a part 2 for something that says part 1. I just thought it was so, so perfect in a way, because like the whole sort of existential crisis that exists and…

    Q: [Mockingly] ‘Where’s part 2!?!’ [laughter] ‘The story isn’t finished!’

    A: Right, and the in the sort of like – and The Paper Chase being so existential and my music being so existential. I just thought it was the funniest and most valid thing to do would be to not have a resolution. To make people think that there’s another half, there’s more to the story, but there isn’t because life doesn’t have a resolution. Does your life have a plot? Mine doesn’t.

    Q: Right, life is messy.

    A: Right, it’s a total bar fight, right? And at any second all your plans can crumble in front of your eyes and your life can be over or whatever. So anyways, I think that Paper Chase fans should be happy that I didn’t put it out, honestly, ‘cause I don’t think it would’ve been the right way to close the chapter on the band. But moreover, the way I look at it, it was sort of ‘this is the best statement to be made,’ to not put that out.

    It’s also worth noting that, supposedly, “Dimes In Their Dimples” from The Nighty Nite’s Dimples EP would have become the volcano eruption song on Someday, Vol. 2 in some form or another.

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