For Clair Patterson

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In 1953, geologist Clair Patterson successfully determined the age of the Earth, a discovery that changed the understanding of life on this planet and solved a mystery that had flummoxed scientists for centuries. Philly indie group Spelling Reform pays tribute to Patterson and the crushing concept of time with the second single from the group's forthcoming debut LP "No One's Ever Changed." Over a loping acoustic guitar with shades of Wilco, Wisniewski weaves disjointed thoughts on science with his own memories of stealing gum and drinking rum on the beach. Influenced by Bill Bryson's popular science book "A Short History of Nearly Everything,” "For Clair Patterson" is the best song you'll hear that casually references Revolutionary War-era artist and scientist Charles Willson Peale. (For the record, the Earth is 4.55 billion years old.)

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I was guessing your atomic weight but only like a gentleman and raising a glass to 1953 and the scientists toiling in the past. I was stealing 26 packs of gum and hoisting home a big bag of napkins. Let’s celebrate the age of the Earth and wreck my house like we’ve always done in the past.

Though I kissed my body goodbye, I couldn’t stop looking at the clock.

Emily, your brain is such a magical mess. Emily, we’re floating drunk upon the abstract. Emily, our time amounts to nothing at all.

I was drinking stolen rum on the beach and sifting through my friends’ memories. Let’s stay up way too far past our bedtime. La la la la la la la la. I was stealing copper wire and paint and shooting every bird in the tree. Let’s drink to Charles Willson Peale and walk 4,000 miles out to Moscow alone.

Um.

Though I kissed my memory goodbye, I couldn’t stop looking at the clock.

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from No One's Ever Changed, released November 18, 2016

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Spelling Reform Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia. Like The New Pornographers fronted by John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats. Debut full length "No One's Ever Changed" out November 18 on Black Rd Records.

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