Mission Street

from MOMENTS OF IMPACT by The Small Calamities

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a song about social distancing before it was cool...

From the upcoming LP "MOMENTS OF IMPACT".

Music and lyrics written by Charlie Wolf (BMI).
Recorded in Oakland, LA, and New York.


it’s been close to a year now, not that we’d ever count. keep it professional, wouldn’t want people to talk… i mean, we barely talk as it is now. blood on the street of a city on fire with tourniquets keeping our hearts from our minds. hiding in sapphire ivory towers, but we won’t return. i’ll keep my nametag close to my chest… just promise me you won’t forget where you are. i’m swimming in circles or drowned in your light… a man in a polaroid. the stars over mission street sparkle and shine to light up some future that never could be. your voice like a megaphone quietly burns, but it’s the silence that gets to me.

now the ashes have cleared out, fondness comes from the fall. i am a visitor, i wouldn’t get chances to be a fresh coffee cup in the morning. smoke in your hair & regret on your face… little black tears in your little black lace. covered in irony you’ll never know, don’t watch it unfold. i’ll keep my nametag close to my chest… just promise me you won’t forget when we were swimming in circles or drowned in the night… drunk eyes in a polaroid. the stars over mission street crackle and fall to light up some people we never could be… your voice from the buzzer, i quietly turn, but it’s the silence that gets to me.

don’t stay up, don’t wait for me... i’ll come back, i always do eventually. i curse at this city, i curse at the airport, i curse at the train lines that took me to you. i scream out your name in the dead of the night like somehow you’d hear in the morning. i pray or i dream or i turn off the lights or i lie down pretending to sleep. i scream at the top of my lungs til i can’t anymore but it’s the silence that gets to me.


from MOMENTS OF IMPACT, track released April 10, 2020
Charlie Wolf - vocals, guitar, programming
Christian Kalafut - bass
Hayden Parker - drums
& sometimes:
Bobby Victor - piano, string arrangement

Yoed Nir - cello/viola
John Elliott - harmonies

Produced by Charlie Wolf.

Engineered by Edwin Gonzalez, Chris Hughes, and Charlie Wolf.

Mixed by Logan Heftel in LA.
Preview release mastered by Adam Haggar in Jersey.
Mastered by Alan Douches in New York & Jonathan Kirchner in San Francisco.


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The Small Calamities

A whirlwind of punk rock angst, power pop hooks & Americana jangle, The Small Calamities blend a wry humor, Springsteenesque imagery, and naked earnestness to create what reviewers have called “imagery-laden anecdotes" & "poison-tipped confessionals". Smash Mouth follows them on twitter. ... more

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