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A punk guitarist, classical cellist, angelic vocalist - all with a slightly dark, alt-pop sensibility - combine to make refreshing acoustic pop. A short ride from hilarious "Harassment Panda" to the haunting acapella "Hollow Man" make this worth the trip.

Before you listen for the first time, you know immediately from the bizarre cover art of Chick Habit's debut album, that you may be in for something different. You are. Ranging from contemplative instrumentals like "Sassafras" and "Wasted Time" to dark but hilarious "Harassment Panda," to the haunting closer "Hollow Man;" this acoustic road-trip has produced an eclectic and slightly dark alt-pop experiment that ends much too soon.

Title track "The Backseat," "Nor'easter" and "Once Again" are straight up acoustic pop numbers that would be home on just about any Adult Alternative radio station. Vocalist Colleen Devaney sings these songs with an innocent yearning that is just earnest enough to be believable. This is especially noticeable on the title track, which opens with a production effect that mimics the sound of an old vinyl 45. Just when you're about to adjust your stereo, the effect is removed. The song, and Devaney's vocals, blossom into an expansive expression of lost innocence.

After the lush production values of the earlier songs, closing track "Hollow Man" - a short acapella version of the song - is a shocking and desolate way to end the album. Before you know it, it's over, and you find yourself reaching to press the "Play" button, again.

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released December 31, 2013

Abbott: Guitars, backing vox, body odor
Devaney: Lead Vocals, maladies
McGee: Cello, backing vox, baked goods
Produced by: Ross Hancock & Ryan Abbott at Tribemark Studios
Mastered by: Chris Graham Mastering

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Chick Habit Annapolis, Maryland

Chick Habit is an acoustic trio. All three are professional musicians, who met working on other projects.

Chick Habit is a collaborative effort, where all three members - Abbott, Devaney and McGee - contribute their ideas to each song, resulting in a different sound. In December 2013, the trio released their first album: "The Backseat."
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Track Name: Sassafrass
Mmm.
Ah.
Ooh.
Track Name: The Backseat
THE BACKSEAT

I’ve been lost
So lost
I didn’t listen to the voices in my head
And I paid the cost
I’ve been bruised
And I’ve got scars
I found Jesus in the backseat of a stolen car

Sha la la la la la la
Hey hey
Sha la la la la la la
Hey hey

Been knocked out
But I never lost the fight
I’ve gone twelve rounds and I always stayed right in that light
I’d grown weary of the plastic souls
Sick of the round and round
So then I drew my line in the sand and…
It was profound

Sha la la la la la la
Yeah yeah
Sha la la la la la la
Yeah yeah

I’d lost touch with myself
I was locked in a box faraway
On a forgotten shelf

Sha la la la la la la
Oh my my
Sha la la la la la la
Oh my my
Track Name: Harassment Panda
HARASSMENT PANDA

Close talkin’
Hot boozy breath
You’re all up on me tryin’ to get a hug

You’re too touchy-feely
Grab my ass one more time
You’re gonna get slugged

You keep spittin’ your pathetic game
So I gave a fictitious name
‘Cause man, you just won’t quit

But that surely was a grave mistake
‘Cause a drink from you I will not take
You probably roofied it

You can never be
My sledgehammer
All you’ll ever be
Is a sexual harassment panda

Just when I thought I was in the clear
I turned and found you standin’ near
Undressin’ me with your eyes

I know that you just wanna bone
But you’re gonna go home all alone
You’ll never get between my thighs

And I just can’t understand
Why you keep on hoverin’
Will you ever get a clue?

Suddenly I hear “last call”
And I didn’t get to relax at all
My nights been ruined ‘cause of you

And you can never be
My sledgehammer
‘Cause all you’ve proved to be
Is a sexual harassment panda

Leave
Leave me alone
Take a hint
I keep checkin’ my phone


Please
Please go away
Just turn around now
And just walk the other way

And leave
Leave me alone
Won’t you take a hint?
I keep checkin’ my phone

Checkin’ my phone
Checkin’ my phone
Checkin’ my phone
Track Name: Nor'easter
NOR’EASTER

She was a girl
Had the world in the palm of her hand
One day she slipped
Lost her grip
Had to start over again

Put to the test
She did her best
To set right all of the wrong
Although she tried
It couldn’t hide
That she no longer belonged

Her soul was stained
By all the pain
For her there’s only one cure
It’s where the sea meets the shore
She closed her eyes and she sang…

My heart has always
Taken to the waves
Sing me through all the pain
Wash me away

Head in his hands
He couldn’t stand
What his life came to be
A placid face
In the place
Where his smile used to be

That storm rolled in
Like four horsemen
Left in its wake pure chaos
He lost all hope
And couldn’t cope
As he surveyed what was lost

No one was there
Or gave a care
And that pain is hard to ignore
He felt that pull towards the shore
And when he reached it he said…

My heart has always
Taken to the waves
Sing me through all the pain
Wash me away
Track Name: Once Again
ONCE AGAIN

Once again here I am
Searching for my place
I try, and try and try again, but I
I just imagine your face

It seems to be each way I turn
That there’s no place to go
And I can’t tell where I'm supposed to be
Maybe I will never know

Wherever you go
Please think of me
Don’t ever lose sight of our…
Our many dreams
And I’ll, I’ll be waiting here
And I’ll, I’ll be waiting here

People say that life goes on
And that time heals all wounds
They say that you’re the one who’s lost
And I don’t need you anyway

It’s just so hard to walk the world
Without you by my side
I never thought this day would ever come
The day we kissed our last goodbye

Wherever you go
Please think of me
Don’t ever lose sight of our…
Our many dreams
And I’ll, I’ll be waiting here
And I’ll, I’ll be waiting here

Wherever you go
Please….
Don’t ever lose sight of our…
Our many dreams
And I’ll, I’ll be waiting here
And I’ll, I’ll be waiting here
Track Name: Platonic Paramour
PLATONIC PARAMOUR

I miss those simple times
Memories float through my mind
Sometimes I wish I could go back to steal a kiss
Or just to sit and gaze into your eyes

Yeah, you were my favorite guy
You gave me them butterflies
You would sing a lovely serenade
But we never played no games
And made no ties to complicate

We were the epitome of carefree simplicity
But we never could decline
When the tension between us would grow so high
And it was so damn bittersweet
‘Cause I always knew you would only be…

Nothing more
Than my platonic paramour
No, never nothing more
Than my platonic paramour

We’d share a drink or two
Maybe well over a few
Next thing I knew, me and you
Caressing and undressing
Clothes were all askew

A frequent tryst was far from rare
And though love was never in the air
We found comfort in each other
We indulged in one another
Our ideal affair

And we were the epitome of carefree simplicity
But if the tension grew too high
We’d give in it was something we just couldn’t deny
And it was oh so bittersweet
‘Cause I always knew you would only be…

Nothing more
Than my platonic paramour
No, never nothing more
Than my platonic paramour

And we were the epitome of carefree simplicity
But we never ever could deny it
If that tension between us just grew too high

Oh and it was so damn bittersweet
‘Cause I always knew you would only be…..

Nothing more
Than my platonic paramour
No, never nothing more
Than my platonic paramour

Nothing more
Than my platonic paramour
No, never nothing more
Platonic paramour
Track Name: Wasted Time
None.
Track Name: Hollow Man
I hate that I love you,
there is no good reason for me to.

You've left me here in a daze,
with your evil and manipulative ways.
And I know that I'm the only one,
who's feelin' blue.

'Cause, 'cause you're a Hollow Man,
and I should've ran when I had the chance.
But you put your spell on me,
had me tethered so I couldn't leave.

Lesson learned: Never let my guard down,
again.