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released December 26, 2019

Mike Moschetto: Drums
Ryan Stack: Organ on Mulligan, and some guitar licks on 'the killing chair' and 'altruistic punishment'
Daniel Lajoie: Everything else.

Recorded, produced, and engineered by Ryan Stack at The Noise Floor in Dover, New Hampshire over multiple sessions between 2018-2019.

Mixed by Ryan Stack and Daniel Lajoie at The Noise Floor.

Mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studios in Oakland, CA.

This product is from New England.

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Track Name: what's best for you?
what is best for you?

pin me right upon the cross
jurisprudence ain’t enough
I’m a villain and I’m a cop
and I’m a little loss

cause everyone knows
everyone knows what IS best for you
it is easy to pick and choose
what path to take when it isn’t you
so if you’re feeling blue
don’t worry, there is a pill for you
cause everyone knows
everyone knows what IS best for you

my little coffin wouldn’t fit
amongst the rows of eager kids
buried dreams at 6x6’
nothing worked, it never did

a little rough around the edge
feeling stressed and feigning death
kissing bottles at a cost
at least I’m lost among the lost

cause everyone knows
everyone knows what IS best for you
it is easy to pick and choose
what path to take when it isn’t you
so if you’re feeling blue
don’t worry, there is a pill for you
cause everyone knows
everyone knows what IS best for you

so…break into your mind
remind yourself that you are doing just fine
(yes) your friends all come and go
so take back what the middle man stole
and if you still talk to God
tell that old fuck that he forgot someone

…but please, call this ‘art’
and excuse me as I’m falling apart.
Track Name: Marsyas versus Apollo
Marsyas versus Apollo

I saw your eyes,
and yeah I guess,
that they are brighter than mine
I guess your trick
was knowing how to turn piss into wine

so how much should I pay for this?

tell me again where I went wrong
tell me again how to rewrite the song
how every note that I played was wrong

but nobody wants to dance with the dead
when there are egos here that need to be fed
on the stage we both bled
but I guess that didn’t matter much!

sink or swim
as you mouth words from the side of the stage
the sycophants?
they’re in the back still trying to get laid

so how much should I charge for this?

tell me again where I went wrong
tell me again how to rewrite the song
oh where do I belong?

but nobody wants to dance with the dead
when there are egos here that need to be fed
on the stage we both bled
but I guess that didn’t matter much!

so move your crowd
show me where it is at
but as you retire backstage
I hope you remember that:

you
are
fucking
nothing
with
out
ME

here come your punishers
Track Name: release the harpies
release the harpies

so here is your song
for your pussy grabbing demagogue
what’s right is right
there is no room here for dialog
the biggest loser won
and now I lost my appetite
have all you stupid fuckers lost your minds?

some things need to change
with the right

you want to save the conceptus
but you’re cool with gassing kids?*
you don’t know real sin
cause you only see skin

some things need to change
with the right

demand a world where every human being
has access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

“give me your tired and poor, those yearning to breath free”
as so it once said on the steps of lady liberty
but now she is gagged
when we no longer believe in democracy
so demand the country you want
not the one you deserve
Track Name: damaged goods
damaged goods

we really out did ourselves
sitting at the bottom of a wishing well
taught to dream in Technicolor:
red, white, and blue

so what’s a boy to do?
sit under stars and dream about her
what’s a boy to feel?
come on and hit me baby,
show me what’s real

“well I’ve got it made”
she throws her voice like a hand grenade
well I don’t bow to Gods
and I don’t bow to you
“well I’m doing fine”
she throws herself across the party lines
well I don’t bow to Gods
and I don’t bow to you

so set me up and sit me down
spin me dizzy like a carousel
but when the lights burn out
what’s left to do?
when she is feeling low,
she cracks a smile through the alcohol
when she is feeling high,
…well, I’ve never really seen that side

“I’ve got it made”
she throws her voice like a hand grenade
well I don’t bow to Gods
and I don’t bow to you
“well I’m doing fine”
she throws herself across the party lines
well I don’t bow to Gods
I don’t bow to you

so what about it.
what about it?
on the floor or through the door
you can’t live with out it
but when the magic is gone,
when the record stops
we will still find ourselves
clinging to the mattress

so what about it.
what about it?
dance dance dance dance
my little princess
but when the magic is gone,
when the record stops
we will still find ourselves
clinging to the mattress

SHE SAID:

“oh darling, we’re just damaged goods
so late into the party
come meet me in the bathroom”

oh darling,
we’re just damaged goods
but aren’t we all?
Track Name: mulligan
mulligan

oh hey there poltergeist
I’ve been here more than twice
old haunts I can be found
cause I’m better underground

“oh don’t be reticent,
come take your medicine”
left one out, so walk right in!
(I need a mulligan)
always seemed so self assured
but under breath: discouraged words
so lets make up, and let’s pretend
we don’t need mulligans

Red Queen runs in one place
I’ve been awake for days
why is it so commonplace
to just feel so erased ?

oh don’t be reticent,
come take your medicine
left one out, so walk right in!
(I need a mulligan)
always seemed so self assured
but under breath: discouraged words
so lets make up, and let’s pretend
we don’t need mulligans

where is the party now?
when do the embers set?
when do you apoplex?

talking heads stopped making sense
I need to recommence
…but the clock is laughing now

(you did nothing right)
(but the end is in sight)
(if you can just make it through this night)
(you will be alright)
Track Name: awkward
awkward

oh Mother Mary please mercy me
I know misery loves company
but I think
I forgot
how to tie the knot

oh what a shame that nobody loves you
so cut me off cut me off cut me off
oh what a shame that nobody cared
so who the fuck are you going to run to?
who the fuck is going to really be there?
oh what shame that nobody loved you,
what a shame that nobody cares

a bleeding heart
that’s been long bled dry
long walks alone
at night
but what does it matter?
what does it all matter when your body shakes

oh what a shame that nobody loves you
so cut me off cut me off cut me off
oh what a shame that nobody cared
so who the fuck are you going to run to?
who the fuck is going to really be there?
oh what shame that nobody loved you,
what a shame that nobody cares

how I wish
you could find me interesting
how
I wish
I wish
I wish
you could fucking like me

so check your posture
don’t be awkward
say some nice things
say the RIGHT things
stare the sun down
eat your heart out
dream of contact
don’t be awkward
Track Name: sugarglass
sugarglass

daddy’s dirty little secret
was mommy’s jagged little pill
I can’t keep up with these people
who want to fuck,marry,kill

eight billion people
how do you measure your worth?
are you the king of the castle,
or another child dead at birth.
we’re such beautiful creatures
feral and untamed
so why let pedos hide in pulpits
why not open their veins?

see the thing about ‘love’
it’s never going to be enough
when the party is over
and the trust is gone.
Track Name: ausweglosigkeit
ausweglosigkeit

must be nice
to have friends

yeah! life is a party bus
and the fun never ends!

but who’s that milling around
with the holes in his shoes?
oh poor, poor pitiful me
what do wallflowers
DO?

I never got it
how people mend
I said so many things
I never meant

must be nice
to be rich
have all those people around
always eager to hear you
bitch
oh such ‘little people’
how they dance underneath
I hope all that booger sugar
rots out your teeth

but
I never got it
how people mend
I said so many things
I never meant

fall in love,
fall in line,
or
fall apart


must be nice
to be you
and just have all of your plans
always come true.
I guess I’ll fuck off and die
what else in life should I do?

but
I never got it
how people mend
I said so many things
I never meant

fall in love,
fall in line,
or
fall apart


but
when that blood moon rises,
and those levees break,
the only ones who’ll be surviving
are the ones with nothing left at stake

so throw me down in the deep end
cause I’m good at holding my breath
and as I think to the bottom
I’m not afraid of death
Track Name: the killing chair
the killing chair

you’ll never be what you want to be
when you sit in your electric chair
plug me in, turn me on, tune out
baby, I’m going nowhere

through long summers,
and cold winters
stay young,
stay dumb,
stay bitter
because your world is going to hell
will you run and hide?
or will you save yourself

oh you’ve been forgot?
well so fucking what
spinning wheels in the same ol’ ruts
only led us to kicking up dust

demand your money
demand your respect
it’s not the cards in your hands
it’s how you play the deck

don’t you know?
it’s the chair that kills you
Track Name: altruistic punishment
altruistic punishment


when the seas spill over
when the last tree’s cut
what will you be holding?
your bible or your gun?

oh time marches on
and time won’t be kind
we always play god
when we should sharpen our minds

talk all you want
consume all you can
but what kills us all
is the hubris of man
Track Name: we are all still screaming
we are all screaming

I built my pipedream in a two car garage
(I should have known better)
but I gave the keys to the baby, ma
(I should have known better)

it’s so hard in the mirror
just to look at yourself
it’s so hard
why so hard?

walk past with a smile and nod
(I should have known better)
oh my knees and I prayed to your gods
(I should have known better)
so what do you call your pickled heart in jar?
why a “love letter”
you made your point
when you said so long
I should have known,
I should have known…