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Ten hot tracks of guitar & drums, semi-melodic punk-influenced whatevercore. Hooray! Just what you've always wanted to hear!

Recorded to 4-track in June and July of 2013 in the middle of Victoria's super-deadly heatwave explosion.

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released July 7, 2013

██████ █████:
Guitar/vocals/keys & samples
Recording, mixing, mastering, constantly forgetting to power the overheads

Evan Matthiesen:
Drums
Additional engineering and reminding ██████ to power the overheads

The quote on the album cover was written by Stephen Gazzard.

"Gnag" vocals on Kill the Past by Evan Matthiesen, Seth Eggler, and ██████ █████

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Track Name: How to Stop a Train With the Human Body
I can't quite figure this one out
life and I get along pretty well
but when it hits me I'm down
...stain the tracks and the ground
What kind of superpower is this?
think I'll go crazy if I stop
endless flow of ideas and potential?
Put him in the dish pit. We can't use that shit.

I'm not sure I can do this.

Chorus:
No way to make it out alive
this will be the world you know
no way to make it out alive
forget your dreams and go on home

Post-chorus:
Pawn to D-5
Pawn to D-6
Pawn to D-7
Pawn to end of board.

(chorus)

(post-chorus)

No way
Track Name: Bad Comedy
We always dress in black
cry for help then turn our backs
looking for the perfect shoulder to cry on.
Our lives are staged & lit
we write the manuscript
the truth is just too risky, please won't you take pity

bridge:
And if I could, I'd take your hand
But I don't think I'm good enough for that

chorus:
We walked in circles waiting for someone to find us
we only looked where we had been
we just ignored the hands of everyone around us
just looked straight ahead and stuck to our routine

Oh no, no, please drop the gun
you don't know what we're running from
everything can hurt us, please don't desert us
Honesty is vilified in our sentimental minds
look into our eyes: Bad comedy and lies.

(bridge)

(chorus)
Track Name: Parties are Dangerous
My head is full of pictures from the other side:
Cigarettes, alcohol and guarded conversations.
You say you're open-minded but you can't accept the truth:
That I'm not one of you.

My head is full of words from the other side:
"Be a fucking man come have a drink with us and talk about your sex life"
Well it's hard to explain it but it feels like I'm in the wrong skin
and my mind can not get in

But being of a quiet mind
I just smile and step aside
We drink and laugh and socialize
but deep inside it's a lie it's a lie it's a lie it's a lie it's a lie, yeah
Track Name: Tomboy
I'm scared of my own shadow, something about it just frightens me
I'm scared of my own shadow, literally
...
I'm scared of my own shadow, it just looks so wrong to me
I'm scared of my own shadow, literally

I find it hard to speak my mind
I see myself with embarrassed eyes
to reiterate takes too much strength, I can barely move my brittle frame
my words dissolve in the heated air and I stare --

My shadow's not me
it's a shape from a dream
Someone I want to be but I'm stuck in this body,
and no one can tell,
and I can't dispel
the feeling that maybe I'd feel like myself

if [redacted]
Track Name: Sodium Pentathol
I know you hated me for lying, inventing everything I said
you said you wished you'd never met me
and then you slammed the door and left
but now I think I've found the cure
for my less than truthful bent
I might be slightly incoherent
but I will never lie again

chorus:
Sodium Pentathol, make my troubles go
Sodium Pentathol, you know I love you so
Sodium Pentathol, bring her back to me
Sodium Pentathol, beautiful chemistry

This stuff really makes me chatty
I swear it goes straight to my head
I'll gladly stay up all night talking
about time travel and the Feds
this isn't really an addiction
no, I'm just trying to repent
If I flood my brain with Serum
maybe you'll talk to me again

(chorus)

I guess I've got an addictive personality
but I don't mind, I like what it has done with me
No more lies, can't even speak coherently
on the floor, ejected from reality

***the only guitar solo.***

(chorus)
Track Name: Parker Delta
They call me dreamer, say I have a sickness
they locked me up and said my mind was wicked
so now here I am, in this empty cell
nobody knows and nobody tells, yeah

These walls are blank and the door is always locked
but I have a way out, an exit in my thoughts
so when I wake up smiling, don't take a chance on me
drag me to the gallows, cause I'm already free, yeah

(bunch of dumb screaming)
Track Name: Mondrian Haircut
refrain:
You think you see the way I am, but you don't, I know
you only see the side of me that I choose to show
and I am not the person I want you to know
This is not my element, I hate this feeling

I live my life wishing that I was like you
I live my life wishing that I was like you
Sketchbooks and girly clothes, if I was like you
Maybe I'd be myself if I was born like you

chorus 1:
I wanna be like you and I hate this feeling.
x4

(refrain)

I live my life the way you want it
I live my life the way you want it
Punk rock and shitty bands, you say you want it
Don't feel like I belong, but I know you want it

chorus 2:
I wanna be like you but I hate this feeling.
x4
Track Name: Blues Rocket Meltdown!!(!)
I'm gonna build a rocket, I'm gonna live in space
I'm gonna meet some aliens and tell them all about my day
I'm gonna build a rocket, I'm gonna run away
Not like I've got anyone to miss me anyway
I'm gonna get a hammer and all the tools
I'm gonna build this sucker out of all my goddamn blues

And when I crash into your planet, I'll disintegrate
And you won't find a goddamn particle, I'll leave no trace
And all the days will carry on, my ghost will not appear
You know I'd never hurt a fly but I could
I could show it fear

I'll be alone out there, talk to no one
but I'll keep a TV so I'll know where I came from
And when I feel better, when the mood is gone
I'm gonna drive this rocket straight into the fucking sun

And when I hit the blinding surface, I'll disintegrate
And you won't find a goddamn particle, I'll leave no trace
And all the days will carry on, my ghost will not appear
You know I'd never hurt a fly but I could
I could show it fear

(verse destroyed by procrastination)

And when I fall into the sun, I'll disintegrate
And you won't find a goddamn particle, I'll leave no trace
And all the days will carry on, my ghost will not appear
You know I'd never hurt a fly but I could
I could show it fear
Track Name: Kill the Past
I don't know where the hell I am
but as soon as I got here I knew it wasn't good.
There's kids running all over the place
and no one seems to have any knowledge of momentum.
Prom queen with a shotgun in a 1975
AMC Pacer giving me the evil eye
and feels like things are just getting heated up.
Because, you see, I'm the kind of guy who could light a cigarette underwater
And I've noticed a few things that I think you may have missed.
And we may be standing right next to each other
but that doesn't necessarily mean that we're in the same place
if you know what I'm saying.

The only thing I know is
if you wanna kill the past,

YOU GOTTA SET IT ON FIRE!

Sooner or later, you may get the idea that you may be involved
in a quote-un-quote "Hazardous Situation"
if you know what I mean.
Where it seems like if you don't watch your step
you might very well lose a major organ
or at least be left with a bad taste in your mouth
(and mouthwash ain't gonna get it out)
But you know, you're the kind of guy
who would bring up charges on time for attempted murder
And you may have noticed a few things I've missed.
And you may have your eyes fixed on the situation
But that doesn't necessarily mean that you're seeing it
If you catch my drift.

The only thing I know is
if you wanna kill the past,

YOU GOTTA SET IT ON FIRE!

kill the past.
Track Name: Functional Human Adult
Looking down the barrel of your loaded pieces
trying to keep my feeble panic-stricken thoughts to me
got a bullet seven inches from my open eye
gotta gotta gotta make it out alive, and

chorus:
Tell me: Is this how you want to end this? Is this what you want to say?
Is this the end? I can't do this forever, are you even listening?

Forty hours a week and a nice apartment
THIS PLACE IS FUCKING ARTLESS.
Ideation in a perfect life oh why oh why
I don't belong here.

(chorus)

I don't want to make this the answer.
x 3

(chorus)