But Is It Even Music, Really?

by Horrible

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to be played at the threshold of pain

two songs about wars, two songs about sleazy youth, two songs from a plot about aliens made of sound coming to earth

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released October 13, 2016

Anthony Rosen: lead guitar, backup vocals
Jeff Gonzales: drums
Pat Bond: guitar, vocals
Phil Skurski: bass, vocals

Art by Martha Warfel

Self-recorded in Chicago

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Track Name: Dreams About A Future That Keep You Up At Night
Dreams of a future keep you up at night
But you don’t sleep anymore
Yeah I have nightmares when I close my eyes
I meet myself at the door
I’m saying “Hey many, what’re you doing with your life?
You’re gettin high, like, almost every night?
You used to wanna get up and go out,
But man, lately it’s an uphill fight.”

Hey, what’re you doing now, when you come down?
Hey, what’re you doing now, when you come down?

Well you could be a star if you took the time
But you just can’t be bothered
You’d have to try and you’re not the trying kind
You say that life’s just left you bruised and battered
But that’s just it, you know you’re full of shit
You know you’re scared and afraid you’re gonna fail
Hey, I remember when I gave up on my dreams, man
It was about the time they all turned to nightmares.

Well did you think you’d automatically win?
Ain’t it time that you plugged back in?
I’ll tell ya something and it won’t be nice
You Motherfucker
Track Name: One Reader Writes
Snow falling, melting on the roof
She’s at her desk, she only stops to look
She’s writing a letter with no reason to rewrite it
“Dear Man, I write to you for advice.
I’ve got a problem and I just don’t know who to trust.”

“You see, I’m married to a man in the service,
He went to China and he got the syphilis,
Can you tell me when it’s safe to live with him again?
My father always said he’d wish himself dead
If he ever caught what my husband did.
But I’d rather trust my husband the most.”

“Dear man, will you tell me what to do?” She said to herself
“Dear man, will you tell me what to do?” She said to herself
“Dear man, will you tell me what to do?” She said to herself
“Dear man, will you tell me what to do?” She said to herself
Track Name: The Scouts Go Planetside
it's time, it's time to go
you've all been briefed on what we know

we don't know if humans are dangerous
that record's all we've got to inform us
it's a risky day, it's a risky place
but for the music that's the risk we take

and if you happen to get caught
in a dreadfully tight spot
fly away, fly back to space
fly away, fly back to space

it's time, it's time to go
you've all been briefed on what we know
fly to all the lands of earth
you all know what this music's worth

so take care so we can share what we love to blare,
the wares, the rare sonic fares

glad you've all returned, how was the mission?
our sound banks are full of your new addition

most the time planetside was a success
but we had a problem i need to address
Modulo was left behind
likely held captive by their kind
i wish to lead a rescue crew
in hopes that Mod hasn't met its doom
Track Name: Audiophages
we're not an envoy
we're here to destroy
we're not an envoy
we're here to destroy

we thank the Salvutites for the feast
skip the seasoning, chomp right on the beats
devour, devour
devour, devour
devour, devour

we're not an envoy
we're here to destroy
we're not an envoy
we're here to destroy

we thank the Sound Aliens for the buffet they found
let's strip this pathetic planet of all of its sound
devour, devour
devour, devour
devour, devour
(feed me more)
Track Name: Don't Tie Me Down (Just Tie Me Up)
Chill down your spine like someone’s walkin on your grave
I run my fingers down your spine to get you to misbehave
I wanna make you make me
I wanna take you take me

Cause pretty baby, you know who I am
I’m your steely dan, your coin-operated wild man
Oh pretty baby won’t you make me say please?
And if you want I will beg on my knees

Scrape your painted nails cross my pretty face
Just rip my clothes of girl and throw em bout the place
I wanna make you make me
I wanna make you take me home tonight

Cause pretty baby, you know that I can
I’m your steely dan, your coin-operated wild man
Oh pretty baby won’t you make me say please?
And if you want I will beg on my knees
Track Name: Sniper Girl
What age were you really when you had those German soldiers in your sights?
What age were you really when you squeezed your finger and you took their lives?
What age were you really when you looked across the battlefields of war?
What age were you really when you showed a nation just what it’s girls were for?
Roza Shanina

April 2nd, 1944. Just outside the city of Vitebsk. A shot rings out and a young girl falls to her knees.
The girl looks her friend in the eye and says “My God, I’ve just killed a man.”
Her friend looks back and says “That wasn’t a man you killed, that was a Fascist.”

Roza Shanina
What age were you really when you had those German soldiers in your sights?
What age were you really when you squeezed your finger and you took their lives?
What age were you really when you looked across the battlefields of war?
What age were you really when you showed a nation just what it’s girls were for?