On Watch

by Slow Mass

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Catalog #: LL-LP-008

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2nd pressing out of 500 on Translucent Red Marble Vinyl
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300 - Standard pressing

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released May 11, 2018

Produced, Mixed & Engineered by Neil Strauch
Additional Engineering by Josh Parks
Mastered by John Golden
Cover art by Dnl Hrs
Typography & layout by Dan Black

Slow Mass:
Dave Collis - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Noise, Synth (3), Organ (5), Drums (7, 9), Mandolin (10)
David Maruzzella - Drums (12)
Josh Parks - Guitar, Noise, Piano (4), Synth (11)
Josh Sparks - Drums (2-4, 6, 8, 11)
Mercedes Webb - Bass, Vocals

Guest Musicians:
Al Costis - Upright Bass (5)
Sen Morimoto - Saxophone (5, 7)
Ryan Packard - Vibraphone (9)
Viv McConnell - Flute (10)

Recorded sporadically May through September 2017 in Chicago, IL.
Tracked at Minbal, Type 1, Wright on Carroll and Neil's apartment.

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Chicago, IL. New 7" "Music for Ears 2" out now via Landland.

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Track Name: Gray Havens
To live in a dying breed
I see no future in me
to burn out on my own design
I feel the heat losing steam
What looks like an auspicious thought
fleeting image in the dark
Burning trash as a pastime
like a pill down the throat

What's leaning to disingenuous
A spoon-fed megaphone
Like a pillar to the heavens
We'll jam our way up
A new face based in mass appeal
Another brick in the wall
while the metal heats and cracks

We all provide
to stay in line

Watch your passion dissolve
We all worry too much
to see your parents lose out
I'll make it easier soon
we all provide
stay in line
Track Name: Blocks
You are the few to survive
If this disease eats us one mile per minute
A cancerous lead / A life it precedes
You are the few still alive
You seem mislead / Left alone in bed
A drugged up knock / A cluster of blocks

When we wait for the caretaker
I'll start to loosen my ends

You are the few in my mind
An amphetamine dream / A pastel scene
You've lost the battle in your hands
A mud-slinging fence / Twisting meds at the end
Track Name: Suburban Yellow
We win one more pissing match
And march onto the north
Standing still in a sinking pool
Suburban yellow is our truth
Banged up and bent out
Of shape and place
Sleeping in a different house
A suburban felon is our youth

a new position
inefficiently boxed in
Cyclical living
There's nothing like getting up
before dawn to start wasting your life

A lousy friend with crooked hands
a work of love in progress
moral compass like burnt food
A work of love is finished
Track Name: My Violent Years
In concrete terms
I'll salvage every word
Too scared to exit
And step outside
Regretful lights

The talking queen
Outside my silver screen
Reflective eyes and scars, surprised
Turn sunlight

My violent years
I'll make you disappear
Tight fists and scared kids
Keeping notes on all sides

My violent years
Holding back your tears

The great divide
In due time
Fearful pride
Neglectful eyes
Track Name: Oldest Youngest
You think you’ll know
The foul shape it turns
When this sequence staggers
And I wake up grown

I can tell in my hands
The skin is thickening through
the drop spreads quicker these days
not like it used to

I’ve felt the shift
Always so gently removed
Granted taken
For the simpler things

I can tell in my face
The hollows deepening still
Elastic limbs abused
If they told me that I would
Then I will

You can stay here
suspended in the right thing
I know what it’s for
the words that I’ve been sounding
out with feeling
the ones that will deprave us
when our blood
replicates us
Track Name: E.D.
If I chase this exploded drawing down the street
If this circular song stays in place

Moving up to sit still
Track Name: The Author
What looks like the other
Let's say you find another
A path of attraction and wonder
A pool of attrition and blunder

If our worlds die in place
A simple lie, defaced
The old world carves a name

What feels like a hurdle
A trail of letters find the author
Fear's built up like a shelter
A leaky rooftop, I'll reside under
Track Name: Tunnel Vision Quest
There's little pain
Not all acute
You stubbed your toe
Through the hole in your shoe
The weight hits hard
Through fistful smiles
You swim for hours
And get real close

A filterless cig
A rubbing alcohol swig
A newborn fib
And a losers lisp

Holy roller
Don't lose your number
Or you can't play my game
We buckle and swing
Oh virginia
Sweet disappointment
I hardly knew ya
Relief rings true
Track Name: Like Dead Skin
If I'm content with the bad world
Then what's bad is good
and I'm the fool
keeping track of losing these days
and keeping loose, he says

Then you pick
You pick me off like dead skin

Failure's a word that I can
"spell real good"
When the word is spelled out in front of me
A successful up climb
to the cloud nine

all the kids will say
all the kids will say
all the kids will say
all the kids will stay on
Track Name: Schemes
Look at your schemed fiend
A sketchy scene / your new dream
In a limbo-zine
A new age caller I.D.
A freak's lean on an old means
Fence-walk for bigger things
Loud use of tent pitching
A cooled off demon sings
Proud use of old-school vulgarity
Hidden in thoughtful seats

A walled-up border collie
Group trips, a subtle folly

Look up an idol's dream
Drenched in sunscreen / A sad scene
Things that shouldn't be
Cold sweat leader
Spray painted scenester
King of the bottom feeders
Newborn anomalies
A fixed up flag dream with tears stream
A think tank with endless needs
A tall order man
Abusing our little world leads
Fall back on smaller things

Tuned in and turned off
Track Name: G's End
In the end
What matters is if you're safe
Gaslighting your way
To keep the circle in play
Did he treat you right
Does it feel good
Or Do you feel projected
Like you've been told to

All I've wanted to say
Is I hope you find peace today

Worried you're propped up on display
Do you feel happy
Do you feel misused
I fear I’ll overstep my place in this game
Do you still feel happy
Is that word abused

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