Commonwealth

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released July 15, 2014

Audio Engineer: Matthew Templeman
Audio Mastering: Simon Struthers
Artwork: Mike Dann

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Brad Walker, Boston Raeside, Naveed Farro, Richard Hughes,
Mark Reeves, James Thorne, Alex Shom, Nikolai Lawson

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Track Name: Straight Out The Gate
straight out the gate
put my head to the pavement
stones pounding my legs tonight
i’ve got it made with my quaint enslavement
sounding like I’m losing the fight

roads unwind the length of the track
wish I was stronger (no coming back)
we lie in circles til we kill each other
are you feeling joy yet brother?

light a spark and drag that shit through my veins
say something shallow like the haze of the smoke
collapsing thoughts of breaking out
my mind established quickly lost in the crowd

roads unwind the length of the track
wish I was stronger (no coming back)
we fly in circles
no place to land
falling from the sky
starving to death

light a spark and drag that shit through my veins
say something shallow like the haze of the smoke
collapsing thoughts of breaking out
my mind established quickly fading out
Track Name: Sentinel
march the streets
thirty or forty strong
life in the fast lane
be dead before too long
once a young kid
soon to be a man
if home is what you make it
i was born in a wasteland

1,2,3,4

halfway through the wormhole you’ve created
ten miles deep its too dark to see
dreams of glory and that you’ve somehow made it
it’s too far gone even you won’t believe

on your monitors
in the air
force feeding trash
implanting it beneath you hair

mouths open wide
leaking verbal sewerage
losing respect for stories you’ve told
unconscious ears in the fake arms of courage
breathe in your poison
infest my lungs with mould

on your monitors
in the air
force feeding trash
implanting it beneath you hair

It’s not too late to open your eyes
escape from the hole
revealing the lies
or stay in wonderland
remove pain from nerve
jaw down and ready
kick your head to the curb

bones crunch
teeth fly like a woodmill
(it’s okay you’re still sucking on that blue pill)
this never happened
there’s no one to cry for
all i wanted was the truth
nothing more
Track Name: THMe
Inhale
a brief moment of struggle
days spent grinning ear to ear
and easy trade for my face down in the rubble

inhale
first breath got you feeling so free
crush problems with poison
but i believe in T H Me

light your god and burn the cross
we’re all resistant to change
kill yourself with prescriptions
this world is completely insane

exhale

exhale
the structure doesn’t make sense
it’s a double edged sword
relief from pain and false protection
like climbing naked on a barbed wire fence

puffs open my eyes to see
my mind’s not broken
and i believe in T H Me
Track Name: Leeches
crush them
burn them
kill, destroy them

you prance around like a dog on show
clinging to the products
and the people you don’t know
broadcasting garbage
leaving us speechless
you walk this earth
to forever be leeches

you’ll forever be leeches
(off my back)

crush them
burn them
kill, destroy them
Track Name: Girt
fuck this chorus of solutions
to societies ill’s
a committee of the damned
the people that kill

paranoia
the only recourse we know
you’re not one of us
six feet under you go

bigots
claim the land that they stole
they say they’re charmed to meet you
get the fuck back on the boat

living day by day
with a gun to your head
you and i both know
there’s no fucking time left

so lay your kids back down in their beds
safe in the knowledge
you’ll never have to live like them

easy to hate
with a right to live
never had to fight for it
Track Name: CTDM
It fuels the lies in the streets
the pressure prays for release

no matter how much
you want it
no space to inter the deceased
new homes are made at their feet

defecating cement
crushing your spirit
behold, the high unbending head
over the stillness

conspired times defined minds

you need the prize that you’re taking
more than the good that you’re faking

(dead on the cross)

you need the lies that you’re making
more than the saint you’ve forsaken

(dead on the cross)

the gutter of your mind is breaking
it spills into the homes
of those you wish to control
split earth reveals the horrorscope
a weak god dead on a cross
can’t save you now
Track Name: Life Drain
wake up everyday
everything is the same
nothing ever changes
shuffles round
or rearranges
then you realise the lies
and that we’re all going to die
no matter what you say or do
time will decide

in a perfect world
we live a healthy life
settle down
sell out
three kids and a wife

review reality
perceptions clouded, deceived
never what it seems
life drains with a tug on a string

people praying for salvation
i’ll give that church gag a miss
rather rot my flesh and fluid
i will never drink your god’s piss

review reality
perceptions clouded, deceived
never what it seems
life drains with a tug on a string
Track Name: Circles
Lost my mind
years ago
forgot myself
forgot my name
couldn’t tell my fucking face

break my back
crush my spine
never felt a fucking thing
vacuum up another line

i’ve wasted so much of my time
on a warped version of life
couldn’t pick it back up if i tried
never want it, never had it, fucking need it

It’s all around me
i should have fucking seen it
never crossed my mind
didn’t think i’d ever need it
i built my empire
then i ripped it apart
self absorbed
rip the flesh from my bone
but leave me my heart

your eyes were open but you chose not to see
trapped in your self obsessed mind fucked reality

close your eyes and it just goes to show
how much you have missed
and how much you will never know
Track Name: Our Reptilian Overlords
It seems progressively vain
you think you’re whole life has been tamed
and your decisions are made
marionette strings in play

welcome to the horrible truth
fates got no hold over you
you have no part on the stage
we live life
one foot in the grave

is there an all seeing eye
or just a pair far too blind
to place a man on a knoll
replaced his head with a hole

forced to breathe in
ice lines from the sky
manipulating our minds
telling us what to by
pulling reign on my fucking mind

this really sounds like bullshit to me
when the youth that i see
thrash the veins of the city
thrash the veins of the city
thrash the veins of the city
fuck the land of the free

free thought is how they should be taught
reading signs with open minds
not a book you touch in court
theories out of nothing growing day by day
nobody higher up
forcing you to slave away
Track Name: Cavalier
Let me give you some advice
(don’t go in those fucking woods)
it seems great but for what price
(don’t go in those fucking woods)
think you’ll remain alive
(don’t go in those fucking woods)
believe me you won’t survive

never walk down the less travelled road
it’s fucking hell and they’ll cut off your toes
don’t go through the valley beneath
they sense fear and they’ll rip out your teeth
never walk with your head to the sky
you’d deserve to have them rip out your eyes
play it safe, follow me, or end up

burning with the bushes

absorb and heed the story i’ve told
(don’t go in those fucking woods)
you’re gonna die before you grow old
(don’t go in those fucking woods)
you’ll get weak it will start with the knees
(don’t go in those fucking woods)
before long rotting under the trees
Track Name: In Defence Of Lost Causes
i was raised to believe the lie
born to listen and die
beast in a cage no escape
opinions a packaged meal
well fuck that for a laugh
i’ll tear this city in half
the world ends when i’m dead
until then, until then
i’m here to fuck with the man
so stand the fuck to the side
or try your best to behave
forever lost not complete
new homes make tombs to defeat
no class just towers and shackles
on bleak streets

i would see change done
progress worth more
than a plastic resort
trapped in a landslide
buried under fucking cement
in this devil may care town

i’ll play the victim until
your act is fucking revealed
the vicious life that you've led
only the furnace reveals
unaccustomed i am
to all of your plans
still i smell the decay
see the pointless tirade
you use distrust as a blade
as well your faith a shield
you act the hero too late
it leaves a fucking distaste
at the roof of my mouth
i’m fucking calling you out
you sleep like a child while
bleeding out the veins of my town

doubting myself no less deserved
the chance that i’m taking
the difference i’m not making

at peace with what I've become
wastelander under the sun