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It's worked out when notes speak clearly Living deaf to tone would lead me downhill From heartfelt songs of need To snot nosed punk in black and white All equipped to travel down the street to meet The other beings who flee this daily scene They watch TV, and bitterly split down This town upgrades to better things Upraising energy
We made promises, and knew they wouldn't keep It made no sense to me, but for the time being, they kept us both at ease Encourage the dishonesty, saw fit to be No more than the passing of a beggar on the street Faith It seems safe endless time, Would bring me comfort when the bells ring Although this entity is distracting, It's the blue and green that gets me Stripped away of thoughts for far too long. With a minor sense of entitlement, Will it still animate like a burning bush? Every time I take a look? And if these centuries burn away will we say We won't make the same mistake twice. Start at verse 1,2
Strength requires a melody, nothing short of something in a dream But inevitably, it all comes down to what's written in ink I'm in that phase again where I pick up where I left off My body is out to lose control I try so hard to make sense of every single detail, but none of this is really here and now I hear vibrating tone If I believed it then did you? No! If I believed it then did you know? Let's leave this ordinary place behind Say "you miss home", you never thought about leaving Don't pretend that it's somehow deceiving I called your bluff, why wasn't that enough? Question these answers and answers will never be questioned
See Green 02:30
Waves of apathy (I need your help now) Rush to take hold of me (Spinning circles, lying down hurts) Manipulates all the dreams (Everything I constitute) I never care to have (This makes us look small) There's a gap when looking back, I left a couple things behind (I've been hiding from my thoughts in the dark) Theres so much motion in creative thought So take a hold on something as lasting as the years (A Clockwork Orange, red painted in my head) Theres so much motion in creative thought So take a hold on something as lasting as the years Although you may, repent and change The pieces stay put together just the way they are I'm still okay what a landslide But still thinking of what to say without lying to you is something new, it's written on my face how I got this way Pressed up against the looking glass, look, feel, count how many times I've tried to make the normal work.
And so I'll write my first words today Now that distance is standing in the way It was hard to understand what you lost All potential time was so much longer than we thought The debt weighed heavy, no chance to pay it off The world gets darker, as it seems. You built your alter in the field For lessons of piety (Your choice up or get down, your choice up or get out) Trees' only weakness being ignorant To which ways its branches will bend Synesthetic palettes draw lines with our eyes Matching colors, perspectives and emotions they despise You saw the connection Put paints together to combine an idea with a picture So dim those lights, and realize a sensation An odorless indication.
Nacer 02:40
Good mother, I've gone mad enough to say It slipped out These hopes and dreams ripped up when our loved ones do split from eighty years This repeats when... Good mother I've gone mad enough to say Watch every move you make Watch every move
Black Wings 02:33
I want to say something that what's done is done it's cold hearted As every ounce pours out the beloved take me When everything is this twisted oh this time we will cry off your shoulder, This sick ambition. We are phased you know it Please one more round before this pilot takes you Those black wings They're what's stealing everything I'm hoping the best, I'm pushing my doubts aside because I'm glad I've known you This whole thing turned out to be insane I'm hoping the best, pushing my doubts aside
Afton Infant 02:30
Born to a process, its a common white noise No seed that's sprung can make a stand here We see a place that's rotting charm these toxins drain you Well you spend hours no even days to deal your pain You've gotta buy them for your little one, don't spend it all on you But in this day there is not much to work with Even less to lean back on Raise your child as you... But in this? You're against the wind a threefold aims at you, and parched enough to drink some of that 45 Playing the blame game intended all the way with this brand new growth. You're against the wind that threefold lost one shoe with this brand new growth
8789 03:23
Put forth a change we will sink ourselves up Non-solubles here will give us enough of this Plead in years plead. What's fallen is growing. Fast. (Consistent accident, call it tragic. Abandoned construction continues to stand.) To live this way it would take fifteen earths right here to sustain. These things will never change. Day by day.


Music and lyrics by Parentheses
Trombone on tracks 2, 6, and 9 by Alex Muckey
Trumpet on tracks 2, 6 and 9 by our own Conner Butenschoen

All songs were recorded between the winter and spring months of 2015.


released May 30, 2015

Recorded, mixed, mastered by Mitch Clem
Instruments tracked @ Paul's Cabin in Sterling, Virginia
Vox and harmonies tracked @ Mitch's house in RVA

Album art and conception by Keith Pfeiffer


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Parentheses Richmond, Virginia

A bro quartet for all ear shapes.
Danny Cortiz
Casey Grum
Conners Buttshowen
Riley Murturtle


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