We Need More Mountains I

by Standby

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Anticipate this hostile contact Petrify with our battle cry Numbering in fifty-thousand mundivagant entities This presentation of inflation will go down in Obscurity If only we found the means to realize the end Take instead a solipsistic view of figuring your way out Play with fire we’ll burn away together Talk of flightless birds bringing me down Play with fire we’ll burn away together Talk of flightless birds bringing me down Painting speak their minds of all the times they’d gone and Lost their lives and changed the tides of evolu- Tion with their prejudice against this violent Ratite compliant If only we found the means to realize the end Take instead a solipsistic view of figuring your way out Play with fire we’ll burn away together Talk of flightless birds bringing me down Play with fire we’ll burn away together Talk of flightless birds bringing me down Play with fire we’ll burn away together Talk of flightless birds bringing me down (Play with fire we’ll burn away together Talk of flightless birds bringing me down) Something speaks in steely silence Pictures pointing poisoned praise of George and Major Meredith their Conquest of the Cassowary Take a leap of faith and go with Me out of this haunted house we’ll Flee from fiber fabrications Ghosts of past and walls impaired Burn away we’ll burn away
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Winter Surreptitious Meeting Of expeditious Matchbook Proxy siblings Propinquity inspiring Promise taken Conflagration Explicating All their woes Oh ghost of Harry Truman Why won’t you listen If anyone could please hear me I would thank them Zelda Fitzgerald won’t you Lend me your name and Take me to the place they hid you away for me beneath the lights Small town Imbrication Furtive And slight elation River Running through it Your voice So mellifluous Pyrrhic meeting Bucolic dream Evanescent Limerence Incandescent tree Wither wander from me I’ll try Finding you asleep Beneath the willow branch At night Effervescent scraps of wisps of scarves and sleeves we’ve dyed Reds and aubergines Remembering it all In spite Take me to the lake To see the place my sister wept Fear and broken things the dark and the loss of her name In that run down home I saw your filthy spirit roam Incandescent tree Wither wander from me I’ll try
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It starts as a spine Lost in the fire Tell me your name Crazy and twenty-three I will burn you to ashes And all your anger that keeps them here You search for the rhyme scheme But this prison becomes a home if you have a key Dear brother I just want to know If you’ve decided to let yourself believe Tentative breeze Tenuous meeting Fiber belief Filigree sleeping For upon my name I can be nothing but a failure lost sequestered to the bottom of the lake But I promise you will see you’ll climb this mountain you and he and leave it all behind this rotten fate You search for the rhyme scheme But this prison becomes a home if you have a key Hey brother, the dog wants to know If you’ve decided to stop being so goddamn weak
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I hate mourning people while they’re still alive You’ve got a chip on your shoulder and a wish to die Got me feeling Hemingway while you’re quoting Mary Wollstonecraft Apathy in vain to see if I will give a damn for Any one of these excuses for empathy would be Better than me and my tendency for self deprecation You told me this ain’t a feeling it’s a war Won’t you come and buy me while I’m selling myself Short again In the end We’ll find ourselves are rather insignificant pair And all of our problems Have the audacity to pretend to be Bigger than ourselves What a shame it would be to find We offered more than this And while you’re getting work done I’m giving death a quick one in the shed You told me this ain’t a feeling it’s a war So won’t you come and buy me while I’m selling myself Short again All that Kafka and Kierkegaard Drifts away when you’re in the dark And all that’s left is the light flickering in my hand Four thousand hours of burning my head out I’m burning away from you And I’ve never been so scared in my whole life As I am now I don’t think I’ll ever survive You be the fox and I’ll be the hound let’s both die together and then change the ending when the film comes around
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In a house by the lake A daughter recognizes the old shape My splintered specter spatially resolved To wait and while away the wistful dregs they’ve handily absolved Of any intimation gifted me my clever carnival Without the patricidal poetry parade across the walls I would grasp your hand in mine and snap your fragile little bones Don’t listen to a word I say I’ll only break your soul Come reach into the abattoir You’ll see perennial violence I’m sorry In the end We abandoned Our homes She and I At the depths Of the ocean Tears indistinguishable From the salty water The narrative Shifts its focus That shoe in the road Reminded me of his blackened throat And his battle scars of bullets and pneumonia Lying in the middle of This empty home I curse the words I’d say to you and contemplate the things I’d do If only that damned dirty lake hadn’t taken you from me that day In a house by the lake I weep the day my father passed away You were the only one who meant anything to me Anything to you, I mean (Don’t say a single word to me, I’ve said, I won’t, forget, but now, I know, I let, you go)
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My brother made him in the river as he Translates all his love into Zeroes and ones all-encompassing his Fear of the natural human tendency for Nihilistic reprieve for hope Brother dear this fear is exponential Take it slow, we’ll move in time with the Breathless eyes that stare in awe Amarillo calls its name to me Spreading your wings And sentencing So won’t you gently take my hand and follow And waltz softly on his calm Oh my brother how he wills himself a Wayward and hopeless dissident of passion And those who would cling to hope Sister dear this fear is existential Forgive me for my brevity I am but a mundivagant entity You’ll climb these mountains you have known And to the depths, he will wander all alone

about

Five years in the making, We Need More Mountains I is a musical conceit on loss, trauma, and the ways people cope. Through its lens of Suburban Magical Realism the listener is granted everything from vague, archaic literary references, to explicit screams in the name of hope. It uses specific characters to tell a universal story, and does it all with dynamic songwriting that builds on the basis of indie and emo with healthy heaps of math and prog. From the pop-heavy jams to the angular and furious rages, the album is as much a personal journey as it is a communal experience.

credits

released May 7, 2019

All songs written, produced, recorded, and mixed by Standby. Drums recorded at The Record Co. in Boston, MA. Everything else recorded elsewhere. Mastered by Rogue Planet Mastering.

Brandon George - Lead and backing vocals, trumpet
Garrett Rose - Acoustic guitars, banjo, ukulele, backing vocals, saxophones, flutes, mixing
John Rumph - Drums, auxiliary percussion, backing vocals, and probably other things when we weren't looking
Michael Mosca - Electric guitar
Phil Grabover - Electric bass, upright bass, backing vocals, piano on "Once Again, to Zelda"

Backing Vocals on "Japanese Learning Ostrich" performed by Katie Johnson and Ari Carlo

Euphonium on "Japanese Learning Ostrich", "Once Again, to Zelda", and "Nothing to See Here" performed by Ethan Bourdeau

Piano on "Nothing to See Here" performed by Rosemary Minkler

OP-1 on "Nothing to See Here" performed by Zac Fick-Cambria

Backing Vocals on "Feltzen South" performed by Jamie Bishop

Additional Vocals by Devin Moniz, probably

This record is dedicated to the memories of Ryan Bishop, Jessica Bradley, Hazel B. Brooks, Michael Capolupo, Steven A. Leone, Charles Lesene Jr., and John E. Rumph Sr.

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