The Bleak Disease

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about

Our seventh album, and a return home of sorts. "The Bleak Disease" is shorthand for the unfettered greed that continues to flourish in the face of unprecedented inequality and environmental destruction. The first seven cuts on the record, recorded back home in Denver over the last year and a half, represent a return to the electro sound that the band is known for. The final four songs were recorded in Austin during sessions for the previous album, Dark Star Disarray, but were cut from the final track listing because they didn't work in the context of the other songs.

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released September 27, 2018

Michael Smith - vocals, electronics, guitar, production
Mardi "Paisli" Salazar - vocals, bass
David DeVoe - drums, guitar, electronics
Heather Valey - electronics, backing vocals

Tracks 1-7 recorded in Denver 2017-2018. Tracks 8-11 recorded in Austin between 2010-2015.
Vocals on 1, 2, and 9 engineered by David DeVoe at Dingo's Kidney III.

Tracks 1, 5, 6, 10, and 11 written by Michael Smith
Tracks 2 and 9 written by Michael Smith and Mardi Salazar
Track 3 written by Michael Smith and Wintersmith
Track 4 written by Michael Smith and David DeVoe
Track 7 written by Michael Smith, Wintersmith, and David DeVoe
Track 8 written by Michael Smith and Heather Valey

Cover artwork by Wintersmith
Layout & Design by Wintersmith and Michael Smith

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Track Name: The Devil You Feed
satellites
lost transmission
in the dark
we surrender our voice
battle lines
drawn division
for every angle
a channel to sell us a choice

where is the noise?

narratives
louder than bombs
guilty lips
with so little to say
manipulated
for an ear so feeble
arrogance
trotted out like the grey parade

i want to feel your rage

for every cut
a good soul bleeds
the source you choose
is the devil you feed

the clock ticking
begs decision
shouting mouths
still belabor the point
shadowlands
forge derision
the well-informed stand
joined in disbelief

we're all in disbelief

for every cut
a good soul bleeds
the source you choose
is the devil you feed
lie after lie
a weakness for greed
our darkest hour
the devil you feed
Track Name: Persephone
wordlessly she collects her effects
she calls in her marks
she draws back the nets
she harvests every last bitter regret
all their days misspent

she hauls in her catch
with some dark left to burn
unsurprised that they never learn
a secret swims behind her eyes
perhaps a word for the wise

wearily rise the dispossessed
they bluster forth
they coalesce
they manifest their insanity
the bleak disease

they gust through the night
stirring up debris
they curse out the stars
for their misery
consumed by their infinite agony
aching for a reprieve

silently a finger drawn to her lips
she stares them down
they acquiesce
they've long since surrendered their liberty
their legacy

another eve and it begins
a desperate dance
without an end
rather than laying blame at her feet
they accept their defeat

they curse out your name
they curse their disease
don't take it too hard
darling Persephone
if there lies a fault
you're not the one to blame
they've squandered their time
it's theirs to carry that weight
Track Name: Change
we feel lonely
and unfulfilled
where's the happiness?
the next gadget
won't fill the void
we're still empty inside

this world is cruel
and it makes us insane
will nothing ever change?
for every ill
a distraction will play
i just need something to change

mission accomplished
we've won the day
now we pack and move on
we have another
crusade to fight
eternal war to the end

this world is bleak
and it thrives on our pain
will nothing ever change?
for every resource
a war can be waged
i just need something to change

the big man promised
to make us rich
to keep us safe from our fears
just like the last man
who stole our dreams
no it can't happen again

this world is cold
and our loss is their gain
will nothing ever change?
for every crime
a dissident can be blamed
i just need something to change

you never change
your strategy
in the middle of the stream
we'll plug away
we'll see it through
we'll stay the course 'til the grave

i just need something to change
i just need something to change
march in the grey parade
will it ever change?
Track Name: Cipher0
(instrumental ... more or less)
Track Name: Whisper Your Name
forever can pass
the skies can go dark
and still the wind will whisper your name

stars may fade
eras will pass
and still the wind will whisper your name

i will go where your heart beats still
to the place where your flame still burns
and the wind carries your grace

i will hold the best of you
in my heart the rest of my days
and to the wind i'll whisper your name

echoes of the laughter shared
ripple through the days to come
and still the wind carries your love

we are only moments in time
all too briefly do we connect
yet still the wind will whisper our names
Track Name: Less Than Human
we recoil
when we discover
the monsters that walk among us
the creatures that
we thought we knew
we have nothing in common

they'd rather berate
and they'd rather deny
they'd rather frame
to rig the game
and there's no shame

eyes that seem so alive
and yet so unaware
they look like you and me
though they lack empathy
they troll the ones they despise
they live to share their despair
at a loss to defend
they are less than human

we react
when we uncover
the players that conspire against us
the social bonds
we thought we had
we have nothing to count on

when the language fails
then the egos dig in
the dialog
becomes insane
and it's such a shame

we recoil
when we discover
the murder that lurks inside us
the creatures that
we have become
how do we reconcile?

it's a mad mad world
how do we navigate?
it's a mad mad world
is there no way out?
is there no way?
Track Name: We've Come to Destroy You
we've come to destroy you
we've come to destroy you
we'll burn you down
crater the ground
and once we're through
no one will remember you
we've come to destroy you

we all remember
the hunger and fear
we all remember the cold
we all remember
the slamming of doors
remember the lash and the hole

your grifters and hustlers
they burned down our homes
they sold us to financiers
they murdered our children
and left us for dead
they toasted to our blackest years

our gunfire is ripping
the hinges of dawn
our voices the fall of Rome
our legions are marching
a city of rain
a flood in the Valley of Chrome
Track Name: Drift
you castaway
from your past disasters
enjoy your stay
iconoclastic bastard
i can't say i know
what you're suffering through
i wouldn't know
what i would do

there's something amiss
in your passionless laughter
frozen stiff
cast in alabaster
i can't say i know
what you're running from
you look as though
you've been hurting someone

you drift on in
and then you drift away
you toy with hearts
and then you lead them astray

i see you brood inside
you lament that temper
a mood you hide
why, you can't remember
i'm starting to see
how it comes to pass
how nothing for you
ever seems to last

you forge ahead
with the best intentions
then come to resent
your inner indiscretions
you edit yourself
the way one edits a page
undoing your past
in a smoldering rage

you drift on through
and then you drift on by
you enter lives
and then you wave goodbye

look inside
and tell me what you see
what would it take
to ever set you free?
you say all you want
is a little closure
but the fool i see
is crying for exposure
recognize the ones around
that you hurt
your callousness
was never deserved
everyone bleeds
is it so hard to atone?
why can't you see
that you're not alone
Track Name: Darklands
come to darklands
where you can disappear
where the magpies guard
and the crows conceal

long may you run
where the shadows play
tease the darkly skies
and kiss the dreams away

think what you will
it's not your place to judge
one soul's poison
is another's love

if you turn a blind eye
to the images haunting
you'll draw the wrath
and the voice will come calling

it's calling
it's calling
and it's calling me down
it's calling
it's calling
and i can't face it down

in the darklands
breach the mystery
catch your breath
and seal your release

the high desert dusk
shadows reveal
an unspoken tongue
shared with those who can feel

here it's safe
insomuch as it's guarded
the hazards are fierce
and their cares are discarded

the lure is strong
it's intoxicating
but steel yourself
the dark is still waiting

it's calling
it's calling
and it's calling me down
it's calling
it's calling
and i can't turn around

across the darklands
we're all runaways
we can steal the night
and kiss the days away

don't say a word
or the spell will be broken
the night is still young
and it will come calling

it's calling
it's calling
and it's calling me down
it's calling
it's calling
and i can't turn around
i'm falling
i'm falling
and it's following me down
i'm falling
freefalling
and it's all crashing down
Track Name: Drown
oh little shadow
how far you've come
suffered their derision
you've endured everyone

drawn in by
the wealth below
but haunted by
the undertow
leave your cares
above the sea
the siren calls
baby won't you
come drown with me?

oh little shadow
don't look so blue
this world wasn't meant
for the tender likes of you

oh little shadow
won't you come with me?
let us take our leave
from this world of misery

oh little shadow
how long you've fought
you've clawed and you've scratched out
all the dignity you've wrought

oh little shadow
can i carry you away?
let us take our leave
from this world in disarray

drawn in by
the wealth below
but haunted by
the undertow
leave your cares
above the sea
Poseidon calls
baby won't you
come drown with me?

surrender to the sea
surrender here with me
leave it all behind
Track Name: No One Gets Out Alive
every day it's the same
lather rinse and defeat
nothing ever changes
save for the moments we bleed

we have grown hollow inside
does this look romantic to you?
we chose the easy way out
now this is all that we do

once you fall
you've arrived
no one gets out alive
we just have to
ride this one out
no one gets out alive

scraping out what we can
what a way to subsist
we can only pretend
we can only persist

when you come
you've arrived
no one gets out alive
we just have to
ride this one out
no one gets out alive

the dream is always the same
march in the grey parade
an exercise in nihilism
our acquiescence is nihilism

once you fall
you've arrived
no one gets out alive
we just have to
grind this one out
no one gets out alive

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