Anti​-​Melody

by American Standards

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"What started as social commentary on the growing divide in our society became very personal when our founding guitarist (Cody Conrad) passed of suicide and then soon after, my father of cancer. We went back in to re-record much of the album and in a lot of ways used it as therapy to cope with the experiences. Although intimate, at its core Anti-Melody is centered around the universal theme of separation on many levels." -Brandon Kellum (vocalist)

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released April 28, 2017

Engineered by Andy Marshall at Kingsize Sound Labs
Masted by Jay Maas at Getaway Recording Studio
Mixed by American Standards

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Chaos driven noise punk from Phoenix, Arizona.

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Track Name: Writers Block Party
Dancing around like we're marionettes
A stutter in our step
A cadence in our breath
To the unimpressed

I painted myself into a hole
I gave up my heart to find a soul
Acquit my crimes but still cast your stones
The pigs eat filth because it's all they know

And the crowds want more
There's no silence before the storm
The clouds came in and the lights went out
We were guided by the roar

So step inside, find your light
When the scavengers come be ready to fight
The promise is now at the edge of a knife
And when the blood spills you'll know you're alive

And the crowds want more
They want violence before the storm
The clouds came in and the lights went out
We were guided by the roar

You are owned nothing

We want an easy fix
Snake oil burns too quick
Daggers of ill intent
With malice towards the heaven sent

Give me the rope
I'll tie me down
Give me the rope
I'll hang around

Safe bet, mindset
Remove the spine and the heart
Safe bet, mindset
And claim what's left as art

Give me the rope
I'll tie me down
Give me the rope
Track Name: Carpe Diem, Tomorrow
Concrete minds cannot change
Don't stand still, keep moving
You'll become what you say you hate
Concrete minds, they never change

Time marches on to an early grave yet to be dug
I've got the shovel but what I lack is motivation

Nothing waits for me nor I for it
Self imposed paralysis

The no movement, movement

Time marches on to an early grave yet to be dug
I've got the shovel but what I lack is motivation
Track Name: Church Burner
We define the new divide

Share the headlines
An extremist in bold face type
We're all people but compassion doesn't sell
And there's no time for independent thought

There are no divisions outside the ones that we create
Tear down the walls and build up a bridge

We define the new divide

They drew an arbitrary line
Painted us in black and white
I refuse to take a side
I refuse

Fear is the fashion they parade down the aisle
Fear is the fashion and it ain't ever going out of style

We don't want another title to tell us who we are

We define the new divide
Track Name: Bartenders Without Wings
We've inherited the debt of poor decisions
At the price of life, at the price of love
And we've given in
To a cowards demand
Exchanging our time for distraction
While eating right out of their hands

Give us the shackles, we'll find the wall

I want to believe that fear is only skin deep
And when staring at the beast
What's looking back is no more than I am
Both trying to understand
I start on the other side
Try to find common ground
When hate fights hate the ugly wins
It's a deafening sound

But we can overcome

Open hearts, open minds
Open hearts, no confines
Torn apart, dehumanized
Open hearts, open minds

I want to believe that fear is only skin deep
And when staring at the beast
What's looking back is no more than I am
Both trying to understand

We're all trying to understand
Track Name: Danger Music #9
You make a beautiful statistic, diamond eyes

Giving incentives to move these units
Prescribe more illness

And we'll become
The money they count behind closed doors

A half a million dead
A third of us next
Where's the accountability?

Dehumanizing the masses
Blank faces, clear conscious
Disconnected criminals robbing the weak
Taking advantage of us all

A complex system
That we've instilled
We treat the systems
Just take the pill!

When people become numbers
We'll live counting our dead
And die watching the clock
From our hospital bed
Track Name: Cancer Eater
My father was a working man
He worked all his life until he died
He fought for everything he had
I was the last to say goodbye

The shadow is behind me
At the the edge of every light
Calm me down, this uncertainty
Each day gives way to night

I need noise, please give me noise
Break the silence, fill the void

I held my breath for hours
Exhale

And you end where I began
We won't ever meet again

I'll never know the answers to the questions left unsaid
A weight I can't shed pulls me down

How much more must I give
To realize what I have

We're taken hostage by the ones we love
That leave us behind

I can't be tough as nails
With this paper skin
And organs that fail
But life will moves on
And I'll go on too

My father was a working man
He worked all his life until he died
He fought for everything he had
I was the last to say goodbye
My father was a working man
He worked all his life until he died
I lived like him
I'll die like him
Remember me, remember
Track Name: Broken Culture
We're free to hear the only thing being said
To regurgitate all the lies being fed
When there's no difference between living and dead
We're blueprint human beings

But don't let them catch you with nothing to say
The deaf and the blind can get carried away
It's a sick world and we've welcomed on the plague

If we're the sum of all parts
It's a whole fucked up world that we live in
Unforgivable
Unforgiven

But don't let them catch you with nothing to say
The deaf and the blind can get carried away
It's a sick world and we've welcomed on the plague

We thought we had it figured out
But we know nothing at all
We thought we had it figured out
We're just cattle for the new slaughterhouse

We had more guns than bullets
So we made pistols with our hands
Where there's good there's evil we must fear
So pull the trigger and pray the rounds land

We don't need another branded revolution
Or rehashed poetry
We don't need another echo in the hall
With no one to disagree
Track Name: Chicago Overcoat
We were not meant for this world
We're instilled with sadness
Equipped with inherent disease
And inevitable loneliness

We were not meant for this world
Our minds are wanders
Chasing what we can't have
Regretting what we don't chance

But the pain doesn't leave when we cease to exist
Hard times are coming, hard times
It's inherited by the ones we leave behind
Hard times are coming, hard times

We were not meant for this world
We live distracted
Caught in our past mistakes
And unpromised future

We were not meant for this world
And the constant struggle
Caught in the circumstance
A choice we never had

But the pain doesn't leave when we cease to exist
Hard times are coming, hard times
It's inherited by the ones we leave behind
Hard times are coming, hard times

We carve our path through trails of failure

But the pain doesn't leave when we cease to exist
Hard times are coming, hard times
It's inherited by the ones we leave behind
Hard times are coming, hard times