Anti​-​Melody

by American Standards

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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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
7.
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
8.
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

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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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