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The debut LP. Recorded in La Cocina de Ramsey in the Spring/Summer of 2013.

Dedicated to the memory of Joshua Kline. A portion of the money made from this album will be donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

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released December 17, 2013

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The Erratic Retaliator Strategy Chicago, Illinois

Mike - guitar, vocals
Ron - bass, vocals

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Track Name: Who Dares Wins
an apparition of triumph
brow beaten bohemian behemoth
shuddering beneath the covers of etiquette
kept alive in insolence
the breath
ever present yet contained
only inhaled
asthmatically corralled
but for the wicked and pompous
showered with innate knowledge
stripped from the common
bulging and blue-faced
bearing the weight as the timid will
until
the epiphany
who dares wins
who dares wins
who dares
wins
Track Name: Double Edge Sword
complacent, but vacant
yeah it's a double edge sword
so happy, distracted
yeah it's a double edge sword
i feed him, my demon
yeah it's a double edge sword
i want it, in my pocket
yeah it's a double edge sword
i see my pharmacist some days
for thc, lsd, and mdma
and every time i do
i come so fucking close to
taking all my blues away
complacent, but vacant
yeah it's a double edge sword
so happy, distracted
yeah it's a double edge sword
i feed him, my demon
yeah it's a double edge sword
i want it, in my pocket
yeah it's a double edge sword
legalize it
Track Name: The Host
the host becomes us all
the cognitive condition crawls
so lock up and brace for fall
you were never any threat to me at all
at all
you owe me all
the blind to the comatose
with eyes that never seem to close
a sigh erodes the ego
who decides what i call evil
a crime by my admission
maligned by my own ambition
a god to transform the small
you owe me all
you were never any threat to me at all
at all
the host becomes us all
the cognitive condition crawls
so lock up and brace for fall
you were never any threat to me at all
a crime by my admission
maligned by my own ambition
a god to transform the small
you owe me all
owe me all
Track Name: Drown
can't help but feel estranged
desensitized because you overreact
and one can't unsay ammunitions
used in verbal attacks
i gain tact
avoid collisions by omissions of truth
how am i supposed to know the depths
of your regrets as a youth
so ashamed
feeling like you could've done no right
and red-faced with your eyes closed driving
stuck still like road kill for real
paralyzed by the motherfucking headlights
blinding
and i know where you're going
you're headed straight to drown
do you want to hold me underwater
do you want to show me some restraint
hold my hand and lead me down to slaughter
because it's not going to be the same
exposed in the ray of
i keep hearing you've change
but listen close
cause i ain't holding my breath
cause i'm fucking sick of feeling faded
like i'm bleeding to death
you're all sketch
i figure leaving's just relieving the rage
and honestly i'm kind of glad
that i escaped it unscathed
unashamed
feeling like you could've done no right
and red-faced with your eyes closed driving
stuck still like road kill for real
paralyzed by the motherfucking headlights
blinding
and i know where you're going
you're headed straight to drown
do you want to hold me underwater
do you want to show me some restraint
hold my hand and lead me down to slaughter
because it's not going to be the same
exposed in the ray of light
did you need to hold me
so far under the water
just to see how long i'd breathe
did you need to hold me
so far down
because it's not going to be the same
exposed in the ray of light
no, it's not going to be the same
Track Name: Domepiece
full of shit
keep spitting this ignorance
get no bliss as a culprit
i flow quick
boatloads of real deal smooth like chenille
still never made a short list
so a motherfucker hopeless
but i still can't see the significance
if your streets where the dope is
if weight and balance is your talent
musicality’s mine
and crack dealing makes enough
to get us both rich
so why's everyone broke then
most rappers go bold for your billfold
me, i don't need no gold teeth bitch
i aim for the domepiece
i aim for the domepiece
ya'll motherfuckers know me
i go like 1, 2, 3, 4
hit me with that fucking raw
Track Name: Vacuum
the tree of knowledge dropped its fruit
so you ripped loose a chunk of bark and ate it
embarked for ages on a quest
and found your will had faded
table displays of things that might have emblazoned
or maybe raised a fucking eyebrow
in earlier days just lay
deprived of praise and practically phased out
and i screamed your name loud
but what you became is all that rang out
cascading black you vacuum dragged through hell
and back to attract you
but nothing in this world distracts you
i'm flashing a light down a dry well
fail
attempting to will it to fill to the brim
with the gift that created this new trail
and though i'm fighting tooth and nail
i've no illusion that my stale act
would ever pull you from that old hat
soul trap
yeah leave it to me to expose that
and yeah i'm shutting up and numbing up
especially close up
the cable snaps
the fire cracks the span
and brings the smoke up
look at me in the face right now
and tell me who's the grown up
you keep screaming that the world is on fire
while i'm bailing from the flood
you can't tell me that the earth has stopped turning
as we watch the sun come up
do you know what you prevent
why prescribe yourself this consequence
i've got another name for what you'd label common sense
it's a pessimist's defense
we're never on the same page
if even on the same planet
it's like even when i'm good
i feel i'm being reprimanded
got me questioning my sanity
questioning the man in me
can't seem to understand
that this isn't what i planned to be
i tried to make it work
completely changing plans for me
i wear a fucking tie to work
i'm used to slangin' bags of trees
i tell you i can make it
you just sit there and laugh at me
tell me that i'll never change
it's hard when you be slamming me
constantly
telling me how you could never love me
and how this could never work
fucking cringing when you hug me
it's like most the time you hate me
the other times you tolerate my presence
it seems like you're a queen amongst a peasant
and i get it
i'm never really the man i'd wanna see you with
you've done your fair share
but it's impossible for me to quit
trying to swim to shore
but i'm just wading in a sea of shit
you tell me i'm the worst so much
i fucking start believing it
and i don't need this shit
do you know what you prevent
why prescribe yourself this consequence
i've got another name for what you'd label common sense
it's a pessimist's defense
Track Name: Statue Of Liberty
i'm from the land of the free labor
home of the slaves
keep working hard
then like a chili pepper
give it away
feeling sorry for the people out there paying to pray
cause god ain't listening to your bullshit
i pull spliffs
let it go to my brain
tip bottles
drown every iota of pain
do the 12 step dance then i do it again
cause i ain't listening to your bullshit
you can't save me
i won't repent
like a devil got me caged up in a cyclone fence
i ain't alone baby
i got friends
but i'm the only one without a blindfold yet
they come inside my home
they won't let me alone
listen to me on the telephone
big brother won't you leave me alone
i cheat death every day i'm alive
and i'm gonna cheek any mood pill they try to prescribe
doesn't matter
because they pump it through the water supply
but ya'll don't have to listen to my bullshit
forced into a life of excess
cause we were too afraid to die
to see that freedom is death
you know they're going to raise rent
no matter who we elect
so i'm not listening to that bullshit
and you can't save me
i won't repent
like a devil got me caged up in a cyclone fence
i ain't alone baby
i got friends
but i'm the only one without a blindfold yet
they come inside my home
they won't let me alone
listen to me on the telephone
big brother won't you leave me alone
Track Name: Skinbag Pilots
don't lose sleep
fretting about being 6 feet deep
the hole we're born digging
living ain't the gift that keeps giving
one soul repoed every 5 minutes
skinbag pilots hide their privates
all their lives then mourn in silence
pray for guidance
everlasting life
but it's a fucking lie
we all die
Track Name: Vice
unsettling statements clear the path to foggy judgment
what's done but wasn't
you rubbing me raw restricts my overcoming
this damn redundance
seems it's time i should be left with nothing
when to succumb would mean relief
from all incarcerating substance
it occurs to me that lucifer had more time for planning
and once aware
the proof illuminates all and more that's damning
like now who's laughing
could it have been the catalyst was kept away
so nothing happened
i'm so sick of looking down into a box of unlit matches
begging me now to scratch the eternal itches
to end the stillness
they pinch us and snip the stitches
till the fabric of what's real's evicted
you're the monster inside me baby
and i'd try to run
but there'd be nowhere to hide
and you lead me away
as you lead me along
and i know i'm gone
i could've retracted every statement but i didn't
cause fuck forgiveness
how many times i tried to trust the living
still left diminished
oh it hurts to feel the dagger stick in
to end this vision of some moral purity
the task division
and somebody told me
always run from dead canaries
cause lack of air is followed
by somebody being dead and buried
it never varies
see but i never found the situation scary
to the contrary
every word you say
it resonates like a bomb tearing skin
like the wall of a fucking building
to prove revenge is resilience is less than brilliant
when you're bound
feel the wheel that's dealing
you're the monster inside me baby
and i'd try to run
but there'd be nowhere to hide
and you lead me away
as you lead me along
and i know i'm gone
Track Name: Jiminy Cricket
conflicts of wrong and right
they haunt my waking mind
guilt corrals the actions that i choose
my inner guiding light
left undermined in spite
cause no one fucking tells me what to do
sometimes i can't even tell me what to do
Track Name: High Card
the cool sting of astringent
under the skin
derivative of the vision she's given
remove the shiv to pain
submit and keep living
good riddance
i play the villain well
simmer and dwell
on what a soul can persevere
before it finally fails
i won't succumb to second guessing
pointless depression
any obsession meant to hinder me
from learning my lesson
i guess i'm such a glutton
since i've tasted the mutton
that i would rather feel the 10
than eat the pill that'll numb it
no love retracted when the innocence lies
every action
ignorant whim
unenchanted by the look in your eyes
are you frustrated
you can't get in