BREAK ALL THE LIGHTS

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released July 12, 2015

ENGINEERED BY TIM CONSEQUENCE
ENGINEERED AT ACME SOUND STUDIOS
PRODUCED BY DJS
MASTERED BY ALI JAAFAR

additional vocals by:
ALEX MITCHARD
ANNIE KRAUS
NICK RADTKE
CHRIS LEO
TATUM LOIRE
LAUREN KENNEY
ALISON MANLEY
JONNY VORTEX
KYLE MILLER
SELENA HANDLER
DREW FERGUSON
TORI VANCIL
SPENCER BIBLE

additonal vocals recorded at the HIGH NOON SALOON
(thanks Cathy Dethmer!)

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Track Name: ALIENS
+++ALIENS+++

you say enough's enough, enough
and you look into their eyes
and you look into the eyes of...
the eyes of aliens and they're looking for a life form,
looking for a life form
in the sun that's coming up and up
and you look into their eyes
and you look into the eyes of the...
eyes of aliens
and they're nothing like yours

ALRIGHT

we're born electrical,
TIKHAL
and looking for a lightbulb
looking for a light in the eyes of aliens
and they're looking for a life form,
looking for a light from the same unblinking god,
KING GOD
and you look into it's eyes
as you've looked into the eyes of
the mirror you've become
looking for a life form.

let me in.
have some light.
Track Name: HEXER
+++HEXER+++

in a den of words that mean nothing,
nothing is more precious
than the dust in mouths settling
and it's funny to me that here i am
talking to a pile of blood, water, shit, and bacteria,
all that at once and still lacking the imagination
to see themselves as anything other
than what they pretend they should be

at least if i go crazy i'll have found somewhere else to go
at least if i go crazy i'll have found somewhere else to go
it takes a lot to calm the senses in the company of a wolf
so at least if i go crazy i'll have somewhere left to go

there are far too many vile acts
and far too many to carry them out
outside my window
they're tying the necks of swans in knots
pissing flowers into the dirt
and they still can't get enough of it

I can hear them walk over each other
i can hear them talk talk over each other
i can hear them coming when they say
"you're sick to not agree
with the way that we're telling you to think."
Track Name: TIE FIGHTER
+++TIE FIGHTER+++

i say what do -
what do you want to save up for?
stay for another
I've stayed out every night like you want to
but you don't
so now i feel like we've got to

i'm gonna decay
but i'm not ready to go
I'm sick of this bar
let's go out and smoke in the back
are you really ok?
hey are you ready to go?
we're spilling our guts to bartenders we barely know

i say what do you want to wake up for?
let's take one more
just for luck
so i'll stay out all night if you wanna
and we'll wait to call it tomorrow

why should i care?
there's nowhere to go
your friends could be dead
but they're probably just at their homes
when you're not such a ghost
call me again
you think your friends are at home
until you hear they're dead

i don't wanna wait until then
i don't ever wanna take that call again
Track Name: NEW CROP
+++NEW CROP+++

another broadcast of broad generalizations,
more and more bullshit through the bullhorn,
more and more like each other every day,

more and more alarms to shake us
from the peace of the world
unfolding
there's nothing to take
but the helm of the plane
spinning back into it's own fuselage

we all deserve what we get,
gods and governments,
neither one as cruel as the other,
neither as cruel as a man.

we all deserve what we get,
gods and governments,
neither one as cruel as the other
neither as cruel as the men
who created them

they speak of your generation's sense of entitlement,
yet expect a celebration
for every ignorant word
that's ever poured from their mouths,

even those were handed down to them,
even their ignorance was handed down
it was handed down to them

and they never stopped opening their hands,
and they never stop opening their mouths.

all they need is the new crop to unload it on

born.

bones.
Track Name: CONNECT
+++CONNECT+++

what they don't have
they take,
and what they can't take
they kill,
and if they haven't come for you yet

then you're already one of them.

together they connect bridges
over gardens,
over truths,
over the blossoming mirror
they will not dirty themselves in,
over each other,
they connect to nothing
just let the two collide,
well i bet you will

i bet you will

as the affairs of others sit on my doorstep
and beg for attention, just not mine,
they say,
but only so long
as my eyes are watching
do they seem to go on with their own lives.
and when i tire
there's an avalanche of doorbells and phone calls
that want to finally show me
the hell that they've made for themselves,
but they don't really live there;
they ask if i can watch the place.

what they don't have
they'll take,
and what they can't take
they'll kill,
and if they haven't come for you yet
then you're already one of them.

cornered
and so sure the walls that contains us
have some sort of exit,
some sort of exit for us.
Track Name: BREAKING AND ENTERING
+++BREAKING AND ENTERING+++

i need you
to help me throw our washing machine out the window
and i need you
to help me break into cars, drive and crash into the lake
and i need you
to help me clean up the mess in the morning
that only the two of us could ever make

so i need you
to make me seem a little less crazy by comparison
that's why i need you
to ask me
to make me
to force me
to need me
to do the same

if you didn't love what i hate
then how would i ever know that your love for me is true?
and if i didn't play sad songs all night
how would you ever know which house to break into?

that's why i need you.
Track Name: SONG 8
+++SONG 8+++

hey.
we'll share beer and love
thought i lost you,
thought you'd never wake up
so stay for awhile
we'll watch our lives collapse
around us,
just show me what's left
settled in the dust of minds
you've seen with a thousand eyes
learning
as we are collected
and pinned to the sky

we wait for it and it waits for us
for way too long, its catching up

tonight the heart is wild
and lost in the stables
outside the mind rains
on fields of dead grasses
fold up the answers
and think thoughts of my own...

...air thin thoughts for no one
but if you should ever fall through them
on your way to the ground
then so be it.
i'm ready now.

sinks in low and heavy into us
like a London fog
i feel the shape of it all around me
we let it in like a horse into Troy
feel the pulse inside
as it pours out of us

like atoms over Hiroshima
we wait for it it waits for us

don't you die
don't you die
don't you die on me now.

you've crossed the river, why?
my hands still twist on your shadow
wringing out the memories,

you light,
don't you die
don't you die
don't you die on me now.
Track Name: INVENTOR
+++INVENTOR+++

we'll invent your illness and sell you the cure
let you know that there are others who feel just like you
and we're killing them softly,
one by one
pull the wool over their eyes and shove it down their fucking throats

just keep quiet, nose to the grindstone
you don't want us to make you into an example
a deer in the headlights, a bone not broken
...yet
a fire not producing ash yet
of all the things we could do to you...
we'll invent our progress,
and make it the truth

cut your limbs and tell you that you need to catch up
cause you're not important, nothing's important
but you're gonna have to do what you're going to do for us
we don't want you dead but we don't need you to live
Track Name: BROODER
+++BROODER+++

i see you coming in
you look so boring
so if you see me walking by
don't think of me
don't trap a single thought of me in your mind
well, i'm a hypocrite
and i'm so bored
that's what i tell myself
to shut myself up and just get stoned
stoned
just get stoned

i see you walking by
you look so boring
as you're thinking of nothing
you see me, your reflection in a dirty puddle
so what's your worry?
why so nervous?
you seem to be obsessed with even the way that you walk
so what's your hurry?
your favorite thing is always following you
it's always you

as we talk about your life
i think i'm losing my self control
and plotting out your demise
i whisper to myself
"hide from the cops
break all the lights in the parking lot
so they can't see you
and wait until they're gone
distance swallows their headlights
until there's no one left
to make you feel wanted again."

i see them coming in
they look so fucking boring
is that their entire life?
don't talk to me
cause i have nothing to say

don't talk about your life
and don't ask me all about mine.
Track Name: LIGHTS
+++LIGHTS+++

been sold by a thief to a liar
life's a debt that time collects,
we're worth less than nothing

in the car ride making eyes
with the wheels of a train
in a coma screaming that song i hate...
"OHHH!"
at the corner getting that feeling i'm lost.
i'm free
as i pull up to the place where i live...
why do i stay?

all the lights are out at home

kick the boots off and watch them spread,
the chains are off
i see them filled by the twisting legs
of a jumper reaching land
and in the clothes next to them
i see a man being drained
through the straw of a single fly.
through the window watch the sun circle the drain

and all the lights are out at home.
Track Name: IN YOUR BASEMENT
+++IN YOUR BASEMENT+++

past three… didn't pass out.
tonight is ours along with strays and roaming cops
so we raise our flags in the parks and parking lots
raise our glass to the blessed dark
to conceal our ailments
hide the reckless
bind the trouble to the pavement
I'm not gonna leave
but man, i think this party's over

cause all i want,
i want in this world's
a place to smoke cigarettes and spit on the floor
where the music's loud
and the phone line's cut
so your neighbors can't call the fucking cops
and all i want,
i want is you
we can turn up the stereo,
get drunk in your room
today is gray
tomorrow'll be blue
but the nothing of night gave us something to do

we live in the greatest abomination in the world
like we're gonna treat it with respect
how're we gonna treat it with respect
if they're gonna cage us,
and lead us,
and train us
let's treat it like the circus that it is
three ring binding agreement
it's past six… should we pass out?
the morning's parading,
the alarms are laughing with us
on another dead day

cause all i want,
i want in this world's
a place to smoke cigarettes and spit on your floor
where the music's loud
and the phone line's cut
so your neighbors can't call the fucking cops
and all i want,
i want is you
we can turn up the stereo
and fuck in your room
today is gray
tomorrow'll be blue
but the nothing of night gives us something to do