Bright Black EP

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Bright Black is:
Josh Paynter - Guitar
Jason Locklear - Vocals
Steve Vorass - Drums
Matt Miller - Bass

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released August 12, 2016

Recorded at Howl Street Studio
www.howlstreetrecordings.com

Mixed and Mastered by Tyler Spratt
www.threshmixing.com

Album Artwork and Design
Alexandria Moeller and Samantha Stratman

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Milwaukee post-punk/post-hardcore. Thank you for your continued support of our music!

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Track Name: Deserter
Complacent
And I'm wasting away
Walls are closing in around me
I'm a fraction of what I used to be

Desires
They're all running away
I've become an apathetic renegade
In denial of my own pain

I know it's not the way
To impress you
I could do better I just don't want to
A burden, a chain of my own design keeps me bound
Waiting for a key I swallowed long ago to hold it down

Run away
Hide the shame
Give me a reason I should hold on

So tie me up
And give me a name
Beat me like an animal without refrain
When I get mine, I'll put my life back on the line

I'm driving
Off a cliff in the rain
Hit the ground and burst into an open flame
When the smoke clears
I'll be the same

Surrender
Let the hospital say
I put up a good fight and walked away
But the damage
Will never fade

I know it's not the way
To impress you
I could do better I just don't want to
A burden, a chain of my own design keeps me bound
Waiting for a key I swallowed long ago to hold it down

Run away
Hide the shame
Give me a reason I should hold on

So tie me up
And give me a name
Beat me like an animal without refrain
When I get mine, I'll put my life back on the line

I know it's not the best scene I've shown...

Who wouldn't say?
If I could only find another way
Lead I to the wall and I'll escape
A prisoner outside lost and dangerous to everyone

In a perfect world like this
I still feel so uptight and emotionless
Need to find a way to kill my doubts
And hold my head above the water
It's as perfect as it seems
I've never felt strong about anything
You could fight for what you love
Or you could wait for something better

What would you die for?...

What'd I say? What'd I say? Is there something I can't see?
Track Name: Crowded Room
I show up to the party alone
Just like you asked me to
You're speaking in a circle, fighting for the best line
I recognize you by your tattoos

Stand in the kitchen like I'm killing time
I'm only waiting for a friend
The only one I have tonight is alcoholic appetite
I'd put down the bottle, if you would only let me in

And I'm sorry you can't see
Everything that's wrong with me
Lonely in a crowded room
And I'm sorry you can't see
Everything that's wrong with me
Lonely in a crowded room
Lonely in a crowded room

Now I'm cowering in plain view
Just like I always do
Making conversation but I speak a different language
I wear a smile like a costume

Walk away before they see the lie
And how I'm wearing out its use
I lean against the wall and think to myself
Life would be much better if I only had the wit like you

And I'm sorry you can't see
Everything that's wrong with me
Lonely in a crowded room
And I'm sorry you can't see
Everything that's wrong with me
Lonely in a crowded room
Lonely in a crowded room

In the shade I am waiting for the day
Where I burst on the scene and my worries fade away
I will kill the mistrust that I can't shake off the pain
From the stress and the doubt
Pins and needles in my veins

I will fight to breathe
Let it breathe, let it breathe, let it breathe
I will fight to breathe
Let it breathe, let it breathe, let it breathe

What am I supposed to do?

I'm a silent awkward mess
I'm an enemy just like the rest
If I could only find the words to use

I'm sorry you can't see
Everything that's wrong with me
Lonely in a crowded room
And I'm sorry you can't see
Everything that's wrong with me
Lonely in a crowded room
Lonely in a crowded room
Track Name: Neon
A split decision started on that summer day
I'm rolling up as she rolls her eyes at me
I could have sworn she wore that dress
Last time that we met
Elegant but still a riot and lacking subtlety

Memories fade as I watch her body move
I see her right back down the street she's on her own
I wanna light the torch on fire, burn these painted walls
I wanna see the color of the ash, taste it when it falls

I won't go home
'Til I'm ready to feel alone
It's too late, it's too late
It's too late, it's too late, it's too late

Some weeks later and I'm here for so much more
Twisting knives inside but I can't let it go
In denial as I try to use my looks to make it seem
Likes it's all a dream so baby I'll make it seem as so

A cigarette hanging out of her pink neon lips
I find her right back where I picked her up before
She bats her eyes and starts to laugh
As I fall into the trap
I'm a dead man, and she takes off her clothes

I won't go home
'Til I'm ready to feel alone
It's too late, it's too late
It's too late, it's too late, it's too late

Ooh honey, I'm gonna give you what you need

We get what, we need done
We move on, we move on, we move on
But it hurts, when you've gone
We move on, we move on, we move on

Right now, I know this way
I know it's not the only way
To get up, and get off
I know it's not the way that you wanted

Now and then, we do just what we wanna do
We do just what we wanna do
And that's ok, that's ok

We get what, we need done
We move on, we move on, we move on
But it hurts, when you've gone
We move on, we move on, we move on

We get what, we need done
We move on, we move on, we move on
But it hurts, when you've gone
We move on, we move on, we move on
Track Name: Ivy League
How could something so beautiful
Turn back into the dust?
A pristine exterior
With an inside, red with rust

She covered it up
And showed the pictures, that everyone wanted to see
Ones of aesthetic design, and a perfect loving family
We're all fools, we never noticed
What really lies beneath

An ivy league track runner admitting her defeat
One last hurdle over the railing
To kiss the hard concrete

Without warning, we never saw
The writing on the wall
Scribbled under every scene
Was a message to us all

How could we have known?
Asks her father as he pieces together her misery
Where were all her demons?, as all I see
Are perfect captured memories
Ones that spit on the wounds, and inspire jealousy

An ivy league track runner admitting her defeat
One last hurdle over the railing
To kiss the hard concrete

I know
You want to win this battle
But I am not at war with you
(We knew freshmen year was hard, that's all we knew, all we knew)

An ivy league track runner admitting her defeat
One last hurdle over the railing
To kiss the hard concrete
Track Name: Valhalla
Take a look at the cattle
They roam around with heads down in the weeds
They'd rather litter the garden with all the garbage
on which they feed
Tie up our eyes
chained to false beliefs
Never looking up to see the beauty in the dirt cloud
Of Violent sex and the energy

Vacant from the room
The dead have left the tomb

We could be dead in a moment
the train conductor holds the key
Lift off the track and derail
suffer the consequence
Of letting a stranger take the lead
Like trying to see to the other side between the speeding cars
Of a freight train passing by
Trying to focus on the flashing lights
Will leave you

Vacant from the room
The dead have left the tomb

And we try, but we never even get there

Like vampires we drink from the liars while they sing
Step out into the sun and we find out
We all have the same scream

Step out into the sun, step out into the sun