More of the Same to Say [Demo]

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released April 26, 2017

Released on INVISIBLE AUDIO, IA-002.
Tapes available 4/28/17.
E-mail: invisibleaudio@hotmail.com

Recorded by David Settle 2016-2017.
Artwork by Jesse Feinman.
Photography by Allie Dwight.

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Track Name: Luxury
More of the same to say
Because nothing seems to change
Complacent compassion overshadows what I say
You're so far removed from reality
Outrage and apathy plague me
A temporary interest
In something real to me
You're more concerned with social death than making any change
You're so far removed from reality
Outrage and apathy plague me
You're one degree
Away from me
You've got the luxury
Of outrage and apathy
Sure you "care"
Say you're aware
But are you there,
When speaking up is inconvenient?
Track Name: Uniform
Bombard me with empty platitudes
You're so afraid of saying the wrong thing
Your fear,
So palpable and clear
Your fear,
So palpable and clear
I watch you walk on eggshells
Dictated dogma, no need to think
Hold on so tight to your spoonfed beliefs
Carefully curated canned sentiments
Devoid of meaning and birthed from a script
Wear your uniform and cover up your fear
Wear your uniform and cover up your fear
Uncomfortable in your skin now that I'm here
So suit up, and follow thoughts and words pre-prescribed
Follow protocol
Put your mind at ease
Going through the motions, you're just here to please
Your fear controls you you're too afraid to think
Your fear controls you you're too afraid to speak
Track Name: Brute Force
Shoot on sight
Seen as inhuman
Seen as a plight
Justify our deaths
With a prejudiced lens

When you look at me,
What do you see?
Perceived as I am,
Or perceived as a threat?
Could it be me or someone I love,
Who has the misfortune to be deemed a Thug?
Could it be me,
My face on TV?
Or could it be you who walks my shoes?
(They'd rather...)
Exterminate than educate and give us tools to change our fate
The boys in blue are just the few who use their boots to crush us brutes
Brutes in brown pinned to the ground
Taught to keep our heads held down
Accept the norm don't make a sound
As bullets rest inside our crowns

Shoot on sight
Seen as inhuman
Seen as a plight
Justify our deaths
Maybe I'm next
Track Name: 100%
Validation and resassurance,
Killers of the self
Neglect in disguise
Validation and reassurance,
Find your self-worth in someone's eyes
Find yourself in someone else
Watch your self-reliance quell
Sacrifice, squander, and strive,
Just to be worth more in someone's eyes
Track Name: Muzzle
Can peace and progress really coexist?
Can words and reason do more than a fist?
When the audience I speak to don't exist
And the biggest bigots preach to coexist
And justice has been rendered meaningless
Tell me why I shouldn't close my mouth and
Start to clench my fist
Can peace and progress really coexist?
Can words and reason do more than a fist?
I beg for change but things still say the same
Sit at your lap just for these table scraps
What has peace given me but morsels of morality?
I'll bite my tongue and bide my time
As silence slowly turns to violence
Can peace and progress really coexist?
Can words and reason do more than a fist?
When justice has been rendered meaningless,
Tell me why I shouldn't close my mouth and start to clench my...
What has peace given me but morsels of morality?
I'll bite my tongue and bide my time - create a change more "dignified"
What has peace given me but morsels of morality?
Beneath this silence lies a thirst for violence
I'll be exactly who you thought I was
I'll be exactly who you want me to be
I'll be that thug
I'll be that criminal
I'll prove you right
I'll use your words
I'll speak your language
I'll prove you right
I'll fight violence with violence, and
You won't see that you pushed me here