Attraction

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Austin & I began writing this record in our basement in the winter of 2010. We had just moved to Logan Square in Chicago and were unemployed and freezing. It was a bleak period.

Things have gotten better since then. - Alex 7/9/13

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released January 28, 2014

Alex Ward: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Programming
Austin Ward: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Additional synth on “Crooked Smile” and guitar on “Keep Me In The Dark” by Greg “Tone-Bone” Panciera.
Hand claps on “Road Warrior” by our roommates John Bennett, Jared Holloway, and Summer Shiflett.
Additional vocals on “Ghost In The Microphone” by Captain CJ Calhoun & Beau Bruns of Cowboy Indian Bear.
Additional vocals on “The Attraction” by Carolina Rodriguez.

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Track Name: Ghost In The Microphone
There’s no telling what will happen next
You haven’t seen anything yet
Won’t stop ‘til you’re screaming in your sleep
For me

But you keep coming back
You want the release and the attack
Your body is trembling over and over again

Coming back from the other side
Exorcise the demons in your mind
Watch the shadows crawling on the wall

Slow down
I’ll put the words inside your mouth
Slow down

I can’t talk to you anymore
Feel me standing at your door
I can’t talk to you anymore
Hear my footsteps dragging on the floor

I can keep you on your toes
A ghost inside your microphone
I’ll do anything that you want me to
I’ll do anything that you want me to do

I will haunt your every move
A ghost is chasing after you
I’ll do anything that you want me to
I’ll do anything that you want me to do
Track Name: Crooked Smile
There seems to be
A darkness underneath
So I see
Something you’re not telling me

Braced to fall
Pinned against a wall
Breathing fast
With your fingers crossed behind your back

I’d start over
And wouldn’t change a thing
All I want is all you’ve got

Won’t work on me
Won’t work on me
Won’t work on me

Let’s go over exactly what you need
A heavy sigh
Your hands between your thighs

A crooked smile
Says you do this all the time
Track Name: Keep Me In The Dark
Shake off your sex appeal
Skin tight you wear it well
Perfected every stare
But you never look at me

You’ve got such mass appeal
Good fit it suits you well
Flush red and I can tell
You’ve drank enough for me

Who are you thinking of?
My god, I’m hoping I am the one
But you never look at me

Whatever you’ve done before
Just keep me in the dark
Whatever you’ve got in store
Just keep me in the dark
Whatever can turn you on
Just keep me in the dark
Whenever you’ve got it all
Just keep me in the dark

When you’re smiling
It means you’re hiding something
And when you’re laughing
I know you’re laughing at me
Don’t make me beg and steal
What you do, you do so well
You’re such a snake when you’re threatened
You use your tongue and your body as a weapon

So many times I’ve blinked and missed it
I’ve got a life, but I don’t have to live it
I wish that I could cast a spell
I’d look at you but I’d be seeing someone else

All your dancing
Is always such a tease
And all your talking
It comes so easily
Track Name: Every Other Word
Hiding behind the walls from you
Cameras can see it all
Their eyes are all on us

Pushing the below on you
From a world we have never known
They close their eyes on us

Every other word is a lie
Only honest half the time
I’ve tried to see both sides

Every other sound is a sigh
See it all in black and white
I’ve tried

The urge, the sound
It’s swelling up and it falls back down
The weight is all on us

This isn’t right, this isn’t wrong
This is the only way
We all recognize our place
Track Name: Scam Artist
I’m so close to falling
And I can’t make sense of your confidence

I know that look in your eye
What you say and mean
Are two different things

I’m so close to falling in
You mess with me so carelessly

No matter how hard I try
You’ll always win
You’re gonna suck me in

You can’t act so offended
If I call you out

Your latest scam has ended
I’m gonna bring you down
Track Name: Fools
Has there ever been a worse time?
To shut down and cut ties
Calling off all negotiations
Oh we are

Stretching out the divide
You’re torn apart from the inside
Giving in to the complications
Oh we are

You’ve been fooling everyone
You’re fooling with yourself
And all the fools are gonna fall for it

Feel the rift drawing near
Spoon fed what you want to hear
You won’t change for the right conditions
You can’t survive without the opposition

Why are we fighting ourselves?
We should be fighting for the same side
You take the path of the most resistance
You will complain to anyone who listens

You’ve been fooling everyone
You’re fooling with yourself
And all the fools are gonna fall for it

You’ve been sticking to your guns
You’re sticking to yourself
And all the fools are gonna fall for it

Why won’t you let me in the conversation?
Why won’t you let me hear the words inside your mouth?

Why won’t you let me in the conversation?
You’ll never hear me when you’re talking to yourself
Track Name: Road Warrior
Your friends are on the back porch talking about a genocide
I haven’t got such a political mind

Inside we’re touching lips
I don’t care about their politics

All talk, such a waste of a night

If you’re looking for a place to go
I hate to sleep alone

Leave your clothes on for me
Give me some mystery

Will you tell me if you’ve had enough?
You’re just another girl I told I’d keep in touch

Your friends are in the basement looking for an empty room
You’re gonna find me in a particular mood

I am not known for self-restraint
What my body wants it takes
And I want you

Give me something to see
You know I hate the mystery

Will you tell me if you’ve had enough?

You’re just another girl I told I’d keep in touch
I guess it didn’t mean that much
I’m not a bad guy
If you can keep me honest

You’re just another girl I know can mess around
I’ll call you when I’m back in town
I’m not a bad guy
I’m mostly harmless

Come on, push me down the road
Oh you make me feel so old
I’m not a bad guy

Give me some place to go
I hate to sleep alone
You know I know what you’re thinking of
Will you tell me if you’ve had enough?
Track Name: Waiting For Something To Happen
Do you wanna hide away in a secret spot?
Drink from a bottle of vodka in the closet
We’ll lock the door, turn off the light
Just you tell me if you want to

I wanna be fun to be around
We can get messed up on some pills I found
All the worst mistakes make all the best stories

You know I’ve had enough but I wanted more
Gonna quit my job just to go on tour
In a hotel lot we’ll sleep outside
For a continental breakfast

But I don’t stand a chance in this cruel world
If you think it’s bad now, it’s only gonna get worse

Tell me how my night will always end
I wanted to black out with some Velcro friends
We could slow it down, and stay inside
But no one ever wants to

I know that all these plans come easily
It’s the follow-through that always gets me
Never get all that I want
But I didn’t think I’d settle for awful

I’m waiting for a chance to start again
I’m waiting for something to happen
Track Name: Spells & Potions
We turned a light off in the sky
We’ve frozen all the oceans
We stepped across a line
We’re going through the motions

I liked the way we were
We couldn’t turn back time
With all the spells & potions

We blackened out the sun
Melted deserts into glass
It’s cut and dry
Never meant to last

Now we’re going through the motions
We’re tearing down the sky
All the spells and all the potions
Couldn’t change our minds

You can stay where you are
And say you’re finally catching on
You can say what you want
And tell us that we’ve got it all wrong
You can stay where you are
And say you’re finally catching on
All this time
We never knew we got it all wrong

I liked the way we were
Track Name: The Attraction
There is a fatal attraction
We feel it taking a toll
This force is not in our control

There is another addiction
We are not getting enough
The world’s too small for the both of us

What does it take to pull you out of me?
A – T – T – R – A – C – T

You get off on the destruction
You want to see the world end
A love so dense it sucks us in

What does it take to rip you out of me?
A – T – T – R – A – C – T
What does it take to make you sick of me?
Opposites attracting

A – T – T – R – A – C – T
I can’t escape the pull of your gravity

Pulling backwards always takes so long
Pulling backwards always takes so long
Pushed together by a force so strong
You can feel the attraction