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Heavy Lifting

by The Father Figures

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    The Father Figures deliver with both barrels blazing on Heavy Lifting, the band’s fourth full length effort and first for Slope.

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    Recorded at Villain Recording by Byron Filson
    Jacket art by Mike Fisher
    Internal layout by TPStank
    Photography by Jim Hesterman

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1.
Ego Vs. Ego 04:11
Ego vs Ego Might makes right but so does acting right Don’t you know? Even children know. Shake your fist you’re good at looking pissed It’s all for show. The children know. Take a chance watch a blind man dance And you have to know It’s ego vs ego The games you play for just one day’s pay Are they by design? Salvation you won’t find. Expose the vaults it’s the poor man’s fault Empty your soul. Emptiness will grow. The nests you destroy like a vengeful boy and you have to know It’s ego vs ego There’s no peace of mind you will ever find Yourself to blame. Your public shame. And you love your face a mirror’s favorite place Mirror mirror who’s the narrowest of all? The trick I think is to never blink and you have to know It’s ego vs ego
2.
Medicine Ball This is a medicine ball Want you to swallow it down It will make everything right as rain It will make everything nice again This is the dream you have had The one where you feel peace It will taste funny at first Until you ask for your release Give me ….control Let go Shut up I want…control This is the ghost of your mind keeping your thoughts at home They wander aimlessly Without the medicine chains The medicine ball is good Once or twice a day Make sure you swallow it whole And keep the wolves at bay Give me….control Let go Shut up I want….control
3.
USS Destroyer This is a message for the masters Maybe it’s time for a change This is a message of disaster You’re going to be digging lots of graves This is a message for the leaders And for the flags you wave This is message for believers When no one will come to your parades I don’t believe in statements I don’t believe in change I don’t believe in the devil I just can’t at my age This is a challenge to the safety Of walls created by our fears This is a shovel made of backbone To uncover what’s left between our ears This is destruction of your ethics By those who believe in just the word This is completion of the process Mute all the curious boys and girls I don’t believe in heroes I don’t believe in pain I don’t believe in endings I’m adjusting to my chains We destroyed ourselves from the inside out
4.
Nigerian Prince Charming Dear Mr. Reardon, We are pleased to inform you of an exciting opportunity to join your government in finding an equilibrium it has been missing for years. Your assistance, along with others like you, will bring a deep, undivided national pride back to the cities and towns of America. Your input is all we desire. The measure of man is not in what he has, but is entirely in what he is willing to give. This is why we ask you to give as much as you are able to give. Times are terrible, that’s what they say It’s only getting worse, worse everyday Don’t care about the future because it doesn’t pay Your life is meaningless unless you obey But what if I believe in something more What if I believe there’s a lot to live for What if I reject every media lie And just do my best til the day I die Consider this a one-time loan. For collateral, we promise you a different taste of freedom. We promise you a bridge between our great nation’s past and its robust future. Take our collective hand and join us in cleansing ourselves for a better tomorrow. Mr.Reardon, you won’t be disappointed and we will be lucky to have you. Times are terrible, that’s what they say It’s only getting worse, worse everyday Don’t care about the future because it doesn’t pay Your life is meaningless unless you obey But what if I believe in something more What if I believe there’s a lot to live for What if I reject every media lie And just do my best til the day I die
5.
Heavy Lifting This is not for me It’s barely for you This is not for me It’s barely for you and completely true I’ll tear you into bits Bit by bit I’ll tear you down This will tantalize Without it you’ll die This will tantalize Without it you’ll die and life will pass by I’ll tear you into bits Bit by bit I’ll take you down I’ll tell you secrets that you won’t believe This is your new religion I’ll show you everything up my sleeve This is your new baptism I’ll tell you secrets that you won’t believe This is your new religion I’ll feed you pieces of myself in threes This is not for me It’s barely for you This is not for me It’s barely for you and completely true I’ll tear you into bits Bit by bit I’ll hold you down I’ll tell you secrets that you won’t believe This is your new religion I’ll show you everything up my sleeve This is your new baptism I’ll tell you secrets that you won’t believe This is your new religion I’ll feed you pieces of myself in threes I’ll tear you down to build you up I’ll tear you down to build you up I’ll tear you down to build you up I’ll tear you down to build you up
6.
(The Man Said) Scorsese Was A Hack I’m on the ledge again Staring over the edge again I’m looking for something that’ll make me scream At the top of my lungs All the songs I’ve ever sung I’m looking for something I’ve buried inside So come inside Or run and hide So get inside Let’s go for a ride Someday soon a rain will come And clear the streets of the scum I’m looking for something that’ll help me sleep Until the day when I awake No more need for give and take I’m looking for an excuse to be a creep So come inside Or run and hide So get inside Let’s go for a ride (ride ride ride) Someday soon a rain will come And wash away all the scum The man said Scorcese was a hack I said man you better take that back
7.
Borrowed Records It was nothing I knew The slap of palm across my face The plans are made without me again To keep me busy all summer long But what I felt and what I learned from your borrowed records Two at a time they seemed to come Natural disasters wrapped in chewing gum (all right) It’s everything It’s all my dreams In 85 I felt alive And what did I say You know I said I’d be doing this At a level you’d appreciate Before I forget to breathe Oh..it was the sound It was the sound all along Made me sweat and laugh and cry Made me want to sing along (all night) It’s everything It’s all my dreams In 85 I felt alive My success or failure Depends on my own drive The sounds that taught me patience Helped me learn to be alive It’s everything It’s all my dreams In 85 I felt alive
8.
Four Mile Circus He’s out there Like the godhead floating in his casket An artist with no canvas the masked man before he’s unveiled and what you see is what you get His charm is His poison the face he makes sells you for ransom you cling to his lifeline while you’re cut into ribbons and what you see is what you get It’s a circus with no rings It’s a circus He’s willing to wait for the right time to strike He’s one in a million A masked man or a mad man and what you see is what you get He’s faster Than you can Imagine In daylight His art forms our secrets To make you Uneasy And what you see is what you get He’s Moses He’s Jesus He’ll kill us Then eat us He’s Adam He’s Ahab He’ll save us then maim us and everything he’ll do to you he’s done to himself already
9.
Kennebago 01:53
10.
Rigged 02:04
Rigged You think you’re smart You think you’re really smart But all your brains don’t make you a man You make me sick You make me wanna be sick Blinding my eyes is your best trick But I’ll watch you I’ll watch you burn it all I’ll watch you burn it down to the ground No one is free No one is truly free It’s an illusion we’ve all been sold You took us down You took us all right down And then you paved your roads with gold But I’ll watch you I’ll watch you burn it all I’ll watch you burn it down to the ground You hope it always stays the same You’ll only play in a rigged game And we let you rig it We even voted for you so could You hope it always stays the same You’ll only play in a rigged game You hope it always stays the same We let you rig it – There’s no one else to blame
11.
Hotel San Pedro He tried really hard today To make sense of the world again It’s time to build his home Some place safe where no one will mind him There is a town below It’s called San Pedro Out there where the freeway ends He’ll go (and hide) He’ll never be contrary Just give him some space to breathe He can’t be ordinary Please just keep leaving him be There is a town below It’s called San Pedro Out there where the freeway ends He’ll go There is a town below It’s called San Pedro Out there where the freeway ends He’ll go His mind is always there There’s rooms he can share Out there where the freeway ends Til he dies
12.
The Controls Are Broken I’m like a cannonball And I’ve broken what I can’t control I’m looking for a new way to see The person in front of me I don’t like it I can’t see it I don’t feel it Want it Need it See it Where do I have to go What do I have to do to feel it Where do I have to go What do I to be needed Where do I have to go What do I have to do to feel it To get your attention Why do I have to do wrong And I’m wasted On watered down thoughts And It’s my burden to drown in all of my doubts and I can’t see I don’t like it I don’t feel it Where do I have to go What do I have to do to feel it Where do I have to go What do I do to be needed Where do I have to go What do I have to do to feel it To get your attention Why do I have to do wrong

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The Father Figures deliver with both barrels blazing on Heavy Lifting, the band’s fourth full length effort and first for Slope.

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released December 6, 2017

Recorded at Villain Recording by Byron Filson
Jacket art by Mike Fisher
Internal layout by TPStank
Photography by Jim Hesterman

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The Father Figures Phoenix, Arizona

"Like skating, punk is the band's lifestyle — and Phoenix has noticed, as the band has opened for bands like No Age, X, and Public Image Ltd. Reardon, Cornelius, and Lerma haven't mellowed out with age, and they haven't run out of things to be angry about. But there's a zen to their approach — a refined attitude that comes only with maturity, both personally and musically."

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