American Despair b​/​w The Coming

by Run Down

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Shortly after the demise of The Breaks and Formaldehyde Junkies, Joseph Sulier (vocalist for the former) and Colin Swanson-White (drummer for the latter) got together to work on a long distance project (St. Louis - Minneapolis) inspired by the those late-70s garage and post-punk bands that drenched themselves in darkness and depression (think an amalgamation of bands like Crime, Dead Boys, The Gun Club, and The Birthday Party). The two primary song-writers (Joseph on vocals/lyrics and Colin on everything else) wrangled up a crew to fill out the line-up, play a few shows, and record this 2-song single back in 2007. We unfortunately had to sit on releasing this until now for a myriad of reasons but now that the duo have regrouped as Voight-Kampff and just self-released their debut full-length cassette, we thought the time had come for this single to see the light of day. Limited to 300, we highly suggest you hop on this with haste.


released July 30, 2012



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Track Name: American Despair
I'm oversexed & under pressure
been gettin' homesick from a letter
heard the couches callin' out my name
when I found out the West was just as lame
so gimme a drink that I can afford
I've seen enough of the sunlight & now I'm bored

& I don't wanna go home
'cause I ain't got no home
but I don't wanna stay there or go anywhere

It's best to keep your eyes in the back of your heads
'cause the wolves are all around and they will have us in their beds

Gimme The East, The West, The North
The Middle-West, The South, & more
gimme American despair
gimme gimme a reason I should care
I once knew a girl who called me "Baby"
she used to say my mind would drive her crazy
now I sleep in a cold room 2nd-handed
my life's a cell
my gut's been branded

I could have stopped the way I felt
I could have saved myself it's true
I could have saved your life as well
I could have stayed away from you
it's always the last place that you look
that you will find the life you lost
the life you'll risk at any cost
Track Name: The Coming
There's something bad about this city
& this time it's not just me
it's closin' in
it's a box too small
& I ain't got no room to breathe
but I think I got it figured out
I can't relate to the same old shouts
there's nothin' up about always bein' down

I been learnin' a brand new song
I been itchin' for it all along
my dead shoe's got a few steps still
they're makin' way for a dangerous will
it's my life it's gonna be my own
I'm gonna make my visions known
there's nothin' right about always bein' wrong

& I don't care what the masses say
I'm gonna see it my own way
you're gonna greet a brand new day
when I'm through

You can't sing along to empty words
unless you've got an empty head
so I'm carvin' a new path
it's based on all you never said
the coming evolution
shall absolve us of our crimes
& new earth shall come to fall upon the ashes of our times

if there's no future to be found
I'll make a present all my own
if my existence has no meaning
then reinvented I'll be known