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American Despair b​/​w The Coming

by Run Down

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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
The Coming 02:23
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


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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