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These are songs for people who still believe in the power of music to connect those of us that don't sit quietly while those in charge strip away everything that we hold dear. Earnest songs about the beauty in giving a shit and the ugliness in keeping your mouth shut. Honest songs about the struggles of living with anxiety and depression, and eager songs about sticking it out with your friends and your loved ones by your side. Widows Watch play melodic punk rock with power and grit, delivered in a style reminiscent of bands like Leatherface, No Choice, Doughboys, and Husker Du. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, the band features former members of Chernobyl Kids, Greasegun, and the Gamma Rays.

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released January 9, 2015

Recorded and mixed at Tesla Electric Recording by Chris
Camden and Fred Fritz using psychic scientific remote viewing
and experimental ESP techniques.
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio.
Additional backing vocals by Chris Camden and Fred Fritz.

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FIRESTARTER RECORDS
Releasing great hardcore/punk records since 2002 for bands like The Spark, Ruiner, Nux Vomica, Formaldehyde Junkies, Psyched To Die, the Ergs, Pulling Teeth and more.

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"Making pop a threat again."
Started in 2007 as a sister label to Firestarter to indulge our pop desires with releases from Sick Sick Birds, the Ergs, Dead Mechanical, Sundials, Tenement...
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Track Name: Blackened Heart
If we don’t choose to see
It stays hidden from our view
I’m so sick of my complicity
How about you?
Sell half your day, every day
Still can’t feed your family
Only a blackened heart
Would take the time
To make you feel so helpless now
Keep you on your knees begging for ways out
Make you apologize for someone else’s mess
Talking boot straps while their boot is on your neck
Track Name: Fake Smile
Are you waiting up again
Until sleep finally takes you?
Are we bearing more than we deserve?
That’s a question I can’t answer alone
Are you even asking the right questions?
So far, just so many miles on my mind
We’ve all been there
Flash a fake smile and go along for the ride
Are we keeping fires lit
That will come to be the end
Of this world as they are carried on the wind?
Are the desires in our heads
Just a sick joke to make us spend
Our best days in the belly of this beast?
Track Name: Stumble
It’s not the busy times that bother you
It’s the ones that make you wonder
Could this shit get any worse?
When you know full well it could
It’s not the brain I might have picked
But I’ll work with it for sake of a replacement
No I don’t want to talk about it
I just want to sleep it off
That give up, I know it’s inside of us both
You lean on me, I lean on you as we stumble through
It’s the lonely times that drag on and on
I know it’s all in my head
A lot of good that does in practice
Because it’s where I’ve got to live
It’s not the brain I might have picked
But I’ll work with it for sake of a replacement
No I don’t want to talk about it
I just want to sleep it off
That give up, I know it’s inside of us both
You lean on me I lean on you as we stumble through
Track Name: Everything Has a Name
Twenty-seven years never heard a sound
So I keep my eyes trained on the ground
Feeling helpless, useless, dumb
Sound didn’t leave me, it just didn’t come
No connection, no direction
And I ain’t got a name
But everything it has a name
Everything it has a name
I never knew until today
I’ll keep a list so I don’t forget them
World is open now, never let it close
Every word just expanding the scope
Of possibilities that always seemed out of reach
What’s your name? and tell me quick
And I’ll add it to my list
So I never will forget
What is possible when we speak the same language
I’ll keep a list so I don’t forget them
Track Name: American Gulag
Inside these walls time seems to stop
No matter which side you’re on
You better bet you’re dying young
You do your time
The time does you
Dehumanized and shoved down in a hole
Get out “worse than before”
Endless tension and paranoia
Packed in wall to wall
Because it’s not about Justice
It’s about a process in the American Gulag
Track Name: Zero Sum
They’re for the increment
They’re for the slow rise
They hide in shining castles
Never feel the down side
You play along in time
Masters of the universe never had no sympathy for me
Zero sum, you can’t get none, nothing is for free
They’re for the easy game
They’re for you forging your own chains
They’re offering cold comfort
As long as you can take the pain
You’re the type of person that makes me doubt myself
Makes me doubt my mental health
Track Name: Talk for Hours
What will they say, what will they do
When they find out what we’re planning?
Recall when we spoke to them in soft tones
These faceless monsters left us bloodied
We stood alone, and we wondered
Where are our brothers?
Are we cowards? We could talk for hours
And never solve a thing
So if you’re tired of their tricks and you’re tired of their shit
I hope you would agree
Out in the streets the pavement steams
Bated breath anticipation
Never forget the weight of this one percent
A generation sold for profit
We stood alone, and we wondered
Where are our sisters?
Here come the pigs to move us off again
Track Name: Lazy
You’re up already, ‘cause I can already smell the coffee
I’m laying low you know, lazy is just a word but I earn it
I guess I want to stay at home all day
The rest are racing off somewhere
To find a way back home all the same
Hey now don’t take this personally, but let’s take a personal
I know you’re feeling healthy today, but I think we’re coming
down with something
Track Name: Kindred Company
Riverbanks are cresting and I’m miles from home
Getting set to drive these roads alone
Rolling hills and small towns
Hoping you’re home safe and warm
Time to put the pedal down
Speed away from this storm
Angry skies they follow me
Thunder shaking flooded ground
They know kindred company
Head is pounding with the sound
So sick of the rain
But then I’m sick of everything that’s under the sun
You’re the only one who knows the shame
And pain and dark that weighs daily on my heart
And it’s comforting to know you’re never letting go
Flooded out highway down
Radio’s a static storm
You know I’ve never liked this town
Full with close-kept secret scorn
Angry skies they follow me
Thunder shaking flooded ground
They know kindred company
Head is pounding with the sound
Track Name: The Shadow
An expression of care, a dry spot in a storm
Up for bid, put out on loan
Close another door, message received
Those who still care are no longer welcome here
Drawing lines on the map where they don’t belong
It’s a slow bleed down to the water’s edge
Building walls on our lives where they don’t belong
So tired of the climb
Money places power where it don’t belong
And the shadow covers us all
Any victory, is just too much for them to bear
Proof of life amongst the dead, nothing to see here
“See that it’s stolen, and sold back to them”
This message repeats. This message repeats.
“If you find your house on fire please feed quarters to the
hydrant”