No More Lonely Robots

by Heroic Spear Thrower

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1.
04:17
2.
04:16
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03:18
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04:52
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8.
05:46
9.
03:05
10.
05:35

about

Old Songs, New Life.

My love for songs and the recording studio are what I hope to be the prominent features of this album. A foundation of rock instrumentation, contrasted with threads of electronic elements, manipulated by gadgets. But throughout it all, a love for lyric - painting with words, evoking images with sounds.

This has been a long time in the making. Many of these songs were written back when I was in the recording industry program in college in the 90’s. Most were written as part of the band I was in at the time – Build Happy Monsters. We recorded those songs on 4 track cassette, but never released them. A couple of them were created as part of recording projects by various fellow recording industry students. And one was never recorded at all before now.

Sometime after graduating college and building the beginnings of a modest home recording studio, instead of writing new songs (lazy!!), I started re-recording these songs – mainly just for fun – to see what I could do given I was not limited to 4 hour blocks of time in the studio anymore, nor had to compete with the band next door in between takes. Eventually they evolved and I realized the songs deserved the upgraded treatment they were getting. So I kept at it. And kept at it…

Hence we are here. In one sense, this album took way too long to finish and release. But I recorded and mixed albums for other bands during this time, and have learned much. This had a great influence on these tracks as they are here now. So, in another sense, if I had finished this project 5 years ago, it would not sound like it does today.

credits

released October 15, 2016

Engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Rueger at Lovefish Productions.

Chris Rueger – vocals, guitars, bass, synths, drum programming, trumpet
Kim Rueger – bgv on Silent Duplicity, piano on Shallow
Andy Calmes – drums on Stir, Faces, Secret Symphony, Slackers, Shallow, Tumbleweed

All lyrics by Chris Rueger.
Music on 1, 8, 10 by Chris Rueger.
Music on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 by Chris Rueger and Todd Christopher.
Seagulls sound on Stir by juskiddink:
www.freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/100724/

Special thanks to Jason “Big J” Taylor for helping name the album.
Cell tower photography by Kim Rueger.

All songs ©2016 Chris Rueger and Todd Christopher, except 1, 8, 10 ©2016 Chris Rueger

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Track Name: Stir
stir might be mine
blue eats up the sky
i send out a sigh
when you say goodbye

stir, nuns on the run
stir, shouts like the sun
mix up my thoughts faster
loosen up my thoughts faster
stir

stir i try to find
clouds on my lap lie
your hand is too high
your lips are too shy

stir, nuns on the run
stir, shouts like the sun
mix up my thoughts faster
loosen up my thoughts faster
stir

stir, nuns on the run
stir, shouts like the sun
mix up my thoughts faster
loosen up my thoughts faster
stir
Track Name: Faces
what happened i don't see
your faces still scare me
the night without warning
it fades into morning

you walk now with faces
smiling freaks of nature
naive words of passion
crawl through me forgotten

wanting never brings
wishing never works
breathing never lives
dreaming never gives

what happened i don't see
your faces still see me
i paint smiles on faces
lacking social graces

wanting never brings
wishing never works
breathing never lives
dreaming never gives
Track Name: Silent Duplicity
rose in my hand
vampire thorns that seek my life
colors stain the sand
petals witnessing the murder strange

silent slumber
repose relief
watch over me
sweet strong belief

thorns in my hand
changeling rose that took my life
sweet delicious red
thirst no more and live again

silent slumber
repose relief
watch over me
sweet strong belief

silent slumber
repose relief
watch over me
sweet strong belief
Track Name: Secret Symphony
dear one that held the light
reflections cast aside
enmitys face you wear
please dont stop and stare

dear one i burned you bright
but silence is all you sigh
the hand accepts the nail
at least that nail dont bite

all i want is a secret symphony
to hum along to
all i want is to send unfriendly fate
away with my fear
all i want is a dying tear to say
i'm glad you were here

dear one of fame and fright
i guess this pains alright
substances take your place
substance without a face

dear one please take a bow
a graceless curtsy now
the light that fades away
still shines on one more day

all i want is a secret symphony
to hum along to
all i want is to send unfriendly fate
away with my fear
all i want is a dying tear to say
i'm glad you were here

sounds of babies breathing life
at night
swim in the heated rhythm light
at night
dance with the cherubs in her eyes
at night
Track Name: Slackers
i paint and color skies
junkies ask me why
i say it is to die for
i paint and color skies

slack off and
black out and

i like to capture sighs
they fit around my eyes
they come in all shapes and sizes
they can mean you're sad or high

slack off and
black out and

lick the sky and wave goodbye
out of world out of delight
lick god and taste his eye
out of time out of his sight

i try to eat the light
maybe then i'll shine real bright
but tummy aches and brilliant innards
are all i seem to keep inside

slack off and
black out and

lick the sky and wave goodbye
out of world out of delight
lick god and taste his eye
out of time out of his sight

i paint and color skies
i paint and color skies
Track Name: Nothing Becomes Me
empty eyes
empty sighs
dreaming lies
empty lives

nothing sees me
nothing feeds me again
nothing wants me
nothing needs me again

empty love
tastes like dust
empty space
stay in place

nothing sees me
nothing feeds me again
nothing wants me
nothing needs me again

though the nothing hurts
moonlight fades with a curse
i repeat this verse
nothing always comes first

nothing sees me
nothing feeds me again
nothing wants me
nothing needs me again

nothing needs me again
Track Name: Shallow
braided waves dust the beach
slated for erosion
muttered thoughts spill the tide
waiting for emotion

shallow unfettered thoughts
reminiscent shadow lost
paper love that shines and smiles
shallow shadow shines inside

painted days touch the sky
reaching for another
baited rays fill the eye
fading in-to eachother

shallow unfettered thoughts
reminiscent shadow lost
paper love that shines and smiles
shallow shadow shines inside

play with the wicked wind
forget feeling
drop in and think my mind for me
forget thinking
funny way to feel the same
forget healing
see october in her eyes
forget feeling

shallow unfettered thoughts
reminiscent shadow lost
paper love that shines and smiles
shallow shadow shines inside, me
Track Name: L.N.O.
sleep til your blind
canes dragging pillows far behind
sleep til your blind
november's infant wrapped in spring's demise

sleep til your dead
sweet satin lies beneath your head
sleep til your dead
only one can fit into this bed

sleep til your blind
sleep til your blind
Track Name: Tumbleweed
so you left the big old west
you rode back into town undressed
said you'd find a way back home
untie Trigger, let him roam

so you found his shoe
no luck only glue
so you rode back home to me

it's been years since you came back
you just couldn't quite find the knack
until you spilled it out on the floor
laid right down and slept some more

so i cleaned it up
i used 7-Up
you never came back round no more

home, home where i roam
home, home where i roam
home, home where i roam