-CENTRISM

by Strange Relations

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Debut LP by Strange Relations

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released 17 March 2015

produced by Strange Relations & Lance Conrad
recorded & mixed at Humans Win! in NE MPLS
mastered by Bruce Templeton at Magneto
all songs written & performed by Strange Relations
all lyrics by Casey Sowa

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contact: strangerelationsband@gmail.com

"there's nothing more punk than a heartfelt ballad"

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Track Name: Underage
you were an imposter
an apostle
sent to me

you were a bizarre dream
something fevered
sweeping in and out of me

i know they’ve been talking
our friends and neighbors
penny gossip

we are sinners
do you mind it
i don’t mind it

have a need, gotta feed it
nice and even
bridle in hand

pressure’s creeping under
growing in ya
stealing in

you were a disaster
blemished body
not how it ought to be

so guarded and stilted
purple iris
bloom for me, bloom for me

actuarial
am i still worth it
all those other ones
leave out all the risk

every jar i’ve saved
could be your new home
i’ll bind my own wrists
you bring the bible
Track Name: You Talk
you’re not
the type i usually fall for
so laid back and honest
i’m used to tripping over myself
with you there’s none of that

couldn’t suss out your end motive
in time to form it to my will

could’ve left it understated
could’ve walked away and never looked back
how come you always have to have things
go according to your plan
but god knows you’re so charming
when you want to be

we have
a good time, don’t we
even when i get to ranting
so why’d you wanna go and fix something
that’s already working out just fine

are you happy
do you need me
do you need space
are you listening

c’mon, i’ll wait for you
to set it right, set it right
set it right
i can surive off memories until my nails turn
white

you talk
a perfect vision
the kind i’d give anything to invest in
could you forgive my past indiscretion
for a votive, an altar in your name or a kiss
or a kiss
or a
Track Name: Distraction
could i be any further from your mind
this time of night i always feel misplaced
have you found some finer distraction
i can’t recall your number anymore

revisiting the basics, wearing out my graces
it started with a chase and ended up in stasis

this isn’t what i want to know
prefer to leave some things alone
but if i get to feeling foolish
i think it’s time to let it go

it’s not like i’ve become dependent
i’ll prove it with another drink
besides, i’ve grown to like this circle
may be bound, but it’s comforting

revisiting the basics, wearing out my graces
it started with a chase and ended up in stasis

this isn’t what i want to know
prefer to leave some things alone
but if i get to feeling foolish
i think it’s time to let it go

it’s hard to hone in on a tipping point between
restraint and basic nerve, between
refinement and robotics, between
hallucination and truth
don’t want to always have to ask you to call and feel so lousy when you don’t
i guess it’s time to let it go

revisiting the basics, wearing out my graces
it started with a chase and ended up in stasis
Track Name: Panther's Conquest
i have infinite fathers
and none of them are chosen
can’t walk down the street
till i master my gag reflex
who am i to challenge
the order of the present
where do i get off
expecting straight answers

that girl’s got it worked out
she doesn’t bend to pander
nothing fills a gap like a middle finger

watch ‘em cower at her visage
gotta get a piece of the action
hope her sparks infuse me now

he has too many concerns
all wrapped up in ego
passively, they seize him
till he’s his own false idol
if i refuse to profess
will it shatter the distance
give me one good reason i should be subservient

anytime i like i conjure her and all her fury
cold, silent and hungry
my violence will be bloodless

i am not your wayward daughter
striking out, a panther’s conquest
i will not forget her steely eyes
Track Name: LYLAS
feel the space between us
expanding and contracting
you’re so fucking clever
you’re so fucking pretty
i’ll see you again after a hot summer
i’ll be your best friend
if you let me

this is how we come to be melting from a solid state
chasing down a tidal wave
running on fumes again, running on fumes again
i used to not know your name, i used to not feel your gaze
we cut our palms, made our blood vows
and there’s no turning back now

try not to get too close, try not to share too much
but you know my buttons
know just where to push ‘em
overworked routine, sharing the same sun
carving up our lots, casting weight off

this is how we come to be
melting from a solid state, chasing down a tidal wave
running on fumes again, running on fumes again
i used to not know your name, i used to not feel your gaze
we cut our palms, made our blood vows
and there’s no turning back now

i heard someone talk about you
and i know they’ve never met you and i wanted not to hate it, but it gave me a sick feeling
you know i want the same things
i want ‘em just as badly
could we settle for a showdown
will you swear not to go easy on me

love you like a sister
never quite on balance
root for your ascent
but wary of your shadow

as the lights are called upon you my hands clap with the rest of ‘em
but i feel the cages building, it seems to take so little effort
am i really better for it
all those little vicious moments
in this kingdom of plenty can it really be both of us can it really be both of us can it really be both of us
Track Name: Parallel
and when the building’s face collapsed disintegrated on the cold air and when the tunnels became flooded
is it weird i thought of you

and how am i meant to establish a connection with frayed wire
some modern patchwork intervention could only imitate my gestures

and how i want to reclaim you, i think you know as well as i do
but can i live with this changed milieu
stuck in parallel. stuck in parallel

this is not the right way forward
i know but it’s hardwired now to make an absence out of something, i’ve learned it’s in my nature

unwinding notions you’ve always clung to, falsified in the bare sun gonna have to invent some new reasons to get the old tasks done

motivation’s not a given like it was when you were young, now that you have come to terms with all the ways that you were wrong
small hands put up a good fight
matching lungs can raise a shout
i can still see her, eyes squeezed shut against the glare off the glass ceiling

we are not the only ones to fall asleep wondering where have all the good ones gone
you’re welcoming in your own ways now, filling in the shapes you’ve carved since you were born

i wanna know your thoughts, even though i’m scared of them
i’ve got an itch to chase you and see where i wind up
could we start a revolution
even if it’s just ours
Track Name: Neurosis
it’s an itch you can’t scratch
it’s a chance you won’t take
it’s a barreling train
and it’s headed our way
it’s a line, not quite straight
it’s an odd turn of phrase
it is not what you need
it’s the way you need it
it’s the click of your jaw
it’s the sweat on your brow
it is not well composed
try to compose yourself

all of the things
you’ve felt mark you up
ostracize you & set you apart
all of the things
you hate in yourself
are the things that i love most
i love your...

it’s the first warning sign
it’s a silent siren
never could close your eyes
in a sea of people
it’s a camouflaged den
without an exit
never meant to stay here
now it’s all you have left
it’s a false expression
misappropriation
it is getting to you
but it hasn’t hit them
it’s a terrible curse
but you’ve made it through worse
it is getting so close
so close you can taste it

all of the things
you’ve felt mark you up
ostracize you & set you apart
all of the things
you hate in yourself
are the things that i love most

i love your neurosis
Track Name: Uprooted
here i’ve come to be
uprooted
the cadence of the storm
that blows me ever onwards
try to find a way
to salvage
the best of what we had
without it pulling me backwards
you’re always smiling about something
wish i could slip into your moods

eyes ahead
no slack limbs
keep alert
vigilance

here i plant my feet, defiant
the dust has settled down
i know where i belong now
slowly shaking off
the damage
her parting gift to me
i shed it like a second skin
and watch you smile about something
just like that, i’m smiling too

eyes ahead
no slack limbs
keep alert
vigilance

but at night i sleep with one eye open
just in case you come around here haunting
like a mercenary, armed and silent
come to shred the fabric of my defense

eyes ahead
no slack limbs
keep alert
vigilance
Track Name: Very White Teeth
you’ve got your tribe
your warpaint on
and it’s the kind
that won’t wash off
you’d be well suited
to the fast track

you’ve got the look
of all the stars
and it’s the kind
of look we want
sell us your fiction
bottle your magic

just give me one more chance
to gain your confidence
you’d be a good teacher
i have a good feeling

just give me one more glance
basic acknowledgement
you know i’ve been watching
you know what happens next

hey

the coral breaks
before it bends
gives to the sea
that nurtured it
will you hold steady
when the waves come

a furtive night
a blur of limbs
a ritual
a commitment
you glow so softly
when it’s all done

just give me one more chance
to gain your confidence
you’d be a good teacher
i have a good feeling

just give me one more glance
basic acknowledgement
you know i’ve been watching
you know what happens next

hey

you’re just a kid
don’t know what you want
how you want it
i’ve got a script
for a pill
for every occasion
i can admit you’ve got
a tighter grip on me than i expected
with the lights dimmed it can be hard
to avoid gravitating nearer
nearer
nearer
Track Name: The Pull
educate the masses
teach ‘em to think backwards
a firm handshake
bring in a new order
to replace the old order
stays the same
gotta find a fixture a permanent fixture a gold frame
it’s been several months since we felt we had enough
who’s to blame

tunnel out through your basement
leave a note
but don’t say where you’re going
come to enjoy a certain debasement
it’s the way we all shake off the system

the buzzing never left us
breaking out in rashes
it’s commonplace
sending up a signal
to let ‘em know we’re still here
is it too late
gotta find an address a permanent address a home base
we live inside a pyramid don’t know more than two people
but it’s better this way


tunnel out through your basement
leave a note
but don’t say where you’re going
come to enjoy a certain debasement
it’s the way we all shake off the system

c’mon baby, pull me in
i wanna get lost in it
hoping for a guarantee
gonna have to search for it

c’mon baby, pull me in
i wanna get lost in it
looking for a guarantee
gonna have to work for it
Track Name: Belong To
i don’t know what it’s like
to not desire you

played coy for a short while
but now i can call you mine

you have always wanted
somewhere to belong to

i have always wanted
your thoughts to belong to me
only me

who you are
and who you want to be
two separate people
two separate people

gotta find a way back home
back to one

hello can we talk now
it’s never a good time

tell me that you want me
but never act like it

put me in your photos
tell all your friends i’m yours

it is just a hashtag
nothing real
nothing real

who you are
and who you want to be
two separate people
two separate people

runaway again
run away again
back to one