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Freak Frequency

by Stuck

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1.
Dark to light, the future never so bright. Prophecy spoken in tongues, the bell that can’t be unrung: Fanatic Fantasy They’ve got good news, it’s so sick living in a fanfic, they’ve got good news, there’s new life springing from a death cult Tearing up, you scream in endless fever dreams. Unmoored, you’ll cling to almost anything. Light to dark. They’re tryna breakin’ the arc, but now the covenants broke, and now they’re dying for a joke after living a lie They’ve got good news, it’s so sick living in a fanfic, they’ve got good news, there’s new life springing from a death cult Tearing up, you scream in endless fever dreams White-knuckle, you’ll cling to almost anything. Your family, they tried to pull you out alive Oh, pity, pity, pity, pity, storm came and went, and now your life is spent. Sun sets before my eyes; we’re walking backwards into the night. What did we do before light? Looking fondly to the past through warped reflections in the plexiglass, well They thought they had it all right When you decide to take a stand, capped in the neck by a mall cop's hands. The future never looked so bright. A whole new dark age! It’s burning bright with a hot white rage! What did we do before light? Haha
2.
I’m watching TV, and I’m reminded of something from way back when, and it makes me feel guilty, and then I’m distracted all over again by something on the TV, and I forget what I remembered, and now I’m absently watching, but I’m still feeling guilty Like a little old dog, whining on about something that they can’t see But I can’t tell what’s wrong, just that something’s not working inside of me And now the show is over but the episode is still far from done It’s a marathon weekend, and I’m just cuing up another rerun Anticipated this my whole life when the stress becomes me We all know it’s just a matter of time before the stress becomes me and now it’s here and now I’m doin’ it, doin’ it stress becomes me My therapist says that I am not my emotions stress becomes me I know I should go outside, I know I should be meditating or phoning a friend Or just eating right, not watching my progress unravel again It’s just day by day watching the gains that I’ve made get stripped away Until there’s nothing but me All alone with my own anxieties Anticipated this my whole life when the stress becomes me We all know it’s just a matter of time before the stress becomes me and now it’s here and now I’m doin’ it, doin’ it stress becomes me My therapist says that I am not my emotions stress becomes me Like a helpless little dog, whining on about something they can’t see… Anticipated this my whole life when the stress becomes me We all know it’s just a matter of time before the stress becomes me and now it’s here and now I’m doin’ it, doin’ it stress becomes me My therapist says that I am not my emotions stress becomes me
3.
Time Out 02:21 video
Somebody’s following me watching me twist in the breeze they’re reading all of my thoughts spilled-out and twisted in knots craven and highly engaged every time i get enraged And the worst part of it all somebody profits off my scrawl my fifteen seconds of shame I think I need a Time Out! Somebody’s following me! And the worst part of it all somebody profits off my scrawl my fifteen seconds of shame I think I need a Time Out! Sell the pain! Make it hurt! High engagement! Low returns! Sell the pain! Make it hurt! High engagement! Low returns! Sell the pain! Make it hurt! High engagement! Low returns! Sell the pain! Make it hurt! High engagement! Low returns! Ah! Nobody wants to see you win! Time Out!
4.
Planet Money 04:02
Don’t get it twisted the system works! Experts agree the system works! Big line go up the system works! You lost your job the system works! Cue up the music business is booming broadcast the good news that’s how it works! Let’s do the numbers dollars and cents their calming voice makes this make sense Seeking reforms to that same old deal they think it’s broken but it can heal Bloated and bleeding teeth stained blood endlessly feeding it’s never enough they’ve got you trapped knife in your back saying it’s your fault that you’ve been attacked and they’ll pull the knife out but just halfway the knife reformed and still you pay! They couldn’t care less If there was a billion deaths They couldn’t care less if there was a billion deaths to do anything to help would undermine the system itself Cue up the music the closing bell the knife reformed that’s how it works Bloated and bleeding the system works! Endlessly feeding the system works! Big line go up the system works! The closing bell the system works! Feature not bug that’s how it works!
5.
Freak frequency, ring it out that little voice getting louder now rising in pitch and collapsing in time a Shepherd’s Tone rising in my mind Shutting it out only makes it worse between my ears there’s a terrible curse oscillating, repeating itself again and again and again and again and again and again Inexorable tide the rolling waves you build your castle it’s washed away The constant limbo of starting over while the bank shrinks losing composure Freak frequency, ring it out that little voice getting louder now rising in pitch and collapsing in time a Shepherd’s Tone rising in my mind Shutting it out only makes it worse between my ears there’s a terrible curse oscillating, repeating itself again and again and again and again and again and again A washed out empire the slow decline a fading memory seen in real time I wanna ring it out all my fear and doubt the ringing in my ears it’s getting louder now This fragile system in disrepair the life that I built slips into despair! Freak frequency, ring it out that little voice getting louder now rising in pitch and collapsing in time a Shepherd’s Tone rising in my mind Closing it out only makes it worse between my ears there’s a terrible curse oscillating, repeating itself again and again and again and again and again and again
6.
Fools Idol 02:55
Unfolding history finding the cycle the march of progress the Fools Idol A closed loop violence unending here she comes: the boss descending From the hunting hand to the keystroke supplying the demand Who’s on the other end? Telling me that they’re my friend? What new dark age awaits our hero on another stage? Who’s on the end of the line? Telling me that this is fine? And just when you think it’s ended! The curse lifted the broken mended no truth revealed no cut scenes roll just the same old boss with no control From the hunting hand to the keystroke supplying the demand Who’s on the other end? Telling me that they’re my friend? What new dark age awaits our hero on another stage? Who’s on the end of the line? Telling me that this is fine?
7.
Make It Up 01:35
Making it up as you go along won’t make a penny playin’ this song The frothy scum slips through my fingers (making it up as they go along) Nothing of substance, but still it lingers (making it up as they go along) They made it up! They made it up. Whatever it is I have to tell you, I’ll tell you Whatever it is I have to do, I won’t Superstructure, Unseen Village Means Tested, Loot and Pillage Endless Nightmare, Constant Grind Oppress Yourself, the State of Mind Peel the curtain, nothing’s there Social fabric so threadbare Immaterial sacrifices Selling numbers, trading prices losing daylight, losing time lose the plot, lose my mind Make it up! Make it up! Make it up! Make it up!
8.
Plank III 04:17
That was the last place that I saw her at the Belmont Snack Shop since consumed by fire now it’s an empty lot Vacant, overgrown in its own way sacred I’d rather see it empty than watch somebody take it Our future showed such promise Golden Age everlasting everyone liked her, everyone liked us but the skies were overcasting Everything we built so readily cast aside like this burned out nothing collecting snow outside I feel a push from the darkness And so what do I do? Push back! New developments encircle me Placeless, inviting sleek angles, glossy facades, cheap design and soft lighting 3D rendered transformation they didn’t leave off any traces of the lives that were lived here closed off, open spaces They’ve never been burned They’ve never been attacked when they walked through that door They never looked back All this force with no direction wanna believe that it isn’t true that this was never the place that I thought I knew I feel a push from the darkness, and so I push back Our future showed such promise Golden Age everlasting everyone liked her, everyone liked us but the skies were overcasting Everything we built so readily cast aside like this burned out nothing collecting snow outside
9.
12345678 You were born on the crest of a curve bending towards whomever it serves as it gets steeper, I look over the edge I see the drop and feel it in my chest (Arc of History!) You see the vase, I see the faces Inching forwards at slack paces (Bending Towards!) You see an arc, I see a coil: the new boss, the same toil (New and Exciting World!) Right question, wrong answer! This growth is a cancer Totally Fucked I want to break the arc I want to set it right We’ll take the arc of history and like a broken bone, we can set it right we can set it right History’s a broken bone and we can set it right (Arc of History!) Is still progress still progress without justice, and just process? (Bending Towards!) They see an arc, we see a coil Meet the new boss, same as the old boss (New and Exciting World!) A sob story turned sick joke And I’ll be laughing when it’s broke Totally Fucked Totally Fucked I want to break the arc I want to set it right I’ll take the arc of history and like a broken bone we can set it right we can set it right History’s a broken bone and we can set it right yeah we can set it right History’s a broken bone and we can set it right
10.
Scared 04:13
When did this turn? Overripe fruit Baby it’s late and I can’t think straight A distant siren Filling the space where I’m not talking There’s never silence, just the music that I can’t face Before you know it, he’s done it again Before you know it, he’s done it again Before you know it, he’s done it again Before you know it, he’s done it again The sin I’m one foot in my heels dig down pushing anyone out feel my weight shifting down feel my knees hit the ground feel my face hit the dirt had to find my self worth I can pick myself up I can do it by myself I can carry my own weight when I don’t have the strength And the city blinks out while you’re turning away and I don’t know what I said was it something that I said? A distant siren filling the space where I’m not talking there’s never silence to the music that we can’t face Before you know it, he’s done it again, unraveled the knot before you know it, he’s done it again, unraveled the knot before you know it, before you know it before you know it, before you know it before you know it, before you know it He’s done it again There’s nothing more brave than to love said there’s nothing more brave than to love and I’m scared and I’m scared and I’m scared I’m runnin’ scared There’s nothing more brave than to love there’s nothing more brave than to love and I’m scared and I’m scared and I’m scared I’m runnin’ scared
11.
Do Not Reply 03:19
We’re tryna live our lives, but you’re on the offensive I see you thrive, but I just know your soul’s diseased! All I want is just a long leash I don’t even wanna be a star Not the whole pie, just a small piece The whole world is just a house of cards it’s falling “I already explained my situation to the person I was on the phone with before they bounced me to you.” And we didn’t ask for much, but now you’re so defensive! You’ve got more than enough, but still you bare your teeth We’re tryna live our lives, but you’re on the offensive I see you thrive, but I just know your soul’s diseased! If corporations were people well those are folks I wouldn’t wanna meet cause there’s not a doubt in my mind that they’d jump me in a heartbeat For the change in my pocket “I’ve been on hold for hours, and now you’re telling me I have to start from the beginning?” And we didn’t ask for much, but now you’re so defensive! You’ve got more than enough, but still you bare your teeth We’re tryna live our lives, but you’re on the offensive I see you thrive, but I just know your soul’s diseased!

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released May 26, 2023

David Algrim - Bass
Tim Green - Drums
Greg Obis - Guitar / Vocals
Donny Walsh - Guitar
Sarah Clausen - Saxophone
Miranda Winters - Vocals on “Do Not Reply”

Recorded by Greg Obis at Palisade Studios
Additional engineering from Margaret McCarthy
Mixed by Graham Walsh
Mastered by Greg Obis at Chicago Mastering Service
Art by Tim Green

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