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1.
If you're looking for the revolution Come on down If you want to turn the heat up Paint the town If you don't want to start alone Follow the crowd Strike a match and pour the gasoline Set your words ablaze and leave the scene Practice all your alibis and names If you start the riot, you might be famous If you're looking for the revolution Come on down If you want to turn the heat up Paint the town If you don't want to start alone Follow the crowd If you want to change the world a little Come on down If you want to get the word out Paint the town If you want change that you can see Lead the crowd
2.
You faded long ago Into the background of the scene Audible when speaking But not saying what you mean I've been building you a palace Where the two of us could stay But the ground is never stable And the walls are giving way You can pick up all the pieces Or just choose to walk away But when you leave Say you love me I echo through the hall Like the chorus of a dream Right beyond your memory And never what I seem We wander through the space Commit to tired, aching lies Going through the motions When we should have said goodbye In the remnants of a castle You can find your broken heart Take the pieces of your love And set the shards of mine apart I thought I'd be hurt forever But I turned you into art So when you see Say you love me In the remnants of a castle You can find your broken heart Take the pieces of your love And set the shards of mine apart I thought I'd be hurt forever But I turned you into art So when you see Say you love me Say you love me
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4.
The stars were better off without us The stars were better off without us The stars were better off without us The stars were better off without us The stars were better off without us The stars were better off without
5.
Mother Nature, what do you owe me? I've been trying hard to set you free I can take your dirt and make it gold Turn your trees to goods that can be sold If I sell for a profit I can return this money to you In the form of a long term loan That's just gone overdue Now that you are in our land We have a duty to you It's already decided That this is what's best for you If I sell for a profit I can return this money to you Donate it to your causes And say it's worthless to you You lose out if we don't succeed You can't win if we do But it's already decided That this is what's best for you House on fire won't be coming back I sure thought we'd win in this attack With the god of business on our side You should thank us for the easy ride If I sell for a profit I can return this money to you Donate it to your causes And say it's worthless to you You lose out if we don't succeed You can't win if we do But it's already decided That this is what's best for you
6.
Why, me, why now? Underneath the tides Breathing in the light The void becomes you The void welcomes you Pay up all you owe Buy your ticket home And leave with what you sow The void becomes you Wrong place, wrong time Why me now, why? It chases all the time Leaves no one behind The void becomes you The void welcomes you Regardless of your life You must return to night Where all your love resides The void becomes you So close, so far So close, so far Wrong place, wrong time Why me now, why? When all the stars align To turn you into light The void becomes you The void welcomes you And somewhere in the space They won't forget your face Or anything you do The void becomes you The void becomes you Becomes you Becomes you
7.
Fly By Night 07:58
Oh, Mama, I cannot be alone with this I'm making bad decisions with a kiss If you get me out alive, I'll sell you what I bought and sold Dreams of ordinary white and twenty karat gold I'm not scared of my reflection in the mirror But I act like hell on wheels And I try to give myself a chance to spin it But you don't know how this feels Oh, the lightning strikes through every single synapse And I know that I'm alive But the crash is coming for me in a minute And I just want another chance to live it Shining in the light Flying through the night Oh, Papa, I cannot be alone with this I'm making bad decisions with my fists If you get me out alive, I'll tell you what you need to hear I've been working on the cure so you don't need to fear I'm not scared of my reflection in the mirror But I act like hell on wheels And if you want a ride then you can have it Overwhelming what you feel Oh, the lightning strikes through every single synapse And I know that I'm alive Shining in the light I might be all right
8.
Niagara 06:18
At night, we begin Counting sheep and tracing comets Chasing sunrise and sleep Building a life inside a dream I reach for your hand But I'm far too codependent now To stand on my own Oh, Niagara Fall on me Run to the distant sea Roll over all of me You taste ephemeral I felt untouchable Save for you Save for you We end at the start Drawing circles with our fingers Idle time, passing by Taking with it our relief I reach for your hand But I'm far too codependent now To breathe when alone Oh, Niagara Fall on me Run to the distant sea Roll over all of me You taste ephemeral I felt untouchable Save for you Save for you If the sky is canvas, how is the air so cold? If our world is ageless, why do we fear getting old? If there is an after, why make us wait? If this is the be all, then I want to end all And find it, under the tide Oh, Niagara Fall for me Wrap me in harmony Float with the melody Oh, with the chemical I am untouchable Save for you Save for you
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Porcelain 05:24
Too outlandish in a dress Too conservative in vests Hard enough to play it cool It ain't enough to say “me too” I dressed to kill with looks that turn you into stone and I don't make promises that don't return you home and I won't tell your wife that you don't get it I'm not made of porcelain so you can break me I'm so much stronger than I look to be I never wanted you this close to me So instead of moving in, just let me be Say too much to fill the air Keep your eyes from drifting elsewhere Didn't come here wanting trouble So I'll be leaving on the double I dressed to kill with looks that turn you into stone and I promise all your indiscretions will be known and I don't have to tell your wife that you don't get it I'm not made of porcelain so you can break me I'm so much stronger than I look to be I never wanted you this close to me So instead of moving in, just let me be I don't pay rent in this world with lovers I have caught I don't gain success by being something that I'm not I deserve to have a peaceful drink I don't care what it is you think you do I'm not here for you I'm not made of porcelain so you can break me I keep on saying no 'til you believe me I'm so much stronger than I look to be So just take the opening and Let me be
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In a slow time, I loved you With a fire like the distant sun And I never thought to leave you When the day was done So as our lives pick up around us And we rush through every day All I want to know is: Will you stay? As our paths ahead grow clearer And we change along the way All I want to know is All I have to say All my love is on the line All my love is on the line If your heart was only mine All my love is on the line All my love is on the line On a high ride, you caught me Just as sure as the moon will rise And my doubts all deserted me When I looked into your eyes All my love is on the line All my love is on the line If your heart was only mine All my love is on the line All my love is on the line All my love is on the line All my love is on the line Say your heart will just be mine All my love is on the line All my love is on the line

about

While our previous album, The Twilight Fall, is not mandatory listening to understand the concept of this recording, it might help you gain an understanding of where we come from to start at what really is the beginning of the story. Before, we took you through the life cycle of you, and with Aftermath, we visit what happens after the end; in the orange skies and purple clouds of the temperate dreamworld a part of you inhabits.

I had the privilege of spending a few weeks at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and it is there that the majority of this recording crystallized. “Revolution Blues” had already been composed, inspired by the 2016 US presidential election, and this is where we begin: in a world so divided, we can't even begin to see each others' sides. A world where there is no middle ground. Aftermath is the story of conflict in all its forms: macro and micro, internal and interpersonal. It's an exploration of the things that we do to each other out of hurt, and the consequences of those actions.

Being an artist is so close, sometimes, to ripping your heart out of your chest and offering to the world. With every new song, every new listener, every new improvisation, you ask: can you hold this in your heart? Can you love it? Can you accept what I have to offer? Is this good enough?

The works found on this album were meant to be dark, and scary. Conflict is never an easy thing to explore. But I can't look at all the hurt that inspired this recording without remembering that even in the worst moments...somehow there is hope. People are inherently good. We may gravitate to the negative at times, but we could use a little more practice of love and gratitude. To remember that if we don't teach, no one learns, and if we don't open, no one loves.

Consider this, then, an invitation; to find silver linings in clouds, warmth in grey days, safe harbour in dark times. And a call to action, to be true to your word: to own your actions, and your commitment to a better place. No one person has all the answers, all things right, all things good. But you are much stronger when you're not alone.

This album is best heard under a purple sky with orange clouds, in a cabin on stilts overlooking a body of water, accented by the sound of rain on a rooftop or static on the radio and television.

Thank yous:

To my family; the first, the foremost, the constant. Thank you for letting me do this crazy thing I've been dreaming of - and for supporting me unconditionally the whole way, even when I say and do silly things.

To our crowdfunding contributors: Kristin Fung, Jim Mitchell, Apollo Lemmon, Chris Molyneaux, Art Mullin, Andre St-Denis, Karen Stolz, Christos Aslanidis, John Dupuis, Tomas Lohammar, Leisa Sieber, Emma Cava, Henry Gluch, Garrett Steele, Sang Jun Lim, Jesse Watts, Frank Rooney, and Thomas Preismeyer, and a couple of anonymous and generous benefactors.

To our public funders, the Toronto Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR (and the Government of Canada) and the Ontario Arts Council.

To my teachers and mentors: I haven't stopped learning. Thank you for opening up a world of inspiration.

To my friends, colleagues, peers: thank you for driving me to be better, every single day.

To the fans: we don't get to do this without you. Thank you for all of your love and support in making this possible.

To the production and post-production crew on this album: thank you for helping fit all of the pieces together in a way that makes sense, and for adding your incredible talents to this story.

To Kevin: thank you for being the best producer I could ever ask for.

And last but not least, to the band: thank you for diving into this music with me, for dissecting it and distilling it and adding your voice to it and realizing this thing that i imagined. You are the life of these songs, and there will be more.

This album is the product of blood, sweat, and tears; of public funding; of luck; of a lot of emotions; of hours in the practice room; of hours staring at the mountains. If you feel something when you listen to this, we have done our job, because we made this by feeling things.

Thanks for listening.

credits

released November 1, 2019

Personnel:

Chelsea McBride – tenor sax, conductor, composer

Colleen Allen – soprano and alto saxophones, piccolo, flute, alto flute
Naomi Higgins – soprano and alto saxophones, flute, alto flute
Alison Young – tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
Patrick Smith – tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet
Conrad Gluch – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto flute

James Rhodes, Justin See, Tom Upjohn, Kaelin Murphy – trumpets/flugelhorns

William Carn, Aidan Sibley, Jill Richards – trombones
Nicholas Sieber – bass trombone, tuba

Alex Samaras – voice
Chris Bruder – piano
David Riddel – guitar
Steven Falk – acoustic and electric basses
Geoff Bruce – drums

Recorded at Canterbury Studios on April 7-10, 2019
Editing by Julian Decorte and Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Studios
Mixed by Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Studios
Mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse Mastering
Produced by Kevin Stolz
Album artwork by Arthur Ikuta
Album layout by Becca Howes
Photos by Evan Shay and Jill Richards

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