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CITYCIDE

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released July 22, 2016

Lyrics/Music by Devlin McCluskey
Performed by The Dead Ships

Produced by Brendan Canning
Mixed by Alex Newport
Engineered by Josh Steube
Mastered by Noah Mintz
Recorded in 2015 @ Studio Wishbone in North Hollywood, CA.
Released with Nevado Music

Cover by Joel Chevalier


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In the 3 years since the Dead Ships traded punches at their 1st living room practice, LA's howling garage rock trio have toured the shadiest parts of the continent, slept on the grimiest couches, & been named 1 of the city's best live shows (DoLA, Grimy Goods). Feral & soulful, they most recently released the 1st of 2 EPs, produced by Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, w/ Big Quiet #1 on KROQ. ... more

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Track Name: Big Quiet
Through the static gammons
we could pull you out from
whatever swallowed you
don't get lost in the sound
all the withdrawal white noise
we know the symptoms
if you get scared on the other side
you can come back home

If things get too loud
and you're over it
you can come back to life
and return to the big quiet

We took the same shift
shoveling dirt
just to see which one of us
could get the other fired first
no i still don't know who won
i'm stuck digging up ground
have to watch it cover you
and get lost in the sound

If things get too loud
and you're over it
you can come back to life
just like i did
and return to the big quiet

Wall of noises
split up into different voices
calling all kids
back to when they made their choices
when we repeat this or should the other side decide to quit
or you're over it
can i just come with
return to the big quiet
Track Name: Canyon
Remember when we pulled off
up over Mulholland for a laugh
the wild side came easy
we couldn't keep our clothes from hitting the dash
but when we take the freeway
we're guaranteed at least an hour and a half
I say we take the canyon
even if we never make it back

Remember when we forced it
and you said you would try anything twice
old in and out the back room
dive head over heels into this life
but that was just the first itch
still looking for the scratch they talked about
yeah we'll find it in the canyons
even if we never make it out

The price is worth the parole
Twenty to life i'm told
Once in the canyons they know
No regrets when we're old

Remember when we lost it
blowing through the guard rails off the tracks
yeah the wild side came easy
we couldn't keep our clothes from hitting the dash
but passed where city lights go
we fell into the dark beneath the cracks
we lost it in the canyons
and we can never get it back

The price is worth the parole
Twenty to life i'm told
Once in the canyons they'll know
No regrets till we're old

When we were laying on the grass to brag of our insights
that the city gets as dark as you will go inside
just go tell your roommate that you won't be home tonight

The price is worth the parole
No regrets till we're old
Once in the canyons they know
No regrets when we're old
Track Name: Floorboards
From floorboards
to high beams
these rooms save lives they tell me
come gather
around me
to exorcise this body
The fires
set by me
pass all ash hyperbole
no escape
no entry
these rooms save lives they tell me

I know 
you lost the grip that you once handled
I see
that bombs burn brighter than prayer candles
They'll say
it takes a will of weapons grade
To see that you need to change

The ceiling
is lifting
these rooms explode conviction
come gather
around me
these rooms save lives they tell me

I know
you lost the grip that you once handled
I see 
that bombs burn brighter than prayer candles
They'll say
it takes a will of weapons grade
To see that you need to change
Track Name: CITYCIDE
chasing golden gates
the clouds don't roll they plow you off to tide
skyline looks the same
Everybody jumps off the city side

You would not be caught dead jumping off Bay Bridge to the sea
Such a long walk to make your heart stop in Marin County
I count up every phone call, went over all you had to say
Never got why it's so hard to see the ocean for the bay

Paint it everyday
And by the years end when the last inch dries
Then they start again
Everybody commits to city side

You would not be caught dead jumping off Bay Bridge to the sea
Such a long walk to make your heart stop in Marin County
I count up every phone call went over all you had to say
Never got why it's so hard to see the ocean for the bay

Ocean side
Ocean side
Walk on the ocean side
Track Name: Seance
Your ghost can haunt me whenever
you need a break from forever
cut one more skeleton key

Too many gone than she could count
she talked shit on the seance
till death took someone she needs
cuts another key

This skeleton crew
is bone weary
no one passes through
they blocked the way
it's keeping us alive today

Come back undead when she wants
head to all the old haunts
paint em red and let her see

And when you're wrong
make it count
they'll talk shit on this seance
and when nobody wants to see
just come haunt me

My skeleton crew
all bone weary
no more passing through
we block the way
i guess nobody dies today

I promise not to let her go
she's locked down in a little hole
we won't let go
we won't let go
Track Name: Tomorrows Crashes
The morning cadavers know by now
that they must bury themselves
and flee each night's scenes of perfect crimes
You disappeared the morning after
and I won't tell you where to go
there's enough bodies here to go around

And when tomorrow's crashes come to pass
they won't be left
When tomorrow's crashes come to pass
they won't be left

Your morning after corpse face looks like
the blue in hungover skies
with sunglass shakes and cumulous eyes
The kids appeared the morning after
no I don't mind if you run them down
There's enough here to go around

And when tomorrow's crashes come to pass
they won't be left
When tomorrow's crashes come to pass
they won't be left

All around the barrio
The roundabouts replace fork-roads
I finally get the gallows joke
That power dies on the day it's known

When tomorrow's crashes come to pass
they won't be left
When tomorrow's crashes come to pass
they won't be left
When tomorrow's crashes come to pass
they won't be left