Former Spine

by Smashy Claw

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With its smart lyrics, catchy melodies, and inventive arrangements, Smashy Claw's debut album is a fantastic first effort from a quirky-rock band at the beginning of their career.

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released 22 October 2013

Austin Aeschliman (vocals, bass)
Nathan Long (vocals, guitar)
Dave Frey (drums)
Andrew Serr (drums)

Produced by Smashy Claw and Andrew Serr
Engineered and mixed by Andrew Serr
Mastered by Jeff Merkel

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Track Name: Future Tense
I get up, I brush my teeth
That’s more than I do on other days
I think of all my dreams
They seem so distant to me
I procrastinate, assassinate my fate
I feel like it's time, my life should start right now
But I don’t know if I can do it

I sit and stare at all these sheets
Of paper with half written songs inscribed
A hypocrite’s advice
Try not to waste your life
Blink for one second, it’ll pass you by
As I blink, I think there's so much left for me
Am I enough to pursue it?

My script’s not done, not even half written
I'm scared and unprepared; sometimes I think there’s no way
It’s a magic trick being optimistic
What do you do when you just wanna play guitar all day?

Eternally hurdling, we emerge our future selves
And hopefully you can get through it
Track Name: River in Egypt
I started a diet last week
It's going pretty well; I almost lost a pound
I walk around the block for ten minutes every other day
I should treat myself to a chocolate ice cream mound
Just you wait, I'll lose the weight
So, what's the harm in eating a pizza whole?

My friends say I'm in denial
But I've never been to Egypt
So, what the hell do they mean?

I must be getting thin, cause it says that I weigh zero pounds
Wait, never mind, I just broke the scale
I should jog, but I don't wanna, I'll do twice as much tomorrow
For now, I've got this sheet cake I must inhale
My shirts hug my skin; I'm just too big to fit
Well, you've heard the old saying
You'll get fatter before you get thin

My friends say I'm in denial
But I've never been to Egypt
So, what the hell do they mean?

Big, big, big, big
Big, big, big, big bones

My friends say I'm in denial
But I've never been to Egypt
Friends say I'm in denial
But I've never been to Egypt
So, what the hell do they mean?
Track Name: CHOMPCHOMPCHOMP
Take this unlucky bloke
Take him to get his scrawny neck choked
Hang him up on a rope
Or better yet, slice it off for the folks

CHOMPCHOMPCHOMP
Says the guillotine, till it's full
It gets fed twice a week
On killers and fools
A rusty blade, a bloody serenade

I think that I smell a witch
She's working for the devil, so let's throw the switch
A headless body will twitch
It's good entertainment for all the kids

CHOMPCHOMPCHOMP
Says the guillotine, till it's full
It gets fed twice a week
On killers and fools
A rusty blade, a bloody serenade

Soon you'll be lying dead
All the people's shoes are covered in red
You made it, now lie in your bed
Every twice a week, come get some head

CHOMPCHOMPCHOMP
Says the guillotine, till it's full
It gets fed twice a week
On killers and fools
A rusty blade, a bloody serenade
Track Name: Former Spine
Drunkenly tumbling through the sky
Confetti poring through my former spine
Light-headed and woozy, it bleeds me dry

With this new diet, I’ve lost so much weight
As my lids fall, I see a wet blade

Somebody summons me to a light
Sudden shudder rushing through my gushing mind
Sight fluidly sooths me, I move inside

With this new outfit, I feel so splendid
Evolving the new me, I shed my old skin

You’re justified to strike what you dislike down
Lob atomic bombs till you drown out your doubt
We’re aptly scared of the day we die
Now you’re trapped down there and you gave me my ticket out
Track Name: After Hours
After hours, I see you
I shiver outside as I wait
You say, with a grin, that you won't let me in
But you open the doors anyway

Winter is here, my heart warms
There's no one here but you and I
A hot chocolate mug, my seasonal drug
As the slow winter snow falls outside

Year by year, I come by here
But I'm far too shy to say why
We talk all night under Christmas tree lights
We watch Elf and quote every line

My library card was revoked
I've lived out of town since '05
But I'll still return, each and every winter
To hear the stories you've told me a thousand times

It's November twelfth, just two weeks
I'll come by and check out a book
I'll see you there and I'll pull up a chair
And this time I am staying for good
Track Name: Cardiac Probe
We met under some strange circumstances
Is it any wonder we were getting all those sideways glances?
I remember how those people stared in awe
When they saw us walk together, you holding my hand in your claw
So who cares if you've got six arms?
Acidic spit, a head enlarged
What makes us different is what makes us whole
Just let them hate what they don't understand
What we have is great, and that's all I ask
In time they'll see that we're breaking the mold

I don't care what they say
I moved into your UFO
Our love's banned in forty states
My cardiac probe won't let me let you go

I remember our first date on one warm spring night
I ate a sandwich; you unhinged your jaw and ate a cat in one bite
When I introduced you to my parents, they screamed
They told me white should be with white, and green should only be with green
They always said don't judge on race
So why the change on your three-nosed face?
No stinging sneer will ever beat us down
Pay no attention to the ignorant ones
Their narrow minds can't see through the dust
Who are they to judge where love can be found?

I don't care what they say
I moved into your UFO today
Our love's banned in forty states
My cardiac probe won't let you go away
Track Name: Hey Jude
I've got this new roommate, he's kind of a jerk
He drank all the coffee, now I'll be cranky all day at work
His name is Jude, isn't it funny how that word rhymes with rude?
Hey Jude, I gotta message for you: you suck

I loaned him my iPhone, then he left it outside in the mud
Every time he kills a hooker, I have to clean up the blood
When I'm trying to sleep, he makes loud noises praising Satan by sacrificing sheep
Hey Jude, I gotta message for you: you suck

My friends won’t hang (they stay away)
He freaks them out (scared by his face)
With the swastika tattooed on his forehead (and his Stalin bed sheets)
The odor from the den (awful stench)
Of decomposing flesh (rotting dead)
Is pretty damn annoying, but at least the dude is prompt when it comes to rent
Hey Jude, still got a message for you: you suck
Track Name: Chasing Bats
If it’s not a dream, then I’m freaking out
These lips are stained crimson and my skin is pale like a clown

I fell into chemicals, my pigment was rearranged
You made us a madman and I’m trapped inside our brain
You’re killing for nothing now with a chilling laugh
I'm telling you that I’m coming back

Living in dreams, a good guy’s here past the Glasgow smile
I’m in your subconscious, like the Red Hood’s in exile
But soon I’m gonna get away

You’re wasting your time, chasing bats just to try and look mean
But overall, you’re just Ted Bundy with a stand-up routine

I can’t forget Jeanie’s death, though it’s been years
Got caught by the dark night, then in a moment I disappeared
But now you’re the CEO and I’m a stooge
I'm telling you that I’m breaking loose

Living in dreams, a good guys here past the Glasgow smile
I’m in your subconscious, like the Red Hood’s in exile
But soon I’m gonna get away
Track Name: Jar of Worms
I'm out of luck, on top of the town
I'm caught in the clutch of this beast, going down

How did I let things get so far?
Looks like I opened up a jar of worms
Those shady dudes were eyeing me
They told me that the drinks were free
My eyelids weighed down with each sip

I woke up sometime later, I felt thin
Saw my reflection in a river, yellow skin

How can I live like this?
I guess I won't live long
There's giant ape and he's coming my way
He's looking to get some lunch
Life sucks as a banana

A hungry monkey tears down trees
Chasing at the fruit he wants to eat, I'm screwed
A helicopter drags me fast
With a harness I'm attached
On the bright side, now I'm full of potassium

I wonder what will happen if I'm detached
Will they let me get chomped on or change me back?

How can I live like this?
I guess I won't live long
There's a giant ape and he's coming my way
He's looking to get some lunch
Life sucks as a banana

Get him to the zoo
Get him to the zoo

How can I live like this?
I guess I won't live long
There's giant ape and he's coming my way
He's looking to get some lunch
Life sucks as a banana

I’m out of luck on top of the town
I’m caught in the clutch of this beast, going down
Track Name: Daggers in Your Bed
It's four a.m. and your eyes are open wide
You try to fall asleep, but you can't the more you try
Your eyes are locked in place and you're fighting with your mind
I'll be a bad night's rest for you

Your being buried alive, and the dirt is made of clothe
Pajamas are a straight jacket, pillow's made of rock
You twist and turn and jerk around to try and find the spot
I'll be a bad night's rest for you

Everybody's telling you goodnight
But the hourglass's sand won't pass
And the bed bugs will bite
Everything's a blur; don't know what's what anymore
Living out real life is such a bore

The television screen is burning in your head
You don't give a fuck what celebrities are dead
The sheets are itching like daggers in your bed
I'll be a bad night's rest for you

Everybody's telling you goodnight
But the hourglass's sand won't pass
And the bed bugs will bite
Everything's a blur; don't know what's what anymore
Living out real life is such a bore

Now it's six a.m. and your eyes are red and drained
The sun makes a slinking entrance in your window pane
There's a loud screech which means it’s time to face the day
I've been a bad night's rest for you
Track Name: Amberline
English class, a thousand hands
I give a glance, you take a chance, you're wrong
You blush with pride, at least you tried
You hide your eyes, escape the snide remarks
You say you'll never leave this town
If that's the case then I'll stay put
Cause even here is good when you're around

The doctor's here, we're rife with fear
He says the thing we're most afraid to hear
We'll get through, we always do
I'm trying to convince me more than you
I know that times look bleak
But it's the best of us that brave the weight
When things seem incomplete

A fleeting beat, the prompter beeps
Then like a shriek, it echoes without pause
My eyes deceive, I can't believe
There's no relief, my stomach's in a knot
But I'll calm down real soon
I'm eighty-five, there's not much time
Till I'll be seeing you
Track Name: Deadbeat Decimal
My name is 3.14160
You might have heard of my brother
His name is π
Everybody is so damn proud of him
They say he's a constant
While I'm constantly high

He gets all the glory
They think I am boring
I'm over shined
He'll help you do geometry
They're not so fond of me
He's in his prime

My parents two and three
They barely even notice me
I'm still living with them
While my brother bathes in his success
I dropped out of school
I'm a deadbeat decimal

Every Christmas, π got more presents than me
They thought he was special, I disagree
They're so impressed by how he can find the ratio of a circle’s circumference
Well, I can balance a spoon on my nose

He gets all the revelry
I'm stuck in obscurity
I'm left behind
But if I ever need some fast cash
I've got a tape of a half-naked dance
He did when he was 5 (black-mail, home boy)

My parents two and three
They barely even notice me
I'm still living with them
While my brother bathes in his success
I dropped out of school
I'm a deadbeat decimal
Track Name: Collecting Dust
Everyday I'm reminded I was just a fad
Cause now I'm stuck in a box, next to your outdated crap
Every now and then I get to feeling betrayed
You wouldn't treat your other pets this way
I remember my life before I went to the store
I used to live in a yard, I always felt so ignored
But then you bought me and one week later set me aside
I'm so petrified

But I don't want to be some stupid geode
You can just string along
You probably think I'm an ignorant igneous
Well, you're wrong

Now I'm just sitting here, I'm collecting dust
Into the darkness I stare, with no illusion of trust
You made it clear that you never wanted me
My sediments exactly

I've tried to escape from this cardboard cage
But it’s hard to pull off without an arm or a leg
I hope that someday you’ll see, you’ll say you’re sorry you lied
Not an impulsive buy

But in twenty years you'll get nostalgic
And I'm the key to your past
And in a dwindling moment we're united
It won't last

Now I'm just sitting here, I'm collecting dust
Into the darkness I stare, with no illusion of trust
You made it clear that you never wanted me
My sediments exactly

I know you love your iPod and Droid phone
But where will they be in ten years?
They're gonna be in the garage with me
Track Name: The Janitor
I am the janitor, watch me fly
Spent my whole life in fumes, then I got high
For twenty years I conquered a mountain of puke
So I'll trade in this one-piece for a diving suit

My body's burning as I look at the sky
The kids stare up
Ten stories to the nearest goodbye
Paint an S on my chest and watch me glide

I am the janitor on the roof
Invisible skeleton who cleans the rooms
We appreciate you

I am the janitor, wind in hair
My broom will elevate me through the muddy air
I place the stick between my legs and take a step
You'll need a wet floor sign when you clean my mess

My clothes are flailing as I pass every floor
The staff stands still
I'll have to take a sick day tomorrow for sure
Paint an S on my chest and watch me soar

I am the janitor on the roof
Invisible skeleton who cleans the rooms
We appreciate you
Track Name: My Almost Me
Fall out of bed, quickly heading to relief inside the porcelain
Eye slits, weak grip, I hit the rim and dispose of all the evidence
My twin image reflects a dude with a slightly shorter hair cut
What's this difference? I ponder this as my eyes begin to slam shut

The guy that's staring back has a difference
Cause he's not from my reality
That's not me in the glass and I'm listless
It's an existence that's beyond what we
Can detect as us and what's not us
And it lines up almost perfectly
Except for the haircut, it's just like symmetry

We chat, he brags, he never got beat up by Jimmy Grant in High School
I'm broke, he's stoked, he’s got a pension and a mansion with a swimming pool
That girl I liked, it turns out she’s kicking it at his pad
He gloats, I sulk, my almost me is a bit of a douchebag

The guy that's staring back has a difference
Cause he's not from my reality
That's not me in the glass and I'm listless
It's an existence that's beyond what we
Can detect as us and what's not us
And it lines up almost perfectly
Except for the lameness, it's just like symmetry
Track Name: Steve's Tumor
They gave me the tour
Digging deep into Steve’s tumor
A million micro-surgeons searching in every inch
Cause cancer’s a son of a bitch
The room expanded before my eyes
Was 1/1,000,000th of my normal size
It’s like D-Day, if the beach is your brain
And the Nazi’s the throbbing pain

Cause science finally found the means to remedy our ills
It’s a great time to be alive, if you don’t look at your bills
As long as you don’t mind a little genocide inside
We’ll make those nasty buggers wish they’d die, we’ll comply

Tissue fills my fist
The parasitic wretch resists
It insists we coexist but this is one iffy pitch
I see the slime climbing up my wrist
Once we break for lunch
We form a line across the tongue
Soldiers in a war endured right under your hair
Grey matter guerilla warfare

Cause science finally found the means to remedy our ills
It’s a great time to be alive, if you don’t look at your bills
As long as you don’t mind a little genocide inside
We’ll make those nasty buggers wish they’d die, we’ll comply