888 EP

by THE VIVIDS

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released 25 November 2014

credits: guitars, vox, bass, drum programming - sim jackson
drums "not listening but please continue" & "ways and means"- mike shelborn
"women of juarez" - gustav mentzer

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The Vivids Los Angeles, California

The Vivids formed in 2010. They play with an energy and focus that recall the deepest cuts from Factory Records poured through a filter of shoegaze and hard-luck street punk. It is music that floats through dingy, smoky beach flat apartments, unnerving as it soothes, like the low menace of the ocean outside as you fall asleep on a pile of sheets on the floor.

--- Tom Child (LA Record)
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Track Name: NOT LISTENING BUT PLEASE CONTINUE
SIDE A

there's no natural reason that I had to give
my spirit started running like I couldn't live
RE-CALL, lay low
RE-CALL, lay low
up for three nights already
ALL INCARNATIONS UNDER PRESSURE

SIDE B
and I know a bullet is the answer
question is who's the first that's gonna fire?
a life of promise until he got arrested
a poem recited that he didn't know rest of
hack into an atm,
watch the money free me


THIS IS THE PROCESS, DON'T WORRY

HELLO, SHADOWS
ALONE, GO ON

FEAR IS THE QUESTION, HOW WILL YOU ANSWER
IT'S YOUR LIFE, SO DON'T LEAVE IT UP TO COMMITTIE

HELLO, SHADOWS
ALONE, GO ON
HOWL ON

SIDE A

hey baby you don't understand that when I, when I say that
of course, don't push
we're sitting here drunk and everybody's talking shit
I hear every conversation: SINE QUA NON
and I hated the fact that
I had to, you know,
it's just one of things
I couldn't really explain it


SIDE B

then again I only come back to real world
to confront the vacancy of sanity
and subtle dogma
so how you gon' just
how you gonna tell me?
There's a million reasons why I do the things I do
I don't really think about it that much I just try to
HA HA ... laugh

THIS IS THE PROCESS, DON'T WORRY

world is a stage, sir
I'm playing my character
only thing I'm guilty of
is over committing

HELLO, ALONE
HOLLOW, ALONE
SHINE ON, BRIGHTLY
GO ON
HOWL ON

IF FEAR IS THE QUESTION, HOW WILL YOU ANSWER
IT'S YOUR LIFE, DON'T LEAVE IT UP TO COMMITTIE
Track Name: NO URGENCY
so out of it can't even walk right now
something is missing
christ image
with the cross cropped out
or is it my cell phone?

the 3rd dimension is the hardest
because of time,
delay in sight

but no harder than the drugs i do
because i think
life ain't abstract enough

what stupid shit is that?

old, cynical
odd, out of touch
slow growing up
(fast drinking)
human drama drags you down

& out of the spirit
and into the crowd

but keep your head up
you'll wake up
once death counts to three

there's no urgency

Whiskey for me tonight
pour my fears
the day is yours to keep
go ahead
i'll take night & broken teeth

old, cynical
odd, out of touch
slow burning out
human drama drags you down
& out of your soul and
into wild crowd

but keep your head up
you'll wake up
once death counts to three

there's no urgency
Track Name: WAYS AND MEANS
let me show you leisure
in a weight that you can measure
drug war in my pockets
this is my block and I walk it
500$ in 20 sacks
you can take them off my back

the echos of my soles in the night
with a runny nose, the law behind me
dumped the 9 to 5 to do crime
just to get my ways and means, it's a riot

ah ah ah ah

society salacious
flying saucer-like eye sockets
generation fiendish
faster-beating hearts means a profit

drugs are bad for your health
i can help you kill yourself

(chorus]

if i'm juxta posed against police headlights
ways and means are my reason
Track Name: EINSTEIN ON BEAUTY
her colors suit her
and are truths unto me
I've always felt that
not even separate
deep down i know i
still hope her suitor is me

symmetry / shimmer
It stares into
only see half of it but
her form is soothing to me
can you explain that
I hope you do
though i'd sooner never know.

la belleza no mira,
sólo es mirada
la belleza no mira,
it looks at me
la belleza no mira,
sólo es mirada
la belleza no mira,
when it looks at me
it's object not subject

worship at the feet of
learn to speak the
mother-tongue of
inherent
mystery to keep
always in searching
in search of reasons I don't need now
what's the slang of
oh that one phrase
from italy ?

la figa
(la figa)

so beautiful
so beautiful
so beautiful

la belleza no mira,
sólo es mirada
la belleza no mira,
it looks at me
la belleza no mira,
sólo es mirada
la belleza no mira,
and it looks at me
it's object not subject

a form that
is so pleasing
you forget ego is suffering
you forget ego is suffering, baby

To have, to feel
to touch, or be it

To have, to need
to hold, to see it

To have, to know
how love's inspired

la belleza no mira,
sólo es mirada
la belleza no mira,
sólo es mirada
it's object, not subject
Track Name: WOMEN OF JUAREZ
THIGH SKIN LIKE MILK
COP A FEEL
I PULL THE HAMMER BACK
YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR EYES
OFF MY THIRD WORLD MINI SKIRT
YOU GRIP THE WHEEL
I GRIP THAT STEEL
FILL BODY WITH A BULLET SHELL
BY HOOK OR CROOK
YOU'LL LOOK SHOOK
IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT

9MM RIGHT TO HIS JELLY SKULL
QUEEN OF JUSTICE
DIANA THE HUNTRESS
SHE SHE SHE SHE


NOT A WHORE
DON'T IGNORE
WOMEN OF JUAREZ
AMAZONIAN
INSTRUMENT OF VENGANCE
ALL IN BLACK
PACKING HEAT
I CLEAN THE STREETS
SCENTED LOTION
PACKING HEAT
I CLEAN THE STREETS


GONNA KILL HIM FOR PRACTICE
GONNA KILL HIM FOR PRACTICE
SHE SHE SHE SHE

FLOWERS ON IN SO MANY COLORS
COLORS COME IN

MEN ONLY BLEED ONCE
Track Name: ABSOLUTE RESONANCE
soma to your angel head
horrors in mind
mix them in the holy cup
horrors in mind
walking through their door
holding tight to the
love you carry

not to vague, nothing innocent
make your way, earthly hedonist
must achieve,
absolute resonance
play the game
of absolute resonance
but it's hard to re-live
and to benefit
from the lesson

haunted in my curse
looking at my voices
energies replaced
oooo bit by bit

not to vague, nothing innocent
make your way, earthly hedonist
you must achieve,
absolute resonance
play another game
of absolute resonance
those who said
the world was caving in
i believe them now

those tasteless, carosel of faces
are only your reflection
and you wonder why they taunt you
i don't fear omen language
i don't even care now
darkness doesn't haunt you
Track Name: STATE V. SHADOW-SELF (AUKTYON COVER)
look out for him cos he's a fiend
perpetrator of our suffering
behind vice and greed and murder, every blasphemy
you're sure to find him somehow pulling strings

(no )

destroy this offensive thing
this, which keeps us from paradise
and is himself a dark purpose

(no, i'm not)

yes you are
yes you are

it would take millions of years
to recount all the pain he's caused
and his is an occupying hate
as ancient as fire against night's darkness

it's us or them
either lit with us
or enemy of enlightenment

yes you are
yes you are

it's us or them
them are not like the rest of us


these were crimes of passion
just a little habit
a coping mechanism
for confusion and disorder
belligerence and fear
now let us be clear
mixed up with free will
creates a certain potency
that never should be tampered with
but we like to experiment

and in my defense
i, too am bound by earthly paradox
God left the way I came in

and I got here
the same way you did

not alone
with accomplice