It's closing night at the bosch pit.
Up goes the flaming red curtain
As a phalanx of lost souls highsteps it
Like some grotesque Rockettes review
Urged on by sulphurous tongues
tickle-licking at already blackened heels.
The Master of Crematories,
Amid clicking, cackling static
And mic spike feedback
Shrill enough to snap-crackle-pop
The most meaty malleus,
Ahems & ahas & finally intones
In his best mock-'em sock-'em
FM DJ voce:
"Ladies & mental-men,
Get up & shake it to
The metaphysical cha-cha,
The hot wire tango,
The danse macabre,
The frug flambe."
Now the joint is writhing,
Shot through with strychnine & fear:
Marionette limbs akimbo,
Flailing mad legs betraying their masters,
To the cadence of last call.
Like some rum demonizer
On a guilty pleasure bender,
Swallows everything in sigth;
The world unwinds
With a wobble-topple-whimper;
& somewhere far off,
Steel pans hit a fever pitch,
Clanging out a furious
Curious endgame anthem,
A major key melody
Borne on waves
Of unforgiving heat.
released August 1, 1997
Ryan Blair - drums & percussion
Jason Davis - guitar, guitar synth, & vocals
John Lally - bass, bass synth, & chapman stick
All music & words by Jason Davis, Spinning Axis Music (ASCAP)
Recorded 02-03/1997 at Shark Attack Studios, Pittsburgh PA
Engineered by Pete Rossi
Produced by Pete Rossi, Jason Davis, John Lally, and Ryan Blair
Mastered by Kurt Alexander at Digidoc, Anaheim CA
Photography, Art Direction, & Design by Diane Dugina
The band is indebted to Pete for not making us sound twanky; Satch for the ongoing support; Leo Turbridy for the basic outline of "Totem"; Jay & Stephanie Sperling for letting us shoot the Gateway To Hades; & Diane for making us look like the world's artiest garage band.
Ryan thanks Nicole Stanish for putting up with countless hours of badgering & for her belief in me; my parents Dan & Tess for the incredible support: my brother Todd for just being himself; the rest of my family: Logic; my friends; everyone who buys this record & comes to our shows; & others far too numerous to mention.
Jason thanks Emily for all of her love & support; Mom & my family; the Warner family; Brad Strickland & everyone at Parker Guitars; Don & Dan at Hollowood Music; the Drum World circle; all of my students, both past & present; Mike Keneally for his keen wit & helpful suggestions; & God.
John thanks my wife Diane for her boundless enthusiasm; Mom, Jill & all of mi familia; Bret Carlson at Pedulla; Emmett Chapman for his maverick spirit (horray for the musical fence post!) & Yuta Chapman for her kind notes; everyone at Elisco Advertising (you're out there); Chris the Bass Ace at Swissvale Music; Stephan "Frenchy" Cocron; & the Library crowd - Greg, Bill, Frank, et. al.
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