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by Atlas Mason

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Over the course of about eight weeks, we wrote and self-produced an entirely original album of songs we really poured our hearts into. This album is the response to our own fears and doubts that we might never actually have our art heard; a fear we will now never know.

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released January 8, 2016

*All tracks written by Brian Michael Kettering, Joel Simmons, and Ethan Brandenberger

*Produced and Engineered in Secret Cave Studios by Brian Michael Kettering and Joel Simmons

*Guitar solo on "Jaded": Colin Huntley

*Female Vocals on "When Life Hits Ya' Hard": Michaela Newman

*Album artwork sketched by Ethan Brandenberger, edited by Ruth Campbell

*Special thanks to Gear Supply Co. for strings and picks

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Atlas Mason Austin, Texas

In November 2015, ex-bandmates Brian Kettering, Joel Simmons, and Ethan Brandenberger reunited to write and record an album. No band name, no producer, no booked shows, just the desire to write and play good music. Eyes set forward, Atlas Mason hopes to leave an itch in your ears you just can't scratch. ... more

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Track Name: Waltzing in Busy Streets
Will you get lost with me, will you be young and free,
Be nomadic, be homeless with me

Waltzing in busy streets, gliding through traffic lights,
Alone in a crowd of 6.8 billion
Track Name: Woman With a Wayward Soul
She was a wayward soul, I was a homeless wanderer,
We found love in empty spaces, quiet places,

She shows up and brings a warmth that melts a heart so cold
(A heart so cold)
The snow it fades to green, she turns my winter into spring...

We held the wedding back in June, it was then you said "I do",
You left me with a burden, that's what you called him,

I don't sleep at night, in the same bed,
It feels like I am, next to a ghost...

(You said the world was calling you, you said the mountain springs, begged, for your lips)

And I know that you hear things, that I could never hope to hear,
But we had a baby, around this time last year,
And he misses his mother,
I hope you know that I do too, and I hope you know that,
I still love you...

(You said the world was calling you, you said the mountain springs, begged, for your lips)
Track Name: When Life Hits Ya' Hard (Swing Back Harder)[feat. Michaela Newman]
Never been a lover, always been a fighter, always was,
Never left the house without my boxing gloves,
Always runnin' late, always sleeping in, tidal waves,
Keep callin' out my name,
There's bricks ties to my ankles and a rope around my throat,
I'm kicking and I'm screaming but there's no rays of sushine, rays of hope,
I'm looking for a life preserver,
But we all know I don't deserve her...

I won't let, my cynicism get the best of me,
Not while I still have you

When I firs had met you I could see your fortress, feel your walls,
Didn't think that you would ever let them fall,
The ice I walked was thin, walls came crashing in, couldn't win,
Then you let me in...

I won't let, my cynicism get the best of me,
Not while I still have you
I won't let, anxiety drag me underneath,
I'll keep my head above the waves
Track Name: Jaded (feat. Colin Huntley)
Oh don't come any closer dear, or I might just have to wrap my arms around you,
I don't quite trust myself and quite frankly dear, I don't trust you that much either, behind closed doors...

Oh don't make me do this, don't make me have to say no,
Don't make me have to go home,
Oh you've got me so

Jaded
I'm lacking in the department of enthusiasm,

Chicago streets got me underneath, feelin' like I'm eleven inches tall,
It's close to how I feel when your hand envelopes mine,
Then I'm just a little bit in the mood

Oh don't make me do this, don't make me have to say no,
Don't make me have to go home,
Oh you've got me so

Jaded
I'm lacking in the department of enthusiasm
Track Name: Whip Out
I keep coming back, no matter how much I hate you,
No matter how much you ruin my life every day,
You're like a drug that hits the nerves in all the wrong ways,
And in a way I like to think that you are someone else...

Someone else, someone else, you remind me of someone else,

Well it's been real,I guess it's been fun?
But I think you have overstayed your welcome,
So get lost.
Track Name: It's Casual (Bad Boy)
Girl you know I play that Honda Ridgeline game,
I write songs about girls, I guess I've got no shame,
I'm an egotistical narcissist, I don't time to play no games,
So run along kids...

Are you as nervous as I am,
Don't tell your mama, I've got you out past midnight,
Don't tell your dad, I've got your hand in mine,
'Cause I've got plans, yeah I've got plans to take you out tonight

I put off some kinda vibe, that I'm some sort of rebel,
But I like to think that I'm a nice guy,
Once you get to know me,

Are you as nervous as I am,
Don't tell your mama, I've got you out past midnight,
Don't tell your dad, I've got your hand in mine,
'Cause I've got plans, yeah I've got plans to take you out tonight

I'm not some kind of bad boy,
I've got no plans to take advantage, as a matter of fact,
I don't even know what I am doing...

(Inarticulate scatting)
Track Name: Gas Masks
This emptiness is driving me insane,
I can't seem to get a grip,
They told me it gets easier day after day, well I think that they lied to me...

It's getting hard to breathe,
It's getting hard to see,

Well I met this girl up North,
She made me question everything,
We talked for hours on the porch,
I don't quite know why, but she gave me words to sing,

It's getting hard to breathe,
It's getting hard to see,

Should I stay,
Or will I regret saying nothing?
Self-confidence or self pity,
Call it what you will, but I'm taking this girl with me,

It's getting hard to breathe,
It's getting hard to see...
Track Name: Chasing a Ghost
So how do you go about, expressing how you feel,
When the wounds you make on yourself,
Are the wounds that are hardest to heal,
How do you know for sure, if she sees or if she heard,
How much I truly care about her,
I'm at a loss for words...

You bring me to my knees, I'm at a loss for words,

Am I chasing a ghost, are you here to stay?
Am I wasting my time on something you'll never say?
Are these the words I need to sing?
Am I wasting my time on everything?

These thoughts course through my head,
They slip along, completely unled,
I want to know the outcomes of time,
But it seems I'm not there yet,

You bring to my knees, and it seems I'm not there yet,

Am I chasing a ghost, are you here to stay?
Am I wasting my time on something you'll never say?
Are these the words I need to sing?
Am I wasting my time on everything?

I can't seem to let go, of these false hopes,
But it's time to go,
My heart can't take these petty games,
But I can't let go all the same...