Kakistocracy

by Rectifier

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released August 18, 2017

Hamish Simpson : Vocals, guitars, keyboards, banjo
Tai Hake : Bass, theremin, backing vocals
Taylor Diaz : Drums, percussion, keyboards on "Alt!"

with
Rod Reilly : Solo acoustic guitar on "The Art Of Letting Go"
Chris Ursini : Intro vocal on "Chaozai"

Photographs : Iona Simpson Photography
Writing and production : Hamish Simpson
Additional arrangements : Tai Hake and Taylor Diaz

Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Silly Scotsman Studios, between February 24th and July 2nd 2017.

Thanks (in some order) to:

Significant others (obv.): Iona, Sarah & Jennifer
Musical others: Rod Reilly, Chris Ursini
Previous others: Ryan Alderman, Bret Fontaine, Tim Bastianon, Chris Rodgers
Helpful others: Graham Anderson, Brandon Dalton, Jimmy Tomahawk, Phil Toole
Band others: Stimuli, ManBearPig, Over The Falls, The Publiquors, The Bumblin' Bones

(c) 2017 Hamish Simpson

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Track Name: I Brake For No One
I brake for no one
I can make time for regret in the rerun
I could be a man of my own invention
I could be destroyed by good intention

You used to be true
But what good is that to the ones who need you
What you are now is a consolation
What you are now is an abdication
Don’t you forget it
Time will supply the rose if you let it
Somebody’s dead and you look suspicious
The daughter of Adolph sleeps with the fishes

If you want to
I will drive you

I know I’m better
True to the cause, strict to the letter
We made a deal and you want to break it
I speak the truth but you want to fake it
I run you over
I’m on the move but you’re getting slower
All of the good that you did has been undone
I am the law and I brake for no one

If you want to
I will drive you
That’s the least you’re owed
But you don’t get to drive the car
Or lie about the man you are
You ought to know the road

I brake for no one
Track Name: Chaozai
I believe in what I need
And what I need is what I need
And I believe in what I need
And what I need is

I see trees
I see trees
I see fields
I see fields
I see blue skies
I see blue skies
I see houses
I see blue skies

I see you
I see you
I see you

I believe in what I need
And what I need is what I need
And I believe in what I need
And what I need is
(x4)

There’s no trees
There’s no trees
There’s no fields
There’s no fields
There’s no blue skies
There’s no blue skies
There’s just buildings
There’s no blue skies

I see you
I see you
I see you

I believe in what I need
And what I need is
Track Name: Straws
I can’t hear a word you’re thinking
Is it just me or are we sinking
Nothing said you’d call profound
Is it just me or are we drowned
I don't mean to seem so helpless
Is it just me or are we breathless
Strength of will is overrated
Is it just me or are we suffocated

Straws

I don’t get the inside joking
Is it just me or are we choking
Empty is the mind untangled
Is it just me or are we strangled
Hatred grows with care and feeding
Is it just me or are we bleeding
I don’t believe a word you’ve said
Is it just me or are we bled

Is it just me or are we dying
Is it just me or are we dying
Is it just me
Is it just me
Straws

Straws
Straws
Track Name: Pig On Stilts
I’ve got a face for the world to see
I’ve got a face for the fuckers trying to undress me
I’ve got a face for when I compromise
I’ve got a face for myself you wouldn’t recognize

Don’t be so nervous I just want to be friends
I got my own way of talking and I hope it offends
The two of us are more alike than you know
I changed these lines twenty times on the way to the show
Give the people what the people crave
You gotta make ‘em dance you gotta make ‘em behave
I bet you love it when they're singing along
It’s time to switch up the key and play another song

I had a moment and it felt like a lifetime
I’m feeling lucid, I don’t think that’s a good sign
And for a minor fee, I’ll share the worst of me
You’ll wish you’d never asked
I’ll promise anything if you’ll say you’ll be mine

I’m not pretending to be somebody else
It’s taking all of my pretending just to be myself
An hour in makeup and you can’t see the scars
I keep my eyes on the room and my brain in a jar
I sense impatience for a second act
But I killed off the hero in a sneak attack
I’ll think of something if you’ll take it on trust
We’re gonna grind ‘em to pieces, we’re gonna pound ‘em to dust

I had a moment and it felt like a lifetime
I’m feeling lucid, I don’t think that’s a good sign
And for a minor fee, I’ll share the worst of me
You’ll wish you’d never asked
I’ll promise anything if you’ll say you’ll be mine
Track Name: Strength Through Joy
You, who are you?
Defined by the things that you do
Free your mind, make your choice
Good decisions should be followed through
Do as you will is the whole of the law
The law is the will of the whole
Empathy lost in the set of the jaw
Concession is good for the soul

All reasons for being wrapped up in the sparkle of lies
The truth of the moment revealed by the look in your eyes
Your broken face
Your broken face
Your broken face
Your broken face

Sticks and stones may leave me prone but you can never hurt me
I see the lie through one good eye my God will not desert me
Burn the temple down in flames and dance among the ashes
Broken headed reasons give conviction to the masses
Your broken face
Your broken face
Your broken face
Your broken face

Your broken face
Your broken face
Your broken face
Your broken face
Track Name: I Smell Burning
Ugly minds in body parts
Bone and sinew, market charts
Comfort for the brethren
A little mammon now and then

What’s burning, I smell something
What’s burning, I smell something
Still burning, I smell something
I smell burning

Inshallah x6

Twinkle twinkle little rag
Allegiance to the shopping bag
Logic makes a hollow noise
Harmless talk between the boys

What’s burning, I smell something
What’s burning, I smell something
Still burning, I smell something
I smell burning

Inshallah x12

Judas is as Judas does
Sheds the skin; the man he was
Eyes betray the casual fraud
Eat your dogma, sell your God

What’s burning, I smell something
What’s burning, I smell something
Still burning, I smell something
I smell burning

Inshallah x12
Track Name: F.A.L.D.
Fuck art, let's dance!
Track Name: Sonofabitch
Tiny lies are softly spoken
I say “bent” but you say “broken”
Don't you
Nothing really lasts forever
I say “someday” but you say “never”
Don't you

Real perspective’s hard to master
I say “flawed” but you say “disaster”
Don't you
Guess I thought that you were bluffing
I say “why?” but you say nothing
Don't you

I want you to know that this will be wasted on you
You son of a bitch I guess you don’t care
I thought I knew you but I don’t
I wouldn’t have recognized you

I want you to know that this will be wasted on you
You son of a bitch I guess you don’t care
I thought I knew you but I don’t
I wouldn’t have recognized you

You son of a bitch
You son of a bitch
You son of a bitch
Track Name: Alt!
That’s not the answer I was looking for
But I don’t remember what I asked any more
Say what you like but you can’t take it back
You can do what you want but you shouldn’t do that

Some people like to be ready for change
I’m a little nervous so I stay out of range
It’s good to be right when it’s all done and said
But I’d rather stay a little wrong in the head

Sing the songs that make you happy
Sing the songs that make you cry
I don’t understand but I get the message

Lives in a corner with a secret C
Breaks off a little bit, sends it to me
Hard to be nice to a cynical mind
Keep to yourself and your different kind
How far to go when you’re selling a lie?
You never know ‘til you give it a try
No sense of sense there is only a thing
Such as the used which the word it is in

Sing the songs that make you happy
Sing the songs that make you cry
I don’t understand but I get the message
Track Name: The Art Of Letting Go
If I don’t seem too excited by the things you suggest
I’d say I’m sorry but I’d be a liar
You can bitch, you can whine, you can say what you like
You can write it on the moon with fire
I’ve had enough of your shit, I’m sick of dealing with it
I’m always being defined by you
And so I’m making a move, you probably wouldn’t approve
Being decent isn’t something you do

I can change
I can change

I am the product of a life spent living a lie
And I’m not doing that any more
There is an itch that is long overdue to be scratched
I should have made good decisions before
Don’t tell me what I should do, that I should think it all through
I’m not the person that you want me to be
And if this sounds like “goodbye”, maybe you’ll give it a try
I’m trading you so that I can be me

I can change
I can change
I can change
I can change

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