Smithereens

by Enemy Airship

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released 19 November 2014

Zach Biri: guitar/vocals/keys
Logan Epps: drums
Michael Hopkins: bass

featuring:
Andrew Bell: alto sax on track 1

Recorded and produced by Zach Biri & Enemy Airship
Artwork by Clint McMillen

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Enemy Airship Columbia, Missouri

Enemy Airship formed in the summer of 2011 from the bones and vital organs of Nonreturner, mainstay and longtime linchpin of the Columbia MO music scene. The strummy sounds of C86 and Creation abound, and fans of the band’s former incarnation will note the carryovers: piquant guitar melodies; sharp, protean percussion; alternately plangent and empyreal vocals; all awash in synth and reverb. ... more

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Track Name: To Arms, Pt. 1
won't you read a story to me / show me all the pretty pictures
won't your heart grow wild and icy / packed inside of prison vessels
won't you read a story to me / hold me in a boxer's hug
dress me up in dyes and ivy / peeled and painted over quickly
Track Name: To Arms, Pt. 2
did you hear they're breaking ground in the gutters of the world
in the new world
did I see you stoop to bow down while they kick your teeth in

crying in the chapel / hung from the scaffolds
quartered by the scalpels / more than a mouthful

warpath is a habit trail / pot shots with the devils in hell
drag your net worth in to town / lay your math and money down
Track Name: Gemma
are you wrapped up in gold and diamonds / spun up in sleep spindles
when you're pushing words through a busted receiver, are they prayers or are they secrets

are you lost in a sea of gold and diamonds / are you in the air
with your vapour wings and your skin that's so thin it's see through /
I can almost see you

Gemma dear, I'll be looking for you / in every back masked song / trapped in the wires / shout it out or sing along

your voice is coming through / I am receiving you crystal clear
when the sun is coming up and the sky is turning blue, will you remember me
Track Name: Cutie
I can't wring this grudge from my hands, so I'm holding on as tight as I can
to the years rolling past us cloud by cloud
your face collects the lines and I read them all aloud
well the compass can't move so the pen doesn't rest
but as soon as it does you're going to fly out west
are you stabling the nightmares you knew well?
the sun goes down on the other hells.

Cutie, I lost my mind for a little while.
Cutie, I turned the world to dust and smithereens
I am circling this bed that I made like a dying dog
I am a caterwauling dusty spiral.
it's so loud, I can't hear at all…
Track Name: Frozen in Static
let me tell you about the crooks I've seen
they showed me nothing but a crooked lean is all
little liars on a fizzy screen of lights
little lifeboats on a sinking scene is all

let me tell you how the jury's rigged
how no one cares about the dirt you dig and why
marching elephants and apostates
and pretty prison blocks and ticket tents and vomit

someone call an ambulance // everything is patterned and somnambulant
someone call the local press / everything is patterned and somnambulant

count every ember in that fire you're reaching through
and every tenor in that choir you're preaching to
strolling all along in vague milieu
I want to watch it all sinking in the vomit
and a hatful of rabbits just falls into caskets
at the death of the magician, do the dummies keep on dancing

when the veil falls from your eyes and you're stripped of your leaves
and the winter is over, will everything still be frozen in static?

and you wanted to prove it but you couldn't do it
and you wanted to know it but you never knew it
and you wanted to touch it but you couldn't feel it
and you wanted to feel it but you fell through it