DIY Together

by DIY Together

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We're oh so edgy We're oh so punk We sing about things that you wouldn’t’ve thunk We’re flipping birds We’re spiking hair We’re raising consciousness and making you aware Chorus: Get to the show We’re in the know We’re Gerrymander and the Filibusters! That’s right, we’re here to make you see See the light! The latest crisis The hippest cause We’ve got our finger on the pulse of America We pass out pamphlets We protest protests We’re coming to a city near you! Chorus Lemme break it down for you now Johann Sebastian, if you’re aim and goal Is the glory of God and the refreshing of the soul Your music is worthless, you gotta cause a rift Ask Zach de la Rocha, man, “anger is a gift” So come on, admit it, you wanna get pitted So gimme five dollars and listen to me rant No one is leaving, we will not quit Until it’s safe to say we’re now a little more Miserable than we came!
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Brightness and color The day is going farther The gray leaves’ fading Where not just alive, we're living! It's gone, all gone... Chorus: We're standing up this time Leaving what's been behind Shame has lost its hold we're free Now it's like the sun rising While it was dark, while alone Light came, light shown Can you see? Can you be? We are free? Alive, living Chorus
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DIY! DIY! Do it together! Wishing we could all be one Hoping we could all have fun together I'm tired of this broken scene Waiting for the day when we wake up And fight to keep it alive The small town was united This big city's divided All we had was each other Now all we've got is shards and pieces Different genders races beliefs A million reasons splitting​ the seams Why can't we all look past these things And lift up one another Fight! To survive! Fight! To keep the scene alive! We're dulling ourselves with Netflix Media replacing togetherness Finding our niche online Cliques replacing community We've got to fight Do it together!
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I'm trying to find the words I've got to let you know How many times have I tried to write this song? And how many times have the words just come out wrong? I just can't find a way to express And it's so clichéd to say I'm blessed How do I articulate the weight of these emotions? How can I communicate the depths of my devotion? Chorus: But I have to try to find a way And I'm gonna strive to show you everyday If this is the last song that I ever sing Then I'm gonna make it a gift to bring To sing my love to you How many times have I tried to write this song? And how many times have the words just come out wrong? I've lost track of all the times I've let you down And I know the crap I put you through often makes you frown I'm so very thankful that you always stand by me And that your loving grace draws out the good in me Chorus Vicky, my sunshine, what would I do without you? True, steadfast love, where would I be without you? You are more than a gift, God sent to me, cheesy as it is to say To change my life for the better everyday in every way So here's another soppy pop punk song to say I'm gonna find a way to show my love to you every single day Vicky words are not enough, I live to love to see you smile
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What is that in the sky!? Little green men from outerspace Descend upon the human race Bulging eyes And hideous claws Rip, tear and claw Snatching bodies Putting them in bags Experimental Poke and prod Take me to Take me to Take me to your leader! We've come to DESTROY! Sirens wailing Guns are blazing Buildings falling To the ground Gnashing teeth Screams resound We are dust Earth is now a void
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Who are we anyway? Sold out or buying in? Create it or consume We owe 'them' nothing Commodified and controlled Make something new There are those who identify By what they buy Don't be that guy Subvert and reassign From something old make something new Make meaning of your own Life's not a purchase Commodified and controlled Life’s what you do There are those who identify By what they buy Don't be that guy It’s pie in the sky Don't fall for that lie Just DIY “So Audre Lorde said 'The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House', eh. So the house always wins as long as you play by their rules. Remember: you can't enter a strong man's house without first tying him up. So what are we doing? Why are we trying to play their game according to their rules? Why let them even set the rules for a game that used to be ours in the first place?” Who are we anyway? Sold out or buying in? Create it or consume We owe 'them' nothing Commodified and controlled
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We will live or die! We will live or die! There's no rest! Facing conflict from every direction Battles on the outside Fear and struggles on the inside We are filled with joy Chorus: Repent! Now we stand strong No more spiritual death We will live or die! We will live or die! There's no rest Facing conflict from every direction Battles on the outside Fear and struggles on the inside We are filled with joy Chorus Because we hold onto these promises Dear friends let's stand together Toward complete holiness You opened our hearts We will live or we will die

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Label: ZAP Records / Marly Records / Captive Portal Music
Catalog #: ZAP-056 / MR046 / CPM026

Links:
zaprecords.bandcamp.com/album/zap-056-diy-together
marlyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/diy-together

Release Text:
“This release is the culmination of years of hard work from Zach Bridier (Captive Portal, October Bird of Death) and a host of luminaries from the punk community on both sides of the Atlantic. Each of the seven songs features a different vocalist who were given the opportunity to write their own lyrics. Despite this happening in locations separated by thousands of miles there are common themes of love, fellowship and bricolage. We hope you enjoy the fruit of these labours.” - ZAP Records

credits

released July 14, 2019

Written & demoed in summer 2013
Abandoned until early 2017
Recorded, mixed, & mastered throughout 2017-2019

All music performed by Zach Bridier
Drums & Guitar recorded at Library Studios, Chicago, IL
Guitar, Bass & Percussion recorded at Captive Portal Studio, Chicago, IL
Mixed at Captive Portal Studio, Chicago, IL
Mastered by Sef Idle at Simpul Studio, Boise. ID

Artwork by Dave Emmerson & Zach Bridier

Gerrymander & The Fillibusters (Theme Song):
Words written & performed by Tim Eymann
Vocals recorded in his living room in Goleta, CA, Summer 2017

Not Just Alive:
Words written & performed by Eric Reeder
Vocals recorded by Caleb Jones in southern Ohio, 2017

DIY Together:
Words written & performed by Jason “Kos” Giles
Vocals recorded by Zach Bridier in Eastwood Basement in Chicago, IL, Summer 2017
Gang vocals recorded by Zach Bridier at Gretsch Studio, Elmhurst, IL, Spring 2019
Gang vocals performed by Matt Zoppa, Josh Gablin, Lauren Berryhill, Meghan Foley and Zach Orozen

Vickyage:
Words written & performed by Dave Emmerson
Vocals recorded in a car in Shotts, Scotland, Spring 2017

Descension:
Words written & performed by Chad Sengstock
Vocals recorded in his home in Montclair, CA, 2018

Dee Aye Why?:
Words written & performed by Dougle McMysteron
Vocals recorded by Johnny Von D, Swindon, England, Summer 2018

Stand Strong:
Words written & performed by Justin Palencsar
Vocals recorded by Zach Bridier outside at Audiofeed’s campground in Urbana, IL, July 2017
Backing vocals recorded by Sef Idle at Simpul Studio, Boise. ID, Spring 2019

Thanks to Dave Emmerson & Wiley Willis for helping me put this project together and pushing me to finish it.

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