DIY Together

by DIY Together

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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-mr046

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 Studios, Chicago, IL
Mixed at Captive Portal Studios, 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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Track Name: Gerrymander & The Fillibusters (Theme Song) (feat. Tim Eymann)
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!
Track Name: Not Just Alive (feat. Eric Reeder)
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
Track Name: DIY Together (feat. Kos)
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!
Track Name: Vickyage (feat. Dave Emo)
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
Track Name: Descension (feat. Chad Sengstock)
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
Track Name: Dee Aye Why? (feat. Dougle McMysteron)
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
Track Name: Stand Strong (feat. Justin Palencsar)
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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