Face Up!

by The Founders

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released December 3, 2011

Nick Kieper -- Guitar, vox
Casey Gaines -- Bass
Matt Newlin -- Drums
Jeremiah Maxwell -- Trumpet
Phillip Schwein -- Saxophone

Artwork by Elizabeth Nichols

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Albert the Owlbear
2007-2012

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Track Name: Stuck in the Static
I catch the specter at the end of the spectrum
I buy the story just as long as it takes
I dial in and twist the tip of the vector
I pull in tight until the silence breaks

I sync my sense
I sink, too dense
I tune, in time
Attuned, in line

But I'm built like an addict
Guilt like a Catholic
Up in the attic
Stuck in the static

I catch the fringes on coronal highs
I block my vision and eclipse these roles
I sneak a peek at any soul on the rise
I flatten any peaking souls

I sync my sense
I sink, too dense
I tune, in time
Attuned, in line

But I'm built like an addict
Guilt like a Catholic
Up in the attic
Stuck in the static
Track Name: Up from the Woodwork
I wanted you
I wanted to
But I just-
I wanna do
But not with you
Can I trust-

The lime in this
The line I missed
Where have I-
The time insists
The spinning kiss
What have I-

Up from the woodwork
I heard a voice
The air was quick around us
We made a choice

I want you
I want to
But wait, I
Just wanna move
Just wanna prove
Close this eye

The skin I touch
A little much
Hey, let’s just-
Can’t even judge
Can’t even budge
Hey, that’s us!

Up from the Mineshaft
We felt the noise
The air did buzz around us
We made a choice

I rustle, Hey!
It’s been a day
I’ve got to...
I then evade
I tesselate
All unglue

We played with stones
Deep in your home
I was too-
We played with stones
Deep in my bones
I want to

Up from the woodwork
We heard a voice
The air was clean within us
The air did buzz to spin us
The air now chills between us
We made a choice
Track Name: Leave it Alone
I don't wanna open my eyes in the morning
I know what everybody's seen
I don't wanna open my mouth without warning
Deep down, I'm feeling so unclean

And I know, in my home, on my own, I'm alone
I'm unknown, I'm the only soul
But I know if I ask for the truth of my past,
They will tell me just to leave it alone
"Just leave it alone"

I don't wanna see myself in the mirror
Don't wanna show my face downtown
It's a pain, it's a shame to be named that much clearer
To be alive on your way down

And I know in my soul, I can hold some control
If I don't start to rumble and moan
But I know there's a chance, in the depth of the dance,
I'll forget to just leave it alone

To leave it alone

And I know if you go, I will hold to my bones
I will know how to go on my own
But I know if you go, I'll walk alone
Among these stones
If you leave me alone

Just leave it alone...
Track Name: Itch
I had the cover of a lover
But I was hunger's younger brother
And I was not too young to uncover
A hole in my heart

You had your perfect execution
I was a welcome intrusion
And we had found a perfect solution:
Matching parts

Just like, "Hey you! Come over.
Where have you been?
Come get this itch
Right out my skin!"

We've gotten so intense
But now I'm sitting on the fence
I find I think of you in past-tense
What's my deal?

Well, it's a double-kick
You're feeling double-sick
I guess I'm just a double-dick
And that's for real

Well, you can fix me with a stitch
And you can hold me with a pin
But I'm gonna itch
Right out my skin

I don't know how to rest
Well, I can try my best
But there's this vacuum in my chest
I can't dig out

I want to uncover this hole
But it's beyond control
I fear I might be getting too old
Might die from doubt

Just wanna be like,
"Hey you! Come over.
Where have you been?
But I'm gonna itch
Right out my skin.
Track Name: Down and Out
If I were half the man that I meant when I met you
Half the man of ten years ago
I'd be twice as sure of what I meant when I told you
"You don't know"

If you lived half the years that you wear on your eyelids,
Carried deep in those bags so low
You'd be twice as sure to respond when commanded,
"You don't know how to

Keep it alive with the lot that you're given
Keep it tight 'gainst the undertow
Forget the fight that you claimed to've forgiven
Take the high road, and I'll

Bow down, bow out

If we held half the hope we ignored to begin with
We'd have to try again, twice as slow
To regard the notion and guard against this:
"You don't know how to

Keep it alive with the lot that you're given
Keep it tight 'gainst the undertow
Forget the fight that you claimed to've forgiven
Take the high road, and I'll

Bow down, bow out
Track Name: In Our Heads
I was a man in the land where you stand
In your hand is the sand of the damned useless plans
In our heads, we pretended the years would go by
But instead, we descended and forgot to happen to die

I held the cards, fought so hard to maintain
Regarded the scars as a mark of restraint
In our heads, we pretended the years would go by
But instead, we descended and forgot to happen to die
Track Name: Days and Days
It's been about two weeks since we held a conversation
Been about one more since we saw eye-to-eye
It's been about five days since we shared a location
But in your case, that counts for about half a lifetime

You were about half an hour off when they all asked after
You were about all that mattered when we opened the door
I'd hung about in the hopes I had happened to master
Thoughts about you I knew hadn't happened to matter for

Days and days and days and days...

Now for about fifteen minutes I was wholly vivacious
Then about half an hour in, I could tell it was over
With about three drinks, I was wholly loquacious
You inquired about the last time you'd seen me sober

It's been

Days and days and days and days...
Track Name: End of the Line [w/ Luna]
Up in the hallowed halls
Deep in resounding tombs
Beating through the walls
And into the gloom

Caught in foundations
Foundered in sweeping swoons
In rich incantations
Can you feel it resume?

Open the threshold to rusting signs
Close your eyes, it's the end of the line

Stuck in the past disguises
Stretching out beyond tense
Reviewing old surprises
Renewing dulling sense

Still in the stories
Falling at terminal speed
Valleys before me
Descend into rotting weeds

Widened horizons all look dark to the blind
So close your eyes, it's the end of the line

Hold your position
Take no more space
This rough intuition
Keeping ground from face

The abyss all below
No ascent into blue
All descent as we go
All is old that was new

Enclose the void, rot to the spine
Close your eyes, it's the end of the line
Track Name: Grab-Bag
I’m still waiting for the station to change
Twist, turn, twiddle til I turn up insane
I only pick up garbage, but I guess I can’t complain
It’s a grab-bag

She’s still waiting for the chapter to end
Lust and lazy luck’ll likely lose us again
She wants to be a character and not just a friend
But it’s a grab-bag

Go on and reach inside
No guess what you might find
Is there only abyss, or are you just blind?
It’s a grab-bag!

We’re just eyes in the face of the storm
Wishy-washy waiting just a way to keep warm
We’ve all considered dying just to piss off the born
‘Cause it’s a grab-bag
Track Name: This House
Big fish
Tiny cave
Big wish: summer slave

This house
No locks
Big fish, big talk

But why would you go anywhere?
Why would you stop anywhere?

Big mouse
Little nook
Drowned out, don't look

But this house
Big gaps
Big mouse, big trap

But why would you go anywhere?
Why would you stop?