Peace, Love and Affirmative Action

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We had been recording for almost 10 hours, my hands were in pain, I could no longer talk properly let alone sing. We had given it our all. This record is far from perfect, but I gave everything I had to every song, and if Satan himself had entered the studio and tried to stop us, I would have beaten him to death, or perhaps strangled him with a patch cord. This record could have only been made by the alliance of myself and two of my best buds, Hank Van Harten and Ryan Masters, a small and noble band, which somehow play great together without practicing.

The acoustic tracks on PLAA were recorded in Crazy Vaze studios. I then took them to the Deep Space Cowboy junkie known as Peter Dasilva, the genius who helped me make The Visible Spectrum and the man who did most of the work on The Auras EP and EP2, to add the psychedelia and shoegaze elements.

I’d like to give a special mention to the track ‘Those who sit in Darkness’. This piece, a 12 minute improvisation, had never been played in any part until the tape was rolling. I gave barely any instruction as to what I wanted to happen, I think I said “You know what to do.” To Ryan, and nothing to Hank, and what I got was of greater artistic weight to me, than anything I could have imagined it to be. The intensity of that recording session haunts my memory, for at the time it was simply hard work. looking back, the air was thick with urgency. all three of us played with reckless abandon, we were certainly all battling something together, and what we created is, to me, truly honest and beautiful.

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released June 6, 2014

Music by Robb Schaede. Bass by Hank Van Harten, Drums by Ryan Masters. Produced and enginnered by Arthur Sadowski at the Tractor Shop and Pete Dasilva at Sonic Haze. Album art by Ricky Schaede (rickyschaede.com). Mastered by Pete Dasilva at Sonic Haze.

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Sounds Around Toronto, Ontario

A poetic picture of sonic beauty alongside dissonant rampage...Sounds Around might be best described as whatever art Robb Schaede wants to make, creating his own world of sound drawing from the obscurities of Cocorosie, Ryan Masters, Frank Zappa, and the journey of life. As well as two full length albums and an upcoming EP. Every Sunday a new sound is released at soundsaroundmusic.com ... more

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Track Name: Chasing the Dream
I'm chasing my dream, chasing my dream
you know me, I'm chasing my dream
chasing it down town, chasing it all around
out in the green field, making my own sound

and I've been so many places and I've seen so many things
and I'll never ever stop no matter what the future brings
you know I read a couple books, that got this boy believing
In a beautiful world, that my hearts set on achieving

I'm chasing my dream, chasing my dream
you know me, I'm chasing my dream
chasing it down town, chasing it all around
out in the green field, making my own sound

and my clothes are always dirty, and there's no sheets on my bed
and you try to ask me questions while I'm stuck out in my head
you know the road is never ending, I'm not one for pretending
I'm here to uplift just one mind, with the melody I'm sending
it's my dream

I'm chasing my dream, chasing my dream
you know me, I'm chasing my dream
chasing it down town, chasing it all around
out in the green field, making my own sound

the world is always changing, the one thing that's remaining
is my dream...
Track Name: Forget the Fear (Nothing is Real)
rivers never flowing backwards, please let go and know yourself
love is trying, wanting, finding, just to give it all to someone else
nothing around you is real...

something easy, oh so simple, reap and sow the seeds of health
holographic, want it ask it, just forget the fear you once had felt
nothing around you is real...
Track Name: Sun Was Born
the sun was born, you were born, I was born, the sun was born
the sun was born, you were born, I was born, the sun was born

there are so many things, there are so many things
I could be anything, because there are so many things
there are so many things, never too many things
I could be anything because there are so many things

the sun was born, you were born, I was born, the sun was born
the sun was born, you were born, I was born, the sun was born

there is a secret place, without a time or space
I know you came from there, surely as you breathe the air
a bird sings a thousand songs, without naming anyone
just as you change the sphere, simply by being here

the sun was born, you were born, I was born, the sun was born
the sun was born, you were born, I was born, the sun was born
Track Name: Carnival
every shady job becomes a carnival
off and on the lines grow like vines
up and around this face I've been knowing
your child, she dances to the sound of your cries

she's dancing all the time,
your sweet little child is feeling fine

I am just another faded customer
married with you to the crime
of living a life on which you've fallen
your child, she dances to the sound of your cries

she's dancing all the time,
your sweet little child is feeling fine
Track Name: Grab a Gun
early in the morning I seen the sky went black
so I grabbed up my guitar and my little hobo sack
and I headed on out the door just before you called my name
I pretended not to hear ya, lord you thought I'd gone insane

cos I feel, lord I feel this empire comin down
lord I feel, like there aint no one else around
with there heads up out the ground
so I grab a gun start runnin

rode on down to orange town and bought myself a gun
now no ones gonna fuck with me cos I wont have to run
and I hitch hiked down the road with a man without a name
I was ready to explode like a match without a flame

cos I feel, lord I feel this empire comin down
lord I feel, like there aint no one else around
with there heads up out the ground
so I grab a gun start runnin

fierce rain came pourin down while I was hiding from the wind
under some fucking highway bridge about to hear this shit begin
I was smoking my last joint, heating up my can of beans
now there's tears wellin in my eyes while I'm thinkin about my dreams
I hear explosions in the distance, up above me speeding cars
and I imagine my friends and family turned to bloody smoky char
now I see their twisted faces, every time I close my eyes
so I better start believing lord cos I still aint scared to die

cos I feel, lord I feel this empire comin down
lord I feel, like there aint no one else around
with there heads up out the ground
so I grab a gun start runnin
Track Name: Ivory Ibis
above the orifice oceans of my iris
floats an ivory ibis, that's you...
fragile as the leaves of winter
turn my heart to ash and cinder
dance in the wind...

open your eyes, open your eyes,
open your eyes, I see you
young as the morning, old as the sunshine
and we dance in your endless womb

I asked the jungle for an answer
speak to me you lovely dancer of fire and rain
she spoke to me with gentle breeze
relaxed my mind, put me at ease
so unafraid

open your eyes, open your eyes,
open your eyes, I see you
young as the morning, old as the sunshine
and we dance in your endless womb
Track Name: You In Your World
you... you in your world
building your walls, building you home
locking your door, I'm sleeping in the cold
would you let me in, to your beautiful world...

there's a mirror hanging, and a secret room full of wonderful things
and an attic up above, you've never been inside it
but there's light shining out the top and you just can't hide

oh you... hanging your moon
lighting your stars, up in your sky
opening your door, to any old fool
then you cry your ocean, it makes me feel so blue...

there's a mirror hanging, and a secret room full of wonderful things
and an attic up above, you've never been inside it
but there's light shining out the top and you just can't hide

oh you...
would you let me in?
would you let me in?
to your beautiful world...