In Medias Res

by Lampshades

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Nicholas Karl McNally Dudes!!! "Thrills" the first track is killer. At this time I've just pre-ordered the record but I'm excited!!! Can't wait to hear the rest. Cheers!
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Lampshades came together in 2014 with the aim of taking the weirdness they admired in ‘80s noise rock and adding their own frenetic energy into the mix. Their recording efforts to date showcase a ferocious and visceral sound that captures their intense live performances and their thematic preoccupations with the disengagement and disenfranchisement found within the urban landscape.

On their second EP, In Medias Res, Tan Arcade sings from his gut, belting out melodic lyrical impressions, while also exploding through the amplifier with guitar wails and discordant feedback. Eric Pentz, (bass guitar), and Karver Hitchcock (drums), come together to form the band's rhythm section, inciting a thudding sense of urgency to the songs. Eric’s workmanlike bass playing and Karver’s pummeling hits maintain fervor from the start of the album right to the very end. Taking inspiration from the grit and lyricism of acts such as Jesus Lizard, Sonic Youth, and Nick Cave, Lampshades follow the path that these bands carved as they look for some hope within the dirty and ugly aspects of a paranoid society.

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released December 9, 2016

All songs written & produced by Lampshades.
Recorded and mixed by Micheal Keire at Threshold Recording Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles, California.

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Track Name: Thrills
I was walking down memory lane
Saw myself standing here way back when
I didn’t need any more time to think
Cause I miss those days where we wouldn’t blink

Hey! Chill!
We just want a thrill!
So! I will
Take the time for my guts to spill!

No phoney wasteful afternoons.
I get burned cause the sun never looks for shade.
Oh, wake me when these pills overload
My circuits and make me lose control

Hey! Chill!
We just want a thrill!
So! I will
Take the time for my guts to spill

Will we ever survive
Watch the days go by
whatever makes you happy
Yeah I know we can feel alright
No I can’t wait to see the look on your beautiful face

Hey! Chill!
We just want a thrill!
So! I will
Take the time for my guts to spill!
Turn that mountain into a hill!
Track Name: Strung Out
Have you heard the news
I’ll tell you it gives me the blues
Can smell the fumes
Live wires bring a shock to my mind and my heart

And the fuel runs out
The land dries and cracks
The future looks so bleak
I think I’m burning out

Strung Out!

My eyes are tired
My words are worn
My blood has turned
And I need to churn it out

Strung Out!

I’ve got a fever baby
Night sweats have me down on my dreams
Can you whisper to me?
Like medusa who’s naked and sees in the dark

I want to numb the pain
I want to get away
Hit the road again
Time is running out
Strung Out!

My face is pale
My clothes are black
The future is here
And it’s filled with folly and fear

Strung Out!
Track Name: Hey Mister!
Hey there, Mister
You must be over your head
Time it slows right down
To a simple crawl…

You feed yourself lead
You want to fight till you're dead
Though a century of life
Has a certain appeal

It makes no sense
When you pretend
The sky must be falling
Inside your own head

Ain’t no pretence
When you’re on the fence
Might as well have your
Head in the sand my friend

Hey there, Mister!
You’re nailed to your bed
With the remote in your hand
And the curtains drawn

The glow of the lights
They’re burning your eyes
But honestly
You disappear so well!

It makes no sense
When you pretend
The sky must be falling
Inside your own head

Ain’t no pretence
When you’re on the fence
Might as well have your head
In the sand my friend
Track Name: Forest of my Mind
What’s on the road
Rain coming down real hard now
Haven’t seen a soul
Can’t recognize anything around

Jackknifed trucks left and cleared
Ominous crow appears

Don’t say it
These things are not related
Can’t you see that
It’s your mind mutilated

Don’t fret it
Or you’ll just regret it
hit the gas
make a pass
and just forget it!

Signs are they are down
Lights they flicker and they go out
My visions unclear
The crow reappears

Forest of my mind
Haunted for all of time
This forest has lies
The evil is disguised!
Don’t say it
These things are not related
Can’t you see that
It’s your mind mutilated

Don’t fret it
Or you’ll just regret it
hit the gas
make a pass
and just forget it!
Track Name: My Apocalypse
City in the deep
Jungle never weeps
People everywhere
Accumulating every minute

Does he need the rush
Maybe he’s paranoid
A prophylactic
Taken every hour

I know
You gotta give me a reason

Above
Below
I don’t have anything to believe in!

If I see you in
My apocalypse
Will it mean that
All is forgiven

Will you shave your head
Will you mark your skin
Paint red
This city that we live in

I know
You gotta give me a reason

Above
Below
I don’t have anything to believe in!