Skyscraper to Mars

by The Highrise Quartet

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a change of pace from our last EP
a tale of ego, grief, and ultimately, acceptance


released August 9, 2017

Samira Eblaghi - Lead vocal.
Liam Britten - Electric guitar, vocals.
Liam Ring - Tenor sax.
Morgan Zwicker - Drumset.
John Janigan-Mills - Electric bass, vocals, composer, production.
Max Cooper-Flint - Vocals (Track 1).

Drums engineered by Thomas Stajcer & Alex Burris @ New Scotland Yard (Dartmouth, NS) [Tracks 2,3,5]
Mixed & mastered by Adam Fancy and John @ Top Floor Sounds & Cosmic Monkey Sound Lab (Halifax, NS)
Starlight mastered by David Fuller (Boston, MA)

Special thanks to Stephen Hare (Top Floor Sounds) for his generosity, passion and golden ears.




The Highrise Quartet Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Incorporating mystifying math rock rhythms, indie rock absurdism, contemporary harmony, off-the-wall avant-gardism, and the abrasiveness of noise, The Highrise Quartet is here to immerse listeners in a new world of impassioned idiosyncrasies. ... more

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Track Name: Gaia's Hypothesis
you’ve stole my land
gaia, you were never home to me
green scape goats rung from honey
this land’s got it cut out of me

no! no! i shall not yield;
football games in deserted fields;
break your shins sweeping minefields.

oh, you think that you can own all the shots?
what do you know you are?
can you take the heat?
do the time not obsolete?
skyscrapers mulled into pseudonyms,
i’ve had my last deep ocean swim
how shall i compute the final rays
of these lives ablaze?
i will seize control

what did you expect?
i didn’t know -
of what horror might be brought
i don’t know -
iron clad trust is broken
i didn’t try - you're in denial
i didn’t care, i never loved you or myself

i want this place to burn so bright it bends space to my every whim
trees to be stripped
golf clubs, museums to ashes
let’s start a riot on 3am mainstreet
where’d all the people go?
the simian sameness enough to drive one to the edge of mad
it won't be enough
its never enough for this blood oiled machine
run and hide
whilst you still can
i'm coming for you and your little dog too
Track Name: Zero Gravity
here we float in zero gravity
no one’s free, but no one to watch over me
how i tried, try to flee but it out runs me

in an ancient land where the
stars shine bright we will
search for life and i’ll
make it right but i
never did know how finite our sun
i'll never learn what love is to us and them

in the darkened space between
the stairs and the door
i crawl from animosity dragging me onto the floor
could i kneed more?

there was a crack from the clouds
the crowd shrieked but whimpered back
“acta est fabula, plaudite,
my heart knows no bounds to this war in our winter frozen mad
in this empty town that we once called home”

seas fall crumbling inwards
the pressure forms, pops the
eyes forever forced shut
and we’re still sinking outward
overboard with this oppression of the free, scalds me and it
burns me to leap off this earth

here i float in zero gravity
i am totally free, still my head is weighing me
i have tried my best to crawl on my hands and knees
and yet no one wants to believe me
that i’m broken and afraid that today is my last day in the cosmos still so very dull
i wish that I never learnt how to fall, this planet breaks my jaw
in a thousand ways in no loss with our busy lives

the war in me rages while
sleeping on this laser’s flight
through the brazen atmosphere of mars has re-awakened my life
birds are singing in the trees
i have usurped native industry
let it grow far beyond what you could ever want or dream

here we stand - stuck in a line lapped in red sand; will you join me?
Track Name: Starlight (Not Tonight)
it must be nice
feelin’ pretty and suave
wrapped tight in
purple ribbons weaved in and out your hair,
fiction takes grip, hang your lower cut lip

the stars are out, twisting, cascading in me; i wish to hide, but no one left it up to me
starlight: will you be my delight?
coerced candelas resplendent enough for us to live and breathe?
not tonight, or ever, it seems
scream fresh, my ghost,
if i could i wish may, strike the sword, become the sway to own our freedom

through the years, the char was sparse to grow through
in our haste, jesting mirrors embedded in our lungs
i'm sticking to the floor - i just want to explore
i’ve never felt this before: my minds’ dark tinged monstrosity
i know where i’m from - through tarred fields of unrelenting spit,
now burning through the planet core,
i must be lost; seared by the shore

earth and it's kind are drowning in heat - an interstellar calamity
i've flown to hide, but the planet’s not forgiven me
starlight: quelling time mending half-baked street lights
but your orbitals seem so serene,
despite matters selflessly obscene
i'm here tonight, superseded to never for free
my taunted flesh, scarred souls cling to me
if i could ask for one more thing, i'd end the wish to be our king and fall straight

back into the flame; trust in truth’s dismay
Track Name: Drinking the Moon
i miss you
but that’s not enough
i’ve got coins in my socks
bent backwards, a parrot’s brought to
mock your flesh and blood
and you pay it no attention
for death or living cold

i prefer to be alone
never look me in the eyes
bathing in charcoal
illuminate this sky
when volcanoes ash over
and we are merely dust,
i’ll be drinking the moon - i’ll pass it on to you

sleeping on granite rocks
bumpy skin and swollen eyes
drive home some lies, never to be opened with
knives of caked on rust and blush that
burns the touch
you bleed so fair for me

and i’ll never go back outside
never look myself with mine
subtropical storms are coming
won't you stand in line?
pride in your ironed shirt
devil in a miniskirt
let’s blow up the moon - i’ll bring some back for you

oh my darling - can it be true?
my sweet struck flu has stricken you
bring forth the poison
did we learn anything?

does it matter to you?
what matters to you?

darling, darling - what have we done?
we've spent our days wasting with twisted light
spelunking in oceans is fun for a while
we'll burn and fade in a few more miles