Welcome The Ironists

by Caracal

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Welcome The Ironists – the title single is a blistering opener that showcases the band’s trademark riotous guitars and powerful vocals over hard-hitting drums.

The title track is also the first of 10 songs that unfold over a well-paced mix of fast, aggressive numbers and stomping slow-burners, telling a gritty story of hard lessons and tempered hope.

With this second full-length effort, the band has managed to capture on record the essence of its live displays – sweat-drenched, ferocious and emotionally-draining – a trademark that has won them a deeply loyal fanbase across Asia and beyond. Packed with colossal riffs, catchy melodies and epic choruses, ‘Welcome The Ironists’ aims to reach out to listeners of Thrice, Norma Jean, Brand New, Envy On The Coast and Foo Fighters.

God Damn Tree is a dirty number with an expertly conducted loud-soft dynamic, that prods menacingly along in the vein of Brand New, while shreds of Refused can be heard in the riotous call-to-arms anthem Entrepreneur. Naga is a slow-burning monster of a track, laid in A# tuning with a host of memorable guitar lines and riffs, before a group chorus erupts into an instrumental catharsis. Fuelled with hard-hitting honesty and intensely personal lyrics, ‘Welcome The Ironists’ is the 5-piece band’s most cohesive and affecting album to date.

‘Welcome The Ironists’ was recorded and produced together with the band’s longstanding collaborator – Singapore’s leading music producer and sound engineer, Leonard Soosay of Snakeweed Studios (The Great Spy Experiment, Inch Chua, Pleasantry ). The album was mastered in Canada with João Carvalho of João Carvalho Mastering (Sloan, Buck 65, The Weakerthans, Death From Above 1979).

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released 18 December 2014

Produced by Leonard Soosay and Caracal at Snakeweed Studios, Singapore
Lyrics by K.C Meals, Martin Kong & Field Teo
Engineered and mixed by Leonard Soosay
Mastered by João Carvalho at João Carvalho Mastering, Canada
Assistant Engineering by Martin Kong
Bass guitar on track 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10 by Field Teo
Bass guitar on track 4 & 9 by Henry Velge
Bass guitar on track 2 & 7 by Axel Serik
Gang vocals by Caracal with Erik Evangelista, Jude Lee, Ian Toh, Deon Toh & Fad Bro
Violin on track 10 by Josh Wei
Art direction by Henry Velge & Martin Kong
Photographs by Aloysius Lim, Melvin Ong, Rueven Tan, Gabriel De Souza, Martin Kong, & Alice Liaw

℗&© 2014 Caracal with license to KittyWu Records.
Marketed, Manufactured and Distributed KittyWu Records.
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Track Name: Welcome The Ironists
HOW WILL I EVER KNOW IF I WAS MEANT FOR MORE THAN THIS? BRING YOURSELF CLOSE TO THE EDGE AND FEEL GOD BREATHING DOWN YOUR BACK. I HATE THAT I LOVE THIS CHAOS. INHALE. EXHALE. WE BREAK RIGHT THROUGH THE FEAR OF LOSING EVERYTHING. CONSULT YOUR HOPES AND NOT YOUR FEARS. THIS IS OUR VESSEL, WE ARE MERE PASSENGERS. CONCERN YOURSELF WITH WHAT'S POSSIBLE. ALL IT TAKES IS TWO FLINTS TO MAKE A FIRE. THEY SAY YOU GIVE AN INCH AND THEY'LL TAKE A MILE SO GIVE, AND GIVE TILL YOUR BODY ACHES. JUST KNOW THE PAIN WILL BE WORTHWHILE. WE SHALL SING OR WILL WE SINK TOO DEEP? WHY CAN'T WE BREATHE WHEN THIS IS THE AIR WE NEED? WILL WE EVER LIVE OUR LIVES OR SINK FOREVER? JUST LIKE DUST I'LL RISE WITH CERTAINTY OF TIDES.
Track Name: Betwixt And Between
I DON'T WANT TO WAIT FOR REGRET, EVERY LITTLE CHANCE THAT I GET, MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THIS LIFE OR THIS THREAT. YOU SEE I'M DONE WITH BEING SO SCARED, SCARED OF LEAVING THINGS THAT WE SHARED. TAKING ALL THE SNAKES THAT COME FROM YOUR MOUTH AND SKINNING THEM BARE. THIS IS ALL FOR THE BEST. PLEASE DON'T MAKE THIS A TEST. ALL THAT'S LEFT TO BE SAID: GOODBYE MY FRIENDS. THIS STORY HAS COME TO ITS END. MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT I AM AS A MAN, PLEASE UNDERSTAND. I WON'T FORGET, I'LL CLOSE MY EYES AND NEVER LOOK BACK. THIS IMPLIES A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION. SO WHAT NOW? THERE ARE NO OPTIONS. TAKE THE HIT AND MOVE ALONG. EVEN THOUGH ITS BECOMING OBVIOUS THAT HE IS NOT OF OUR STRIPE, WE'LL TAKE THE HIT AND MOVE. YOU'VE FAKED AND I WILL REMAIN CALM. YOU'VE TAKEN ALL THAT WE'VE MADE. NOW WE SAY: FAREWELL MY FRIEND. YOU'VE DONE THIS ONCE BEFORE AND I WILL NOT LET THESE WAVES ENGULF WHAT WE'VE FORGED. ITS MY OWN WAR. I WON'T FORGET. I'LL CLOSE MY EYES AND NEVER LOOK BACK. MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT I AM AS A MAN, PLEASE UNDERSTAND. YOU'VE FAKED AND I WILL REMAIN CALM. YOU'VE TAKEN ALL THAT WE'VE MADE, AND NOW ITS TOO LATE.
Track Name: God Damn Tree
HONESTLY I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW FAR THE FRUIT HAS FALLEN FROM THE TREE. ROOTS DUG SO DEEP IN ME THEIR STARTING TO FEEL MORE LIKE WEEDS. I'VE FAILED TO SEE WHAT YOU HAVE CAUSED AND WHAT IT MEANS.
WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN THE ONLY PLACE TO GO IS HOME. HONESTLY I CAN'T BELIEVE AFTER ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU AND I HAVE SEEN, DIDN'T MEAN A THING TO YOU. I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF YOU AS FAMILY. WHEN WILL YOU LEARN TO LET GO OF YOUR EMPTY WORDS? NOTHING STAYS THE SAME, AND THIS IS EVIDENCE. YOU ONLY LEAVE ME WITH ALL THE F**KING QUESTIONS, AGAIN. SEVERANCE, MY LOYAL FRIEND.
WE NURTURED AND GAVE THAT WATER YOU CRAVED. YOU GREW SO SMALL AND HAD NO FAITH. WE ARE SO AFRAID OF THIS SHELTER YOU'VE MADE. YOU GREW SO TALL THIS THREAT TO BREAK.
Track Name: There Was A Man
THERE WAS A MAN LIKE YOU AND ME JUST SKIN AND BONES. THE COLOUR AND SHAPE OF WHAT IS COLD. THE ONLY THING, HE COULDN'T CALL ANYONE HIS BROTHER. WHAT IS FAMILY? I JUST WANT A LITTLE BIT OF PEACE. I'LL BE JUST FINE. JUST GIVE ME ANYTHING THAT I COULD CALL MY OWN. I'D RATHER BE WASTED THAN FEARING IN YOUR FAVOUR TO THE DOLLARS AND THE NUMBERS. AND SO THIS MAN WAS LEFT ALONE WITH NO MORE FEARS. AND HE TOLD HIMSELF HE'LL NEVER SHED ANOTHER TEAR. A THIN YOUNG MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN HIS HANDS, BROKE ALL THINGS THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM. HE HEARD HIS NAME BUT COULD NEVER FIND HIS WAY TO HIS MOUTH. HOW CAN YOU DEFEND THE MAN WHO NEVER WANTS TO UNDERSTAND? SO WE'LL SING TO HIM.
Track Name: Wikus
RIP FROM ME EVERYTHING YOU CLAIM TO BE. MY SOUL DECIDES TO LEAVE. AFRAID TO SEE THE THINGS THAT I MADE BLEED. LIVE IN FEAR AT THE HANDS OF THE TYRANT. I ONCE CALLED FAMILY BUT I THANK GOD COS NOW I SEE. AND I CAN'T NEVER FIND THE WORDS TO SAY AFTER ALL THE THINGS YOU'VE DONE TO ME. YOU'VE MADE ME FEEL NOTHING SHORT OF IRRELEVANT. AND I CAN NEVER SAY THE WORDS AFTER ALL THE THINGS I'VE DONE TO YOU. I WON'T BREAK MY PROMISE TO BE EVER TRUE. RIP FROM ME EVERYTHING YOU CLAIM TO BE. AFRAID TO SEE THE THINGS THAT I MADE BLEED. GOD HELP ME. THE DEVIL STARTS TO SING. HE SINGS TO ME AND I JOIN CARELESSLY. SO I HEARD ABOUT YOUR HAND AND HOW IT WORKS. ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT YOU WOULD ALWAYS HAVE MY BACK. WHERE'S THE VALUE IN THE VIOLENCE? WHEN DO WE EVER STOOP SO LOW. WE CAN CHOOSE TO BE BETTER THAN WE ARE, BUT WE DON'T. AND I'VE BEEN STANDING IN DARK WAITING FOR YOU TO PLAY YOUR CARDS. AND I'VE BEEN HERE SITTING DUCKS. THE CALVARY HAS PULLED APART. AND THEN HE FADES. CAUSE WE ARE THE CHOICES THAT WE MAKE. WE HAVE OUR VOICES THAT WE BREAK. WE ARE THE CHOICES THAT WE MAKE. WE HAVE OUR VOICES THAT WE BREAK. AND I'VE STANDING IN THE DARK. AND I'VE BEEN HERE SITTING DUCKS.
Track Name: Divergence
I STAND BESIDE THE MAN WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE THE WORLD IN HIS HANDS, WHILE EVERYBODY ELSE JUST SITS AND STARES. I'VE BEEN DEVOURED. I'VE BEEN CONSUMED. I'VE BEEN DIGESTED AND REFUSED. SOMEBODY HELP HIM. SOMEBODY HELP HIM PLEASE. FOR THIS MAN IS SEARCHING AND HAS LOST ALL SENSE OF HIS URGENCY. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP HIM. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP HIM BREATH. THE WORLD HAS GOT HIM HANGING AND HE DOESN'T SEEM TO BELIEVE. IT'S PILING UP IN ME NOW, BEEN BLACK AND WHITE FOR YEARS. HOW CAN HE EVER BE PART OF THE FACULTY? HOW CAN HE EVER BE BRAVE IF HE'S ALWAYS AFRAID? YOU THINK YOU KNOW THIS PLACE BUT IT WILL KILL YOU. TIME TAKEN FROM US TO STOP AND BREATHE. TIME SPENT MAKING DEADLINES, TO SATISFY THIS GREED. AND THEN HE FALLS AND WASTED ALL. I YEARN FOR GRACE. IT'S ALL PILING UP IN ME NOW TO LET THE RAYS OF THE SUN CRASH INTO MY FACE. CONSUMED BY WAVES.. I FEEL MY BODY RESET IT'S PACE. I LET THE RAYS OF THE SUN CRASH INTO MY FACE. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, CROSS YOUR HEART AND DISSOLVE WHO YOU THOUGHT WAS THE BIGGER MAN. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, CROSS YOUR HEART AND HOLD FAST HOPE DEAR, SAVE YOURSELF.
Track Name: Disaster Affinity
WILL YOU CONTEMPLATE THE ACT OF REVERENCE ON BENDED KNEE TO GUIDE THE STRAY AND CALM THE WEARY, ONLY TO LEARN THAT'S NOT THEIR STORY. SO SUCK IT UP PRINCESS, THIS AIN'T A LECTURE OF THE BIG BAD WORLD FROM THE BIG BAD WOLF. HOLD YOUR TONGUE BEFORE YOU SPEAK, BEFORE YOU THROW THAT TANTRUM OR START TO WEEP. SO PUCKER UP HONEY.. YOUR MANIC HEIGHTENED SENSE OF SELF IMPORTANCE IS A DRAG TO US AND WE'VE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS. SCRAPE YOUR KNEES UPON THE FLOOR IS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO KNOW YOU GAVE YOUR ALL. WHEN THE BLOOD IS DRIED THE SCAB IS FORMED. THIS CYCLE JUST GOES ON AND ON. I CAN NEVER TELL IF YOU'RE STILL UNDER THE SPELL OR THE CHOICE OF GIVING ALMS HAVE LEFT A MIGHTY BROKEN MAN. YOU'RE LOOKING FOR DISASTER, YOU'VE FOUND YOURSELF THE MASTER. GO FORTH CREATE COLLAPSE AND REAP THE JOY FROM YOUR FRENZY. LOOK AT THE MESS THAT YOU HAVE MADE. YOU'RE NOTHING THAN A SILLY, SORRY STATE OF MISERY WHO LOVES COMPANY. HOW I WISH I NEVER MET YOUR F**KING FACE. SAVE YOUR TEARS YOU CROCODILE. SHOULD THE WORLD SWALLOW YOU WHOLE, ACCEPT YOUR FATE MY CHILD. LISTEN AND DO AS YOUR TOLD.
Track Name: Naga
YOU SIT THERE WITH YOUR HEAD UP HIGH TELLING OF YOUR BENEVOLENCE. WE'RE CONSCIOUS BELIEVERS, YOU ARE FAR FROM TREACHEROUS. WITH EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD, HOW DID WE END UP HERE. AND WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF, HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT? I'M NOT ABOUT TO ENGAGE IN A BACK AND FORTH WHERE YOU END UP THE VICTIM. WE BOTH KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. WE BOTH KNOW WHAT YOU ARE. WITH EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD, HOW DID WE END UP HERE? AND WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF, HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT? YOU WANNA LEAD ONE DAY? YOU GOTTA LEARN HOW TO FOLLOW. OH GOD, OH GOD I WANNA JUMP THIS SHIP. RIPPED APART I WILL LEAVE IT THIS WAY. SAY YOUR PRAYERS, SAY YOUR PRAYERS, CAUSE I'VE SAID MINE. THEREFORE I WILL BE SAVED. FAILURE'S NOT A PERMANENT CONDITION. WHERE THE HELL IS YOUR GRIT AND PASSION? DON'T YOU KNOW THIS IS ALL UP TO YOU. IT'S ALL IT'S ALL ON YOU NO. OH GOD, OH GOD I WANNA JUMP THIS SHIP. RIPPED APART I WILL LEAVE IT THIS WAY. SAY YOUR PRAYERS, SAY YOUR PRAYERS, CAUSE YOU DUG A HOLE SO DEEP, YOU CAN'T PULL YOUR WAY OUT. COMMON SENSE WILL TELL YOU THERE'S NO WAY OUT. WELL I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE THAT IF THERE IS A WILL THAN THERE IS A WAY. AND I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE THAT THERE'S ALWAYS A WAY.. A WAY BACK HOME.
Track Name: Entrepreneur
SHOW ME WHAT YOU SEE NOW TELL ME WHAT YOU MEAN. WHERE IS THE COMFORT IN BEING DISCREET WHEN ALL YOU DO IS WEEP? AM I BEING UNREASONABLE IN WANTING TO BE FREE? HOLD YOUR BREATH. AND MAKE IT YOUR LAST. MAKING LOVE TO PAPER AND LINES. TELL ME IS IT WRONG TO FIND RIGHT? ANCHOR ME IN FILTH AND PRESS LINES. WE ALL WANT OURSELVES IN WHITE LIGHT. RIP, TEAR, BREAK. BURN YOUR BOOKS THROW THEM AWAY. JUST SAY THE THINGS YOU WANTED TO SAY. HAVE FAITH LET THEM ALL FALL INTO PLACE. LET THEM ALL FALL IN THIS TRAPPED YOU’VE SET AND LAID OUT SO EASILY. RESET, RESET, WE RUN THIS PROTEST. IS THIS GOLD? OR IS THIS A SIGN OF A WORN OUT SOUL. RESET, RESET, WE RUN THIS PROTEST

RESET, RESET, WE’VE LEARNED FROM THE BEST. STEADY YOUR BREATHING. DOUSE YOURSELF IN GASOLINE. INCINERATE YOUR FEELINGS. BURN YOURSELF AT THE STAKE CAUSE A FIRE IS ALL IT TAKES.
Track Name: Given Breath
A HEART AS BIG AS ANY OCEAN. A FERVOUR MIGHTIER THAN FIRE. UNTIL I FIND THE WORDS PLEASE LET ME LOVE YOU. YOU'RE THE GRACE THAT NEVER WITHERS. MAKING SAINTS LOOK LIKE SINNERS. I WILL CARRY YOU TO THE END OF MY DAYS.