I Was Awake

by I Was Awake

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Our self-titled EP. Released 4/13/12. Recorded July 2011 - February 2012.

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released April 13, 2012

I Was Awake is...

Chris Bouchard - Drums
Justin Demko - Guitars
Dan Goodhue - Guitars
Chris Harvey - Vocals, acoustic and additional electric guitars
Kyle Paradis - Bass

Additional Musicians:

Paul Ruby - Violin
Jeremy Joseph - Viola
Sean McKenna - Cello
Kyle Paradis - backwards gtr in Plastic Wrap and Tape, string arrangements and additional keyboards in The Frightened One, keyboards in Pompeii
Chris Harvey - keyboards in Prototype
Chris Bouchard - additional percussion in Pompeii

Recorded at: New Alliance - Cambridge MA, Q Division - Somerville, MA, Studio de Charvey - Danvers, MA, and Diabeatical Studios - Beverly, MA from July 2011 - February 2012.

Engineered by Kyle Paradis. Additional Engineering - Chris Harvey. Assistant Engineer - Sean Cahalin.

Produced by Kyle Paradis, Chris Harvey, and I Was Awake.

Mixed by Kyle Paradis at New Alliance Audio, February 2012. Mastered by Nick Zampiello & Rob Gonnella at New Alliance East Mastering, February 2012.

Album Artwork by Jennifer Spinelli. Layout by Jennifer Spinelli and I Was Awake.

I Was Awake would like to thank the following:

Sean Cahalin, Matty B, Alvan Long and the entire New Alliance family, Jennifer Spinelli, Dom Portalla, Wayne Gatchell, Ed Gleason, the Bouchard Family, The Frog, Snake Piss, JJF, Autumn Above, the guy who made Creed-shreds, any other band we've shared the stage with, anyone who has come out to a show, bought us a beer, or supported us in any way shape or form.
All Glory to the Hypno-toad...Joseph.

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I Was Awake Boston, Massachusetts

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I WAS AWAKE is a progressive rock band from the Boston area. IWA started when 5 North Shore area musicians/friends started collaborating in the spring of 2011 to create a new and eclectic sound. And this is what came of that.
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Track Name: Plastic Wrap and Tape
Born of a nightmare
A new place to call home.
Connected to a calling,
Unspoken of or known.
Obsessed, inciting closure…
Addiction’s crippling hold.
Calculations all but routine,
A strict un-abiding code.

With homicidal tendencies, dedication so depraved.
Unremorseful …tonight’s the night, they won’t be saved.

To feel all but something
Would be a welcomed change.
So hollowed out and trained well
To stop the past replayed.
Please seal me tight…
In plastic wrap and tape.
And dump me with the others
Into that watery grave.

Your stare, so vacant
As if there’s nothing there.
Your glare so piercing,
Eerily aware…
Of what we’re really after,
And what we have inside.
We hide right here in plain sight
The world just passing by.

You’re way too good a liar and unquestionable at best.
Attempts impeding your justice could render quite a mess.

To feel all but something
Would be a welcomed change.
So hollowed out and trained well
To stop the past replayed.
Please seal me tight…
In plastic wrap and tape.
And dump me with the others
Into that watery grave.

To only complete strangers, you’ve shown who you really are.
Quite a cast of characters have come and passed thus far.
And how far will you take this? And when will you be caught?
Seen for who you really are now, the masked ripped off and tossed.

Yeah how far will you take this? When the fuck will you be caught?
Suspicions are arising…As very well they ought.
And who will turn your over? And who will turn their back?
Who will you really trust now, when all you’ve known is gone…?

And now it’s finally over.
I feel relief at last.
Who’ll carry on with my work?
There’s so much blood to cast.

To feel all but something
Would be a welcomed change.
So hollowed out and trained well
To stop the past replayed.
Seal me tight…
In plastic wrap and tape.
And dump me with the others
Into that watery grave.

To feel all but all but something
Would heed a welcomed change.
All hollowed out and trained well
To stop the past replayed.
Seal me tight…
In plastic wrap and tape.
Please kill me with the others
The only fate you’ve saved.
Track Name: Prototype
A short introduction, a moment passed.
With smiling for reasons, we did not make last.
Seemed so unrealistic for us to reach out and grasp.
And so far away…

In complete isolation, let’s leave it all here.
With no premonitions, of what may seem clear.
We tend to live out fantasies and never see through,
to those we really needed to know.

Hello projection,
Please shift my focus from
The prototypes,
All assumed we’d welcome.

This thing that you hand me, so small in size.
Amounts to such profit, you’d never realize…
The changes that you’ve brought in me
And how those efforts futile seeming brought me from inside.
Through doors that weren’t open, and minds all sewn shut.
Fully pushing forward through sentiments with static plots.
We all just live out fantasies and never realize the ones we really needed to love.

Hello projection,
Please shift my focus from
The prototypes,
All assumed we’d welcome.

Now you’ve gone, saved me from this…
Life long, dream-state unknowingness

And once scared where we’re going next,
where do we go from here?
Afraid of what you’ve know before
with all those “wasted years.”
We’ll disconnect those doubts in mind, demonizing truth
From somewhere behind, calling to me and you.

You and I have grown so fast.
Fused together now, inseparable at last.
I’ve strangely forgotten, those fears now left behind
Goodbye, please trust in us and time.

Hello projection,
Please shift my focus from
The prototypes,
All assumed we’d welcome.

Hello reflection,
Please shift my focus from
The prototypes,
All assumed we’d welcome.
Track Name: Extra Appendages
Here we are, we’re breathing hard
Now lying on the floor

We've questioned all and given up
Making sense of all that's working.

Here’s to endless consequences
And indecisive thinking
Clouding all judgment, so fall behind the curve.
Excess is influential
Yeah honesty’s not bought
To push us further backwards and forever more.

With all the choices we make
Pulling at our tiny threads
Slowly renders what we've always
Known and needed.

With all the choices we make
And all the paths so eager
Please cut off our extra appendages
Reaching out.

With only one wish, he falls in
Desire’s only got one meaning.
Too bad you tried so hard, and fell so far,
To look at life as one endless circle

Here’s our endless consequences
And indecisive thinking
Neglect all judgment, so fall behind the curve
Excess is influential
Your honesty’s not bought
To push us further backwards and never forward

With all the choices we make
Pulling at our tiny threads
Slowly renders what we've always
Known and needed.

With all the choices we make
And all the paths so eager
Please cut off our extra appendages
Reaching out.

I have seen what I believe is all we need
If we’d all come clean I believe it wouldn’t feel so completely obscene.

And would to be so wrong to long, to hear the sweetest song?
A chance to change the enemy, a smiling face, to let him know that he belongs.

Success is influential
Our honesty’s not bought
To push us further backwards and forever more.

With all the choices we make
Pulling at our tiny threads
Slowly renders what we've always
Known and needed.

With all the choices we make
And all the paths so eager
Please cut off our extra appendages
Reaching out.

With all the choices we make
Defining all past mistakes
It’s what we’ve always,
Known and needed.

With all the choices we make
And all the paths so eager
Please cut off our extra appendages
Reaching out.

With only abrasion, we rest our weary eyes
To gaze away, now strangely pacified.
Track Name: The Frightened One
Hush. Don’t make a sound. Don’t wanna wake.
He who lives inside, a very cautious state.
Nobody knows, exactly why he waits.
For them to smoke him out? Consciously desired fate.

Closed…to know, too scared to find out…

That I am the frightened one
Too blind, and my eyes won’t ever come.

Feel that? He shakes. He’s listening.

Now hidden away, slumped down in this cave.
Half comatose and nervous. He says…
“Am I your pet? Your little plaything?”
No we’ve always known, exactly what we made.

Known to those, who ridiculed and scathed

That I am the frightened one
Too blind and sheltered to find the sun
Yes I am the frightened one
Too blind, apathetic to resolution.

Save me. I’m here. I’m listening.

And you, you will find me crawling on all fours
Animalistic, dehumanized, knowing nothing more.
Yeah you, you will hear me, I’ll be struggling for air.
This gasmask’s a necessity, choking’s too hard to bear.

With finally finished running
And sick of all the time
The only life that’s wasted
The only life’s that mine.

Set me free
Please release me

Please annunciate what I mean to you.
Demonstrate who u are.
Alliterate all aid aiming at
Investigating all your crimes.
Unannounced, I’m here and you,
You’re wishing I was not.

‘Cause I am the frightened one
Too blind and sheltered to find the sun
Yes I am the frightened one
Too blind, apathetic to resolution.

Save me. I’m here. I’m listening.

Please annunciate what I mean to you,
Demonstrate all your crimes.
Track Name: Pompeii
This is an emergency
Find an exit, just find a way out of here.
Please follow me, come quickly,
No, don't hesitate and don’t move slowly.

There’s no tomorrow. God, spare us please.
Time is running out and they can’t hear us scream.

Call to me, out from this grave.
No not safe here, from all this world has made.
Crawling out, saving grace.
Once our home now merely our resting place.

Moments flash before my eyes
Making up all I’ve done in mind.
Paralyzed in appalling sights
Recurring nightmares, thought I’d left behind.

And suddenly tremors, terror breaking in
Never saw it coming, no chance to breathe.
Now it’s on top of you, executing...
Your very last thought, the last thing you see.

And this sad song, it won’t save you. Victimized or plot?
Time is running out and they can’t hear us scream.

Another flash now blinds my eyes
Erasing all, all that’s been done in time
Paralyzed in appalling sights
Firsthand nightmares, all now bound in mind.

And how do you come back from this?
Altered existence, focus on negligence.
Rebuilding all you’ve ever known,
And nothing but dust to call your own.

Call to me, down amongst the dead.
And who will remember this day even happened?
Crawling, clutching ground.
The lone survivor, you’re a miracle so sound.

Nothing left to show your eyes
Erased all, all that’s been done in time
Paralyzed in appalling sights
Firsthand nightmares, all now bound in mind.

And how do you come back from this?
Altered existence, focused on persistence.
Rebuilding all you’ve ever known
And nothing but dust to make your own.

Take me now.
Strike me down.