Better Living Through Chemistry

by Better Living Through Chemistry

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released June 7, 2014

BLTC:
Luigi Saracino / Words + Vocals
Trevor Kealey / Guitar + Vocals
Paul Townsend / Guitar + Vocals
Richard Girard / Bass + Vocals
Chris Saracino / Drums

Recording/Engineering by Mike Bond at Pebble Studios (Ottawa ON)
Mastered by James Law at Attic Studio (Ottawa ON)
Design/Layout by Steve Palmer
Cover Painting by Bridget McMahon

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Better Living Through Chemistry Ottawa, Ontario

Better Living Through Chemistry are a straight up rock band, with clever lyrics and catchy hooks.

They have a bad case of broken strings, cracked cymbals, and buzzing mics. Schooled in the alternative music scene of the 80s and 90s, this band wears their influences (The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Paul Westerberg, among others... ) on their collective sleeves...like badges of honour.
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Track Name: Voice of Reason
Voice of reason, hearts aflame
My thoughts are burning, a century's weight
All things end but only time and feelings change

Feels like I've put a lifetime in, just to start and start again
All truths are not self evident

Between the muscles and the verbs
My voice of reason, a choir of birds
A voice to guide my every word

And then I'll stand tall as I can, find peace in the whirlwind
At best the truth's indifferent

Oh my God, it must be so draining
To bow to all your sacred cows
Time to make up some new vows
So, don't look now, but my faith is failing
And putting words into my mouth
You would think I'd know by now, know by now

Pull your hands up from the mud
Starry-eyed, and starved for love
Fingers crossed, halo undone and done

And then I'll stand tall as I can, find peace in the whirlwind
All truths are not self-evident

It feels good when my head is racing,
I fell heavy, I feel strange,
It could be the fear of change
I get stuck in all this pointless navigating,
Then get choked up on these thoughts
You would think I'd know by now, know by now
Track Name: Best Laid Plans
You have the means, but not the ways
You count the weeks, but not the days
Tell me when push comes to shove, tell me I'm thinking too much

You like the twists, but not the turns
You like the rub, but not the burn
Tell me I'm talking too much, tell me it wasn't enough

You like the feel, but not the weight
You like the time, but not the place
Show me what you call your crutch, when the going gets tough

You like the wheel, but not the shape
You love the look, but hate the face
Sleeping the sleep of the just, in ashes and dust

Sooner or later it'll all come together in my hands
Why can't I decipher, or even remember,
The best laid plans of mice and men

You like the plans, but not the schemes
You have the hopes, but not the dreams
You feel like you've lost your touch, so what's left to trust

It may be best for all concerned
That this just be left as a lesson learned
Enough is enough, show me the right stuff

Sooner or later it'll all come together in my hands
Why can't I decipher, or even remember,
The best laid plans of mice and men

Ain't nothing changing around here
Ain't no one needs saving here
Track Name: Taste of Victory
Easy come is an easy break as far as I'm concerned
Things may take the time they take, but we just want what we think we've earned
We hate those awkward answers,
Makes our blood boil, and heads spin
We're waiting for someone to
Turn the lights on

Yeah, that's a lie that you live on
That taste of victory proves you wrong

Making friends with my D.T. shakes, and my feelings unresolved
Trying not to get in my way, drunk on questions I can't solve
I hate those heavy answers, separate virtue from sin
I'm waiting for someone to
Turn the lights on

Yeah, that's a lie that you live on
That taste of victory proves you wrong, you're just wrong
You know much more than you let on
So kill your darlings and move on

There's nothing left for me to figure out,
Because I'm so lost in my head

Why would I choose lost over wide awake
When the answer's right in my hands

I hate the actual answers, that put me in my place
I'm not waiting for someone to
Turn the lights on

Yeah, that's a lie that I deserve
This doesn't mean a thing, they're just words, they're just words
Yeah that's a like that you live one
That taste of victory proves you're wrong
Track Name: Hearts and Minds
it makes me want to wake up, when left to change or fade
that's when I realize either way there's a price paid

it makes me want to shake out, every ache and pain
when all my asides mean I'm living in the same day

but the times have changed, all been rearranged
all been death-defied, tiny voices amplified

it makes me want to climb up and right out of my skin
I'm feeling lower than low but pasting on this stupid grin

it makes me want to break up everything that you make
when each decision you make is only made for the sake of it's own sake

but the times have changed, all been rearranged
all been death-defied, tiny voices amplified

a million cities bleed and die without you,
because you were busy winning hearts and minds
and it doesn't matter what you think I meant, cause it's all been done before

it makes me want to tear up, raise my voice and arms and rage
against this slow decline in the face of this new age

it makes me want to shut up, and no longer hesitate
when I see you tonight, and you know that I can't wait, I can't wait

but the times have changed, all been rearranged
all been death-defied, tiny voices amplified

so what ever your reason is, time will take you back down a peg
truth is, the reason is, you only play at helpless

a million cities bleed and die without you,
because you were busy winning hearts and minds
and it doesn't matter what you think I meant, when it's all been done before
Track Name: Everything is True
Plainly, my mouth got away from me
My heart burning in effigy
What did you want from me

Hardly, was the time that we got to be
A soft kiss on your apple cheek
Asleep by your memory

So let the light, burn my eyes
All that to say, surprise

If I were to stop and tell you everything is true, everything is true

With me, you are always here with me
But I'm fighting with gravity
Awash in lost frequencies

Slowly, should have done everything slowly
But how can you blame me,
You were like nothing I'd ever seen

So let the light, burn my eyes
All that to say, surprise

If I were to stop and tell you everything is true, everything is true

With everything going by too fast,
Me with my list of things that never last
Say my prayers and pull my weight
Better a bird in my hands than in the hands of fate,
Or none too late
Track Name: Letters Become Words
Letters become words, and when we converse
I start sliding fast, so look out, look out

If there's a point to anything, it's that words then become things
That over time define you

And the shaking in my hands,
Means that I don't need you
I'll go there and back again,
If only just to get through to you

From where do I go, when there are words that I don't know
How do I describe what's true

My tongue twisted with letters, that swim and melt together
You know, I know I should know better

And the shaking in my hands,
Means that I don't need you
I'll go there and back again
If only just to get through to you

And the screaming in my head,
Means that I don't hear you
I'll go down and out again
If only just to get through to you

Moving slowly, falling further, taking stock of everything I've done
So where did I go wrong

My time will come, what's done is done
Who's right, who's wrong
Just stop and give me more that I could want
This is no time to be at a loss
Not a loss for words

My thoughts become birds
And with just one word
They all fly away
Track Name: Feverish
I move backwards through the hours,
Trawling through the dark, looking for clues
I feel awkward, I'm punching water,
Blindly throwing cards, putting dirt in my shoes

Can you show me what you're after,
Can you tell me what it is you do
My words come out but they're backwards,
And here come those black dog blues

That's why I feel tired and frustrated
I don't mind, I feel wild, I feel naked
Don't ask me why, I'll swear this fever is contagious
It makes me take the truth and bend it into shapes I can accept

Inside voice keeps getting louder, I guess that we could talk,
But what would that prove
Been trying to act smarter, but my brain lights up at night,
Blurring my view

And my heart keeps beating faster, as the light is shifting red to blue
I look forward to disasters, cause it makes me feel
Like I'm paying my dues

That's why I feel tired and frustrated
I don't mind, I feel wild, I feel naked
Don't ask me why, I'll swear this fever is contagious
It makes me take the truth and bend it into shapes I can accept
Track Name: All Things End
Hey, what's your name, does it always work out, or does it feel the same,
In these remains, don't tell me you've lost your way

There's mud, mixed in my blood
I'm all shook up and it's getting hard enough
To feed the bud, while asleep in the arms of the flood

There's the warmth of the sun that tugs at my bones
And the size of the ocean, when I sink like a stone
Keep filling my head with things I should know, like
All things end, and then they start again

All the same, no complaints,
Though it seems my faith, may have been misplaced,
This lacks grace, like and tell me it feels the same

Come clean, because in between, is no place to work on everything you feel,
All is revealed, and burned up like Catherine wheels

There's the warmth of the sun that tugs at my bones
And the size of the ocean, when I sink like a stone
Keep filling my head with things I should know, like
All things end, and then they start again