Modern Desperation, Part 1

by Eddie Japan

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Following their 2009 debut EP Four By Six, a collection of songs that showcased the elegant fringes and melancholic corners of rock, Eddie Japan’s upcoming EP, Modern Desperation Part 1, is scheduled for release in November 2012.

Modern Desperation, Part 1 is a lush, moody, and musically big throwback of a record that squares off against the times, stylistically and thematically. From the Blue Note-inspired album art to the grandiose arrangements, this collection is a cinematic journey into the heart of darkness.

The EP opener, a barn burner titled “You Will Find Me Dead in My Comfort Zone," finds the singer lamenting the state of modern indie rock (“An indie band with a 24-syllable name”) and name-dropping Morrissey over a huge backbeat and prominent Wurlitzer organ. “Let Me Bleed” juxtaposes jangly guitars and “bah bah bah” backing vocals with lyrics about bodily injury. The existential yowl of “The Bridges I Have Burned” channels Jacques Brel via Scott Walker, and “This Married Life” is a devilish, brass-infused romp through the master bedroom: “The slights and the fights don’t mean a thing / when all you’re wearing is your wedding ring.” The EP closer, "A Town Called Nowhere," with a haunting string arrangement, is an epic soundtrack to a mid-life crisis. Timpani swell, trumpets blare, and the siren-like backing vocals draw the singer to disillusionment and despair.

Modern Desperation, Part 2 will be released in 2013.

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released 13 November 2012
Words and music by David Santos
Arranged by Eddie Japan

Tracks 1 & 2 recorded at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA with Rafi Sofer

Tracks 3, 4 & 5 recorded by Eric Brosius at "A Secret Location" in Arlington, MA.

Tracks 1 and 2 produced by Rafi Sofer and Eddie Japan
Tracks 3, 4 & 5 produced by Eddie Japan

All tracks mixed by Rafi Sofer at Q Division
All tracks master by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio, Athens, Vermont

Art direction by Nicole Anguish at Daykamp Creative
Cover photo by William Smyth

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Boston’s Eddie Japan combines ‘60s baroque pop influences with the less restrained tendencies of ‘80s alternative guitar bands to create a soaring, dramatic sound that stands apart from the beats and banjos of today’s indie scene.

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Track Name: You Will Find Me Dead in My Comfort Zone
You can't teach an old dog
much of anything
Oh, no
So here I lie
here I lie
Surrounded by the objects
that will carry me
Oh, oh
until I die
until I die
and you....

You will find me
dead in my comfort zone...

An indie band
with a 24 syllable name
Well...maybe...oh
but then again, then again
I'd rather stick an
ice pick in my brain
then endure one more
precious refrain
a precious refrain
and you.....

You will find me
dead in my comfort zone...

I'm not impressed
I'm not impressed
I'm not impressed

The future is here and I am not impressed
Everything these days make me so depressed
With Buproprion, ill will and Morrissey
rotting in my comfort zone is where you'll find me
Where you'll find me

And you will find me
dead in my comfort zone...

I'm not impressed
I'm not impressed
I'm not impressed
Track Name: Let Me Bleed
How can there be no blood
with so much pain?
How can the sky be filled with clouds
without one drop of rain?
I'll take the car crash
I'll suffer the embolism
Anything to pull me
from this tortured state I'm in

Hit me
with some calamity
And let me bleed
let me bleed it out
Give me
some catastrophe
And let me bleed
let me bleed it out

How can there be such pain
without one drop of red?
How can the trauma be so severe
without the hospital bed?
I'll take the gun shot
I'll suffer the hematoma
Anything to pull me
from this tortured state I'm in

Hit me
with some calamity
And let me bleed
let me bleed it out
Give me
some catastrophe
And let me bleed
let me bleed it out

How can there be no blood
with so much pain?
how can the sky be filled with clouds
without one drop of rain?

Desperate times
take desperate measures
and let me bleed
let me bleed it out
Dirty men
seek dirty pleasures
And let me bleed
Let me bleed it out
Desperate times
take desperate measures
and let me bleed
let me bleed it out....
Track Name: The Bridges I Have Burned
The hours and days
they have their way
so surreptitiously
Time is a river
that will one day deliver
the likes of you and me
We're running out of future
but to hell with that regret
So raise a glass and drink a toast
to the things you'd sooner forget

Here's to all
the bridges I have burned
Here's to all
the lessons gone unlearned

Socrates
if you please
it's wisdom that I crave
I've been wandering this life aimlessly
but still headed for the grave
Before I take another step
towards that muddy hole
I want to raise a glass
and drink a toast
to the things I can't control

Here's to all
the bridges I have burned
Here's to all
the lessons gone unlearned
Here's to all
the messes I have made
Here's to all
the things I am today

Here's to life
and here's to the end
Here's to what is now
and here's to what was then
And here's...
to you...
my friend

I've made some mistakes
or have they made me
I'd make them again
only more quickly

Here's to all
the bridges I have burned
Here's to all
the lessons gone unlearned
Here's to all
the the messes I have made
Here's to all
the things I am today

Here's to the shy
the sad and the gay
to those who had everything
and pissed it away
Here's to the weak
the meek and the poor
To those who question
what they're living for
Track Name: This Married Life
I've got a bone to pick
I've got a bone to pick with you
I've got an axe to grind
I want to grind it out with you
Resentments build
and feelings get hurt
but still I want to remove your skirt
I've got a bone to pick
I've got a bone to pick with you

Take a slice
of this of this of this married life
Take a slice
of this of this of this married life

I can see your point of view
when I'm on top of you
Are we more likely to agree
when you're on top of me?
Somehow together
somehow tonight
Here in this bedroom
we'll make things right
I've got a bone to pick
I've got a bone to pick with you

Take a slice
of this of this of this married life
Take a slice
of this of this of this married life

Now the slights and fights
don't mean a thing
when all you're wearing
is your wedding ring
The slights and fights
don't mean a thing
when all you're wearing
is your wedding ring
And if we
could bridge this space
Oh, the world would be a different place
the world would be a different place
the world would be a different place
the world would be a different place....

She said the way to her heart
is not through the bedroom
She said the way to her heart
is not through the bedroom
SHE SAID THE WAY TO HER HEART
IS NOT THROUGH THE BEDROOM
SHE SAID THE WAY TO HER HEART
IS NOT THROUGH THE BEDROOM
Track Name: A Town Called Nowhere
I drove the whole night through
left it all in my rear view
But I ended up
in a town called Nowhere

I had to get away
from what I cannot say
But I ended up in a town
called Nowhere

A lonely town of yesterdays
of empty streets and sad cafes

Those lights called out to me
blinded me to my misery
But I ended up in a town
called Nowhere

A lonely town of yesterdays
of empty streets and sad cafes

I had to get away
from what I cannot say
but I ended up in a town
called Nowhere

A lonely town of yesterdays
of empty streets and sad cafes
A lonely town of yesterdays
of empty streets and sad cafes

I drove the whole night through
left it all in my rear view
But I ended up
in a town called Nowhere