Holy Mammoth EP

by The Town Monster

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The debut EP from Columbus, Ohio band The Town Monster. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thetownmonster

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released January 1, 2009

The Town Monster is Nathan Photos, Mike Rana, and Matt Grady.

Additional performances by Matt Rana and Patrick Branson.

Artwork by Jake Livingston.

(c) 2009 Third Roar Multimedia

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The Town Monster Columbus

If synth pop wandered into a dark alley and found itself viciously beaten by a gang of guitar distortion and layered rhythms, it might sound an awful lot like The Town Monster.

The music all culminates in The Town Monster's crushing live show, an electro bath of sensory overload. It finds out what happens when noise becomes symphony.
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Track Name: Born of the Pines
"My girl, my girl, don't you lie to me.
Tell me, where did you sleep last night?
In the pines, in the pines,
Where the sun don't ever shine,
I will shiver the whole night through."

-Leadbelly

...Well I woke up to the sound of an elevator going down and the racket of a satellite bird.
Two shots of gunpowder in my head and a belly full of lead, I will sing the same blues to you, going oh, oh, oh.

If the sun don't shine, I don't mind, no.
I was born of the shadows, I was born of the pines.

What you gonna do, what you gonna do, baby,
when I ain't around?
What you gonna do, what you gonna do, baby baby,
what you gonna do?
I can hear the sound, my enemies are all around
and they're coming for you.
I said, what you gonna do, what you gonna do, baby baby, what you gonna do?

Under colored lights, curled up in my frostbite.
Tell me, where did you sleep last night?

I went to bed to the sound of the sky falling down,
thirteen sirens and a crackhead singing the blues.
It kept me up the first few nights, but before a little while, between the sobs it started to sound like Hallelujah, going oh, oh, oh.

If the sun don't shine, I don't mind, no.
I was born of the shadows, I was born of the pines.
Track Name: The Town Monster
I've been pulling on chains for awhile
Dragging all my albums and my books for miles
I'd sell them all but they ain't worth nothing to nobody but me.
Thought I'd be less sad if I spent this winter indoors
But Ohio doesn't really have a winter anymore.
At least the fumes aren't as bad here as they are up north
And I'm grateful.

But I don't want to meet anyone
I'm afraid of all my neighbors.
Got rid of my old telephone
Because I can't call upon my savior.

I lost his number in the fire.
I am numb and you're a liar.

Everybody moved out of the old house
Except my shadow, he wouldn't leave, they had to smoke him out.
And when they finally pulled him from the wreckage, he looked exactly like me.
Now everybody thinks I'm him and I'm a coward!
That train is a dragon; this apartment is a tower
And when I slay him, all my friends are gonna love me again.

But I don't want to meet anyone
I'm afraid of all my neighbors.
Got rid of my old telephone
Because I can't call upon my savior.

I lost his number in the fire.
I am numb and you're a liar.

But we need each other.
But we need each other.
Track Name: Karina
I purchased a Russian bride.
She would be mine, o she would be mine, o she would!
She arrived. she arrived riding a metal falcon
Shooting pink and black clouds across the western sky!

She was lovely.
O, she was lovely, Karina!

She cooked me dinner every night
Coffee, eggs, vodka and swine
She let me smoke cigarettes 'til the day I died!

I make small change selling pelts on the subway
To businessmen wearing fur coats and chewing batteries.
Sometimes I have to do some terrible things.
But I do them, for I love her so, I love her so!

She is lovely
O, she is lovely, Karina!
Track Name: Valhalla
When I go to Valhalla, I will wait for you there
To the pounding of drums in the thin mountain air.

When I go to Valhalla, I will wait for you there
To the pounding of drums in the thin mountain air.

Burning down nations.
Eating constellations.

I am waiting, I am pounding.
I am not burning, I am drowning.

If I go to Valhalla, I will weep lightning bolts
and I will dance to guitars at ten thousand volts.

Burning down nations.
Eating constellations.
Track Name: Holy Mammoth
I've seen too many things with these eyes
The way that lightning makes a dog hide
I've been jilted since the day that it struck
Split me straight down to the trunk

I'll make my name in the mud and the muck
The way that two people fuck
Screaming and panting and praying and ranting
With jewelry adorning my tusks

Like some holy mammoth.

Hold your breath, the King's coming back.
He'll be riding wild horses.
It's gonna rain rubies, it's gonna rain black.
He'll be riding wild horses.

Slow as fire, long as dawn
One named War and one named Song
Riding on and on and on and on.

"You are slipping from my hands
Like a cradle out of branches.
Foolish ocean, fighting sands.
I will crush your necromancers.
You can not take this from me.
I will drown us in the nether."

He is washing all the blood in snow,
He will turn us into one another.

I am black as night.
Don't forget to shine.

So hold your breath, the King's coming back.
He'll be riding wild horses.
It's gonna rain rubies, it's gonna rain black.
He'll be riding wild horses.

Slow as fire, long as dawn
One named Dead and one named Gone.
Riding on and on and on.

Riding on and on and on.