Babel Racket

by MONIKER

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Moniker’s second EP reflects the band’s evolution towards precision rock and guitar based psychedelia. The songs are heavy, but maintain a true melody, with Keith Richards-esque guitar riffs supported by a strong rhythmic foundation.

Thematically, the album explores the importance of language as a tool for building communities, and the breakdown of communication as a source of alienation among artists specifically, and societies in general. The songs reflect the excitement (and frustration) of being an independent musician during such an uncertain time in American history.

Recorded over the course of only two weeks at Wadzilla Mansion in Allston, MA, “Babel Racket” is directly inspired by the burgeoning post-rock scene in Boston.

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released March 9, 2011

// MONIKER //
Peter Bartash - drums
Luke Walker - bass
Socrates Cruz - guitar, keys, vocals

Words & Music by Socrates Cruz

Recorded and produced at Wadzilla Mansion, Allston MA (drums recorded at G.S. Music Center)

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MONIKER Boston, Massachusetts

Progressive-psychedelic rock band based out of Boston: effect-drenched guitar riffs, manic rhythms, and sonic storytelling.

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Track Name: New Leaf
Just another ordinary day,
Some are gone and some are here to stay.
You know this life is not for every one,
Never static, always on the run.

Never go out, never begin
Keep track of all the lies you spin.
Nothing is gained if nothing is lost,
Better assess the final cost.

If you think they've all left you behind,
Time to snap out of that state of mind.
All the faces staring back at you,
All the shit that there's still left to do.

Let's try to remember why we started.

Never go out, never begin
Keep track of all the lies you spin.
Nothing is gained if nothing is lost,
Better assess the final cost.

Let's try to remember why we started.
Track Name: Boulevards & Fast Cars
Boulevards and fast cars in the city
Plastic dreams, sinking in the sun.
All the good sons turn to bad ones, what a pity
Look around, you're not the only one.

Minute by minute and day by day
Parents and children get farther away
The more you see, the less you know
There's the piper he can lead us, he knows where to go.

And he says "Hey! Rise and shine.
How're you feeling? Rise and shine
Are you feeling tired? Rise and shine."

Boulevards and fast cars
Dreams abound of endless summer
Try to explain why we never can contain one another.

Rise and shine.
Track Name: Landslide
Forever now, happens fast.
In the end, she's made of glass.

One more step you'll start a landslide,
Watch your step you'll trip a landmine,
Living fast, and dying way to early, surely...

Step by step, stone by stone

One more step you'll start a landslide,
Watch your step you'll trip a landmine,
Let me talk, a little sense into you...

Step by step, stone by stone

One more step you'll start a landslide,
Watch your step you'll trip a landmine,
Let me talk, some fuckin sense into you...
Track Name: Never Remember
Give us your mothers, give us your lovers, give us your voices.
Give us your fathers, give us your brothers, give us your pride.
Give us your lives and your snow-covered horses,
Stop wasting our time.

Never remember, never remember
What you say.

You say it's time for your mother to see you die.
You say it's time for the horsemen in the sky, well fuck that.
Track Name: Nobody to Love (live)
She's coming closer,
Does she know i chose her?
Or was it her that chose me?

Red wine and vodka,
She really shocked ya,
Knocked you off your feet.

When you give me your number,
You will wonder,
Why you never met me before.

I was missin',
But now listen,
And I'll tell you what you should know...

We ain't got nobody, ain't got nobody,
ain't got nobody to love.
We ain't got nobody, ain't got nobody,
ain't got nobody to love,
But that's ok!

Do I impress you?
Can I caress you?
Can I take you to bed?

Look over your shoulder.
I thought you were older.
Should we just talk instead?

But I know what you want now,
Don't be shy now,
We both got what we both will enjoy.

When we're kissin'
Your lips glisten,
And you don't want me to let go, no...

We ain't got nobody, ain't got nobody,
ain't got nobody to love.
We ain't got nobody, ain't got nobody,
ain't got nobody to love,
But that's ok!