Work in Prague

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Moniker’s third EP is an ode to transformation inspired by Franz Kafka’s tragic life and existential writings. The songs present an experiential journey toward facing life in the mirror, recognizing one's self-imposed struggles, and learning to toss them aside in a moment of surrealist reinvention.

The album is a contemporary exploration of many of the same themes of alienation, doubt, and self-persecution that Kafka wrote about in early 20th century Prague. Kafka once wrote that "by believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired."

We believe our reality is not merely defined by the trials, tribulations, and limitations that surround us, but also by the circumstances we can consciously create on our own.

Recorded and self-produced entirely at Wadzilla Mansion in Allston, MA, “Work in Prague” highlights Moniker’s innovative and accessible approach to progressive rock.

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released January 13, 2012

// MONIKER //

Peter Bartash - drums
Luke Walker - bass
Socrates Cruz - guitar & vocals

All songs written by Socrates Cruz
Arranged by Peter Bartash, Luke Walker, and Socrates Cruz
String arrangements composed by Alie Zwart

Produced by Socrates Cruz
Mixed and Engineered by Elias Bouquillon
Mastered by Luke Sullivan

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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: Fade Away
mind's a mess, a bit unstable
am i Cain or am i Abel?

dig the grave, carve the stone
pick your box and toss the bone

let it fade away
let it fade away

where's the sun, where's your crown?
why the fiction, why the frown?

voices, we are haunted by voices
drowning out the shame

where's the sun, where's your crown?
why the fiction, why the frown?

look at me now in this garden of plastic
look at me now, forgive my sins

look at me now i'm so fucking fantastic
look at me now in my brand new skin

where's the sun, where's your crown?
why the fiction, why the frown?
Track Name: Decide
hardly an odd chance
mere delay
victims of circumstance
or shadow play

you can't seem to find out just
what's this all about, what's with all the doubt
would you beat me with your confidence and try to knock me out

i see it in your saccharine eyes
you should destroy me
we know it's just a when and where
time's out for me

should we say goodbye
should you wonder why
every time that i hurt you
it's hard to sympathize

crashing waves and ebbing tide
will force the hand and you'll decide

you can say you tried for me
you can clear your mind free

someday, i'll find a way to feel alive
someday, i'll find a reason to survive

so we'll say goodbye
should you wonder why
every time that i hurt you
it's hard to sympathize

you can say you tried for me
you can clear your mind free

someday, i'll find a way to feel alive
someday, i'll find a reason to survive
someday, i'll find a way to feel alive
someday….
Track Name: Cannibals
catacombs
tattered homes
garden gnomes and fairy tales

poisoned streams
shattered dreams
tear the seams of all that's frail

run, rabbit run
you shall be forsaken

frozen, fear to fail
you and i must learn to say goodbye

you say, we are nothing but cannibals
you say, we'll find nothing but ragged dolls
look and i see that sad look in their eyes
can't find the reason, can't realize
you say we are nothing but cannibals

talk to yourself but you can't find the rhyme
can't find the reason and can't find the time
you say, we are nothing but cannibals

frozen, fear to fail,
chosen, we'll prevail
Track Name: Bridges
on a sunday in the middle of tenth avenue
where our shattered dreams collide
in the wreckage of the harmless lies we always knew
would stay sleeping deep inside

forces, contradictory forces
dizzying dashing lines
course, we are charting new courses
fragile fractured minds

living in shadows of dreams so bizarre
taking for granted the things that we are
eyes of self-pity, and heart full of scars
no lap of glory or victory cigars
out of our cages, but naught wander far
doomed to the relics of dark dying stars
striking the poses and nailed to the bar
is this who we are?

home, sweet home
can you take me home?

i've tried everything
i've tried everything
but i never tried for you

i've tried everything
i've tried everything
now i'll try for you

can you take me home?