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ENGAGE! (2016)

by Antillectual

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1.
I am a priest without a religion Ethic revival is the mission Darwin stripped us of our animal instincts Nietzsche cut our divine strings Started as a waiver, turned out a free fall Knapsacks sold as parachutes I am a priest without a religion A secular evangelist A philanthropic terrorist These times are calling for a guide Economic cramps are only small hiccups When we're faced with primal fears These times are calling for a guide to reach the other side Ethic revival is the mission as philanthropic terrorist
2.
Riddle me this: Last century you were building bridges Your prestige project based on “Nie wieder Krieg” Riddle me that: This century you are building fences Lunch money bullies, all hail to “Nie wieder Krise” True solidarity I'll tell you this: Next centuries won't know your fortress Torn down the gates, no longer need for the keys True solidarity, there's no union without you and I True solidarity, don't you dare to defy From being toys of budget fetishists To helping hands and righteous altruists From selling out as social democrat To serve the proletariat So stop to squeeze, no more Greek tragedies Not on our coast, no more dead refugees Not on our watch, no floating casualties Not in our name, no fake remedies
3.
Nobody ever accused me of having the urge to be a romantic Nobody ever accused me of anything close to being nostalgic All I ever mean to be is purely optimistic But I almost can't recall when we were synergetic ‘Cause lately you only contribute hate About what others contribute and create All I want is to spread the hope Negativity, I can't cope All I want is to prove you wrong But instead I wrote this song It's that you're doing exactly what you're blaming others, they're of no avail In fact the worst part of this is you're changing me into what shouldn't prevail Your pessimism infects me, transposes me into that sad minor scale And I almost tend to what I can't stand in detail
4.
02:53
It's in our heads It's in our commonality's threads Afraid to lose our grip we cling to false security Fictitious beacons of a national identity Why not denaturalize, rid static uniformity? Why carry around this fake ID? Respect existence or expect resistance It's in our heads, there is a virus It's in our commonality's threads, widespread among us Strategic benefits, white privilege, ignorance is bliss Don't let the suspect judge his own case But these colonial carnivals, our imperial offense Give us colonial hangovers, the immigrant's revenge
5.
For the first time in history we won't be better off than our parents We are the first generation that will not rise above the last But let's not mix things up, define the fruit from your labor You're taking quantity over quality, you're talking apples and oranges Let's sort out means and ends Cooking and facebook friends Let's set this straight Well-being is the greatest good and wealth is just a gate It's time, change the standard How can we measure life if we don't understand it Change those birthday conversations, stop boasting your shallow success The red herring known as GDP is what you're gonna tell your kids? It's time, change the standard How can we measure life if we don't understand it It's time to change the standard How can we measure life if we don't understand and learn to set our priorities straight
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For who? By who? This is how I think that it should be: For all! By all! Safety in numbers, the more we can win For who? By who? This is how it really seems to me: For you! By you! Excluding the others, stay close to your kin We need them all: the hipster kids, the hardliners, even the gateway bands We need them all: the infotainment, the bumper stickers and molotovs For who? By who? All this to save generation Z For then! By now! Invest in the future, surpass what has been We may not believe in the exact same things, as long as we believe in each other I know one thing for sure: if we try, we might I know that if we don't, we certainly won't
7.
Foolishly I thought that our work was done Sadly our cognitive dissonance has won Interns are running these obese economies Calculating idiots are procreating policies Smoke filled rooms, the status quo resumes Players stay the same, let's change the game White collar criminals are walking the line Citizens suffering their victimless crime Players stay the same, boys will be boys We can do without the rules of corporate culture We can do without the push of invisible hands We can boo, kick out the fools, the scorpions and vultures We can chew, spit out, use tools like invisible fists Start anew without the fumes in smoke filled rooms Smoke filled rooms, the status quo is doomed Players stay the same, so let's quit the game
8.
Follow that bike, it's on the run Its speed enhanced by XTC With a girlfriend on the back, she rides the dike Resolutely following her course As the police chase for the avant garde continues The world awaits while she is taking off, off to never-neverland Follow that bike, heading for a world as yet unseen Follow that bike, maybe I'm just homesick for a place I've never been By default against the stream Fighting windmills on her wooden shoes Ignoring all red signs and smoking pot Civil disobedience is alive Follow that bike, it's on the run Follow that bike, it's having too much fun
9.
I've got a billion dollar bill that says the crisis is over Green is the new black Then again in what kind of world is the pope the most progressive leader? The black Messiah was a lie Today's major threats: smart machines and dumb people taking over Our biggest enemies: ignorance and fear Life now is better than it ever was before I sense an appetite for construction, an urge for something more We're all spokes in this big spinning wheel, onward to a better deal Life now is what the past called for Or is the greatest thing we did correcting our own wrongs Are we just fighting self-inflicted forest fires? Life now is better than we ever hoped for Point of reference or regression? Walking back in a speeding train? Is it hype or recognition? Get with the program
10.
“Life is what you make of it While you're busy making other plans” A vague phrase offers some relief As his future slips out of his hands Life is what you make of shit Mostly doing things that others planned All expectations he should meet Refused, he takes a stand One size fits all, live life like you mean it One size fits all, but we deserve more All his friends are dad or mom Putting the “dull” back in adulthood All their dreams are dead and gone No sir, the promised land doesn't look that good If they're not gonna live the life we dreamt of long ago, we will If they forget to cherish phases we would not outgrow, we will One life fits all, live your life like you mean it We deserve more than what we settled for
11.
Spoiler alert! For a modern misconception Ain't it absurd that we moved in this direction Esthetics outweigh all concerns about our hygiene While no-one ever checked this meme Cosmetic obsession What you see isn't what you get Spoiler alert! For what nears its expiration We might get hurt, we might risk eradication But if we learn to understand that shape ain't content Imagine how much waste we will prevent All this applies to humans, to fruit, guitars, and homes; all beautified on the outside It’s distracting us all, looks good, at peace, you think; yet battlefields on the inside
12.
It is all in the mix, so stop selling us your quick fix Take some roots and subordination Take their wings and their chance to rise On the loose with no education Stirred up with our hooligans, gangs and tribes The lost prophets committed the crime While lost profits absorbed our time What's at stake is more than a dime It is all in the mix, so stop selling us your quick fix We think that we live in unprecedented times, but it's all in the mix Another end to the end of history

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released July 29, 2016

All songs written and performed by Antillectual. Produced by Jochem Jacobs, Bouke Visser & Antillectual. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacobs at Split Second Sound, Amsterdam. Vocals recorded by Bouke Visser at Split Second Sound. Songs 1, 3, 4 & 5 co-produced by Martin Beusker at Mailmen Studio, Utrecht. Tracks 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 co-produced by Robin van Loenen. Additional vocals by Thomas Barnett on track 2, and Nathan Gray on track 7. Nathan’s vocals were recorded by Chad Istvan in Elkton, Maryland. Artwork: Sebas Verdikt

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Antillectual Nijmegen, Netherlands

Antillectual from Nijmegen, the Netherlands plays a socially conscious, melodic blend of music, ranging from ‘90’s skate punk to ‘00’s emo and ‘10’s orgcore. Creating their own unique blend of stolen riffs and borrowed song titles, while carrying the torch of European punkrock. ... more

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