Down in flames

by The Resignators

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The Resignators, Australia’s premier ska‐punk band, kick off lucky 2013 with a big bang by releasing their new EP “Down in Flames” on March 15 on Care Factor Records, produced by Craig Harnath (Living End, Jet, Oasis, Wilco, Bodyjar) and guitarist Steve Douglas (GWAR), and mixed by Jez Giddings at Hothouse Audio in Melbourne.

The 7 year old 7 piece band runs the gamut of “innocence to experience” with an astounding 40 year span in the member’s ages, representing 3 generations of musical background and influences, from 1st wave Jamaican ska to today’s hardcore punk.

The Resignators have always been about having fun, onstage and off, but “Down in Flames” is different from previous recordings in that it reveals a more serious side of the band, with lyrics and musical content that reflect The Resignators’ concerns with a number of topical issues that the band feels should be expressed.

The sound of the new EP is appropriately huge with monster guitars, epic organ, heavy drums, thunderous bass, and one of Australia’s best horn sections – laying a bed for passionate vocals that cry out the meaningful messages of these new songs, all the while propelled by the danceable drive of a ska backbeat infused with punk energy that is The Resignators trademark.

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released February 19, 2013

Down in flames Credits:

Produced by Craig Harnath and Steve Douglas
Recorded by Craig Harnath and Jez Giddings
Mixed by Jez Giddings
At Hothouse Studios St. Kilda, Australia

Mastered by Tony “Jack The Bear” Mantz
at Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering

The Resignators are:
Francis Harrison - Vocals
Ben Sharp - Drums
Steve Douglas – Guitar, Vocals
Stacy Kilpatrick – Keys, Sax, Vocals
Jeremy Meaden – Trumpet, Vocals
Leda Scott - Trombone

Additional musicians on this recording
Jono James – Trombone, Rap
Ben Koulloutas - Bass

Pre production
Thanks to Charley Phypers (drums) and Tarquin Anderson (bass) for preproduction assistance.

Horns arranged by Jeremy Meaden

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The Resignators Melbourne, Australia

Korweinguboora, Australia, based Ska Punk Rock band, The Resignators, have been bringing their brand of 'Aussie' Ska Punk to the universe for the past eleven years.
It’s a sound of melodic horns and floating keyboards fuelled by a tight, hard hitting rhythm section powered by a Jamaican inspired back beat that has been compared to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake and Suicide Machines
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Track Name: Rocket Ship
ROCKET SHIP

WE SEE THE SAME MOON
BUT A DIFFERENT SET OF STARS
WE SEE THE SAME MOON
BUT A DIFFERENT SET OF STARS
WE SEE THE SAME MOON
BUT A DIFFERENT SET OF STARS

GONNA BUILD A ROCKET SHIP
FASTER THAN MY CAR

SEE YOU ON THE TV
BUT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND
ALL THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD
ALL IN ONE MAN'S HAND
DOES IT TAKE A BLOODY FIGHT
TO PROVE WHO'S RIGHT
I DON'T THINK SO

HEARD YOU TELLING LIES
HOPE YOU DON'T BELIEVE
PROPAGANDA THAT YOU'RE PREACHING
YOU'RE TRYING TO DECEIVE
ALL THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE TELLING
IT'S UP TO YOU AND ME
I DON'T THINK SO

THERE'S NO DISTANCE
THAT'S TOO FAR
WHEN IT COMES TO PUSH AND SHOVE
EVERY NIGHT I GO OUTSIDE
AND STARE AT THE STARS ABOVE
WHEN I DO IT'S YOU I'M THINKING OF

I FEEL MY SKIN CRAWLING, EVERY TIME I LOOK AT YOU
IT'S NOT THE WAY YOU LOOK
IT'S JUST THE THINGS YOU DO
ALL THE REASONS THAT YOU'RE GIVING
YOU THINK YOU WON'T GET CAUGHT
I DON'T THINK SO

I TASTE THE VENOM FLOWING
WITH ALL THE WORDS YOU SAY
YOU TELL ME IT'S ALRIGHT
YOU TELL ME IT'S OK
BUT I'VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE
YOU'RE ROTTEN TO THE CORE
YEAH I THINK SO
Track Name: Down in Flames
DOWN IN FLAMES

I WAS DRINKING IN A DUSTY BAR
DOWN IN TIJUANA
WHEN HE CAME TO ME
(IN A DREAM OR SO IT SEEMED)

HE SAID
I HAVE A JOB FOR YOU
I KNOW YOU’RE THE MAN TO DO
THAT JOB...... FOR ME

WE CAN’T HELP THE WAY WE ARE
WE KNOW WE’RE ALL THE SAME
WE CAN’T HELP THE WAY WE ARE
SO WE GO DOWN IN FLAMES

YOU’VE GOT A REPUTATION FOR
OPENING UP THOSE BOLTED DOORS
THAT HINDER ME
(CAN’T YOU SEE IT’S STILL A DREAM)

PRICK YOUR FINGER, SIGN IN BLOOD
GET TO THE HILLS BEFORE THE FLOODS
COME... WITH ME

THE DEED IS DONE
THE GAME WELL PLAYED
I AWOKE, YOU’RE AFRAID
SET ME FREE
(YOU AND ME FROM THIS DREAM)

I’VE PAID MY INDULGENCES
GIVE ME MY FORGIVENESS PADRE
PRAY... FOR ME

WE CAN’T HELP THE WAY WE ARE
WE KNOW WE’RE ALL THE SAME
WE CAN’T HELP THE WAY WE ARE
NO MATTER WHAT THEY CLAIM

WE CAN’T HELP THE WAY WE ARE
WE KNOW WE’RE ALL THE SAME
WE CAN’T HELP THE WAY WE ARE
SO WE GO DOWN IN FLAMES
Track Name: Summer Girl Smile
SUMMER GIRL SMILE

HEADING DOWN THE ROAD TO MY DESTINATION
GONNA GET SOME RELAXATION
LOOK OUT NOW IT’S A NEW SENSATION
KICKING BACK WITH THE REGGAE NATION

HERE'S A VARIATION
FIRST FORMATION
JUST A LITTLE FLIRTATION
IT'S A NEW CREATION

PRETTY GIRL SMILE
OLD SCHOOL STYLE
MAKIN' ME WALK
A THOUSAND MILES

JUST A LITTLE GLANCE
WILD ROMANCE
I'D WAIT FOR YOU
IF I HAD A CHANCE

SURE SEEMS SWEET
SOUNDS ON THE STREET
DANCING AWAY
TO THE REGGAE BEAT

ADMISSION FEE
ONE TWO THREE
MOVIN' TO THE OCEAN JUST
YOU AND ME

(SWIMIN IN THE OCEAN
FLOATING ON THE OCEAN
FISHING IN THE OCEAN
LIVING BY THE SEA

SWIMIN IN THE OCEAN
FISHING IN THE OCEAN
FLOATING ON THE OCEAN
DRINKING BY THE SEA

SWIMIN IN THE OCEAN
SURFING IN THE OCEAN

SWIMIN IN THE OCEAN
FLOATING ON THE OCEAN
FISHING IN THE OCEAN
YOU AND ME)

IT'S A BIG TEMPTATION
SING IT OUT NOW TO THE POPULATION
IT'S A REVELATION
HERE'S MY RESIGNATION

HEADING DOWN THE ROAD TO MY DESTINATION
GONNA GET SOME RELAXATION
LOOK OUT NOW ITS A NEW SENSATION
KICKING BACK WITH THE REGGAE NATION
Track Name: Black Jack Swing
Black Jack Swing

Does nothing I say make any sense to you?
You scrub up real well but you’re not brand new
Second hand person in a second hand land
Nothing you can do to make me understand

Your business is your business and no business of mine
Can’t get involved in your life of crime
You’re gonna get caught and the time is soon
If the cops don’t catch you then the grim reaper will

Making a point of it
Another point to prove
There’s other opportunities
Other opportunities for you

Selling yourself on the production line
It’s no good for you and you’re losing your mind
Better get off while you’ve still got the chance
One last time for me to start to dance

Making a point of it
Another point to prove
There’s other opportunities
Other opportunities for you
Track Name: Wish I Wish
WISH I WISH

WISH I WISH I WISH I WISH, TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE WISHING FOR

I HAD TO COME
I HAD TO HEAL
I HAD TO KNOW, HOW I FEEL
HAD TO STEAL AWAY FROM YOU AND FORGE MY MIND.
CAN'T YOU SEE, I'M FRIGHTENED TO FIND
WHAT WILL I FIND?
CAN'T YOU SEE I'M SO DEADLY TO MYSELF?

WISH I WISH I WISH I WISH, TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE WISHING FOR

I LET IT OUT ,
I LET IT OUT,
THE RIVER FLOWED, I LET IT FLOW,
I JUST WANT THESE BRITTLE SHARDS TO GO.
SISTER, MY SISTER
SEE THIS GASH, THIS TAINTED GASH
THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM MY BLACKENED HEART

WISH I WISH I WISH I WISH, TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE WISHING FOR

CAN'T YOU SEE,
I'M WANDERING, LOST
WHAT WILL I FIND? WHAT WILL I FIND
CAN'T YOU SEE I'M A HAZARD TO MYSELF?
OH MOTHER, UNHOLY MOTHER
TAKE THIS HEART, THIS PURPLE HEART
AND NOURISH MY BENT AND TWISTED MIND.

WISH I WISH I WISH I WISH, TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE WISHING FOR
Track Name: Lest We Forget
Lest we forget

It’s not what happened out there
All the things that we know
Shooting of guns
And bombs that explode
The feelings you hold
Not able to share
Night terrors scare in the cold dark air
Experiences not shared
only by a few
Who understand nothing
But relied on by you
Family tries but can’t understand
How you came back such a changed man

Didn’t take your life
But it stole your youth
A condemned man
Caught in a moment of truth
It seemed so exciting
When you’re waiting to go
The horror of war
How were you to know?
Experiences not shared
only by a few
Who understand nothing
But relied on by you
Family tries but can’t understand
How you came back such a changed man

Chorus:
(STACE) Brothers and sons and daddies too
We stand on the brink we’re looking for you
Despair for dinner and grief in our hearts
Waiting, waiting, waiting for a brand new start
(FRANCIS) As we stand to attention
With a glass in our hand
Remembering comrades who no longer can
Resighting the ode
And all that it means
Lest we forget all of their deeds

Called on by your country
It’s hard to resist
Comrades and mateship
One raised fist
It all seems so futile
When all have returned
An unfortunate lesson
That never got learned
Experiences not shared
only by a few
Who understand nothing
But relied on by you
Family tries but can’t understand
How you came back such a changed man
Track Name: Pretend Friend
PRETEND FRIEND

YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW
WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN EVERYDAY
SOMETIMES THINGS WILL COME TO YOU
SOMETIMES THEY MAKE YOU PAY
THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON
WHY I JUST CAN'T SAY
GUESS THE TIME IS COMING NOW
JUST BE ON YOUR WAY.

I GOT ANSWERS QUESTIONS THAT I HEAR
ALL THOSE PROBLEMS SOON TO DISAPPEAR
THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT NOW
I THOUGHT THAT YOU WERE REAL
IT'S NOT THAT BIGGER DEAL
IT'S JUST THE WAY I FEEL.

NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO
MY IMAGINARY FRIEND
I REALLY THOUGHT YOU'D BE THERE WITH ME
TIL THE BITTER END
NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO
MY IMAGINARY FRIEND
ENDINGS ARE BEGINNINGS
IT'S TIME TO START AGAIN

IT ALL STOOD STILL THE TIME IS RIGHT
I WAIT FOR MY REPLY.

DROWNING IN YOUR TEARS
I HOLD MY BREATH AND CRY

TOO LONG FOR THE ANSWER
I SAY IT'S DO OR DIE

I ALWAYS THOUGHT I'D BE THERE WITH YOU
STANDING BY YOUR SIDE

NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO
MY IMAGINARY FRIEND
I REALLY THOUGHT YOU'D BE THERE WITH ME
TIL THE BITTER END
LIGHTS ARE OUT
SOUND IS OFF
DREAMING IS PRETEND
AU REVOIR
AUF WEIRDER ZEN
ADIOS MY FRIEND.
Track Name: Buy More Shit
Buy More Shit.

buy more shit,
buy more shit,
You're no-one till you fill your life right up with it

buy more shit,
buy more shit,
screw the earth, consume the lot, Gotta
Do Your Bit

Your Car reflects your character,
Your Shoes Reflect Your Sole,
If You dont wear a new pair everyday...
You're no good to us all

It's quantity not quality that
makes the jobs and keeps us fed,
It quantity that get's the girls into
your awesome king size bed

They'll be so impressed when they see your pad,
filled with stuff that makes you feel like you're a man

It's quantity not quality that
makes the jobs and keeps us fed,
It quantity that get's the girls into your awesome king size bed

They can Sell you a platinum Jetski,
sell you a silver phone,
sell your dog a fur coat,.............,and a little golden bone,

a banker takes your hope and money ,
till you're sad and old
no matter how you work and pray..........
they'll always keep your soul

buy more shit

buy more shit,
buy more shit,
You're no-one till you fill your life right up with it

buy more shit,
buy more shit,
screw the earth, consume the lot, Gotta
Do Your Bit

It's quantity not quality that
makes the jobs and keeps us fed, X4

buy more shit! (x3)
Track Name: Summer Girl Smile (Ideology mix feat Jono James)
SUMMER GIRL SMILE

HEADING DOWN THE ROAD TO MY DESTINATION
GONNA GET SOME RELAXATION
LOOK OUT NOW IT’S A NEW SENSATION
KICKING BACK WITH THE REGGAE NATION

HERE'S A VARIATION
FIRST FORMATION
JUST A LITTLE FLIRTATION
IT'S A NEW CREATION

PRETTY GIRL SMILE
OLD SCHOOL STYLE
MAKIN' ME WALK
A THOUSAND MILES

JUST A LITTLE GLANCE
WILD ROMANCE
I'D WAIT FOR YOU
IF I HAD A CHANCE

SURE SEEMS SWEET
SOUNDS ON THE STREET
DANCING AWAY
TO THE REGGAE BEAT

ADMISSION FEE
ONE TWO THREE
MOVIN' TO THE OCEAN JUST
YOU AND ME

(SWIMIN IN THE OCEAN
FLOATING ON THE OCEAN
FISHING IN THE OCEAN
LIVING BY THE SEA

SWIMIN IN THE OCEAN
FISHING IN THE OCEAN
FLOATING ON THE OCEAN
DRINKING BY THE SEA

SWIMIN IN THE OCEAN
SURFING IN THE OCEAN

SWIMIN IN THE OCEAN
FLOATING ON THE OCEAN
FISHING IN THE OCEAN
YOU AND ME)

IT'S A BIG TEMPTATION
SING IT OUT NOW TO THE POPULATION
IT'S A REVELATION
HERE'S MY RESIGNATION

HEADING DOWN THE ROAD TO MY DESTINATION
GONNA GET SOME RELAXATION
LOOK OUT NOW ITS A NEW SENSATION
KICKING BACK WITH THE REGGAE NATION