Century Fader

by Pyramid Thieves

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Century Fader, released to all major streaming platforms on September 6, 2019, is the debut full-length album from Pyramid Thieves—a Boston-based synth-pop quartet that is rapidly building a devoted fan following through energetic live shows, cinematic melodies, and soaring hooks. Spanning 12 tracks and clocking in at just under an hour, Century Fader wastes no time introducing Pyramid Thieves on “An Ending,” an ironically-titled opener with a ‘machine gun’ snare that bursts through an exuberant piano line, launching listeners headfirst into the pulsing groove of an aged-out, alcohol-soaked house party.

Pyramid Thieves was formed in late 2016 by Joey Sawyer, Josh Cornell, Nick Maloney, and Chris Bouchard after the longtime friends and lifelong musicians graduated college and settled in the Boston area. Listening to Century Fader, it’s no surprise that three of the four members also come from film backgrounds. The grand, off-kilter keys are reminiscent of iconic analog synth scores from 80s and 90s classics, and they pair with gargantuan, reverb-infused drums to paint sonic landscapes that are sprawling in emotional scope while remaining tightly coiled with confidence. The tremendous energy of the rhythm section contrasts with the processed, yet raw, guitar tones and lyrical themes of anxiety and nostalgia, growing older (and maybe wiser), bittersweet endings and new beginnings.

Century Fader was self-produced in a sweltering basement throughout the summer of 2018, mixed by drummer Josh Cornell, and mastered at Mobtown Studios by Mat Leffler-Schulman.

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released September 6, 2019

Written and performed by Pyramid Thieves

Joey Sawyer - lead vocals, keys
Josh Cornell - drums, backing vocals
Nick Maloney - bass
Chris Bouchard - guitar

Mastered by Mat Leffler-Schulman at Mobtown Studios
Mixed by Josh Cornell
Sound Design for “Shaking” by Joey Sawyer
with spoken parts performed by Anna Walsh
Produced by Pyramid Thieves

Artwork by Rashelle Palmer & James Carpenter

Distributed by Record Union
Catalog Number: RU 201060
Format: LP/Digital

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Track Name: An Ending
Now it’s the end
The death of the trends
Lost in the bizarre
I’ll stay while you go in
With the passenger light on
From inside your car
Well thanks for writing it all down for me
I don’t want to make any memories tonight

It was an old friend
But it ripped with the tape
stuck in the VCR
The same place where we went
But it use to be better
From behind the bar
Well I had to buy back everything
I sold my suit and the centerpiece
You were right all along

But these red flags are blending green
I’m colorblind, what’s on the screen?
And our old times are frozen blue
I’ll keep that place, but that’s not me anymore

Now it’s the end
The seams of an era are falling apart
I recycled my friends
Into reusable plastic made of ten broken hearts
And thanks for writing it all down for me
I paid off my loans but the debts not free
Here tonight and now for all of time
Track Name: I'll Roll Over
I’ll roll over, it’s fine
Sometimes you must do that
Yesterday was crazy
Glad you acknowledged that
When there’s a reckoning I’m lost
Thought you expected that
Don’t ever want an ending
But think about it all the time

Sometimes
Sometimes, do you?
Sometimes
Sometimes, I do

I’ll give in to them now
I don’t care no more
It’s a wall that’s been built
Now in my living room
Can we walk round a while
And get my head out of this place?
I found myself counting breaths

Sometimes
Sometimes, do you?
Sometimes
It’s too much to do

Well I got myself in the middle
Now I lost myself in the middle of it all
I got myself in the middle
Now I lost myself in the middle of it all
The middle of it all
The middle of it all
The middle of it all
Somewhere in the middle
Track Name: City Leave
Watch the meaning hijacked
Give up the money, it’s not coming back
Neither are you
So what should we do?
Get in a shelter again
Only the priest, don’t talk to your friends
They’re all weird
We’ve known this for years

I was up late last night
House pipes sing in bags in my eyes
Is it just me?
I’ll crawl out of the city

Caught up following the scars
Well I know that this time it’s gone too far
Caught up following the scars
Well I know that this time it’s gone too far

Do you remember your circus love?
I cannot take another look around
Do you remember your circus love?
When you called me I was lying on the ground
Do you remember your circus love?
I cannot take another look around
Do you remember your circus love?
When I woke up I was lying on the ground
Track Name: Scenes
Let Aaron’s job set the scene
It’s what you want it to be
You always know what I mean
But you cannot control it

Rehearse what you will say
It comes off better that way
Try every trick in the book
But you cannot control it
You cannot control this

Oh, Jenny
I got no money
I got no
Jenny, yeah
I got no money
I got nobody

I crawl into my shadow
Four walls and now I have a home
Where I can hide out at night
When I cannot control it
I cannot control this

Oh, Jenny
I got no money
I got no
Jenny, yeah
I got no money
I got nobody
Track Name: Thunder
She’s the center of rotation in a love letter town football game
Now the only letters we write are to government people who don’t have a name
And I’m sorry I’m thinking, “Can we leave? Can this train come before it rains?”

And he knows he’s in love cause he wants her to watch him
Even when he’s alone, even when he is shopping
And we slip away but then ripple together
We dress in all rubber to distract the thunder
And I’m clear
And I’m all here

Under the structure I want it to thunder
Under the structure I want it to thunder
Under the structure I want it to thunder
Under the structure I want it to thunder
Track Name: Sundial Wristwatch
We’re trying to please everyone
All the fathers and all their sons
I lie awake at 2AM
Your sundial wristwatch in hand
And it says

You don’t show, but I want to know
You don’t show, but I want to know
You don’t show, You don’t show
You don’t show, but I want to know
You don’t show, but I want to know
You don’t show, but I want to know
You don’t show, you don’t show

I know that I’m wrong in this scenario
You see me grasping
I know that I’m wrong in this scenario
That’s why I’m asking
I left a drink out on the countertop for after
With garnishes, ice in the glass for when you’re back here
And I’ve been trying to think of everyone, but I don’t know why
When there’s dust inside your looking glass, there’s still crystals in your eyes
And you said

You’ve been trying to please everyone
Your friends of friends, and now I’m done
I can’t get up, it’s 3PM
I’ve been half your love, and I’ve been half your friend
And they say

If you don’t show, then I don’t want to know
If you don’t show, then I don’t want to know
If you don’t show, if you don’t show
If you don’t show, then I don’t want to know
If you don’t show, then I don’t want to know
If you don’t show, then I don’t want to know
If you don’t show, if you don’t show
Track Name: Jonquil
Oh, Jonquil the lovely
I’d trade my soul to be your ugly husband
I mean it, they can’t stop this with a scandal in the papers
I’d burn them, I’d process my emotional wreckage
finally, It’s tacky - I’d make my life your birthday party, Jon

Oh Jonquil, I miss you
Come home, and I swear I’ll never leave you
I’m sorry, things had got so Goddamn tricky
And lately I wonder where you’ve been and who you’ve bothered
Since then it’s different -I’ve come to terms that I’m your misfit
Now

Oh Jonquil, it’s over
You decided on a four-leaf clover
And it’s been five years now
If I knew what to say, I’d never know how
with that stuff, I regret I got so out of touch
And absence is pretty
Please life don’t go oh-so-dizzy now
Track Name: Shaking
You should have always known
That our city’s getting older
It’s getting heavy now, with the snow
Patted cleanly on your shoulder

But she’s shaking again
She got high again
Realized she can’t save her friends
Sometimes you can’t save everybody
Say it again
I’m breathing again
Sometimes you can’t save your friends
Sometimes you can’t save anybody

And I should have let you go
I should have told you when we were younger
The seeds are planted, and now they’re sewn
Everybody’s got the hunger

But she’s shaking again
She got high again
Realized she can’t save her friends
Sometimes you can’t save everybody
Say it again
I’m breathing again
Sometimes you can’t save your friends
Sometimes you can’t save any
But she’s shaking again
She got high again
Realized you can’t save your friends
Sometimes you can’t save everybody
Say it again
I’m breathing again
Sometimes you can’t save your friends
Sometimes you don’t save anybody
Track Name: Prom Dance Glass
And I should know by now

When things get too much
I turn to dance with you
I die in panic bouts
But you burn fire blue
And in the car ride home
After the parent’s meal
And all the prom dance glass
Love-me-not flower petal peels

But I should know by now
That these things last a while
And I should have learned by now
That I just don’t know how

Franklin read your online diary blog
And then he ate himself
The doors open if you stop on by
Just hang your keys up on the shelf
And we talked about nothing else
The same subjects that we always do
Lately when I’ve been trying to dance
I keep having trouble finding you

But I should know by now
That these things last a while
But I should have learned by now
That I just don’t know how

But I’m late, and you can’t wait
I’m always late, I’m always
Track Name: At The Aquarium
You better run away from all of this
You better get far away from it
All of the birds in my stomach all start to sing
Because I’ve been in my head about everything

We went out and tried to have some fun
I’m in the ‘burbs, and I’m trying to see everyone
You look so handsome and mean in all the right ways
Tonight I’m a dancer, I’m a movie, I’m cement, and I’m clay

Where did you think that you’d be in your life
Up in the air or just under the ice

We tried to waltz before my heart attack
In the aquarium, and grabbed a car back
I’m like the moon, and I’m like the dark because I’m so spacey
But under your harvest glow, you still end up dizzy

Well, you better run away from all this shit
And you better get far away from it
And all of the birds in my stomach all start to sing
Tonight I’m a dancer, I’m a movie, and this is everything
Track Name: Gin & Tonic
I think I saw a ghost standing on the beach
But now it’s just the ocean and me
It’s hard to say goodnight when you’re standing on the beach
Looking at the moon so dizzy
And ever since you left, it’s only been just me
But now the ocean’s here and I’m free
It’s really dark tonight, I can hardly see the light
Blurry shimmer shine across the sea
I’ve been getting dizzy on the beach beside the sea

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