Century Fader

by Pyramid Thieves

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1.
An Ending 03:35
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
2.
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
3.
City Leave 05:19
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
4.
Scenes 04:37
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
5.
Thunder 04:04
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
6.
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
7.
Jonquil 05:04
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
8.
Shaking 05:33
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
9.
Hang Around 04:50
10.
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
11.
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
12.
Gin & Tonic 02:27
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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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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