Inter Vivos

by Axons

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released March 13, 2014

synths, guitar, vocals and programming by Axons
art by Jenny Lang
recorded and mixed by Benjamin Balcom/Minbal
mastered by Carl Saff/Saff Mastering



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Axons Chicago, Illinois

disco grunge


6/3: Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
6/15: The Yards (Rochester)
6/16: Freddy's (Brooklyn)
6/17: Hive Mind (Akron)

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Track Name: Still Light
Do you feel the coldness?
Do you watch the shadows?
Dim and darkening the corners encroach

Should we lift the anchors,
watch the shoreline getting smaller?
Leave memory unblemished behind

Still Light, we didn't plan for this attack
How much do you think you can carry on your back?
Still Light, off in the distance gather clouds
These chains might mean that we both have to drown
Track Name: Inter Vivos
Somnambulant for thirty years
A ghostly presence we leaned in close to hear
Swinging fists at shadowy foes
Our earthly bodies absorbing the blows

You're made of fire
You're made of blinding light
You're made of blistering life
You consume with your fire

A photograph of a concrete dam
Image of an imaginary man
Water pushing at the cracks
A force too great to hold the torrents back

Are you a source of guidance, or are you a cautionary tale?
Do you know your own violence? Are you a cautionary tale?
Track Name: Barrel of a Gun
Stared out on a cerise horizon from the safety of the past
Comforted by a blissful blindness to the squalls that lay ahead
You have the space, from a distance, contemplate:
Is kindness enough to sustain?

I lean heavily
Encumbered by a weight held in suspense
Bound to bear everything
Held by an oath sworn in a life long past

Do you feel brave as you stare down the steely barrel of a gun?