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1.
Realpolitik 04:15
dancing's all I can all I can do lately I'm so tired, so tired of everything let the night encompass me love when it's too dark to see I don't mean to bore you with a sermon, see but life's a measly portion of eternity but I'll be young for every bite of it and these lungs will breath despite all this gunplay, bombs rain and piracy that good ol' realpolitik parley your dreams on a virus and it's just gonna leave you stiff
2.
Systems 05:56
oh so robotic, what kind of joke they playing on you? off your aim yet firing all so plain and tiring knotted brains perspiring perfect timing, perfect timing that's what you're lookin' like, that's how you're lookin' oh so robotic, all these demonic apparatchiks, grab the matches, stamping out the fire in you automatic, systematic, system addict, system static symptoms of indifference, dusty desire, love-proof yawning at tectonic shifts, smiling as you're licking fists don't mind the straw that drains out your veins, who knew? romantic derelicts searching for a narrative searching for an ark in the dark, serotonin deluge off your aim yet firing all so plain and tiring knotted brain perspiring perfect timing, perfect wiring that's what you're lookin' like, that's how you're lookin'
3.
lift off master of the artifice hungry ears and napalm lips take this cape and this lipstick and go parade some comic strip oh that feelin', that ol' lovin' feelin' where it done gone? all your favourites, dropping lists sit and hate and hate and sit mesmerized by sonic tricks too modernized to jump and kick oh that feelin', that ol' lovin' feelin' where it done gone? wake you rise you fall and you break tired tired tired tired eyes it burns and it quakes love makes a tryst with what lies beyond the mist pain's part of it and death is just a myth
4.
Triste 03:56
streetcar's sending me with all my burdens to subway solemnities, the spirit surgeon surly steel centipede, sadly swerving searching for a remedy for urban yearning no more chains, no more chains no more craving no more chains, no more chains no more craving "You don't change" "You don't say? No, I'm not changing" no more chains, no more chains no more craving feeling sentimental as these floorboards they creak seance for all dead souls, seance in the slushy streets I'm searching for a dresser, love, right now as we speak I feel a little lesser as this world burns under me it burns like a thousand leaves, oh how it pains me I cannot see the Pleiades, it's all been greyed in I know it's how you choose to be, it's how you frame it but right now this sight it's so hazy, this sight it's fading no more chains, no more chains no more craving no more chains, no more chains no more craving "You don't change" "You don't say? No, I'm not changing" no more chains, no more chains no more craving
5.
Thespians 08:26
this white piano is dripping blood this dead soprano floats in the flood barricade the theatre doors thespians, quick, grab your oars! so many wake to sounds of alarm as if the morning should mean you harm shunning sleep, shunning rest cursing all that is blessed dance instead of grieving live instead of breathing give instead of thieving won't you? won't you? timbre, timbre curtains drop and pulses stop lightning snatch, steal my energy light refract, drown it in the sea villains skulk, skulk behind me I will not let their clouds inside me as the Sun bleeds hit that note as the Earth breeds hit that note as the lungs plead hit that note as the beast feeds hit that note with your hand, your hand hit that note with your heart, your heart hit that note with your heart, your heart with your heart, your heart, your heart, your heart dance instead of grieving live instead of breathing give instead of thieving won't you? won't you?

about

“The Wilderness are well known in pockets of Toronto for their high-energy live performances, all-out glitter-filled dance parties. So it’s surprising to find their debut record a dark, elegantly crafted and, yes, subtle slice of post-punk. It’s bursting with crisp riffs, bouncy bass lines and atmospheric Ian Curtisy vocals, but instead of throwing everything at the wall at once, the band keeps a keen eye on the details. Production and pace often get overlooked on a band’s first go, but not here. Spread over 28 minutes, the five songs blend to form a continuous suite. By tempering exuberant moments with textured, groove-based passages, the shoegaze-style noise jams actually feel earned. But if you’d rather just have the party starter, head straight to Realpolitik, a crunchy synth-rocker straight out of the Interpol playbook. NNNN” - NOW Magazine- Dec 2010

"There is loads of promise and plenty of appeal in the debut release by this Toronto quintet"- Montreal Mirror, Jan 2011

"Arguably one of the most interesting acts on the Toronto scene. 4/5"- Shattered Vinyl, Jan 2011

"I can honestly say this was one of the most entertaining and passionate shows I’ve been to in a while and predict that this Toronto band won’t stay unsigned for long"- Panic Manual, Nov 2010

"I personally feel that hearing such a solid recording from the band can only help but have people realize that the balloons, the glitter, and all the other fun stuff that the Wilderness incorporate into their live show is to add to the experience like something you would expect at a Flaming Lips concert, as opposed to a distraction from the music itself. This is The Wilderness as one"- Two Way Monologues, Nov 2010

“Song of the Day: The Wilderness' Realpolitik” - CHART Attack, November 2010

“I have never seen a crowd so entranced... people actually rushing the front of the stage in
hopes that they would be covered in glitter...” - Buying Shots For Bands, September 2010

"Thrashy, crusty, synth goodness"- Oct 2010 Silent Shout

“The Wilderness like to throw a party.They were undoubtedly the stars of this night. I seriously thought I might have been slipped drugs for a moment, but later discovered I was completely sober. A++++++++” – The Take Media, NXNE Review, June 2010

“I wish there were more bands like The Wilderness” - Dan Burke,The Silver Dollar & Velvet Underground, May 2010

“Bridging high-energy indie-rock with post-punk grooves,The Wilderness’ set seemed more like a party atmosphere... bouncing balloons and ass shaking included. Fronted by a charged-up lead singer, the band delved into a cascade of angular guitar- riffs, Ian Curtis style vocals, splashes of electronics, and syncopated rhythms hinting at bands like Editors and Interpol. Playing to a receptive crowd, these guys will both rock and dance you out.” - Exclaim! April 2010

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released November 20, 2010

Lyrics: Lee Piazza
Music: The Wilderness

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