Dark Before the Light

by Anti-Social Club

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In memory of Pat Clarke

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released November 14, 2018

Greg Guevara - Vocals, Guitars
Peter Dowsett - Keyboards, Programming
Mike Murphy - Bass
Rachael Fuhs - Guest Vocals

Produced by Peter Dowsett and Anti-Social Club.
Recorded at Hut 11, Bowie, Maryland, USA.
Mastered by the@wavemechanic.net.
Album cover photo by w.marsh (CCBY 2.0).

Many thanks to all who supported and encouraged us in myriad ways during the making of this album, especially Karen Clarke-Fuhs, Trena Dowsett, Traci Pickering, Ron Hetrick, Shane Niman, Anthony Roberts, and Chris Sherman. And our kids and pets.

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Anti-Social Club Washington, D.C.

Anti-Social Club is a DC-area indie/alt/goth rock band featuring Greg Guevara on guitar/vox, Peter Dowsett on keys/programming, Rachael Fuhs on keys/vox, and Mike Murphy on bass.

Influenced by bands like The Cure, Pink Floyd, The Church, Depeche Mode, New Order, and Radiohead, A-SC's music offers a powerful blend of expressive melodies, infectious beats, thoughtful lyrics, and heartfelt vocals.
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Track Name: Six Feet Under
well we fell through a crack in the earth
on our backs we could see the sky
burning blind eyes into stars
and we felt our way around
beneath the broken and brittle ground
in the darkness we found a little light

this train is gonna take us down
six feet under
the worms are gonna rip our skin
it makes me wonder
the roots are gonna drink us dry
but who can blame them
in the end we all go back to the start
six feet under
Track Name: I Am Nothing
well I really didn’t ask to come here
and I really don’t want to stay
I’m all strung out on the barbed wire fence
and I just can’t break away

I say give me something to believe in
but all I get is a cold blank stare
and at the bottom of the whiskey bottle
you’ll find the spirits don’t really care

I can’t find the answers
and the wind’s blown out the light
now I’m just sitting beside myself
and I just want to cry

because I am nothing, and there’s nothing else for me to say
I am nothing, and I’m starting to slowly fade
I am nothing, and there’s nothing left for me to do
I am nothing, and that nothing is just like you

well the earth is slowly spinning
the clouds are dancing in the sky
the moonlight’s splashing upon my face
but I really don’t know why

and the leaves in the trees are whispering
and the wolves are starting to howl
but it’s all a foreign language to me
nothing but an empty growl

I don’t have the answers
and the sun’s burned out the night
I’m just lost inside myself
and I just want to die

because I am nothing, and there’s nothing else for me to say
I am nothing, and I’m starting to slowly fade
I am nothing, and there’s nothing left for me to do
I am nothing, and that nothing is just like you
Track Name: More No More
the shadows are growing long, time is running out
gotta make your mark on this world, what’s it all about
spring turns into summer, summer fades to fall
winter comes to claim you before you can do it all

gotta do more gotta be more gotta know more
gotta do more gotta be more no more
gotta push hard, gain the last yard, walk the thin line
gotta do more gotta be more no more

the clock is winding down and pressure’s building up
you haven’t solved the problem, the empty in your cup
the whirlpool’s all-pervading it spins you out of control
if you just let go and trust it, you might reclaim your soul

gotta do more gotta be more gotta know more
gotta do more gotta be more no more
gotta fight hard, play the last card, break through the line
gotta do more gotta be more no more

the candle's burning down and darkness rising up
the cold is cutting through you until you’ve had enough
is this all life can give us is that where we all go
why do we explain it when there’s no way to know

the cosmic rays are burning at your skin
as you try to scale the mountain
the tidal wave can lift you up to the sky
or you can let it crash and drown you

gotta do more gotta be more gotta know more
gotta do more gotta be more no more
gotta slow down let the water fall no more
gotta let go let the river flow no more
no more
Track Name: Spacewalker
spacewalker with your head in the clouds
you don’t know which way is up or which way is down
floating, falling, drifting out in the black
you don’t care, my friend, if you ever come back

as the galaxies turn and the stars align
and the cosmic rays burn through the atmosphere
you watch from above like a goddess of love
as the planet cries out below you
and you flutter through the night like a bird in flight
leave the safety of the nest in search of all that’s right
and you call out from above like a soaring dove
as the nations streak by below you

what a place to be
what a sight to see
all that life can be
when you’re free of the chains that bind you

spacewalker spinning out of control
you don’t know if your heart is empty or if it is full
twisting, turning, tumbling all around
you announce the heavens without making a sound

what a place to be
what a sight to see
all that life can be
when you’re free of the chains that bind you

(spacewalker) stars around you keeping space and time
(spacewalker) oceans swaying to the moonlight’s pull
(spacewalker) mountains flowing under vacant skies
(spacewalker) hollow fields echo in your mind
(spacewalker) without the darkness there can be no light
Track Name: Silver Spoon
come here little baby, hide your eyes
I’ll hold you close, I won’t let them through to you
suck on the pacifier, tug on the blanket
stay out of the rain, keep away from the fire

be calm in the moment, fake a smile
wipe the tears away, take a break once in a while
breathe in deeply, hold on and exhale
you know that everything will turn out just fine

and when the small boy
pressed his face to the glass
he asked to know but they wouldn’t tell him
because it’s a cold hard cruel world
with demons all around
and the only defense is to turn away
and when the girl pressed her face to the glass and she asked
they wouldn’t show cause it’s too dark and dreary
and the only hope is to run away

so when you finally see it so clear
and you’re left standing to face the pain
and everything’s crashing down like a bad, bad dream
did you think life was supposed to be fair
and if you did was it put in your head
when you had your face pressed against the glass?
Track Name: Stuck
lying in your bed in the lonely dark
cold wind blows and the blanket won’t keep you warm
crying out for comfort from the storm
but your old and weary bones can’t escape the harm
the radiation won’t be your salvation
and you’re not sure Jesus is watching over you
but hey there while you’re stuck here I just want to say
if you take my hand I can’t take away the pain
and I don’t have the answer to your blues
but maybe I could sit for a while and be stuck with you

on the death train watching the world go by
through misty mountains on tracks that reach the sky
and if we had wings we might jump out and fly
well where would we go, what wonders would we see
some day we’ll all be wrapped up in eternity

on the death train watching the world go by
from shady valleys we can only wonder why
and if I had a way to step off I’d stay alive
but then I’d be alone as the train rolled on and on
and maybe I’d be free but I’d rather you were with me
on the death train, I’d rather you were with me
on the death train, I’d rather you were with me
on the death train, I’d rather you were with me
Track Name: Here and Now
I don’t know what I’m doing
and I don’t know what to say
this day seems so different
from any that I’ve ever seen

anchor has rusted and broken
the line in the sand has been crossed
the empty ideals thrust upon us
are pushing us into the earth

and I can feel something pulling,
it’s forcing me through a door
a current has built up to take me
to a place never seen before

I can’t tell if I’m crying
from feeling so good or so bad
and I can’t see too clearly
because my windows are covered with blinds

do we join them or not they’re all fallen
but we’re not doing much better ourselves
has the time come to bury the hatchet
or for the hatchet to send us to hell

it’s time for a transformation
a sea change from anger to calm
so let the tide come in and take us
to a place where we feel we belong

how do we get there from the here and now
Track Name: Winter
in the snowfield
the sky is cold grey
the air is biting
the wind is howling

in the snowfield
beneath the dead grass
my soul is watching
I’m waiting for you

I’m alone in this hibernation
but someday you will join me
we’ll light up the darkness
and make it safe and warm

in the hold of this icy snowfield
the sky is cold and it’s bearing down
the air is biting and it’s getting sharper
the wind howls as it tears this all apart

but in the fold of this bright white snowfield
we’ll build a fortress and unite our forces
start a fire and then we’ll make angels
and embrace as we all die laughing

and in this hibernation
one day you will join me
we’ll melt into the blackness
and make it so warm

and as this desolation
flows into the ocean
our echoes will beat in tandem
and keep us from harm
our echoes will beat in tandem
and keep us so warm
Track Name: Last Goodbye
I don’t want to leave but I have to go
I’ve run right out of time, I’ve used up all my chances
and I guess that it’s best if I get moving on

I wish I could stay for just one more night
we could’ve sparked up a fire, you could’ve taken me higher
I could’ve fallen soft and deep into your earthy eyes

but like the stars above, like the valley below
I’ll fade into the distance, path of least resistance
drop the weight of the world and let the water flow

well I tried hard to quench the unquenchable thirst
put my axe to the grind, pushed and pulled and I cried out
and felt the planet pulsing down deep in my veins

oh how I wanted to see a bright future unfold
with my outstretched hand I reached across the land
and tried to sort it all into a proper place and time

you know I don’t want to leave, but if I have to go
I’ll say my last goodbye, I’ll drop my bags and I’ll fly
and maybe someday I will see you on the other side

time waits for no one
so roll on without me
the stars are calling
so come on, rise up
and break on through to the light

I don’t want to leave but I have to go
I’ll float into the distance, path of least resistance
drop the weight of the world and leave you with this song

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