Collapse

by Protean Collective

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Peter Jones This is a really fantastic album. It is eminently listenable, but with more than enough complexity and originality to keep one coming back. This band should be huge, if the world was fair. In the meantime, those of us who know of them can be grateful they are making music. Favorite track: Shadows.
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credits

released July 28, 2017

Protean Collective is:
Graham Bacher: vocals, guitars
Dan Ehramjian: bass
Steph Goyer: guitars
Matt Zappa: drums, percussion

All tracks written and produced by Protean Collective
Lyrics by Graham Bacher
Drums engineered by Kyle Paradis at New Alliance Studio
All other instruments engineered by Steph Goyer and Graham Bacher
Mixed by André Alvinzi at Fascination Street Studios
Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios
Album artwork by Marc Provencher
Photography by Derek Sampson

Special thanks to Brandon Doherty, the Summoned, Thomas Colgrove, William Mercier Jr., Judith Meehan and Rory Deutsch, Northeast Metal/Hardcore/Punk, and John Doherty. This album would not have been possible without everyone who helped fund it, so thank you all!

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Track Name: Dead Ends
All the ends are dead
Don’t wait for me
All the ends are dead
Don’t wait to see
If I’ll make it out of here
If I’ll even run-
It’s too late for me

You spent an endless trip
Stuck in between two lines
Circling for an ending we could never find
Help pull me out of here
When confusion breaks, what’s left for me?

If down the bend I see it,
Out of the corner of my eye-
You’re the revelation, my only drive
Help pull me out of here
Take me to where you wept for me

Well I started to question if I ever would find
An exit or release, whether by chance or design
I entered full of hope but only the cynic survived
You were the only real answer that I ever could find
Track Name: Under Siege
It’s plain to see, transparently
They will mislead our beliefs
All the seeds are sown of their hypocrisy
It’s all we receive

What if we can’t force it?
What if we weren’t for sale?

They’ll bare their teeth
In grinning animosity
And we’ll concede
They promise us any other way we’ll be
Under siege

Hold your fire and resist
The way that you learned that
We had gotten this strong
But now we’ve waited too long.
This all is meaningless,
The pieces we left
Shattered hopes scattered far
Just know that we’re not for sale

The lines they’ve weaved
Separate us silently
But we won’t see
The kettle screams
It’s boiled over underneath
We’re under siege

What if we can’t force it?
What if we weren’t for sale?

Well you’re not alone but the feeling’s contagious
Being left out alone doesn’t feel so good
Together we’ll find
That we’re not alone and our fears were not baseless
Together we’ll be unstoppable

Hold your fire and resist
The way that you learned that
We had gotten this strong
But now we’ve waited too long.
This all is meaningless,
The pieces we left
Shattered hopes scattered far
Just know that we’re not for sale
Hold your fire and resist
We learned how to think but we’re never too close, and actually
This all is meaningless;
Until we make a stand, the words you say won’t actually change
Track Name: You & I
Feel the sun washing over and it leads to better days
The wondrous highs lead to affection
And it still remains the same-

You were there when I was gone
Now we’ve flipped it around
No one would say that it’s over

I wandered far to find the exception
And you stumbled here this way
The wondrous highs lead to obsession
And you stuck into my brain-

You were there when I was gone
Now we’ve flipped it around
No one would say that it’s over
But my fear exists that the fire is over
And we’ll start over and over again

Under it all I wanted to say
I don’t like to talk about it but
I have a feeling, I wish that you’d want to stay
This uncomfortable feeling,
and I don’t want to talk about it,
that in the end you will not feel the same
My fear exists that the fire is over
And we’ll start over and over again

Feel the sun washing over, and remember better days-

The conversations loop over and over again
Maybe it’s good
I hope it’s good enough
For you & I to defend with our lives
To the end
You & I
could collect the space between us
Or we could find it goes exactly the way that we planned
And there is never even an end
Maybe it’s good
I hope it’s good enough that you & I won’t pretend
We’ll feel the same again
I’m just scared of starting over and over again
You & I
Would collide even in a different life and time
And I know it’s good enough that
You & I will defend with our lives
To the end
You & I
Could collapse from the space and time
But we will find
It goes exactly the way that we planned
And there will never even be an end

The roaring fire only feeds the affection
But I’m affected all the same
The wondrous highs will never be over
I’ll repeat over and over again
Maybe it’s good.
Track Name: Myopic
I wish I still felt the same
After hours spent scratching the surface away
Don’t be so sure that we’ll break
When we say we won’t be over it

Try to remember the end of the song
When we say we won’t be over it

With all of my thoughts stuck in stone
It would take a miracle now
I’ve been stuck in this make believe
I never thought I’d atone
Come be my miracle now
And pull me out of the make believe

The end never comes
Though we might bend and break in the wind
Wherever we stood, we still stand
When we say we won’t be over it

Try to remember the end of the song
When we say we won’t be over it

With all of my thoughts stuck in stone
It would take a miracle now
I’ve been stuck in this make believe
I never thought I’d atone
Come be my miracle now
And pull me out of the make believe

(And maybe we’re wrong)
Have you ever even heard “I forgive you”?
Have you ever been hurt but no one cared
We’ve been taking these sides for so long…
Have you ever even heard “I forgive you”?
(I knew all along)
Have you stared into the dark neverending?
Have you wondered why you should even care?
We’ve been changing our minds for so long…
Have you ever even heard “I forgive you”?

Maybe we shouldn’t have salted the earth
Maybe time cannot heal our wounds
Maybe stubbornness will lead to regret
Or maybe it’s time to forgive you
Track Name: a Thousand Years
Every step was fear
And when it tripped you up, you disappeared
Help is everywhere
And when it ripped your heart out,
you left it there

Rest your head, it’s off to bed to sing your final song
Even though you watched us go, you’ve known all along

Every dream was real
You’d wait a thousand years
If it would help you feel it
Still you want it all, despite the pain
That kept you trapped here and gave you everything

If the ending had played out like you’d scripted this way,
They would ask you to stay awhile
Though the ending has changed, your story’s always the same
And they will ask you to stay awhile,
And you will

Desperation starts,
and when you threw your heart out,
you missed the mark
Still you want it all, despite the pain
That kept you quiet and promised everything

Rest your head, it’s off to bed to sing your final song
Even though you watched us go, you’ve known all along
If you lost your head and were left for dead, you’d make it out alone
Even though you watched us go, you still would sing your song

I just need a reason not to fail
When it all comes down to the time and the place
Well, honestly I just need to feel that something good could come
From the lies and the wasted years
Just understand I never meant to leave you this way
Track Name: Shadows
Shadow is all this is
Weaving over the landscapes we’d painted as our own
They won’t stay, yeah the fog will be gone for good

When the worst day arrives, you’d swear the colors were there
Well I’d take you aside just to say they’re surrounding you everywhere

When your canvas is blank, you’ll be anything
But your colors have barely faded clean
And when you're awake you’d be anything here
In the morning will you still remember being?

Shadow’s all this is
Weaving over the inspiration
When your palette is gray,
It may feel that life always will be this way

Maybe I’m insane or maybe I will find a new way
(shadow is all this is)
Well it hurts, yeah it burns, but it keeps you holding on

Well I remember it well,
the shadows pulled me along
This kind of pressure keeps me holding on
Yeah I remember it well
It's taken far too long
This kind of pressure keeps me holding on

If I could pull you out of your head...
Whatever you need and whatever you feel
Won't mean a thing if you won't let them be real
We're all scared the shadows might leap off the ground
But I'm sick of them dragging you down

If I could pull you out of your head, then we'd see the sun,
And you won't sleep anymore
As soon as the colors were gone
If felt like they’d been all along
I wish you’d believed in me, but your silence said it all to me
And I knew the ending would come
I wish you believed it to be
But your silence said it all to me
And I knew the ending would come
Track Name: the Drought
It’s a shame we met so long ago
Your mind was set on where you wanted to go
Maybe you’d make it or maybe not
But I guess it took too long to find the start

Well now we’ve fled for higher ground
Expanded fears came flooding out
Maybe we stalled or maybe stopped
Let’s just say it’s what we wanted all along

And we’ll sit in silence
Until we hit the ground
If ever the water stretches too high
Just remember the drought

Shame we met so far before
These waves had crashed
and carried us far to shore
Maybe we’d find that when we’re lost
Is when we’re open to find another start

Well now we’ve fled for higher ground
Expanded fears came flooding out
Maybe we stalled or maybe stopped
Let’s just say it’s what we wanted all along

And we’ll sit in silence
Until we hit the ground
If ever the water stretches too high
Just remember the drought

Long after we are gone,
The sun will rise and set like ever before
I know we’re just a blink in time
Relics the flooding left behind
Track Name: In Vain
It’s been a long time coming
We had to learn to say goodbye
So many years spent running
Because you couldn’t face us eye to eye

Your head’s down but it’s obvious that we’re on your side
Your head’s down but it’s obvious that you’re wearing a disguise

It’s been a long time coming
You couldn’t remember how or why
You have forgotten nothing,
Just let excuses pile high

Your head’s down but it’s obvious that we’re on your side
Your head’s down but it’s obvious that you’re wearing a disguise
I’d show you how it’s done if you’d only listen
I’d show you that the waiting is not in vain

One single mistake is that I’d forgotten how to fit in all the words that I want to say
The miracle is, from what I remember, you’re still standing here to walk today

Your head’s down but it’s obvious that we’re on your side
Your head’s down but it’s obvious that you’re wearing a disguise
Your head’s down but it’s obvious that we’re on your side
Your head’s down but it’s obvious that you’re wearing a disguise
I’d show you how it’s done if you’d only listened
I’d show you that the waiting is not in vain

So, you were the next to say it
You wouldn’t make it out anyway
Still you can’t escape the cell
Despair was always stuck in the way anyway
Track Name: Chained
Tripped on some good intentions, you thought you lost it this time
No matter where you stood, you were slowly going blind
Escape is way too easy and you’re stuck, wasted, in time
You thought you’d lived without a care but nostalgia lied

I don’t want to leave you here
I don’t think you’re ready to find
If you’ll float on through the air
Or come crashing through the sky

After all…

One more lucid nightmare kept you screaming at night
Sirens tracked you home and pulled you back to life
How did it get this easy? You won’t make it next time
Instead you’ll float on through the air and slowly close your eyes

I don’t want to leave you here
Do you think you’re ready to die?
Will you float on through the air
Or come crashing through the sky?

After all…

You never stood a chance, another victim of circumstance
Though we tried, in the end we were never able to make you
Say you’ll be happy again
And I know you’ll be happy in the end

We’re not prepared, but you’re leaving us
Well it’s bound to come but why now?
What if you forget all the helplessness,
And just focus on right now?
We’re not prepared, you’re not leaving us
I know you’re lost but why now?
I know the hopelessness has got you chained,
But I hate to see you in pain
Track Name: Beneath the Surface
Wade out from the sand.
You shouldn’t forget whatever can make you brave
Beneath the fears that you’ve fought off for years
Find whatever will keep you sane.

No complications to comprehend
Far out in the waves, you float
You’re so far away that you can’t pretend
Far out in the waves, it’s wonderful

Way out in the waiting water
You ought to see us drown.
Still awake as the waves wash ashore,
You’ve got to wonder how it will feel
When we see what it means to be

Once I was there,
My head in the waves too deep
The soul had passed the tides
Still you’re just sinking far
To the waiting wonderful
What are you hoping to find?

You’re slipping away from consciousness
Far out in the waves, you won’t
You can’t understand how it could come to this,
Far out in the waves, it’s wonderful

I’d pull you out if I could, I’d throw myself in with you
And all the demons you faced, I would face them with you
I would follow you down to the depths of the seas
I would follow you there if you’d come out alive and breathing

I’ll be holding your hand, no matter which way you choose
I just hope you come back as the same person I knew
I will follow you down to the depths of the sea
In the end I just hope you’re alive and breathing

Once I was there
Sinking more
Into the waiting wonderful
What are you hoping to find?