The Casual Distractions

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Our self-titled double album of alt-shoegaze pop classics, completely remixed and remastered in November 2015 and now available as a free digital download with two new bonus tracks: "Good Times" and "Close For Comfort."

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released November 9, 2015

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The Casual Distractions Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Casual Distractions are a duo from Pennsylvania that specialize in effects-drenched alt-rock and electronic soundscapes.

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Track Name: No Doubt About It
What things have been said?
In comedy!
Oh, the funny, funny things!
They make no sense to anyone
But you and me, just you and me

Who’ve all we tricked?
Cover with lies, so, so sweetly
Warm sweaters with moths
Buried so deep, so deep

Things that make most weep
Put us to sleep
It’s bad, there’s no doubt about it
Things that make most smile
Ain’t really our style
It’s sad, there’s no doubt about it

With all we’ve done
Could we ever sleep?
Oh, the bad, bad things!
Makes perfect sense, life in debris

Carry on from here
Toss away with joy
Oh, the sad, sad things!
Another chance, simply destroy

Things that make most weep
Put us to sleep
It’s bad, there’s no doubt about it
Things that make most smile
Ain’t really our style
It’s sad, there’s no doubt about it
Track Name: Erased
Here we meet again
My long lost pride
I’m taking it on the chin
Just to see your face erased once again
Erased

I got an idea
A little time away from the fear
Close your eyes
Wipe those tears
Higher and higher and higher
My dear

Craving that sticky sweet
Lack of trust, lack of speech
I came down from heaven
To deliver you a message
I shower you with bullets
I shower you with kisses
Once again

Here we meet again
My long lost pride
I’m taking it on the chin
Just to see your face erased once again
Erased
Once again
Track Name: Both Sides
What's good for some is bad
The choice, your life, your plan
What you wanna do, who you wanna do, who you wanna be?
The wrong, on the books, this land

Square pegs smashed into round holes
Numbers stamped on your soul
Constant turn of events
Try not to ever get sick
Thoughts burned on a drive
Locked away in The Mind
Be sure to look at both sides
Be sure to look at the…

Truth, for some, is myth
Your choice, your ways, your risk
Created with dollar bills in mind
Wrongs! On these books! Out of your hands!

Square pegs smashed into round holes
Numbers stamped on your soul
Constant turn of events
Try not to ever get sick
Thoughts burned on a drive
Locked away in The Mind
Be sure to look at the truth
Be sure to look at both sides
Track Name: Beyond Repair
Yellowed stacks in empty attics
Evidence of things before
Empty leavings of a thousand moments caught in time
Documents and nothing more
Photograph - still life in silence
Photograph - proves that you were there
Photograph - is where I will find you
Photograph - you're beyond repair

The long distance brings me down
The long distance brings me down

Patterns gone and yet projected
Only memories remain
All your cells have melted back into the quiet earth
Nothing left for me to claim
Photograph - still life in silence
Photograph - proves that you were there
Photograph - is where I will find you
Photograph - you're beyond repair

The long distance brings me down
The long distance brings me down

Things I've written, things I've said
Many pictures left of me
Air that filled my lungs now circles in the stratosphere
Nothing else for me to be
Photograph - is where you will find me
Photograph - I'm beyond repair

The long distance brings you down
The long distance brings you down
The long distance brings you down
Such a long distance brings you down
Track Name: Inside-Out
Time rests upon the willing
Egging on the rest of our days to end
Trusting the sunrise will find us spilling
The truth about all the lies that are labeled as sins

Taking out a few loans
Making sure that nobody knows
Exactly what’s going on right here
Changing face and changing styles
Move away a few miles
Rewrite the past
Turn it inside-out

Time won’t wait on the holes you’re filling
The lost, the found, all turned around, in the ground
Shying away, the start of new days, the killing
The truth about the selfish times we spent

Taking out a few loans
Making sure that nobody knows
Exactly what’s going on right here
Changing face and changing styles
Move away a few miles
Rewrite the past
Turn it inside-out
Track Name: The Beaver
There’s a beaver in my dreams
His home is blocking the stream
He’s a friend of mine, he’s a star that don’t shine, no more

There’s a beaver in my dreams
His home is blocking the stream
He’s a friend of mine, he’s a star that don’t shine, no more

I saw gold light on green hills
I saw bruised clouds and cheap thrills
I remember when the river ran clean
I remember when the music played in my dreams

There’s a beaver who lives upstream
He’s pissed off, his shouts are steam
His home is blocking the flow
So long, my friend, you’ve got to go

I saw gold light on green hills
I saw bruised clouds and cheap thrills
I remember when the river ran clean
I remember when the music played in my dreams
Track Name: Eagle
A man can’t live in desperation
In a never ending chase
A man can’t concentrate on useful things
With nothing in its rightful place

I can dream that it’s over
That I have nothing left to do in this world
I can dream that it’s over
That I have nothing left to lose with this anymore

Busy hands will do the devil’s work
It’s an endless kind of race
A man in hell can be a happy man
With things in their rightful place

Once begun
Never done
This hopeless task
Will never pass

I can dream that it’s over
That I have nothing left to do in this world
I can dream that it’s over
That I have nothing left to lose with this anymore
Track Name: Seraphim
Seraphim light up the night
Tell the news everything’s gonna be all right
The tried and true has left you feeling blue
Now you’re sick of everything and everyone

Brick and mortar build up a wall
In charge of hiding away from it all
The night has always been good to you
Now you’re sick of everything and everyone

Evergreen the shades of the day
Tell your friends that the path is the only way
The daily grind has led you from the truth
Now you’re sick of everything and everyone

Clairvoyant, clear as a bell
Cancel last minute coz you’re not feeling well
The past you’ve lived is up for review
Now you’re sick of everything and everyone
Track Name: Antenna
Can I own you?
Can I control you?
Just for a little while?
Can I speak to you?
I make no sense
It doesn’t matter what I choose

The time I kill
Flipping up and down
Nothing good’s ever on

The time that I need
In my time of need
Always something to pass the time

It’s your fun that I need
Your thoughtless shows
I found someone to talk to me!
Track Name: Wolf
We meet every once in a while
Won’t look you in the eye
Traveled so long, traveled so far
The pleasantries are all mine

Tell me your secrets
and I’ll give you nothing in return
Show me your smile, your riches, your rainbows
And I’ll make it all burn

A wolf dressed up like a teddy bear
I’ll take you by surprise
Traveled so long, carried such hope
Holiday to welcome demise

Tell me your secrets
and I’ll give you nothing in return
Show me your smile, your riches, your rainbows
And I’ll make it all burn
Track Name: Eventually
(instrumental)
Track Name: Landfall
(instrumental)
Track Name: Grace
Speak to me of your revolution
You stand on the outside looking in
Speak to me of your substitution
Acting as though you’ll eventually win

Any time, any place
You will fall out of grace

Living in your perfect seclusion
Dreaming up a popular front
Only fools believe the illusion
Look at me and see what you want

Any time, any place
You will fall out of grace

Collecting all your new complications
Tripping on shadows, embracing defeat
Falling short of the grand expectations
Another plan becomes obsolete

Any time, any place
You will fall out of grace
Track Name: Headcleaner
It was brightest in your sunlight
I put my mind aside for a time
You drove ahead as if on rails
I saw it coming but I followed you into the dark

A thousand miles of glowing neon
A blur of speed and burning chrome
I couldn’t turn this thing around, not that I wanted to
A hall of mirrors was our home

But I knew this before
Yeah, I knew this before
Before today

You left me blinded in the open, it was no surprise
And now I’ve only got to say
Headcleaner
Track Name: Getaway Cars
All eyes are glued to the set
Of glowing white stars
No matter how far away
You cannot hide from the deep down lonely and lame

People around here are a threat
Of glowing red scars
No matter how far away
You cannot hide from the deep down lonely insane

All thoughts are turned to this mess
Of getaway cars
No matter how far away
You cannot hide from the deep down lonely clouds and rain

Waiting in line to be blessed
With fingers wrapped around bars
No matter how far away
You cannot deny the weight of these lonely black chains
Track Name: Soul Oh No
You don’t know the first thing
About being let down and being abused
Neither do I but drama lies
In every word I speak and every goddamned thing I do

I’m ready to rock and roll
Morals gone out of control
A million dollar bill
Couldn’t save my soul

I’m ready to rock and roll
Morals gone out of control
A million dollar bill
Couldn’t save my soul
Because it’s rotten to the core
I don’t need it anymore
Oh no
Track Name: Key
The noise that it makes on the way down
Sharpens the morning air
The last 8 hours have been a playground
The rising sun don't care
The sense that you've been here b4
As your memories stare
Back at your front door, the key don't work
You're on your own from there

Remember don't play by the rules
Your faith, orders you prayers
The last eight hours will be payback
Deceit, out of nowhere
The times that you swore to do it right
It's not much to "hang in there"
Promise as empty as your head
Once again! Loaded for bear!
Track Name: Make Amends
Certain sounds, bring me down, thoughts tend to stray
Certain times, by surprise, please, please go away
Certain thoughts burn my mind, each and every day, that's right
A certain dull frame of mind, certainly to stay, to stay

Turn around
Plug your ears from the sound
Make amends
Kill your friends!

Certain finds clear your mind
Dust to dust, wrap it up! Real tight!
Certain minds think alike, washing your mind away, away
Certain mates will stay up late
Will listen to what you've got to say
Certain gems will make you fend for yourself, that's right

Turn around
Plug your ears from the sound
Make amends
Kill your friends!

Cross to bear, oh mistakes that you've made
Make amends
It doesn't make any sense
Cross to bear, oh mistakes that you've made
Taking vows, oh
It doesn't make any sense

Certain days are like a year
Time to turn the page
Certain clocks seem to stop
When you're sad and gray
Certain ways to make you stay
Promises that you cannot keep
Certain chains of command
Afraid to slip away, away
Track Name: Silver
You've terrified me now
I never thought I'd see you this way
Known you to do simple things to brighten up my day
Now I've got to look at the situation and not get carried away
You nearly lost it all
Escalating lies!
Broken promises to get it straight
The final happy end, not a day too late

It hit me like a slap in the face
Your mind’s out in outer space
Gunshots ring out tonight
Gonna make you feel all right!

You've terrified me now
I always knew you’d end up this way
Known you to do simple things to darken up my ways
Now I've got to look at the situation and not get swept away
You nearly lost it all
Escalating lies!
Broken promises to get it straight
The final happy end, not a day too late

It hit me like a slap in the face
Your mind’s out in outer space
Gunshots ring out tonight
Gonna make you feel all right!
Track Name: Vacuous People
Vacuous people
And the lives that they live
Having the credentials
To care about no one but themselves

Vacuous people
And the life that you live
You're stumbling and you're mumbling
You’re turning off the little light bulb inside your head
Vacuous people
And the life that I live
Crowded as hell but lonely in here
One day I'll pack up this bullshit
And try to disappear

Vacuous people
And the lives that they live
Having the credentials
To care about no one but themselves
Track Name: Cupid
Out of the blue
Fascination sets upon you, yeah
That awkward first glance
Then a taste of romance, and a second chance

Girl, I’d like to get to know you
I'll close the deal
Girl, I'd like to get to love you, now and again
To smother you!
Girl, I’d like to get to know you
All your ins and outs
Girl, I'd like to get to love you, now and again
Then ignore you

Now you're surely through
Paranoia sets upon you, yeah
That awkward first glance
Then your thoughts of a happy past
There's got to be a way out

Girl, I’d like to get to know you
I'll close the deal
Girl, I'd like to get to love you, now and again
To smother you!
Girl, I’d like to get to know you
All your ins and outs
Girl, I'd like to get to love you, now and again
Then ruin you
Track Name: Rainbow Ashes
(instrumental)
Track Name: Barb
I know a girl and Barb is her name
She thinks bad thoughts, but she’s far from tame
She’s been running and hiding
And picking her way through the ashes
That lay on her name

For years and years and years and years
This chick’s been underground
Sharpening her blades
Sharpening her witty remarks and running her mouth again
She’s crazy

I know a girl and Barb is her name
She thinks like the devil and she’s out for fame
She’s been plotting and planning and cursing my name
The ifs and the buts are driving her insane

For years and years and years and years
This chick’s been underground
Sharpening her blades
Sharpening her witty remarks and running her mouth again
She’s crazy

Oh no
Oh no

For years and years and years and years
This chick’s been underground
Sharpening her blades
Sharpening her witty remarks and running her mouth again
She’s crazy
Track Name: Excuse Me Forever
Limbs on a tree
Are a lot like you and me
We grow apart over time
Until one day you find
I’m gone, gone for good
Never spoken yet understood
No goodbye, no speech
I’m forever out of reach

There was a time but it’s long gone
There’s nothing you can do about it
It was real for a little while
But it’s gone and you can never doubt it

My life in a box
No way in, the door is locked
Build up the walls
Against the day that you try to call
A face in the crowd
Is as close as you’re allowed

I won’t play your games
I keep my head down and out of range
Ghosts in your mind
Are all that I’ve left behind

There was a time but it’s long gone
There’s nothing you can do about it
It was real for a little while
But it’s gone and you can never doubt it
Track Name: Burn Again
(instrumental)
Track Name: Good Times
Good times are waiting for you
I know that you will take them
All the way
All the way
Blue times are waiting for you
I know that they will take you
All the way
All the way
They love you more than you could know
With a deep and fearsome undertow
Unmarked bills to lend
A small concession to a friend

You are a fierce contender
I know that you will take them
All the way
All the way
You are the great pretender
I know that you will fake it
All the way
All the way
Your halo and your afterglow
You had but lost them long ago
Unmarked bills to spend
A small concession to a trend

All eyes are on you now
I know that you can take it
All the way
All the way
Entirely surrounded
I know that they will take you
All the way
All the way
As the sun will follow snow
One last world to overthrow
Unmarked bills and then
A small concession to the end
Track Name: Close For Comfort
What dreams lost before
Will you wake up to them now?
What peace cost before
Will you crawl back to it now?

What you have
What you want
Make you feel like crying out
What you have
What you hope
Make you feel like lying low
What you have
What you hold
Keep it close for comfort now
What you have
Keep it close for comfort now

What sleep lost before
Will you stay all night for me?
What streets dark before
Will you dim the light for me?

What you have
What you want
Make you feel like crying out
What you have
What you hope
Make you feel like lying low
What you have
What you hold
Keep it close for comfort now
What you have
Keep it close for comfort now

It's too far away now
It's too far away now