Skin Behind The Shroud

by Cursed Arrows

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"Toronto transplants Cursed Arrows continue their thoughtful grunganaut explorations with this five-song cassette. The marriage of sounds sometimes recalls Nirvana, sometimes the Breeders, with pleasing and surprising departure on the jangly “Carefree Chemicals,” which sounds a bit like a hippie anthem if it were penned by the Who."
~The Coast (Canada)

“One in the Blue” (for which there is a pretty crazy music video) takes the grungy guitar to the “ominous” level and the dual vocals of Ryan and Jack E work well here. “In For the Kill” is an even better show of the duo’s fantastic chemistry. Finally the EP ends with “Laundry Room” which sounds like a list of neuroses. There are lots of repeated phrases such as “So frustrated, so in love” but with an intensity that makes one think that these are all seriously eating away at the narrator’s heads."
~Grayowl Point (Canada)

"The six song EP finds Cursed Arrows mining some familiar (but still very potent) ground: their buzzsaw guitar-and-drum attacks still fuse together perfectly with bittersweet hooks and harmonies. That’s not to say they’re treading water though — they find time to bust out the drum machine on “One In The Blue” and some spoken word on “Close To The Exit.”"
~Two Way Monologues (Canada)

"“Carefree Chemicals” sets a gritty, surprisingly breakneck pace from the outset and takes the foot off the gas only for a couple brief moments as the duo sing about the price one can pay to try and fit in. “In For The Kill” might be my favourite song on the EP as they seem to revisit the 90′s for a wall of heavy noise accented by guitar solos and a melodic hook. They aren’t afraid to experiment and throw a few curveballs either, as the spoken word intro on “Close To The Exit” and the synthesized drums on “One In The Blue” provide a couple of interesting touches."
~Herohill (Canada)

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released November 8, 2011

All songs by Cursed Arrows, 2011 SOCAN.

Ry N Stanley - Vocals, Guitars
Jack E Stanley - Vocals, Drums, Guitars on 4, 5.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Cursed Arrows, 2010.

Special thanks to Out of Sound Records.

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Cursed Arrows has always been Ryan and Jack E Stanley - a man, a woman, and their songs. As honest and uncompromising as love itself.

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Track Name: Empty Memory Bank
they're all out in droves tonight
drunk drones from the idiot hive
filling aisles from back to front
a parade or an enemy gun?
an enemy gun

stocking bunkers with years of food
not likely on the same latitude
warning signs have been erased
one foot here, one foot in the grave

an empty memory bank
an empty memory bank

you never got to tell the most important part
crushed it in my hand, never had a chance
mouth ahead of brain, the curse drives me insane

what might they need to be convinced?
a lonely path and such lonely plans
it'll all work out in the end
three bells toll in a desperate land

an empty memory bank
an empty memory bank

the edge of the night moves back when we push
and words that we speak sink to the deep
bred into the bone, just as we were shown

an empty memory bank
an empty memory bank
Track Name: Carefree Chemicals
the river sat at the end of that street
i wasn't there in the gravel pit
three lives in a rock slide that day

breaking bottles on the mile hill
hide in the woods with the weird kids
went back alone
found a skull and took it home
felt sad and tried to will it back

most of the world is just an ocean
the consequence lives in our heads
vagrants sleep outside laboratories
held hostage
hostage...

do i ever make sense to you?
do the words i say ever ring true?
polls show that the skin behind the shroud
is pink with carefree chemicals
carefree chemicals
Track Name: Close To The Exit
make noises
because your hands don't work
because your words don't work
give me your tired hands
give me your weak words
there's no connection to the past
when she's got her neck
all twisted up again
no reflection in the glass
when she leans in
inhales your scent again
call me when you figure out
how to get that song out of your head
your entity precedes your music
i'll stumble home
i'll carry myself
you say
until i fall to the ground
we'll carry each other
there's an empty grave somewhere
waiting for me
devoid of character
like a kid without a home
like a piece of rolling stone
think about burning out
and rape and heroin
and a karmic house of cards
and a cross around your neck
sit on a stump and cry for hours
the great ones hide their natures
while charlatans fool us all
by acting like saints
scared when i enter the room
don't let them see my eyes
the blue
striking
clouded minds
sing a song with fear in its heart
not lonely enough to be approached
white ravens
black ice cream cones

this house is haunted
green eyes, yellow eyes
all eyes inside, inside
inside
the wind hooks and pulls
at your skin
hardly noticing the state you're in
you want to be connected
but you sit close to the exit
you want to be connected
but you sit close to the exit

we get together
we must ride
when we're stuck
our heads collide
swallowing the good moments
until my throat hurts

moving towards a real disaster
moving towards a real disaster
hitch up the car for this disaster
hitch up the car for this disaster

see the man in the tall black hat
he looks at me, i step back
can't even play him a real song
unless it's dumb enough
for everyone
axes, screwdrivers forced in your hands
put them down 'cause you're not violent
screaming at you till my chest hurts
till we best our worst

hardly noticing the state you're in
you want to be connected
but you sit close to the exit
you want to be connected
but you sit close to the exit

moving towards a real disaster
moving towards a real disaster
hitch up the car for this disaster
hitch up the car for this disaster
Track Name: One In The Blue
simmer down
take your head off it's crown
sing like phantom sound
give the one you're married to
something to carry through

settle down
'cause it only gets worse
the longer you carry on
secret clouds
that you can't live on
you can't live on

props himself up
with a sigh and longing gaze
he says, "i only want you with me,"
he says, "i only want you with me."

pulls herself down
so she can look him in the eye
she says, "you won't see me gone,"
she says, "you won't see me gone."

hate the space and the city you're in
save face, save the pity you're in
your fins

hand over your sister
find another, brother
you won't even miss her
when your senses recover
hand over your sister
find another, brother
you won't even miss her
when your senses recover

millions of eyes become
one in the blue
millions of eyes become
one in the blue
rest and be kind
and be cruel
and be true
millions of eyes
making love in the blue
rest and be kind
and be cruel
and be true
and be true

he says, "your only friends
are the ones you can spend.
you're a sad wreck -
sad as an un-cashed cheque."
she says, "i only give
what i'm willing to get,
and i gave you everything
that i had left."
Track Name: In For The Kill
boiling blood in the honest sun
our design will be the catalyst
gag the people who know better

the man outside with the whip
and crooked veins asks,
"when will your heart slow?
it rolls fast and hard as rock."

sticky circus floor
cigarette air
winds you up
like a clock
turning itself back
to lift you up
drain the leaves
of all their blood

we're in for the kill again
we're in for the kill again

on black ice
in thick smoke
first you fall
then you choke
every time
hard to read?
you're hard to lead
all the time
hard to feed?
i've got what you need
all the time
all the time...
Track Name: Laundry Room
dead mouse rolled up in a carpet
peeling green painted walls
laundry room is the only option
when you're the neighbourhood
black swan

breathing dust and stepping on screws
aside from money we've got nothin' to lose
here's the rent, what's the problem?
here's the rent, what's the problem?
here's the rent, not a problem
here's the rent, not a problem

so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
in love, in love
so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
in love, in love

give into another disaster
hot water on your open wounds
sweatshop headset, use it as a weapon
only got money to lose
strap on an apron, be degraded
let them crawl, it's your last call

here's the rent, what's the problem?
here's the rent, what's the problem?
here's the rent, not a problem
here's the rent, not a problem

so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
in love, in love
so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
in love, in love

taking out the trash
taking in the rules
taking out the trash
taking in the rules
taking out the trash
taking in the rules
taking out the trash
taking in the rules

little boy in red on the wall
his vacant stare at the daughter
of the man who's taken over his home
of the man who's taken over his home

little boy in red on the wall
his vacant stare at the daughter
of the man who's taken over his home
of the man who's taken over his home

so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
so frustrated, so in love
in love, in love