The Madness Of Crowds

by Cursed Arrows

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Dedicated to the memory of Don Van Vliet, and Tracy Wright.

"The husband-and-wife-Halifax based Jack E Stanley and Ry N Stanley first met as 21 year-olds and have been making mad passionate music together for seven years now. The Madness of Crowds delicately balances the yin and yang of Cursed Arrows. On one hand, they’re beating the shit out of the drums and making their guitars bleed, and on the other they layer poetic, almost tribal lyrics over top all the noise like only two people in love can do. "
~Quick Before It Melts (Canada)

"A great record that mixes equal parts even-keeled observation of the world around us, with gritty, bluesy rock & roll."
~Herohill (Canada)

"I was reminded as the sound filled our ears like a sandstorm how much this reminded me of PJ Harvey (the band has, fittingly, covered “Rid of Me”), or Patti Smith, or maybe even more appropriately the Israeli co-ed duo Carusella as although the woman in front of us sang more lead (as she played drums!), the man sang as well. They harmonized well when needed as on the strangely beautiful “Strip Joint Roundabout,” an oasis, to stretch the metaphor, of jangly pop in the midst of the blooze-rock bluster. But here they were like angels, these Cursed Arrows, here to show us the way."
~Critical Masses (US)

"There’s something eerily prescient about Cursed Arrows’ third full-length album The Madness of Crowds...The album addresses themes of violence and desolation, environmental degradation and the search for meaning within the unrest and chaos. The triumph of this album, however, is that it’s never mired in despair. These songs move and cajole us and then explode with stunning and impossibly vital grooves. This is the triumph of The Madness of Crowds---it’s heavy but never heavy-handed."
~The Coast (Canada)

"Cursed Arrows’ album “The Madness of Crowds” is filthy. But I think that’s the idea. Eight tracks of huge, gritty rock chug by like a lurching freight train. The guitar is huge. The drums are huge. The lyrics are, you guessed it, huge. There is little subtlety, little virtuosity, no showing off and no respite to be found on this album. Sometimes, however, big, loud and hard do the trick...These lyrics lean toward non-linear, surreal pastiche. A lot of the songs are composed of random declarative statements, variations on a vague theme. They’re mostly dark and mostly left-leaning. There are allusions to individualism, environmentalism, anti-war and anti-capitalist sentiments, natural disasters, ancient wisdom and honey-dripping tongues. Among other things. Jesus is mentioned repeatedly in a song called “Strip Joint Roundabout.”
~Noisography (Canada)

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released April 5, 2011

All songs by Cursed Arrows, 2011 SOCAN.
(except hidden bonus track)

Jack E Stanley - Vocals, Drums, Guitars on tracks 1,4,5,8
Ry N Stanley - Guitars, Vocals, Drums on track 8

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Cursed Arrows, 2010.

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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: The Madness Of Crowds
it's time to opt out, drop out
move closer to reason with me
speak to me with your greed
your proft is the curse in me
the madness of crowds
can only be found
where love does not lie
even if that means we all must die

we reach the end
what have you to show my friend
still got war and disease
still profit on death with such ease
but your profit is our curse
the fate we feared would be
no worse than this
slaughter them in dreams
sell their parts so you can feel free

lay your body face down on the ground
wait for the demographic winter

let us find peace
a human disease
a natural force
you destroy without remorse

our hands are soaked in blue blood
our pocket and our minds are full
of fake love
our hearts are pumpin fake blood
our hearts are pumpin fake blood

we let you break it
so now you can make it
when meat is the maker
the makings are dead
the makings are dead
the makings are dead

we guard ourselves from you
for everything you do
is an affront against
the nature of mind
but i know all we have is time

empty stomachs and plastic oceans
all the destruction idle hands can touch
poison in the air, the land, the sea
our destiny
but there are so many of us
ready to stand up
raise our fists up to the sun
don't tell me i'm the only one
Track Name: Monopoly On Violence
something lunar is happening tonight
pulling heavy on citizen feet
if you truly think freedom's guaranteed
you should test your luck on the street

everyone turned against everyone else
a game we all play but no one knows why
why? why?
orchestrated madness straight from the top
built on a mountain of lies

rewards to the money hoarders
you wouldn't need guards
if you didn't start wars
a war has started on the ground
gather round, gather round
a war has started on the ground
gather around

i thought they were better than this
i thought we were better than this
drowning in heat waves and who in this world
is accountable to clean up the piss?

cowardly notions powered by fools
but we have the power to rule
if you truly think freedom's guaranteed
you should test your luck on the street
Track Name: Death Rattle Blues
i let the rattlesnake in
can't find his way back out
i give the reason within
another reason to back out
reason and sin
fingers entwined
reason within
get out while you're still alive

watching you watching me
wave at the road signs
voices and winds change
stare at told polaroids
read into the grain
see words that aren't there
watching your eyes shift
their focus to me

did they make a sound?
dead man in the living room
and the lady with no face
did she lose it in a gunfight? dog fight/
did he die in his sleep?

we didn't make a move
dead man in the back seat
with the monster who took him apart
we're paralyzed now
he destroyed us, too
we should have killed him
when we could still see you

i know you're going to talk in code...
Track Name: Strip Joint Roundabout
jeb's left a slew of jobs
he forgets all his flaws
when he looks in the mirror
thinks he's superior

jane doesn't go outside
unless you're by her side
she will not user her voice
until she's found her stride

riding by on a bike, he said
"jesus is the lord, not neil young!"
riding by on a bike, he said
"jesus is the lord, not neil young!"

ed drinks too much coffee
finds he has twitching feet
and when his head expands
you'd better take cover
you'd better take cover
you'd better take cover

riding by on a bike, dean says
"neil young is the lord, and not jesus!"
riding by on a bike, dean says
"neil young is the lord and not jesus!"
Track Name: Fateful Dissuasion
scrape the lids off your eyes
keep your face straight
your voice harder than concrete
paving pointless conversations
buried in a pile of words
air to your fire
air to your fire

drag your ass off the floor
and out the door
don't give away
what they're waiting for
manic phases
black-eyed forces
dig into your skull
and pull...

two poles apart
another day of sun
another day of sun

throw off those crooked old wires
ride bald tires
shake the thrill into your eyes
fake out your adversaries
risk losing friends
dissuade them all from coming
into play again
fake out your adversaries
risk losing friends
dissuade them all from coming
into play again

leave your weapons outside
leave your weapons outside
leave your weapons outside
leave your weapons outside
your weapons

in your way the enemy won't stand
if you keep her in hand
in your way the enemy won't stand
if you keep her in hand
in your way the enemy won't stand
if you keep her in hand
in your way the enemy won't stand
if you keep her in hand
Track Name: The Swindler
a flash of light coming out of the dark at me
some new social disease
two clouds drift, opposing the wind
divided by electricity

even when there's a fire in the air
some will claim to be free
that's how they try to take you
try to take you
that's how they get you to need

they almost had me convinced
i was just like them
i bought and sold the disease
if i'm not part of the solution
i am the enemy

one-legged hustler
sceptre of humanity
swindle us indefinitely
one-legged hustler
sceptre of humanity
swindle us indefinitely
Track Name: Last Stop
i'm gonna break this thing
i'm gonna break this thing
i'm gonna break this thing
before i learn to use it

slow-dripping honey off your tongue
forked prongs in the lawn
leave them there until we're gone

liquor-spanked inflection
cautiously deflected
sink into the floor

children carry monsters
children carry monsters
children carry monsters
hidden in their skulls

when it's a toss-up over us
you'd better watch what you wish
i got myself to this place
where every demon exists
you've got to leave that savage grin
on the bedside table
she's not your darlin'
once upon a time's gonna count
when you're able

when will all the houses be homes
when will this land be our own
the last stop
is coming up

children carry monsters
children carry monsters
children carry monsters
hidden in their skulls

forgive only the sins of non-believers
forgive only the sins of non-believers
forgive only the sins of non-believers
forgive only the sins of non-believers
forgive only the sins of non-believers
forgive only the sins of non-believers
Track Name: The View
an earthquake when you pass
the archer aims at the stars
leave you here for three days
with an ancient wisdom

a nation on fire
what do they fly over us
unhealthy distraction
unwilling contraction
contraction
contraction...

the lights flash
white, red on black
they warn you
there's no going back
the lights flash
white, red on black
they warn you
there's no going back

love strife and affection
the gift and the curse
of duality
duality

humans no longer human
i will take your suffering
i will give only light
i will give only light
give only light
give only light