by The Requisite

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released May 8, 2015

Maxwell Royce - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Chris Young - Bass/Vocals
Jack Love - Drums/Vocals
Matt Houghton - Guitar/Vocals

Produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Houghton
Mastered by Charles Scourbys
Artwork by Maria Sandu



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The Requisite Seattle, Washington

Maxwell Royce, Matt Houghton, Chris Young, Jack Love...The characters that make up this Seattle quartet.

Built around the songwriting of Mr. Royce, The Requisite strives to create music that is dynamic, detailed and fun;
with dueling lead lines, meticulous harmonies and tight/technical rhythms.
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Track Name: Americana
I've been swimming in a current bound for the deep
And I can taste the blood from biting back the truths I keep
When all is lost upon the eyes of the blind
Let your voice pierce their ears so they'll know that their time has come

Your words have been marked by the ink inside my chest
Pumping toxins in a body failing its own test
As the winds tear the roof off our house it'll leave
The last will and testament of those that you'll forget to grieve for

And if all roads in life lead to the threshold of hell
I won't think twice when placing my hand upon the bell
‘Cause I’ll have lived through enough for all of my own sin
To make the devil so nervous he wouldn't dare let me in

The words in my mouth have soured with time
And I will swallow them down if push comes to shove
Just don't deny what we once shared in the light
I'm no classically handsome man but I know what it is to love

What is this hell?
Please let me go
Track Name: Oxidation
From the murmuring deep, in fortified caves
Tectonic shifts were heard below shallow graves
Bells tolled in unison, the war drummer’s beat
Off kilter to the time of a city’s shuffling feet

We ate our last meal off of broken down watches
And begrudgingly clocked in to build our own crosses
We saved all our pennies and seized all our chances
Just to buy the fortitude we need for these circumstances

Railways and platforms, house rusted out trains
But we sat and we watched, carving holes in the rain
Light wrapped his noose around the neck of the dark
Whispering in his ear words that were marked

When the moon and the stars gave way to the sun
The tide sang a song of vengeance, and wars to be won
Track Name: Big Weather
When the sea dried up
And the sails caught fire
And the sun went out
And the helmsman grew tired
Our flasks were all empty
And the trade winds had stopped
And all we could think to do
Was let that anchor drop

Before long it was established that apathy and ignorance
Would spawn the front row seats we have, in the amphitheater of our extinction
And all of the energies, we as a collective could now put to the task,
will never undo what we have done

I will bleed through you, like a saturated understanding
That this world does not revolve around you or me - or any entity
In fact, we all revolve around the sun

When the sun comes down
And the oceans rise
And the cities drown
In the post-mortem ice

And if the last effort of man
Leaves itself broken and tried
What will we have stood to gain
As we burn the ground and scorch the sky
Track Name: Song in 7
Here I am, in the image of my father
Broad shouldered with whiskers on my face
A new blueprint from my biological author
Following in the footsteps of his long run race
With vague intentions I drove to the coast
Was I running from, or searching for my ghost?
Trying to weed out the things that matter most
To find, inside, that I had already realized
That no one knows

And had his flag not been flying
I would not have noticed the wind
Rushing over where he was lying
Face to the very sky that waited to claim him

Here I am, esoteric words in my hands
Words burning through, falling off the page
Trying to obscure myself any way that I can
Fearing my discovery - a fear you can't assuage
In my defense, I could not have seen this coming
Nothing to warn me, or tell me to start numbing
Myself in preparation, oh, against the impending
Everybody else knows it, infirmity never ending
Track Name: Squared
Hello old friend
You don’t know how good it is to see you again
How have I been?
Take my word when I say that I’ve been on the mend
And I don’t recall, if when we last spoke that I made myself clear
That I have always been and will always be waiting right here for you

Where have you been?
Left alone with only the streetlights as friends
I have been waiting
As long as I have, I can wait ‘til the end
My hope was fading
That you’d come back to me like you said you would
But the lights on this road have faded away
And I fear that the lights have all burned out for good

When we were young
I never would have dreamed that I’d be writing these words
Years down the road, sifting through memories and all the things I heard
Would call out to me. reminding me that I never laid them to rest
But honestly, those memories are the ones that I love the best