Smokescreen

by The Dark Shave

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This is the second Dark Shave album, and it is one which few people ever got to hear. At live shows, the band would give out copies of "Smokescreen EP," which only contained 6 of the original 12 songs. Thankfully, those lost tracks have been restored, and "Smokescreen" can now be heard in its entirety.

This album marks the first venture of the band into a "real" studio. It features performances by Matt Jackson (the Shave's original drummer) on "Prototype" and "Eye of the Storm." When Matt moved away, Eric Ernst took over full percussive duties, and has been kicking ass for the Shave ever since. It also features the amazing and iconic cover artwork by Tom Murphy.

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released February 2, 2011

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The Dark Shave Asheville, North Carolina

Formed in 2008, The Dark Shave has been playing gigs around the Asheville area while gathering a rather unique fan-base. They've created a hit internet TV show aptly named "The Shave Show", won awards for their work in the 48 Hour Film Festival, and obliged the masses by creating a song of the week every month or two. ... more

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Track Name: Smokescreen
The day begins as always
Each moment focused on his own gains
His deceit is ever growing
Countless lives sacrificed for his wealth and boundless greed.

You reach for the summit for your fortune and fame
Destroying everyone and everything that stands in your way
You burn through the city and you lurk in the town
And nobody has a clue that the devil's around

Under siege, he races
Desperate to defeat the foe he faces
Policies affecting millions
Fail to help any of the ones who elected him

You are a one man army with a pen in your hand
Destroying lives by the thousands for supply and demand
Millions suffer daily but it's not your concern
You just sold them down the line for some money to burn

Nobody sees behind the smokescreen
Just another friendly face
Nobody sees behind the smokescreen
Walking with us every day
Nobody sees behind the smokescreen
Forces of our doom amass
Nobody sees behind the smokescreen
Just a bunch of psychopaths

Anger burns, his blade heals
Cares not for the endless pain his prey feels
As the rage is easing
Peace returns for a time until he must hunt again

The screams of your victims resonate in your brain
But they'll each soon discover that the effort's in vein
The souls of the fallen never haunt you at night
Their only value to you was at the end of a knife
Track Name: Gatlinburg
In the mountains of Tennessee, nature's beauty abounds
There has been an atrocity, some may call it a town
I swear if I don't leave I'm going to go insane
But I'm sitting here, kicking back, singing with a southern twang

That is a reason, my friend, why I gotta go home
I have been here a day and it's been one day too long
If you want advice, you better take it from me
Never ever go to Gatlinburg, Tennessee

There's a happening single's scene, all the ladies are bold
Dressed up like they are sweet sixteen, but they're forty years old
I swear if I don't leave I'm going to go insane
But I'm sitting here, kicking back, singing with a southern twang

That is a reason, my friend, why I gotta go home
I have been here a day and it's been one day too long
If you want advice, you better take it from me
Never ever go to Gatlinburg, Tennessee

But the city has grown on me a little more every day
And the reason I'm so happy is that I'm going away
I swear if I don't leave I'm going to go insane
I've had enough for this life time, I don't need another day

That is a reason, my friend, why I gotta go home
I have been here a day and it's been one day too long
If you want advice, you better take it from me
Never ever go to Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Track Name: Cloak
The vast victims of fear
They work so hard to each turn a gear so pointlessly

The golden ones will all decay the same
As every other living being
The thieves will never live to take away
The happiness we get from dreaming

We climb from the hole
But you dig on to maintain control of everyone

The golden ones will all decay the same
As every other living being
The thieves will never live to take away
The happiness we get from dreaming

Propped up by your wealth
Your kind thrives, destroying our health, collectively

The golden ones will all decay the same
As every other living being
The thieves will never live to take away
The happiness we get from dreaming

It's all deception and lies
I see right through your disguise so easily
A nice suit may cloak scum
But I'm not mad, your time will come eventually
Track Name: Prototype
In the clouds there is an unmanned creature prowling
For some needle lost inside our haystack home
Hundreds perish for the few they seek
This is a great injustice for which few will speak

Combat work is 9 to 5
You'll come home every day alive
To kiss your wife and hug your kids
Be thankful for the life you live
Push the button, drop the bomb
Go back home and mow the lawn
The consequences won't be seen
Lay your head down, sweet dreams

Families live each day with such great fears
Knowing that occupation will not cease for years
Hatred grows as death accumulate
They merely fan the flames they seek to mitigate
Combat work is 9 to 5
You'll come home every day alive
To kiss your wife and hug your kids
Be thankful for the life you live
Push the button, drop the bomb
Go back home and mow the lawn
The consequences won't be seen
Lay your head down, sweet dreams

Surrounded by corruption on all sides
We find no relief in politicians lies
An honest man, when pushed, will surely snap
It's just a matter of time before we each fight back
Combat work is 9 to 5
You'll come home every day alive
To kiss your wife and hug your kids
Be thankful for the life you live
Push the button, drop the bomb
Go back home and mow the lawn
The consequences won't be seen

Cloud the reasons for invasion
They won't see it
Paint a picture of doom
Fear is the method of persuasion
They'll all buy it
All such short-sighted fools
I say, test the prototype
Lay your head down, sweet dreams
Track Name: Skiboot
All day long we wander 'round
Stomp our way through every town
Skiboot, Skiboot

All you do is whine and moan
Now we're coming to your home to
Skiboot, Skiboot

Work my every day away
I can't find no time to play
Skiboot, Skiboot

Bang my head into the walls
Cock rock music has no balls
Skiboot, Skiboot

You're a bad replication of imitators before
All the soul has been drained away
But the product endures

Formulaic distraction for the easily entertained
All homogenized pussy-rock
That will never sustain
Track Name: Eye of the Storm
When I wake up in the morning and I am next to you, girl
You know that you complete my world
You're the sky, the ocean, and the crashing waves
I built a ship to sail your storm

I can see behind your eye
The eye of the storm
You're a whirlwind of love, baby
(But I'm at peace now)
I am at peace now
(Peace please, peace please, peace please, peace please)

When I come home in the evening you're waiting there for me girl
I know a mighty wind will blow
You're the clouds above me on a sunny day
Raining down upon my soul

When I wake up in the morning and I am next to you, girl
You know that you complete my world
You're the sky, the ocean, and the crashing waves
I built a ship to sail your storm

I can see behind your eye
The eye of the storm
You're a whirlwind of love, baby
(But I'm at peace now)
I am at peace now
(Peace please, peace please, peace please, peace please)
In the eye of the storm

Every single day my passion burns for you, girl
Still, your front remains so cold
It's the season for affection, we are in a drought
Such foul weather's getting old
When I wake up in the morning and I am next to you, girl
You know that you complete my world
You're the sky, the ocean, and the crashing waves
I built a ship to sail your storm

I can see behind your eye
The eye of the storm
You're a whirlwind of love, baby
(But I'm at peace now)
I am at peace now
(Peace please, peace please, peace please, peace please)
In the eye of the storm
Track Name: Shock Therapy
C'mon baby, sit next to me right here
Don't you worry, I got nothing you should fear
Take your time and tell me everything you like
You know I really care for you, Psyche!

Sorry baby, I was just a little drunk
Just relax a bit and listen to the funk
You know you are the most important thing to me
Girl you look like you could use shock therapy

Rock you
Sock you
Shock you
The Shocker!

You can't run, you can't hide
Gonna do things I can't describe
I won't stop, I won't quit
Two good spots for three digits

C'mon baby, give me just another chance
Baby, this is what passes for romance
All I'm asking you girl, is that you try
I can think of only three good reasons why

Rock you
Sock you
Shock you
The shocker
Track Name: Emergency Part 2
Loaded down by this heavy weight
Time will tell if I was too late
Strolling backwards into your arms
There's no need to sound the alarms

This road began far away from here
The paths I've walked aggravate my fears
Peaceful moments lost in the wind
Bracing for the worst to begin

Battle the emergency, battle the emergency

I'm cold and scared with thoughts of pure despair
The mess I make could be the mess I wear
Speeding recklessly through the lights
Grit my teeth and hold on tight

Battle the emergency, battle the emergency