The Carbon Date EP

by Actor|Observer

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about

The Carbon Date EP is the official debut album by Actor|Observer.

The songs on it are the first we've written as a band. Some of them were started in 2009 by cousins Greg Marquis and Alex Paul (guitarists and vocalists) but have been changed, perfected, chewed up, and spit out as these final recordings.

All of the songs are about personal issues in Marquis' life, particularly concerning the passage of time and how the choices made by ourselves and others stay with us forever. Hence the term "carbon date," which is taken from a lyric in the fourth track, "Archival Lives" ("Carbon date the bones you wrought / You dug it up but there's no burying it now"). The song is about Marquis' father, who's inability to deal with and confront his past caused him to change as a person, bringing about the demise of his marriage, and the abandonment of his family.

Although the lyrics in these songs are personal to Marquis, we, as a band, relate to the sentiments they convey and hope that listeners will be able to find something in them that they can relate to as well.

credits

released 08 August 2011

Actor|Observer is:
Greg Marquis - Vocals & Guitar
Alex Paul - Guitar & Vocals
Brett Colangelo - Bass
Dan Bob Goterch - Drums

The Carbon Date EP was written & recorded in early 2011
All music written and played by Actor|Observer
All Lyrics written by Greg Marquis & Alex Paul, with the help of Chris D’Amico on “Taphos”

Produced and Mixed by Brad Delava
Engineered by Daniel Jimenez and Brad Delava
Assisted by Nate Shaw and Michael Burke

Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music
Assisted by Sean Hansen

Recorded at Studio Metronome in Brookline, NH
The Bridge Sound and Stage in Cambridge, MA
Strangeways in Providence, RI
NEIA Studios in Brookline, MA

Album art by Christina Mallgren
Layout by Jimmy Mullen of Settler

Guest vocals on “Archival Lives” by Brian Marquis (Ex-Therefore I Am)
Gang vocals on “Ker-Ys,” “No Regrets,” and “Archival Lives” by Actor|Observer, Chris Davidson, Andrew Paquette, John Rogers, Catherine Ferland, R.J. Hammerhands, and Brad Delava

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Track Name: Ker-Ys
The years pile up
Like a city upon the sea
Always growing
Yet sinking every day

My mistakes
Have formed my foundation
And now the waves
Will make it come undone

We’ll keep on building
While our history is washed away
(Beneath our feet)
A new year precedes me
An old one fades
(Into the deep)

This process of storing time in stacks
Decaying stratums prone to collapse
The years below become more difficult to grasp
While those above start falling fast

My mistakes
Have formed my foundation
And now the waves
Will make it come undone

We’ll head for higher ground
Will our walls hold?
We’ll never know
(What lies below)
We’ve already lost it
So long ago
(Submerged in the throes)

Blame covets my name
With the waves and the rain

Get all the men to their positions!
I will not let this building fall!
Track Name: Taphos
I’m pulling out my hair
Now you’re fucking everywhere
Wish I didn’t care
Hiding behind blank stares
(Hiding behind blank stares)
They say that it takes time
But my heart still isn’t mine
Now your halo’s bloodstained
Just tell me I’ll be fine
(Tell me I’ll be fine)

Now you’re gone
And you’re never coming back
But what you left for me
Is never gonna leave
Gonna take it to the grave
And you know
These eyes will never close
(Call the florist
Dirty the shovel!)

Thanks to you
I will never be the same
And all your love
Will have been in vain!

Another lonely dinner
For a washed up winner
You’re a seven-digit figure
With a faulty signature
(Faulty fucking signature)
The dead eyes of a doll
I’ve been trapped inside her walls
Now I’ve come to take it all
And I’m gonna take it all!

Now you’re gone
And you’re never coming back
But what you left for me
Is never gonna leave
Gonna take it to the grave
And you know
These eyes will never close
(Call the florist
Dirty the shovel!)

You were the callous of my heel
You were the pain I could never feel
You are the fallacy of thinking
The ship that’s always sinking
You were a black iron fence
Keeping in all that was left
Fingerprints like a trail of gasoline
You got a ribcage but nothing in between

"Honey, you left my heart
In pieces on the floor
So tell me why shouldn’t I
Break something of yours"

Dirty the shovel
(Dirty the shovel!)
This is the six-foot fall
Call the florist
(We’re gonna need some décor)
Because I’m here to take it all!
Track Name: No Regrets
When the wind blows at my back
I turn around
Because I’ve spent so much
Of my life just
Waiting to be found
By the consequence
Of happenstance
Give me a battle
(Suspense! Suspense!)
The suspense is killing me
Don’t call me ungrateful
I’m just nervous
That of everything I do
It’s all that I do not
That defines the life I’ve got
Well I can tell you

I’m not waiting
Til my bones get colder
Or for some fate to
Fall upon my shoulders
If all these days are numbered
Why are we wasting them
(Counting down)

Maybe I think too much
Maybe I don’t live enough
Give me a battle
I never look at the way things are
Too caught up in the way things seem
Caught in between

Well everybody’s got shoes to fill
And I have yet to find my own
But I’m getting closer
To something real
(Regrets! Regrets!
I wanna live with no regrets!)
My indecision is my disgrace
Too afraid to make mistakes
End up staying in one place
While days go by
(The gloves are off now
Let’s have this out!)

I’m not waiting
Til my bones get colder
Or for some fate to
Fall upon my shoulders
If all these days are numbered
Why are we wasting them
(Counting down)

Well you see, the truth is
I’ve never fought for anything!

Get a grip
Or you will slip
When your world starts shifting around
Will you ever fight for anything?
(When your plans fall asunder
Will your hopes snap like thunder?)

I’m not waiting
Til my bones get colder
Or for some fate to
Fall upon my shoulders
If all these days are numbered
Why are we wasting them
(Counting down)

This is the year
Of my self-distruction, baby
I will grind myself down
To stand my ground
(This time I’ll fight
For everything!)
Track Name: Archival Lives (feat. Brian Marquis, Ex-Therefore I Am)
Every face
Tells a tale
And the lines from his
Form a path that leads
From his mouth
To his eyes
Maps traced through time
Every wince, a window
Revealing new roads
Implementing the flesh
As tales untold

And I know all your new friends
Will read your face like a book
They’ll see where you’ve been
Judging by the way you look
And they’ll see what you have done

Was it worth it
To desert this
And leave it all behind?
(I hope you)
I hope you
(I hope you)
I hope you find something
That makes it worth your
Time to be alive

Cold long years
Etched in stone
Tied to ropes hung
From his shoulders
In knots he surely tied himself
Weighed him down
As he trudged on
Dragging the stone
Through our home
Marring everything
I’d ever known

Can’t you see, you were never
Meat to be that man
You were never meant to have tied
Your past around your hands.
Carbon date the bones you wrought
You dug it up but there’s not burying it now

Was it worth it
To desert this
And leave it all behind?
(I hope you)
I hope you
(I hope you)
I hope you find something
That makes it worth your
Time to be alive

Carved our names
Into that stone
You bare the weight
Of all the lies
That you have sown
I know you care
And you worked hard
(But you used lies to mix the mortar
Never speaking from the heart)

(I hope you...
I hope you learn)

Was it worth it
To desert this
(And leave it all behind?)
(I hope you)
I hope you
(I hope you)
I hope you find something
That makes it worth your
Time to be alive
Track Name: Red Tide
You remind me of her
Why do I always I fall for these victims
That enable false self worth?
Take the form of a rock
A monolith upon which you may pound your fists
Your fragile fists of qualms

I’d try to fight your devils
But they end up on my shoulders
There will not always
Stand for you a stalwart soldier

Now! Can you feel it?
Now! Can you see it?
No! Because you seem to be running from something
Now! You will see it
Now! That I’m defeated
No! I can say that you’ve given me nothing

What do I get in return?
A melody built on sorrow and ingratitude
Sung through clenched teeth so stern
Well I’ve been bloodied
And battered about
Trying to save the wreck
That is your life
But you’re “full steam ahead” to the doldrums
And baby I am not on board!

I’d try to fight your devils
But they end up on my shoulders
There will not always
Stand for you a stalwart soldier

Now! Can you feel it?
Now! Can you see it?
No! Because you seem to be running from something
Now! You will see it
Now! That I’m defeated
No! I can say that you’ve given me nothing

Red flags
On the shore
I can't help you anymore
The tide is yours to endure
(Why would I open up my ears
When you won’t shut your mouth?)
Red flags
In my head
Telling me
To let go of you instead
(You never really understood me
But then again, you never tried)

Your life is not my life
(So get over it!)

All this red
(Flooding my vision)
All this red
(Flooding the shores)

I always thought
You looked better in White
I liked you better in White
But no!
You’re not that person anymore
And the sad thing is
You never were...