Violent Muses

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"Andee Blacksugar makes sexy music. It’s really that simple...all of the hallmarks of Black Sugar Transmission are here – the mechanical bump and grind, synths flittering around the mix, his high keening vocals, the Vernon Reid-like guitar runs. But, like the kinky cover art, the album is concerned less about the feel of the NYC dancefloor and more the primal need for connection in a world that’s relationship with technology is complicated at best" - Color Is Its Own Reward

"...a place where ghosts and glitter truly collide. A gloomy, uber pop delivered with snot-nosed integrity at its finest. Violent Muses is dangerous and provocative. In this world there is no 'safe word'" - Music-Survival-Guide

""Violent Muses is an album of racy, thundering, Glam/Punk/Pop and based on that alone is thoroughly entertaining." - Louder Than War

"Glittery pop with a dark heart...even by the third of fourth listen you’ll be trying to work out why it works: imagine a cocktail made with ingredients that really shouldn’t complement each other, but in the end tastes like the best party you’ve ever been to." - Echoes & Dust

"...A caustically witty assessment of the underbelly present in the creative fields...the songs are again crafted so intricately, that it takes more than a few listens to absorb all the synths, buzz-saw distortion, and lurid chimes woven in." - Natalie Hamingson

"A crazy mix up of color and pizzazz with a hint of black and white traditionalism" - Royal Flush Magazine

"An irresistible bunch of songs with dark lyrics that you can dance to" - Here Comes The Flood

credits

released February 24, 2015

Violent Muses was written and recorded in fall 2014
(Except "Taboo", which was written in 2004 and re-recorded for this album)

Andee Blacksugar: voices, instruments, programming
Ava Farber: additional vocals throughout
John Clancy: drum kit on "Stripes", "Violent" and "Taboo"; bkg vox on "Violent"
Jimmy Lopez: exotic percussion throughout

Leon Gruenbaum: Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheee Peeee solo on "Between The Notes"
Timo Ellis: drum kit on "Between The Notes"
Mike Hansen: drum kit on "Watch The Windows"
Adam James: electric bass on "AlexCafe"

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Produced by Andee @ Casa Blacksugar, Brooklyn NY
Natasha Gornik: front and back cover photos
CD design by Andee & Tracy
John Pisani: mastering

THANKS TO THE CONTRIBUTORS
Plus Eventide, Fractal Audio, Atomic Amps and DiMarzio pickups

...and the perennial noise of Brooklyn.

copyright 2015 Andee's Vault Music/SESAC

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Track Name: Stripes
we are kissing kin
you and i are born again
sprawling out of control and our
minds aren't innocent
hang the safety net
(spin the spiders web again)
and from a pin-pricked sky
the light we deify

chorus:
WE'RE BLOOD RELATIVES
WE ARE CONNECTED LIKE THE STARS IN THE SKIES
WE ARE COLLAPSING ALIBIS
WE ARE THE CATALYST
FOR EVERY ATHEIST ALIVE
WE ARE DEAD INSIDE BUT OUR EYES ARE OPEN WIDE

get yr camouflage gear
ah, the melting point is near
the flagging light does set the stage for confession
and when the cracks appear
and danger whispers in our ear
we will destroy ourselves in
junkie contrition

CHORUS
Track Name: Violent
piss-pot town now a military operation
all the clock-watchers gettin' down
for extermination
we see it all through dollar-$ign eyes
give you a tear-gas ticket honey if you survive

chorus:
DON'T MAKE ME VIOLENT
DON'T MAKE ME VIOLENT AGAIN

toss you in a cell for the blood on my uniform
pull you by the collar
you're a bad dog
do you wanna see my authority baby?

CHORUS
Track Name: The World Is Yr Ashtray
shifting dunes and a white sea
the ripples imitating
funeral grey and orange reef
the neighborhood is changing

CHORUS:
from yr luxury cribs,
drug-addled bliss
appliances that own you

chain-store nabe
you demand a landscape that is familiar
lock the gate and you're safe
and sound away from the natives

CHORUS:
from yr hole in the sky
you will observe a world
that now is yr ashtray
da-da-da-da

far away
casket cribs for those you are displacing

CHORUS:
from your luxury crypt
drug-addled bliss,
appliances that own you
from yr hole in the sky:
a perfect view of
all the people you've buried

"New York: the city that's falling asleep"
Track Name: Hey Wildflower
all the way from the halls of hell
to darken my door
tick tick boom
and my body's exploding
to every shore

i can't resist your wicked calculus
so call the doctor

chorus:
HEY WILDFLOWER
SUN SHOWER
BRING THE POWER TO ME
BOMB-DROP BABY
COME TAKE ME
FROM THIS MISERY

all the way from the suburbs of June
to the cold of my room
bang bang dead
just a touch of liquid courage
and i'm on the moon

midnight light throws a shadow
on this appetite i'm so ashamed of
lockjaw, rabies
i've got scabies
self-contempt, will you have my babies?

CHORUS
Track Name: Taboo
killed by desire
death by love
strangled by hands
in kid gloves
drowned in kisses
cruel caress
crippled by loyalty

chorus:
THE PIG'S RUNNING OUT AGAIN
ALWAYS A BITTER END
A-HA
LOVE IS TABOO

black and broken is his heart
every lover
falls apart
killed by desire
crushed by love
poisoned by tenderness
Track Name: Between The Notes
junkie jiving acid jabber noise no signal
bitch and blather revelations tell and tangle all surveillance
every angle

CHORUS;
kicking yr bottles in the alley, yr focus is bending
the energy you're sending
is sadness never-ending
yr dead zone is so full-blown

jammed-up headspace i'ma black hole
drinks arrive you toe the gravel blacklist poets muses whisper
it don't look like you've been listening

CHORUS:
kicking yr bottles in the alley, yr focus is bending
the energy you're sending
is sadness never-ending
yr dead zone is so full-blown
toss yr verses in the furnace
yr instrument's decaying
yr voice is slowly fraying
can't hear a word you're saying
you're the space
between the notes
Track Name: Solitaire
yr temperature is cooling
yr mind is unspooling
don't rush yr cue
whatever you do

chorus:
A SONG SUNG SOLITAIRE
DON'T MAKE U A MILLIONAIRE
SAY SAY A LITTLE PRAYER
(it) WON'T TAKE U ANYWHERE

masses collide beneath conflicted skies
the embryonic clientele line up
to get into hell
all the bean counters who sullied yr brand
buy holiday homes on yr blood
and happily chew on yr hand

CHORUS
Track Name: God Loves War
one last chance to make a mark
dusk is coming soon time to depart
one last chance to scratch the page
one hot spotlight waits
upon that stage

chorus:
PRAY FOR PEACE
BUT GOD LOVES WAR
PRAY FOR LOVE
BUT GOD LOVES WAR

one last shot to break the cage
light the fuse and
kick it into space

trolls on parade
mock what you've made
but they are afraid

tangle the wires
set all the fires
your light
drinking
wasted on the stars

CHORUS
Track Name: Crave
got a sequined umbrella to wreck in the rain
eat a dozen prescriptions so i don't feel pain
wavering long low shadows on the wall
the dead live!
and that includes me
crawling on yr headboard:
the creatures that will eat your mind
wavering tarry tendrils on the wall
the dead live!
so come one, come all

CHORUS:
WHAT U CRAVE IS UNNECESSARY
WHAT U LOVE IS UNTRUE
RUN YR DOGS IN THE BESTIARY
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO

sing the tired old verses
and live in the past
do yr jaded karaoke and act like an ass
"maybe i'll learn to play ukulele...
i'll spoil your corners and thank you to pay me"
wavering long low shadows on the wall
the dead live!
so won't you come now...

CHORUS:
JUMP THE QUEUE
RING THE BELL YOU BABY
ALL ATTENTION'S ON YOU
IN THE RIGHT CLOTHES YOU
WON'T SEEM CRAZY
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO
Track Name: Watch The Windows
so i've come back to this
i've run back to this mistake
can't fix
i can't fix the void
i can't fill the void inside
can't jump the line

CHORUS:
i watch the windows at night
and through the mystery ether
white starry etchings
the feeling is catching
my eyes are following you
you are the smile on the moon
cool breezes kiss me
you're always with me

so i see that you've left
me here with the rest of this
you took the best with you
you quit
just when it began
to really get interesting
i'm just dripping with cynicism
i get my sleep but there's no more dreaming
(never here)
i'm just soaking in nihilism
i get my sleep but
there's no more dreaming

CHORUS
Track Name: AlexCafe
come down
meet me by the trees
sit down on my knees
how have you been?
tell me who's been living inside your skin
hey now,
who you keeping warm?
why do you look torn?
are you bored?
that's alright
you've gotta have some fun before you die

CHORUS:
so we're drinkin' up the sun
down at the AlexCafe
and we've already won
it's enough to love
even if it's wrong

tell me what's been going on
with that one who lives uptown
is she still around?
your lonesome trail
is too dangerous for
most folks to scale

CHORUS:
so let's drink up the sun
down at the AlexCafe
and we've already won
it's enough to love
enough to love
drinkin' up the sun
down at the AlexCafe
and we've already won
it's enough to love
even if it's wrong

CHORUS:
drink up the sun
down at the AlexCafe
and we've already won
it's enough to love
so let 'em judge
drinkin' up the sun
down at the AlexCafe
and we've already won
it's enough to love
enough to love

drinkin' up the sun
down at the AlexCafe
and we've already won
it's enough to love

even if it's wrong