Break Open the Head

by Suit of Lights

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released June 6, 2016

"Jeez, this group sure are playing for keeps with this album. If it's immaculately crafted, written, played, and produced pop-rock taken to a brilliantly shining zenith that you're looking for, then your search starts and ends here. The smooth vocals vault to the heavens and beyond. The arrangements deliver a steady succession of yummy hooks and startling mid-song tempo changes that are pulled off with breathtaking skill and precision. Plus singer and keyboardist Joe Darone ain't no slouch in the songwriting department, with a downright uncanny knack for blending haunting lyrics and catchy melodies together in a sparkly sonic confection that's sheer nirvana for music aficionados. Simply superb." - jerseybeat.com

"Heavenly and haunting guitar/keyboard soundscapes...The pliant, Prog-peppered playing teems with tempo changes, such as when the title track's frisky, Franz Ferdinand-like rhythm suddenly shifts into a stylish, Styx Grand Illusion-inspired surge. With tantalizing trimmings like charming carousel organ on "New Frontier," merry Middle Eastern melodies on "Revolution of You," Revolutionary War-era military drums on "Circling the Drain of History," and sweeping Scottish folk on "Reality 2.0," Break is another beaut." - bigtakeover.com

"Floating untethered in the overly vague genre of “indie rock,” is the brilliant Suit of Lights...manages to somehow take inspiration from apparently everyone, while still remaining starkly original for a hook-laden, theatrical-heavy sound that is impossible to ignore... Darone and friends have turned in their strongest LP yet, brimming with catchy, sing-alongs, marching band drums and punk rock guitar...there is not a weak track here. Suit of Lights manages to be experimental and wildly creative over 10 tracks, while at the same time remaining accessible and never slipping into self-indulgence (if you think that’s easy, just check out every other prog rock band)." - newnoisemagazine.com

"This fascinating release is actually the fourth studio recording for the New York City based quintet called Suit of Lights. Falling squarely in the Art-Rock category these ten compositions truly run the musical gamut melding musical influences as disparate as Baroque Pop to Progressive Rock along with a myriad of other things in between. It’s totally engaging because you just never know where these guys are going or what musical motif they’ll throw at you next. I’m a sucker for this type of stuff and loved every minute here. Break Open the Head checks all the right boxes for me. - jerrylucky.com

"Suit of Lights prove on Break Open the Head that you can rejuvenate big, bombastic, beautiful rock n roll without it being overbearing. Darone has nailed down the role of the very able musical director, and made of it a very fine art. The Suit of Lights recordings have each been delivered with new layers of refinement, to the point where I’ve come to see Darone’s name as a stamp of quality in itself...his artistic voice is uniquely his own." - 1320radio.com

“So damn catchy. Darone’s tone is just beautiful…lyrics hit it on the head…very strong.” - thevinylrevivers.com

"Edgy, experimental-ish, cutting-edge theatrical alt-rock...likely to inspire creativity in others both within and beyond the the field of music." - geoffwilburmusic.com

"An ambitious concept album...this is worth repeat listens. Give it a try." - powerpopaholic.com

"Pop in the metal in the New Wave in the experimental in the theatrical in the alternative in the psychedelic progressive...a very highly addictive album" - startripmusic.com

"It’s a carnivalesque journey sure to appeal to fans of genre-meddling groups like Primus and Mr Bungle, in which a hundred twists and turns are thrown into each track, done with a fun sense of humor." - indiemusicmag.com

"There's no denying the fearless approach on art rock/post-punk songs like the driving title track and the piano instrumental closer. Suit of Lights are a band to listen to with an open mind and closed eyes, as theatrical and challenging as they are inventive." - vivelerock.net

"This album is far from a standard rock album. It may be an album to spark change." - nysmusic.com

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Joe Darone - Vocals, Keys + Programming
Chris Connors - Guitar, Bass, Keys & Programming
Billy Carrión - Bass
Corey Colmey - Drums
Jeff Aderman - Piano on “The Beginning is Near”

Produced by Tim 'Rumblefish' Gilles

Recorded and Mixed at Big Blue North
by Jeff Aderman and Seth Nathan
Additional Engineering: Matt Dake
Musical Director / Clydesdale: Chris Connors
Mastered at Surgical Sound by Dr. Timo G. Less
Art by Zeckle

All Songs Written by Joe Darone / 2016 Visiting Hours Music / BMI

℗© 2016 Visiting Hours.

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Described as “genre-defying,” Suit of Lights artfully blends elements of 60’s pop, punk, art-rock, metal, and baroque pop.

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Track Name: Break Open the Head
Break Open the Head

We ain’t dead yet
In spite of the evidence to the contrary
We can dance
Happiness is revolutionary

Not just another piece on the gameboard
We accept the freedom to even the score

And don’t you wait for a miracle
Penetrate through the skull
Break open the head
And when the growth of your very soul
Is slowing down to a crawl
Break open the head

Don’t be a rat
Scrambling on the deck of the Titanic
Find your path
Help restoring the dignity to man

If your mind is shut and can’t take any more
It’s time to get up and just kick through the door

In case of emergency
Break open the head
Track Name: New Frontier
New Frontier

Where do we stand now?
Where do we go from here?
Forget your leaders
Mired in greed and fear

And it’s not that they’re malevolent
It’s just that they’re irrelevant
as we stand on the edge of a new frontier

Going round and round and upside down
on the Carousel-O-Time
Making mundane of miracles
Making profane the divine

There’s another level and you will be there
If you keep on reachin’ for that new frontier
Track Name: Higher Self
Higher Self

Think for yourself if you dare
and you just might break out of the square
Asking who? why? which? where?
Any time is now, everywhere is here

Honor your higher self, man
Don’t let anyone tell you when to stop
You ain’t no drop in the ocean
You are the entire ocean in a drop

Do you remember the long days of summer
when we were young?

Clothes were in tatters, the only thing mattered
was having fun
Do you wish to be absolutely free?
To recieve, you gotta believe

(chorus)

Ain’t nothin left to win, ain’t nothin’ left to lose
Ain’t nothin’ more to fear, ain’t nothin’ more to prove
Even a memory is in the eternal now
Track Name: Monsters
Monsters

Well we all see them at night
In tricks of the mind the moon invites
Now find the ones who hide in broad daylight

Is it really any wonder
We’re getting used to seeing monsters around every corner now?

If we knew of the monster
Knew of the monster in our own house
We’d have nobody to blame but ourselves
Isn’t it sad that we got no one else?
Get rid of your monster now

They don’t have an evil laugh
Aren’t twirling on a wax moustache
Not any warning as they cross your path

Is it really any wonder
We’re getting used to seeing monsters around every corner now?

If we knew of the monster
Knew of the monster in our own house
We’d have nobody to blame but ourselves
Isn’t it sad that we got no one else?
Get rid of your monster now
Track Name: Zero Camera
Zero Camera

Once you stop with the interfering
And the censoring, editing and retouching
Your best and worst scenes are the main attraction
So relax and please enjoy the show

From rise to fall, the comic and the tragic
And all in all, an insubstantial pageant

It rejects nothing, it clings to nothing
and it fears nothing, desires nothing

Realize that you’re running a program
Your ideas, feelings and taste burn up your brain stem
And culture is a mass hallucination
Step outside, see it for what it’s worth

The judge and jury aren’t in attendance
Achieving a nirvana of acceptance

It rejects nothing, it clings to nothing
and it fears nothing, desires nothing

And it hates nothing
And it loves nothing
And it fears nothing
Track Name: Revolution of You
Revolution of You

Breaking through, witness the birthing
of a new order of being
A new world is not only possible
but on her way

Time now to make a decision
Utopia or oblivion
Lies mounting, ice melting
but there’s a way out of the mess
A revolution of consciousness

Leave behind - mind of a reptile
Through the door, permanent exile
Nevermore negative frequency
for you and me

Time has run out for division
Utopia or oblivion
Lie tellin’, slime sellin’
You’re never gonna pass the test
A revolution of consciousness
Break open the head and start anew
Dissolution of their dominance
Revolution of you

Exploding cognizance
Can’t ya feel the light all shining through
Dissolution of their dominance
Revolution of you
Track Name: Ritual. Routine. Control.
Ritual. Routine. Control

Who is it that we call sinners?
Who is it that makes us prisoners?
Who is there to blame?
It’s only us.

When you’re a child, you run wild
Before you have learned the rules of the game
Eventually, you must be tamed

Locked in the cult of the self
Stuck on the set of your own show
“Life with No Parole”
You kinda like your cell
So comfortable
and it’s all Ritual Routine Control

‘Cause you feel it in your soul
You know that life is all your own
Take apart the systems of control

Feel it in your soul
You know that life is all your own
Take away permisson for control
Track Name: Circling the Drain of History
Circling the Drain of History

Everyday
In spite of our ability to reason
We betray
Our impulse toward peace and freedom

Monkey with brains all full of mush
About to get the royal flush
Circling the drain of history

When gauging our virility, or faced with instablility
It’s funny, the way we kid ourselves
We duck responsibility and feign invisibility
Funny, tricky little elves

Monkey with brains all full of mush
About to get the royal flush
Circling the drain

Monkey with brains all full of mush
About to get the royal flush
Circling the drain

Monkey with brains all full of mush
About to get the royal flush
Circling the drain
Track Name: Reality 2.0
Reality 2.0

We’ve been on this rock for about half a second
And when we go extinct it’ll be ‘nother second
A Universal blink, creation/armageddon
and every fucking thing in between

Centuries have gone since the dawn of humanity
What have we become, drowning in our own vanity
Jaded and the numb on the brink of insanity
Every fucking day...

Do you feel like toast in the machine?
Defending a castle in the air
Connection, love and empathy
Up against a wall of despair

Connection, love and empathy
Up against a wall of despair

We don’t need the chaos and insanity
We don’t need the mad parade
Or those who profit from the trade
We don’t need this version of reality
and I say ‘out with the old’
Reality 2.0