Break Open the Head

by Suit of Lights

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1.
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
2.
03:29
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
3.
02:41
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
4.
02:24
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
5.
03:32
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
02:34
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
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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 art-rock, 60’s pop, punk, metal, and baroque pop.

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