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ACTION AT A DISTANCE

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Action at a Distance

by The August Madness
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LIGHTS DOWN LOW | The August Madness

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Lyrics

 

PSYCHOSOMATIC

There's a fire in your skies
You have x's in your eyes
Don't know you but know your kind

You are always short on cash
Have a Jesus on the dash
You lose a lot but not your mind

You make an art of staying clean
Even on the dirty scene
You can play the wicked game

Wonder why you feel alone
All your friends live in your phone
Every one a faceless name

What is the state of your mind?

Now you say you want to be
In the high society
You've been fitted for the gown

Dogs with money in a pack
Lie in wait and then attack
They get it up to get you down

And when it is all said and done
On the third rock from the sun
You're a slave to your own fears

The universe has always shown
That the single great unknown
Is the space between your ears

What is the state of your mind?

 

SPARK

I believe in connection
I believe how it's done
I believe I can be much more
Than another zero and one
When everything is digital
Everything is so absurd

I believe in The Rain Song
I believe in One Love
I believe Like A Rolling Stone
All the music from up above
The drums are pounding on the floor
The sweetest sound I ever heard

I believe I can feel light

I believe in the science
I believe the surreal
I believe that our perfect fire
Started with a spark on the wheel
I will have an open heart
I will look you in the eye

I believe in the future
I believe in our aim
I believe in the melodies
Played by the king with our name
Maybe we'll be born again
Maybe we will never die

I believe I can feel light

 

GRAND DESIGN

Our gods all speak of love, but it's love in vain
Mother Nature is strong, but she's insane
You're left so high and dry
No sense in wings if you won't fly

Our songs all sing of love, but it's mirrors and smoke
All smiles and lies, such a cosmic joke
It's just a state of mind
Someday this water will be wine

Please, dry your eyes
This is the grand design
Say what you will
It's reason over rhyme

You can't scratch that itch, you're on needles and pins
Naked in the sun, a snake between skins
You lie at Eden's gate
Someday you'll learn to love your fate

Please, please is all I say
I hear the thunder's call
Please, please let me stay
Lightning strikes us all

I've been waiting for you to
I've been waiting for you to happen to me
I've been waiting for you to

Please, dry your eyes
This is the grand design
Say what you will
It's reason over rhyme
Please, please is all I say
I hear the thunder's call
Please, please let me stay
Lightning strikes us all

 

ASTRONAUT LOVE TRIANGLE

Love, we're running low on love up here
We're flying on auxiliary power
Pain, we're racing from our pain up here
At twenty thousand miles an hour

We're blown away, they shot us through the atmosphere
And now it's only you and me and her riding on a spark

Lies, they carry so much weight up here
Their gravity is bringing me down
Please, don't feed me any lines again, check my vital signs again
I cry without a sound

We're blown away, they shot us through the atmosphere
And now it's only you and me and her riding on a spark
It's lonely here, nobody that can hear us scream
We're floating in the light and heat of stars already gone dark
Already gone dark

They gave us a job to play with some government toys
They were busy below burning down Rome
We worked every day to make a signal out of the noise
But then we realized we could never go home
Never go home

We're blown away, they shot us through the atmosphere
And now it's only you and me and her riding on a spark
It's lonely here, nobody that can hear us scream
We're floating in the light and heat of stars already gone dark
Already gone dark

 

LIGHTS DOWN LOW

Love has found you and I
Everything has changed in the blink of an eye
Slow we make it last
We are not afraid of the ghosts from our past

This will be the day
Our house becomes a home
This is what we'll say
With the lights down low

Scars on my face
I met the wrong people in the wrong place
Time has healed the wounds
We have built a monument on top of the ruins

This will be the day
Our house becomes a home
This is what we'll say
With the lights down low

Love has found you and I
Everything has changed in the blink of an eye
Joy fills the room
We hold each other closer than a bride holds a groom

This will be the day
Our house becomes a home
This is what we'll say
With the lights down low

 

 

 
 
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THE AUGUST MADNESS

 

THE AUGUST MADNESS is the songwriting duo David Buntz (of Augustus Leroy) and David Collett (of Sweet and Tender Hooligans). The two Davids played music together in the 1980s in a couple of different bands - Film At Eleven and Blue Rumour - but higher education and life in general sent them separate ways.

A chance meeting at the 2014 NAMM show and the ubiquity at the time of Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" sparked the idea that the time was right to revisit the 'vintage' sounds of the 60's, 70's and 80's and spin them into a 21st century style.

So the Davids started writing. For the next several years they emailed each other audio files featuring an array of musical sketches and ideas that eventually evolved into a cohesive collection of songs titled - appropriately - "Action at a Distance". They brought veteran drummer Darrin Pfeiffer (of Goldfinger) and bassist Alexis Gonzalez into the studio to power the foundation that supports the swirling jungle of guitars, vocals and synths.

The end result is inspired not only by the rock, pop, punk and indie music of the last half century, but also the masterworks studied by classical guitarist Collett. Cosmic sounds and references pay homage to the discoveries made throughout the history of space exploration - from the Sputnik mission in 1957 to the recent Cassini mission. Buntz's lyrics ask how to reconcile the very analog human problems of disconnection and loneliness with the digital world.

'Distance' is in a sense a dedication to all "voyagers" past and present - to great musical minds, to rockets and probes, to us mere mortals trying to navigate it all.

 
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For booking and other inquiries please contact:

David Collett // davidcollett@msn.com

David Buntz // dbuntz@me.com