Following Routine

by The Modern Age

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the debut album from funky indie rockers The Modern Age featuring 12 tracks spanning sounds from the entire rock era. audacious, inspiring and amazing.

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released October 5, 2010

Songs by Dan Pritchard, Music by the Modern Age (Durcik/Malhotra/Pritchard) except tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 music by (Durcik/Lietz/Pritchard) and track 8 music by (Durcik/Pritchard) recorded at SAR Studios, Drums, PA and Union Post, Kingston, PA. Mixed at SAR Studios by Paul Sinclair and the Modern Age. Mastered by Chris G at Sterling Sound, NYC

Nick Durcik plays bass, electric and stand-up varieties, and sings backup
Paul Malhotra & Erik Lietz play drums and rhythmic instruments
Dan Pritchard plays guitars, keyboards and things that chime and sings lead

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Nick Antanasio playing cello on 12
Doug Griffiths playing trombone on 2, 4, 5, 7 & 11
Michael Healy playing saxophone on 2, 4, 10 & 11
Tessa Srebro singing on 6 & 12
Brian Trial singing on 1 & 6
Matthew Wren playing trumpet on 2, 4, 5, 7 & 11

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uncut unadulterated alternative rock and roll out of Echo Park, Los Angeles

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Track Name: Take the Night
-chorus-
I'm one kid trying to take over this small town
And if I do it right, do it tonight
I'm one kid trying to take over this small town
And if I do it right, do it tonight

I'm singing my songs to connect
To anyone in the audience
Looking to sell a good time
I'm only living for tonight
Are you feeling me tonight
Alright - are you hearing me alright

This job's like any other one
I want you to buy my products
It's the truth, I'd hate to lie
But I'll make it up to you tonight
Are you feeling me tonight
Alright - are you hearing me alright

-chorus-

Tonight I'm gonna take the night

I use this time to plead
For a living, but are you listening
Would my teachers be disappointed
If I told them I dropped out of college
To try to put some meaning in my life
Search for something that makes me feel alright
Not follow the roots of other men
Try to be something different

-chorus-

Tonight, are you feeling me tonight
Alright, are you hearing me alright
Tonight, I'm gonna take the night
Track Name: None of a Kind
Out of place like a young Republican
Pushing to be next in line
A carbon copy of your last of kin
All I see is none of a kind

Access to a grand pocketbook
To pay all your D.U.I.'s
You're a party animal often overlooked
Because one day you will inherit the pride

-chorus-
Is it daddy's will or heavy drinking
That make you subscribe to this old world thinking
It be foolish to say to act your age
When you never had problem with which to gauge
Now why would you want any change
When you're so well-paid

What's in your ideology
Death penalty, pro-life
You fear God, but you'll write his policy
And use acquaintances as mid-wives

All logic is debatable
So what did Ivy teach
To make your ego insatiable
And take cues from elder's speech

-chorus-
Track Name: Coffee Shop Beauty
You sit alone, I hope you'll glance at me
Find romance with me
Take a chance with me

You sip your coffee so elegantly
So delicately
So quietly

-chorus-
And I am trying to think of something charming to say
But right now, you keep me frozen in place

I can't seem to put you out of my view
You light up the room
Brighten my mood

I'll think of someway to make my move
Try to play it cool
And get to you

-chorus-

Oh my coffee shop beauty won't you sit down with me
We'll talk of our lives and how we want them to be
And I'll think of these things I'll never say
Here I sit, frozen in place
Track Name: Playing The Field
You shouldn't act so surprised at me
Send lawyers to bring me down
This romance wasn't exactly
Two wires and a ground
I'd like to say I'm sorry, but I'm not
You offered me a garden, baby
That doesn't mean a lot

Been dodging your penned message
Before it can arrive
Because all of our confessions
Would be a waste of time
For the both of us, and that's a fact
180 degree turn
Imagine that

-chorus-
Perhaps I am too hard to please
Contrary compatibility
This clock is not about to yield
You've given up your turn, sweetheart
I'm playing the field

There's no glamour to dress up
No, I am not your foil
It's like you're maple syrup
And I'm vegetable oil
It be a stretch to say we were a pair
But gravity returned
And split the spare

-chorus-
Track Name: The Art of Being Lonely
Recently I have been stuck with my thoughts
Something unwelcome for an unhealthy heart
All my new ideas they get picked apart

You constantly need someone to talk to
Or you get eaten alive by the thoughts that annoy you
Because insanity leads through solitude

-chorus-
Right now, I'm looking at myself
And I can't stand to know me
No one can master the art of being lonely

It's so haunting that even when I'm tired
I'm plagued by the things that keep me up at night
And I can't shut them out, no matter how I try

Toss and turn, no I can't go to sleep
While my mind thinks up such terrible things
You can't forget all the thoughts that you think

-chorus-

Toss and turn, no I can't go to sleep
While my mind things up such terrible things
You can't forget all the thoughts that you think

-chorus-
Track Name: Wild, Stupid and Untamed
I'm setting ablaze to everything that is beautiful
I'm making some plans with the one they call Lucifer
I'm the future of America, but I don't think I'm ready
I'm still running from the cops, I hope they never catch me
I've never felt quite right, no I can't handle the strain
I just want to find my own fun, make my own game
And I won't take no for an answer, these laws they won't prevent me
You can't shut me out, I'll make my own entry

-chorus-
I know someday I have to grown up and be mundane
But today I want to ignore authority
I'm still hanging on to my childhood liberties
We're wild, stupid, and untamed

I'm setting ablaze to everything that is beautiful
I'm making some plans with the one they call Lucifer
I'm the future of America, but I don't think I'm ready
I'm still running from the cops, I hope they never catch me
I'm going on a journey, seeing what I'll find
Looking far within me, to see what's on my mind
I'm scared of the future because I'm still running from the past
Trying to stay happy and make something last

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Track Name: It's Business
You'll see me at the show
Judging those I don't know
See the next new thing
They are product to me
And I want it, to make my profit

I'll do what it takes
To get you your big break
That's not really the truth
But I'll tell it to you
So you'll sign on the dotted line

Don't make this into something it isn't
We're not friends - it's business

If you write something hot
We can buy you a spot
On the radio air
Try to sell yourself there
To get played, they have to be paid

TV and the news
They'll be screaming for you
And the pressure will stick
'Til you write your next hit
And so it will go, 'til that's all you know

Don't make this into something it isn't
We're not friends - it's business

You can be buzzworthy
You can be the next big thing
You can be buzzworthy
You can be anything

And I don't know what you went through
But I know what would be good for you
We'll send your song straight up the charts
So we can profit from your art
If your song doesn't get in
We'll cut it down and make a radio edit
Flood the airwaves
Flood the market
And then we'll just be getting started
'Til your face will be on everything you read
Books, papers, and magazines
Until you're sick of everything

You can be the next big thing
Track Name: Two Teenage Lovers
I wake up with your taste on my lips
You're sleeping beside me
And I'm alive, watching you sleep
And knowing you feel complete
When you awake, we don't have to speak
The silence is comforting
And we feel the night, as it is
Something neverending

But when you reach to turn on the TV
It's a world I don't want to see
I'd rather live my life between the sheets

Music plays, but we're stuck in a moment
We can't hear a thing
And our thoughts run wild
Filled with wonderful feelings
We know we'll never achieve
That sort of hope that never dies
It lies in human beings
That we'll survive
And conquer our lives
And find a higher meaning

But when you reach to turn on the TV
It's a world I don't want to see
Let''s remain like two teenage loves
So lost and carefree
Please don't wake me if I'm in a dream
I think I'd rather sleep
I'd rather live my life between the sheets

But when you reach to turn on the TV
It's a world I don't want to see
I'd rather live my life between the sheets
Track Name: Drowning in Debt
Send your kids to college, pack 'em in like rats
At least it's better than what you had
Believe that they won't have it so bad

But when they get out it's the same damn thing
Defaulted loans with mouths to feed
Jobs nowhere and cash is king

-chorus-
All your money's already spent
As you pay all the bills you get
As we spend our lives drowning in debt
We're drowning again

We're never content with all we bought
So we endorse checks, plow the lot
Only to expend what we haven't got

So we keep on working to make our wage
Punch the clock, erase the days
But in the end what have we made

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Track Name: Politics in Everything
It's not who you are
It's who you know
It's not what you say
It's what you don't

To get up
You have to get in
You'll go nowhere
Without connections

-chorus-
You're just a bird with a broken wing
Until you see there's politics in everything
You're just a bird with a broken wing
Until you see there's politics in everything

It's not who you love
It's who's in your bed
You can always change
What has been said

When all the truth
Is already bought
You have to lie
To get what you want

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If you think life's fair
Well, good luck
Because if you want something
You better pucker up

-chorus-
Track Name: Common Sense
Listen up to my remarks
I don't want you to cross your arms
Let the rhythm in you make you start
Moving to the bass guitar
Don't ask your friends if you should
They might tell you to tap your foot
And I guess that's all well and good
But you're not doing what I wish you would

-chorus-
Forget all your common sense
We just want to make the girls dance
Forget all your common sense
We just want to make the girls dance

I don't want you to think too hard
There's no need to be caught off guard
Because it's not about being smart
Tonight's about just being part
Don't bother with what you heard
The experience is worth 1000 words
You can spend all day counting what you earn
But you won't see things for what they're worth

-chorus-

Clap your hands if you feel the beat
Don't forget to move your feet
Clap your hands if you feel the beat
Let me know if you're feeling me

-chorus-
Track Name: The Scheme of Things
I'm a small fish in a big pond
I have a big world to explore
But it seems I'm not going places
I haven't been before
And I'll keep on swimming, but I fear
I'll never reach the shore

There's bait everywhere
With hooks hidden, waiting to attack
But even when I get caught
I only get thrown right back
And I still don't know quite why
Is it something that I lack

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It doesn't matter what you do or say
You're really nothing in the scheme of things
It doesn't matter what you do or say
You're really nothing in the scheme of things

I hope there's a higher being
I want to start again
I want to go right up and ask them
What my lifetime meant
And if nothing lies beyond
Would our souls just end

What if after this life we just end

-chorus-