Brain EP

by Once And Future Band

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Released on Mouth Records

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released 15 May 2014

Once & Future Band is :
Joel Robinow - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Eli Eckert - Backing Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Raj Ojha - Drums, Percussion, Synth Programming

Phil Manley - Lead guitar on outro of “Brain” and echoplex performances
Danny T. Levin - Played, arranged, recorded horn arrangements on “The Old Brain”

Engineered by Phil Manley and Raj Ojha at Lucky Cat Recording and OKR Studios.

Produced by Raj Ojha

Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering
Album artwork and design by Chris Appelgren
Photography by Uri Korn



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Once And Future Band Oakland, California

Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums/recording engineer) and Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals) have convened as Once and Future Band (named by Danny James Etc) with the purpose of performing and recording Joel's massive library of songs before they are lost to the ages after the Great Hard Drive Crash of '12. ... more


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  • Nov 15
    San Francisco, CA

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Track Name: Brain
Everyone knows ‘cept yourrself that these phases are fleeting
time to take stock
and face up to the path life is leading

watching your eyes with your eyes
and seeing through death’s disguise

every awake finds the wake of the black water breaking

watching your eyes with your eyes
and seeing through beauty’s disguise

life is a game
when you win you begin to start losing
you fight to get by
to grow old
and then die alone with nothing

but watching my eyes with my eyes
seeing through death’s disguise

photographs end
and here come your friends

in the abyss you feel tenderly kissed and unaching
and there’s no appeal to seek out the next one to forsake you

‘cept when i watch your eyes
and see through your lies

love is a game
when you win you begin to start losing
and all that remains
is an old set of plans that’s abandoned

reel turns around and I play the clown

get out my life and let me be
leave me free to leave me free
looking ahead with no backward glances
Track Name: Destroy Me
ticking off the days of the calendar
watching them fall away

in a neat little pile on the kitchen shelf
next to the microwave

you walk in and I look away
hoping to disappear

if I meet yr eyes then it multiplies
til’ yr kindness draws me near

skipping ahead in a mystery
to know how the deed was done

I was shocked to see when the killer went free
the detective ate his gun

there was blood on the wall
and a curtain call
as I planned my escape

like a diamond shines in the darkest mine
the spotlight found my face

destroy me
tin toy me
or so they say
one time he
let tiny dreams slip away

ticking off the days of the calendar
watching the numbers fade

and they blow around the room
like a burst balloon still trying to fly away

there’s a hole in the sky where you go when you die
I hear good things happen there

we could leave today
but I forgot the way
it was written on the air

destroy me
tin toy me
or so they say
one time he
let tiny dreams slip away
Track Name: The Old Brain
We’re the old brain
we’re the old brain
and we’ll never be happy again

we’re the new pain
we’re the new pain

‘cuz they sold us the snake oil
and they salted the good soil
and dried up the rain

we’re the new scene
of the fracturing dream

we’re the old brain
we’re the old brain
and our power could light the way

‘cuz there’s a lot to see
and more people to free

‘cuz they been sold the same stuff
and for some it can be enough
help me explain

we’re the new power
they’re the crumbling tower

let us show them the turnstiles
but be polite to the exiles
you’ll see them again

we’re the new gleam
of the skin on the stream
Track Name: Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly Bodies
parading tonight
vie for a glimpse of their harrowing light

hope they are kind
and of mind

Pluto and Titan
don’t frighten my cause
approaching the sisters
i’m given no pause
I’ll show them electric guitars

(play, will he play, will he play?)

Heavenly Bodies
please no rebirth
I remember the discord of time-addled earth

and felt I so weak
as a child