Oh Lost

by Brighton MA

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released April 2, 2013

Brighton MA is Joe Darnaby, Matt Kerstein, Sam Koentopp, Jon Ozaksut, and Jim Tuerk
with Dan Smart and Max Crawford

produced, recorded & mixed by Brian Deck at Engine Studios, Chicago
assistant engineer: Mark Yoshizumi
mastered by Richard Dodd

liner notes by Matt Kerstein
cover art by Alex Roulette
photos by Stephanie Bassos

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Brighton MA Chicago, Illinois

Brighton MA is a product of a wide range of modern music. Their sound is lyrically driven with no small debt to indie, folk, noise pop, and the classics. There sound is urgent, filled with layered intricate guitars, a rattling heaviness and driving simplicity.

Based in Chicago the band is named for the Boston neighborhood where singer Matt Kerstein was born.
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Track Name: Bulletproof
Watch all of our pieces
Learn to let go
Gently float down towards
the chaos below
Hit the ground and just roll

We were told for so long
In our beautiful youth:
"Hey kid! You better start wearing bulletproof"
So we donned masks and ran around
Reflecting all we could see, shouting:
"I ain't the new nothing,
That's the old me."

Been courting the spark, now,
For oh so long
Sit and pray for more words
To roll from my tongue
Knowing they may be bums,
But at least they're our bums
They were louder than bombs

And it was love's brutality
That beat the beat out of me
It was my bulletproof youth
That made me believe
Everything came from the will to survive
Good god, it's good to be alive
Track Name: Still Dancing
Send my condolences to the bums
Let them know that I'm lost
My attention span is just shot

I don't want to talk
Why do you keep bringing it up?
Thought we would play it by ear for the pop

We're still dancing but the music has stopped.

I'll admit they had us down
But we've gotta get over it
C'mon they'll never catch us
Cuz we're innocent

Baby just give me some relief
To keep moving on by the feel
Thought we were playing it all by our ear for the pop

We're still dancing but the music has stopped.

I fall in love every night
Get my heart broken by the morning light
Cuz you know it's just never enough
No, it's never just right

We're still dancing but the music has stopped.
Track Name: Touch
C'mon now let it all out, give us a hint of your inner light
You show me yours and I'll show you mine
Tonight it seems we've been lost for all time
Trying in vain to break up the hush
Kids like us try to live off the touch

Oh of my past, all that I know is true
Yeah, I played it fast and I played it loose
And the party's raging downstairs but you don't think you'll go
It's fill with all the people you already know
Think I'll hold up here with a few close friends and get stoned

I said, Oh of my past, all that I know is true
Yeah, I played it fast and I played it loose
I want to find the day when it's safe to turn down the radio
My past extends farther than I can recall
If we move faster, baby, we won't fall
Track Name: Sweet Delusions
Set up for failure
Please forgive me
On behalf of all the wannabes
Who tried but couldn't reach
Tried so deep inside
Ran out of ways to die
And be reborn
Into stranger and stranger and stranger times
For fear of getting lost
Once and for all
In these sweet delusions
I could never live without you
I know everything about you
Couldn't get on any other way

Moving on with the warm ones
In these sweet delusions
Track Name: Thirst
What am I doing here
This hour of the morning?
My head aching
My chest bursting
Thinking about this girl
How I never told her
How the strap of her dress
Would fall from her shoulders

Oh, television: it swallowed me
Reality, something on the TV
Turning me into some sort of cliche
Feeding me words I would never say

I want to lay here down in the dirt
Do what I need to fend off the hurt
I don't know why I just got such a thirst

What am I doing here
This hour of the morning?
Thinking about old friends
How they all didn't make it
I guess they just found it a bit too hard
Everything always a bit too far off

I want to lay here down in the dirt
Do what I need to fend off the hurt
I don't know why I just got such a thirst
Track Name: White Flag
C'mon, let's be brand new
Let abandon take over again
Everything seems so uninspired
I forget the things that hurt me
You, you like to hold it in
I don't want to fight anymore

How it started I can't remember
OK baby, wave the white flag in surrender to it all again
To all the love behind your rage
So many times I've reached for you
With my blistered fingers and all my creases
OK baby, hold it together
C'mon wave the white flag and surrender

It's so hard to believe
In all the things you can't see
I don't want to fight anymore
Track Name: Love Crowd
You're gonna squander all your
God-given talent
You're wasting time writing all your national athems
For her majesty, the queen of all that's possible to be

Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
To meet the people
You try to please

So this is the love crowd?

How did it come to this?
You're shamed into submission
By the fire hose spraying me down with fake rain
Killing my sense of urgency again

Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
To meet the people
You try to please

So this is the love crowd?
Track Name: Good Kind Of Crazy
The mistakes you're making, they're not your own
It's all a lie, they're all on loan
What you did when you were young on your own
That's who you are

And sitting on nineteen years of age
There's so many ways to build you own cage
You're resisting every step of the way
It's getting hard

Still we all need to be rebels, we don't need to be told
Drag our feet till we wear out the soles
So young but you're feeling so old
Where should you go

Yet we laughed so hard, we pressed so tight
Felt so good I thought we just might
Burst into pieces scattered through the night
We let it go

And the tall grass sways your days, the warm summer breeze
Sweeps through the back porch caressing your dreams
Her eyes sooth you from across the room
And it's so slow

Saying don't of your young original mind, this time
The river winding through you holds a certain kind of rhyme
It's wild and rushing, unconfined
From long ago.

You're a good kind of crazy
A good kind of tame
Good kind of lazy
Good kind of pain
Good kind of maybe
Good kind of vain
Good kind of baby
Good kind of change
Track Name: World's On Fire
Killing my idols came back to haunt me
I was building them up just to watch them bleed
It's just me now, my only enemy
Trying to outlast the mainstream

All you bored pretty boys and girls
Let me tell you, this is it
The night never quite lived up to the hype
We were promised by the daylight

Oh lost

Happiness is in the strangest of places
You know, it just takes guys, kid
The world's on fire

"Nevermind, nevermind!" the clocks they all chime
We've been belittled by the movement of time
Pushing back on all the things that push me
Hiding out from our own bloody history

C'mon old blues eyes, don't make me wait
We weren't built to last and it's getting late

Oh lost

So hard to trust what's been placed at your feet
From the collapse of yesterday's roofbeams
Happiness is in the strangest of places
You know, it just takes guys, kid
The world's on fire

All you bored pretty boys and girls
Let me tell you, this is it
The night never quite lived up to the hype
We were promised by the daylight
Track Name: Sidewalking
Wait! I got something I need to know:
Now that you're mine, all mine,
When is it time to let go?

You've been playing dumb to the visions in your head and now they're gone

Wait! I got something I need to know:
Now that's it's mine, all mine
I got no place left to go

You've been playing dumb to the visions in your head and now they're gone
Go on and get drunk with all the villains in your bed cuz I'll be gone

We were holding on the only way we knew how.
Track Name: Wake The Dead
Oh don't you know we've come such a long way
Since planting appleseeds in Brighton, MA
And swimming naked in Walden Pond
I never knew the night could last so long
Didn't think it could ever end
All we ever did was raise the dead
I'm gonna wake the dead.

Oh, now I know that it's been so hard
Every move seems to go against the odds
And you're not getting everything you need
You find it harder to feel anything
What does it take to turn on anymore?
What does it take to raise the dead?
I'm gonna wake the dead

Desensitized, we wasted the daylight
Let's make the most of tonight
Where's the excitement at tonight?