Monument To No One

by Monument To No One

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"Across the album, on songs like the opener “Planetary” and “Blasting Sound”, a wall of swirling guitars move from shoegazing crescendos into pumping alt-rock anthems. Slate and his bandmates create something between Sparta (the post-At The Drive In band that actually wrote songs!) and Dischord alumni such as Jawbox — the tunes chug along, definitely driven by those guitars, with Slate alternating between ferocious yelping and seemingly introspective singing."
- Austin Sound

www.monumenttonoone.com

Eli Slate - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Anderson - Guitar
Mike McKinnon - Bass
Dan Skarbek - Drums

Music and Lyrics by MTNO

Jesse Slate - Bass on Tracks 6-9

Tracks 1-5
Produced by MTNO & Steve DeGennaro
Mastered by Steve DeGennaro
Recorded Live at The Jam Room by Steve DeGennaro
Austin, Texas 2009

Tracks 6-9
Produced by MTNO & Brett Orrison
Mastered by Danny Reisch
Recorded at Out The Woodwork Studio by Brett Orrison and Myles Crosby
Austin, Texas 2008

Original Art by Sarah Waite - dancingant.sw at gmail dot com

Layout and Design by Dan Skarbek and Matt Eskey

This album is dedicated to the memory of Ron Skarbek.

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released 22 September 2009

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Track Name: Planetary
Drawn into your atmosphere and can’t escape
Splashdown in your ocean made a tidal wave
Sent my signals home but can’t communicate
My memory has been erased.

Got preoccupied with ancient memories
intentionally keeping you from breaking free
lately I’ve been drifting further out to sea
so don’t get too attached to me.

Did I try to bring you down, spinning separately
can I lift you off the ground, to kill this gravity
Track Name: Mountaineer
Forever high we seemed to climb, I could not keep up I fell behind.
It’s a long drop down to the earth below, I can’t help but feel a touch of vertigo
I should’ve let you know.

Chorus:
You could either cut me free or I could drag you down with me
though the choice was hard to make, if our roles were changed, you know I would do the same.

Its not your fault. I’m not blaming you. I chose the path that led me to my doom.
It was so cold, I could barely move. When the ice broke, I fell right through.
There was nothing you could do.

Chorus

3rd Chorus:
It was getting hard to breathe with that weight pulling down on me. So I had to cut you free.
Have you any sympathy?
Track Name: Blasting Sound
Coming down onto solid ground. We are safe for now, till the stars are rising through us both tonight. Keep your head upright, home is in our sight. Bring us down if you can get us out alive.

You got just what we had in store, but now you’re coming back for more. You’re gonna get what you deserve. You’re gonna crash and burn.

Our mistakes coming back to haunt us and the sky falling down upon us
You gotta learn how to trust your feelings, I’m getting tired of your double dealings.
Cutting out from the blasting sound. But our legs are bound. Hang on tight its gonna be a bumpy ride. On the other side of the great divide I will try to stand against the rising tide.

And as we’re plunging to our doom, you will collapse our sonic boom
as the horizon peels away, you’d stop to watch the break of day.
You got just what we had in store, but now you’re coming back for more, you’re gonna get what you deserve. You’re gonna crash and burn.

Our mistakes coming back to haunt us and the sky falling down upon us
You gotta learn not to trust your feelings, I’m getting tired of you double dealings
Our mistakes coming back to haunt us and the sky falling down upon us
you gotta learn how to find in yourself what you won’t get from anyone else.

I freed you. Don’t need you.
Track Name: Hindsight
Searching through the photographic memories in your mind, like traveling through time.
You made it on your own throughout the solitude of days, you saw no other way.
But I’ll be there to mend the broken pieces of your life, and sew them up so tight.
I’ll do what I can to make this right.

This moment could be all we have left. Once its over, I’ll try not to forget.

If I went back in time I know for sure just what I’d do, I’d have more time for you.
Those days you felt so sure that this was never gonna end. It really all depends on if you try to hold it down or let it slip away, see you some other day, I know that my feelings haven’t changed.

This moment could be all we have left. Once its over, I’ll try not to forget.

Time gets wasted, you made it meaningful. I hope you know that I still believe in you.
Track Name: Officer Hardass
Are you reading my thoughts somehow or am I saying this all out loud?
I know you’re dying to take me down, but you’d be foolish to try that now.

I know the deal that you’ll offer me: squeal on my friends for immunity.
But you see that I must refuse, cause I know that you have no proof.

You think I’ve got everything to hide and you wanna search my place.
Go ahead and take just what you want cause I know you’ve got no case.
I’ve seen you trail me for some time, but I always get away.
Gather all the evidence you need, put the pieces in their place.
Cause by the time you figure this one out, I will be long gone, I’ll be headed south.
Your time is running out.
Track Name: No One Else
underneath the surface you have delved / into things that cannot be held
these feelings I can’t keep to myself / need you like no one else
no one else

1st Chorus
no sense of what’s around me / my arms hold all that I need

2nd and 3rd Chorus
no sense of what’s around me / my arms hold all that I need
I think I’ve left my body / I couldn’t wait, I’m sorry.

far away from the pain you felt / I’d keep you for myself
no one else who could even help / no one else
Track Name: Death Warrant
I would like to disappear / can you take me away from here / back to my hole, back where I feel safe
I would hurt myself for you / but then what would that prove / there’s nothing more that I can do

All this has to end today / no need to explain, things just change

Time to open up my eyes / in my soul all love has died / all I feel now is this empty space
they will try to bring you down / but I will keep you safe and sound / aren’t you tired of being pushed around?

Please don’t let it end this way
there is no more I can say.