Tundra

by Before Machines

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about

On October 2nd, Before Machines will play Limelight 2. This will be our last performance. A few weeks ago the two Dans announced their intentions to leave the band, confirming what we had all been feeling in our hearts for some time - that Before Machines are over.

The release of the "Tundra" album earlier this year was a real high-point for us, but it only served to paper over some of the cracks that had been appearing. Before Machines have been performing for the best part of five years. In that time we've all changed as people; priorities have changed for everyone and some of us feel the need to move away from music. Conversely, there are some of us who will carry on making music; but it wouldn't be right to call it Before Machines.

We'd like to thank everyone who ever put a show on for us, gave us a place to sleep, came to one of our shows, bought a record, or even just listened along the way. As a thank-you, we'll be making our "Tundra" album free to download with immediate effect. We're still very proud of this record, and we hope you'll enjoy it.

Thanks,

BM

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released 28 January 2013

All songs written and performed by Before Machines.

Guest performances from Ian Jordan, Walter D'Goon, Linda Black and Mark McAllister.

Recorded by Walter D'Goon at Grahamhouse Recording Studio and Chris McCorry at Start Together Studios.

Mixed and mastered by Rocky O'Reilly at Start Together Studios.

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Before Machines Belfast

Belfast-based alternative rock

"Urgent and devastating...bold, thrilling and full of awing potential." - AU Magazine

"Tightly focussed, with intricate guitar lines intertwining over a bed of bass and drums...Before Machines are a band with a potentially glittering future ahead of them" - BBC ATL

"Gritty yet melodic sonic assaults" - Hot Press Magazine
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Track Name: Little Lea
Can you wait, can you wait a while longer
Can you wait, can you wait, I'm sending it over
I'm making, I'm making, I'm making concessions, when I should
be making, be making, be making confession

Are you in the distant corner, or close within reach
To the core I know but I sill I struggle to conceive

Eyelashes frame a time before I heard the sweetest sound
Crumbling off and tumbling, tumbling down
I closed my eyes, but for a stark lack and misspending of time
To hand it over, but I can only look, only look to the corner

Distant corner
Close within reach
To the core I know
Still I struggle to conceive

A stark lack
Of time and reason
I struggle and falter
You're real you're real
Track Name: Ornaments
I let you down, let you down again, I need to get as far as I can go
I need a ride, will it be on time? I need to get gone, for sure
I held you close, held you oh so close, as close as possible

Better a man, no
I want to let go
Better a Man, no
Should I hold on?
Better a man, no
When I forget what I'm feeling
Better a man no

How should i prove that I am a fool I should let go
I need to pray more, to read the truth, I need to hold on

I'll set a time, then I'll get in the way
I'll set a friend, then I'll get in the way
I'll set a place, a sacred place
I'll set a time

Should I let go when there's something wrong?
I need to hold on
Should I let go if there's something wrong?
I need to stop doing wrong and hold on

Better a man, no
I want to let go
Better a Man, no
Should I hold on?
Better a man, no
When I forget what I'm feeling
Better a man

When I forget what I'm feeling
Better a man
Track Name: Armistice
What is won? heal up this cataract, my sights impaired
When it's done, teach me how to act, I will go anywhere

Anchored down, in the face, of prevailing helpful winds
What's this great gale for, if we are anchored down, we go nowhere

To arms To arms

To arms to arms to armistice
Not Defeat but in Surrender, we are welcomed, we are honoured

Anchored down
Connected link in link

Chain is bound
But inherently weak

Links unwinding
We'll find it together, together we'll sever

Chain is bound
Link in link

Comprised of a series of defeats
With aid we'll find it, together we'll sever, we'll rise together
Track Name: We Were Stayed
At once bemused
Now uncovered
I rectified

The inert
Grip has gone
Overwhelmed with what we understood

You were stayed but not against your will
You were stayed and we were not too far away
And we held the signs above our head
And we stayed
You were stayed and invited me in
And I came and we spent all of the day
We were stayed, but against our will
We were stayed

Ascertain
I made this awry
Apprehensive
But I could not
Make my way if this was the last time

We were stayed but not against our wills
We were stayed and we were not to far away
And we held the signs above our heads
And we stayed

Kernels instilled, intact
Safely they're held near by
We are not scared to clasp
Make a pact for a pair

We're charmed, we can abide
Let us not wait, or with to much haste
We're charmed, we can abide
Let us not wait, or with to much haste
Let us not race, or hinder progress

We were stayed but not against our wills
We were stayed and we were not to far away
And we held the signs above our heads
And we stayed
Track Name: Trails
You know this is going so well, you know this deep inside
Know that when you bore out a well, we pray all is well deep down
Are you drawing from the well? the well that won't run dry

Stagnant, a hazard, fell and fleeting
or a spring of joy that is pure and pleasing

Aligned you'll find you're on a line you'll find your on a line too

Laid out is a choice of wells, all wells dissimilar
Give me the wisdom how to tell which well has a source worth drawing from

Firmly Founded, Giving, Vast, Forgiving

Aligned you'll find, you're on a line, you'll find, your on a line too

You're on a line, you'll find you are aligned
Track Name: Stalagmites
The date postponed as if what you own you hold to
But you've got a light at your side
It never fails when you hold to
At least in part you've got a light

The day proposed because what we owe we hold to
But you've got a light at your side
At least in part
We've got a light
At our side
Got a light

An attitude, lets not put it together in our own time
Please pull me through, let's not put it together in our own time
Please pull me through, let's not put it together in our own time
Let's just put it together

Let's not put it together in our own time
Let's put it together when it's right
Track Name: Trembleur
The present is our domain,
These anticipation's will blur our vision.
There is so much to the approximate,
How will we treat it?
The future events may be,
Accidental but with cause and reason.
The future is our domain,
How will we treat it?

Incidents have causes

A root of destruction,
The neglect of problems.
Evidence of council,
In the consolations.

Incidents have causes

Woo
Track Name: There Was A Grand Alliance
They were standing in the distance by, the
Fires ignite this town, burn this city down
On the night of blaze, silhouette's were made, by
Young men at arms, their weakened hearts did...

Fade so low my heart sank so hard

Of these men at arms, found by heart shaped casts
New hearts made of iron will way us down and rust

Colourful, do you remember the day?
When we learned to pray in everything

Don't doubt these boarders, there not locked
Great things will come
Don't guess these boundaries, you'll restrict
What can be done

How far do you reach?
The constellations

How far do you reach?
Track Name: Runaway
I have petitioned for more time and so flippantly make my case that I'm dependable
So terrified that I have to vouch for it
I have endeavoured so tirelessly
It is tomorrow the day that I'm dependable
To increase my grace, but that's not what's promised

I don't want to run away, I don't want to run away
But to fight, fight, fight

I have exemption and yet I'll anxiously still make my claim that I'm dependable
So terrified that I have to vouch for it
I have endeavoured so wearily
It is tomorrow the day that I'm dependable
To increase my grace, but that's not what's promised

I don't want to run away, I don't want to run away
But to fight, fight, fight

I have petitioned for more time and so flippantly make my case that I'm dependable
So terrified that I have to vouch for it
I have attempted to reconcile a part of me
I've only lost when I think that I'm dependable
I can hand it over to a greater strength to my relief

I don't want to run away, I don't want to run away
But to fight, fight, fight
Track Name: Even Swords
Don't question yourself in all you've done