Capitalist Kids - Brand Damage

by Capitalist Kids

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They're back! "Brand Damage" is the new LP from Austin, Taxas' Capitalist Kids (their 5th album) and it continues in the vein of classic-era Lookout Records punk rock with a clear love of The Mr. T Experience and early Green Day shining through. But not in the form of mimikry or "God, I've heard this a million times before". The Capitalsit Kids are genuinely a good few strides ahead of the pack. Aside from the music, what sets the band apart is Jeff's lyrics. They are keenly observed, wry, sarcastic, optimistic, angry and tender (often all at the same time). Pop punk love songs sit comfortably alongside sardonic political songs as you race through the 14 tracks on offer.

Split release with Eccentric Pop Records in the US.

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released July 6, 2017

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Brassneck Records began life in 2010 as a punk vinyl distro via a spare bedroom in a terraced house in Cardiff (UK). 2013 (finally) saw Brassneck attain "label" status with the release of the debut LP from Chestnut Road (technically the 3rd release on the label). ... more

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Track Name: More Dreams Than Plans
It's nice the times I see you happy
like when you're talking on the phone to someone else who isn't me
it seems that I may have lost the power
to makes your face light up in that old way
and it's a shame to see

well I hope that we're ok
and this is just a phase
because I wouldn't have a place
without you here

I know you might be in a funk
and I know you're going through some junk
but I still love you
that'll never change
we both have our own troubles and
our lives haven't worked out the way we planned
but that assumes I ever had a plan

well I had more dreams than plans
but I bought you a wedding band
because I wanted to hold your hand until I died

well I hope that we're ok
and this is just a phase
because I wouldn't have a place
without you here
Track Name: Decent Proposal
Decent Proposal
do you remember the night I proposed?
dressed in my finest thrift store clothes
with a bottle of champagne in my backpack
riding around
while we were out for a meal
some shithead decided to steal
the front light of off your bike outside the restaurant

I wanted to go for a ride in the park
but at that hour it was getting pretty dark
being the better cyclist
gave you my light with one request:

please try to stay by my side
and we can share the light
just try to stay close by
as we travel on this path

we peddled down by the lake
I knew it was not a mistake
you were cranky earlier when you were hungry
but now you were fine
I found a good place to stop
moonlight on the waves
and I pulled out the box
you said "you can do this here Jeff,
you know I just peed on that tree."

that sparkling wit I so admired
not to be outdone, I inquired
would you make me the happiest
and grant me this request?

please try to stay by my side
and we can share the light
just try to stay close by
as we travel on this path
Track Name: No. 472
can I just take a sec
to let you know I think that you are the best
put it down in a tune
number 472

you're in my days
you're in my nights
you're in my face but that's all right
because I couldn't do without you

my respect is so high
that your love is something I'm honored by
I hang on to your coattails
but you know that my love won't fail

you're in my thoughts
you're in my dreams
you're in plots and all my schemes
and I couldn't do without you

here's another song about
the girl I feel so strong about
I admit it's fluffy stuff
but damn, I just can't get enough of you
so to reiterate,
I sure think you're pretty great

you're in my hopes
my memories
my minor notes in major keys
and I couldn't do without you
Track Name: Brute Farce
try to bring home the bacon
while the CEO is making
300 times what you're getting

and yet you still defend it
how can you still pretend it
will trickle down
you must be kidding

I listen to these people talk
I feel like I'm living in a cuckoo clock
and it's a challenge
to maintain any hope at all

with gun-toting Trump supporters
want militarized borders
and funding slashed for social welfare

and yeah, they say they're Christians
in what alternative dimension
would Christ approve?
(if he were up there - and he's not)

I listen to these people talk
I feel like I'm living in a cuckoo clock
and it's a struggle
to maintain any hope at all
Track Name: Standing Still
we live in a plutocracy
it's hard to get a slice
I sure would like a house for the wife and me
man, that would be nice
I never wanted to participate
in capitalism's games
but I keep getting older every year
and I can't help feeling lame

and I don't know
which way to go
I doubt I ever will
I'm still standing, but I'm standing still

some kid started a kickstarter
to make potato salad
and raised over 50,000 bucks
this world is invalid

meanwhile I'm in school for the second time
with my fingers crossed
trying to find a way to pay the rent
without my soul getting lost

and I don't know
which way to go
I doubt I ever will
I'm still standing, but I'm standing still
Track Name: Cognitive Dissonance
we all have a little cognitive dissonance
the only way to make it through the day now isn't it?
there's a boot on your head
and you're kissing it
so confusing

head containing thoughts conflicting
narrow worldview constricting
despite data insisting you keep it all managable

I write little songs about the things that are wrong
because it's easier than storming the streets
the little rocks that we throw at the tanks
while they role over our bones with such ease
Track Name: Beyond My Comprehension
the moon's 350,000 km away
but when I walk outside at night
I see it plain as day
and some people once played golf up there, they say
and that's completely beyond my comprehension

and when I'm touring trough Europe
in May and Early June
if we both walk outside
we can look up and see the same moon
now I don't know how you could love such a goon
it's completely beyond my comprehension
Track Name: Anti Immigrant Song
we founded this country
you can't take it from me
all you lousy immigrants

aliens, illegals
all you worthless people
stay on your side of the fence

yeah, we're sorry about GATT and NAFTA
but I'm afraid that you'll hafta
just stay put and deal with the mess you're in

manifest destiny
this country's the best in the world
but it's not for you

you anchor baby-having
job stealing, welfare-grabbing
parasites gotta get, now shoo
all you tired and huddled masses
kindly take your yearning asses
back across the border where you're from

and I don't know if you're aware of this
but every Muslim is a terrorist
ban 'em all and build a wall
we'll all be white and proud and standing tall
when we're finally free to hate again
when we're making America great again
Track Name: It Takes A Village
we've never learned
to put ourselves in other's shoes
we want to turn
the clock back to 1962

yeah you know we're on a mission
to keep them barefoot in the kitchen

I've never read the bible
but I've skimmed it and
I'm sure it said something
about a fetus in Corinthians

now we all will scream with one voice
for our right to deny your choice

because it takes a village
to control a woman's body
Track Name: Alternative Facts
corporations are people
money = speech
slavery is freedom
ignorance is strength
Track Name: (I Got) Nobody 2 Luv
I got nobody to love me
tell me that they'll be thinking of me
no one to make me pancakes
make up secret handshakes
and now I wonder
how much can a man take?

I've got nobody to love

I got nobody to be with
swinging and singing in harmony with
no one to be by my side
no one to bolster my pride
and maybe go out
for a pleasant bike ride

oh, I've got nobody to love

well I know I should just hang out on my own
work on myself for a bit
but I've never cared for being all alone
yeah, I'm prone to feel like shit

I got nobody to dance with
no one to go on a trip to France with
go out and look at birds with
hang out and just be nerds with
no one on whom to use my talents as a wordsmith

oh, I got nobody to love
Track Name: One Weird Trick
you ever wonder what it would be like
in someone else's mind?
that's something that none of us will ever know

I'm pretty certain that it would be better
in anyone's head but mine
'cause mine's a total freak show

and we have to play the hand that
we were dealt, I understand that
and we all do the best that we can
that's all we can do

I can't articulate the things
that rattle around inside my skull
I need a thirty-something lobotomy

I have moments of peace and contentment
oh, so wonderful
but let me tell you, they're few and far between

and we have to play the hand that
we were dealt, I understand that
and we all do the best that we can
that's all we can do

and you can try to talk to people
but they won't understand
Track Name: Socialist Nightmare
we're gonna redistribute all your wealth
share it all with someone else
who didn't have the gumption that you had
we'll leave you something, don't be sad

we're gonna lavish on the moocher class
subsidize their lazy ass
create a culture of dependency
a big taker society

there's nothing greater
than a job-creator
but we've decided it's best
to punish you for your success

we'll tax your business
right out of existence
we want schools and health care
who ever said life was fair?

I'll tell you what were gonna do

we're gonna redistribute all your wealth
share it all with someone else
who didn't have the lucky breaks you had
sorry if that makes you sad

now you can say you're going Galt
but you know that it's your own fault
and before you know it, there'll be a
socialist utopia
Track Name: Bye
you still have a smile for me that makes me melt
when you want to show it
then, you could be flashing it right now
and I wouldn't know it
I don't see you very much these days

oh, why did I blow it
when I could have taken action?

we live out our days in separate lives
in separate apartments
and the only upshot is there's no
catpiss on my carpet

but I was never good at doing things
that was more your department
and now I have no purpose
I flounder and I flail and I feel worthless

and if this really is the end
I just hope I don't lose my best friend

you still have your wedding ring
I guess you could've sold it
I still have a wish to hold your hand
but now I can't hold it

but this whole curling up in a drunken ball thing
is getting real old
it's time to get up off the ground
pick up whatever pieces can be found
and get out of this god forsaken town

I'll see you around
I wish you the best