Artifact 2012

by The Family Ghost

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This is a live CD-R EP recorded to commemorate our appearance alongside Whales and Jimmy Two Hands at the 'Lake of Fake Q5' subscription series showcase in Chicago (hence the pandering sleeve design). It is limited to 100 copies.

We recorded it at Robert's apartment in late March and early April 2012.

- "Slowly Rising Dub" is a dub version of "Histrionics," our contribution to volume five of the 'Lake of Fake' vinyl subscription series.

You can listen to "Histrionics" here:

You can listen to the entire 'Lake of Fake' series here:

- Erratum: the disc label contains one typographical error.


released April 28, 2012

Played, recorded, mixed, and designed by The Family Ghost:

Paul Blanda
Jacques Granger
Ryan Sisung
Robert Traxler

All songs written by The Family Ghost, except "A Series of False Starts," "The Yellow Light," and "Like Clockwork" written by The Family Ghost, Josh Summitt, and Brad Thompson.



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The Family Ghost is a post-punk/noise/rock band based in Memphis, Tennessee. They've been playing serious music to sparse, mostly disinterested audiences since the summer of 2001.

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Track Name: Intro/A Series of False Starts
I had an impulse to wash it all away
It's been so many years and it still just feels like days
We could try to start a new life elsewhere
If there's truth to what you claim
But you've made so many promises
And things always turn out the same

So you had a weakness
For exploiting mine
Why make a promise you know you'll break with time?
But you made the most of your youth
So you'd have me believe
My instincts could have saved me
But I wouldn't let them speak

Please make the decisions that I can't make for myself
Please make the decisions that I can't make for myself
Please make the decisions that I can't make for myself
Please make the decisions that I can't make for myself
Track Name: Slowly Rising Dub
Don't call me late at night
Don't call me anymore

You were finally overtaken
By a slowly rising tide

- Jacques Granger
Track Name: The Yellow Light
I'll burn out in a second
I'm only a warning
That you'd better slow down
You'll soon have to stop
I'm without my own meaning
A reference to another
But if you pay attention
I'll at least be worth something

- Robert Traxler
Track Name: Fall Behind
See that man
Standing in our way
What does he want with us?

Something tells me
Not to even care
Silence sounds better

Still he stands
Repeating the same words
He doesn't know who I am

Simple concepts
Slip right by us
Why can't he catch them?

Saving our effort
Sampling our own time
Stop while we're still ahead

Sacred to me
He's never even seen
Seems like a waste of time

- Robert Traxler
Track Name: The Provincial
Some things are always left undone
Even when you know what's next
When all the estimates are right
And you turn into someone else
The circumstances changed so fast
We had no time to react

As the familiar falls away
Unwanted memories are made
You steel yourself as best you can
When there is no way to prepare
When they all spoke out of turn
You were right to shout them down

- Jacques Granger
Track Name: Like Clockwork
What once was here
Has now been removed
Taken away
Without a word
So now fill the space
Replace the part
Without you here
It still goes on
So much has passed
Stagnate and move
Another change
Won't mean a thing
So stay away
You're just an empty space
I don't care what you do
You've done enough

- Robert Traxler
Track Name: Doctorate
With our best years behind us
And an end to this in sight
Made some passing decisions
That I'll pay for with my life
You lead me across the borderline
Then you disappear from view
You talk to me through the same wall
That we've spent our lives to build

There's no time for revision
And no way to make it right
When I'm trying your patience
Tell me how to stop
I need to keep you close to me
But clearly don't know how
You told me that I could be anyone
Do you have to prove it now?

- Jacques Granger