American Friend EP

by Terminal A

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1.
Tonight the buried flames will break their chains, Flickering fingers beckon me again. I was so slow on the uptake I would relish every mistake Gather you head, get it together. Yes! I guess I’m living with it, There’s a vulture on my shoulder I can’t kill it! I will take this dive In six months...I’ll cease to hide. Gather your head, get it together. I could not lift the earth Or rip it from its tracks, I will not wave your flag Nor launch a keen attack, I’ll just simply find myself A shallow grave, Lay down in it, And whisper “I’ve been saved.” Gather your head, get it together
2.
Collapse 02:44
His face placid, fragile blue His azure walls reflecting you Silver threads from heaven, In a word are broken: Silver threads from heaven Disfigured by the mist, The bruise, the kiss He starts in fits His eyes rank slits Memory an ax Hence my collapse Collapse: The will to hope, a trap The wry smile cracks His face death shade: Pale, strange Choking back the words again, I cannot lift... I cannot carry... Dry heave sharp Teeth are choking, The kiss, the bruise The way they’re used: A wire fence Over the moon I get fucked up, Play a couple tracks A smile the contour Of my collapse Collapse: The will to hope, a trap The wry smile cracks
3.
I’m a Romanesque bust Made of diesel and dust, I’m a fair weather rampart On chosen fronts I’m full hate crimes I’m full of great times Oh I’ll supply, baby If you buy I’m like Prospero’s little sprite I’ll sway your dreams In winds of night: Opium night of celluloid light To keep your dreams In terms of mine American friend With American benefits: A freshly wrecked highway Paved in your regrets You’ve caught on? How sharp you are I’m in your mind You’re in my car The radio plays an endless suite: Benghazi streets In a burning key Now I got to get my dues I’ve torched those streets And I’ll torch you I’ll let you bitch, Vote and complain But I hold the rules, Thus you and the game American friend With American benefits: A freshly wrecked highway Paved in your regrets When the state is an enemy No one can be free, By my helping hand I’ll see that you are damned

about

"Terminal A's 'American Friend EP' is the first release on Supply Chain Records. Originally titled "Get It Together/Collapse," after the EP's first two songs (the only two that were planned well in advance), this release now incorporates the title track "American Friend," which was quickly written and recorded in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder at the hands of racist police officers (read: police officers). The song attempts to capture and illustrate the emotional contours and frustrations of being part of a nation whose very existence is predicated on the exploitation of an ethnic or economic 'other.'

As a whole, the EP documents the year so far for vocalist Colin Peterson and guitarist Lee Busch (both of whom compose the music and program the machine elements for Terminal A). "Get It Together," "Collapse," and "American Friend," are zeitgeist-channeling anthems that were written chronologically, in the order that they are presented on the EP. The three songs bring us right up to to today (they finished recording/mixing/mastering literal moments before my writing here), and offer us a semi-hopeful and bravely realistic view of our pasts and futures.

I had originally set the release date of this record for June 5th to coincide with Bandcamp's artist-friendly commission-waiving day. In light of recent events, Terminal A have generously decided to donate 100% of their proceeds from their June 5th sales directly to The National Bail Out Collective– a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support their communities and end systems of pretrial detention and mass incarceration.

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With no further ado, please enjoy "American Friend." It's an honor to welcome Terminal A to Supply Chain Records, and it's been an absolute pleasure working with them to bring this music to you.

Thank you, stay safe, and speak truth to power."

-Sharon Smark for Supply Chain Records


PS: All three tracks are mixed in mono, and we are extremely proud of that. Mono is for the people, compatible on all systems.

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released June 5, 2020

All tracks written and performed by Terminal A.
All tracks produced by Greg Krish and Terminal A.
Copyright 2020, Terminal A.
℗ L. Busch/C.Peterson (MeatHaus ASCAP)

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Terminal A Los Angeles, California

Terminal A is an Industrial/Synth Punk duo formed in late 2012 by vocalist Colin Peterson and guitarist Lee Busch. The group consists of vocals and heavily processed guitar played live over programmed backtracks. The music is a blend of wide-ranging influences, including early Minimal Wave and Electronic groups, as well as early L.A. Punk and Hardcore, and well as modernist aesthetic movements. ... more

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