Ich Bin Die Maschine

by Silicon Soldiers

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We're an alternative/indie rock band with elements of math rock, and this is our first album. We hope you like it!

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released July 7, 2016

Silicon Soldiers is:
Nick Cameron: Vocals, Guitar
Alan Hardison: Vocals, Bass
Maddie Crow: Vocals, Percussion, Keyboard

All songs written by Silicon Soldiers

Featuring:
Dano Cracchiolo on drums in "By Your Side"
Elijah "Lightbird" Brown on modular synthesizer in "The Machine"

All songs recorded at the UNC Asheville Lipinsky Studio

All songs mastered by Colin Miller

"By Your Side," "Mourning Dove," "Each Other's Eyes," and "Monochrome" produced, engineered, and mixed by Alexander F. King
"The Machine" and "Periodic Fable" produced, engineered, and mixed by Evan Harris
"Walking Away" produced, engineered, and mixed by Elijah "Lightbird" Brown with assistance from Kevin Carballo
"Miss Auburn Hair" produced, engineered, and mixed by Kevin Carballo
"Breathe" produced, engineered, and mixed by Drew Dodge


Special thanks to Glen & Robin Cameron, Doug & Virginia Cameron, Betty Cameron, Larry & Marcia Ferranto, Marcus Ferro, William & Margaret Hardison, Lisa Holt, the McLeods, Phyllis & Milton Meisner, the Pirrones, Uncle Robert, Blake & Nancy Thomas, Peter Wallace, and all our other Kickstarter backers for helping make this album possible.

All photos taken by Leslie Frempong

Silicon Soldiers would like to thank their friends and family for supporting them throughout the years.

Nick would like to thank his music teachers: Bill Evans, Alex Silverbook, Peter Hadeed, Alison Leadbetter-Hines, Brian Lee, Simone Vigilante, Paul Templon, and Matt Richmond.

Alan would like to thank everyone who has pushed and supported him in his musical endeavors.

Maddie would like to thank her mom and dad, for all their support and encouragement, her grandmothers for their love and prayers, her music teachers, Karl Gunther and Jennifer Phelps, who have helped her become the musician she is, and God, who has put a song in her heart.

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Silicon Soldiers is an alternative/indie rock band with hints of math rock from Asheville, NC. All of the members currently go to UNC Asheville, where they met. The band is made up of Nick Cameron as the lead vocalist and guitarist, Alan Hardison as the bassist and backup vocalist, and Maddie Crow as the drummer, backup vocalist, and occasional keyboardist. ... more

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Track Name: By Your Side
There's not much more we can do now everything is gone
Nothing left to help us to know how we can carry on
There are days when we fade apart and days when nothing's wrong
But I know we don't know where we belong

I just wanna tell you
Please, do not cry
Now I am compelled to
Be by your side

Days go by like falling water outside in the rain
Nights go by in which I wonder if I'm even sane
Now and then, I just wish that nothing ever changed
But I just hope that it's not all in vain

I just wanna tell you
Please, do not cry
Now I am compelled to
Be by your side

Sleepless nights pass unhindered, thoughts begin to roam
Now I know what it means to be a rolling stone
I was not put on the earth to live my life alone
I just want someplace to call my own

I just wanna tell you
Please, do not cry
Now I am compelled to
Be by your side
Track Name: Mourning Dove
As the days of our future passed
I often wondered how it would last
I always thought we were meant to be
Like sailing ships on an endless sea

You can live safe and sound with your head underground
As you wallow in your own misery
But look to the stars when your vision is found
And there you’ll find me

Like a mourning dove
I’ll cry till the sky’s drained of blue
‘Cause a life without love
Is a life without you

You always said it was worth the wait
But not all knots are tied by fate
Long ago I should have known
That our love was overgrown

You can hide all your fears as you wipe away your tears
You can shroud your whole life in mystery
But look to the west as the fog slowly clears
And there you’ll find me

Like a mourning dove
I’ll cry till the sky’s drained of blue
‘Cause a life without love
Is a life without you

Like a mourning dove
I’ll cry till the sky’s drained of blue
‘Cause a life without love
Is a life without you

Like the morning dew
We’ve grown in our own endless sea
‘Cause a life without you
Is a life without me

Track Name: Miss Auburn Hair
Hey there, miss auburn hair
I was once a lot like you
Headstrong, and often wrong
Close calls? I've had a few.

Innocence is nothing but a memory
A childlike exquisite state of mind
Growing up is difficult when you're on your own
And you are far behind
Far behind

I was young, with a right sharp tongue
Slicing at others' points of view
I barked and brayed, forcing friends away
Fiercely protecting what I saw true

Innocence is nothing but a memory
A childlike exquisite state of mind
Growing up is difficult when you're on your own
And you are far behind
Far behind

Hey there, miss auburn hair
Take my advice, hear my plea
Don't fear all those words you hear
When you're true to yourself, you'll be free

Innocence should never be forgotten
A part of you you mustn't leave behind
Growing up is difficult when you're on your own
But you'll turn out just fine
You'll be fine
Track Name: Walking Away
If I told you I really love you
Would you know that I really meant it?
I could show you depictions of you
But I know that you'd be discontent

If I told you this song's about you
Would you know that I really meant it?
I could show you what I'd be without you
But I know that you'd be discontent

How could I go?
We need to be strong
They wouldn't know
If we were gone

If you told me you really loved me
Would I know if you really meant it?
You could show me what you want us to be
But I know that you'd be discontent

How could I go?
We need to be strong
They wouldn't know
If we were gone

How could you go?
Why are you walking away?
Please stay
I cannot go on

How could you go? (How could I go?)
Why are you walking away? (We need to be strong)
Please stay (They wouldn't know)
I cannot go on (If we were gone)
Track Name: Each Other's Eyes
I will start anew
I will follow you
If we go, who will know we jumped the gate?
If we fall, no one at all can change our fate

God knows
We’re caught in circles as we see the world through each other’s eyes
Hearts on the ground will never be found through lover’s eyes

Life surrounds us all
Life behind the wall
We will fly, we will fly far away
We will live, we will live beyond today

God knows
We’re caught in circles as we see the world through each other’s eyes
Hearts on the ground will never be found through lover’s eyes

I can feel no pain
I will rise again
Like a bird in this world, I’ll take my bow
Like a cloud, I am found, you’ll see me now
Track Name: Monochrome
I can't tell who is calling
In the present state of mind
I think I’m falling
And I know that I am running out of time

I don't know what you’re saying
I can’t hear your words at all
If you were praying
I’d never know, or at least I can’t recall

Recollections begin to fade
To a hazy monochrome
Nobody dares to change
So together we walk the Earth alone

This existence is hard to defend
And harder to forgive
And if this ever ends,
I hope I still have the will to live

I’ve seen this all before
I’ve seen this all before
I’ve seen this all and more
Track Name: Breathe
Can you see the candlelight dying now?
Restlessness makes innocence ebb and fade

Breathe

Golden hair flows freely through calloused hands
Misled grins make way to show youthful teeth

Breathe

Happiness and providence leave our eyes
Can you see the candlelight dying now?
Track Name: The Machine
Will you stop the music?
Will you stop the music?
There's a ringing in my head
I cannot compute this
I cannot compute this
My brain is made of lead

As autumn turns to winter
A sudden chill corrupts my breathing
The frozen air grows thinner
My blood runs cold and I stop bleeding

I grow inward in frustration
I shake to try and regain feeling
In my stolid isolation
My weary mind is reeling

When colors fade and frigid lights are glaring
I am lost; Tu fui, ego eris.
When colors fade and frigid lights are glaring
I am lost; Tu fui, ego eris.

Tu fui, ego eris
Tu fui, ego eris
Tu fui, ego eris
Tu fui, ego eris

When the world is burning
When the world is burning
And reason turns to rage
All the cogs keep turning
All the cogs keep turning
And lives go on unchanged

Now all I taste turns bitter
My consciousness is fraying
As autumn turns to winter
What's left of me is decaying

As colors fade and frigid lights are glaring
I am lost; Tu fui, ego eris.
As colors fade and frigid lights are glaring
I am lost; Tu fui, ego eris.

Tu fui, ego eris
Tu fui, ego eris
Tu fui, ego eris
Tu fui, ego eris

Will you stop the music?
Will you stop the music?
There's a ringing in my head
Track Name: Periodic Fable
Once there was a young boy by the name of Clay. Now Clay was an awkward bull of a boy. He often found himself bored and in want of an adventure.
One day, as Clay was playing with his toys in the backyard, a looming figure approached him. The figure introduced himself as Grenglackenflack. Gren for short.
“Hark to me, boy, and listen to my tale!” he rasped. “I come from the land of Flonth, a country torn asunder by an evil force greater than any before.”

Clay sat before the figure, mouth agape, as he realized he had forgotten his shoes. A good adventurer never leaves home without proper footwear.
He scurried inside to retrieve his adventuring loafers, hurriedly sliding them onto his feet as he grabbed a can of his favorite surströmming to eat on the road.
“Tarry not, young hero,” shouted Gren, as he mounted his faithful steed, Lorydorydu. “We must depart at once for the Spiral Tower. Onward!”

Hark to the tale of Clay! (The story’s just begun!)
Our hero who will save the day! (He’s the chosen one!)
All the evil forces are thrown off course as he rides on to bring the light!
He’ll battle to his final breath! (He doesn’t feel fear!)
He chuckles at the face of death! (The conflict draws near!)
He won’t be late to change the fate of Flonth in the final fight!

Faster than you can say “subinterflanderdoppenschmingleheimerflax,” they reached Flonth, as Lorydorydu was wicked quick.
When they arrived, Gren recounted the tale of Doomenhagengragen, the evil warlock who hailed from the frozen terrain of Grothgingland.
“He’s kind of a jerk,” spoke the wise Grenglackenflack. “Do be a dear and defeat him atop the Spiral Tower for me.”

Clay steeled himself and prepared to make the harrowing journey to the top of the menacing Spiral Tower. He peed a little.
Having calmed down, Clay began his ascent to the lair of his villainous adversary. Upon stepping foot into the perilous fortress, a voice sounded in his thoughts. It spoke thus:
“It is I, Doomenhagengragen! Prepare to face the seven trials of the Janjenjugenfoloreangong! You shan’t succeed!”

Having bested the trials that shall not be named twice, Clay barged into the empty chamber of Doomenhagengragen, and he took a minute to catch his breath.
Tired and hungry, Clay reached into his pocket and pulled out his beloved surströmming, ripping open the can to rejuvenate his spirit with its contents.
“OH CHEESE AND CRACKERS, WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!” croaked Doomenhagengragen, from his hiding spot at the opposite end of the room. “GET IT AWAY!”

Clay, noticing his enemy’s repulsion to the tantalizing aroma, was at first hurt, but soon realized the tactical advantage given to him by his tasty treat.
Clay walked forward, pushing the warlock further and further back until he had nowhere else to go. Clay extended the fish to his opponent’s face, who passed out and fell from the tower.
"That was easy,” Clay mused as he jaunted down the tower to Gren, enjoying his fermented herring along the way.

Hark to the tale of Clay! (The grisly quest is done!)
Our hero who has saved the day! (He’s the chosen one!)
Doomenhagengragen’s fatal flaw was his very sensitive taste!
He vanquished evil overnight! (He saved the magic land!)
He hardly even had to fight! (He barely used his hands!)
The legend has been told since the days of old and it transcends time and space!

This has been another look into the unpredictable adventures of Clay. Tune in next week for the next exciting installment of Clay’s Periodic Fable!