Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach

by Lantern

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about

Risen in the form of neon fume from Philadelphia side-street sewer lids come LANTERN. Orbiting around the songwriter duo of Zachary Devereux Fairbrother and Emily Robb (with the auxiliary addition of Montreal-import Christian Simmons on skins, also of Sheer Agony), Lantern is what rock 'n' roll was - loud, oozy, inspiring, perspiring, pummeling directly forward yet cloaked in the arcane.

Over the course of three years and an impressive handful of releases (six EPs and a 7", for those of you studying the horses) on labels like Bathetic and Night-People, Fairbrother & Robb have spawned a sonically relentless dark-force, twisting, perverting, and penetrating open ears with the scent of rotten, sultry soul, fanged fuzz & wah, boogie-downers, jungle night-moves, exercises in exorcism, black leather, and sex. Inspired by their idols: The Rolling Stones, Stooges, Bo Diddley, Cramps, MC5, Bowie, and all the originators of R&B and blues, Lantern are taking their own whack at the punching bag that is the great American folk tradition/condition/religion -- Rock 'N' Roll music.

This summer, they fold it in on itself with the release of their latest album (and 12" vinyl debut), Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach into the stinking hot heat of early July A.D. With the help of fellow Philly engineering magick-maker, Jeff Zeigler (Purling Hiss, Kurt Vile, Clockcleaner) behind the boards, the record marks a shift in sound from the blown-out hiss of lo-fidelity, four-track home recordings toward a more balanced and discernable breed of raw, unflinching power.

Lantern's sound melts genres together, rockabullying weirdo blues into a frenzy of fuzzed-up soloing and glammed-down dance beats, ultimately resulting in a mound of grooves garnering moves from the '80s/'90s garage-rock rattles of Dead Moon, Gibson Bros, and Billy Childish to the '60s/'70s pre-punk lore of Hasil Adkins, Flaming Groovies, or even The Velvet Underground. Rorschach is a testament to the age-old odyssey of rock 'n' roll, searching for something "advanced" (dare we say "futuristic?") in paying homage to its primal whims and primitive-earth foundation.

The true treasure is the exploration itself. And with that, what are you waiting for? Let the needle dig into this slab of cold-black wax, bang your head unconscious, and wake to realize that boogie is a fuckin' bodily instinct, not an activity choice.

Available in USA on 7/9/13 on Sophomore Lounge.

Available in UK/EU on 10/10/13 on Cardinal Fuzz

Limited-edition of 500 copies.

credits

released July 9, 2013

Lantern is Zachary Devereux Fairbrother, Emily Robb & Christian Simmons

Recorded at Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, PA

Produced by Jeff Zeigler and Lantern
Engineered and mixed by Jeff Zeigler
Mastered by Mark Trewella at Full Circle Mastering
Cover photograph by Alyssa Robb
Art direction by Lantern
Back cover and layout by Robert Beatty
Additional art by Aethletics

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Track Name: Evil Eye
Evil Eye, oh Evil Eye
Keep me safe at night
Evil Eye, oh Evil Eye
Tell me it’ll be alright
Evil Eye, oh Evil Eye
Reflect their gaze
Evil Eye, oh Evil Eye
Make an end to this maze

What are these dreams now
Running through my head?
Mash up of dirty thoughts
Playing with the dead
I’m all twisted dreams
And dark fantasies
Evil Eye, oh Evil Eye
Keep a lookout in the night
Track Name: King Of The Jungle
I got that Evil Eye,
I got that Mojo Hand
King of the Jungle baby
Gonna make me your man
Boots and belts outside
What you trying to hide
Black leather and lace
Silk all over the place
Snake and leopard print
The way you bite your lips
Oh what you got baby?
Let me see your hips
I got that Evil Eye
I got that Mojo Hand
King of the Jungle baby
Gonna make me your man

Tell you what I’m gonna do
Got John the Conqueroo
Gonna rub my roots
Till I get you
Use your legs like hands
Make you wiggle and dance
I got that Gris-Gris baby
Shovin’ up through my pants
I want you to lose control
Like never before
I want you to lose control
Way down in your soul
I got that Evil Eye
I got that Mojo Hand
King of the Jungle baby
Gonna make me your man
Track Name: Where Are We Now
Where are we now?
What do we look like?
I don’t recognize myself
I must be hypnotized
Where are we now?
Maybe we got space madness
Shooting the angels down
With our rockets

I feel so far
I feel so cold
I feel so lonely
Like I’m the one and only
Shooting the angels down
With our rockets
Faster, faster
Are we there yet?

These forces in motion
Put my soul in commotion
Trying to stir a fire in my heart
While staring into the ocean
My remains are scattered
My bits and pieces
Blazing westward towards a pitless black sky
Where are we now?
What do we look like?
I don’t recognize myself
I must be hypnotized
Where are we now?
Maybe we got space madness
Shooting those angels down
With our rockets

Where are we know?
Faster, faster, are we there yet?
Track Name: Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach
Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach
It’s either white or black
Eighty-five, six and nine
Born under a bad sign
Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach
The Joker sits and laughs
And you go and ask
Is this good or bad?

Oh no, oh no
Won’t you please just let me go

Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach
It either white or black
Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach
Think I’m gonna collapse
Doctor doctor oh
Won’t you bring me back
Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach
My senses are under attack

Oh no, oh no
Won’t you please just let me go

It’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach
Track Name: She's A Rebel
She’s a rebel
Oh she’s a rebel
She’s a rebel
Oh she’s a rebel
Don’t tell her
She’s a rebel
Track Name: The Conjurer
Dusty road, diamond shoes
Tell me where am I going to
The suns a setting, its getting cold
I got no shelter and this day is getting old
Down the streets, through the cracks
The one eyed man, he turns his back
Hey Lord, gimme word
How much longer till I leave this world?
And I’m uneasy and I’m alone
There’s a rift between my bones
I’m in love but I can’t feel it
I got to go where I can heal it
Where I can heal it
Track Name: Out Of Our Heads
Is there anybody out there?
Does anybody care at all?
Is there anybody out there?
Does anybody care at all?
Cause I’m going out my head
Dancing and screaming in my room
We’re going out of our heads
Dancing and screaming at the moon

I lost my soul in the desert
I lost it looking for the sea
I lost my soul in the desert
Wondering where it all left me
Girl, it was good to know ya
You know we are not here tomorrow
And the voice on my radio
Is telling me I got to go

Is there anybody out there?
Does anybody care at all?
Is there anybody out there?
Does anybody care at all?
Cause I’m going out my head
Dancing and screaming in my room
And the voice on my radio
Is telling me I got to go

There he goes down that road
Out of sight but not out of mind
Track Name: Heart In Your Tongue
Oh baby it’s as black as night
Oh won’t you give me your light
You got your heart buried in your tongue
Your words give me light
Can’t see a way out of here
Oh won’t you lend me your ears?
I’ll follow the heart buried in your tongue
Until the smoke clears
I’m looking for the candle burning baby
Outside your window
But I’m stranded baby
And I don’t know which way to go

I think I might have reached a crossroads
A man waiting for me
Gnarled face with a loose hand shake says
‘Who do you wanna be?’
Points to the earth and he points to the skies
Gazin’ deep in his eyes
Chills running up and down my spine
Oh baby won’t you give me your light

Started walking down this path
Tried to turn and go back
But something lives inside these trees
It changes ‘fore me
I turn my back and the forest’s gone
Don’t know been here too long
I make a step on down the path
The weeds cover my tracks
Oh baby it’s as black as night
Oh won’t you give me your light
You got your heart buried in your tongue
Your words give me light
Can’t see a way out of here
Oh won’t you lend me your ears?
I’ll follow the heart buried in your tongue
Until the smoke clears

Baby won’t you give me your light