Let It Burn

by The Common Men

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Joshua Chévere Cohen Kevin Ian is a madman, the pointed blade at the end of the weapon that is The Common Men. He straddles—like the Colossus of Rhodes—atop the firm foundation set by an impregnable rhythm section and rains a bombardment of fuzz and feedback through a mind-boggling array of delay and reverb effects. In short, a total disregard for the fragility of the human eardrum. Just the way I like it. Favorite track: The Headshrinker's Ritual.
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The third full-length from Sacramento Post-Punk vanguards, The Common Men

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released August 30, 2011

Kevin Ian: Guitar/Vox/Keys. J: Bass. Kim Aparicio: Drums/Hand Percussion

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The Common Men San Francisco, California

Now in San Francisco, Sacramento Post-Punk Vanguards The Common Men are no strangers to wild live shows and sonic experimentation.

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Track Name: Vital Signs
Vital Signs

Hey, Is anybody out there
Gotta move out, make out, test for vital signs
Hey, would anybody care
Bodies shut out, they shout out, lovers need new crimes
Testing for vital signs, a sound in a wash of light

I'm testing for signs of life, a sound in a wash of light

Hey, is anybody out there
Hope it falls out, burns out, trails the quiet night
Hey, would anybody care
Words they shoot out, breathe out, up towards the air
I'm testing for vital signs, a sound in a wash of light

I'm testing for signs of life, a sound in a wash of light
Track Name: Hanged Men
Hanged Men

We walk in a straight line
Hate in our strangers' eyes
Limp hands, they keep the time
Heads talk and read our minds

We are hanged men, we help ourselves
And we are good men, we feel it
We see it but we need it need it need it
We hurt ourselves, yet we are good men

Sex talk in empty rooms
Where all her flowers bloom
We're guilty, all too soon
Lays with me, speaks the truth
Shake hands and make your deals
Your heart I yearn to steal
The secrets that you keep
I'll tell you how to feel
Track Name: Rumblemaker
Rumblemaker

Day in, day out
Enter, a shout
Leaving no doubt
Dying without

Get up, fall down
Spill blood, no sound
Leave me, full grown
Lead me, to drown

If I could change your mind

If I lead you, would you follow me down
One day you'll find, there was no one around
Would you follow me down
There was no one around

Speak up, so loud
Selfish, still proud
You're thinning the crowd
So right, yet wrong
Track Name: Interstellar Smoke Signals
Interstellar Smoke Signals

You're telling me we've got to stick together
To keep this light we've got to light forever
The days the weeks the seconds to hours
My needs of flesh I never say never

You're telling me we've got to stick together
My needs of flesh I never say never
The days the weeks the seconds to hours
"I smell of sex," you say. no whatever

Yes I have it
A monster for me
Yes I have it
A monster you see

You're telling me we have to wait forever
All hope is lost, you're mine to devour
Track Name: Panic
Panic

You've set yourself on fire again, I'll push you down
And as your body turns to ash, the screaming sound
They'll drag your memory outside and watch you drown
All these heads have rolled tonight, but I'm not around

Yet I will not, I will not
Panic
Track Name: Reft
Reft

Left me, have my senses gone?
I forgot what it's like to feel this way
What could you do?

Tick and tock the time does crawl
You've left me here with no words left to say
To feel it, too

A tiny shell of what I was
Commitments serve to get lost in our ways
I now hate you

Count the bodies on the backs of
Dreams the fools did steal from me
On this door, you tapped

Some poor soul will find you soulless
Lifeless, to shrink with the fear
I now am trapped

Love can break your heart
And I won't leave 'til you come back
Track Name: Search Party
Search Party

i hear the voices in my head
of all of those who i've left down
my good intentions strike me dead
when rescue come we won't wait long

right through the madness, right by my side
straight through the darkness, you've saved my life
right through the skyline, our fates unknown
at sea for days, my search party

i hear the crew cry mutiny
a few more steps i'm overboard
and someone shouts "it's destiny!"
i'll let the tide now plot it's course
Track Name: Wendigo
Wendigo

A long, Cold november
and the winds those nights
No, I can't remember
Yes, I'm lying
Oh, how could I forgive her,
and those juvenile hands?
Could she be the one,
and be my everything?

We love, we live, we lie
Don't move underground
But lover we are out of food
Don't move underground
My everything,
Don't move underground
My earthling,
Don't move underground

That fateful December,
and her cries that night
Yes, I still remember something more,
I'm not lying
Oh, how could you forget her,
and her gamy taste
She was the one
She was my everything
My little earthling,
Oh my everything

We love, we live, we lie
Don't move underground
Well, this will hurt me more than you
Don't move underground
My everything,
Don't move underground
My earthling,
Don't move underground

oh I, yes I...
We will find you
We will find you

(I won't wait forever)
Track Name: Impulsion
Impulsion

There no time to waste
Open this door and make haste
All I get are these distractions
Let them take me away
Baby lost control
We all have lost control
There's no regrets, there's no retractions
Let them take me away

Maybe you've hit the mark
There is no time to start
All I have are these regressions
Just leave me this way
We've got no hope to spare
Here is some lust, to take care
Beat it until your satisfaction
Just leave me this way

How can you skin a man
And kill him right where he stands
All I have is this depression
Let them take me away
Let them take me away
Let them take me away
All I want is your reaction
Track Name: The Headshrinker's Ritual
The Headshrinker's Ritual

Pull your hands from me
Look for yourself, oh baby you're a charming girl
Your mouth is criminal
Yet, I'm the one who puts your body in the ground

Saving your grace,
Yes, I'm too kind

Your knife is dull
You're crying now, some devil you claim to be
Love subliminal
Sobs so softly, no one can hear you now