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The Forest

by Moonraker

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    Preorder our new album The Forest out May 13th, 2022 via Bearded Punk Records, Bypolar Records, No Time Records, and Tiny Dragon Music.

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    12" LP of our latest album, The Forest on burnt center green vinyl. Limited to 100 copies

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    12" LP of our latest album, The Forest on forest fire red vinyl with zip-up hoodie. Vinyl limited to 100 copies

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    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    12" LP of our latest album, The Forest on burnt center green vinyl with zip-up hoodie. Vinyl limited to 100 copies

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Forest via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • The Forest Vinyl Zip-Up Bundle (Green LP)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    12" LP of our latest album, The Forest on coke bottle green vinyl with zip-up hoodie. Vinyl limited to 100 copies

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Forest via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • The Forest LP Shirt Bundle (Green/Black Vinyl)
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    12" LP of our latest album, The Forest on burnt center black and green vinyl with Fogdancing shirt. Vinyl limited to 100 copies

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  • The Forest LP - Forest Fire Red/Green Vinyl
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    12" LP of our latest album, The Forest on forest fire red and green vinyl. Limited to 100 copies

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1.
Incendium 01:32
2.
They’re never gonna give me the key But I know the city keeps a spare under the mat And I guess I’m fine with that They’re always gonna make me use air quotes When I tell them I’m a “master” of my “craft” 10,000 hours in I fall to masterpieces I’m a wreck and I’m a recluse And I’m recognizing things inside me You’d never want me to let loose I’m a wreck, a world-class wrecking crew Lost in my thoughts, lost in a forest But the only way out is through The only way out is through 'Cause I wanted oh so badly not to want it so badly Tried to leave it alone but it snuck up and black bagged me I was a bombproof horse just looking for a seat at the table Now I’m a bitter blast shadow on the walls of the stable And I’ve got, I’ve got some questionable things in my portfolio But I’ve got a funny feeling That you’ve grossly miscounted my number of rodeos And I’ve got, I’ve got some questions about Just how long that van has been parked outside my house I’ve got an 80-proof vest I play everything close to And a wire on the chest of everyone I’m close to Of everyone I’m close to They’re never gonna give me the key But I know the city keeps a spare under the mat They’re always gonna bury the truth But they don’t know that I know where they hide the map
3.
Clever boy caught in a mousetrap When you gonna learn not to fall for that? Theres been cobwebs in your corner for a while now My kingdom for a towel This Faberge heart of mine won't last another round Outgrew this make-shift tourniquet Outgrew all of my usefulness And I huffed and I puffed and I blew it all out of proportion again 'Cause I couldn’t sit silent for what was at most a couple minutes Leave me here in the dust With all these issues with abandonment and trust 'Cause I speak with a silver tongue but I sleep in an iron lung And I wake up with a mouth full of rust It’s too quiet in this room full of elephants My skin’s not thick enough for this closet or its skeletons But I’d sell my soul if I could For an advocate or an abacus to help balance your rain-checkbook So leave me here in the dust With all these issues with us 'Cause I speak with a silver tongue But I sleep in an iron lung And I wake every morning with a mouth full of rust There’s cracks in my glass casket Everyone thinks that I practiced for this But there’s water dripping in and no one noticed If everyone can see All of these people surrounding me Then why am I always so lonely? Clever boy caught in a mousetrap You fall in love with anyone Who doesn’t know how to love you back But the fix is in before they count to ten I’ll be off of the floor My Greg Louganis heart’s not taking dives anymore
4.
And they say the furthest you can run in is halfway But I’ve been sprinting for days Wishing they’d pave over the trees and make a walkway Or a 7-11 or something We drank in the spring, we drank in the fall And it’s all the same We drank from the spring and we waited for the fall But it never came These bits are hack Don’t know why I’m still attending this improv class But catch me in the back Folding chairs and perfecting my vanishing act And I’ve been to the future She never stopped crying Turns out I never learned Turns out I never stopped trying But the time traveler’s wife knew as well as I That as long as I’m smiling She’d always be sighing These premises are hack Don’t think I’m getting that tuition check back But catch me out in the back Running laps with my feet in these rat traps Over and over From encore to overture Over and over Over and over Over and over From encore to overture Over and over
5.
Got a tailored three-piece suit made of calluses And I’ve been walking around in a name tag that says anguish With my black eyes at this black-tie banquet Looking Windsor-not that impressive And they found me doubled over On the floor of an elevator Gasping for breath Grasping for any shred of dignity left Thought that the coast was clear Threw my stones turns out the walls were clear And they all saw me react, call the medevac Get me the fuck out of here I keep a pair of wire-cutters in my pocket just in case 'Cause lately I’ve been ticking like an unattended suitcase There’s no answering machines And the boys in the Bomb Squad Are gonna let the red phone ring Those motherfuckers don’t bat a fucking eyelash at me anymore Yeah I’ve been crying wolf Like I’ve been crying in my car This heavy chest You couldn’t lift it with the adrenaline rush Reserved for mothers Whose children are trapped under a bus Please don’t tell the paramedics What’ll make me feel better it’s incredibly pathetic I keep a pair of wire-cutters in my pocket just in case 'Cause lately I’ve been ticking like an unattended suitcase
6.
Autumn 03:04
Ran for miles in an old copper scuba suit Held my breath for like a year and a half Now I’m drowning in the corner of your living room Couldn’t swim my way out of a paper bag Locked my secrets in a shiny silver briefcase And cuffed that heavy bastard to my wrist All the words I wanna say are in a safe at the bottom of a lake But can’t escape in time to finish the trick Everyone’s already at the lifeboats And I’m still putting rosin on my bow If you need me look just south of the middle I’ll be the one on the roof tuning up my second fiddle And my loom is on the fritz so I can’t spin shit to gold no more So I just sat there spinning in circles With no hope left to float with my eyes on the floor Just played another waltz with water rising up to my ankles Replayed it all in my brain again As I drove home in the rain again Replayed it all in my brain again As I drove home in the rain again Replayed it all in my brain again As I drove home in the rain again Replayed it all in my brain again As I drove home in the rain again
7.
Crickets 02:47
Salieri’s got exclusives in his Patreon And Vienna’s got deaf-fucking ears for them to fall on Please wheel me back to my room I’ve got pillows I need to scream into And a few memories left That I have yet to misinterpret Got more vices then assistant-fucking-principles Ignore my crisis as usual, I’m fucking invisible Give em hell But give them a gift receipt Be anything you want to Just be discrete 'Cause effort reeks of honesty And keep that shit away from me It only hurts when I care anyway Atlas might need neck surgery He shrugged his shoulders ironically too fucking frequently And honestly it gets exhausting to be The only one who can see through all this bullshit constantly It only hurts when I care It only hurts 'cause I always care Give em hell But give them a gift receipt Be anything you want to Just be discrete 'Cause effort reeks of honesty And keep that shit away from me So bear your soul Have fun listening to crickets Sadness sells, padding cells about it won’t move any tickets It only hurts when I care It only hurts when I care It only hurts when I care It only hurts when I care
8.
Fogdancing 03:48
It’s hard to toe the line In these tattered ballet slippers of mine It’s hard to know all the steps When you don’t know the first thing The first thing about confidence It’s hard to keep up the lies Like all those times I said I was fine It’s hard to see through the grayscale when all the roads in town just circle back to Pleasantville They’re questioning the authenticity Of these blurry photos of me and I get it 'Cause I want to believe But I just wanted to be someone other than me Now I don’t know your address 'Cause you only live in the past And it’s hard for it to not catch up Even if you run all night 'Cause the past runs like clockwork And I just run on spite These jeans don’t fit me like they used to And these genes don't fit me like they used to These dreams don’t fit me like they used to They’re questioning the authenticity Of these blurry photos of me and I get it 'Cause I want to believe But I just wanted to be someone other than me Yeah I get it
9.
They’ll be here any minute for my kneecaps So maybe wait a couple days before you cash that Lock me away in my Faraday cage Puckered face from the wine I made out of these sour grapes Walking on sunshine, running on fumes Up on these cinder blocks enjoying the view Everyone’s gone, couldn’t make them stay if I wanted to But I really fucking wanted to I could have been a contender Now I just carve cardboard boxes into pinhole projectors 'Cause my borderline peregrine eyesight Can’t look directly at the bright side It’s not safe yet There’s bound to be aftershocks I’m not a safe bet I’m just an afterthought They’ll be here any minute think you could Burn down the forest, Get me out of the woods Everyone’s gone, couldn’t make them stay if they wanted to I just wish that they wanted to. I could have been a contender At least that’s what I keep telling this bartender 'Cause my borderline peregrine eyesight Can’t look directly at the bright side It’s not safe yet There’s bound to be aftershocks I’m not a safe bet I’m just an afterthought I could have been a contender Ended up being nothing
10.
On my deathbed more like my death futon Will you still look down your nose or try to try my shoes on? Is this where you wanted to be? Blaming your problems on me? I cried the whole way home The whole way home In your death bedroom in your death house That you bought with the savings in your death bank account Will it be worth it? Do you smile when you remember your bullshit? The whole way home I cried the whole fucking plane ride home And said I’m gonna need a life jacket If you don’t tighten up your lips a bit I don’t know how much further I can go than this But I told you that in confidence So I shined up my giant scissors Had her put on her prettiest gown Reached out the olive branch to cut the ribbon Like a Wachowski with a sledgehammer I came to break ground And build a better place but you spat in my face Don’t wanna pose for any pictures, just cut to the chase Hope it was worth it Just remember you did this on purpose I’m gonna need a life jacket If you don’t tighten up your lips a bit I don’t know how much further I can go than this But I told you that in confidence I’m gonna need a life jacket 'Cause you won't tighten up your lips for shit This water’s thick enough as it is This honor’s seen thicker thieves so fuck it
11.
Go stand over there And try not to touch any fanfare Does this balance beam have a balcony? 'Cause I could really use some air Guess I’ll just stand over there then And wait for the x-ray technician To take back this weighted vest for the results of all these tests Or just to talk for a sec 'cause I could really use a friend Maybe it feels better when you’re better Maybe it’s the same I’m just here cause I came with the frame Maybe you’re not bitter when you’re better Not buried on the opposite side Of a picture of better men than I I was looking for validation (in all the wrong places) I was looking for the courage to speak And someday I’ll find it The lovers, the dreamers, and me la-da-da-da Maybe it feels better when you’re better Maybe it’s the same I’m just here 'cause I came with the frame Maybe you’re not bitter when you’re better Not buried on the opposite side Of a picture of better men than I Somewhere at the end of a wringer I’ll be smiling for real not just gritting my teeth Somewhere at the end of a wringer I’ll be smiling for real not just gritting my teeth Somewhere at the end of a wringer I’ll be smiling for real not just gritting my teeth Somewhere at the end of a wringer I’ll have enough air holes to breathe
12.
Soot 03:53
Wipe off the soot I want to fucking sparkle But you’ll never see progress without signs of a struggle If we start pushing our way to the engine room And stop short in the bar car We’ll still be warmer than the caboose So I called and told you everything But it didn’t change a fucking thing Except I swam home and threw my concrete Nikes away And went back to my tower where I stayed up for hours Waiting for you to call and say The things I knew you’d never say Lace-up your skates and race me down to the lake It’s been unseasonably cold in this hell hole And I’ve got bruises on my face in the shape of your pillowcase Stuffed with a thousand or so I fucking told you so’s I’m sick of using all these ropes for blankets While I sleep on the tracks of this train set But if you opened the cabinet and told me I was real I probably wouldn’t believe you Probably wouldn’t know how to feel Lace-up your skates and race me down to the lake It’s been unreasonably cold in this hell hole And I’ve got bruises on my face in the shape of your pillowcase Stuffed with a thousand or so I fucking told you so’s I’m a jacket made of magnets on a hard drive I’m a corsage but when you pin me on there’s bees inside And I’m a brushed steel reflection on an elevator door Don’t really look like myself anymore I don’t feel like anything anymore But the only way out is through The only way out is through I want to fucking sparkle and feel less replaceable I want to fucking sparkle and feel less replaceable Lace-up your skates and race me down to the lake It’s been unseasonably cold in this hell hole And I’ve got bruises on my face in the shape of your pillowcase Stuffed with bars of soap and all these cans of coke Lace-up your skates and race me down to the lake It’s been so fucking cold in this hell hole And I’ve got bruises on my face in the shape of your pillowcase Stuffed with bars of soap and all these grams of coke I fucking told you so

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Preorder of our new album The Forest. North American residents preorder through us. Everywhere else in the world please preorder through Bearded Punk Records

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released May 13, 2022

Moonraker is:

Nick Schambra - vocals / bass
David Green - vocals / drums / percussion / key glock
Matt Sampson - guitar / vocals

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Chris Collier - additional guitars / background vocals
Tyler Colton - keys
Luke Gunn - trumpet
Phoebe Johnson - violin
Jacob Bunton - violin
Matt Scifres - banjo

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