Outlandish EP

by The Red Menace

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Songs first performed around Beijing's Gulou bar scene in late 2013, recorded in early 2014, and mixed and remixed across the globe for a long time thereafter ... until this.

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released June 21, 2015

Music by The Red Menace:
- Hyam Bolande, vocals
- Ryan Brown, guitar
- Justin Lieberthal, bass
- Lukas Thibaut, drums.

- Lyrics by Hyam Bolande.

- Recorded at Pro Soul Studios (Beijing) and D.R.E.A.M. Sound Works (Yangon).
- Sound engineer: Jarome Matthew
- Mixing and mastering: Juan Blanco.

- EP cover art: Daniel Block.
- Background image: Detail from "Red Legend" by Liu Bolin.

Thanks to: The folks at VA Bar; Sky Music Studio, where the creative juices overflowed; our no. 1 fan Vicky; and of course the hutongs.

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The Red Menace Beijing, China

Out of the thick Beijing smog and the wreckage of other music projects emerged a mutant international group. Mashing up funk, progressive rock, and new metal, it ambushed unsuspecting live music bar patrons with its sound assault. Can you resist The Red Menace? ... more

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Track Name: Bam Bam (Don't Know What to Say)
Passing people by, don’t raise my eyes
Worn out my shoes pacing ‘round just a-thinking ‘bout you, girl
So many hurts, count the scars on my back
Broken trust … can’t relax my guard
But let you go, I don’t know
A hesitation seized my soul

[CHORUS]
A memory of attraction so strong
That passion, how could it be wrong?
I can’t forget it
I can’t regret it
But could we get it back?

Felt it from the first time we laid eyes
Electric charge it filled the air, and arced across the sky
Powder keg lay untouched so long
But we knew the spark would come
The flare of that first time
Under ashes, embers still glow

[CHORUS ]

Swallow me whole, plague my soul
Who’s the winner, who’s in control
Are you playing me once again?
Flay me thrice for just one sin

Can’t cave or back down, no …
But if I stand tall, I fall.
In the last frame of this high-stakes game
No one wants the blame

Angel or harpy, I can feel, you’re as scared as me
Angel or harpy, I can feel, you’re as scared as me

Try again now, give it one more chance
Is there free will
Or are we doomed to lurch and stumble through this dance?
Tired and burned, there’s reluctance to hope
But we’re both reaching for that rope
A hunger deep and wide
Truth is heart, or is it mind?

Remind me of attraction so strong
That passion, how could it be wrong?
I can’t forget it
I can’t regret it
But can we get it back?
I can’t forget it
I won’t regret it
Now have we got it back?
Track Name: Only Good Guys in the Green Zone
Another sunshiny mornin’ in the Green Zone
For Johnny and Peggy … it’s time for school
Yellow APC pulls up at the curbside
Dad’s got them covered, they dash till they’re inside

Bus makes it through the checkpoints, rolling steady
Principal’s waiting at the school door… His Uzi at the ready
Down in the classroom now, Miss Macy's taking attendance …
Is everyone here? A moment of silence.

Times tables
Bad man fables.
We work till it’s recess time,
Then get to play outside.
Kids laugh and make light,
‘Cause they know Miss Macy’s up high
Scanning 'round with her sniper sight

Ooo
Guns blaze again
Guns blaze again
Another citizen
Has lost his head again.

Lock, load, we drilled you on this
Take aim, and teacher don’t you miss.
Never gonna hide and plead
We’re armed to the teeth
But who’s the enemy?

On Sunday it’s family time, let’s go for a ride
We can check out the Wal-mart sale, buy some supplies
Look daddy, ammo crates, pumpkins and lemonade,
School supplies, claymore mines, a box of grenades.
Daddy says, son, you can’t leave nothing to chance;
Can never be too certain, always buy from trusted brands.

It’s all on discount now, if you read the signs.
Come on kids,head for checkout lines
In the parking lot, smile and wave as neighbors pass
Their carts loaded up too ... doggie treats and full-face gas masks

Ooo
Guns blaze again
Guns blaze again
Another citizen
Has lost his head again.

Lock, load, we drilled you on this
Take aim, and Daddy don’t you miss.
Never gonna hide and plead
We’re armed to the teeth
But who’s the enemy?

Bedtime children, say your prayers
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil
In Glock we trust
Live by the bullet we must

Are we safe now?
Ooh, doo do do do doo … Are we safe now?
Are we safe now?
Ooh do do do do doo … Are we safe now?
Mommy Daddy … Are we safe now?

Our children sleep peaceful and / sound at night
Home’s like a bunker, we’re all locked in tight
Protection raised so high, no one would dare
Never go back, to feeling menaced and scared

So damn prepared, inside it's all smiling faces
Inside here you'll never find criminal traces
No matter where you go there's watchful eyes
Predator drones overhead, circle the skies.
We got no worries
You’re safe if you just don’t trust
And everyone controls their trigger lust
No one wants to be prey
You know what I mean, after all, it’s small price to pay.

Ooo
Guns blaze again
Guns blaze again
Another citizen
Has lost his head again.

Lock, load, we drilled you on this
Take aim, and children don’t you miss.

Never gonna hide and plead
We’re armed to the teeth
But who’s the enemy?
Track Name: All In
There’s a time when you’ve lost all sense of fear
Things build up, inhibition disappears
Exhausted all your reason, ways and means
Can’t stand it, you’ve just got to blow off steam

(CHORUS)
World is turning, life is strange
Didn’t know you’d end up treed,
Hounds are baying at your feet
You must leap into their teeth

In a burning house
The blinding smoke and misery
You just move, you can’t explain …
Let the chips fall where they may.

Burst came sudden but the but the pressure’d built so long
(Had to do it, didn’t mean it, had to do it)
Years of of cracking, ain’t no levee built that strong
(Had to do it, didn’t mean it, had to do it)

They kept on pushing pushing pushing
Like it’s just game they had to play
Didn’t realize how much they’d gamble away
(Had to do it, didn’t mean it, had to do it)

[CHORUS]

Sometimes you've got to do something unforgivable
Just to go on living.
It’s a matter of self-preservation.
Let the chips fall where they may.
Track Name: Too Soon
Unbinding dream unraveling
So easy and cool
Like a waterdrop that finds its path down
Oh so natural and smooth

It’s sweet but it’s incomplete
Can’t put my finger on just what’s missing here
Don’t want to think too much, just be
But you know me, you know me

[CHORUS]
I can’t stand too much of a good thing
Or what don’t burn my flesh
Can’t light my flame
Or maybe, honey,
You just came along
You came along
You came along too soon

Are you caught in, someone’s shadow now?
Am I not over my ex?
Wish I knew, wish I knew… been trying to
Figure that out for myself.
You’re so fine, perfect and kind
Everything’s there ‘cept for one crucial spark
Something ‘bout this seems unfair
I ain’t trying, I ain’t trying

[CHORUS]

You say it’s alright
Everybody’s got scars, don’t they?
But babe I think you deserve better
I just can’t shake the feeling
That somehow I’m using you

She’s still too deep
She’s still too deep
She’s just still too deep
Under my skin!

[CHORUS].
Track Name: Just Outta
There’s an angel over there, sitting on the floor
People try to talk and wave, but they don’t know
Anything you can offer, he’s just bored
He’s a-looking for something, though, that’s for sure.
It’s the same world we’re sharing, same air we breathe
But we just can’t imagine, what he perceives
Been trying to find a way ‘round your invisible wall
My son my son, I’ll never give up.

He’s just out of reach
Just out of touch
Can’tcha connect with me
Can’tcha tell how much I wanna be received
He’s just out of reach
Just out of synch
I can tell that you’re here
But I don’t know when your mind will be revealed.

(CHORUS:)
Just out of range,
Just out of hearing.
Just out of range,
Just out of rhythm.

Just out of range,
Just out of sight,
Never out of mind.
Just out of range,
Just out of givin’.

He’s just out of reach
Just out of range
One day you’ll connect with me
Hope you can sense how deep I really believe
He’s just out of synch
Just out of touch
Sometimes it feels you’re so near
Won’tcha tell me when your mind will be revealed?

(CHORUS)

Just out range, there’s a boy ...
He’s so near
I can feel him
I wanna know him
I wanna know him.

(CHORUS).