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Recorded May 1 & 2, 2014 by Joe Holland at the Wail Room.

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released May 3, 2014

Aaron Ronie Joe Chris

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Track Name: Can't Escape
I can't escape
Every time I try to flee
I duck and cover
But time keeps catching up to me

Just where I'm going
I still don't fucking know
"Your future's so bright"
But I can't feel the faintest fucking glow

And I'm scared

Scared of the road that I take
Every move seems make or break
My whole life is what's at stake
Just want all these thoughts to go away

Spend my days an angry mess
My whole life's a fucking wreck
Not equipped to take this trek
Just want all these thoughts to go away

It's getting hard to breathe
My chest is tightening
My visions blurring downward spiral
Just want this to go away

I berate me
Logic escapes me
Thought I'd have gotten so much farther at 23
Track Name: Ice Age
Ancient fucking reptiles
With giant teeth and tiny brains
Your scaled claws grasp the pen
You sign the bills that bring others pain

But Armageddon's coming
To stop the problem at the source
Social justice is counting the days
For nature to take its course

Archaic views that don't apply
Fuck others for self gain
Hurry up and fucking die
I'll spit on your grave

And time is running out to fulfill
Your Aryan fucking vision
You shit on anyone who's different from you
But like, man, that's just your fucking opinion

For olden days, no one will mourn
Parasites die to feed flora
And when the scum drops the crown
We'll bring the fucking shovel for ya

Archaic views that don't apply
Fuck others for self gain
Hurry up and fucking die
I'll spit on your grave

Shit on all those at the bottom

Count the days until you're rotting

Ice Age
Track Name: Going Off
School's kicking my fucking ass
I can never seem to make the grade
Work's shit and I barely get by
peddling bullshit at a minimum wage

But I know that I can forget it all
once I'm at the show
Let those chords ring on out
and I'll let all of my worries go

Hit the pit
Lose my shit
Won't stop until my fucking head splits
All the girls and boys
Feeling this punk rock noise
We live hard, we ain't no toys

We got- No house no health no money in the bank
I don't care, I just wanna fucking skank
No pride no shame don't matter what you think
I don't care, I just wanna fucking skank

Barre that chord and hit those drums
cuz I just wanna slam
Forget my worries, raise my middle finger
to all my life's demand
Track Name: Mental Trap
Cognitive dissonance
Wrong decision seals my fate
Poisoned by indifference
Mental trap I took the bait

My brain fails me again
Dwelling on what could have been
Anxieties they won't abate
Can't get out this mental state

Mental trap I took the bait
Track Name: Judgement
Take it!

I judge others, it's a fucking waste
Somebody slap me in the fucking face

Can't look at someone and assume the worst
Cuz I know that there's more than my initial thought
Pleasantly surprised so many fucking times
It's time to put this to an end!

I know I do it
You know you do it too
I need to look inside
Instead of looking through

Never want to roll my eyes
Never want to cast a sigh
Need to stop my judging ways
Turn the cover, read the page

Can't look at someone and assume the worst
Cuz I know that there's more than my initial thought
Pleasantly surprised so many fucking times
It's time to put this to an end!
Track Name: All The Same
Spit on me and look down
Think you're the shit of the town
Run on mom and daddy's dime
Don't give me the fucking time

Look the same, act the same
Try so hard it's fucking lame
Want a world devoid of you
Sheeple scum, I'm fucking through
Track Name: External Locus
External locus, you think you aren't in control
You bitch and moan about how the world threw you in a hole
Snap the fuck out of it, you've got your own life in your hands
You sit and wallow, maybe now it's time you should stand

Life ain't on rails, you can always bail
Reassess and pick back up on a better trail

If 5 years ago you got to see who you were today
Would you be happy with the choices, the choices you've made
Or would you stare in disappointment in your lack of progress
Keep moving forward cuz this life's too fucking short to regress

Life ain't on rails, you can always bail
Reassess and pick back up on a better trail

Keep pushing forward, your head above water

And I won't let myself down

A Wiseman etched on wax once told me, "Let's start today"
Words I remember when I get lost, lost in my way

I've got the final say