Diminishing Returns

by The Surfactants

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credits

released March 10, 2008

The Surfactants are:
Eric Anderson: Bass
Zac Bentz: Drums, Programming
Marcus Matthews: Vocals
Brett Molitor: Guitar

All songs written by Zac Bentz (ASCAP),
except 07 written by Byung-woo Lee and 13 written by Steve Harris
All lyrics written by Marcus Matthews (ASCAP)
except 13 written by Steve Harris
Recorded by The Surfactants
Mixed by Bentz

Design by Bentz

Copyright 2008 Xero Music
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Press:

"One of the most satisfying electro-hybrid albums we've ever heard - ever."-Perfect Porridge

"Their first album is perfect." -Adam Lazlo/Analog Electric

"The album seems to progressively mature as each track plays and by the time the time track 'Us Against All' played I was completely floored at how good it was." -Stereotoid

"...well-produced, expertly executed...All those traits are represented in equal measures on The Surfactants...a very smart, successful experiment in computer-driven genre mashing." -Chris Godsey/MNArtists

"The current album is amazing." -High Plains Drifter

"These guys mix electronics with standard rock sounds, which ends up sounding pretty good." -Rift Magazine

"If the songs on the band's MySpace site are any indication of what's to come, Duluth is a few months away from being kicked in the teeth." ...and the heroine screams help!

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Track Name: Jenny, You're A Meteor
Sinful, spasmed
Not for it's own spoiled sake
God kills poor people
Not gods nor princes of men

Jenny, you're a meteor

Wake the sentry
Four lashes for your failure
Prick the finger
Do please save the blood

Jenny, you're a meteor

A few slaves short of paradise
A few days short of enough time
A few more words than were required
We're gonna get it this time
Track Name: The Clocktower
Alive you magnify the culture
You're perfumed air is choking out the sun
But if the stars are right
You'll soon cross to the other side
Oh, wait...you'd think that I'd know better

You smile and I go wild
Be good and get daddy his gun
I'll be watching from the clock tower

Good boy, now run and fetch my sweater
Be on your way, I find myself in need
Stop off and tell the scribe the reason why your daddy died
Oh, wait...I'm sure that I know better

You smile and I go wild
Be good and get daddy his gun
I'll be watching from the clock tower
Track Name: A Black Matter for the King
One (who), Two (who), bring the fire to bed
(Who) one, (who), cast the ashes out
(who) wake the souls of men
Who know they owe, they owe

Burn me alive,
let me go
I will expire
Tell all your sons of this day
Burning

I will not be made to hold the line
I will expect no mercy now
Loose the dogs my boys
And sear the air afire

They (who) will (who) not be called to task
(who) one, (who) keep the sacred scrolls
(who) Rooted in our past
It shall not be revised

Burn me alive, let me go
I will expire
Tell all your sons of this day
Burning
Track Name: The Pusher
Scream your heart's desire
And I will comply
I will penetrate
I will amplify

You...I'm for sale now
And it's you...I'm for sale

Stamped and notarized
Written on the ancient Walls
Beaten in and passed along
But the witnesses are gone

It's you...I'm for sale now
And it's you...I'm for sale
Track Name: Mexico City Kmart
Lonely...desperate...

Do you love your life at all?
Track Name: The Axiom
Every motherfucker wants a bonny cap
A right and proper gentleman's chapeau
A target for the cannon in my hand
Your preening essence scattered in the snow

Am I alive am I alive I cry
If I don't apply The Axiom I die

Every motherfucker cries a helpless cry
The weak give up...laid fodder for the strong
I close my eyes and hope I live to tell
Breathless await a stronger man than I

Am I alive, am I alive I cry
Pray the axiom deliver us alive
Time to choose a side, time to choose a side
Will I live to see The Axiom applied?
Track Name: Revolution Come
If it's alright I'll build a fire
Searing embers for your birthday
Bring your ass, I'll bring the catalyst for sure

I know you were staid in your museum
A docile cage, a Valium fortress
Must I kill to wake the dead?
Must I hold your hand?

Someone else has got to feel the same
Someone else has got to be enraged
Someone has to bear the standard, and bear the blame

Revolution come, I wait
Revolution, come my destiny
Raise the flag of the forgotten
And sear the air with sound
Revolution come

If it's alright I'll dot the 'I's
Drag you screaming through the turnstiles
One more stop and we'll be home

So if it's alright I'll build a fire
Searing embers for your birthday
Bring your ass, I am the catalyst

Revolution come, I wait
Revolution, come my destiny
Raise the flag of the forgotten
And sear the air with sound
Revolution come
Track Name: You Can Say No
Seasons floating on the air
Strip away what we have been
It's not unusual to turn away
See the changing of the guard
Feeling helpless and afraid
It's understandable

You can't run, you can't breathe
They're writing your history
Killing you, and you don't know what to do

YOU CAN SAY NO!

Who has time to get pissed off?
Who has time to even care?
Life is hard enough and harder still...
You wanna make love, you want a nice day
You wanna feel not so anxious
You wanna make war,
You wanna breathe smoke
You wanna scream from the spires

That you can't run, you can't breathe
They're writing your history
Killing you, and you don't know what to do

YOU CAN SAY NO!
Track Name: The One, The Wayward
The one, the wayward stays
Awaits our autumn days
Of light not flesh remain
The guns for now lay quiet

I fight, I wait,
I hear the awful cries
I hope, I memorize my lines

It's better than the end I imagined
Better than the horrors I envisioned
If I can feel, I will feel no more
I'll show you who I am

The tide, the texture burns
The weight, the wild
Wave the ancient flag
Feel the ancients coming

You run, you weep
You try to wipe it clean
Nice try, quite a nice try

It's better than the end I imagined
Better than the horrors I envisioned
If I can feel, I will feel no more
I'll show you who I am
I can see, I can be, I am
I'll show you who you are
Track Name: Shipwreck
Thieves immortalized in song
Cursed strewn upon their graves
May they never come again to us

I will never break you down
I swear it's not the same
You can almost hear the sound...

Empires built upon our suffering
We burn them down
We break apart and catalogue

I will never break you down
I swear it's not the same
You can almost hear the sound...
I will never break you down
I swear I'll light the way
Buried ancients underground
Will be our fate

Two-hundred-thirty years afloat
My children, we are not the passengers
We are the boat

Bet on the auteur and bet it go down

I will never break you down
I swear it's not the same
You can almost hear the sound...
I will never break you down
I swear I'll light the way
Buried ancients underground
Track Name: Us Against All
Us against all

I have turned upon the one
The author and design
For I have no use of lies
Nor of liars

Us against all

Now my brothers bear the same
My filthy burden
But I feel no sorrow now
I will stand with those who know

Save yourself from your demise
The world is backward and broken
See yourself for what you are
We are backward and broken

Us against all

So kill the man within
And free the bastard
Stand with those who know your heart
We have been united

Save yourself from your demise
The world is backward and broken
See yourself for what you are
We are backward and broken