Phantom Moon

by John Lancaster

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Debut solo album from the former guitarist/vocalist of such bands as Chum, Earth to Eros and Semi-Automatic. The album features special appearances by Josh Adkins (Abdullah, Erase the Grey), Dave Angstrom (Asylum on the Hill, Hermano, Supafuzz), Jude Blevins (Satchell, Hyatari, Skinfork), Bud Carroll (Bud Carroll and the Southern Souls, American Minor), Elwood Francis (Prunella Scales, Abusement Park, Control Freak), Aaron Grubbs (Science for Children), Daniel Johnson (Let the Guilty Hang), Rusty Knight (In Stereo, Earth to Eros), dUg Pinnick (King's X), Barry Smith (Earth to Eros, Hybrid Zero), and Matt Wolfe (Scrap Iron Pickers, Byzantine).

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released July 13, 2010

All songs written and produced by John Lancaster
Recorded and mixed by Barry Smith @ Binary Decibel Recording
Mastered by Russ Fox @ Broadmoor Recording
Artwork by Justin McCormick

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Track Name: This Fire Has Just Begun
Gracious actions that hide behind
Diseased intentions
Unmade beds in which we lie
Relearning the art of sleep

Good night
Sleep well

Hello smoking gun
Everybody knows
This fire has just begun

One bare knuckled breaking of the mold
One hot minute to purify the soul
Fading in, fading out
The lie is speaking volumes
Shelved away in the dust
Forever

The lost is found

Hello smoking gun
Everybody knows
This fire has just begun
Track Name: When Shadows Grow Teeth
Searching for lost time
A 24 hour haze
Burnt offerings were kept at bay
They were swept away
Revealing the below
What was already above

There's nothing discreet
When the shadows grow teeth
When these lines were made
They were made to be crossed
We were made to be lost
Everything points to infinity again
Again and again

The eyes upon you have read your story
The towering overtones sent them running once before
There in the dead air
Listen you will hear
White noise just below the skin
This is where it all begins

There's nothing discreet
When the shadows grow teeth
When these lines were made
They were made to be crossed
We were made to be lost
Everything points to infinity again
Again and again

Before the panic sets in
You will take it all in
And it all comes to pass
With the wink of an eye
Track Name: Something To Fade Into
Everything is clear
As it's ever been
As it ever will be
Open mouths before you
Incite the feeding frenzy

You found a cause
A cause for alarm
Something to believe in
Falling earthward
Starving hysterical
Something to fade into

There is a devious underground
Spitting back at me
At supersonic speed
Coming on like a great black wind

You found a cause
A cause for alarm
Something to believe in
Falling earthward
Starving hysterical
Something to fade into
Track Name: A Burning Farewell to Us All
Back to the terrors of the empty page
Where there is plenty of time for the sky to fall
The sound of faint voices
So close to the surface

Gone again
Long gone

Reaching out for me through a pane of glass
Distorted faces staring back
Familiar eyes open wide
In search of that moment

Gone again
Long gone

Smoke signals outside the void
A burning farewell to us all
Track Name: Liars
A means to a bitter end
No need to explain
By hell or high water
Razed to the ground

Hanging in mid air
By the albatross around your neck
It suits you well

Eyes drift above the flood
The liars wink and pull the strings

The writings on the wall
The myth of halycon days
Make an exit like star-crossed lovers
Born to see it through

Hanging in mid air
By the albatross around your neck
It suits you well

Eyes drift above the flood
The liars wink and pull the strings
Another vintage silence
Recalled
Revealed
Track Name: Mercurial
Reject this recurring picture
Standing down to the inevitable
So becoming to walk away

Bring this conversation so a dull roar
One dream away from moving on

Mindset parallels the brand new day
The looking glass has something else to say
Bedtime for the bedlam

Bring this conversation to a quiet end
One breath away from letting go

Mercurial
Track Name: The Impersonator
Somewhere along the line
The mirror lied to you
It's come to this now
It's come to this

Never claim to know the impersonator
Let the record show
I never will

At some point in time
The truth has cursed you
It's come to this now
It's come to this

Never claim to know the impersonator
Let the record show
I never will
Track Name: Strange Ghosts
The line between everything now
Bare bones to the cold fire
The very soul of the voyage
Pure meaningless motion

One day I won't come back at all
To all these strange ghosts of the world
The angels of desire
I'm not seeing visions anymore

For the love of hysteria
And other crimes against life
Desensitized in time
The beat it goes on and on

One day I won't come back at all
To all these strange ghosts of the world
The angels of desire
I'm not seeing visions anymore

Beyond the point of no return
And I am ready this time
Track Name: Millions
Something inside
"Millions!" she cried
Tearing away what was once known
The slightest insinuation
Dancing with imagination

Time exploding in the sky
Our names in faded lights
For no one to see tonight

Slightly damaged criteria
The understatement of another lifetime
When fear is the messenger
We are not afraid

Time exploding in the sky
Our names in faded lights
For no one to see tonight
Track Name: Forever the Alarmist
Stare in the face of the sun
Wander with my eyes until the daylight is gone
Meditate by way of the fever
The end still has a beginning

Primed for a revelation
Time for a second chance

White light blinded
White heat burning
White lie hurting
Forever the alarmist

Carry the burden past the threshold
Call it home and turn and walk away
The first step of a brand new journey
This could be the one to remember

Primed for a revelation
Time for a second chance

White light blinded
White heat burning
White lie hurting
Forever the alarmist
Track Name: Darkroom Doors
Could we just cut to the chase
Could we just break it down in 10 words or less
You see there isn't much time
But did I need to remind you?

The sympathetic tones
Open the darkroom doors without warning
The answers are their own
Leave me overexposed

Walking in a rain that no one can feel
Some day the sun will shine

365 days have managed to slip away from me again
Seemingly endless phase
I hope the world is sleeping well tonight

Walking in a rain that no one can feel
Some day the sun will shine

Searching for a warm place to hide
We've had a good run
Until now

Walking in a rain that no one can feel
Some day the sun will shine again
Track Name: Phantom Moon
You forget what you want to remember
You remember what you want to forget
No other dream
No waking world
No other tale to tell

By the dark of the phantom moon
I will find you
By the light of what we give too soon
I will blind you

You believe what you want to hear
You hear what you want to believe
The raging silence overwhelming
Dread speaks after the deadline

Calm reaching inside
Noise overflows below an optional glow
Fall into your dead end peers
Become your cautionary tale
For one more page

I will find you