Futureproof

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released August 5, 2016

Brian McLaughlin
Peter Stone
Jeremy Cohen
Luke Imbusch

Produced by Steve Sacco. Recorded in Boston, Cambridge, Cranston, and Los Angeles by Mitchell Haeuszer and Steve Sacco. Mastered by Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering in Boston.

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The Rare Occasions Boston, Massachusetts

Drawing inspiration from each successive wave of garage rock, The Rare Occasions put their own dark spin on retro. A dizzying cacophony of angular riffs and dripping wet lyrics, the Boston-via-Providence quartet first formed in a Tufts University practice space three years ago. Their blistering psych-anthem "Dysphoric" took home Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. ... more

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Track Name: Futureproof
I know you're drifting back into your head
to how she kept her books beside your bed
and kissed you slowly through the afternoon
but that was back when she adored you

I’ve seen the purple mountain’s majesty
witnessed a lover turn away from me
felt the cold clasp of winter
yet still the moon it shines without her

you found love but now you’re on your own
you want it to be futureproof
you can save a picture on your phone
but you can’t save your fleeting youth
futureproof
futureproof

the road is sprawling out in front of you
you wanna do just what you wanna do
so rip a page from Kerouac
and make a promise not to circle back

you found love but now you’re on your own
you want it to be futureproof
you can save a picture on your phone
but you can’t save your fleeting youth
futureproof
futureproof

oh no you’re holding onto something
that wasn’t what you thought it was
over it’s over now
Track Name: Loans
everyone’s got their own plans
a map of brooklyn on the backs of their hands
but no one ever seems to find their way out the door

you could say you’re unworthy
and settle for a bit of jersey
or you could cram in the train as if there’s something to fight for

they’re always saying
“you’ll never make it on your own.
why don’t you take another loan?”
before you know it
you’re hardly fighting for yourself
owned by everybody else
and I’ll never understand, no I’ll never understand

maybe it’s time to revisit Camus
that myth of sisyphus is sizzling you
and a stone with that kind of weight could put a dent in your interest

for all the times you could lie awake
and ponder if there was a better mistake
it doesn’t matter doesn’t matter you’re screwed either way

they’re always saying
“you’ll never make it on your own.
why don’t you take another loan?”
before you know it
you’re hardly fighting for yourself
owned by everybody else
and I’ll never understand, no I’ll never understand

scrawled in pen across your palm
remember all you’ve got to pay
you’d better find a way
looming thick above the calming river
all you’ve got to pay
you’d better find the way to all you’ll ever know

that’s the way it goes
that’s the way it goes
that’s the way it goes
that’s the way it goes
that’s the way it goes
that’s the way it goes
Track Name: Notion
sure it’s a calming notion, perpetual in motion
but I don’t need the comfort of any lies
for I have seen the ending and there is no ascending rise

back when I was younger, was told by other youngsters
that my end will be torture beneath the earth
‘cuz I don’t see what they see when death is staring at me
I see a window, a limit, to live it, or not at all

if you could pull the lever to carry on forever
would your life even matter anymore?
sure it’s a calming notion, perpetual in motion
but it’s not what you signed up for

I’m sure there won’t always be sunshine
but there’s this momentary beam of light
you don’t have to wait those salty decades
to get through the gate it’s all in front of your face
I’m sure there won’t always be sunshine
I’m sure there won’t always be sunshine
but there’s this momentary beam of light

I could cross the ocean in a fit of devotion
for every shining second this fragile body beckons
you think you’re owed it better believing ancient letters
sure it’s a calming notion but it’s a lie
Track Name: Bug Eyes
the street was buzzing low as darkness wove around
one of those nights that float a foot above the ground
she stood close to him, moonlight cast across the square
and smiled softly as a hush fell through the air
and he said “don’t give me those bug eyes”

they carried on the way an oak collects its rings
another chapter written every passing spring
and as the skies lit up with auburn, red, and merrigold
she saw in his face the fact that they were growing old
and he said “don’t give me those bug eyes”
“don’t give me those bug eyes”

there comes a time we all must place our pencils down
maybe tomorrow maybe fifty years from now
when he came home from what what meant to be a routine test
she knew at once and felt a sinking in her chest
and he said “don’t give me those bug eyes”
“don’t give me those bug eyes”