UNSTABLE

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This was a last minute thing, which is how we did most of our recordings.

Souk had just joined the band, we were about to go on tour with Rise Against & we figured we needed a new release for the tour. We had 3 songs that we wrote with Nick before he left the band that Souk had to learn & we wrote 3 new ones in about a week. Souk was working night shifts so we would practice when he got back from work @ 7am every morning for about 2 weeks. It's the strangest thing to play this kind of music @ 7 in the morning.

We hit the studio the following week, recorded & mixed for 5-6 days & that was that. We left the studio feeling like it would have been really great to put a little more time into this thing...

...& then the tour was postponed for a few months which would have given us plenty of time to write more, practice more, & take a little more time in the studio.

Listening to this now, I like the songs & the energy. These are some of my favourite lyrics I ever wrote.

-JonH.

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released February 7, 2004

Souk: Drums
Frank: Guitar, B-vocals
JonH: Vocals
Couz: Bass, B-vocals

Recorded @ mixed by Luc Boivin @ SN Studios August 17 - 24 2004
Produced by T2.

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Track Name: Draining Me
DRAINING ME

You're not part of the solution
You're not part of the problem
You are my problem

You're the reason why my hair falls out
The reason why my eyes are dry
The reason why I punch these walls
You're the reason why I feel so small & I hurt myself

You're draining me
Sucking on my soul
Draining me
Making me feel old
You're draining me

Twist my arm 'til it dislocates
Pulls my hand 'til the fingers break
You are my problem

You're the reason why I feel so cheap
The reason why I'm losing sleep
The reason why I cut my skin
You're the reason why I never win
The reason why

Visions of you six feet under make me smile
It's the only thing that makes me smile so please
Please make me smile

You're draining me
You're like a vampire
Draining me
Leaving me empty
Draining me.
Track Name: Don't Say It
DON'T SAY IT

I've seen you walk your line & never cross the line
I've seen you be yourself & never know yourself

I don't want to hear you say
I don't know what you're going through
I don't want to hear you say
Life is so much harder for you

I've seen you be afraid & then it was too late
I've heard you say you cared
I turned around & you weren't there

I don't want to hear you say
You've got my back & I'm worth your cause
I don't want to hear you say
Everything's gonna be OK when it never was

You left us & that is fine
I'm not here to give you a hard time
You messed up but that's OK
You fucked up
You gave up
But that's alright

I'm not mad

I don't want to hear you say
You'll call me up & we'll have a drink
I don't want to hear you say
I'm in your thoughts cause it makes me think
I don't want to hear you say
You miss me when you never cared before
I don't want to hear you say
Everything's gonna be OK when it never was

But that's alright.
Track Name: Isolation
ISOLATION

Everything
It comes & goes
It's over now & I can't hear a sound
Left this here for you to find
If you will
A tiny piece of my mind

Sometimes I think this feeling's here for just one day
It's over now but it won't go away

Can you see it now?
Can you understand?
Isolation is my only friend
Would you deal with me?
Would you just pretend?
Isolation is my only friend

Here without a voice to hear
Isolate me from the things you fear
Better now
All alone
Leave me here to heal all on my own

Everything makes sense when I'm all by myself
I can't explain to anybody else

The only voice I hear is the one in my head
It's always there for me
It keeps me company.
Track Name: Is This Joy?
IS THIS JOY?

Well everything is fine
I guess I can't complain
I'm bored out of my mind
No alcohol in my veins

So here I am & there you are
3,000 miles away from me

With alcohol free blood
You know it tastes so sweet
But I'm still not convinced
So I guess I'll go to sleep

Here I am & there you are
3,000 miles away from me
Is this what it feels like to be happy?
Cause being happy drives me crazy

The big question is:

Do I really want to?
Do I want to find out?
Is this joy?
Track Name: Unstable
UNSTABLE

I can't speak
I can't breathe
& I can't shake it away from me
Am I up?
Am I down?
I think the answer's all too clear

I can't control emotions I don't want
Can't make it go away
I can't think when emptiness is here
& I can't run away

Sometimes
I bend
Sometimes
I break

"It's in my blood"
-Bl'ast!

I hate it when I'm sane
Makes me want to retract my brain
I never feel at ease
So don't try to make me feel at ease.
Track Name: If I Was Smart
IF I WAS SMART

I look away
Don't stare at me
My paranoia is stronger than me

But if I was smart I'd turn it off
It's like a virus I can't stop
It keeps on living inside my thoughts
Taking over my life

I gotta stop & think but I can't stop the thinking
Once again

If I was smart I'd lose my mind
Too much for me to take
I think I need a break

Now everyday feels like a closed door
I can't look inside anymore

But if I was smart I'd drive myself right out of these situations
If I were brilliant I would know it's not my decision

Something inside of me is taking over me
Once again

If I was smart I'd walk away
But I have no control & I can't break the mold
It breaks me

If I was smart I'd lose my mind
I'd find a wishing well
& I would break the spell
But it breaks me.