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released October 31, 2013

Slizneys: David Atkinson, piano; Tristan Clark, guitar; Trevor Falls, drums; Devon Henderson, bass; Jordan Venn, vocals;
Tom Juhas, guitar (“Triceratops”); T-Bone Armstrong, guitar (“Triceratops”); Siobhan McGovern, vocals (“Love Half Life”);
Dione Taylor, vocals (“Broccoli and Chemicals”)
Recorded by Sam Ibbett, Canterbury Music Co, Toronto, ON
Recorded by Dave Atkinson and Jordan Venn
Mixed by James Anderson, Sackville, NB
Mastered by Rick Salt, Lois Lane Recording, Nanaimo, BC

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Jordan Venn Toronto, Ontario

-Born and raised in Port Alberni, BC (South Port represent) by a logger and music teacher.
-Lives in Toronto
-Version 5.3.9 (DOB 1980.07.15)
-Has written a lot of songs.
-Has done some low medium profile studio work.
-182cm, greeny grey eyes
-Loves Phanerozoic fossils
-Loves Anthropocene animals
-Loves pizza
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Track Name: Identity
If I think twice I can act nice
If I play nice you’ll feel alright

Don’t base your identity
on the words that come out of me

I was trying to help when I called you co-optive
you were getting back when you said I was negative but in my understanding negativity is just a charge.

I don’t understand you
Track Name: Try and Stop Us, Dolphins
Can you feel the hate?
The money’s good let’s celebrate
It’s nothing less than fate
so this is how destiny manifests itself
I was told we’re the best species thus far
it’s divine right and thus it’s our world to scar

Try and stop us, dolphins
let’s see you try and stop us

Well the chimpanzees
we’ll take them out with stunning ease
just cut down their trees
that’s barely a challenge for the greatest of apes
So it’s the friendly mammal of the sea
up against human ingenuity

try and stop us, dolphins
let’s see you try and stop us

I heard somewhere they did some studies that show they might be smart
so maybe we should develop an underwater wallmart
if you can’t beat us join us
don’t resist the care we bring
you’re either with us or against us
so if that’s not your thing…

Try and stop us, dolphins
let’s see you try and stop us

You Can’t Stop Us, Dolphins!
Track Name: Outgrown
Real estate we can’t afford
walking on a dock I’m the loose fitted board
I get a little anxious and go ashore
in my old age I’ve become a bore
same old stories that I’ve told before
your eyes roll and you imitate a snore

You’ve outgrown me.

you go out more often with your fancy friends
I never get invited but take no offence
moved through time too quickly and got the bends
I never feel clever now only dense

You’ve outgrown me
and it’s showing
feeling lonely
You’ve outgrown me

I’ve gotten use to that empty house sound
I talk to myself cause you’re never around
And I’ve run out of things to say
Well it’s all the same now anyway

you say it’s in my head
but your all the way on the other side of the bed
I regret the harsh things that we’ve said
i try to tread lightly but I’m full of dread
You’ve outgrown me
You’ve outgrown me, yeah!
Track Name: Neurotoxin
Observation seems
dissolved and burnt while glory gleams away
manifest inconsistencies
blurry thoughts in existence display

neurotoxin
body locks in
hostage taken
brain forsaken

every visual cue
a relativistic hue of red
may I let my mind consume
a flash of insight sonic boom to shed
dreary drops of molten sorrow
calloused by a solid core
Track Name: Broccoli and Chemicals
Oh why?
tell me why does my broccoli
taste like chemicals?
Don’t deny
That ain’t right
I took a biteand it was shite

Now if i was a celebrity
then i wouldn’t have to suffer this injustice
and if by some chance i did
i could start some awareness
it’d be my cause
i’d play for it on game shows
i think that somewhere here
there is an underlying message
but i don’t know what it is

Why does my broccoli taste like chemicals?

was it at the farm
where they conspired to harm
off goes the alarm in my brain
it’s my old friend vegetable again
it is allegedable my friend that someone’s to blame
it’s all the same
not as though I can stake a claim
was it in china, north carolina or maybe regina
in some kind of refiner
that my broccoli some how some way began to taste like chemicals?
Track Name: Time Machine
I think I used to be wiser
But I can’t say for sure
I’d build myself a time machine
If I could get my ass up off the floor

I think I used to be smarter
But I don’t really know for sure
I’d sort the quantum theory out
If I could get my ass on through that door

I’d build myself a time machine

I think I used to be clever
But I’m not sure if it’s true
I’d sneak a peak on down that looking glass
But then I never know just what to do

Tell me how did that time just go
and leave me here like this all alone?
Well if I can’t and if I should avoid this slump and leave for good
I’ll build myself a time machine…

Just to observe
I swear
Just to observe
I swear!
Track Name: Inhibit the Drift
Lost thoughts lay
In the stray lighting of
Winter days
Hardening graves

See them glow row by row
Dusted with sparkling snow
Here below

Grinding gears
No show tears
Captive now inside our spheres
Despite the years

Pressure compressed and countlessly guessed
To be lain to rest

It seems what I’ve lost is my sense of loss
I’m not sure I need it anyway
I find myself craving objectivity
But if I can manage a subjectivity shift
my spirits might lift and I might forestall this drift

Bury it all away

Pressure compressed and put to the test
to be lain to rest

It seems what I’ve lost is my sense of loss
I don’t think I need it anyway
I find myself craving objectivity
But if I can manage a subjectivity shift my spirits might lift and I’ll inhibit this drift.
Track Name: Sun's Burning Out
I haven’t had thoughts like these, not since I was fourteen
though I don’t feel young again
Went home to make dinner alone and watched a vivid sunset through polluted skies
Augmenting polluting skies

Feels like the sun’s burning out – I barely leave the house but I went to the grocery store on a weekend night
Girls dressed up buying their juice. Reminds me of you.
Felt a little sad in the checkout line…

I do okay on my own. It’s not the same without you. I sleep on your side of the bed.
And staring at the crisscrossed carpet, the hallway seems emptier then it really ever did before.

Sometimes I wonder if you’re coming back.
Then I start to breathe heavier or at least notice my breath
And I’m up earlier each day to prolong the wait
Maybe it’s part of being human – we punish ourselves this way
And outside our window coo the morning doves, holding on to each other -I think about maybe getting a pet to make the time go by.

Feels like the sun’s burning out – I barely leave the house but I went to the grocery store on a weekend night.
Watched the sun biding its time, through polluted skies. Felt a little sad in the checkout line.
Track Name: Resentment
Relax
it’s not the end of the world
You’re intact
there’s no such thing as certainty

Suck it in
now let it go
all your problems you bestow
I can see your anger glow
puff your shoulders
and now how can you remit
amidst all of your resentment

take this down
it’s just the end of an era
comes around
Oh I’m sure there’ll be others

Calm yourself now that’s enough
there’s no need to huff and puff
I can see you tensing up
ease your muscles
We can’t know if this is it
Still you slip into a fit
And now how can you remit
amidst all of your resentment
Track Name: Soccer Mom
you’re messing up the planet
soccer mom
you’re messing up my planet

let go of some control
the kids aren’t his but he likes them so
hang up the phone and keep your eyes on the road
he’ll figure out dinner on his own
you ran over my ex-girlfriend’s friend Sarah in your SUV
claimed you couldn’t see
your kids are all morons like their idiot parents
and it bothers me but you’ll never see it.

let’s go build a suburb on a
wetland marsh that’s vital to the
things we need like air and water
kill the filter cause we got our
SUVs and treeless crescents
make that nature feel our presence
bigger houses, come and get your slice
the planet is itching and your the lice

Soccer mom

hey let it be just keep your eyes on the street
it’s neither a race nor yourself you must beat
open up your gas tank and let that petrol pour in ‘er
when the planet finally dies we can have a big party and blame the foreigners!
Track Name: Love Half Life
Oh there’s not a lot to say
So won’t you help me think of something
Will we live to fight another day?
You used to be my soul mate and I have no idea what happened

I was hoping that you could enlighten me
My old grey memory ain’t what it used to be
A little while ago my mind started dying and now it just wants to lay around
And I have no idea what happened

Everything decays and woke us from our little haze
Everything decays summer gives way to shorter days
Everything decays observe how nothing ever stays
’cause everything decays

Damn these over active tear glands
You know I always hate goodbyes
I feel like I dropped something fragile
You used to be my soul mate
I have no idea what happened
Track Name: Triceratops
Counter tops and your cops, Triceratops
it’s a haze, kind of strange, back in the days
In September, this little ember when i first start to remember

the remnant sounds of joyous laughter
the cave of happily ever after
the way that pets predict disaster
the loss of all that I’ve sought after

and now I’m having troubles sleeping
despite the white noise drone of my fan
my brain is crying out and leaching onto anything it can
it’s sort of like things won’t align, i can’t explain
the vibrating plain of my bewildered brain
I know it’s lame but I’m in pain

the echo hanging in the rafter
the bones of all that I’ve sought after
my grip on things in disarray
to let it all just slip away
a voice inside says it’s okay
Triceratops is far away
so watch it all just disappear
it used to seem so close and clear
the worst of this is what i fear
Triceratops just isn’t here

the way that pets predict disaster
the ghost of all that I’ve sought after
my grip on things in disarray
to let it all just slip away
and leave it be just like i should
Triceratops is gone for good