So Much For Silver Linings

by Dowzer

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1.
Shaking off my pride. I’m leaving behind all that wasn’t meant to be just right. Standing in line until the end of time. There’s no place for me in your spotlight. But you can never bribe me to understand it. The only thing I’ll try is to break or bend it. Just give me a reason to reach out for your heart, 'cause now you are tearing everything apart. The songs all feel the same. The people that remain are standing in your precious hall of fame. Will they ever know this is how far it goes? Predictable and narrow minded.
2.
I’ve always told myself that every dog will have it’s day. For how long have I’ve been waiting just to figure out the train has left the station, while I was still looking for a place to go? There is no one else to blame but me. I’m stuck with the lies I tell myself. Sugarcoated, i’m aware I am digging my own grave and it’s too late. I’m too blind to see my life is passing by in front of me. Must admit tomorrow is not another day. I’ve been dumb enough to fuck up every opportunity. I guess it’s true, hindsight bias blues. I never thought a day could last as long as this. I was wrong. Years are passing by. I cannot keep track of people changing, taking steps and moving on, while I stay in this cell I have created. I am bound to the lies I tell myself. Sugarcoated, I’m aware I am digging my own grave and it’s too late.
3.
Give me a reason why I should still relate to all your misery, to every complaint. My sympathy slowly turned into hate. I know that some days it’s hard to forget it, but dragging me with you doesn’t hit the spot. Do you always have to be stuck in a rut? It’s not that I don’t care but what you ask of me is not fair. your despair, it Gets the best of me. I could give you another second chance, so you can let me down again. You’re a broken record I don’t wanna hear. You aim for a new first impression, but you can not fool me anymore. You’re a broken record I don’t wanna hear. The commiseration you hold so dear shows that you like playing the victim here. My sympathy slowly turned into fear. How can I believe a single word you say when you hit rock bottom almost every day? Your credibility is fading away.
4.
No One Knows 03:15
Time is always after me. the fact, that i’ll lose eventually. Can someone teach me how to die? kill the fear of life inside. Face the facts don’t run. There’s no consolation in fairytales at all. Why can’t I accept that we are life and death? We’re all in this together. don’t worry you’ll be fine. can you kill the fear of life inside? We all search for something, you know you’ll never find. So many tears, but hey that’s life. This one I sing in honesty. I am cold and bitter, depressed. There’s nothing left of me. This thing that we call ‘life’ It is so hard on the inside.
5.
Making Waves 03:28
There is a fire inside me that could burn these bridges easily. Still I have become my own worst enemy. I’m not the person I should be. Drowning in insecurity, but I will light this flame eventually. I’ve seen it in my dreams / I will stop looking back on / faded memories / my regrets and failed attempts i’m / a call from deep inside of me / crawling out from under the rug / waiting patiently. Don’t want to be part of the plan. It’s not the person that I am. Still this is how the story always ends. Done putting up this barricade, it’s not too late for making waves. I’ve promised myself I will start today. I’ll never be the one you want me to be. and now the veil has been lifted finally there’s no turning around. i was never bound. somehow i always knew. I’ve seen it in my dreams / i will stop looking back on / faded memories / my regrets and failed attempts i’m / a call from deep inside of me / crawling out from under the rug / it’s what i’ve always been and who i’ll always be. All i’ll ever be.
6.
Give me wisdom. Give me hope and dreams. Show me everything I find hard to believe. ‘Cause lately I don’t feel anymore. I am cynical to the core. I was just trying to be sane, that’s all. Is there a cure for a heart made of ice? A remedy or some good advice? I searched for some sort of feeling And now this memory is all that I have. I believed in you no matter what. I gave it all I got. I didn’t count the nights I had been waiting for a sign. Now I realize enough is enough, ‘cause there are better ways that get you through the day. Stopped waiting for directions from the sky.
7.
Scars 02:41
Rise and shine. I’m gonna wear this smile for another day, let the feelings fade away. It takes some time to find comfort in a room without a light. I feel eyes burning holes in me. My ears still ring from a thousand voices. They tell me to play the game. It sounds insane, but it’s the only way. Getting ready, this is my escape. Holding on for another day. It may be hard to understand ‘a prison without bars’. Don’t worry about me, I will find my way in time. Can’t explain the pain I felt, ‘cause I can’t show you scars. Don’t wait for the day that ‘everything will be fine’. Years have passed and there’s still no cure, but I’m picking up the pieces one by one. I won’t give in to the label they have given me from the start.
8.
Back-up Plan 03:02
I still remember when I thought I was your friend. How could I be so wrong? I’m just your back-up plan. You’re knocking on my door when I can save your day, but like a burned up match you’re throwing me away. I do feel better than I felt like way back when taking the blame for mistakes kept me wide awake. This story never ends, but I’ll have my revenge. I’m slowly letting go and you will never know. Not easy to admit this lesson I have learned: You can never expect a favor in return from all the selfish jerks pretending to be friends. I found out recently that you are one of them.
9.
It would be nice if we could talk about things, but everything I’d say would make you choke. This time I will listen to you, but we won’t see eye to eye. ‘cause I’m never wrong when you’re right and I still can’t decide when you have made yourself clear. We do agree on that we have to work this out right now, ‘cause This is not the way you wanted it to be. This is not how you had planned it all. I can’t rely on memories, ‘cause eventually they’re going to fade. Can I meet your expectations or is it too late for me to connect all the dots? To make ends meet? I’ll take responsibility for every single time I let you down. I’m losing count, ‘cause This is not the way you wanted it to be. This is not how you had planned it all. It’s just the way things are that makes me miserable. I’ve stepped up to the plate. A swing and a miss. A swing and a miss again.
10.
Glimpses 03:44
Tell me why you’re wasting your time throwing away your life. 'cause you know before you know it’ll be all over. Life is calling for you. You know this is the moment of truth. If we cannot express the way we feel, Then what’s the point? So follow your heart and make it happen. You know it gets easier if you try. So do what you want and we’ll see what happens. What’s the reason you hesitate? don’t waste your life. don’t... Look at you, you look so miserable. This cannot be how it is meant to be. A final blow and before you know it’ll be all over. Say what’s on your mind. i know you know that it feels right. When all is lost and everything’s a mess please know how to believe. Can you help me, sir? I have a question. Are you nothing more than a dream? or is it something bad i’ve digested? Wait and see, Just wait and see.

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So Much For Silver Linings is
recorded and mixed by Jasper van den Broek
mastered by Jochem Jacobs | split second sound
vocal recordings assisted by Adrian Delange
late 2016/early 2017 in Sprundel, the Netherlands

Additional recordings:
Guest vocals on ‘Back-up Plan’ by Adrian Delange
Additional vocals by Jasper van den Broek
Glockenspiel on ‘No One Knows’ by Tim Klaassen
synth on ‘Back-up Plan’ by Deny Putman
Violins on ‘Scars’ and ‘Glimpses’ by Catherine Cameron and recorded by Walter Poppelaars at studio donderslag

Design by Deny Putman | denyputman.nl
Bandphoto by Max Fransen | Max Frenchfries

Labels:
Shield Recordings: LP/CD/Digital
Umlaut Records: LP/CD
Waterslide Records: CD
Trilob Records: Tape

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released September 22, 2017

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Dowzer Breda, The Netherlands

Dowzer has created their own blend of punkrock which pops with melody and vocal harmonies and bursts with power and versatility. After playing shows all over Europe, putting out records reaching from Breda to Tokyo,Japan and gaining experience from former bands (New Pokerface, Harsh Realms, This City Shines) they've grown to a band you shouldn’t miss out on. ... more

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