Songs For Trees

by Unspoken Ethos

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about

Songs for Trees is the passionate, playful and provocative debut album of Unspoken Ethos, a four-piece alternative rock band heavily influenced by jazz, progressive rock and metal.

Displaying virtuosity beyond their years, Unspoken Ethos gels into a groove that is irresistible and satisfying, with riffs and hooks that seduce. From the towering keyboard mastery of Ashton Wisener, to the aching guitar solos of Will Hansen, the band is anchored by the tight rhythms of bassist John Janigan-Mills and the fluid percussion of Morgan Zwicker. The quartet totally grok each other’s musicianship and approach; hence the band name.

Co-produced by legendary musician and producer Skip Beckwith, Songs for Trees is a compelling plea for humans to look at what they are doing to each other and the planet, and stop destroying everything.

- THANK YOU -

The band would like to thank their family, friends and teachers for all the support. The biggest of thank yous goes to Barry/Cindy Wisener, Karen Janigan/Greg Mills, Sherry/Mark Zwicker and Denise Parrott/David Hansen for their everlasting support and love.
Unspoken Ethos would also like to single out David Lewis for the loaning of his old Fender amp, and all of the staff at the Cunard St. Long & McQuade in Halifax, Nova Scotia for being extremely friendly and providing us with the essential gear required to make an album.

Ashton Wisener would like to thank Korg Keyboards for providing all of the awesome keyboard sounds, and Jordan Rudess for his inspiration and innovation.

John Janigan-Mills would like to thank Ernie Ball Music Man for providing some amazing basses, and Victor Wooten for his vast knowledge of life and music.

Morgan Zwicker would like to thank Gretsch Drums for something awesome to hit on, and Jordi Comstock for the years and years of drum training and inspiration.

Will Hansen would like to thank Suhr Guitars for providing him with a killer axe, and Jason Becker for being the worlds best guitar hero since day one.

Unspoken Ethos would also like to wholeheartedly thank Skip Beckwith and his wife Claire Shaw for their unprecedented support and guidance.

And finally, Unspoken Ethos would like to thank you for your support. You are the one that keeps on making this happen!

credits

released July 1, 2013

- THE BAND -
Ashton Wisener - Keyboards
John Janigan-Mills - Electric and Upright Bass, Lead Vocals
Morgan Zwicker - Drumset, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Will Hansen - Guitar, Lead Vocals

- OTHER PERSONAL -
Samuel Foran - Alto & Soprano Saxophone
Emma Burkeitt - Artwork

All music written by Unspoken Ethos*
All lyrics written by John Janigan-Mills and Will Hansen
Produced by Unspoken Ethos and Skip Beckwith
Engineered by John Janigan-Mills

*All music written by Unspoken Ethos, except tracks 4, 9 and 11, written by Unspoken Ethos and Sage McConnell

Recorded between March 1st, 2013 and June 5th, 2013 at MahoneTone Studios and MahoneTone Satellite Studio in Nova Scotia, Canada. Mixed and mastered at MahoneTone Studios.


(c) Unspoken Ethos, 2013

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As the seasons changed, and the leaves began to bloom, a young band, Unspoken Ethos was cast upon the land of Nova Scotia, Canada. Combining progressive influences with a multitude of other genres, Unspoken Ethos brings together technical prowess, excellence in songwriting and a knack for experimentation. Prepare your ears for a sonic landscape you will never forget. ... more

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Track Name: Whatever You Want It To Be
You've moved away. you've changed
chariot of fire or chariot of gold
Bring sand and earth; wood and hammer
forge fast and don't lose faith

We'll pass through fire and stone
to reach our canvas of earth
There we'll find nothing and everything:
whatever you want it to be

The buildings have started, small and tall
scraping the sky or scraping the earth's core
Forged with blood, sweat, tears and fear
your creation of love and hate

We'll pass through fire and stone
to reach our canvas of earth
There we'll find nothing and everything:
whatever you want it to be

Screw you and your royal scam
Track Name: Tomorrow's Yesterday
WILL WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND HALF OF WHAT YOU SAY. PLEASE SEND JOHN THE LYRICS. THANK YOU.
Track Name: Swim Before You Drown
Sun light coming through the blinds with no direction seen
a prism breaks it all apart and lets the colours dance around
and through the towns and quiet city streets,
time can be heard calling, like a fog horn in a bay

You better swim before you drown
swim before you sink to the ground
while you tread water, time does not relapse
instead moves faster than you can clasp

The clock parade is a race which you cannot win
run as you might the wheels keep on turning
so you run the other way, screaming for help
but then you realize you can only dust off yourself

You better swim before you drown
swim before you sink to the ground
while you tread water, time does not relapse
instead moves faster than you can clasp
Track Name: Raindance
Four walls closing around me
it's all see, all I know, all I want
control me like a simple puppet
use me like the simple man I am

One lie for you, one life for me
adorning my box as picture-esque scenery
I want my life, but you hold the key
a smile on your face means that I'm not free

No perception of reality, what is it anyway?
something to live, something to own, something to give away
you draw your cornered circles that are really just squares
confined by limitation, I am yours to share

One shot for you, two hits for me
what the power decides it what I'm lead to be
whether triumphant with valor, or hiding in shame
my question remains, "who is to blame?"

You've driven me to dance in the rain
surely I must be insane

You've lead my to dance under the rain
how long have I been insane?

You've lead into the dance of the rain
surely you must be insane

Are we all insane?
Track Name: Sleeping Pills
Sleeping pills on my mind when I fall asleep
they numb my brain and the pain that I keep
keep them fresh, fresher than the mountain air
but keep them all 'cause numbness can't be shared

Oh can we stop this machine?
ever turning it's cogs through flesh
stomping and pounding, it screams for more
I'd rather just take my sleeping pills

Talking rolling eyes fix on lies
the flame from their plots strip the sky
a wolf in sheep's clothing;
a simple disguise can be bought and sold in a blink on an eye

Oh can we stop this machine?
ever turning it's cogs through flesh
stomping and pounding, it screams for more
I'd rather just take my sleeping pills
Track Name: Soul Divine
Look around you, see the signs
of a society in decline
used to work, used to enterprise
now it simply manifests it own demise

I will be the soul divine
I will be a soul divine
I will be and you shall see
from now until the end of time

There comes a time to mend the broken
and account for all the lies we've spoken
the choices are to hide the proof
or become a martyr and die for the truth

I will be the soul divine
I will be a soul divine
I will be and you shall see
from now until the end of time

The hour glass is losing sand
even the government won't understand
that we only have limited time
if we want to see, if we want to be

I will be the soul divine
I will be a soul divine
I will be and you shall see
from now until the end of time
Track Name: Mission Impossible
Bass, guitar, keys and drums
Track Name: The Inventor
I am the inventor
but I grow weary of space and time
I must invent a place
where I can surely shine

I must invent the time
I must invent the place
I must devise the human race

I want to create something perfect by design
I want to create something who knows they are mine

I must invent the time
I must invent the place
I must devise the human race

How shall it sprout?
this experiment of mine
how shall I play
the progression of mankind?
will I find redemption?
or will I fall from grace?
can I even find myself within the human race?

I must invent the time
I must invent the place
I must devise the human race

I started it with a bang
and the great plan had begun
the monuments where raised
straight from the ground which I had made
the intelligence that I am
left no questions to be raised
despite the victories of my days
at night you can hear me say

Save me, save my from myself
save me, my heart has turned to rotting gold
save me, save my from myself
save me, my heart has turned to rotting gold

In the chapels they start to wonder
whose life their living, theirs or mine?
The thread between their hearts and mine
grows thinner everyday
I've since become a mirage
in a world I used to own
with the disappearing of my days
at night you can hear me say

Save me, save my from myself
save me, my heart has turned to rotting gold
save me, save my from myself
save me, my heart has turned to rotting gold

I can feel myself transform

I no longer know myself
what have I become?
the pain in seeking glory
has surely left me blind

My people have abandoned me
and left me in the cold
proving that society is only
bought and sold

The time has counted down
and my war has just been waged
was it good or was it bad?
or was it all just staged?

I must invent the time
I must invent the place
I must devise the human race

I invented a time
I invented a place
I created them all
only to have it blow up in my face

This is an epitaph for all those who design
for all those dreams that were crushed, just like mine
this is an epitaph for all those who design.
for all those dreams that were crushed, just like mine
Track Name: Under A Translucent Sun
Light beats down upon fallen grace
a child dies from human disgrace
moving along in a semi-circle
falling over every hurtle
sand moves across a barren shore
honesty's blood spilled on the floor
as you walk on through these golden doors
haven't you had this feeling many times before?

So you lie, lie, lie
lie your way through everything
try, try, try
try to erase the truth
climb, climb, climb
climb to your broken foothold
die, die, die
die for your profit gain

As your greedy fingers scrape the dawn
can't you see that your life is gone?
sold to money and corporate greed
is this what the world really needs?

So you lie, lie, lie
lie your way through everything
try, try, try
try to erase the truth
climb, climb, climb
climb to your broken foothold
die, die, die
die for your profit gain

Under a translucent sun, we throw ourselves away
(throw ourselves away)
climbing back on our broken morals, we try and fix the day
(fix the day)
under our broken sky, we melt like summer rain
climbing back on our broken dreams, we try and fix the day

Under a translucent sun
Track Name: (This Is) The End Of Everything
A maiden voyage in a black hole
that's where I be, remembering you
I followed the threads of my heart
and it lead me into the dark

This is the end of everything (this is end of everything)
this is the end of everything (this is end, this is the end)
this is the end of everything (this is end of everything)
this is the end of everything (this is end, this is the end)

What you are is a reflection of what I was
carried on a wave of dark
you threw away when I was a-ground
you left me here to waste away

This is the end of everything (this is end of everything)
this is the end of everything (this is end, this is the end)
this is the end of everything (this is end of everything)
this is the end of everything (this is end, this is the end)

This is the end of everything (this is end of everything)
this is the end of everything
this is the end of everything (this is end of everything)
this is the end of everything

This the end of everything
this is the end of everything
this is the end of everything
this is the end, this is the end,
this is the end