Dangerous Times

by Brothers Lazaroff

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01:15
2.
These dangerous times that we are living in I’m crawling out of my skin Fear takes center stage once again Ripping us apart from within Filled up with rage and anger so They fall neatly in line when you say go Pull the cord worn thin by time and loss While the demon of betrayal’s foaming at the mouth These dangerous times that we are living in I’m crawling out of my skin Reckless with the pain where it isn’t Hate from the unloved has arisen
3.
I saw a large crowd in a black and white movie Pulsing back and forth like breathe in the lungs A man stood before them shaking and screaming Inciting them all got ‘em speaking in tongues Chorus: Don’t look now…don’t look now Don’t raise your hand, don’t raise you hand…don’t look now You say, “that was so long ago” with a shrug and a hiss Then you stockpile supplies and stash them away But the torches still burn out on the front lawn And faces still look the same every Sunday Chorus It’s a push and a pull, across a hair thin fine line Easy to cross even easier to break A reaction from the heart, not a skittish response No side to be on, nothing to retake Chorus
4.
This roof keeps out the rain stops the water from seeping in Doesn’t let the sun scorch my skin The walls battle the wind holds that raging force at bay But my mind still finds the cracks where it can slip away Chorus: Just a cover for our heads Just a cover for our heads Not a cover for our eyes, not a cover for our eyes It’s only just a cover for our heads Cool air from the ground in the long days of July Comes up under the mattress where we lie Chorus Verse: Waking from a night sleep where I was well beyond the stars Sunlight shimmers in like a steel guitars Day laid out before me it’ll be hours before I rest With devotion so deep within my chest Chorus
5.
05:43
It’s a story not so unreal Evil stands before you with a deal Peddling sin his name up in lights Tower of Babylon to the highest heights Chorus: Go away…all your evil, go away Name in lights, go away Babylon, go away Self-delusion it’s siren call Road burns up the feet and you will not stand to fall If you live in fire take it in Raising walls beneath the skin Chorus: Go away…self-delusion, go away Burning road, go away All your fire, go away The lines are seductive you can’t turn away Hanging on with baited breath for each splash of the day All the words spit with no meaning Rambling on keeps them seething Chorus: Go away…your seduction, go away Hanging on, go away All your seething, go away The ring’s beyond your grasp Gather everything don’t ask Playing with resentment of the defeated All the suspicions they’ve been cheated Chorus: Go away…beyond your grasp, go away Your resentment, go away Your Suspicion, go away
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Passed by your table all your cohorts gathered round Speaking of your plans in voices soft and low Your eyes fell on me, a blank gaze with no desire In that stark look there’s nowhere new, to go Nowhere new, to go Chorus: Pay it no mind Pay it no mind Go on and shine Pay it no mind At those dinners where you laugh and raise a glass And toast the times when you could understand Now you feel like it all could slip away But closing ranks will never end, the lie Never end, the lie Chorus
7.
Heard you laughing on that Spring day So much beauty all around me Make this moment never go away Walls of light surround me Chorus: It’ll never grow old, it’ll never grow old It’ll never grow old, it’ll never grow old Extend your hand and I’ll take it Meld your story with mine Fighting for love like a misfit Ducking shadows at night Chorus Starring down a barrel ain’t that bad Just don’t stare too long You’re not a spiritual nomad This is where you belong Chorus
8.
Sat by the cliff, stared into the abyss And asked myself, how’d it get like this The tide rolled out, we staggered about You seemed weak, filled with doubt Chorus: Take that trip up on the mountain Where you can live alone Verse: You tried to pretend, you had the strength of ten men I had a sinking feeling, of how this would end There’s lessons to be heard, lines get blurred You must prepare, to hear the word Chorus Verse: Can’t fake it through, they’ll see right through you I wear a badge of faith, from what I’ve had to do Sat by the cliff, looked out over the edge Won’t be pulled down, that’s a solemn pledge
9.
We walked out in the street that night Under radars and dashing satellites She tried to sort out crisscrossed signs I looked over my shoulder one last time Chorus: Trust me now (it’s gonna be okay) trust me now (it’s gonna be okay) Electric nerves running wild Things get dull after awhile Like dragging the blade over course terrain You know it’ll never be the same again Chorus Swinging in the big top without a net So many things I could never forget I saw mystery jewels behind the gate You showed me but made me wait Thought I’d catch you but you got me You always knew how it was gonna be Now I submit to learn the code Except the part I don’t wanna know
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04:26
Chorus: It’s with a heavy heart that I come to you Just wanna talk a few things out It’s with a heavy heart that I walk on in Can I just sit down I saw him shake her hand and say “no” Without a place for her to lay How do they caste people out in the streets Chorus I picked up my bags and went looking For when the images would fade Thought we’d have it together by now Please can you do me a favor Make this storm pass real soon I’m scared of the damage it may leave behind I was looking out my window I was caught up in the fog Sometimes it’s best to just shut it all out
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Quiet in here, lights are on Quiet in here, lights are on Chorus: Keep tellin’ myself lights are on, lights are on Keep tellin’ myself lights are on, lights are on Warm in here, lights are on Warm in here, lights are on Chorus Soft in here, lights are on Soft in here, lights are on Quiet in here, lights are on Warm in here, lights are on

about

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

We’ve never done a concept-album before, but the tunes connected themselves. This is our response to the bigotry and fear-mongering.

The songs came fast. We initially tracked them with just the two of us in the studio, David on an old Casio synth and Jeff on Stratocaster. On the Tuesdays we weren’t playing our residency at Tick Tock Tavern, the band began adding to the roughed-out demos. As they have since 2007, Grover Stewart provided the drums and Teddy Brookins the bass. Nate Carpenter, who has been with Brothers Lazaroff since 2014, supplied the organ and piano parts. This album also marks the arrival of a new member, Mark Hochberg, who’s alchemy of violin and sound design brings another dimensionality and cohesiveness to the band and album.

All summer long we layered and textured the tunes. Our cousin and mentor Stuart Rosenberg, in town to play a gig with us in June, added his psychedelic 1957 Fender Mandocaster to a couple songs. Long-time friend and collaborator Paco Proano contributed a few pieces of processed audio sourced from the tracking sessions. Finally, we brought it all to trusted engineer and advisor Jacob Detering for final mixing and mastering.

So we offer up these songs, our attempt to process the insanity and call on love. Recognizing that most feelings and opinions can’t be expressed in sound bites and short summations, we can give you brotherly-harmonies, fuzzy guitars, soulful organ, ethereal violin, syncopated drums and vital bass lines.

Peace,
Jeff and David

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released November 1, 2016

All Songs by Brothers Lazaroff
Produced by Brothers Lazaroff

Jeff Lazaroff - Vocals, Electric Guitar
David Lazaroff - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Grover Stewart - Drums
Teddy Brookins - Bass, Vocals
Nate Carpenter - Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Mark Hochberg - Violin, Sound Design
Stuart Rosenberg - Mandocaster
Paco Proano - Sound Design

Recorded @ Room 18 Studios; University City, MO

Mixed and Mastered by Jacob Detering @ Red Pill Entertainment; St. Louis, MO

Recording Consulting and Studio Logistics by Sam Ohlhausen

Album Source Artwork by Paco Proano @ Object And Thought and Rob Miller @ Loophole; Denver, CO

Album Layout and Design by J.J. Campbell @ Rural Rooster; Austin, TX

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