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This song was named after Swedish pop group Army Of Lovers. Massive Luxury Overdose was the title of their most successful album. However, they did not have a SONG with that title, so maybe they should do a cover version of ours. I would totally love to hear that.
So why name this song after an outlandish Eurodance collective? No special reason really, other than that the title fit the lyrics perfectly and ‘Crucified’ is just an awesome song. Guilty pleasures,… got to love them.

However silly the backstory behind the title may be, the content of this song is quite serious. The lyrics are about the effects that technology, perticularly the internet, have on our modern day life. We’ve got this whole wide world at our fingertips, an infinite data stream of information, with limitless potential. Still we just seem to graze the surface and then rush on to the next thing. We seem to no longer be able to see the forest for the trees. Perhaps having less options makes us appreciate what we have a little more. 3 verses deal with 3 sides of this concept: Data/media, social interactions and music consumption. So don’t browse this blog,… take your time to READ it.

Massive Luxury Overdose.

Information will find its way
I can see almost everything everyday
Feels like I’m flooding my senses –So passions drown
Whatever happened to that thirst to explore?
What ever happened to the need to see, knowing more?
These means have dulled the advances –So tear it down

A nostalgia for the fire
Presence is taken away
By modern day technology –We’re led astray

Take a breath to be taken away
Too much love, it will kill you, they say
Don’t forget to process information –Does not compute
There’s no need to decide on first look
Try to see past the cover of books
Take some time to explore our relations –Misunderstood

A nostalgia for the fire
Presence is taken away
By modern day sociology –Move past the cliché
A nostalgia for the fire
Overdose won’t stimulate
But fade away in apathy –We’re led astray

Through all the days
I’m trying so hard
To pace this craving
For infinity

Every album needs time to grow
What little songs that I, way back then, got to know
They are still my favorite existing –Integral parts
Why down another album each day
How much music can you take to heart, anyway?
Is there anybody out there still listening? –It’s killing the art

A nostalgia for the fire
Presence is taken away
By modern day technology –We’re led astray
A nostalgia for the fire
Overdose won’t stimulate
But fade away in apathy –Left in disarray

 
The first verse I think is self explanatory (but I will explain it anyway). Since the rise of the internet we really don’t need any other medium to acquire our information. But as full of valuable information as it may be, it’s even fuller of distractions. And we can’t know everything, so our minds just get lost in this massive sea of data. Sometimes we even forget what we were looking for in the first place. Our attention spans grow shorter and shorter. We feel we don’t need to remember everything since we can always look stuff up again, and so nobody really develops a specialized skill set anymore. We know a little about a lot, but not a lot about anything. Personally, if I were to have emergency surgery, I would prefer it if the doctor didn’t have to Google the procedure. Yes I am exaggerating, but I’m sure you know what I mean. Specialism equals quality.

The second verse is about relationships with other people. We are creatures that originally lived in social circles that consisted of something between a 100 and a 150 people. These days, we all have hundreds, sometimes even thousands of Facebook ‘friends’, and even more ‘friends’ of ‘friends’ that make up our tribe. And the more people we know, the shallower our contacts become. We couldn’t possibly maintain as many contacts in real life, but still we don’t feel like we’re losing touch, because we can still read each other’s updates, right?
Only a few decades ago, you would go on several dates with a girl to get to know her. Then, after winning her over, you might get a kiss. These days, if you don’t shove your tongue down a girl’s throat the same night that you meet,… you’re probably not that into each other. Relationships have become expendable. We throw them out like old pieces of clothing, constantly chasing the elusive Mr. or Mss. Right. People used to talk about ‘Catching the biggest fish in their pond’. Nowadays, ‘There’s always more fish in the sea’.

Finally, music. Now I’m not going to bitch about illegal downloading and how it ruined the music business. That is a lie. The internet gave people the ability to discover loads of new music they otherwise would never have known. Try before you buy. But the record companies responded to this by releasing a shitstorm of one-dimensional cliché crap music. I’m not just talking about popular music,… it’s everywhere in every genre. Bands/artists that sound like something you already know so that you don’t have to exert yourself to form an opinion. How do you think songs like ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light’ ‘November Rain’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (and yes, ‘Crucified‘!) would fare if they would have been released in today’s music industry? When the music becomes more shallow, so does the way we listen to it. There are a million bands out there, releasing a bazillion songs. We listen to them once, then move on to the next discovery. An invention like Spotify only encourages this. We don’t even have so much as a file on our computer anymore. We can constantly listen to every piece of music ever written,… as long as we can remember what it was again.

I would like to see people be more mindful of these things and be critical in their choices. Call up a friend now and again, or even better: Meet up in real life. Seek out more in-depth knowledge on the things that interest you. Take time to appreciate different art forms. Oh, and feel free to download our album when it is released. Copy it, share it, play it everywhere! The more people know about it, the better. But please listen to it more than once. Allow the music grow on you. Who knows, you might like it,… and then we’ll gladly take all your money.

Next up: Things get all dark and depressing with “Void”!

This is the second song I wrote for my audition for Selfmachine. It’s also one of the two songs that we recorded as promotracks, right after I joined the band. It’s kind of an unusual lyrical theme for me, because usually I write about more personal issues. This one however is quite socially aware and deals with a lot of things that really bother me in society. It’s also full of little references to other stuff. Alright, here we go….

Incorporated
It’s about time we lose this concept
Going through motions without thinking twice
Accepting authority without question
Following orders as we close our eyes

Degrade the human being to numbers, a product.

They don’t want you to do no critical thinking
See rules should serve us, we should not serve rules
Pay no attention to these men behind the curtain
Leading the blind through this world of fools

Reach out your senses
And find a way
To break this isolation

Parliament’s keeping the public afraid where we differ is all that we hear
Keeps us from opening dialogues to find out we have nothing -to fear

This world is lacking sympathy
restrained by synthetic injunctions

Now stand your ground
Broadcast your identity
Make up your own mind and speak

The media broadcasts opinions as fact and they reap from the chaos they sow
Keeping their audience pacified as they regulate all there is -to know

This world is lacking sympathy
Restrained by the structures that feed the machine
This life is not what it should be
Deprived of all human connection

The corporate owners are smiling
As they’re tightening all of the strings
Boldly oppressing the worker bees
And yet always stay clear of the stings
It stinks

Mind your own business – Stand in line

Obedient drones racked and numbered
You’ll be herded (to) where you need to go
When you fall outside parameters
I am sorry, computer says no

Every moment is a separate occasion
Every person has an individual mind
Difference is the only common denominator
No ‘one size fits all’ for these unique designs

So here we are
A million miles apart
Why don’t you come and talk to me

This world is lacking sympathy
Restrained by the structures that feed the machine
This life is not what it should be
Make way for a human connection

 
This song is about how governments and major corporations seem to take over the lives of ordinary people on a daily basis. We are slaves to the machine so to say. Little systems that are put into place to provide us with comfort, convenience and security, but are really used to monitor our every move, limit our options en ever so gently steer our decision making. Most of these things might not seem important, and you may not care about who knows what brand of peanutbutter you use. But once you start paying attention to the way every bit of personal information is being recorded and sold off,… it’s scary as hell. And the worst part is: If you talk to other people about this,… chances are they’ll think you’re a loon.

Pay no attention to these men behind the curtain” -Is derived from a scene from The Wizard Of Oz. It is a allegory for the puppet government that is seen in America especially. But the same could be said for the Netherlands and most countries around the world, really. There is much more going on behind the curtain than we’ll ever know.

Broadcast your identity” –Hey, isn’t that our album title? Well, yes it is! When Mark first looked over my printed lyric sheet (during my audition), his eyes stopped at that sentence and he said to me “Hey, that would make a good album title!”. After I joined the band he came back to it and it stuck. Telling the world who we are. I guess that’s what a debut album is all about.

I am sorry, computer says no” –Is a famous punchline from  comedy series ‘Little Britain’. It essentially happens all the time: A problem could be solved in seconds, but some system or regulation is in the way. We need to remember that these systems are there to help people, not control their lives. Another great example of this is made in this Dutch commercial.

I really could go on and on about these things. Once I start ranting, it’s hard to stop. So what can you do? Well,… I try to protect my privacy as best I can and rebel in small ways, like by not putting up my real name on Facebook and by regularly trading personalized Albert Heijn bonus cards with random strangers to screw up their databases. Do you think I’m a loon yet?

-Steven

Next up: More modern-day confusion and social alienation in “Massive Luxury Overdose”!

Song number two of the album: Miles Away. One of my personal favorites. Super catchy choruses and that ludicrously fast shred solo by Johnny in the middle. Y’all just wait. It’s nuts. But for now, let’s get into the lyrics of the song.

Miles Away

If I could only reach you
If I could only fight my way uphill
If I could only plant this seed in mind
That would let you find the will

I’m trying still
And I’ll be here until

These walls are falling
And I will stay
Until they’re all away
Miles away

Standby, awaiting signals
I’m reading into every word that you speak
However little hopeful
Resignations are only for the weak

Not there for me
Until the day I see

These walls are falling
And I will stay
Until they’re all away
Can you hear me calling
Or are these words I hear only a ricochet
From miles away

You’re miles away

And I am trying still
So I’ll be here until

These walls are falling
And I will stay
Until they’re all away
Can you hear me calling
Or are these words I hear only a ricochet
From miles away

So, this is actually me trying to write my own version of the song ‘Breakthru’ by Queen. I love that song and the lyrics. You like someone, you want them to notice you but you can’t seem to reach them. Pretty straightforward stuff, really. Check out the lyrics to ‘Breakthru’ here.
Freddy focused more on his feelings for that certain person. I focused more on the struggle. How totally true metal of me, haha! But seriously, I always envy those artists who can write a song with such simple sincerity, without it becoming too mushy or cheesy. Freddy was an unparalleled genius and this my little ode to him,… By totally ripping off his idea for a song.

The working title for this song was originally ‘Stay’. As a reference to this I used that word in the chorus in a place that focuses a lot of attention to it. It’s a little inside joke for those very few people that knew the song from before I joined the band.

Speaking of working titles,… the next time I’ll discuss a song originally titled ‘Mark’!

-Steven

Okay, so here we go: The first of my lyric posts. Our upcoming album will feature 11 tracks, so I’ll be doing this once or twice a month until the album is finished. I’ll post the lyrics to a song, and then explain what the song is about and maybe point out some of the little jokes or references that I put in there.  Of course any lyric is open to different interpretations, and I have no intention of taking that magic away from anybody. Over time a song creates a life of its own, and sometimes the meanings can change, even for me. This is just the way I wrote it.
Breathe to aspire

I speak my name, introductions aside
I want to get right down to business
Inflamed, with no dreams fulfilled
So can I get a witness?

No one restrains me
So far I’ve been delayed
Clenching my fists as I brawl through the fray

So many times that I have lost
I’m losing track of all the costs
Still I remind myself of this, because…

No matter how many nights I have known
This is a new adventure
If once again I strike out on my own
I will live a new day

Breathe to aspire

I’ll claim my space
Fill my lungs full of air
And then exhale determination
No trace of any battle fatigue
That might have crumbled this foundation

A million times I might have lost
And I am still here now because,…

No matter how many nights I have known
This is a new adventure
If once again I strike out on my own
I will live a new day

What if this won’t improve? What will it move towards?
No one holds all the cards, decides which way to move
Just breathe

Breathe to aspire to breathe to aspire to breathe…

So many times that I have lost
I’m losing track of all the costs
Still I remind myself of this, because…

No matter how many nights I have known
This is a new adventure
If once again I strike out on my own
I will live a new day

No matter how many nights I have known
This is a new adventure
If once again I strike out on my own
I will live as long as I -breathe to aspire

This song was the first I ever wrote for Selfmachine. It was one of the two tracks that Mark had sent to me to use in my audition for the band. I remember wanting to write something powerful and genuine, without having to dig too deep and pour out all kind of personal stuff to a band I might not even be part of. The main thought behind this song is: Whenever you lose something in your life, whether it’s a band, a relationship, a job or whatever, it is not the end of the world as long as you keep on breathing, keep on living and move on to the next level. You’re never beaten unless you give up. And every new adventure brings exciting new challenges. In my case, the challenge ahead was auditioning for this great new band. The first verse especially describes the exact situation I was in when I first sang these lyrics. It was custom made for the occasion and a totally meta experience.

And hey,… I guess it worked!

-Steven