Dark Synthetics

by Secret Shame

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about

"There’s a rage trembling under the group’s chiming post-punk, which winds itself around an ultimatum about self-preservation..." - The New York Times

"Secret Shame channel both the tragic beauty and spooky ambience of a graveyard." - Paste Magazine

"Secret Shame’s new album Dark Synthetics is a seven-song tempest of guitar-driven dark post-punk in the vein of Skeletal Family, Rubella Ballet, and Look Back in Anger." - post-punk.com

"The band thunder around Lena like a horde of bats..." - bandcamp.com

"I can’t get over the vocals – they soar high above many out there right now. Not only am I transfixed by the vocal tone, but also the driving and intense music that the whole band creates." - CVLT Nation

"Secret Shame make gloomy, melodic rock steeped in '80s goth and post-punk." - BrooklynVegan

credits

released September 6, 2019

Ryynikki - lead guitar
Lena - vocals, synth
Matthew - bass, synth
Nathan - drums
Billie - rhythm guitar, synth

Recorded and mixed by Ricky Olson at The Ward in Richmond, VA January 25-27th, 2019
Mastered by Bryan Walthall at Stereo Image
Logo by Ayana Price
Cover painting and singles art series by Lena
Layout and design by Nathan

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Track Name: Gift
Matteo, why
Matteo, stop, stop
Matteo, why, when you see them cry,
do you seem to like it?
Matteo, why
Matteo, stop stop
Matteo, why, when you see them cry,
do you seem to love it?

In another light I’ll see you go dark
Noose around your neck to catch me off guard
Another gift from creator, that feeds your head
Maybe he was possessed
No, it was a gift
A gift from God that makes him alive
That seizes her light
And makes him a man
The drugs that make you work-
She’ll think nothing of it, force her and she’ll love it

Maybe she’ll draw towards you
And all your Gods- they will take second chances
Oh, my God, I can see your tear away face
and your tear away Gods
who lead you back to the grave

In another light you’ll slowly kill yourself
Feel nothing else but crystals consuming you
The lord, he said it unto you
To seize her light, he sees
Sees her light turn into dust
You can kill yourself but don’t ask me why
Don’t ask me why
Why, Matteo, archangel-master,
Will he let himself die? Don’t ask me why.
Why, oh
Track Name: Comfort
From below the caverns of night reaches out a monster
From the sickness in you creeps through, as you’re watching her

Fall far away from those tired seething eyes
Nobody likes this, nobody likes this,
nobody likes it at all
Fall far away from those tired seething eyes
She’s in a peril, she's in a peril,
nobody trusts it at all
Fall far away from those tired seething eyes
Nobody trusts it, nobody like it,
nobody likes it at all

All, all, all

She needs to be left alone with her grief
She will stay withered without a release
He mangles her, castrates her dreams are sharp teeth

From below the caverns of night reaches through to eat you up
From the sickness in you creeps through and you’re out of luck

Fall far away from those tired seething eyes
Nobody likes this, nobody likes this,
nobody likes it at all
Fall far away from those tired seething eyes
She’s in a peril, she's in a peril,
nobody trusts it at all
Fall far away from those tired seething eyes
Nobody trusts it, nobody like it,
nobody likes it at all

Reject what heals you and you’ll slowly die
Reject what loves you and you’ll lose your mind
Blood will seep out from underneath the grave you lie
Shake
shake.
Track Name: Creature
See him there, do you laugh at that?
Do you cry at that? How does it feel?
Make it seem real- who are you?
Who am I? You want to die? That’s fine. That's fine. That's fine. That's fine.
That's fine. That's fine.
See her whole, and see her tear
Cognizance is an utmost tier
Societal falseties- consequences build our breed
It’s okay! I am fine! I feel so good all the time!
It’s okay- I’m not sure? Cheeks that help her feel demure
But purity don’t come naturally
Your lips bleed apathy
Come purify me, get them hypnotized with simple words
We become baptized
Look at me, read my lips
Come institutionalize, and fade down
Ice spreading, shaking barren seas
Waves of indecision keep us drowning
Frostbite on hot holding hands
Creature, come take me with you
It's fine. That's fine. That's fine. It's fine. It's fine.
See you,
see her whole and see her tear
Cognizance is an utmost tier
And fade down
Come institutionalize, and slave me around
Lead me to you and help me hurt
Rip the spine out from above me, spineless cannibal
Dying animal
Eat your heart out, heart that eats me
It’s okay. I am fine. I feel so good all the time.
Suicide
Suicide
suicide while it’s still easier.
Track Name: Dark
Carcassed shell of animal
Help me hurt you
Unbeknownst to heathen lives, you will adapt to what heals
-And break it down
once again you
Once Again You
Failure of a human mind
Is it disfigured?
Inspiring minds would like to know
Pain that doesn’t matter at all, prodding you for easy pleasure,
Easy pleasure numbs you down
Numb your way
Stop, hold on
Stop, hold on
Stop, hold on
Stop, hold on
Hold your fire
Reachin desire
Fade
Fade
Fade
Fade

Modern Quasimodo it lives
Help me hurt you
Help me open up your eyes,
I want to see worlds through your skull
And break it down
Animal I
Animal I Am
Modern Quasimodo it dies
Heaven hurts you
Unbeknownst to heathen lives
You will adapt to what heals
And reject it all
Reject it all
Stop, hold on
Stop, hold on
Stop, hold on
Stop, hold on
Hold
Track Name: Haunter
When you hear the whispers in your mind whisper-
Who’s there?
An empty wall is all you’ll find
Whisper, whisper,
When you hear the whispers hit her high-
Do they lie? Hear her cry
When you hear the whispers in your mind whisper,
Whisper

Some saying you’re insane and you’ll fade to white
They’ll try and control you and you will fade to white
Some saying the love you but you are jaded inside
What you can’t see won’t hurt you, fade to white

When you hear the whispers in your mind whisper-
Who’s there?
An empty wall is all you’ll find
Whisper, whisper,
When you hear the whispers hit her high-
Do they lie? Hear her cry
When you hear the whispers in your mind whisper,
Whisper

Some type of doom is inside you and you’ll fade to white
Don’t come near me, don’t hold me tight, and you’ll fade to white
Clear that consumes you, talk to me, fade to white
What you can’t see won’t hurt you, fade to white

*****
Fear them, spirits, pretend you don’t hear it
Calling you, voices, songs not of existence
See white, see deadliest night, her face is cracked in half
And there will be leaking, boiling, corrosions and spoiling
Hear them, screaming, sirens and bleeding
Noise, noise, words of indecision
Whispered visions, dull precisions
Whisper, whisper
Whisper, whisper
Haunter, haunter
Haunter, haunt her
Open up your eyes into existence
Open up, they never existed.
Track Name: Calm
Fight it,
Trust in him subsides as lying lips bleed rhymes
And confuse themselves, convince themselves they are
Christ themselves
Compelled to fill the void with dark synthetics
Prescription decisions, tangible nightmares, edible night terrors
I see you trying to be a martyr
Let it rest, you’ve done your best,
and you’ve tried your best to be blessed-
But you never will be
you never will be
You never will be.

Calm me down or I am going to burn up
{As soon as I fit my head round you, you’re gone}
Calm me me down or I am going to burn up
{As soon as my ego absorbs you, you’re gone}
Calm me down or I am going to burn up
{As soon as I betray you, you’re wrong}
Calm me down or I am going to burn
{As soon as I stop killing myself, you’re gone}...

Tell me, when did you become a motherfucker
And how has it served you in life?
Serve you on golden platters,
It isn’t abuse if she’s losing her mind
And when the path is dark,
All the girls thank you for choking the life out of them
Come submit to submission-
The feminine psyche craves to die by your hand- I’ll convince you myself
Prescription decisions feed the beast that desires
Feed the beast that desires
Fuel the flames of the fires...

Calm me down or I am going to burn up
{As soon as I fit my head round you, you’re gone}
Calm me me down or I am going to burn up
{As soon as my ego absorbs you, you’re gone}
Calm me down or I am going to burn up
{As soon as I betray you, you’re wrong}
Calm me down or I am going to burn
{As soon as I stop killing myself, you’re gone}...

I am going to burn {you're gone}
I am going to burn {you're wrong}
I am going to burn up, see it in those eyes {you’re gone}
Burn up, see it in those eyes {you’re wrong}
Burn up, see it in those eyes {you're gone}
Gouge your mind, gouge your mind
And burn up, gouge your mind
Gouge your mind or I am going to
Burn up, gouge your mind
Gouge your mind, or I am going to
Burn up, gouge your mind
Gouge your mind, or I am going to
Burn up,
Gouge your mind
Calm me down or I am going to burn.
Track Name: Storm
You exterminate any apology for stealing from me
It’s just a kiss, it’s just a touch
And if you’re sorry- stop putting the blame on me
In your mind, where the pale moon ricochets
In your eyes
And within your vapid brain,
Intertwined
And the symptom of the cause is you’re problematic
And the symptom of the cause is you're so dramatic
And the symptom of the cause is you take what you crave
Stop putting the blame on me
In your mind
Where the pale moon ricochets
Off your eyes
And within your vapid brain
Intertwined
Inside
You’re exposed and blind
It's all bleak
Your ideals, it's all bleak inside

Your fever claws till you can feel the way she winds
Down
Dig your claws, and you can feel her, catch and bind
Her
Inside
It's all bleak, bathed in white
Trap her innocence inside
It’s all bleak inside
It's so cold
It's so cold
It's so cold
So cold

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