by The Evidence

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Simon Threadgate Not at all what I normally listen to, but this is a long time favourite album, muscular guitars and powerful drumming combined with memorable songs full of hooks. Love this album, heavy pop punk at the best I’ve heard it done. Favorite track: The Oath.
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released May 5, 2009


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The Evidence Calgary, Alberta

The Evidence is a square-peg rock band.

Their influences include the melodicism of post-punk acts like Dag Nasty and Samiam, and the outsider musical perspective of bands like Rush.

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Track Name: What You See
This is a statement of intent from a broken heart
Now come between us, you should have seen us
Before the world did it’s best to tear us apart
(Grown Old, Souls Sold)
Where once the motivations were so pure
(Burnt Black, Can’t Take It Back)
You say you’ve no regrets, but are you sure?

Wouldn’t have believed it, but now I’ve seen it
You’re just one more voice in the choir now, now, now

You might have them fooled, but you won’t fool me, no, you won’t fool me
There’s a difference between what you know and what you see
See how time just flies when you trade your dreams for their fucked-up lies
As they smile and joke and laugh and cut you down to size

There was a time when I was sure we were so immune
But then the world turned and everything changed much too soon
(So much) for every plan we made
(So much) for promises, betrayed
(So much) for you, but not for me
I may have regrets, but I’m still free

To march right through it, or bow down to it
In the end its just fuel for the fire now, now, now

Is life just tossing on the waves? Or a one-way trip into our graves?
While you feed the worms and the sea throws you about
I will swim for shore and dig myself out
Track Name: The Oath
It’s like looking at the spider trying to crawl across my wall
When I’m waiting for the phone to ring, though I know you’ll never call
I tried singing my lungs out, I tried screaming in vain
I tried hating you, baby, I tried cursing your name
I tried reading your words to me, it didn’t numb the pain
I tried being a different man, but I still feel the same

Why do I put my faith in you, when I know you’re going to let me down?

It’s like locking all your deadbolts when your enemy’s inside
It’s like having all your dreams come true and you’re still not satisfied
I tried writing you letters, I tried telling you lies
I tried making you see the truth when I looked into your eyes
I tried cutting connections, I tried severing ties
I tried loving myself instead, but it’s me that I despise
Track Name: Scales
If clarity is found in the extremes
And everything is just the way it seems
Then how come we add depth with shades of grey
And resolution fades when we take it away?

There’s something in the Earth and in the Air
There’s something in the joy and the despair
There’s something in the long and short of it
There’s something in the pieces that don’t fit

Somehow it balances in the end

These ethical illusions blend inside
When matters of the heart and mind collide
Proton and Electron will repel
Leaders will lead and Rebels rebel

There’s something in the way it pulls apart
There’s something in the end and in the start
There’s something in the dead and the alive
There’s something there that lets us grow and thrive

Somehow it balances in the end
Somehow it balances in the end
Its one part enemy, one part friend
Somehow it balances in the end

There’s something in word and in the deed
There’s something in the want and in the need
Track Name: New June
Just let go
For better and this curse
Lies buried beneath me now, but it’s still the first…

Time, I’ve given away so much
Trying to be the light painted over your rust

You can’t see
How it just looked worse and worse
My withered faith’s burned out leaving me immersed in…

Doubt, stumbling and insecure
Crying reverts to being my only cure

So I’m taking back part of my investment in you, the part of me that bleeds
And feeds this restive fear

I’m still here
Loving shoulder, helping hand
Still standing…

‘Cause it’s just not worth the pain
I’d happily sleep alone, sleep well, sleep sane
So I’m taking back part of my investment in you, the part of me that bleeds
And feeds this restive fear
Those thoughts cloud my mind, turning me against you, putting words into my mouth
It’s time to step back and step out

Just let go
Track Name: Tremolo
Outside the circle of favourite sons, unclear if I’m to be a fortunate one
My hopes go astray
On my own and without your grace, I put my grievance in an airtight place
Hide it away
Out from the shadow of this grey ghost, and into service as your humble host
I’m gonna go, go, go
Let isolation smoulder inside of me, and on the surface turn a most pleasant cheek
So that no one knows that…

Never will I dare to believe
So far, failure’s all I’ve achieved
My heart gives way to its worst fear
Why try when the end is so near?

Just like the doors that you slammed in my face, I’ll lock the gate to that empty space
And I won’t return
‘Cause if I don’t, you’ll have the better of me, if I won’t this fear is all I’ll see
Will you ever learn?

Never will I dare to believe
Come clean or continue to deceive

You take what you want, I have what I need, I’ve burned down this house we’ve built with our greed, and now I am free

I won’t let you darken my heart
Track Name: A Christmas Truce
Second watch on the 16th mile, I’m trembling in the cold
I’m so goddamned tired, but I just can’t sleep because I do what I am told
So I’m waiting

All ain’t quiet on the Western Front, the Gerries advanced again today
And we lost Tompkins and Wirth to machine gun fire, but we kept their tanks at bay
Still, I’m waiting, we’re waiting for the time when the voices cry out…

Stop fighting, stop fighting
The memories are so inviting
Remember December, that night we laid our arms down
Until the light of Christmas day
Stop fighting, stop killing
Our kings are weak, but our hearts are willing
We’ll fight and die here, in the New Year
But we will wait, for the day is coming
When we will be brothers again

I wake in a puddle of blood and sleet, Smithy’s wailing for his Mum
He tapped a mine out in no-man’s land
Now he’s going back to wherever we all came from

We both got drunk in Paris once, when we were on leave there late last spring
He said he wanted to be a composer and write great songs
But now he’ll never be anything
‘Cause he’s fading and I’m still waiting for the time when the voices cry out…
Track Name: The Tilt
I see the tell-tale shadow of a windmill, its standing watch at the top of the hill
I see the visions of idealistic madmen who once dreamed against an iron will
I’m just a steward of imaginative reveries, I’m just a spirit of an age long past
I’m just a captain who is sailing on a sea of distant ways that time will far outlast

Go away (You’re too late)
You’re too late (Can’t you wait?)
Nothing will change (Except the dates)
When I can remain free

I am a once-loved book that rests now in the fire, I am an artifact that’s covered in dust
I’m the deluded knight, I am the loyal squire, I’m the swords and armour left to rust
Imagination is a gift that’s left to children, imagination is a burden for the mad
Imagination is a hope now for the hopeless when adulthood takes all that we had

Go away (You’re too late)
You’re too late (Can’t you wait?)
Why would I change? (To be the same)
I will remain me
Track Name: Belonging Kind
They glide like wraiths, they move and weave
Through city streets and crowded dance floors
With poise and with purpose, they shock and unnerve us
Pretending to be everything we are asked to be

They belong, they are the zeitgeist, they are the sign of the times
They fit in, they are chameleons, they are illusions, nothing more

Raining to the beat of the band, they blend
Just like ingredients in a recipe that I can’t stand
They just pass me by, I don’t buy the lie
Because I see right through them, see right through them

They laugh and drink like nothing’s wrong
You see they’re meant to be wherever they are
They’re one individual, its presence residual
A veil of subterfuge we all fail to see

They belong, they are the zeitgeist, they are the sign of the times
They fit in, they are the joiners, they are the Belonging Kind
Track Name: Excuse Me
You’ve figured me out now, hope you guessed my name
The burning one, the first-born son, the burden of the blame
So watch me fall with cindered pride and you can hate whatever I decide
No matter how badly it all goes, you can give me a million “I-told-you-so”s

Why would I try to make myself happy, when instead I could make you hurt?
Why would I sleep beneath the stars, when instead I could nap in the dirt?

Keep saying I’m nothing and I may begin to think you right
‘Cause once fallen is always fallen and the pavement looks hard tonight

So I’ll sulk in the basement, breathing in brimstone and ash
Looking for salvation, improving my station by rooting ‘round through your trash
Maybe I’ll regret every choice I’ve made, but the truth for the truth is an honest trade
So I lie awake with a worried mind, thinking of all the answers I hope you’ll find

But you never get something for nothing, now do ya?

Why would I reach for my dreams now, when instead I could dig through the mud?
Why would I swim down in the ocean, when instead I could drown in the flood?

My exile is complete, horns and cloven feet
Track Name: Proserpina
When all seems lost, we find strength in new hope
Put aside our differences and try to cope
And dream of greener moments and spring’s growth

Somehow inevitably what blooms
Withers eventually, is consumed
And light, life and liberty will die soon

Oh, I will sing her name, feel her cold embrace
And her kisses, deadly (Proserpina)

The sharpest knife cut down to a dull roar
With an open invite to a closed door
Or having all that we need but we want more