the operating matrix

by tony appleseed

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at a time the human thumb is sore from scrolling past fake news articles that serve fear and consent, a confused populace turns against each other when they need to unite the most. while the surfs engage in verbal combat and hate crimes, the oligarchs continue their supreme reign over the country and perhaps the world. we look to the artists, the creators, the writers, the dreamers, the painters, the anarchists, & the music makers. as reality swirls around in its inevitable vortex, we cry out in hopes of our calls awakening a sleeping ear.

time to get to work.


released November 26, 2016

tony appleseed: vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizer, keyboards, drums, programming, percussion, sampling
jen santa maria: vocals (on track 2)

recorded, mixed & mastered at antFARM(studio)

artwork by gregg bautista



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Track Name: the operating matrix
the walking dead march to the polls,
but someone else is in control of us.
how did we get here, thumbs deep in our ears?
following insincere.
stay within bounds or disappear.

why you got to own everything in sight?
i think that's sinister,
an invisible hold on human rights.

you can fight your own fucking wars,
we about love and what to use it for.
we'll learn the power that we hold,
take back the freedom that you stole.
Track Name: social medium
it's eating up my mind,
the things i see online
and it isn't even work the time
i give attention to it all,
orchestrating my own fall,
and it isn't even real at all.

we're given a chance to turn it off
and live our lives how we decide,
we're playing with chance now
it's out of our hands,
so we might as well refocus.

they're playing with my fears,
grabbing at my ears,
it doesn't even matter if it's true
as long as they move you the job is done,
and that's how we were won,
with fabrications to regulate you.

all these hours spent to decipher this,
and what do we have to show for it?
now i think it's time to quit,
and have a new experience.