Automatic Writing Machine

by The Wild Stares

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1.
See the Time 05:25
See The Time words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) When you get to the days where the sequences fall and and the light is diffused on flickering walls there are shadows that play like masters of light an aquarium blue in the shivering night when the doves fly off, a kaleidoscope dawn the Italian palazzo, the tiny sparkles you can see the time you can see the time you can see the time in a million directions when the countries unite in a chaos of words then the seams come apart, swarms of birds a pebble in the water and the surfaces shatter into thousands of mirrors of collapsible matter and the universe is spinning like a disco ball and there’s nothing big and there’s nothing small you can see the time you can see the time you can see the time in a million faces of type this is the letter ball we have a way to disintegrate it all you can see the time
2.
The Puppeteer  words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) C4 glow inside the palm of your hand and the dawn is cracking horsehair trigger and you never get used to it floorboards shaking and you push up the faders and the pitch controllers higher and faster and you won’t even know what hit move them just by looking at them and everybody do the puppeteer Some stand up and then the beauties fall down into a haze of satin turn down the heaters, pull up the diving rod you don’t know but you’ve been told behind a badge of sulfur don’t even listen ‘cause the flesh is the word of God you are in the age of sleep and everybody do the puppeteer pa da, pa da da da da Swinging from the rafters and the flashing lights and the poetic license pitchers of sound being ferreted down the stairs wait for the coming of the end of the world and it sure ain’t frightening pulling on the velvet rope, dancing in our underwear raise your hands to laugh at the sky and everybody do the puppeteer everybody do the puppeteer
3.
Obsidian 04:39
Obsidian  words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) Hang the obsidian men from the hulls of the craft that race across the sky all we have left - they suddenly felt it was time to fly hand in the wake of a dream they never had the gall to believe in what went by diamonds and pearls, westchester girls on the license plate riding the wave that brought them we are the sound of the forest we ride no germs and needles no specks of dust and no goodbyes back at the speed of light suddenly watching the cars go by oh hang the obsidian men
4.
Dancing on the Sill  words and music by Justin Burrrill (Crabble Duro, BMI) Your eyes have fallen sideways, Your chin has found your chest. The headlights on the cars out there, Look like the buttons on your vest. Dancing in the doorway, Dancing on the sill, Dancing out along the night, Dancing as you will. Patience, she waits for what? Across the city calling, She waits for what? Trailing from the fences, Swinging off the line, Placing the situations, Among the splintered pines. Dancing in the doorway, Dancing east to west, Dancing out along the night, Dancing without rest. Patience she waits for what, Across the city calling, She waits for what? Your Eyes have fallen sideways, Your chin has found your chest, Your falling into evenings, That drone with no sense. Dancing in the Doorway, Dancing on the sill , Dancing every which way, Dancing as you will. Patience, she waits for what Across the city call, She waits for what?
5.
Night Watchman  words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) Night watchman with your head in the air Night watchman you can watch the evening sun go down hey now, you’re so debonaire Night watchman you walk along the side of the town Night watchman Night watchman Night Watchman oh night watchman you carry your things at your side but there’s never enough oh no there’s never too much of this easter you’ve got the falling of the tides, you were waiting for me but I was already halfway to see her Night Watchman Night Watchman oh night watchman as you stand outside and you stare at yourself the gates have all been penetrated card shelf and the whispering pines you live in the darkness, you live at the edge of a tunnel I miss the sound of clacking and ink everything is so 17th century Night watchman
6.
Watermelon Alcatraz  words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) you’re locked up we are you don’t look up - this means you house of gilt glitterbest down at the cat scan heart of sides, extra-gen, double wide confederated the last one after all accelerated down at the glass hall you can sleep but you can’t relate the dawn has come, it’s getting late heart of sides, extra-gen, double wide confederated the last one after all accelerated down at the glass hall
7.
Garden 04:46
Garden  words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) When you walk through the garden of sin where the silent faces are playing the mandolin grappling with me leaves like Stefan George but you have lost it the light of the century fades where a local band plays roads to the back of your mind islands in the stream beside the river of time, colloquy racing against the path that runs forever go home go on go to war at the dawning of the light against the lines between designs of life the empire rushes in the fragrance of the beast canopy of trees howling underneath lost in the river of time but you have found it a valley of desire where the flying fishes call to me see them on the banks her hand against his shank - they sigh
8.
Kindness 02:29
Kindness  words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) You’ve got the back of my hand filled with kindness oh but the muscles of your man have denied me to the neighbors in the way after seeing what done The love of the common man does not exist I need a master plan and pharmacist to grant us relief from the falling leaves Where are the souls of the ants and the molecules the cage of sulfur and giant roads that crawl through the night indomitable
9.
The Necessary Interval  words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) Who cares? I got six million riding on this Jimmy (by whom I mean the minomian incomplete Scot) can’t keep using numbers but they’re always in there for me first we come to your houses or whatever you call these - these Tupperware domes autumnal refuse of a jackass postal society, etc. (rest of transcript unavailable)
10.
By the Wayside  words and music by Justin Burrrill (Crabble Duro, BMI) We all fail and falter, Ground our ships on craggy shores, We steer storm-ward and hellbent And stumble through the wrong door. And it’s easy to let it go like that, But you can Fall by the wayside When you are drifting, sinking, spinning, And your hands have nothing to grasp And you want to get off the trolley, But it is moving much too fast. Well, it’s easy to let it go let that, But you can fall by the wayside When you are looking down the barrel Of an endless summer day, You can’t remember what you wanted And you’ve got no friends to play It’s easy to let it go like that, And you can fall by the wayside Fall by the wayside
11.
Trading Futures  words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) I come from your backyard to replicate in sod that’s fallen from my back the scissor grinders dominate the wall the San Franciscan bury-off the horsine sense trading futures A parrot of a man the psilocybin catches as catch can, and late-arriving we consummate them all the French Policeman lives inside his walls of steel the steering wheel trading futures you can lead a water fountain but you cannot mace a clat we consummate them all the French Policeman he lives inside his walls of steel the steering wheel trading futures

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Here is something else to add to your list of of things you were not expecting in 2020. A brand new Wild Stares album!

"The Wild Stares manage to slice through time and make it more of an illusion that you can choose to see and live by or not." - John McCall, Too Much Love

Difficult to describe and ever changing, the Wild Stares were one of a kind. Were they the missing piece in the musical puzzle? Intense, dense, crazed, melodic, poetic are words that have been applied.

In 1993 the Wild Stares called a day when bassist Fran Miller left the group. Steve Gregoropoulos, Justin Burrill and drummer Kyle C. Kyle continued on as W.A.C.O., the Wild Acoustic Chamber Orchestra. In 2008 the Stares were asked to reunite for the Part Time Punks festival.
Steve Reed was recruited to play bass. Following the show someone decided there should be a new L.P., so songs were quickly written and recorded and then…..cut to 2020.

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released October 16, 2020

The Wild Stares
Automatic Writing Machine

Steve Gregoropoulos: Vocals Guitar, Synths, Violin, Sequencing
Justin Burrill: Guitar, Vocals, Synth, Harmonica, Piano
Kyle C. Kyle: Drums, Percussion
Steve Reed: Bass, Vocals
Fran Miller Campbell: Vocals

Additional Vocals: Renee Conley, Eleni Mandell,
Additional Percussion: Gerry Goldman

Engineered, Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Justin Burrill

All songs written by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG) except Dancing on the Sill and By the Wayside by Justin Burrill (Crabble Duro, BMI).

Very special thanks to Rick Harte for the invaluable mixing assistance and to Steve Reed for being Steve Reed.

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The Wild Stares Los Angeles, California

“Inscrutable, dense, manic, bizarre, intense, aloof, schizophrenic,” once wrote Option Magazine.
The Wild Stares, formed in Boston, in 1979 by Justin Burrill and Steve Gregororpoulos, joined by Fran Miller Campbell toured Europe and the U.S. several times, releasing many recordings along the way and relocated to L.A in 1988 adding drummer Kyle C. Kyle before morphing into W.A.C.O. in 1993. ... more

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