human​/​kind

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"This Vancouver sextet exudes the confidence, musical chops and invention required to be taken seriously as rising stars of the “new” prog-rock scene... right in the tasty spot between bombast and brilliance" - Vancouver Sun

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released October 31, 2017

Mike Bell - lead vocals, guitars, piano
Elyse Jacobson - violin, backing vocals, spoken word
John Kastelic - viola, backing vocals
Doug Gorkoff - cello
David Spidel - electric bass, upright bass, backing vocals
Samuel Cartwright - drums

Eric Wettstein - guitars on tracks 1, 4, 5, 7

Music by Mike Bell
Lyrics by Elyse Jacobson and Mike Bell
Produced by Jason Nett, David Spidel, Rob Shallcross, and The Living
Engineered by Jason Nett, David Spidel, and Spencer Bleasdale
Mastered by Jamie Sitar

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The Living Vancouver, British Columbia

A kaleidoscope of classical chamber-music sounds fused with rock, metal, funk and splashes of world music.

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Track Name: human/kind
There was an aeon
when domination
meant strength

And compassion,
the reverse
Few thought to question this

Time to evolve
To see we were wrong
This is not what it means
to be strong

In time, humankind awoke
“The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”

Time to evolve
To see we were wrong
This is not what it means
to be strong
Track Name: One Day Fiancée
Hour 1: Singing to a packed house but all I see is you
Hour 2: A short exchange reveals your accent that drives me wild
But let's not take this too far
Hour 3: Dancing on a packed floor now all you see is me
Hour 4: Doors were locked but we've found each other's key
Hour 5: How 'bout a getaway from this bar?
But let's not take this too far

Hour 6: Up to your room for a couple a drinks I say
You're like my One Day Fiancée
Hour 7: My fantasy has bloomed into reality
You're my Fiancée for one day

Hour 8, hour 9, hour 10, 11, 12...

13: Waking up, now here comes the awkward part
14: But even with slept in make up you've stolen my heart
But let's not take this too far
15: Now you're my breakfast in bed
16: Room service what a beautiful spread
17: Living the moment like honeymoon lovers
But did we take this too far?

18: I need to breathe from the breath that you took from me
'Cause you're my One Day Fiancée
19: But we can play for the rest of our time today
You're my Fiancée for one day

Tomorrow will take you miles away
Are we saying goodbye to what's meant to be?

20: What we could say if we had more than just today
Reality will soon become a fantasy
21: What we could say if we had more than just today
Goodbye, goodbye, my One Day Fiancée
22: Reality will soon become a fantasy
Goodbye, goodbye, my One Day Fiancée

23: Goodbye, goodbye, my One Day Fiancée
Goodbye, goodbye, my One Day Fiancée
24: Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
'Til maybe one day...
Track Name: My Heroine
The oppressors call her a killjoy
They try to make her believe all is well
But she sees through the veil that they've woven
With eyes that they'll never see through
In search of truth

There goes my heroine, opening minds everyday
Though she goes against the grain, she is here to lead the way
She's my heroine, she is swimming upstream
Fights for the vision that she sees, 'til it's no longer a dream

She's not here for your comfort
She's been silent for far too long
They might try to cut her down, 'cause they know she's a beacon of hope
And while they try they'll prove themselves wrong
Prove she's what we've needed all along

They need a heroine, opening minds everyday
Though she goes against the grain, she is here to lead the way
She's my heroine, she is swimming upstream
Fights for the vision that she sees, 'til it's no longer a dream

She is their worst nightmare, fresh out of my dreams
She fights their reactions with reason and compassion
I will stand by

Heroine, opening minds everyday
Though she goes against the grain, she is here to lead the way
She's my heroine, she is swimming upstream
Fights for the vision that she sees, 'til it's no longer a dream
'Til it's no longer a dream

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