A World Gone Mad

by Thermal And A Quarter

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1.
Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now The time has come the chorus said To speak of many things Of the blues and long trips and income tax And if this love has wings Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now The war is here the president said And we’re on the right side Give me your sons your daughters all I will not, NO, be denied The waters rise and swallow the land Not a drop to drink Hungry thirsty all alone And gone within a blink Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now Where do we gotta go now
2.
Whose God is right for you Love all of them and none at all Is it left or right, those wings so true Give me both, they’ll break my fall What colour are you in the dark What light do you need to see What path appears ahead What math to study When all you got to do is Believe, believe it all Believe it, believe it all Yes believe, believe it all Believe it, believe it all All, believe it all, all, believe it all Believe it all Where is the battle to win Draw those lines beneath my skin Opposites attract and original sin Is just another thing to believe in There goes another demagogue Words they leave me in a fog Don’t give me a side Don’t tell me who lied I have no divide Nothing to decide I Believe, believe it all Believe it, believe it all Yes believe, believe it all Believe it, believe it all All, believe it all, all, believe it all Believe it all What colour are you in the dark What colour are you in the dark
3.
Distance 06:13
From this porthole Small circle of light The world seems so alone Spinning in black velvet Keep warm in the cold Don’t give up the fight Go brave into the unknown Ride into the moonset Far, far into the middle The locus brings focus Push away everything, everyone You do what you must For distance, distance Space is all, we pursue For distance, distance Fonder heart and new view With distance, distance From this stage Small island of love The crowd seems so quiet Hands up in prayer Power of the mage A muse from above Can you feel it? Can you see it? Does it make you care Far, far into the middle The locus brings focus Push away everything, everyone You do what you must For distance, distance Space is all, we pursue For distance, distance Fonder heart and new view With distance, distance Come closer now A new distance I see your pores I feel your breath I understand Not so different You and I Not so alone Not so alone Not so alone
4.
Lopsided 05:50
Abstract art lines on white Shapes and colours hold me tight Trains and planes and crashing cars Lonely people starry-eyed in bars The world is upside down in a glass Pour me another, this too will pass My skin crawls with sense and sound Take this heart and send it around Climb this feeling, right up to the top Look down from the edge, too late to stop Muted notes and soft words Are sharper than bloody swords Snapshot of a life Lopsided Old rubber tires squeal on concrete Dust still flying from the day’s busy feet Tired trees dripping slowly with rain Paint mirrors on the flagstones again Sideways to the ground Watching till I’m found Snapshot of a life Lopsided Escape From the constant circle Sent the king on his path to the tree Only in sound can you find silence Only in crowds can you be alone The world is upside down in a glass Pour me another, this too will pass Snapshot of a life Lopsided
5.
Un-Belong 07:07
Jamais vu, says I What is this place? And so I dare defy Roots and genes and elements trace Skin and sun and taste and chance Chalk mark on a map to belong Words and ideas and circumstance A different drummer, a different song Where does this soul fit, where is the law? Arranging pieces in this space-time jigsaw Everywhere and nowhere I could be A raw tenor in a colour-coded choir Everywhere and nowhere, this is he Wondering if you really do require Me Déjà vu is fine A half-remembered smile Is it a glimpse, a sign That all is well in a mind fertile Travel far and wide and deep For sound and light and meaning From neon buzz to emerald sleep Calm to chaos, form to feeling Where does this soul fit, where is the law? Arranging pieces in this space-time jigsaw Everywhere and nowhere I could be A raw tenor in a colour-coded choir Everywhere and nowhere, this is he Wondering if you really do require Me I will un-belong, un-belong Somewhere, somewhen Somewhere, somewhen I will un-belong
6.
Stone Circle 05:58
Monoliths carried far A circle aimed at heaven What is the path of a star To a cold heathen Be my druids be my wall This circle is the only sense Pulled from the madness of it all As we brew a potion through a lens Of trust And love And laughter You are my stone circle Yes, you protect me from the world You, are my stone circle With you, in this sacred space I’m curled With you Point that window at the newborn sun Line it up with honest runes From longest day to shortest night The constant face of sister moon And so it will transpire This circle is the only sense The stones stand and guard the fire As we brew a potion through a lens Of trust And love And laughter You are my stone circle Yes you, protect me from the hate Yes you, are my stone circle For you, in this sacred space I’ll wait For you For you For you For you
7.
Your head is about the same size You bleed, you cry, you get fat You lie and you cheat and you steal Just like some of us, Just like some of us Yet, there you are with the prize Your rivals prone on the mat You rose above, you sealed the deal Not like any of us, Not like any of us Suddenly Your every word Has its own gravity Your every move Is a study You are Leaders of Men You are Leaders of Men Bastards now and then Can we say ‘when’? To the Leaders of Men To the Leaders of Men Bastards now and then Can we say ‘when’? To the Leaders of Men Your name on suits embroidered Your little hands turn the wheel Your votes called and delivered There’s no going back, there’s no appeal (History?) Take it or leave it (Facts?) Feelings are better (Numbers?) Can dance and flit (Truth?) Is in the eye of beholder Suddenly Your every word Has its own gravity Your every move Is a study You are Leaders of Men You are Leaders of Men Bastards now and then Can we say ‘when’? To the Leaders of Men To the Leaders of Men Bastards now and then Can we say ‘when’? To the Leaders of Men
8.
It’s a free market! It’s how much you want it Get your head down and muscle forward I’ve got your back, I’ve got you covered Just don’t fall or break Here, let me choose Just how much you can take And I never lose It’s my right to plenty, my subscription to heaven So what if I dismantle your right to education It’s my high time, my high time, I'm rolling seven So what if your square meals have no nutrition We must make this land great again There must be tears, must be pain Throw them heathens out in the rain We must make this land great again Be afraid, be very afraid Or be scorched in the shade Love your neighbor, but watch him close You never know, he may be one of those The enemy at the gate The hound at your door You must leave your fate To he who takes the floor It’s my right to plenty, my subscription to heaven So what if I dismantle your right to education It’s my high time, my high time, I'm rolling seven So what if your square meals have no nutrition We must make this land great again We invented zero and the stone-age airplane Chant with me this great refrain We must make this land great again, We must make this land great again! March! March! March! Power comes from faith Faith comes from a pixel screen And the commandment eighth The great and good have never seen And oh, we, Are all free Yes, yes, we, Are all free
9.
There’s a ringing in my ears Sitting in this silent space There’s a dissonance in my head Will you see it on my face? I don’t read the papers anymore Too many bad chords too much hardcore Leave me in this bubble, this fearless road The fire will open the gates, the flood will lighten the load In this world gone mad, in this world gone mad Choose the lies you want Choose the hate That’s closest to your heart In this world gone mad, How do blurring lines suddenly tear you apart In this world gone mad, in this world gone mad There’s an echo in my eyes The bitter taste of a reasonable voice It’s easier to shout It’s easier to run There’s too much signal, bring the noise I hang my head in joy, drowned in digital toys Leave me in this bubble, this fearless road The fire will open the gates, the flood will lighten the load In this world gone mad, in this world gone mad Choose the lies you want Choose the hate that’s closest to your heart How do blurring lines suddenly tear you apart In this world gone mad, gone mad
10.
Things fall apart Love fades Peace ends The sun sets The moon goes dark Wonders cease Miracles fail Icons die Reason is lost Voices stop Voices stop Voices stop But we, yes we all Can be saved by a laugh There can be rebirth With a little mirth A speck of joy In a quiet sea Of stars Of stars Of stars Of stars

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AN ALBUM FOR OUR TIMES.

As a band from Bengaluru, India, we find ourselves in unprecedented times.

Our 8th studio album digs deep into this (mis)information age. The world burns around us. The water is poison. The air is dust. Our leaders are bastards. Plagues are upon us.

And yet... many a social index kicks upwards. We drink data and drown in digital fun. We love, fierce and true. We strive. We stand to be counted. We look... and sometimes see our inexorable plunge into the abyss.

And maybe, just maybe, we can pull ourselves back. It's a world gone mad. But all is not lost. For now.

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released March 20, 2020

Guitars/Vocals/Synths: Bruce Lee Mani
Bass/Additional Synths: Leslie Charles
Guitars: Tony Das
Drums: Rajeev Rajagoppal
Backing vocals on 'Stone Circle': Swikrity Singh

Drums recorded at Stained Class Productions, Bangalore, by Leslie Charles.
Guitars, Vocals and other instruments recorded at Taaqademy Studios by Bruce Lee Mani.
Mixed by Leslie Charles.
Mastered by Kimberly Rosen at Knack Mastering, USA.
Cover art by Sonali Zohra - DangerCat Studio.

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Thermal And A Quarter Bengaluru, India

"Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ) is on the vanguard of the Indian Rock Scene" - NPR, USA

Founded in 1996, TAAQ is an eclectic, irreverent (but usually relevant) band that considers itself and its music as bastard children of the world. At home everywhere, belonging nowhere. Always true, tight, intense and ready to laugh.
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