A World Gone Mad

by Thermal And A Quarter

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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.

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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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Track Name: 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

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
Track Name: Believe It All
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
Track Name: Distance
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
Track Name: Lopsided
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
Track Name: Un-Belong
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
Track Name: Stone Circle
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
Track Name: Leaders of Men
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
Track Name: Neoliberal Fascist Autarky (NFA)
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
Track Name: World Gone Mad
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
Track Name: Saved by a Laugh
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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