Anti​-​Social Media

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Joker's Republic's DEBUT EP "Anti-Social Media" is a Ska-Punk record that asks the tough questions in life, like "Why are we here?", "What's the point?" and "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?" Explored in seven (technically eight) tracks are the views and ideas of your average teenage loser surrounded by equal parts love and BS. Enjoy!

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released April 30, 2017

Austen Gray -Guitars, Bass, VOX, Songwriter, "Grand Poobah"
Mike Campbell -Drums
Tommy DeVito -Drums
Ed Mulligan -Gang VOX
Anthony Esposito -Bass, Engineer (Obscenic Arts)
Dean Santa -Gang VOX, Engineer (Heartland Studios)
Roger Lian -Mastering

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Track Name: Pick It Up
The story goes just like this:
Picture a girl as beautiful as
you can possibly think
She’s got a crush on a guy,
and she smiles with a *wink*
She sends her message of love
as they skate through the rink
On their very first date, but

She doesn’t know that he’s torn
Doesn’t know that he has been
having some doubts
She Doesn’t know that he’s constantly
fighting about
Whether or not the feelings he’s had
for this girl
Are coming from his heart

So let’s move on to:
Two hours later the DJ had seen them brought the energy down
Playing slow-dancing songs
for the coupled-up crowd
And the chance to move up in his mind was endowed to her

And here’s what she did next:
The couple went out to dinner but they never quite figured it out
They’re going steady I guess that
they found common ground
And they’re smiling and laughing
and singing aloud
Until you consider

That he was stuck inside a fabricated past
That made him wait before committing to a “second best”
He compromised

And far away from here St. Cupid
lined up his shot
But when you took that arrow,
was love all that you got?
He didn’t mention the pain in the ass
That always follows when you get
stabbed in the back.

*(Not So) EPIC 16-BAR GUITAR DUEL*

Flashing forward:
She tried to go for a kiss, he saw her coming, he dodged and she missed
At least that’s what it had looked like
from here I’d insist
And the reason for why he did
just doesn’t exist

At least until things got
Some kind of rough cause she started to scream, and pushed him back, held in place
While he tried to get out, get home
he yelled in her face
And said a whole bunch of shit
that he couldn’t erase
And then she considered

That he was stuck inside a fabricated past
That made him wait before committing to a “second best”
He compromised

And far away from here St. Cupid
lined up his shot
But when you took that arrow
was love all that you got?
He didn’t mention the pain in the ass
That always follows when you get
stabbed in the back.

Austen Gray/Joker’s Republic ©2016
Track Name: Reality Check (Feat. Fink's Constant)
PICK IT UP, PICK IT UP, PICK IT UP!

*Totally RUDE Horns Skank In*

Woke up today, just like any other day
When suddenly I thought of something
It occurred to me, for the first time
that I could see
I was alone, and I had nothing

Where did all the time go?
It’s been so long I’ve got nothing to show
For all the time that I’ve spent
neglecting my friends, and wasting my life
Where did it go wrong?
Forgetting it’s all about having a balance
of pressure and fun before reality
comes along

*Totally RUDE Reggae Horns, Rasta*

I thought about my newest revelation
And then I said “What else is new?”
The T.V.’s on, and it’s showing me
a celebration
For someone better off than me or you

Where did all the time go?
It’s been so long I’ve got nothing to show
For all the time that I’ve spent
neglecting my friends, and wasting my life
Where did it go wrong?
Forgetting it’s all about having a balance
of pressure and fun before reality
comes along

You better watch your ass
You can’t escape the attack
There’s no turning back
Oh no...
There’s nowhere left to go
This is so OUT OF CONTROL!

Well it’s fucked up how quickly
things can change
I hate it so, but it’s the truth
And it’s too late to try and change my fate
I’ve given up, but why should you?

Where did all the time go?
It’s been so long I’ve got nothing to show
For all the time that I’ve spent
neglecting my friends, and wasting my life
Where did it go wrong?
Forgetting it’s all about having a balance
of pressure and fun before reality
comes along

*Punk-Ass Horns Play Us Out*

Before reality comes along
Before reality comes along

Austen Gray/Joker’s Republic ©2016
Track Name: Ex-Communicated
We haven’t spoken since we broke up
About a year of silence
And now you’re reaching out to me
Well, I think you missed your opportunity

It started out where we were friends
And then we took it further
Now you’re begging for my company
Weren’t you the one who told me
I should leave?

I dealt with all your bullshit
I dealt with all this pain
I don’t need to be reminded
You did too little, and it’s too damn late
I said you did too little, and it’s too late

Those lonely nights were so pleasant
I have you to thank for that
Waking up and feeling like I’m sick
Crying quietly for you to take me back...

You found me, just the other day
But I’m not looking for you
Get the message and go away
I’m guessing you don’t even know
That I’m over it, so just give up and
take care of yourself
I don’t love you, my heart’s with
someone else

*KDC Inspired Guitar Solo*

*(Please Don’t) DROP THE BASS*
We shared some special moments
But now our time is through
You left your mark on my soul
Hope when you think of us it’s good

You found me, just the other day
But I’m not looking for you
Get the message and go away
I’m guessing you don’t even know
That I’m over it, so just give up and
take care of yourself
I don’t love you, my heart’s with
someone else

Someone else...
I don’t love you my heart’s with
someone else.
Someone else.
I don’t love you, my heart’s with
someone else.

Austen Gray/Joker’s Republic ©2016
Track Name: Specifics
Hello, sweet innocence
What are you doing here?
Amidst the haziness
of stranger tides I fear
you’re wasting away, and no matter how I try
I can’t retain a string of words... that can help describe what I feel

Am I okay?
What have I done to myself?
Can I forgive me?
Or am I paranoid?
Am I making it all up...?

I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up in
the specifics of my life
I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up in...

Normal is a funny word,
that you use all the time
But for me it’s just another dream
that long ago had died
And you said there was something
on this Earth worth living for
I thought I found it in you, but I can’t be sure
When your best days have you feeling
nothing, numb and broken down, on the floor

Am I okay?
What have I done to myself?
Can I forgive me?
Or am I paranoid?
Am I making it all up...?

I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up in
the specifics of my life
And it’s too much, I can’t focus in
on the reason that I think I don’t belong
I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up in the specifics of my...

You always ask if I’m okay
Well what am I supposed to say to that?
It isn’t like I don’t want help
You would know because you care
You tell me that you’re “here for me”
But how long before I tire you out?
Please get me out of this NIGHTMARE
WAKE ME UP, OH WAKE ME UP
Before it’s too late...

I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up
(Oh, I’m getting caught up)
I’m getting caught up in
the specifics of my life
And it’s too much, I can’t focus in
on the reason that I think I don’t belong
I’m getting caught up
I’m getting caught up
(Oh, I’m getting caught up)
I’m getting caught up in
the specifics of my fucked up life
And it’s too much, I CAN’T FOCUS IN...

Austen Gray/Joker’s Republic ©2016
Track Name: The Ass-End of Nowhere
*Snakes ‘N’ Barrels Inspired Drum Intro*

Listen up:
This is a warning and the signs there
on the road say you should turn around
Before you are transformed into a burnout
As the best years of your life go flying,
passing by
And the sad part is that you got left behind
Stuck inside a living hell of nothing left to do but hold on, wait
Isn’t there another way to dull
or numb the pain
Of the everlasting boredom
that you always face
Cause you never had the urge to even try

To pull yourself together
And try to make a better life for you
And now I think you’re screwed beyond belief
Fear of the unknown kept you right at home
Paranoia set in
Common in...

The Ass-End of Nowhere
Sucks out all of your ambition!
The Ass-End of Nowhere
Makes the whole world feel like fiction to you!

It’s not too late
To try and fix the situation
that you find yourself about to be
Wrapped up in, like a blanket cradled tightly
And I guess it sounds nice metaphorically,
But in reality you are fucked
If you don’t get away from here you really need to learn to take a chance
Adapt and move along to any song or dance that life can throw your way
So you don’t shit your pants when you see how cruel the world can really be

At least that’s what they tell you
Your friends who live here who
Have never left these walls and they
don’t want you to go
“You’re safer while you’re here,
feeding into fear
What could possibly be better than
what you already know?”

The Ass-End of Nowhere
Sucks out all of your ambition!
The Ass-End of Nowhere
Makes the whole world feel like fiction to you!

*”Fuck You, Nick Jonas” Guitar Solo*

You know they’re wrong, deep down inside
You know they’re wrong
Someday you will break free
You know they’re wrong, deep down inside
You know they’re wrong
Someway you will break free
You know they’re wrong, deep down inside
You know they’re wrong
Somehow you will break free
You know they’re wrong, deep down inside
You know they’re wrong
BUT WHAT IF THEY WERE RIGHT!?

The Ass-End of Nowhere
Sucks out all of your ambition!
The Ass-End of Nowhere
Makes the whole world feel like fiction to you!

Austen Gray/Joker’s Republic ©2016
Track Name: Gap Year/I Already Know
“You’re throwing your life away
You’re making a big mistake
You won’t even last a day...”

Let me start at the beginning:
Or I guess it was the ending
of my Senior year of High School
When I was young and grinning and I said
that I didn’t want to go to college
I didn’t want to waste my time
or throw away a lot of money
That I will need to follow my dream
Which is to make a Ska-Punk record
and dominate the scene
The people that I talk to they don’t understand me
They look at me like I’m a freak
They all say the same things they say

“You’re throwing your life away
You’re making a big mistake
You won’t even last a day...
You’re throwing your life away!”

They say I’m throwing it away
And it guess it looks that way when for twelve years
All of our supposed teachers teach us to fear
What our life will become without
some DUMB piece of paper
That I can print at Kinko’s and it
would mean the same thing as anyone else
with a degree to me
I have a direction for me to be
I have a direction but society doesn’t see
what I want to do as good for me
and they put the pressure on me they say

“You’re throwing your life away
You’re making a big mistake
You won’t even last a day...
You’re throwing your life away!”

I know that I’m taking a big fucking risk
But I can’t do anything else right
So I might as well take a chance on the things I can
And if I fail I will let everyone down
All the people that have helped me get to
where I want to be
All the time and all the money
everybody’s faith in me
All of that will go to waste if I can’t make it
And all the guilt that follows that
will surely be the death of me
But I’m committed now and I’m not turning back!
Oh no.

*”Shred Or DIE” Guitar Solo*

“You’re throwing your life away
You’re making a big mistake
You won’t even last a day...
You’re throwing your life away!”

I’ve been told that I’ve got a bit of an ego
And it’s been said that I’m not politically correct
And I’ve never been diagnosed, but I’m pretty sure I have Imposter Syndrome...

Yeah, I know that I’ve got a really bad temper
And I’m well aware my pride gets in the way
Of doing what is right, and I know what it looks like
But beneath it all my heart’s in the right place

Oh, you don’t have to tell me
I already know
Please don’t waste my time I’m well aware
I already know
I’m full of it, I’m far from perfect
And it doesn’t bear repeating, so let’s move on

Yeah, I know, that I’m, way too clingy
And I don’t know when to let things go
I can see that I’m rough around the edges
And I know that I’ve made some poor decisions

Oh, you don’t have to tell me
I already know
Please don’t waste my time I’m well aware
I already know
I’m full of it, I’m far from perfect
And it doesn’t bear repeating, so let’s move on

*”Dave Grohl May Be Slightly Amused” Guitar Solo*

And I’m sure that I have hurt some people
That I cared about somewhere along the line
And I’m sorry that I did
I’d do anything to fix it

But even if I could fix everything
I’m not changing who I am so...

You don’t have to tell me
I already know
Please don’t waste my time I’m well aware
I already know
I’m full of shit, I’m far from perfect
And it doesn’t bear repeating, so let’s move on

Oh, you don’t have to tell me
I already know
Please don’t waste my time I’m well aware
I already know
I’m not pretending
I already know
Oh you don’t have to tell me
I already know.

Austen Gray/Joker’s Republic ©2016
Track Name: Wolves
Oh, did you ever have your shit together?
I bet you never thought it through
You made your choices based on intuition
Could that be your last mistake?
All of your friends left you,
oh did you ever have them?
Did you fall for a false truth?
There’s no way around it,
YOU ARE ALL ALONE NOW
And you’re calling out for help

But no one’s listening
No one’s interested...
They’d rather throw you to the wolves
No one really cares
But everybody’s there...
Just to watch you fall apart

I bet you never thought
that this would happen
Your family thinks you’re a disgrace
Sitting on your ass now,
waiting for your moment
And it might not ever come
I can’t believe it, you’re so fucking useless
And your name means “Useful One”
You wanna change but,
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
And you’re screaming now for help

But no one’s listening
No one’s interested...
They’d rather throw you to the wolves
No one really cares
But everybody’s there...
Just to watch you fall apart

*Spoopy AF interlude + Metal Ass Solo*

No one’s listening
No one’s interested...
They’d rather throw you to the wolves
No one really cares
But everybody’s there...
Just to watch you fall apart
No one’s listening
No one’s interested...
They’d rather throw you to the wolves
No one really cares
But everybody’s there...
JUST TO WATCH YOU FALL APART
(They’re gonna throw you to the wolves)

*2spooky Outro*

Austen Gray/Joker’s Republic ©2016

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