1974 & The Battle For the Lazer Fortress

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released 18 February 2011

Written by 1974 except:
Track 2, 3, and 6 written by A. Mike Forgette
Track 7 written by Gary Dionne

Recorded and produced by 1974

Mixed by A. Mike Forgette

1974 is:
A. Mike Forgette
Tim Moore
Gary Dionne
Adam Clymer
Angela Rhea-Piccoli

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1974 Connecticut

1974 is a five-piece progressive/classic rock band.

Focusing on concept albums set in a technologically advanced future, 1974 crafts a musically diverse and dynamic soundscape full of riffs, hooks, and vocal harmony to tell complex stories.

In 2012, the band won "Best New Band" at the 1st Annual CT Music Awards at The Bushnell Theater. The following year, the band won "Best Rock Band".
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Track Name: Intro
History turns to smoke
Fades in fluid
Sight is lost from our greatest mistakes
Track Name: The War That Tears Apart the Sky
We are alone
When the Deathriders find us...and the storm begins
Their barrels are smoking
In rings of clouds that give us their cause
Now we’re drawing our guns

Hold it together ‘til we make it through
Our lives rest upon the battle crew
Trade blow for blow ‘til one grows cold
Are we strong enough to keep our ship whole
And hold the balance of our fragile lives?
Trading bombs and bullets to survive
We keep the darkness from our eyes
In The War That Tears Apart The Skies

Two beasts of a brawl that spew ammunition
We are ruptured and torn
The damages rise
And so does the will to give up the fight…
…but we’re still standing high

Hold it together ‘til we make it through
Our lives rest upon the battle crew
Trade blow for blow ‘til one grows cold
Are we strong enough to keep our ship whole
And hold the balance of our fragile lives?
Trading bombs and bullets to survive
We keep the darkness from our eyes
In The War That Tears Apart The Skies
Track Name: Clone Discovery
Time moves slowly (Barely breathing)
Anger showing (Clear the breach)

(Sound will follow)
Reality holds its breath for this timeline
(Move into view)
Distorted in the moments before the storm revealed
(Shallow water)
Neurons of the stolen men with tired eyes
(Smooths the transition)
The fear designed to save is now the fear that kills

Dig in deeper (Take all you can)
Drawn in quicker (Makes you high)

Labored vision (No emotion)
Shattered focus (Passion misfire)

(New age, old face) Aim for the entrance
(Progress blurs time) Essential arms
(New muse, old race) Gather your senses
(Instinct defiled) Leaves room for insurance

Five fateful emergent understandings
Taken hostage without slight pretense
Corpses familiar turn beautiful life towards the unknown
Confusion alluding to knowledge not stored
Likely robbed before their birth a thousand years before
Human capacitors
Blind hollow monuments of all men’s fear
(Locked on and ready to fire)

Lives before God trading secrets
Beyond the capacity inside the heart of men
Compassion that crushes their logical ability
To save themselves
Consciousness rains everywhere like lasers
Towering dreams catalogued on these prison walls
Acres of cities flicker and fade in their lifeless eyes
(Ignition and into the grid)
Track Name: Welcome to Earth
Finally home
Starving for open arms that guide our hearts
In from the bitter cold
The place we left…imperfectly perfect world
Our clouded minds…what is loss?
What is lost?

Is there a way to be honest and call this our home?

Distant mimes carry out distant tasks
Eyes blank and masking
The danger of living unable to cherish
Replaced by our arrogance
We stand on the brink…the turn of the tide

Is there a way to be honest and call this our home?
Track Name: Wait
Now I’m here
Warm and safe
From worlds that change and collide
Now I’m here
Wait

It’s you I’ve been waiting to see
I’ve carried your absence around many places
Alone in the cold
It’s you I’ve been waiting to see
Wait

A silent shutter snaps
Burning the moment into the air that fills my mouth
I was the one who left so many years ago, but you…

You are the one who is gone
Track Name: Guide Our Hands
There’s a black cloud pouring its fill
Washing over seas of our hidden fears
A cancer is clouding our view

Charged with the onus
We must salvage the ones who retaliate
The transport is ready to go

We fight for the narrowing chance
That our intentions will guide our hands
And we’re broken and bleeding
But our hearts are still beating

Cover is blown in the field
Shots blanket every return we plan
The reservoir shatters behind

We fight for the narrowing chance
That our intentions will guide our hands
And we’re broken and bleeding
But our hearts are still beating
Track Name: T.E.M.P's
Still canvas in a thunderclap
My body moves to break the calm
Shapes shifting towards the gathering
They wait for us to give them alms in the calm

Look around and see
The cost of staying true
Is losing everyone
And only few remain
The ones who are left to clear away the passed

Scenes littered with the myriad
Who put a price upon their souls
Digging graves to store our former loves
We do our best to fill the holes, ‘cause now it’s cold

Look around and see
The cost of staying true
Is losing everyone
And only few remain
The ones who are left to clear away the passed
Track Name: Song of Survivors
Day:
We are gathering our wood and stone
Every hour lets us closer to
Rebuild our world that humankind had lost
Prey to hungry pride that stole their minds
O, when the future days begin to arrive
Never lose sight of the words we find
In the Song of Survivors

Night:
In the truest sense of blinding dark
No more filaments to hide the stars from view
And the cold is ever blowing in
Holding strangers close to save our warmth
O, there are times when darkness seeps through our fence
Then, we will ask the innocent
To sing the Song of Survivors

Dreams are the windows to our memories
Safe from automated hands that seek control
We are free to think and feel again
Give eternal life to fallen friends
O, we have vanquished all our fears to the grave
Following steps of the bold and brave
In the Song of Survivors