1974 & The Echoes Of War

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released September 23, 2016

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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: Countdown
Bring forth the storm
Come darkness rise
Take flesh and form
Open your eyes
Track Name: The Dark Double
Stolen life, but now a new heartbeat
A ghostly mirror countenance
Confusion, mental mystification
Eyes drawn to the question

Why, and what does this mean?
A balanced query in the dark double's eyes
When is it time?
Place the purpose into context
We caught the righteous moment
In the ocean of time
Are the sacrifices over?

Two men, but both operating with one mind
Fighting to break the reticence
A kind word, and then the thoughts are outpoured
The focus draws to the next question

Why, and what does this mean?
A balanced query in the dark double's eyes
When is it time?
Place the purpose into context
We caught the righteous moment
In the ocean of time
Are the sacrifices over?

Find the solution (calculate the next move)
This resolution (this one goes to you)
One goal, one way
Call the Department (feel no reservation)
Pen to the parchment (into our creation)
Our time, our way
A brighter sun is rising
From a world of sharpened minds
Can you feel the new beginning
As the darker days are ending

We caught the righteous moment
In the ocean of time
Are the sacrifices over?
Track Name: Department of Defense
A shaking hand, a burning light
Some small conversation
Before the miracle is unveiled
A steady gaze, a racing heart
The center of attention of his superiors
Well, here goes

Each and every one of us
Has felt the screaming echoes
Crying from the tragedy and misery of war
Shamefully, we settled for a weak negotiation
Now it's time to rise again
And fix the desperate failures of the past

Abrasive tones, the glances move
Uneasy and confounded
Who is this admiral who speaks so freely?
Tensions grow, heads are turned
They ask the whispered questions
Can he recover, and will we let him?

Gentlemen, we have the answers
For which we've been waiting
Ones that have escaped us
Since the thought of it was born
Everyone will look at us
With a new appreciation
Our enemies will feel the tardy penitence
They thought they had escaped

This is a gift that we've been given
So we walk the path of righteousness
We'll build the greatest force
That ever left their homeworld
To keep the noble residents alive and safe
We cannot be afraid now
To sacrifice for everyone
Now we begin the time of redemption
Track Name: Arrested
There is a shadow on the water
Where the spring of life was born
Unsympathetic monuments of cold destruction
Unmitigated hatred of the peaceful balance

You really thought it'd go that way
To justify the turn of fate
Now into the shackles, into the cage
And now into the shackles, into the cage

You are a danger to the people
The very lives you swore to save
And now the hunt is on to catch the great abomination
And you will help us guide it to its rightful death

You really thought it'd go that way
To justify the turn of fate
Now into the shackles, into the cage
And now into the shackles, into the cage
Track Name: Imprisoned
Naked in the wind
Awakened to the sin
Waiting for his sentence to begin
Genuflected rest
In jailhouse Sunday best
Hedging bets on his eternal rest

Startling regrets
Moral entrenchment
Epiphany synapse

In the concrete coffin and noble steel
Lies the warrior of forgotten lore
Fate begins its final pause
And with the changing winds, he is warrior
Warrior repealed

Makeshift clay in glass
Armies must amass
Harvesting his shredded leaves of grass
Leaving in the night
The kindred satellite
Viewer of the actions of his flight

Lunar entrenchment
Moral rejection
Impassionate misfire

With the thirst for power through the roar of fire
Stands the warrior and his cold desire
Flight begins its dark decent
And with the waning winds, he is warrior intent

A pessimist's penitence quenched
Raised in our structural pestilence
Beady-eyed mannequins of death
Choking on structural seminence
Terrified minds of our kin
Entwined within the cultural resonance
Twisted and kicking
Screaming and rising up
Twisted and kicking
Screaming and rising up
Track Name: Cry of the Exiled
Brothers of the Earthlands
There's a violent wind
Skies are growing darker
As the future tides roll in
A new babe with a loud cry
Will thrash away the cure
We'll swallow the harsh sigh
Fit the spoon to the source

I'll be there
Even if the orders contradict my inner voice
I'll follow you deep into the trenches
Where all the lines are shades of gray

Sentenced to the darkness
For a crime of innocence
The other arrested
From a call of ignorance
Hero of the future
Forced to wallow on the Earth
We are the redeemers
Thrust your hands into the dirt

Every day brings us even closer
Drives our mission farther on
Through the fire, I can see my children
Dancing in an open sky
Track Name: Moon Base
Breaking through the atmosphere
All the chains and shackles disappear
Chase the dark, the path unseen
Find the mastermind behind the scene

Gazing at the infinite display
A captivating consequence of fate
Bury all intentions in the grave
To stay

Our aim is true, the path is clear
Now we will rise and consume their fear
Heavy thoughts, a blackened seed
The father of the growing enemy
Track Name: Tackett's Last Stand
Creation of creation
With subordinate expressions
Mutiny beneath his nations
Daggers hidden inside vestments
He'll testify as witness to the blistering innocence

In the path of least resistance
One man stands with stone desire
Close to his primal insistence
One man draws, and one man fires
Taken faceless and nameless
The faithless and blameless

Staring deep into a set of empty eyes
Contemplating automatic action
Sacrifice the orchestrated saline pawns
Immolate the mutilated tower

Shadow armaments of favor
Trigger primed beneath his fingers
Futility of empty chambers
Demise by replicas of neighbors
A shallow victory of reflex
Euphoria preceded sorrow
Void of consequence or defect
Left with no orders to follow
Canyons of contempt
Between the Admiral's last attempt

A hail of curses twist around a fallen god
A crowd of soldiers desecrate the body
One by one, the rage begins to self-sustain
Livid calculations for the future
Gloria!
Track Name: Deadly Mutiny
All that I've given
All that I've done
Heedless position
Inside the gun
Come for the slaughter
(Stronger we grow with no one to obey)
Come for the thrill
(Voices uniting as one)
No violence saves you
(Unison visions of glorious sights)
Come for the skill
(Rip off the safety and fly)

Corner the citizens
Strip them of innocence
Worship the satellite's glow
Their lives are standing still
Now we can get our fill
After the mutinous plot
Treacherous fingers have tightened around
Every part of his flesh
Outbursts of anguish are filling the ears
Of the clones who were born
From the blood of the double
Track Name: Lullaby
Look here, gentle child
See the leaves
Orange and maroon
Beautiful for you
Winter winds will blow
And take them so newer ones will bloom
Just like me and you

One heart
One mind
One life for me
Standing proud and strong and temporary
We sing one heart
One mind
One life for me
Rushing on the pulse of life
Means ending
Track Name: Swan Song of the Enemy
Give them the cold stone
Give them the hard silhouette
Lead them to whisper terrible words
Give them the cold stare
Give them a good reason to count
All the beats their hearts are skipping
Their hearts are skipping

Send us a lifeline under the lee
Of the old dog cavalry
Sing us the swan song of the enemy
But don't you dare speak their names to me
Don't you dare speak their names

Give them a good fight
Get them to fall back
Breaking the silence in the trees
Here is a mountain
There is the ocean
And all the giants here are closing
They're closing in

Send us a lifeline under the lee
Of the old dog cavalry
Sing us the swan song of the enemy
But don't you dare speak their names to me
Don't you dare speak their names

Send us a lifeline under the lee
Of the old dog cavalry
Sing us the swan song of the enemy
But don't you dare speak their names to me
Don't you dare speak their names
To me
Track Name: Echoes of War
I see the battlefronts are falling
I see the numbers getting far too low
I see no end to this destruction
Amongst the din and all the dying
The flag of passion starts to burn and tear
As do the dreams of those
Who pinned it to their chest
They rest

We have no hope
To turn the machine around
The enemy
It stands so tall
We're crashing like gentle waves
At the feet of our own genocide

A sea of sacrifice and cinder
A horrid visual to complement
The tragic soundtrack of surrender
Is there a purpose in retreating
Or is it better just to stand our ground
And let them all eradicate our human race
Face to face

We have no hope
To turn the machine around
The enemy
It stands so tall
We're crashing like gentle waves
At the feet of our own genocide
Track Name: Epilogue
Awake in the underground
This place in which we can't be found
We'll wait
Wait until the time has come
The drone of the footsteps above
Our home in this space, or the lack thereof
The door to our lives locked away

We hold our hope
Because the time isn't now
We'll wait just one day longer
We hold our own
Until we're ready to go
We're ready to go
And walk the streets again

The brave will scavenge by night
We'll pray until they return to our sight
The only ones kept alive
Hidden from day
If I could just see their faces

We hold our hope
Because the time isn't now
We'll wait just one day longer
We hold our own
Until we're ready to go
We're ready to go
And walk the streets again

We'll wait for a narrowing chance
For the moment to charge and advance
To fight for our freedom
Because we know we can beat them

We hold our hope
Because the time isn't now
We'll wait just one day longer
We hold our own
Until we're ready to go
We're ready to go
And walk the streets again

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