Brad’s Blog – “Dead World”
“Dead World” was the first track we [Gary Holmes, Bryan Holmes & me-self] wrote collaboratively, during a 3 month band hiatus, which started back in January of 2011. The band still wanted to be creative, but were unable to hold certain variables together, which are necessary in sustaining as a live act. The 3 of us would routinely get together and throw ideas against the wall – one of those became, “Dead World,” originally called: “Side of the Road.”
It was lyrically a nod to the first Skitzo Calypso cut [“Shooting Down on America”], featured on the first demo CD, ‘Join the Cult.’ In those lyrics it says, ‘Lay me down on the side of the road where the dogs and the kids can eat my soul,’ which basically meant, I was just going to throw myself out there and let myself be picked apart by the perceived masses [admittedly more grandiose in my visions]. The song was partially penned, while I was heading to Los Angeles – it seemed like a suitable metaphor, considering the abyss I was seemingly driving into [alone] along long dusty Arizona stretches. As to say, I had a lot of window time. After all, I was in hot pursuit of Los Angeles.
In “Dead World” the lyrics, “Here I go – I’m down; And I’m lonely and I’m dyin’; Lyin’ here on the side the road,” was written to express a certain awakening; the idea that maybe – just maybe, things weren’t going to turn out the way I had hoped or anticipated – not as an incubus. The song is intended to confront the idea of begrudgingly transcending from a boy-man into a man and how that feels; an indescribable amount of panic attacks, nervous breakdowns and what-have-yous will inevitably bring y’ to your senses! The song is optimistic; although, on it’s face it seemingly has a dark undertone – creation comes from destruction and likewise.
So, with this particular CD, something new was born – it is probably the second real rebirth this band has had [musically], since ’02. The tracks that we decided to include on ‘Ghosts’ are all tracks we wrote, while we were stuck in this awkward state of limbo. Other tracks will also be available [Upon release], but we didn’t feel they captured the idea of what we actually created with this particular record.