Hey, here you can listen to all of the songs of the ‚Anachronism‘ record that came out in July 2014 on Cobra Records and Hidden Rainbow Records. You can also download the complete record including lyrics here: Anachronism. Enjoy!

A sharp line

Once you sang our songs, and you screamed out loud, you shared ideals, maybe cared about? To grow up and to change is fine, but you crossed that final line. Change the lane but don‘t turn around, wrong-way drivers will crash and burn! You can‘t hide your new friends, don‘t expect any tolerance for fascist views or racist minds, now you follow what you once despised. And if your maroon turns into brown – there is nothing to accept! There’s a sharp line between right and wrong, there’s a sharp line between you and us. A sharp line! Don‘t fall silent, there will be no turning quiet. No single step back, we will stand with focused minds. There’s a sharp line between you and us.

Life is determined by progression. We shouldn‘t stand still but improve ourselves every day and, by extension, society itself in the long run. But even if the world would stop turning, there are issues that are not negotiable. You may change your lifestyle or your social environment, but certain “opinions” and behaviors won‘t be accepted or tolerated. Racism, fascism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism and the likes are opposed to everything we consider basic values and principles in the punk/hardcore scene – as well as in democratic societies in general. If you can’t agree to the basic principles, there’s no place for you here. You’re an enemy.

Equal

I won’t stay quiet, won’t stop the fight against your world of defined roles. We all walk this path getting used to broken hearts, no differences should be made between any human kind based on their preference to whom to shed their heart. No questions should be asked to any one, based on their choice to whom to shed their heart. It is not whom – but do we love?!

Why do we even need to talk about the gender of the person you’re in love with? Why does this matter so much? All around the world, people are discriminated against, mobbed and suffer from hatred for the way they love. It’s not only the open violent attacks, but also the subtle undertones that surface everywhere. Wearing an “against homophobia/against sexism“ button or patch doesn‘t change anything, unless you change the prejudices in your mind. Fuck that feigned tolerance if prejudice and fear is all that’s behind your mask. Real equality will reign only when it doesn’t matter who you love – as long as you love.

Not fading away

Issues fading, times are changing – being tired of the youth gone wild? Another focus and a selfish backtrack, things looked different as a „child”. You never kept your anger and you always spoke your mind, but now you‘re smiling about the harshness of your former life. Now you’ve become what you never wanted to be, with an empire of fake problems in front of your TV. While millions and millions continue to suffer and die, you found out that organic beef silenced the outcry? Maybe you’re right and your after-work-yoga is more important! Hour by hour, day by day, week by week, year after year. Every hour, every day, every week and every single year – try to stay focused, evolve your mindset and use your anger! And every day you stay focused, every day is a new chance, a chance to better something, and all those little somethings will mean everything! So many problems, so few solutions, need for our awareness and our actions!

Problems won‘t disappear just because you grow older. There’s no reason to fall silent at a certain age – quite the opposite. The world is still full of shit to keep us from lowering our voices. A great idea is still a great idea, even if you yourself have given up on it. So who’s the one to be laughed at?

Stashed in steel

Race this mile with your bike, precious cargo stashed in steel, selfless mission on the road to save their lives from certain death. Walked your way, fought your fight, overcame fear – righteous life! Won the French race and climbed up so high, ruled in the alps – peacefully! Ride – for their freedom, ride – to save their lives, ride – for your freedom, ride – for your life.

People tend to say you won’t make a difference all by yourself. This is an excuse borne out of laziness and fear. Every single human being can contribute a small piece of what might be a better future, and even seemingly small efforts can make a difference to other people. This song is about a person who made such a commitment, a person who risked everything he had to save people’s lives. Gino Bartali was one of the best cyclists of his era. He won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia several times. During World War II, he smuggled faked documents in his bike during long training rides all over Italy. With these courier rides, he was able to save the lives of 800 Italian Jews from persecution. He is one of the many examples of what a single person is able to accomplish.

Bad bargain

You grow the crops to feed our food, we want it all, it’s all our loot. But we won‘t let you starve and die. You can buy our waste, earning double, killing twice, that’s our way. Realize that the food on our table is not just killing living beings, but also hope and future in far distant places! We‘re going to kill you – with our diet, with our help, with all that we give! ‘Cause we will establish your addiction. Fed to death. We need to see this connection between all the sorrow and our consumption! We have to stop this madness – now!

Eating meat is just plain wrong. But what’s terrifying to see is, that it’s wrong on so many levels. The so-called First World is using developing countries‘ capacities to help it produce cheap food. Still our spoiled society consumes only a fraction of the slaughtered animal. Sadly, the story doesn’t end here. In order to maximize profits, meat producers sell the left-over and undesirable portions (e.g. chickens heads) to Third World countries. With the help of EU export subsidies, they offer those animal remains at an incredible low price. In 2010 alone, the EU exported 480,000 tons of slaughterhouse waste. Not only does this resale of waste not help the developing countries, it actually destroys the balance of the local agriculture and makes these countries dependent on First World leftovers—thus destroying their ability to be self-sufficient.

No victim

Let’s face the single fact, stop complaining. You lived there for two years, your folks moved in before, they were working for the Reich – that’s what you call your beloved home. No victim – Offender! You’re no victim – You’re the offender! A yesterday’s wolf in a democratic sheep skin. No victim – Offender! Under the guise of the so – called expulsion you hide your racism and your greed. Seriously – there is nothing to reclaim, the only thing that you have to be is thankful, thankful to be alive.

This song is about Erika Steinbach. She is maybe the best and worst example of how it is possible to be a right-wing nationalist scumbag with a reactionary mindset in the middle of everyday political life in Germany. She denies the crimes of Nazi Germany while demanding the return of bordering regions of Germany which today (and forever) belong to Poland and the Czech Republic. Nobody who isn’t living there today is entitled to those areas, even less somebody who was only passing through like Erika Steinbach. Once and for all, it must be clearly understood that the Germans who fled or were expelled from these areas were perpetrators – not victims. They are guilty for actively or unquestioningly supporting the Nazi regime and its crimes against humanity. Furthermore, as a member of the German parliament, Erika Steinbach’s homophobic attitude and opposition towards same-sex relationships is just one of her many antiquated views that make her unbearable.

With every single step

Set my own pace, see the routines fade. The air in my lungs, the sun on my skin, the sweat in my eyes – I’m alive! With every single step, with every cherished thought, with every broken dream – we promise to carry on! Limits fade when we overcome the limits of our fearful minds. With every single step, with every cherished thought, with every broken bone – we carry on. With an iron mind, like an iron mind, it’s a desperate fight. Step by step, mile by mile, dream by dream, carry on! Follow your own path to overcome this feeling of wasting time, there is so much out there to brighten up your life. The air in my lungs, the sun on my skin, the sweat in my eyes – I am alive.

Society feeds us bullshit on a daily basis. We are forced into a competition for wealth, fame or attention. There seems to be a constant battle between people to be nicer, faster, better. With these distractions, we compete against others and forget to better ourselves. We are lazy in mind and body. For me, there is nothing better than getting out into nature and going running. This is the moment when I feel more alive than any other – a moment when I have the chance to challenge myself and experience true beauty. It’s impossible to describe what you feel when you go out for a run – unless you do it yourself! When you’re out there…

Follow through

How to stand your ground when the daily grind takes hold? How to step out of that faceless crowd? Ask yourself if you’re able to scream when nobody hears your words? Am I able to stand my ground while I’m trapped in those hands? Can I shout out real loud when nobody sings along? Sometimes you don’t know how to speak out. Try your best to fight for your desires every moment of your life. Progress comes in small pieces and with courage all the time! Violence is the game of those who are scared of a strong mind, we won’t be the ones that run blind. We need to be awake to live that dream. We won’t remain silent!

Sometimes, it seems so hard to stand by your beliefs. There are times when you want to give up on them and opt for the easy way out. What if you’re alone and attacked by some Nazis? What if you’re trapped in some shit job and all your workmates are reactionary dickheads? What if you feel uneasy in your own neighborhood for whatever reason? The idea for writing the lyrics to this song came to me after finding a car plastered with stickers of Nazi bands parked outside my house. That really made me feel uncomfortable, and I didn’t sleep well that night, pondering what I could do. Acting the way that I felt was “right” in that situation would have had serious consequences for me, but doing nothing about it felt totally wrong. The next morning, I saw that someone had smashed all of the car’s windows and put an Anti-Nazi sticker on the hood. In the end, it wasn’t me, but it was very encouraging to see I wasn’t alone with my anger – even though I thought I was.

And here are some older version of the songs we recorded in the rehearsal space. Enjoy.

A sharp line

barren – 01 – a sharp line by .barren.

Once you sang our songs, and you screamed out loud, you shared ideals, maybe cared about? To grow up and to change is fine, but you crossed that final line. Change the lane but don‘t turn around, wrong-way drivers will crash and burn! You can‘t hide your new friends, don‘t expect any tolerance for fascist views or racist minds, now you follow what you once despised. And if your maroon turns into brown – there is nothing to accept! There’s a sharp line between right and wrong, there’s a sharp line between you and us. A sharp line! Don‘t fall silent, there will be no turning quiet. No single step back, we will stand with focused minds. There’s a sharp line between you and us.

Life is determined by progression. We shouldn‘t stand still, but improve ourselves every day and thereby society itself in the long run. But even if the world would stop turning, there are issues that are not negotiable. You may change your lifestyle or your social environment, but certain “opinions” and behaviors won‘t be accepted nor tolerated. Racism, fascism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism and the likes are opposed to everything we consider basic values and principles in the punk/hardcore scene as well as in democratic societies in general. And if you don‘t even agree on that, there’s no place for you here and you‘re considered an enemy.

Bad bargain

barren – 02 – bad bargain by .barren.

You grow the crops to feed our food, we want it all, it’s all our loot. But we won‘t let you starve and die. You can buy our waste, earning double, killing twice, that’s our way. Realize that the food on our table is not just killing living beings, but also hope and future in far distant places! We‘re going to kill you – with our diet, with our help, with all that we give! Cause we will establish your addiction. Fed to the death. We need to see, this connection between all the sorrow and our consumption! We have to stop this madness – now!

Eating meat is just plain wrong. But what’s terrifying to see is, that it’s wrong on so many levels. The so-called First World is using developing countries‘ capacities to help it produce cheap food. Still our spoiled society is using only little of the produced animal itself for its consumption. Sadly, the story doesn’t end here. To maximize the assets, meat producers export the unsalable remains of those animals (e.g. chickens heads) to Third World countries. With the help of EU export subsidies they offer those animal remains at an incredible low price. In 2010 alone the EU exported 480,000 tons of slaughterhouse waste. While these exports are not helping developing countries – but instead are wrecking the regional agricultural sector – they become dependent on our leftovers.

Not fading away

barren – 03 – not fading away by .barren.

Issues fading, times are changing – being tired of the youth gone wild? Another focus and a selfish backtrack, things looked different as a „child”. You never kept your anger and you ever spoke your mind, but now you‘re smiling about the harshness of your former life. Now you became what you never wanted to be, with an empire of fake problems in front of your TV. While millions and millions continue to suffer and die, you found out that organic beef silenced the outcry? Maybe you’re right and your after-work-yoga is more important! Hour by hour, day by day, week by week, year after year. Every hour, every day, every week and every single year – try to stay focused, evolve your mindset and use your anger! And every day you stay focused, every day is a new chance, a chance to better something, and all those little somethings will mean everything! So many problems, so few solutions, need our awareness and our actions!

Problems won‘t disappear just because you grow older. There’s no reason to fall silent at a certain age, quite the opposite. The world is still full of shit to keep us from lower our voices. A great idea is still a great idea, even if you yourself have given up on it. So who’s the one to be laughed at?

You can also download the whole demo including artwork, lyrics, etc. as vbr mp3 here: barren – Demo