The Cypher

by XETAS

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1.
The Doctor
2.
The Bystander
3.
4.
The Martyr
5.
The Witness
6.
The Cypher
7.
03:53
8.
The Xero
9.
The Teacher
10.
The Mariner

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Why do people start bands anymore? To get rich and famous? Compliment re-tweeting? To gain the respect of their peers in the RIAA? I don’t know, and I don’t have a computer so I can’t look it up. But I bet sometimes bands get started with no goal at all, beyond basics like don’t lose the keys to the practice space, and to share the excitement of making music together. From there, the goals become things like, get better at it, and do it more. But, again, no computer here, so, don’t know 100%.

Xetas have been doing exactly that, making wired, joyfully intense music ever since their first 7” in 2014. Their first two albums, 'The Redeemer' and 'The Tower,' are compact, high-voltage, furniture-throwing gems. With 'The Cypher,' they emerge after a year of work as a one-minded beast. The songs blast off and burn, but carry a new depth and weight. Inside gusts of ferocious noise there are subtly sweet melodies that stick in your head; volume gets quiet, tempos charge, slow down, stutter, and implode. The sounds are of a deeper dimension, surprising glimpses of (what’s that?) and (huh wow!). It all creates a rich emotional dimension, which you feel even while the band is thrashing you around in its jaws like an alligator.

Instantly you notice the vocal arrangements. Everybody sings every song, whether dividing verses or in unison, in true crew fashion. It’s a moving statement of intent. Punk rock? To be sure, but punk can mean anything goes. David Petro’s guitars come in countless layers of tension, incorporating punk mowdown and bad trip psych, at times bringing to mind Pen Rollings, Tara Key, and Roger Miller. On “The Objector,” bassist Kana Harris’s voice effortlessly shifts emotional gears as she reflects on power and change, leaving you to meditate on the lyrics “no one here will remember the old landscape.”

Maybe it’s a concept record? Could be, if the concept is figuring out how to survive by being yourselves, how to get better and better every day at being a band, and leaving nothing on the court. Isn’t that a concept every band should have? Is that even a concept? Isn’t that reality? It’s like I have to look everything up these days. - James McNew

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releases January 24, 2020

Xetas :
David Petro - guitar, vocals,
Kana Harris - bass, vocals

Jay Dilick - drums, vocals



‘The Cypher’ was recorded throughout 2019 at Estuary Recording, Austin and produced by John Michael Landon and Xetas.

Mastered by Matthew Barnhart, Chicago Mastering Service
Album artwork by Hollie Brown

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Track Name: The Hierophant
I awoke on a friday
Surrounded by voices
I can’t seem to recall
But I swear i heard it before
It’s always been there
Hidden in a warm glow of light

Do you ever feel like you’re still dreaming?
Ever spinning in space
But you’re just living
Everything is different
Yet somehow the same
Trapped in a circle
Of a sick cyclical hell

You gotta shake it off
Like the cobwebs in the back of your head
Or the dust off the good book that you never read
(Say something, say something)
It’s a shame how we all are made
Always wanting to fear
It’s a shame how what we say won’t matter to you

Welcome
Well come it surrounds in a cold embrace forever
Omni future, present, past
But what choice do you have?

You gotta shake it off
Like the cobwebs in the back of your head
Or the dust off the good book that you never read
(Say something, say something)
It’s a shame how we all are made
Always wanting to fear
It’s a shame how what we say won’t matter to you
Track Name: The Objector
How many times do I have to say it?
Let me explain again and again and again
Watching your eyes see my fate
And continue to do nothing
Watching your eyes see my pain
And continue to look away
A new thought occurs to me
Why do I care what you think?

I don’t need this
Your silence reads complicit
(there is no God if you resist us)
The world is cold when you want justice

Every time that i speak up
I put at risk all I’ve worked to earn
One step forward, two steps back
There’s always something to unlearn
You benefit, I’m cracking at the creases
You keep taking but you offer no replacements
I keep breaking myself into smaller, smaller pieces
I don’t need this

I don’t need this
Your silence reads complicit
(there is no god if you resist us)
The world is cold when you want justice

(why you gotta be so sensitive? Can’t you just accept that’s the way it is?)
NO

Have you ever watched the mountain range change?
Snowbanks turn to rivers and deepen in it’s face
With each rain, more washes away
And someday it will be a plain
And no one around will remember the old landscape

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