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Construct is a concept EP and short story. Each vocalist represents a different character.

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released April 15, 2016

Vocals on “Fetus” by Nathan Hardy, recorded at Thunderbox in Atlanta, GA on April 23rd, 2015

Vocals on “Cavalry” by Tyler Kelly, recorded at my apartment in Kennesaw, GA on April 18th, 2015

Vocals on “Grey” by Yancey Ballard, recorded at Gavin Caffrey’s house in East Atlanta, GA on August 9th, 2015

Vocals on “Ze” by Alex Hurtsellers, recorded at my apartment in Kennesaw, GA on April 20th, 2015

Vocals on “Pour” by Hunter Whitehead, recorded at his house in Athens, GA on May 5th, 2015

Vocals at the end of “Pour” by Tyler, Yancey, Alex, and Hunter

Trombone on “Fetus”, “Grey”, and “Pour” by Pete Hall, recorded at his house in Athens, GA on August 13th, 2015

Drums by Noah Linn, recorded by Chris Deese at Under the Couch in Atlanta, GA on January 16th, 2016

Electric Guitar on “Id (About the Author)” by Andy Torrey, recorded at my parents house in Roswell, GA on February 28th, 2014

Mixed and mastered by Jesse Magnum at the Glow Recording Studio in Athens, GA, on March 8th, 9th, and 10th of 2016

Except for “Id (About the Author)” mixed and mastered by Brian Caffrey

Editing on the story by Patricia Caffrey and Anne Belocura
Additional pictures by Raquel Ruiz, Patricia Caffrey, and Anne Belocura

Everything else by Brian Caffrey. Instruments on tracks 1-5 recorded in March and April of 2015 at my apartment in Kennesaw, GA. Acoustic guitar, piano, and vocals on “Id (About the Author)” recorded at my apartment in Athens, GA in September of 2015

Thanks to everyone whose name I listed above, Jon Freed for letting me use his bass, and the Atlanta and Athens DIY communities.
Without these intertwined networks of talented and hardworking musicians, none of this would have been possible.

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Track Name: Fetus
Hey girl, I can’t stand you
I like your issues
And you like my sociopathy
You’ll think I am
Some sort of great thinker
I guess everything is relative

I’m scared of who my father was
I’m scared of who I can be

Hey dad, I can’t stand you
I’m scared of your issues
And they’re bound to end up in me
You’ll think I am
Some sort of great person
I guess everything is relative

I can’t tell my sleep from dreams
My brain is feeding me a more interesting life
It’s all covered in a layer of smog
I can’t see who it is at the other side
Track Name: Calvary
He stared at me with his black eyes and said,
"Thank you, Father, you seem to be the only one who cares,"
He lay in his bed pale, tubes diffusing from his arm
Dangling like the life left in Their hands

He keeps putting his faith in me and our God
He wants to have something to replace his distant son
But he can’t hear me when I think of him at night
So is it so bad no one knows my lie?

She stared at me with her red eyes and said,
"Thank you, Father, you seem to be the only one who cares,"
Her praise brought me warmth and helped me forget my sins
I rely on others to make me feel significant

I’m not worth anything

Am I evil inside?
I won’t dare touch them
Am I evil inside?
I would never touch

She keeps putting her faith in me and our God
She wants something to replace her distant mom
But she can’t hear me when I think of her at night
So is it so bad no one knows my lie?

And I ignore the mind that can’t control my body
No man should be put to this test
Does this mean that I’m stronger
Or just weak for lying to myself?
Track Name: Grey
I saw my mother lying on our kitchen table
Her lips were stained purple like her glass
And my father forgot to come home for dinner again
That’s ok, though, we ordered in
I’m pretending that these shows can replace affection

You remind me of my dad
And I just wanna hold my hand

Can you hear me?
I’m making friends with handles
Living my teenage years (like they’re my last)
And, Dad, can you hear me?
I wish you would be around
The way you look at me
I look so bad

You remind me of my dad
And I just wanna hold my hand
Track Name: Ze
I opened my arms to the sky
And felt the morning sun for the first time
All I could see was the grey creeping up through the paint

But I could still feel the warmth
I let it engulf me
It’s the only thing too far for us to end
And that is when I realized that is all you need
They got it right, so long ago

How romantic would it be to let it all go?
Leave the construct that just damages
The only thing we have
I could become the dirt that’s always been
But I would never meet you
And just hurt the only ones I love

People think they know the truth
Though they’ve never seen a clear night sky
Or been miles away from the nearest artificial light

Why do we think you would have a face at all
Or care about our calls?
You created it in seven days
And we’ve ruined it in seven scores
Track Name: Pour
I see her every day
Yet I’m always surprised by
The fact that she looks more
Beautiful this day than the last
I could look at her face
For hours on end

But I can’t tell her that I love her
I know the sentiment wouldn’t be returned

I see her every day
Yet I’m always surprised by
The fact that I cannot
Tolerate my own daughter this day
Any better than the day before

But I can’t tell her that I love her
I know the sentiment wouldn’t be returned

I know that
It’s so pathetic but I
Take it out on her
She doesn’t know

I’ll drink alone tonight
Remind myself that he’s the one
That goes with her at night

I can’t help you today
Because I can’t help myself today
Track Name: Id
I drank three too many beers tonight
Two too few from being drunk
I took one too many sleeping pills this time
A few too few from ending up like my uncle

I’m begging these chemicals give me
A creative spark
Something to make me feel as
Enlightened as I think I am

Grab my hand
Pull me up
It’s harder to see the dirt from this pedestal
Maybe I should hang on the floor more often
It would humble me

I’m so fucking humble

Is it possible to know that
You’re not as great as you think you are?
If you hear someone tell a lie enough times
You’ll start to believe it

I’ve had just the right amount of sleep
Not enough to be coherent
Not too little to pass out
If I fight this sleep just a few more hours
Something worthwhile might come out