Forward to the Past EP

by Totenwald

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    Forward To The Past is the new 12" EP from Berlin's extravagant Dark Punk quartet Totenwald. The follow-up to their debut album "Dirty Squats And Disco Lights," the 4 songs - self-recorded in May 2019 - come on transparent pink vinyl with lyrics sheet in an edition of 500 copies as a co-release between Plastic Bomb Records in Germany, and the band.

    Originally only available as a limited cassette during their West Coast US Tour in September 2019, the title of the EP is a sarcastic reference to the current 80s revival, which comes not only with fashion and music styles but also with the return of Cold War-era politics. The songs themselves are political and discerning, yet comprehensible and straight to the point.

    "Forward To The Past" is a complex mosaic celebrating the aesthetics and style of the past while not being doomed to repeat them, rounded off with perfectly fitting artwork. Top-class neo-post-punk!

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1.
Black Drops 04:36
One more night stuck with myself Life feels wrong and I can’t ask for help Wrapped in my room with the same old songs And one says tomorrow never comes And I guess there’s no tomorrow And I bet there’s no tomorrow For how long can one be playing with fire Before time will expire?! One more night without any ambition Keep telling myself “it’s just a transition” And I know that I lie when I say that I’m fine 'Cause I know I’m crossing every line And I guess there’s no tomorrow And I bet there’s no tomorrow Black drops running down on silver Black drops my heart goes numb Pins and needles and one sharp chill A sublime touch, just one more thrill And just like Alice down the rabbit hole I fall into a spiral dark as coal And I guess there’s no tomorrow What awaits is fear and sorrow I’m precariously balanced on the edge of a blade Light is starting to fade Suddenly all the pain is gone and all that’s left is just some stain of blood I can't help it though I tried, it’s "just a picture from life’s other side".... Black drops running down on silver Black drops my heart goes numb
2.
Fashion, dance, ignorance Booze, drugs, cheap romance Work, debts, family life Pills, depression, suicide Does life have any meaning Does life make any sense? Or are we going through the motions In search for food and sex? Is there nothing else Is there something more In life besides work from 7 until 4? All you want is dance Put yourself in trance Forget about reality And not to face the facts Fashion, dance, ignorance Booze, drugs, cheap romance Work, debts, family life Pills, depression, suicide The life you lead is going nowhere! Friday night, cages are open 48 hours to kill the boredom Modern day slavery Your life belongs to the bank Spending money you don't have You live off credit cards Time is running fast Years are passing by Broken dreams, forgotten plans You're lying in bed and wondering why... The life you lead is going nowhere!
3.
1984 05:18
1984, 1984! You miss the 80s now you've got them ( - Welcome to...) You want the 80s now you've got them ( - Cold War 2...) Russians and NATO showing off their muscles America conspires against all the others Evil empires are playing with Fire Deciding the fate of frightened masses... Back to the future, forward to the past New Star Wars, new arms race Same old game, just new names Aim and methods are still the same... 1984, 1984! You miss the 80s now you've got them ( - Welcome to...) You want the 80s now you've got them ( - Cold War 2...) Welcome to - Cold War 2 Back to the future, forward to the fucking past!
4.
Do you hear that old military beat They're marching through your neighbour hood They're marching down your street Do you hear that old nationalist song How once this country Was united great and strong They're standing in the corner ready for the fight Looking for someone who doesn't look quite right They're smashing up your windows They're burning down your houses It cannot happen here It cannot happen now Kristallnacht Remember politicians shaking their hands Talking about democracy and human rights When all they ever want is to rule Millions of people are forced to leave their homes The cities are burned down to the ground Do you see the connection, do you understand And we're dancing to the same old beat as the history repeats

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4-song EP recorded in our rehearsal room in May 2019. Mixed by Pierre Somville and mastered by Chris Hanszek at Hanszek Audio in July 2019.

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released September 20, 2019

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