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Upmanship Down

from The Corporate Body by Drug Life

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My ambition: lead a generation
Out into the dark
Walk them to the abyss
And shove them in the back

There’s a coven at the game
Pass-the-parcel played back-to-front
The winner comes up empty-handed

Under the padre sunshine
Wet with the promise
Of ideas

The only way to go
The only way that’s left
Upmanship down

I forgot about the powerlessness
I create around me
Glowing inert gases, pixelation

Zip-jacketed, a spirit skin
There’s wisdom sewn into its pockets
It costs more than you’ll make in four years

I’ve read the penal code, I’ve seen it
A guarantee of amnesty
In twelve-oh-two-two

Renounce everything


from The Corporate Body, released November 4, 2019
Gordon Moakes : Bass/Vox
Joey Cortez : Guitar
Terry Irwin : Drums

Recorded by Ryan Rooney at Big Orange, Austin, TX and at home
Mixed by Kevin Butler at Test Tube Audio, Austin, TX, 2018.



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Drug Life Austin, Texas

Noise/Rock from Austin, Texas.

Formed in Austin in 2013, Drug Life pairs British ex-pat Gordy (Bloc Party, Young Legionnaire) on bass and vocals with native Texans Joey Cortez (Employer, Employer, Pushman) on guitar and Terry Irwin (Markov, Pretty the Quick Black Eyes) on drums.

Expect chaos, heart, crunch and heat.
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