Fortress of Disillusion

by Matt Wixson

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At the intersection of Disillusionment and Depression sits a lonesome house, filled wall to wall with uphill smiles, self-conscious furniture, and a cat. This house is a refuge, a place away from places, an escape from the escape. Some believe it to be haunted by hallucinogenic spirits, who turn friends into strangers and allies into exhausting enemies. Others claim it is actually the rest of the world that is inundated with ghosts. This house, this experience, pulled these songs out of me. My new EP is called Fortress of Disillusion, and it’s available now for free (or donation).

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released November 25, 2014

Matt Wixson - guitar, vocals, percussion, trumpet

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Matt Wixson Ferndale, Michigan

I was a solo ska artist and turned that thing into a three-piece punk band. Then I went solo on the side again, with the same name. I used to try to make people laugh. Now I want to bum them out.

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Track Name: Friend Request
Every time I don’t bother to call you
Is a time I don’t know what to say
And every night that I’m not on stage singing
Is a night I don’t know what to play
And every week that you don’t even see me
Is a week where I’d rather just stay
And I hide

Every day that I'm drinking in daylight
Is a day I'm embarrassed and low
And every time that I push you away
Is a time I should not be alone
And every time that you call me asshole
Is a time that I get what I'm owed
And I hide

And I know it's not easy
Putting up with my shit
But I swear it's not easy
For me dealing with it

Every night that I'm having a good time
Is a night that I'm thankful for friends
But every night that we're having a good time
Is a night that I know's gonna end
And every night that I'm just staying inside
Is night that's just easy to spend
And I hide
Track Name: Miles to Go
If you’re standing in the way it’s fucking time to step aside
I’ve got places that I’m going, I’ve got you to leave behind
I am better than the bullshit, I am better than the grind
And I’ve got miles to go before I sleep

There’s a place where I belong, and there’s a home I haven’t known
So it’s pedal to the metal, and it’s rubber to the road
I’ll sing songs like sending postcards from the places that I go
And I’ve got miles to go before I sleep

And there is no, no such thing as moving backwards
And there is no path you take that doesn’t matter
And nothing ever stays the same, except for those who just complain
Instead of simply making changes for the better

I’ve had luck and some advantages, and I’ve had a bit of help
But after all, I say with confidence I take credit for myself
Cuz I never stop evolving, always kept on doing well
And I’ve got miles to go before I sleep

And there is no, no such thing as moving backwards
And there is no path you take that doesn’t matter
And nothing ever stays the same, except for those who just complain
Instead of simply making changes for the better

And I’ve got miles to go before I sleep
Track Name: Straight and Narrow
Are you now, or have you ever been
A member of a revolutionary movement?
Cuz if you should be the way we think you are
You’d better run away, you fuckin’ better run far!

We got tradition to rep
And so we need it lockstep

We want it straight and narrow, we got no room for you
Straight and narrow, we don’t approve of you
Straight and narrow, so we’re removing you
You better fit in or you know what we can do to you!

Blast off! Yeah we've been to the moon
You’re with us or against us, better pick a side soon
Because we got no time and we got no open mind
These boots were made for walking on the company line

We got tradition to rep
And so we need it lockstep

We want it straight and narrow, we got no room for you
Straight and narrow, we don’t approve of you
Straight and narrow, so we’re removing you
You better fit in or you know what we can do to you!

You better shut that mouth
Or else we're telling you to just get out
You better bite that tongue
Keep speaking up and you just might get stung

We want it straight and narrow, we got no room for you
Straight and narrow, we don’t approve of you
Straight and narrow, so we’re removing you
You better fit in or you know what we can do to you!
Straight and narrow!
Track Name: Gunnabe
I’ve got no time for you if you
Don’t have anything worth hearing

If you can’t show some respect
Then I’m gonna turn my back
This monologue’s beneath me
I’m too far along for that
If you don’t know any better
About anything that matters
Then you can pick some other victim
For your lecture, because

I’m an adult who can handle
Having honest conversations

Whatever you may be
You’re no authority
Just attempting to assert yourself
Because you're scared that you have peaked
I find it disconcerting
That you’ve given up on learning
So enjoy that premature end
To your journey

You're all you're gonna be
You're all you're gonna be
That's not enough for me
Track Name: Peace Out!
I've laid down my arms, taken cover from the bombs, and I've fled
I’m getting out of the attack before they get me in the back of the head
So may your whisper help to drown out the agonizing sound of the war
And may the peace in your eyes help me enjoy the life I was fighting for

Now the rebels are romantic but I can’t take their semantics myself
They are powerful and gritty, they’re grotesque and they’re unpretty, as well
But while they’re breaking my heart I can set myself apart and ignore
Propaganda and lies, they keep me from the life that I was fighting for

I am an innocent man, I’m just collateral damage in the cloud
A defector and deserter, scared he’s gonna end up murdered in the crowd
I’m retreating to the summit ‘cause I haven’t got the stomach for the gore
I need some tranquil skies to remind me of what I was fighting for

Oh, I've made my choice, they don’t need my voice or my gun
Even without my contribution, I've looked into the future, they've won
So you won’t find me inciting, igniting, or swiping, or sniping, or griping no more
Because I finally realize I’ll be just fine without what I was fighting for