"THE FORMATIVE YEARS (2010​-​2014​)​" DDL

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This is a (mostly) comprehensive catalog of ABOLITIONIST output from 2010-2014. It features tracks from various compilations, in addition to tracks from the following 7-inch releases: "At The Level Of The Ear"+ split w/ FOOLS RUSH (Portland, OR) + split w/ RUBRICS (South Carolina).

These tracks were pulled together in one digital download for convenience and archival purposes. It's okay to download for free! Donations are always appreciated, of course ...

Thanks for listening.

art/design by Keith Rosson (December 2016)

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released December 18, 2016

All music/lyrics written by Dustin Herron (ASCAP); primary vocals/guitar by Dustin Herron. The following persons appeared on the listed tracks:

1-3: Jesse Wright (drums), Jeff Carey (bass)
4-5: Ross Savage (drums), Jeff Carey (bass)
9-11: Mike Urbain (drums), Ryan Sotomayor (bass/vocals), Jeremy Dunlap (lead guitar/vocals)
12-16: Mike Urbain (drums), Jeremy Dunlap (bass/vocals)

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Track Name: "at the level of the ear" (2010)
(inspired by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide)

This is not the way it has to be
Living life so desperately
Running through trees, getting away
Machete man gonna kill my family

Already hacked a thousand friends to death
It's gonna happen again
Not a neighbor anymore
Just a roach stomped on the floor

Tied down to a past of tyranny
Still enslaved to ideology
This card says I'm different from you
But it's an ancient racial stew

We're all mixed up in this wasted land
Just pawns for the Europe man
You don't have to cut off my head
But maybe I'm better off dead?
Track Name: "lie" (2010)
Just a few seconds left until we touch the ground
I just to had to see for myself what it is you found
It seems like only yesterday you found yourself in love
With your own image, now you're humbled from above

What a fucking ego trip, do you really think you've won?
You would keep on spouting lies as your lungs fill up with blood
I'm not gonna buy this shit, you can't sell me afterlife
Even your fresh suit and tie can't sell me on this lie
Track Name: "the road (got me thinking)" (2010)
(inspired by the Cormac McCarthy novel)

I read "The Road" and it really got me thinking
What if this green earth became a black fire pit?

Nothing to grow, nothing to eat
The seas a grey sludge, no more sweet salt air

We'd all revert to the lowest of lifeforms
Killing each other in a cannibal flesh-feast

It got me thinking about how fragile this life is
How when it comes down to it we're just living a fake life

We don't even know our neighbors
We don't even know our friends
If shit hit the fan, how long would we last?
The present would mean no past

Stock up on canned goods, lighters and kerosene
Who knows when the big one might come out of nowhere?

Better yet, learn to shoot a boomstick
A rifle, a pistol, a shotgun, a flaregun

Will it come slowly and surely?
Or will it shake us right out of our comfortable shoes?

I guess "The Road" really got me paranoid
But I'm not so sure we can take that thin chance
Track Name: "the bucket brigade kills" (2011)
They came in peace at first
Just a friendly band of neighbors
We all worked together
Until the well ran dry

They lie
They kill
They drink

We saw their true colors
We heard false promises
We should have known better
Never trust a new friend

They took us one by one
To that dried up, empty well
What a bittersweet irony
We filled it up again
Track Name: "only friend" (2011)
This is not the end
But it's not the start
Not if we go forward
Without the heart
You can keep it all
If we ain't gonna starve
But it's the end of us
If we stay apart

What's that you say?
You don't want to share
That's all right by me
You've gotta do what's fair
For yourself, your fairest friends be damned
But I'm so goddamn thirsty
You have a drop to spare?

I don't where I'm going
I haven't drank in days
Kind of feeling real gloomy
About the bed that I've made
It seems so clear to me now
I had a choice but I failed
To see the consequences
Of trust, compassion unveiled

I have learned so much
About the lives we led
Before it all dried up
How it was in our heads
The sense of place
In a community
Now it's plain to see
My only friend is me
Track Name: "bright blood red letters (acoustic)" (2012)
It's a sunny day but there's a heavy feeling in the air
Nothing's been the same since the day the shots were fired
Darting eyes, shuffling feet, just get from here to there
Fractured society

We never saw it coming
We were fucking brain dead
Bright blood red letters on the wall

Soldiers wave their guns in the faces of their former neighbors
Preaching discipline and to fear a disappointed God
Clinging to the words of their paranoid leaders
We all suffer the price paid in their blood
Track Name: "don't drone me, bro" (2013)
Pour my coffee, take my seat.
It's time to make them feel the heat.
Guided missile bearing down
Straight from heaven, not a sound.

Drone! Drone! They're fucking droned!

If I don't do it, someone will.
Not very hard to make a kill
When the target's on the screen.
Just like a game, or good TV.

Drone! Drone! They're fucking droned!

How many points for my soul?
Track Name: "consider someone else" (2013)
No empathy.
No conscience.
Such disconnect.
Mindless consumer.

(why can't you) consider someone else?
consider someone else!
consider someone else
consider someone else!

"It's my culture."
"I like the taste."
"I'm superior."
"It's just the way it is."

We're not the center of the fucking universe.
Each living being has its own intrinsic worth.
Track Name: "shortcut life" (2013)
You can start a fight.
Scare a disadvantaged kid
(born into a modern day caste system).
Then shoot him dead.

It's such a shortcut life.

This injustice happens every day,
But not to people like me
(With advantageous skin,
With advantageous dicks).

It's only hearsay to me, of course.
But I believe it.
Growing up in a backwards redneck town,
More faith in guns than another's heart.

It's such a shortcut life.
Track Name: "all my heroes have killed cowboys" (2014)
Not innocent
At least we're trying
Not innocent
But not blindly buying

This legacy of brutality
But all my heroes have killed cowboys

White privilege
Means running water
White privilege
Means benefiting

From a legacy of brutality
But all my heroes have killed cowboys
Track Name: "cut the head off this snake" (2014)
Gather up the pikes, son
It's time we head down south
Gather up the men, son
We're going where God can't be found.
Where the devil makes his home.

Down to the armory
We march without a sound
Righteous, but terrified
On this wet October ground.
Gonna be a very cold trip

Never surrender.
Not till every last one is free.
Never surrender to this slavocracy

You are some brave men
You've led hardscrabble lives
But for this righteous cause
You would gladly die
All twenty-five of you
A band of brothers
Both black and white
Down to the armory
Where we'll bring the fight
Let's cut the head off this snake

Never surrender.
Not till every last one is free.
Never surrender to this slavocracy
Track Name: "bright blood red letters" (2014)
It's a sunny day but there's a heavy feeling in the air
Nothing's been the same since the day the shots were fired
Darting eyes, shuffling feet, just get from here to there
Fractured society

We never saw it coming
We were fucking brain dead
Bright blood red letters on the wall

Soldiers wave their guns in the faces of their former neighbors
Preaching discipline and to fear a disappointed God
Clinging to the words of their paranoid leaders
We all suffer the price paid in their blood
Track Name: "little pieces" (2014)
Have you ever seen a grown man die?
Blown into a million little pieces?
Imagine he'd just told you something heavy
Something he'd never told anyone
Then a moment later he was gone
Yet he was everywhere

Everywhere

I just want to come to terms with it
But no matter how much alcohol I corrode my spirit with
It all ends up just pissing itself away
There was a time when I felt more in control
Now all I want to do is fade away

Fade away
Track Name: "tattoo" (2014)
I was taken in the first round-up
At gunpoint to a lonely place
Blindfolded, gagged and bound
Heart pounding at a frightening pace

Held down with my face on cold concrete
Barely breathing with a knee on my throat
I felt the sting, tasted pain
No desire to see what they wrote

What's a dissenter to do?
Marked man with an ugly tattoo

I never asked to grow up in a place
Where the ones who we trust with so much
Feel so fucking entitled with this gift
That they corrupt everything they touch

I know I'm older, not a kid
And I should not long for what I was fed
The illusion, the lie
My mind is free until the day I'm dead