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Near Life Experience

by Crashdown Butterfly

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1.
Blood Mars 03:18
Blood Mars ------------- You've got the rage baby you can rush them The night is needling now sharpen your knives Don't act your age honey you can crush them Dust in the universe for the rest of their lives Never again a constellation Will hide your scars Menacing men your desperation The demon lays The blood mars The heads turn as you ride the comet A black hole beneath your asteroid belt The white dwarf darling makes you vomit Celestial bodies in a galaxy of guilt Never again the gravitation Will shine your stars Sickening men your devastation The semen slays And the blood... Took on the chin the culmination You kept in jars Holy has-been of a generation The memory stays The blood mars The blood mars The blood mars The blood mars Lyrics © 2019 Ira Merrill
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Near Life Experience (Hospital Scene Part I) -------------------------------------------------- Ever lonesome ever hurried overwrought and overworried Sewn together with emotion drank the wine and shot the potion I'll be water I'll be land but let my body be unmanned I hover high above the doctor humming like a helicopter Take me home now Break the last bough I don't know how to live Tunnel open tunnel pull me through the needle's eye console me Demons growling to defeat me they come to make me incomplete completely I'll be soul or I'll be wind let my consciousness ascend I think as I view my lifeless body did I finish the laundry Take me home now Break the last bough I don't know how to live Grant ascension To your dimension Or send me back to forgive Over Not over Over Absolute or relative Take me home now Break the last bough I don't know how to live Grant ascension To your dimension Or send me back to forgive Over Not over Over I don't know how to live Lyrics © 2019 Ira Merrill
3.
Loud As Lightning (Hospital Scene Part II) ------------------------------------------------ All I know is afterglow and frozen fire Moments fade and reasons sing and darkness stands Memory of her and me in a hanging tire Swinging as the surgeon moves his hands You're right here loud as lightning in my brain And I fear nothing frightening I can't explain there's no pain All the clocks are paradox the days are errors Teetered on the edge and I got stuck in the mud Guess I had to steal away from all these terrors Guess I had to spill a little blood You're right here loud as lightning in my brain And I fear nothing frightening I can't explain there's no pain Heavenly view of everything I rue Tore me in two how could I trust you... Tried in vain to draw near To make all of me disappear You ever with me I was still withdrawn I was left of the right shy in the fight Tell my b-b-b-baby move on Keep me gone and stay this love-laden future I'll pine and I'll pray I'll be floating away And the stars will be so near It don't hurt here I can hear you Loud as lightning Lyrics © 2019 Ira Merrill
4.
Waking Up (Hospital Scene Part III) ---------------------------------------- I hear her voice and I feel the sun A drug or bug in my ear There was a war but I don't think I won And damn you why am I still here Oh hold me now Take me to a place beyond blood and reason But don't tell me the lie is true Don't tell me the lie is true My friends rejoice that I put up a fight But they don't know which side I was on I know the score and I saw the light Believe me I should be gone Oh hold my soul Take me to a place beyond blood and reason If I extol Would the coup de gras be guilty of treason Don't tell me the lie is true There is nothing here for me But desperation and debris The only place I want to be is high Oh hold me now Take me to a place of grace and devotion And show me how I can be as green and deep as the ocean But don't tell me the lie is true Don't tell me the lie is true Don't tell me the lie is true Don't tell me the lie Lyrics © 2019 Ira Merrill

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"Near Life Experience" is the debut EP by Crashdown Butterfly.

The first song, "Blood Mars", is a standalone sketch wherein an aging adult film star ruminates over past experiences and career choices on a bed of impressionistic outer space imagery.

The final three songs, "Near Life Experience (Hospital Scene Part I)", "Loud As Lightning (Hospital Scene Part II)", and "Waking Up (Hospital Scene Part III)" are a mini concept album/short story about a fellow who has what he believes to be a near death experience. While on this journey (or hallucination), he dies possibly from a drug overdose and visits an arguably superior dimension in which he fights to stay. Ultimately, he returns to his body, waking up bewildered and angry that he was forced to return and trying to rationalize the fever out of the fever dream.

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released April 17, 2020

All songs © & ℗ 2019 Ira Merrill Music, BMI and Steve Gale Music, BMI

Drums engineered by Geoff Ott @ London Bridge Studios in Seattle
Guitars, Bass and Vocals engineered by Ira Merrill @ various places in Seattle with additional re-amping by Don Farwell

Mixed by Don Farwell @ Earwig Studio in Seattle
Mastered by Levi Seitz @ Blackbelt Mastering in Seattle

Crashdown Butterfly is:

Ira Merrill - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Steve Gale - Drums
Bob Lyman - Bass

* Bob rocks the bass with us live, but Ira played bass on this EP.

** Our talented pal David Miller performed Guitar/Backing Vocals on this EP and is pictured on the cover and in the video for "Near Life Experience (Hospital Scene Part I)", but left the band due to hearing issues shortly after we finished the album.

*** The audio clip at the beginning of "Blood Mars" is Marianna Hill (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianna_Hill) from the classic 1974 horror film, "Messiah Of Evil" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_of_Evil).

**** The video for "Near Life Experience (Hospital Scene Part I)" was shot and edited by Steve Rydgren of Imaginessence (www.imaginessence.com) and was filmed in glorious Bald-Spot Vision™ before Ira started shaving his head. Thanks to David Miller and Craig Hillig for playing the mad doctors, and to Dane Vance Creek for playing the ambiguously evil hooded figure. Watch video on YouTube if you prefer: youtu.be/09TqaBdMROA

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Crashdown Butterfly Seattle, Washington

Crashdown Butterfly is a heavy, aggressive, down-tuned melodic rock band with a punk edge hailing from Seattle. With Ira Merrill on vocals/guitar, Steve Gale on drums, and Bob Lyman on Bass.

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