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The Definitive Act

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"I’ve always been a casual fan of Tsunami Bomb. Whenever they were mentioned in an article, I would read it; and I liked hearing their songs on compilations, or streaming the odd track from purevolume. So when they passed through here a couple months ago as part of the Grind Tour, I jumped at the opportunity to see them; and they didn’t let me down. To this day, I still don’t own a copy of The Ultimate Escape, the band’s 2002 release; but after having listened to The Definitive Act, I think I may just head out to the store to pick up a copy of their previous release.

Anyone who has ever heard a song by Tsunami Bomb should remember that they are fronted by the one and only, and extremely talented, Agent M. Her powerful female vocals bring a breath of new air into a slightly saturated scene; and unlike many female vocalists, she doesn’t hold anything back in her vocals. She goes full force and changes from nice soft, to screaming at times, to just a wide range of vocals harmonies throughout the songs. This time M takes the album in a slightly darker area with dark lyrics covering everything. Dawn On A Funeral Day is about being buried alive, 5150 is about being depressed but getting out of it (“If we all took our lives when living was troublesome, we’d all be dead!“), while safety song starts off with them digging their own graves. Changing the tone a bit, they have songs about the musical scene, Four Robots And An Evil Scientist depicts the story of a band being forced to do what they don’t to do to make their label happy, A Lonely Chord has M comparing herself to a chord without a song, while Negative One To Ten talks about the power a song can have on a person.

M always has a way to pull you into the song, and when Matt and Mike join in, you can’t help but get energized (take Safety Song for example). The Definitive Act is a great punk album. It is one that I will listen to quite often. Although, in all honesty, there are a few fillers here and there that you will feel like skipping everyone in a while. But overall, there are some classic songs on this album that will only help to further their band’s popularity."

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released September 21, 2004

The Definitive Act:
Recording March and April 2004 at Camp Street Studios, Cambridge, MA.
Produced and engineered by Michael Poorman.
Tracks 1-4,7,8 and 12 mixed by Greg Koller
Tracks 5,6,9,10 and 11 mixed by Sergio Chavez
Assistant engineered by Adam Taylor
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering
Backing Vocals by Tsunami Bomb, Jen Cooper, Josh English, Mark Santoro, and Adam Taylor
All Music by Tsunami Bomb, all lyrics by E. Whitehurst
All songs copyright 2004 Tsunami Bomb (SESCA)
Band member collages based on photographs by Jeff Ng.
Artwork and layout by Logan Whitehurst

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Tsunami Bomb Petaluma, California

Founded by Dominic Davi in 1998, Tsunami Bomb came out of the Northern California punk scene based around Petaluma, CA. Getting their start from AFI bassist Hunter Burgan's label Checkmate Records, and later Tomato Head Records, Tsunami Bomb would release a number of limited run EP's before signing to Kung Fu Records in 2002. ... more

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Track Name: Dawn On A Funeral Day
Did you ever realize why there are no stars in the sky?
Because they're on the ground.
The air is brown.
We're trapped in this town.
Let me go -- I can't breathe.
I drag myself through the debris.
I never felt more alone than on this starry road.

The air is warm but I feel grey.
The chill of dawn on a funeral day.
(I lie in unrest) while heavy dirt falls to my chest.
(I fade away) and the hollow phantoms stay.

Imagination in a chokehold, I've been steamrolled by gold records.
Inspectors are watching over me, under lock and key.
Chalk my outline; they'd talk of this if I'd died from a broken heart.
They've taken art, turned it to something they think we'll buy.

The air is warm but I feel grey.
The chill of dawn on a funeral day.
(I lie in unrest) while heavy dirt falls to my chest.
(I fade away) and the hollow phantoms stay.

My blood is their liquid vitamin.
Their madness festers under their skin!

The air is warm but I feel grey.
The chill of dawn on a funeral day.
(I lie in unrest) while heavy dirt falls to my chest.
(I fade away) and the hollow phantoms stay.

I have never felt so alone in my whole life.
Track Name: Being Alright
When things are bad as they can be,
Dark curtains rise so you can see...

That the sun sinks to the west
And blue fills the sky.
Everyone feels a great relief.
The change in wind has changed our lives, has changed our lives!

Nobody knows what's in your future.
Though death and unhappiness are certain.
But one thing I can say for sure:
honesty's the perfect cure for any stress induced disease you have...
BELIEVE! what you do is right,
EXPLAIN! your reasonings,
And everything will be alright...

And the sun sinks to the west
And blue fills the sky.
Everyone feels a great relief.
The change in wind has changed our lives, has changed our lives!
Track Name: 5150
Forget your torment,
What should have been,
What's expected of you.
Face your fears,
Face your open future,
And remember...

The way that you shine. (Your life is your own.)
The way that you shine. (You can take control.)
The way that you shine. (Your life is your own.)
The way that you shine. (We don't want you to go.)

Be grateful that you have a brain for thinking
And legs to take you places.
You can do what you dream about,
Just believe in...

The way that you shine. (Your life is your own.)
The way that you shine. (You can take control.)
The way that you shine. (Your life is your own.)
The way that you shine. (We don't want you to go.)

If we all took our own lives
When living was troublesome,
We'd all be dead!

I know there's something that you love
You'd rather not leave behind

The way that you shine. (Your life is your own.)
The way that you shine. (You can take control.)
The way that you shine. (Your life is your own.)
The way that you shine. (We don't want you to go.)

You'd rather not leave behind
Track Name: Safety Song
We were in the graveyard, shovel in hand and digging.
Took one step to the hole, realized it wasn't our time to go.
We still had a lot of work, work to do.
We took cement and filled up that grave again, just like new.
(whoa, whoa, whoa, whooa!)
At the supermarket, didn't know just what we needed.
We searched high and low, then found what it was on aisle 10:
the perfect ingredient for our dead end.
To no surprise, it was quite expensive, but worth the spend.
(whoa, whoa, whoa, whooa!)
Let's not try to foresee what happens now.
All we know is that we're happy somehow.
The timing was just right- nowhere to go but forward now.
We only have one rule: freedom always allowed.
(whoa, whoa, whoa, whooa! whoa, whoa, whoa, whooa!)
Track Name: I Bought You
I know I have the chance to meet you, but that's a risky move.
I know I might have to surrender my preexisting idea of you.

Right now you're a stranger-let's keep it that way.
No harm meant.
Let's keep it that way.
I'm quite content knowing that I don't know you-I can pretend.
Let's keep it that way.

You could never understand how much you mean to me.
I don't want you going and screwing it up with your personality.
I'll stay in this dark corner of my room where I can't be seen, but I can still see you.

Right now you're a stranger-let's keep it that way.
No harm meant.
Let's keep it that way.
I'm quite content knowing that I don't know you-I can pretend.
Let's keep it that way.

You could be anyone.
My fantasy would be undone.
I want to continue looking up to you.
Yeah!

Let's keep it that way.
No harm meant.
Let's keep it that way.
I'm quite content knowing that I don't know you-I can pretend.
Let's keep it that way.
Track Name: 4 Robots & An Evil Scientist
What you did to us was inexcusable
you disappointing, sallow scab
Took advantage of us got your way,
abused us, almost destroyed all we had.

You took my strength
you took my passion
and turned it into a fashion show
Dollar signs in your eyes
you begin to fantasize about how much money you'll be owed.

Drink your greyhound *
while you drive around
and everything you did's a letdown

I am not a robot
He is not a robot
He is not a robot
He is not a robot
Never again!
Track Name: A Lonely Chord
I never thought it matter,
never thought it mattered so much to me exactly where I put my feet.
I was wrong. I drink a strong cup of coffee.
A long time ago, I had a home.
A corner where I could be alone.

[Chorus]
So goodbye my solid ground.
I'm an engine, I won't break down.
A lonely chord without a song, searching for an orchestration where I belong.

Where will I hang up my raincoat when this day is over?
Like a leaf without a tree,
nothing to cover over me.
I'm like a character from a story, I don't exist.

[Chorus]

I owe a lot to these kids who are like family.
They've helped me out with their endless generosity.

[Chorus x 2]
Track Name: Epic
Taking your time to find your way,

no knowledge that you've been led astray.

They're holding you down with claws of love.

Keep you from saying what you're thinking of.

What have you done?

Your life isn't for you anymore.

Where have you gone?

Your old self is easy to ignore.

You surrendered.

Just follow the path they've laid out.

You pretend to be happy.

I want you back so I'll point out:

This is not about our future,

it's about what we do now.

Nothing is more real than life,

and you have the right to be yourself in the crowd.

I will miss you.

I'm not good enough for you.

No spring in your step.

Your shining fire has been put out.

Sealed yourself in.

Nothing can affect your thick skin.

I can't get through to you,

and now you'll never learn anything new.

You look around, creativity dead.

You're missing out on the blues and reds.

You're fucking blind!

Your brain has been immersed in whitewash.
Track Name: Negative One To Ten
So these girls live on my street,
or I guess I live on their's.
They thought I was showing them,
but really they made me aware,
just, how momentous music is,
and why we should care.

Songs stay with you your whole life,
remind you of time spent and gone,
carry you through dismal days,
and help you to carry on.
I, owe so many positive times.
to my favorite songs.

It can be more than just sounds and words,
It can be something that saves you from yourself,
your thoughts, your life, your world.
It can be more than a favorite line.
It can be something that shapes you when you're young,
but gives you freedom at the same time.

So these girls live on my street,
or I guess I live on their's.
They thought I was showing them,
but really they made me aware,
just how momentous music is,
and why we should share.

It can be more than just sounds and words.
It can be something that saves you from yourself,
your thoughts, your life, your world.
It can be more than a favorite line.
It can be something that shapes you when you're young,
but gives you freedom at the same time.

It can be more than just sounds and words.
It can be something that saves you from yourself,
your thoughts, your life, your world.
It can be more than a favorite line.
It can be something that shapes you when you're young,
but gives you freedom at the same time
Track Name: My Machete
When I first arrived and you see me there,
your hopeful eyes shattered my despair.
Know what we use to be.
No one else in more confused than me.

Oh, I don't want to hurt you anymore.
I drop my machete to the floor.
You look so happy-sad.
I know I can't expect you'll wait for me.

The soft taste of you lips
conjures memories of
a world where petals fall from above.
It seems so far away.
I am lost, to both of our dismay.

Would someone please pass me the key
to this exam that I've written?
Track Name: Tetanus Shot
Cover the clock so I can't see.
It tells me I've laid awake for hours,
Devising an equation for my situation.
It looms and towers over me like the statue of Liberty.
Her eyes are cold.
For some reason, no one has any advice to be told.

No, I have to go leave my old self behind.
No, I have to know and solve what's on my mind.
Promise that I will figure something out this time.
No, I have to go.

I suppose I wanted a change, so this is what I deserve.
I know that I'm the one to blame whenever my stomach turns.
In between each sad song, the happy ones are just as sour.
They only remind me of how all the days and nights were ours.

So now I drive around alone, And I...
Don't get me wrong, I know it's all my fault.
Track Name: Jigsaw
Woke up this morning, the light came in just right with the rain.
Thunder in the distance, we counted how far away,

Watched the people acted like we knew what they were up to.
They could never have as much fun as we do together.

Today was the best day. I realized what I wanted to say:
Come what may, I'll be there for you, for you.

Stayed up till sunrise - no big surprise, it's a marathon.
I might be gone soon, but please believe I hold you up to the highest degree.