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The Ultimate Escape

by Tsunami Bomb

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Review by Johnny Loftus
"Tsunami Bomb has shortened the fuse for its first full-length on Kung Fu, hacking off the keyboards that marred 2001's Invasion from Within and concentrating instead on uncoiling Agent M's explosive vocal presence over an album's worth of boisterous brass-knuckles California pop-punk. While it offers much more than head-rush instant gratification, Ultimate Escape's initial salvo is quite formidable. "Russian Roulette" douses its Andrews Sisters-style vocal harmonies in a punk rock solvent worthy of the Turbo A.C.'s, and establishes a fun, freewheeling call-and-response vocal style between the beguiling M and her band of dudes. The same sound dresses up the raggedy new wave tour van anthem "Roundabout," and also saves "Top 40 Hit" from crossing the median into cliché. The latter song's anti-corporate message rant is admirable (and true), but its vicious hardcore riffing might have been better served without the baggage. But that's a minor misstep on a record full of face-punching riffs and vocal hooks that just beg to be shouted at shows. "20 Going On...," "Headlights on a Hand Grenade," and triumphant, pogo-worthy closer "In This Together" are all standouts -- the latter might feature one of M's most powerful lyrics. "I can't even convey how safe I am (when you're around me)," she sings, and it becomes as much a dedication to a partner as it is a thank you to the fans. That's probably the greatest thing about Tsunami Bomb and Ultimate Escape -- the band's joy at playing is infectious, inherent, and totally ridiculous. It pushes their music past generalized comparisons to Green Day or any rock band that was ever fronted by a woman, and makes their record something more than another series of anthems and chord changes -- it's an escape from the mundane and the moneybags."

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released July 17, 2014

Josh Achziger - Additional Personnel, Assistant Engineer, Vocals (Background)
Mark Adkins - Vocals
Agent M - Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals
Dominic Davi - Bass, Guitar (Bass), Member of Attributed Artist
Warren Fitzgerald - Additional Personnel, Guitar, Soloist
Brian Gardner - Mastering
Mike Griffen - Guitar, Member of Attributed Artist
Mike Griffen - Guitar
Steve Kravac - Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Engineer, Mixing, Producer
Gabriel Lindeman - Drums, Member of Attributed Artist
Tsunami Bomb - Writers , Primary Artist, Vocals (Background)
Emily Whitehurst - Writer
Logan Whitehurst - Artwork, Layout Design, Photography

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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: Take The Reigns
18, you think you're free
To be what you wanna be
Have a job or 2 or 3
You'll say you're sorry

Don't try to run or fight
Ask how or when or why
Who cares what's wrong or right?
It's money that matters

Each day just like the next
We struggle on and on
In nightmares but we're still marching
Handcuffed to life again

Don't try, they'll only push you down
What's opportunity?
You've got what you wanted now

How long till I'm my own?
Independence doesn't start
When you leave home

Locked in, can't get out
Your cube is your new home
4 walls, no windows, no doors
Handcuffed to life again

Don't try, they'll only push you down
What's opportunity?
You've got what you wanted now
Track Name: Russian Roulette
Something isn't right, something's got you down
You feel mechanical, a lost soul in the crowd
You're one of us so none of us are going to listen to you complain
You better shut your mouth, or when we're through with you,
You'll be ashamed

If you wanna be in, you're in
If you wanna get out, get out!
Or take the Russian roulette, and bet you're going down

Thought you had friends, thought you knew this band
If you want your life to be your own, divided we stand
Shooting for stability is pointless cause you gotta deal with me
I'm seeing red, if you turn back now you'll wish you were dead

You better watch your back cause we're on the attack
You better watch your back,
there's no turning back when I say...
Don't you understand what you've done?
Let's even up the score
By now you'd better be heading for the door
Track Name: Say It If You Mean It
"Don't walk on eggshells for me
I'm not as fragile as you think
Stop making your words fancy
Why say I don't know HER
When you actually do?
Just tell me what you really mean
Really mean
When we're alone
Why can't you tell the truth?
When we're alone, you know what you should do

Avoid reality
As you dig yourself a hole
Excuses are pathetic
Why say I apologize
When you don't regret a thing
Just tell me what you really mean
Really mean
You say these words
Why should I put up with lies?
You say these words when you know that they are untrue

Mean what you say 'cause no one will take the blame
Mean those words; the responsibility's yours

Mean what you say 'cause no one will take the blame
Mean those words; the responsibility's yours

Don't walk on eggshells for me
I'm not as fragile as you think
Stop making your words fancy
Why say I don't know HER
When you actually do?
Just tell me what you really mean
Really mean
When we're alone
Why can't you tell the truth?
When we're alone, you know what you should do
Why should I, apologize?
You say these words when you know that they are untrue
Why can't you tell the truth?
When we're alone, you know what you should do
Track Name: Roundabout
1 A.M., the club is closing down. it's been a long day
We're on a great big road trip from coast to coast
The map is in our hands, wave goodbye and off we go
Do what we want to do
This adventure is our history, we're out here on our own

[Chorus:]
Whoa, here we go
We'll never get there, we'll never get there
If we didn't, who would care?

6 A.M., the sky is turning light. Wish I could go home
LA to Salt Lake in one long night
The sun is coming up but my body feels cold inside
What am I doing?
This adventure is our history, we're out here on our own

Then there are times when
I feel so alone and no one knows who I am
Then there are times when
The only thing I'm wishing for is a friend
Then there are times when
The kids we meet mean more to us
Than we ever thought they could

[Chorus]

Driving all day, driving all night
Asking for directions, should have driven right
Sleeping on the floor, driving through the snow
Sweaty, smoky venues at every single show
El Diablo is our home
Still one question: where does the time go?

[Chorus x2]
Track Name: Top 40 Hit
They're making you what you are:
Soldiers with no brains
You think (you think) you have a choice
(You don't) Money chooses for you

You play the role
Follow the herd
You play the role
Remote controlled
They scoop it up, shove it down your throat
And you swallow...
You play the role

They have their hands over your ears
You'll never hear the sounds that matter
Brainwashed by repetition
(They open your mind) with a soldering gun

Don't let them tell you what to like
Don't let them tell you what to buy
You see (you hear) what they decide;
Your radio (has got to die)!!
Track Name: The Simple Truth
Even though I'm always gone
Doesn't mean I'm not thinking of you all the time
And when life is getting rough
I imagine us sharing our whole lives

We could run away
Leaving behind anything bigger
Not knowing where we're going to stay
When there's no Mondays

You're part of me, it's so easy to see.
In the simple truth
When I'm in your arms, I feel safe from harm
And sorrow too
You're part of me, it's so easy to see.

In the simple truth
But most of all, nothing couldn't be solved
When I'm with you

The memory of your smile
Pierces through the dark when I go to bed alone
And when I'm about to fall apart
I remember your open arms
Waiting for me to come home

Let's create our own world
Make of trust, simple and honest
I'll sing a song you've never ever heard
No one can hear

You're part of me, it's so easy to see.
In the simple truth
When I'm in your arms, I feel safe from harm
And sorrow too
You're part of me, it's so easy to see.
In the simple truth
But most of all, nothing couldn't be solved
When I'm with you
But most of all, nothing couldn't be solved
When I'm with you
Track Name: Headlights On A Hand Grenade
Ask her to stay
Ignition turns, the engine burns to life
She drives away
Away into the night
Storm rolling in
The darkness descending and then
She picks up her poison bottle
Cloudy sky, cloudy mind, now she feels at home
She drinks away her pain
As she takes your life into her hands
Out on the road
The poison has begun to settle in
She's going home
But wishes she could disappear again
She starts to swerve
The white line means nothing to her
She picks up her poison bottle
Heavy head, heavy eyes, will she make it home?
She drinks away her pain
As she takes your life into her hands
Her memories remain
As she takes your life into her hands
Losing control
Bits and pieces scatter like small toys
She'll never know
The lives she has taken and destroyed
She looks around
At flames eating bodies on the ground
She sees her broken poison bottle
Pick it up, smash it down in a pool of blood
The cops came and they took her away in chains
Track Name: Count Me Out
I saw things that gave me reason to justify attack.

In your hair and in your breathing, I know just what you had.

Down with hope and down with you, down with all your friends.

I've been trying too hard.


I don't wanna be there when you fall down, even though you deserve it now.


Give it up you're going down. I hope you made it count.

Back it up, I'll back you out. Baby back down, back down now.


I won't be the one to wait around.

For you to keep me honest.

I won't be the one to hit the ground.

Running when your lips are stuck to his.

I won't be the one to be let down.

I won't be the one so count me out.


I don't wanna be there when you fall down, even though you deserve it now.


Give it up you're going down. I hope you made it count.

Back it up, I'll back you out. Baby back down, back down now.
Track Name: El Diablo
I think about what's going on, then I stop thinking about it
I had a reason to believe that something's wrong...
It was only you for so long
The people ask but i don't hear
what's the question anyway?
I collect a fuzzy cloud of memories to sell to people who care
Not worth the time or energy
Take us for granted, you'll get what you ask for
Go! And don't look back at what you know
Now it's over and this chapter has been closed
The slate is blank, the day is new
The past is over, future's in view
I take my strength and apply it here
Obsolescence: that was what you feared
Don't look back at what you know
It's over and this chapter has been closed
When I open my eyes, you'll be gone
For you it's over, for me it's just begun
Let's not dwell on the past
My memory is fading now
I don't know you
Track Name: In This Together
Take a look around the room, eyes red from crying
No one knows what is true, then I see you
I can't even try to convey how safe I am
(When you're around me)
You donate your strength when I am broken

Like a tiny grain of sand, I'm insignificant
Who is a foe, who's a friend, and who pretends
For his or her own benefit and all the while I know
(You're thinking of me)
Even when I'm alone, you're thinking of me

Sometimes I wish I could become a painting on the wall
Watch the people passing by, they don't notice me at all
Wish I could disintegrate like a fading dream
You remind me that you're by my side,
and you're thinking of me

You take my heart, I'll take your hand
Track Name: Swimming Through Molasses
There's a light inside my head
Flickering but almost dead
My will to be awake
Covered in two tons of sand
More weighed down than when I began
Impossible to get up now, it's too late

And I feel like moving on
And I feel like getting on with life
To feel the presence of the sun on my face
Is what I need to smack those cobwebs into shape

My room is an empty cave
Darkness swallows up the day
The shades are always drawn
Skin as pale as dirty soap
Eyes that do nothing but close
Can't even see that my love of life is gone

And I feel like moving on
And I feel like getting on with life
To feel the presence of the sun on my face
Is what I need to smack those cobwebs into shape

Oh, but outside my bed it's cold
Each day I'm swimming through molasses
How will I wipe the sawdust from my eyes?
Each day I'm swimming through molasses

Oh, but outside my bed it's cold
Each day I'm swimming through molasses
How will I wipe the sawdust from my eyes?
Each day I'm swimming through molasses

Covered in two tons of sand
More weighed down than when I began
Impossible to get up now, it's too late

And I feel like moving on
And I feel like getting on with life
To feel the presence of the sun on my face
Is what I need to smack those cobwebs into shape

Oh, but outside my bed it's cold
Each day I'm swimming through molasses (Dragging along, my motivation's gone)
How will I wipe the sawdust from my eyes?
Each day I'm swimming through molasses (Pick myself up and take back my life)