The Divide

by Romance

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Romance's debut full length album THE DIVIDE recalls many of the sweet spots of post-punk hits from the late '70s and early "80s. The band cites its main influences as bands from that time and uses them to great effect.
They released "The Divide" in 2009 and it quickly climbed to number one on the North West music charts for KEXP. The single "Face On The Sun" was also chosen as the song of the day on KEXP. Romance has toured extensively and have played many high profile gigs, including opening for The Chameleons, Peter Murphy, Sisters Of Mercy and playing the SXSW and Bumbershoot festivals.

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Drew Jackson - Vocals/Guitar
Mike Ribagin - Bass
David Blake - Lead Guitar
Joshua Fant - Drums

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Track Name: Face On The Sun
You said that they don’t know what you’re about,
When you’re holding out by yourself,
When the lines of time have come.

Last night you tried to tell me about,
Everything that holds you to yourself,
Everything that fills your eyes!
BUT they’re asking you
*******
Is there a face on the sun, Is there something come undone
*******
So they wait,so they wait, so they wait for you to call,
To come apart from the lies,
In the histories of time.

And see that you’re here, that you’re here all alone,
And everything is the same
In this time of the past!
********
Is there something they have done, is there something wrong with them
********
So take, these theories in your head and wait for them to shed
When all of this is done and all of this is GONE!
Track Name: Killer In The World
Watch out for complications
In the time that your holding
when you’re lying in your beds at night.

And look out for tendencies
In the lives that you’re feeling
when you’re standing in the light of day.
******
Cause she feels alone when you sit by her
And you feel alone when she sits by you
Talking about the things you want
You feel as though they’re close
But you feel the pain again
Cause there’s a KILLER IN THE WORLD, in the world
and it wants to find you, it’s already in you
And there’s a KILLER IN THE WORLD, in the world
and it wants to find you, it’s already in you
******
So wait now for everything
That lies around you when you’re sleeping
When you wake from the shades of grey
******
So leave her here and make up once again
And leave them here and make up once again
Track Name: Paris Is Burning
PARIS IS BURNING
THE LIES ARE TURNING
PARIS IS BURNING
THE LINES ARE BLURRING

WELL PARIS IS BURNING WITH THE FRIGHT
OF A TIME THAT COMES FOR US TONIGHT
PARIS IS BURNING FROM THIS FIGHT
OF THE LINES OF MEN THAT RULE WITH MIGHT
*****
THEY SEE THE BARRICADE
AND RUN TO HOLD THE LINE
THEY CHANT THEIR SLOGANS
AND RAISE THEIR HANDS TO SIGHN
CAUSE PARIS IS BURNING
TO THE BARRICADE
*******
PARIS IS BURNING
THE LIES ARE TURNING
PARIS IS BURNING
THE LINES ARE BLURRING

WELL PARIS IS BURNING WITH DELIGHT
FOR A PASSION THAT COMES WHEN YOU'RE RIGHT
PARIS IS BURNING WITH A LIGHT
OF A KNOWLEDGE THAT IS OUT OF SIGHT
*******
THEY SEE THE.........
*******

I GOT A TICKET FROM THIS UNDERGROUND
AND I'M WAITING!!!!!!

*******
Track Name: Still Alive
Some make the garden and some they make the final case.
And others touch the face of all the men in space.
So call upon it now as we go walking on.
As we hope to find the favor for this human race!
******
And I see you here and I know that you’re still ALIVE
And I see you here and I know that you’re still ALIVE
Still alive in time of doubt.
******
Some have fallen now and some have resin up.
And others cry as they try to sip this cup.
So call upon the things that you’ve heard before
As you hope to find the favor for this human race!
******
It’s time to take up where you’re from
It’s time to feel from what you’ve done
And take the back roads to the line.
*and see the hour that’s to come*

And Your Still, And Your Still, And Your Still,
ALIVE!
Track Name: Waiting By The Ocean
How could you ever be, lost inside my eyes
and why can’t you ever see everything that cries.
You’ve taken all your days apart and left them in the cold outside.
You’ve lost all the reason to, answer all these lies.

*So why can’t you see me, I’m waiting by the ocean
*and why can’t you feel me I’m sitting by the ocean.
and I wait,wait,wait, wait till the light of day
******
And I can never understand, what’s calling you to life
What’s calling you to die, I’ve seen your eyes and it’s over, it’s over
******
Well How could you ever be, lost inside my eyes
and why can’t you ever see everything that dies.

*So why can’t you see me, I’m waiting by the ocean
*and why can’t you feel me I’m sitting by the ocean.
******
Your only falling deeper
Your always falling deeper
Your only falling deeper, deeper
Your always falling deeper
******
Track Name: Give Them What They Want
Well shapes of things are telling stories
Counting down this age of glory
Lining up the time when we’ll see

And the angles of your hidden sires
Circles round this ring of fire
Squaring all the depths of this fate
******
So GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT when they’re calling
You can’t understand, that’s why we’re falling
And GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT when they’re calling
You can’t understand who is making this fire, this fire, this fire,this fire!
******
In the darkest night of hidden desires
They wait for you in a ring of fire
Making all the lines that you’ll see

So go outside to where they’re lying
take they’re hand and feel this dying
Waiting for the state of your fate
******
OOOH THIS FIRE
WOO OOH OOH THIS FIRE!
Track Name: Twentytwelve
Well you’re checking the world for another sign
For this last one that you’ll ever know
Cause it’s TWENTY TWELVE and they’re not feeling well
But you don’t know why they’re seeing hell!
And you’re searching you’re mind for another time
For this last face that you’ll ever see
Cause it’s TWENTY TWELVE and they’ve seen it now
But you don’t know why they’re seeing hell!
******
So Tell Them All, Tell Them All, Tell Them All, Tell Them All what you know
Tell Them All, Tell Them All, Tell Them All, Tell Them All what you see!
Tell Them All, Tell Them All, Tell Them All, Tell Them All what you know
Tell Them All, Tell Them All, Tell Them All, Tell Them All what you see!
******
So they’re facing us down to another hand
To this last show that we’ve got to know
And it’s TWENTY TWELVE and you’re feeling well
And you’d rather die than stay in hell!
******
And go out to, the distant thoughts, of memories, that wait for you!
And go out to, the distant thoughts, of memories, that wait for you!
Cause it’s coming out!!!!
******
And it’s coming out, and it’s coming out,and it’s coming out ........
Track Name: Automatik
WALK WITH THE LINE AND WAIT FOR THE TIME
WHEN EVERYTHING IS BETTER
GO WITH THE FLOW AND DON'T YOU KNOW
THAT EVERYTHING IS BETTER

CAUSE THEY HAVE SHOWN US ALL WHAT WE COULD DO
AND AUTOMATIK WORLDS ARE WAITING FOR YOU

WELL CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO YOU
WELL CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT THEY ARE HOLDING FROM YOU
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CAUSE THE LIGHTS ARE ON
BUT THEY’RE BURNING US UP
AND THE ENGINE STALLS
CAUSE THERE'S NEVER ENOUGH
AND THERE BREAKING,BREAKING
AND THE CAMERA'S ON
BUT IT NEVER SHOWS
ALL THESE THINGS THAT HE REALLY KNOWS
AND HE'S MAKING,MAKING
HE'S MAKING TIME FOR ME AND YOU
******
LOOK FOR THE THINGS THIS KNOWLEDGE BRINGS
WHEN EVERYTHING IS BETTER
WALK WITH THE LINE AND WAIT FOR THE TIME
WHEN EVERYTHING IS BETTER

CAUSE THEY HAVE SHOWN....

SO CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT......
Track Name: The Order
She walks on the walls of the order
And carries me over her shoulder
She waits for the last of the mighty
And asks for the one that’s forgotten
And she’s going, she’s going, she’s going away from us
And she’s taken, she’s taking, she’s taking the last x2
******
But why does she hesitate to, unlock this final gate
And why does she turn around when you,
Ask for the final sound
Is There nothing forever, can’t seem to stop and remember
Is there nothing forever, that’s what she asked of me
******
I wait in the halls of the order
And crawl down of her shoulders
I turn to the last of the mighty
and ask to the one that’s forgotten
Is she going, going, going away with us
She’s taken, taken, taken the last
Is she going, going, going away with us
She’s taken, taken, taken the last
******
She waits for me, She waits for us
Cause she’s going, and she’s taken x2
Track Name: Futurewave
Take the fires and the walking ties ,
and the people that you’ve already been
And show them how you’re going to make them all the same.
And watch the one with the shinning eyes,
that takes you down to the burning place,
and face, the calling of this race
******
Cause our Love can only go so far
Till we realize
and our love can only go so far
Till we see these lies
******
Listen now as the traffic turns,
And the lights go out from the things they want,
And tell them all that they can never do the same
And watch the one.........
******
Watch them when they run and hide
As this futurewave is on the rise
Track Name: Pillars
Crashing down on us with the answer to this time
Is a fate that wait for everyone that’s not awake
Casualties are falling as they cry for mothers home
The ancient rivers run threw all the lands they roam
And tears are falling from the sky,
Answers are calling out this time, this time
Can you tell that they are watching everything you do
And now they’re asking what it is that you’re going to do
Cause tears are falling from the sky
Answers are calling you to......
******
RISE! from the ashes of the living
And don’t go out tomorrow when the faces turn to sorrow
And look for all these answers that your license does behold
Cause I don’t know why we’re all watching the same thing
And I don’t know why we’re all waiting for the same thing
Trading all our lives for these PILLARS of despair
******

Crashing down on us with the answer to this time
Can you tell that they have taken everything from you
The clock is set, The wager’s made
The HAWK is coming for these answers that you’ve made
******