Degrees of Existence

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about

well, album number 4 - "Degrees Of Existence"...some random, and possibly long winded, thoughts by SHAYNE CARTER

the album was written on the back of some intensive touring - a couple of trips to the u.s, our first forays to australia - probably the most prolific stretch of live performance by the dimmer band -which up until this point had been mostly a studio affair and quite low key performance wise - ever. while the last album also featured a band, that line up had two weeks of rehearsal to prepare. the band that recorded this album has been together 2 or 3 years and we've developed into a hot, and together, unit. sorry but the dimmer band 'rocks'. i wanted to capture that on this record. i felt it was a drag that the dimmer records thus far didn't really represent the roar and the outerspaceness we were/are capable of live. i'm quite happy that those qualities have been captured here.

i also wanted to make a return to the more experimental vibe evidenced on our first album which remains my favourite dimmer record to this point. i liked that record because it was brave and unafraid and because it didn't sound like anything, or anyone, else. while "degrees of existence" is sonically a different beast altogether i think it has that sense of trying things while still dealing in 'songs'. i'm not interested in music that goes from A to B to C in a fashion you've heard a million times before. i'm not interested in pastiche or ripping anybody off. i'm not interested in 'irony'. i'm also not interested in becoming a 'family favourite' , a musician a 'country can be proud of', going on game shows or gradually diluting my music as i weary with jadedness and age. fuck that. i wanna make the kind of music that i'd like to hear - and that involves originality, vitality, and, yes, the sense of trying things.

thank you james, kelly and dino for the soul and effort you guys have poured into this music. and to gary and mikey who stepped up to the drummer plate when dino went to berlin. ( i feel lucky that i had access to three of the finest drummers in new zealand - well anywhere really - people of immaculate taste and execution ! )
every musician on this record knew where the music was coming from and finding people with that level of perception and intuition ain't so easy ..

credits

released August 19, 2009

Recorded in Auckland NZ 2008/09
Produced by Shayne Carter
Engineered by Nick Roughan and Dimmer
All songs Shayne Carter

Shayne Carter - vocals, guitars, keys, bass
James Duncan - guitar, keys, bass
Kelly Steven - bass, backing vocals, flute
Dino Karlis - drums, percussion

With
Gary Sullivan - drums on 4 & 9
Michael Prain - drums 2 & 8
Tom Watson - trumpet 7
Rebekah Davies, Anna Coddington, Hannah Curwood - backing vocals 10

Mastered by Angus Mcnaughton
Artwork by Kelly Steven

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Track Name: Degrees of Existence
it's just degrees of existence
whatever you're in for
whatever the preference
why you looking at me for ?
i don't know the answer
i dunno know the answer
it's probably different
it's just degrees of existence

don't let anybody else come in and change your mind
don't let anybody change your mind

despite all the critics
whatever you're after
whatever the moment
sourer or sweeter, shallow or deeper, harder or faster
whatever the instant
you've gotta run with it
it's just degrees of existence

don't let anybody else come in and change your mind
don't let anybody change your mind

one man's coal is another man's gold
you see beauty in curious holds
you're carrying on, where, i don't know
but you've gotta roam where you've gotta roam

and we'll agree on the difference
we can ever after
so send me a letter from somewhere amazing
that's not so amazing
that you swear is better
i'll figure an answer
we'll agree on the difference
it's just degrees of existence

don't let anybody else come in and change your mind
don't let anybody change your mind
Track Name: Nowhere I Want
i've been hearing all kinds of history
got scared by ghosts in the corner
yeah i'm sure they have their stories
but they can stop before they start

what i don't know can't concern me
safe in a state of suspension
and i know where i wanna be told and i know where i don't x2

and i might have heard a rumour
but i didn't let it get too far

i've been turning down information
facts that are best left a mystery

cos i know where i wanna be told and i know where i don't
i know where i wanna be told and i know where i don't
Track Name: Comfortable
you look so comfortable
like a chair for sitting in
or a bed for lying on
where i can rest my head
feeling sure and confident
and away from emptiness
if there's room available
if you ever invite me in
you look so comfortable
like the arms of tenderness
like the arms of tenderness
a state worth being in
in an age of weariness
you look so comfortable
you look so comfortable
Track Name: Cold Water
score giver
form rater
name maker
note taker
tell taler
naysayer

but what have you ?
ever ?
put something better on
instead of cold water

game breaker
gate keeper
scene broker
stone turner
a fake spotter
all knower

but what have you ?
ever ?
put something better on
instead of cold water

sideliner
part timer
bench warmer
fence sitter
hair splitter
cold water
bench sitter
hair splitter
cold water

but what have you ?
ever ?
put something better on
instead of cold water

but what have you ?
ever ?
Track Name: Can't Cut Through
built you up
with a slip of the tongue
and there you were
you had to come

but you can't cut through

saw you out
'til you were done
drowned you out
'til i went numb
drowned you out -

dumb

you can't cut through

and i'm ready now
more than i ever was
what's that far off sound ?
i cannot tell
i cannot tell

you can't cut through
Track Name: Dark Night of Yourself
i was knocking on your door while you were shouting out the chorus
saying they better get it better
yeah you sure put 'em in their place
and waking every morning to relive yet another night of horror
and all the bits of shrapnel that came flying from your face...

who's gonna be left, who's gonna wanna take you by the hand and help you get through
the dark night of yourself
who's gonna be left, who's gonna wanna hang around and help guide you through
the dark night of yourself

looks like they've let one of them out
looks like they've let one of them out
the dark night of yourself

all the crashing, all the banging, just means people cease to hear you
it's just crashing, it's just bashing, you just become this bunch of noise
a ruckus in the playroom who bust nearly all that is about him
some trouble in the playroom
yeah i guess you're just a natural naughty boy

who's gonna be left, who's gonna wanna take you by the hand and help you get through
the dark night of yourself
who's gonna be left, who's gonna wanna hang around and help guide you through
the dark night of yourself

the dark night of yourself
Track Name: Wrong Bus
oooohhhhhhmmmmm.....
Track Name: Bless
we came as a favour
to pick up the blind
to look like the healer
to put them in line
and pure's our vision
it's plain black and white
the heathen will see when
we shed them the light

bless
they mean no wrong
bless them
they mean no harm

we go to those places
that they've not got quite right
point where the mistake is
put our sun in their sky

bless
they mean no wrong
bless them
they mean no harm

and let them hope that tommorrow
can live up to the hype
let them hope all they like

bless
they mean no wrong
bless them
they mean no harm

bless
Track Name: Analogue Real To Real
we got lost for a little bit
crossed our wires
had brand new ways of running counterfeits

of the way you are
how you feel
analogue
real to real
solid state
face to face
i'm feeling that

we got put on a little chip
forgot about what always is
the future days have got a skip in them
going one step forwards, two back

from the way you are
how you feel
analogue
real to real
solid state
face to face
i'm feeling that

and all that static is meaningless
fuzz online
it's just pie in the sky
ain't saying anything

like the way you are
how you feel
analogue
real to real
solid state
goodness sake ! - i'm feeling that

analogue
real to real...
the way you are
the way you are
the way you are
the way you are
the way you.......are.
Track Name: Too Far Gone To Care
and you're too far gone to care
your shoes hardly have hit the ground
been connecting all the sets
getting all that you can get
yeah you've really put the hammer down

best you keep moving
if you stop then it just makes an empty sound
if you're set to straight ahead
you don't have to turn around

yeah you're too far gone for that
you're too far gone to...

do you really find it so easy ?
does it all just fall all about you ?
do you wander through without seeing ?
or in a quiet moment do you know ?

all the questions you can only ask yourself
you know alone

when the earth stops moving
and it's orbit of you has slown down
when the wheel stops turning
you'll be too far gone to care
too far gone to care
and you wouldn't wanna turn around
Track Name: What Would I Do..
what would i do without you to look over me ?
where would i be without you to look over me ?
where would i go
but right out of control ?
i don't know
where i would be without you to look over me

i'd be flailing
i'd be misshapen
i'd be falling out of line
i'd be mistaken..

and if the storms should still appear
like how you warned
like you said
and prophesised
imagined
into being..

what would i do without you to look over me ?
where would i be without you to look over me ?
where would i go
but right out of control ?
i don't know
where i would be without you to look over me