The Young Birds / The Weeping Song

by The Angelus

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In 2017, The Angelus gave us their second full-length offering, 'There Will Be No Peace', a foreboding and despairing narrative told through carefully interwoven compositions of dark hymnal doom. Pretty. Bleak. A pre-apocalyptic telling of coming times that garnered much critical acclaim.

This summer has been dedicated, again working with producer / engineer Alex Bhore (formerly of This Will Destroy You), to record their next full-length album 'Why We Never Die' (coming 2020).

Amid these recordings the band decided to carve out some extra, inward-looking material that they could share with the world in the meantime. The resulting songs are two galloping powerhouses comprised of their original song "The Young Birds" and "The Weeping Song", a cover of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. On "The Young Birds", an ode to being renewed by the love of your children despite a bleak outlook in life, The Angelus explore the darkest boundaries of their otherwise familiar sonic map. A driving bass-line emerges from a haze of overdriven guitars as a stuttering drum beat supports voices harmonizing in a doomy ode to life and childhood, despairing yet triumphant. This song pairs nicely with the cover of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' "The Weeping Song", which the band renders as mournfully as ever, all the while upping its electric punch with their own post-rock embellishments, making for a song that could easily stand as an Angelus original.

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released October 21, 2019

Emil Rapstine - Vocals & Guitar
Justin Evans - Drums & Vocals
Justin Ward - Bass Guitar

"The Young Birds" recorded by Alex Bhore at Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX

"The Weeping Song" (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) originally recorded by Michael Briggs

Produced by Alex Bhore / The Angelus

Mastered by Sarah Register

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Pretty. Bleak. Those words encapsulate the sweeping and majestic sounds that build like storm systems and burst into bone-rattling sonic downpours that the Dallas, TX trio The Angelus summon up.

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Track Name: The Young Birds
Hear now our unspoken prayer
Our broken vow, an awoken despair
What do we say and what do we care
Now that there’s nothing to lose.

Sing along with our blank verse
Our silent song of muted chords
How do we ask when there’s no magic words
When there’s nothing to say

To be renewed
By the love of life that I’ve known
To be redeemed
By the love of life that I’ve shown

Drink up from the loving cup
As the young birds sing in every language

Daydream, believe our nightmare
Our sights unseen, our crystal clear
What do we want and what do we fear
Now that there’s nothing to see.

Our hollow words, delusions grand
blind spots marked by an unseen hand
How do we sleep and where do we stand
When there’s nothing to gain.

To be renewed
By the love of life that I’ve known
To be redeemed
By the love of life that I’ve shown

Drink up from the loving cup
As the young birds fly in every direction

To be renewed
By the love of life that I’ve known
To be redeemed
By the love of life that I’ve shown

Drink up from the loving cup
As the young birds sing in every language
Track Name: The Weeping Song
Go son, go down to the water
And see the women weeping there
Then go up into the mountains
The men, they are weeping too
Father, why are all the women weeping?
They are weeping for their men
Then why are all the men there weeping?
They are weeping back at them

This is a weeping song
A song in which to weep
While all the men and women sleep
This is a weeping song
But I won't be weeping long

Father, why are all the children weeping?
They are merely crying son
Oh, are they merely crying, father?
Yes, true weeping is yet... to come
This is a weeping song
A song in which to weep
While all the men and women sleep
This is a weeping song
But I won't be weeping long

Oh father, tell me are you weeping?
Your face seems wet to touch
Oh, then I'm so sorry, father
I never thought I hurt you so much

This is a weeping song
A song in which to weep
While we rock ourselves to sleep
This is a weeping song
But I won't be weeping long
But I won't be weeping long
But I won't be weeping long
But I won't be weeping long