The Lost Art of Empathy

by Voice Of Addiction

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    This album would not be possible without the countless people who help and support us touring coast to coast throughout North America. My heart goes out to all of you for keeping me out of a cubicle for over a decade. Cheers to Dennis Tynan on drums, Jake Smith on guitars/backing vocals, Luke Ostojic on backing vocals. And most importantly Dan for locking himself in the studio for a couple weeks with me - Ian Tomele on vocals/bass/acoustic
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    All songs written by V.o.A. LLC & Ian Tomele
    Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mr. Precision at Bombshelter Recording Studio. Produced by V.o.A., Mr Precision and Wrecking Ball Production.

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released July 16, 2017

This album would not be possible without the countless people who help and support us touring coast to coast throughout North America. My heart goes out to all of you for keeping me out of a cubicle for over a decade. Cheers to Dennis Tynan on drums, Jake Smith on guitars/backing vocals, Luke Ostojic on backing vocals. And most importantly Dan for locking himself in the studio for a couple weeks with me - Ian Tomele on vocals/bass/acoustic
Art concept and design (insert what you want your credit name to be here)
All songs written by V.o.A. LLC & Ian Tomele
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mr. Precision at Bombshelter Recording Studio. Produced by V.o.A., Mr Precision and Wrecking Ball Production.

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Voice Of Addiction Chicago, Illinois

Voice Of Addiction are politically charged and socially conscious Chicago based punk-rockers. V.o.A. has been around over a decade doing 1,200 shows across the U.S. & Canada. Having 5 official releases & independently selling 6,500 physical copies these boys have proven they are a force to be reckoned with. Both a new full-length album & a feature length documentary are due to be released in 2017. ... more

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Track Name: Rustbelt
Born in the Rustbelt, raised in these steel towns
And nothing ever seems to go our way
We just slave, to the grave, they take away Industry!
Gotta work till the day I die. Gotta work just to survive
No ones looked out for us, just sitting here waiting on the 56 bus
They stole our money & our trust, left us face down in the dust
Why can't we escape these charcoal skies
Our broken backs will be our final demise
Oh Lord I know, I'm just wandering without a home
Track Name: Dead By Dawn
Just when you thought you'd seen it all
It gets so dark before the dawn
Cuz everyday I learn something new and it makes me..
I've been running all my life, blurred the lines between wrong & right
Wretched in the struggle & the strife, I fight for breath every night
Breaking me down, breaking it down, faking it all, watching me drown
We're all hungry, just need to eat, only the basic necessities
Without each other we come undone
Without each other nothing is done
Without each other we've lost they've won
Track Name: Unity
I'm not your fucking pawn, I don't believe in your laws
What if punk rock becomes what I always thought it could be
Because I still believe, that with Unity, everything can be achieved
I will not be knocked down, together we will stand our ground
what if we all give in to something bigger than you and me
Track Name: Petty Schemes
I only wanted to leave, your politics and your Petty Schemes
I took I-80 west, but no ones getting out of here
Contracted the disease, you sweat with greed bullets in your sleep
You couldn't have enough, even with all your pockets full
Well I'm sick & tired of your bitching and complaining
You're like a spoiled little kid, who cares what you did
If you swallow the world, you'll have all the gold, can control the roads
Destroy our dreams, with your Petty Schemes, tear it at the seams
You flex your muscles at me, the money talks & the liquors sweet
I can smell it on your breath, the desperation the Petty Schemes
Allergic to the disease, the plots they twist G.O.P. Dreams
Call this democracy? I won't subscribe to the fallacy
We have no choice when we're run by the same money
We slave to the grave, for you just to spend
You won't tax the rich, leave us in a ditch, so fuck it I quit
until we are fading away
Track Name: Corporate Pariah
I missed you late last night when I wasn't breathing
Got stuck in believing, in no reason. Right or wrong it makes no difference
Turn the radio on, I turn the radio off
Playing familiar songs, all with words, to which we used to sing along
Life without seasons, war without treason, we gave everything until we died.
We had no decision in being poor, we didn't vote for this war, don't have to settle no score
We're only looking for some traction, a reaction, to that blank expression on your face
And I fucking can't stand this place
We gave birth to a false messiah, created a corporate pariah
The Lost Art of Empathy, behind this global tragedy
Tell me what knowledge can be learned, when all our brain cells have been burned
Where we call home, just like in Rome
Won't die alone, reap what you sow It's all coming down tonight
We had no intention of being ignored, being passed out on the floor, it's all that we can afford
We'll never make it on your billboards, or in your magazines, cuz this just ain't our scene
But I fucking hate this routine
Track Name: Lockwood
We were young, blast the stereo, riding round in cars
Knocking back the whiskey, three sheets to the wind
We had our whole lives, we were just having fun, until it all came undone
So we raise our glasses to the sky! Punk rock heroes never die
Put on the shows, grabbed the microphone, you gotta sing it like you mean it
Been raising the dead in Hell City since 1974
Had time for reflection, in your record collection, until we finally sung
Track Name: I Can't Breathe
Because Eric can't breathe and this plane is going down
We all make believe that the pilot is awake
But the city isn't safe and the ground is coming fast
And when this plane hits everybody feels the blast
Because the engine has failed but everyone's asleep
In their own assigned cabins only first class has safety belts
The oxygen masks have fallen from the ceiling
But not everybody gets one and Eric isn't breathing
Some of us have hoodies and some of us have parachutes
If all lives matter why won't you share the safety boat
The plane is in the water but not everyone can swim
Eric isn't breathing somebody help him
Track Name: Everything Must Go
Why must we polarize the country to disagree, political lobotomy
The new poor are the former working class, we finish last, no safety nets, can't pay the rent
Everything must go, stripped to the bone, left in the cold, my flesh is torn
Destroy the future for the young, with these poison clouds where can we run
We've sculpted landscapes in this smog, watch it collapse lets watch it burn
So many lost in this charade, democracy what a false dream
The walls are slowly closing in, majority population
Track Name: Ad Nauseum
I only wanted another drink, need some time to clear my head
I just need some time to think, won't just repeat what they've said
There's always somebody yelling in my ear, pushing their agenda I don't wanna hear
Not every issues black or white, keep on twisting the public's will
Not as easy as wrong or right, twenty three hours left to fill
There's always somebody you want me to fear, keeping us afraid & profits in the clear
How can we all survive, when we wish so many would die
When war brings peace freedom equals slavery, there's nothing left to believe
Can create panic from thin air, your corporate interests must be shared
Push controversy fuck being fair, the truth is worthless when we're scared
Track Name: Eviction Notice
Create borders divide &build walls, construct barriers religions & Gods
As long as you believe they control everything
Distract with puppets fear mongers & drugs, keep paying taxes to their licensed thugs
Be a cog in the machine until we're out of oxygen
Giving birth to the machine, the one that destroys everything
You can't stop once you begin, when all is lost what can you win
Freedom isn't just a song it's in us all
Competition enslavement & greed, advertising corrupting my dreams
Embrace disposable economies, building up foreign terrorist regimes
Destabilize for a few to profit until we rise up and they've lost it
Track Name: Alcorn Queen
Impose your limits, impose your limitations, Boys must be boys
Ideas dichotomous, constructs of the mind
Your perfect box is breaking at the seams, one size fits all couldn't hold humanity
Pushed to the limits, pushed to the breaking point, nowhere to confide
Voices go unacknowledged, not worth living
Track Name: Are We Even Human Anymore
It started in Chicago we took 90/94.
All the way to Minnesota where the rain soaked our bones
North Dakota was freezing but the protests kept us warm
Lost our minds in Montana didn't find them till the coast
Where we met Typhoon Songda and she stayed for 5 days
We drank with all the locals and no one behaved
We fought for power in Portland but the show must go on
Anarchists in Eugene and pints with the Goths
Punk rock Mondays in Boise & old friends in Reno
The storm finally lifted in California
Our first stop was Oakland and the kids sang along
So we partied round the bay for about 6 days
With murderers & derelicts someone even shit their pants
Took 101 down to L.A. where we stayed with Ironsides
We'd stay here forever if we'd make it out alive
Tried our luck out in Vegas & drank ass juice with the punks
Blackouts in Phoenix & Tucson got us fucked
Raged in Albuquerque and we never got enough
While on stage in Fort Collins Cubs won it all
Drank with Satan in Denver until the morning dawn
Found the beef out in Kansas that created all this smog
Had a shiddy reunion in Omaha
*These are our songs of defeat & revolution and the strength to carry on
Where we all belong no hate or false division we'll all die in this together
But what happens if we do somehow make it through, build us something new
Never really did this on our own, we set our sails and hope for the shore
But are we even human anymore?