Cycles

by Traditions

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“Cycles” is the debut EP from indie/pop-punk band Traditions. Their aggressive style of nuanced pop-punk is reminiscent of bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Wonder Years, and The Swellers. Up tempo, guitar driven, pulse pounding riffs generate the basis of these claims along with their thought provoking storytelling lyrics that tend to paint pictures upon pictures in your head that is already thoroughly bobbing.

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released March 11, 2014

Engineered, Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Jim Fogarty at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA. Additional Production by Joe Urban. Additional Editing by Randy Burlingame & Frank Baron.

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Track Name: Ten Days
All my friends say
That I'm better off without
All these foolish things
That you do that drag me down
Like an anchor in water
You're pulling me farther under
But no one cares
I'm just a lonely man
Who's alone at sea

Maybe I'll just take this heart
And throw it away
To a place that never snows
New England winters have grown so cold
Without you here to keep me warm
Now I'll take this dream
And throw it right away
Cuz I've worked my hands to the bone

It's only been ten days since then
And every day I do all I can
To get fucked up and forget all the little things
When you said just hold me
And now I'm letting go, because you told me
This doesn't make you happy anymore

Now I'm just here waiting for you

Now these bones are cracked and freezing
I'm sorry
I swore I'd never let you down
All my friends

Now these bones are cracked and freezing
I'm sorry
You swore you'd never let me down
All my friends
Track Name: Progression/ Regression
You fucked up my routine
I didn't give a damn
'Cuz all I saw was your face in my head
But now there's an empty space where you've been
That I'll never get back
(That I'll never get back again)

No, I'll never go back to that same mundane routine
And all the redundant fights
Nevermind those sleepless nights
That I spent alone in our bed, or driving around New England
You left me high and dry out here in wet cement

I'm doing my best to stop living in my head
And more in the present tense
And I've finally found a balance
For how my time is spent
Not sure if you'd call this progress
After twenty-two years
I almost feel content
I almost feel
Track Name: Debt Of A Son
How was I supposed to know
Living under your umbrella
Wouldn't keep me dry
But there's no rain tonight


I was raised to be a loyal son
Not to be determined by your standards
It takes a lot to be an honest man, but honestly
I've had a hard time

I'm counting cobwebs in the closet of my head
'Cuz I haven't been alone in quite some time
Are you certain that there's life behind this curtain?
Cuz if you're wrong, then I'm alright.


And all that's said reminds me now
Another year spent in the ground

I take a small dose
A reminder of how hard the world is
And it seems that we're exactly aligned

Can you tell me now
When does it pay off?
Track Name: Polarity
You said don't fall asleep for too long
Because I know my dreams will haunt me if they
Can you break these walls around my head
For you I'd lie back down

I've become about as useful
As a compass with no needle
With this lack of direction and motivation
And no sense of self confidence
I can't convince myself to change
Growing so uncomfortable
Just so goddamned uncomfortable

In my own skin I'll always seem to look down
At the people who constantly counted me out

Brief moments of joy passed by
Like wind through a net I've tried
To capture this feeling
The holes keep on stealing
And all I am left with
I've tried to forget

The crowded side
The rush behind not knowing what was left
So many nights
Collapsing as my heart pours through my pen

For Christ's sake
There has to be another way
This is all just starting to sink in
Track Name: Eyes Of A Man
The grass is greener on the other side
But there's no color coming through these eyes
Wait for me
So I don't have to say goodbye to this paper retreat
And I can stop pretending that there is no
I wish there was no such thing as distance
I wish there was no such thing as death

The only thing I've ever asked for
Is some honesty and some respect
It's always cut and dry
How'd you get away with this
We built this
I thought this trust
Could outlast the sands of time
But you just buried me under

A heart in hand doesn't mean a thing
If it can't keep a beat
So play for me
These hanging chords that seem to be a common theme
So I don't have to sing alone again

There's no such thing as home

I was raised to be a loyal son
Not to be determined by your standards
It takes a lot to be an honest man