Challenger Deep

by Catscan!

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credits

released 17 February 2015

All songs written and played by Mason Shelby and Paul Tsiaperas.
Engineered by Andrew Gingras who also played guitars on tracks 10 and 11 and mandolin on track 1.
Sam Koff played trumpet on tracks 1, 5, and 11. Khai Phan co-wrote track 11.
Kevin Kingsley co-wrote and played guitars on track 4. He also played saxophone on track 1.
Jabrond Gamble played drums on tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 and trombone on tracks 1, 8, and 11.
This album was mastered by Peter Bonaventure at Asylum Studios. Art by Jonathan R. Lalonde.

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Catscan! Washington, D.C.

CATSCAN! is an electronic rock duo based out of Washington, DC. Two men, Mason Shelby and Paul Tsiaperas, experiment with unusual instrumentation and minimalist arrangements of mostly pop songs since the year 2000.

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Track Name: Aminal Planet
This cat is a pig
has a girl who's a dog
but thinks she's a fox

The pig is a snake
Who pontificates
Harken, he's blessed

The fox is a mess
A community chest
Yeah, she gets around

Her face is a cake
and when she gets baked
it melts to a frown

They take pictures of each other taking pix of one another

There's some worms with no brains who come out when it rains
And they squirm on the ground til the birds come around
It summons the brood, putting chicks in the mood
A hawk sees the flock and swoops in on a hen

Dressing smart for one another, so they can undress each other

The weasel in mink always says what he thinks till the skunk made a stink
The Rodents attack but the Varmints fight back and fur starts to fly
Caught in the brawl, the dog tries to call out for the cat
Diving into the fray, he pulls her away
He just saved the day

They take pictures of each other taking pix of one another
Track Name: Marine Biologist
Three thousand meters below the surface is my home
The common jelly fish, and several macro-organisms
We have a saying here, where light becomes a memory
"Your eyes adjust quite nicely after a couple of years."

Of course you know the ocean scene, squids a-floating by
Hidden beaks and tentacle feets and little tiny jelly eyes
They have a purpose, you know, a reason to stay alive
They're the food of viperfish or Chauliodus macouni

Dive, dive with me
Check out this submersibility
Breathe, breathe with me
From a tank, while we sink

Into the sea

Deeper I sink, and pitcher it's black, the outer lights are activated
Illuminating a world which has never been illuminated
A sweeping forest of giant tube worms fills my eyes
And there dart about one thousand Chambered Nautili

With a swish, a Grenadier Fish bites a little glowy thing
It's violently slain by an angler, Melanocetus johnsoni
Here's a interesting specimen, Vampyroteuthis infernalis
That means the Vampire Squid from Hell

Dive, dive with me
Check out this submersibility
Breathe, breathe with me
From a tank, while we sink

Into the sea

Dive, dive with me
Check out this submersibility
Breathe, breathe with me
From a tank, while we sink

Into the sea
Track Name: Every Word Rewritten
You can paint this bathroom stall
Mask the writing on this wall
Hide the slanders once here etched
Cover up the dicks we've sketched

Take away our dirty jokes
Veil our log of chicken-chokes
Shroud our tales of getting laid
Clean the bogies, eunich-made

But no matter how you strain
All your efforts end in vain

Every word will be rewritten
Long as man still sits here shittin'

Every word will be rewritten
Long as man still sits here shittin'
Every word will be rewritten
Track Name: The Finger Of Justice
The Finger of Justice rises up and grasps the loaded steel
The bullet that pierces evil men and forces them to yield

Finger, ride
Ride
Finger, ride
Ride

I robbed a bank the other day and killed a banker in my way
No one knew that it was me because I wore a mask, you see
The sheriff looks me in the eyes and asks me twice and I deny it
No one knows what I have done
Way out west, beneath the burning sun

But at night
The voices in my head
Whisper in my ear
I fear the voices in my head

The Finger of Justice rises up into my room again
Forever it haunts the dreams of every mortal man of sin

Finger, ride
Ride
Finger, ride
Ride
Finger, ride
Ride
Finger, ride
Ride
Track Name: Portly Chap
Up close, doesn't think
Dennistown any thing
I got a thing as lemonlike
as Eagleflight with broken pipes

You think you're going unaffected
Dealing irresponsibly
Lost and lonely Lady
And her bowl of gimpy vines and me

Handy dandy
Willy nilly
Handy dandy
Willy nilly

I think this willy nilly
Hussein DVD
Will take the ring to Woodworth
This suit is from the grocery

Foggy glibly, bible baby
Abortion Ocean, Bracketville
I didn't get either uncle
Soundmen went to music mill

I hope you're picked, and make it stick
Like palates of an asian girl
Have a day, everyday
Laser like a mangrove pearl

Talking of my face
Handy dandy leap boot
Sandersville loveland
A bullard grumbled skeet shoot

Leilah go low,
Like John Trambino's
Uncorking, litter-thinking
Scantily drab albinos

The rest is for the best
The best are on the Death Star
That battlebrooke Neville Stamp
With tears for fears and tongues of tar
Track Name: Voodoo Dollhouse
She put me in a voodoo dollhouse
And she tied me to a tiny plastic chair
Which she keeps inside her voodoo dollhouse
With my photo and a locket of my hair

And I think that it might be a curse
Cause she’s stolen my heart and she put it in her purse
And I don't think that I am ever coming home

Lights out, candles burning
My mind is racing, tummy turning
Sitting on needles and on pins
I hold my breath as she walks in

I never really wanted
To be an independent person
Or in my dreams imagined
I’d be involved in such perversion

Forcefed twisted tainted love
Dripping down in a mist from above
Darkness surrounds me
Her arms are wrapped around me

She egged me on
She made an omelette
She made my soul sick
Spiritual vomit

She put me in a voodoo dollhouse
And she tied me to a tiny plastic chair
Which she keeps inside her voodoo dollhouse
With my photo and a locket of my hair

And she tells me that I might be the one
But I’m not about to argue when she's pointing the gun
And I don't think that I am ever coming home

She put me in a voodoo dollhouse
And she tied me to a tiny plastic chair
Which she keeps inside her voodoo dollhouse
With my photo and a locket of my hair

She melted my mind just like a svengali
She molded me into her own voodoo dolly
And I don't think that I am ever coming home

And I’m burning it down, down, down
Down, down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down
Track Name: The Autophobe
I'm not a mind reader
A human party favor
Go check the parking meter
or move your car

For your consideration
You deal with your frustration
By seeking approbation
I think they towed your car

I fear an angry bee
Someone else made mad at me
I fear an angry bee
Someone else made mad at me
He walks away from harm
and the impending swarm

Capsized the raft again
Scuttled your craft again
Your polystyrene friends
will take you home

Goodbye, good luck, good night
You're gonna miss your flight
You'd do that out of spite
Like when you lost your car

I fear an angry sea
that the Gods brought down on me
I fear an angry sea
crushing waves are drowning me
I see a monstrous form
in the impending storm
Track Name: MEATHOOK FANCLUB
Slurring every word
Acting like an animal
Memory erase
Wake up in the bathroom

MEATHOOK
He's the kraken released, the missing piece betwixt human and beast
MEATHOOK
Open the lid, ego overtaken, conquered by the id
MEATHOOK
Jekyll and Hyde, a cancerous growth corrupted from the inside
MEATHOOK
His work is never done, he's the sole member of a fanclub of one

I can feel my head
Filling up with concrete
Horseboy says
Pass along the Mad Dog

MEATHOOK
He's the kraken released, the missing piece betwixt human and beast
MEATHOOK
Open the lid, ego overtaken, conquered by the id
MEATHOOK
Jekyll and Hyde, a cancerous growth corrupted from the inside
MEATHOOK
His work is never done, he's the sole member of a fanclub of one

Standing in the dark
Shouting at a cell phone
Karate kick a car
Wake up in the parking lot

MEATHOOK
He's the kraken released, the missing piece betwixt human and beast
MEATHOOK
Open the lid, ego overtaken, conquered by the id
MEATHOOK
Jekyll and Hyde, a cancerous growth corrupted from the inside
MEATHOOK
His work is never done, he's the sole member of a fanclub of one
Track Name: Homework Sucks
new year, new tour
same songs, the same four
our music's stuck in limbo
sustained by high school bimbos
the drummer just quit
sick of preteen bullshit
our tshirts on children
who lack the breasts to fill them

no one wants to hang with you
when you're bald at 32
no one wants to be your friend
when your youth is at an end
life is gonna make you frown
and then you're 6 feet underground
you're half the man your father was
life is tough
and homework sucks!

My credit's abysmal
My love life… dismal
Taking prescriptions
for my gambling addiction
my fridge is barren
just like my ex-wife Karen
libido waning
with each pound that I'm gaining

no reason left to be alive
when you're pushing 45
and no one wants to be with you
when your life is half way through
life is gonna get you down
as the green leaves turn to brown
you're half them man you used to be
life is fucked!
and homework sucks
Track Name: Legends Of The Skeleton Crew
There's no more room in our skeleton crew!

Avast ye, barkeep, tis our last night ashore
Will our last piece of gold afford us one more?
A flagon of ale before we set sail
And a bottle of rum for me and me chum

Shiver me timbers and rattle me bones
Untangle the cables and plug in the 'phones
Go string up the axes and tune them up tight
It sounds like we'll be first to go out tonight

There's no more room in our skeleton crew
It's just us few (it's just us few)
It's just us few (it's just us two)
There's no more room in our skeleton crew
It's just us few (it's just us few)
It's just us two (it's just us two)
There's no more room in our skeleton crew

We shout through the tempest without sound or sight
Though deafened by silence and blinded by light
We'll weather the storm without losing face
and vow that we'll never return to this place

There's no more room in our skeleton crew
It's just us few (it's just us few)
It's just us few (it's just us two)
There's no more room in our skeleton crew
It's just us few (it's just us few)
It's just us two (it's just us two)
There's no more room in our skeleton crew

We stay at our posts though the sun she doth roast
Though the wind she doth bite, we'll do what is right
Until ravenous gulls pluck the eyes from our skulls
We dance with delight though there's no end in sight

We do what we can, we love what we do
We do what we must to steer our ship true
Though our bones turn to dust, our cannons may rust
Oh, the legends they'll tell of our skeleton crew

There's no more room in our skeleton crew
It's just us few (it's just us few)
It's just us few (it's just us two)
There's no more room in our skeleton crew
It's just us few (it's just us few)
It's just us two (it's just us two)
There's no more room in our skeleton crew

There's no more room in our skeleton crew
It's just us few
It's just us two