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Oppositional Defiance

by The Raging Nathans

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I GO TO SLEEP ANGRY AND I WAKE UP MAD AFTER ALL OF THESE YEARS YOU’D THINK I’D KNOW HOW TO ACT I’M STILL MOPPING THE FLOORS AND I’M TAKING OUT TRASH AND I NEVER COULD CARRY ALL THE WEIGHT ON MY BACK TO BE KILLED LIKE A MARTYR TO BE LOVED AS A SAINT FROM SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT TO BEING SOMETHING YOU AINT IT NEVER GOES AWAY CAUSE THE PAIN KEEPS HURTING AND SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY THE PILLS STOP WORKING YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED BUT ITS NOT WHAT YOU HOPED A BLIP ON THE RADAR YOU’RE JUST A FOOTNOTE EVERY DAY I’M ALIVE IS ONE DAY CLOSER TO DEATH
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ONE HUNDRED DEGREES THE SUN IS HIGH THOSE WARM SUMMER DAYS MAKE IT HARD TO GET THINGS RIGHT I THINK ABOUT IT AS I WANDER PAST YOUR OLD HOUSE DOWN THE STREET FROM WHERE WE GREW UP BEFORE YOU STOPPED HANGING AROUND IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE IT WAS THAT LONG AGO BUT NOW YOU’RE JUST SOMEBODY, SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW WHERE YA BEEN? I HAVEN’T SEEN YOU IN A LONG TIME. WHAT COULD’VE BEEN, IT HASN’T CROSSED MY MIND IN SOME TIME IT’S OVER NOW.
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REMEMBER CINCINNATI WHEN YOU JUMPED THE WALL AND SPLIT YOUR CHIN REMEMBER IN THE STAIRWELL LICKING BLOOD OFF MY SKIN SAY SO LONG YOU’RE DEAD AND GONE TELL ME WAS IT WORTH IT? WOULD YOU DI IT OVER AGAIN? BECAUSE MEMORIES WON’T FADE THERE WAS LO VE IN SECTION 8 SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNSAID LIKE CURT GOT SENT TO MANSFIELD IN 2013 YOUR LETTER THAT I NEVER READ
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CURT GOT SENT TO MANSFIELD IN 2013 KILLED A MAN ON QUITMAN ST. 1-1 FUCKING 3 DAVIDS UP IN LEBANON A BUCKSHOT TO THE FACE HE’LL NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY OR THE COMBO TO THE SAFE WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE OF HORRORS BLOODSTAINS ON THE FLOOR THIS TIME THERE’S NO COMING BACK WON’T BE SEEING HIM NO MORE WHEN YOU LIVE A LIFE OF CRIME YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT THEY HAND OUT 25 TA LIFE OR A ROPE AROUND YOUR NECK THERES NO PAROLE IF YOU MAKE IT ON THE STREETS YOU’LL ALWAYS WATCH YOUR BACK CAUSE CREEPS ARE COMING AFTER YOU AND THAT’S A FUCKING FACT WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE OF HORRORS BLOODSTAINS ON THE FLOOR THIS TIME THERE’S NO COMING BACK WON’T BE SEEING HIM NO MORE WHEN YOU LIVE A LIFE OF CRIME YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT THEY HAND OUT 25 TA LIFE OR A ROPE AROUND YOUR NECK SO IF YOU’RE COMING UP ON LOOT AND MAKE THEM PAY THE TOLL JUST KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE’S RESPECT BUT THERE’S NO PAROLE NO PAROLE
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Signals 02:03
I GOT A PROBLEM WHATS THE SOLUTION I GOT A SPECIAL WAY OF DRIVING EVERYONE INSANE I’M STUCK IN MY OWN HEAD AGAIN I ALIENATE ALL MY FRIENDS I TAKE THE LITTLE THINGS AND RUN THEM INTO THE GROUND IM DIGGING MY OWN GRAVE WITH MY SELF DOUBT I CRAWL INSIDE TO HIDE WITH NO ONE ELSE AROUND IM GIVING UP I CAN’T KEEP SEARCHING FOR A SIGNAL LOOKING FOR A SIGN YOU REALLY CARE I’M LOSING HOPE I CAN’T KEEP SEARCHING FOR A SIGNAL LOOKING FOR A SIGN YOU REALLY CARE
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Outside 02:23
I’VE BEEN WONDERING HOW IT FEELS TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE I NEVER WANTED TO BE ANYTHING MORE THAN A BAD TIME PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU WANT ME TO GO IT MAY SOUND CRAZY YOU JUST GOT TO LET ME KNOW I’VE BEEN WONDERING HOW IT FEELS TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE IT SEEMS SO EASY BUT I CANT GET BACK TO THE WAY THINGS WERE TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND I KNOW THAT IT’S A DERAILED TRAIN A CAR CRASH UP IN FLAMES AND I CAN’T EVER CHANGE. AND IT REMAINS THE SAME.
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THERES SOMETHING ABOUT ME THAT YOU DON’T LIKE AND THERES SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT AINT RIGHT SO WE DID IT WITHOUT YOU AND THAT S ALRIGHT THOUGHT YOU HAD THICKER SKIN CAUSE NOW ITS SINKING IN YOU DID IT BEFORE ME THAT WHY YOU IGNORE ME CAN’T LISTEN TO ANOTHER STORY ALL ABOUT POOR ME THERES SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT I DON’T LIKE AND THERES SOMETHING ABOUT ME THAT JUST MIGHT
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Big Mouth 02:25
GUESS WHAT I SAID? PISSED OFF MY FRIENDS. GUESS I FUCKED UP CAUSE IM PISSING PEOPLE OFF GOT A BIG MOUTH. CAN’T SHUT UP GUESS WHAT I SAID? WISH YOU KNEW WHAT I MEANT DIDN’T MEAN TO OFFEND BUT YOURE OFF THE DEEP END. GOT A BIG MOUTH. CANT SHUT UP GUESS WHAT? I MEANT EVERY SINGLE THING THAT I SAID TO YOU. GOT A BIG MOUTH. CAN’T SHUT UP.
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Stargazing 02:52
Last night I missed you so I called you on the phone. The other nights I miss you and I felt so alone I did push ups and sit ups today because I’m thinking ahead I did cocaine and pills today because I’m always looking behind I showered and shaved today because I’m thinking ahead So lets go to Pluto or the volcanoes of Io Drinking my life away because I’m always thinking of you Stargazing thinking of you I don’t know what else to do
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Old Blood 01:42
IF YOU WANT TO COME WITH ME I GOT A DARKNESS YOU MIGHT WANT TO SEE INSIDE THE GALLOWS OF MY MIND SO COME ALONG DON’T BE AFRAID I KNOW A SHADY PATH THAT WE CAN TAKE INSIDE THE GALLOWS OF MY MIND THE FUTURES NOT LOOKING TOO BRIGHT YOU SEE I GOT A FEW BAD HABITS CREEPING UP ON ME THE PAST AINT WHAT IT SEEMS TO BE I GOT THIS OLD BLOOD THAT JUST KEEPS HAUNTING ME
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Spoiled Brat 03:36
YOU CRIED IN THE CAR BECAUSE DYING IS HARD AND I DON’T WANT TO LIVE MY LIFE ANY MORE IN THE BAR I’M JUST BARELY SCRAPING BY (AM I BEING HONEST) AND I DON’T KNOW I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS BUT I’M SO CLOSE TO LETTING GO AND GIVING UP ON MY DREAMS I SIT AND I STARE AT THE SCREEN SECOND HAND LOSS VICARIOUS SUFFERING ITS NOT FUN ANYMORE ITS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE ITS NOT FUN ANYMORE ITS ALL BEEN DONE. AND I GOT NOTHING ELSE TO SAY.

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“OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANCE” IS THE THIRD FULL LENGTH ALBUM FROM THE RAGING NATHANS. RECORDED BY MATT YONKER, (LESS THAN JAKE, TEEN IDOLS) THIS RECORD MARKS A DISTINCT MILESTONE IN SONGWRITING FOR THE BAND, BOTH IN TERMS OF LYRICS, SUBJECT MATTER AND MUSIC. WITH THIS BEING THEIR FIRST ALBUM AS A FOUR PIECE, THE RAGING NATHANS STAY TRUE TO FORM IN TERMS OF THE FAST-PACED MELODIC STYLE THAT THEY ARE KNOWN FOR, YET “OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANCE” BRANCHES OUT INTO NEW TERRITORY FOR THE BAND. THE DRUMMING IS TIGHTER; THERE ARE MORE GUITAR DRIVEN SONGS, TONE-SETTING LEADS, SOLOS AND EMOTIVE VOCAL HARMONIES. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT BEGIN TO SHOW THE LEVEL OF GROWTH THAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED SINCE THEIR LAST RECORD, “CHEAP FAME”. THE NATHANS HAVE ALWAYS PAID TRIBUTE TO THEIR PREDECESSORS AND HEROES OF THEIR PAST BUT CARVING THEIR OWN PATH REMAINS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE BANDS CORE MISSION. THERE IS PLENTY OF HOMAGE PAID TO 90’S LABEL STALWARTS LIKE LOOKOUT AND EPITAPH BUT THEY HAVE ALWAYS PUT THE PUNK BEFORE THE POP AND MAINTAINED A UNIQUELY ORIGINAL SOUND. THE LYRICS DON’T HIDE BEHIND EGO, ARROGANCE OR CONTEMPTUOUS SORROW AND THEIR DIY ETHIC AND SENSIBILITIES SPEAK TO THE RELATABILITY OF THE MEMBERS AS PEOPLE. THEY MAY WEAR THEIR INFLUENCES ON THEIR SLEEVE BUT THESE 12 SONGS DEMONSTRATE THEIR RANGE OF DIRECTION AND ABILITY AS WELL AS THEIR WILLINGNESS TO GET PERSONAL. THE FIRST SONG WILL LEAVE YOU WITH A PIT IN YOUR STOMACH AND FROM THERE THE ALBUM REDLINES IT INTO HIGH GEAR UNTIL THE LAST SONG. “OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANCE” IS THE RAGING NATHANS BEST RECORD TO DATE AND WHEN ITS OVER IT LEAVES YOU WITH AN ODD FEELING LIKE ITS NOT QUITE OVER. A FEELING OF POTENTIAL ENERGY. LIKE THEY’RE JUST GETTING STARTED.

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released July 24, 2020

JOSH GOLDMAN - GUITAR, VOCALS
NICK HAMBY - GUITAR, VOCALS
CHRISITAN ROERIG - BASS
PATRICK COST - DRUMS

RECORDED BY MATT YONKER
VIDEO BY EVAN WOLFF

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Voted #2 punk band in Dayton, OH by some website. But they didn't take our winning personalities and striking good looks into account.

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