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released June 13, 2014

Jack Morrow- Guitar
Nick Filippi- Bass
Alex Douris- Drums
Eric Gerwatowski- Vocals, Guitar

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Eric Gerwatowski at the Illaboratorium in New Hyde Park, New York

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The Optimist New York

Post-hardcore from Long Island.

Formed in April 2014.

New release: "How To Starve The Hungry Ghost" EP.

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Track Name: Archipelago
Where the fuck is the courage?
Do you know what pride feels like?
You pretend you're above it,
but I can see fear in your eyes.
Struggling to be different
Desperately grasping for identity.
Don't you know you're just terrified
of turning out to be ordinary?

But the time just keeps slipping by...

Clenching your fists, as you rush through the crowd.
With fear in your heart, and hate in your mouth.
But Hardcore has always been about letting go.
This venue's an underground railroad, not a show.

I believe in camaraderie.
I believe in those who've believed in me.
I can see you've been bleeding.
Let me show you what we mean by family.
We can be the resistance.
We can hollow out the base of this tree.
Where we will build a fire
to serve as a beacon, a welcome, a warning.

But the time just keeps slipping by...

Clenching your fists, as you rush through the crowd.
With fear in your heart, and hate in your mouth.
But Hardcore has always been about letting go.
This venue's an underground railroad, not a show.

With your own hands, you can grab the strings. Twist your own fate.
Twist your own fate.
Track Name: Eat You Up
What the hell would we do without you here to complain about the stupidest things in the world? For the first time, won't you just be real with me? For the first time, won't you just be honest?

Back then I, I thought I knew, thought I knew you...but well...

Give the maid the night off cause you're just so kind.
Make sure all of the neighbors know.
The worst part is you never care,
Never care about who needs the money.

And I have seen you through the eyes of the downtrodden, and I have seen their hate for you, hate for me. And i have seen you through the eyes of the downtrodden, and I have seen their hatred for our wicked race of bastards and accursed souls.

My god, they've probably climbed the walls by now, soon they'll be in your house. They'll break into your bedroom, and they will eat you up!
Track Name: Hildegarde
Tell Hildegarde Christmas dinner's caught fire, and all her work will have been for nothing. But it's alright, let's just sit down and watch the Wire, cause it could be the best tradition ever.

But nobody can say I didn't try to keep this family solid, it's just that when you say you're gonna call the police...
I finally realize that all your motherly love washes away with a few extra drops of wine.

I can love you all i want, but it's just I wanted to make you proud.
And i don't hate you, it's just...I want revenge. All i want is to get out.

Your mother, she's drunk again and crying...ruining Christmas again just like last year. But it's alright, common let's just try to get through these couple hours together, I know it's fuckin useless.

So no one can say i didn't try to keep this family solid, it's just that when you say you're gonna call the police...
I finally realize that all your motherly love washes away with a few extra drops of wine.

I can love you all i want, but it's just I wanted to make you proud.
I don't hate you. It's just... I want revenge. All i want is to get out.

When all i had to offer was simply not enough,
it took years for me to see that I'm not the one to blame.
Some parents aren't suited for the job and,
Some people don't care enough to be saved.