The Cast Shade (LP)

by Vanity

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The Cast Shade is a concept album that touches on the subject of expectations and reality. Expectations are beliefs, dreams and ambitions that we all hope to come true, however when they don't we are all left with a reality and feel remorse, disappointment, regret and asking ourselves what we could've done to change and possibly make our expectations became a reality. The record explores all these themes but overall attempts to establish the idea that in order to find true happiness and content for ourselves in reality we must change our expectations and 'The Cast Shade' of ideas that have influenced our expectations.

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released July 12, 2013

Recorded & mixed by James Balderston at Capitalsound Studios Adelaide South Australia

Additional vocals recorded by Tom Ware at Mammoth Sound Studios Perth Western Australia

Mastered by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella at New Alliance East Cambridge Massachusetts USA

Photography & Design by Mike Dann

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Vanity Perth, Australia

4 friends who jam thier own style of hardcore punk rock in a band from Perth, Western Australia since late 2008.

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Track Name: Lonesome Paradise
I want fulfillment,
I want more purpose,
I want to feel worthwhile
and not so worthless,

It seems like Im starting to hate what I love the most,
Where once was a place I felt at peace,
now I loathe,

They say you're old news,
Got a case of the blues,
The perfect indication of the apathy cues
and exaggerations combined,
So step back and rewind,
because everything will work out in due time,

But Its eating at my mind
all the dreams I can't leave behind,
Collecting thoughts,
collecting doubt,
Keeping memories I want to live without.

Arriving at a point where you know there's gonna be nothing new,
Having the knowledge that there are no goals to even aspire to,
The way to and from this place is even a difficult route,
We're trapped here yet so damn near,
There is no way of getting out.

Eden's literally on my doorstep
So why does it bother me so much?

Eden's literally on my doorstep
So why does it bother me so much?

Why does it bother me so much?
Track Name: The Way We'll Expect It To Be
I am content with those things I never did,
I am content with those words I never said,

So let's hang our heads like the moon in the sky,
Let's feel guts plummet like lovesick fools enticed.

I'll live like it's the end as I know I'll pay for my actions,
And I'll expect the worst to prepare for the worse for when it eventually happens,
Knowing it'll occur whilst the clock hands are ticking slower,
Waiting for that day my cup eventually runneth over.

I am content with those things I never did,
I am content with those words I never said,

So let's hang our heads like the moon in the sky,
Let's feel guts plummet like lovesick fools enticed.

It's far too late to make all my amends this far in life,
So all I can hope is that I won't make the same mistakes twice,
Im happy with this outcome yet I taste the bittersweet thought,
Of whatever happened and what the future might have/should have brought.
Track Name: Déjà Adieux
We'll bid adieu to a memory but it will not forgotten,
We'll always look back at how far we've come
and the footsteps we have trodden.

Got everything I've ever wanted and nothing will stand in my way,
Driven with a passion ablaze, no exceptions and no delays,
Expectations in reality you're dreams are better buried,
Still struggle to keep them alive by any means necessary.

It feels like we're truly beginning to scratch the surface,
And all of our fortunes will no longer try to outskirt us,

But people only care for themselves so I better get with the times,
And it seems jaded destinies became less ostracized,
The climate's changing before us and there's nothing we can do,
We've all got to stick together if we're ever going to make it through.
Track Name: Skeletonnage
Trust can be hard to earn but can easily slip,
Don't think Im prepared for these continuous guilt trips,
One could go insane with thoughts of what's the come,
What's happening right now and what's already done,
Look at the state of what this existance has become,
Makes you think how insignificant you are in sum,
Familiar faces blow away in the winds of change,
When the course of real life eventually gets in the way,

Old friends found their answers logical,
Thought this culture was just another obstacle,
Am I crazy to resist the unstoppable?
That I'll soon become just as volatile.

Forget myself as an individual,
Change in us all is becoming quite substantial,
Was young, now old, next I'll be the dying breed,
Is life just a vessel waiting to bleed?

This is all just accordingly,
The right place/the right time,
Positioning yourself at points you'll,
Grasp the chance/reach your prime,
You really wish seek the truth but really you,
Won't want a bar of it,
It's about who you know and what they want,
Exclusiveness makes me sick,

Old friends found their answers logical,
Thought this culture was just another obstacle,
Am I crazy to resist the unstoppable?
That I'll soon become just as volatile.

Forget myself as an individual,
Change in us all is becoming quite substantial,
Was young, now old, next I'll be the dying breed,
Is life just a vessel waiting to bleed?

This is all just accordingly,
The right place/the right time,
Positioning yourself at points you'll,
Grasp the chance/reach your prime,
You really wish seek the truth but really you,
Won't want a bar of it,
It's about who you know and what they want,
Exclusiveness makes me sick,

When the skeletons come out to play,
And join the demons for the escapade,
Celebrating false personas that you failed to create,
Everything's absurd, truths and lies all blurred,
I came into this to lose my mind and that's exactly what occurred.
Track Name: Dead Exit
Things aren't the same or what they used to be,
But I can't tell if thats a good or a bad thing,
People always going, people always change,
It's a reoccurrence I'll see in this day and age,

I don't know if I want to be with you
or just the idea of wanting to be with you,
Catching up just to find I'm already lost,
Walking the same path where I originally was,

What did you expect would happen?
Ambitions aren't there for you to reach out and just grab them,
Thrillseeking for a reaction,
And to prove that everything doesn't happen like imagined.

Now I'm off to war again with this familiar foe,
The enemy of yesterday has taken it's toll,
Distanced myself thinking I could pull,
Still the ghosts of past commitments will forever haunt you,

I need to learn the art of letting go
I need to learn the art of letting go
I need to learn the art of letting go
I need to learn the art of letting go

You don't know what you mean to me and you were never meant to be what I need from you make me hate you make me hate myself more than I already do.
Track Name: Vice Life
Step into my fucking shoes and look at this world through my eyes,
Then you'll understand how I see the blind the blind,
Into the unknown and tunnels blackened,
Getting to the end without realizing what's happened,
Pushed what you know beyond your limited peak,
Arriving at outcomes you don't want to seek,
Can't comprehend why you don't comprehend,
That you may never experience anything again,
It can just take one time and all at once,
You'll lose everything you ever loved,

But tonight,
You're burning candles at both ends,
And tonight,
Fate's out of your hands,
Now you know,
Outweighed with the guilt,
Now you've gone,
And destroyed everything you ever built,
Can't be good the whole time,
No surprise,
Everything won't always be that fine,
Take the good with the bad?
No way back,
Forget all the times we will never have

Embrace this vice life.

This vice life's apart of my life,
Artificially fucked up and now luck's up.
This vice life.
Track Name: Out Of The Everyday
You've only got one life to live,
You've got to make the most of it,
Dream all day long of going to far away places,
Discover what this world's about and learning to embrace it,
So the 'real life' can wait,
We've got to make the most it,
Played it out in my head a million times before,
I know this reality can be so much more,
Expectations you see,
They won't be the death of me,
What I'm seeing what I'm dreaming
Is it all worth believing?
What Im seeking can be potentially self-defeating,
I've learnt to appreciate,
Many of life's little things,

Slipping unconscious looking out at the stars,
moving fast in darkness with the dimmed lights of cars.

Watch the sun setting over mountains,
I want to tell the story of what happened back then,

I'm confident now,
my emotions seethe,
I can go anywhere 'cause I'm free.

Open your heart and open your mind,
You just might be surprised at what you find,
Even if fate has been aligned,
Don't ever leave those dreams behind,

So you my friend can do the same too,
Experience the thrill of being lost with everything to lose.
Track Name: Cherish
To be glittering with a shining radiance,
A figure that haunts nights with an ever flailing dance,
Shimmering hazy sights declare ambitions bleak,
And constitutes the habit of leaping heartbeats,

Will it last forever?
Will it last forever?
It can't last forever,
It can't last forever,

Not one day passes I don't reminisce that place,
Or that I don't think about the mistakes I've made,
Inhaling lifetime regrets that just won't go away,
Where all we do is stand back, watch and say,

Will it last forever?
Will it last forever?
It can't last forever,
It can't last forever,

We all know it won't last,
We all know it won't last,
We all know it can't last,
We all know it can't last.

But we'll continue to wander without an art of patience,
Acting erratically and never complacent,
Time isn't limited, would you choose to pass the trial?
And make the most of this life significant and worthwhile?

Don't ever wish for time to speed up and go faster,
Because we only get one chance to change the chapter,
Don't ever wish for time to speed up and go faster,
Because we only get one chance to change the chapter,
Track Name: At The Brink
You'll 'make it' in this life if you're in the right crowd,
And you can climb any social ladder in any town,
You want to know the reason why I'm always so pissed?
I'm wishing for a world that doesn't even exist,

Always influenced and never inspired,
Can't keep the spark alive when there was never the fire,
It's the same old story just a different year,
Just do what they want and what they want to see,
Just do what they want and what they want to do,
Just do what they want and want to fucking hear.

You'll take for granted what I'll aspire to achieve,
No saviors in sight just a legion of thieves,
Thinking I'm sprinting on a bridge too far?
I'm so sick of the same results with the same formulas,

There's nothing in the water it's all been poisoned,
Carelessly filtered and unfairly exploited,
So destroy your connections, ignore those you know, build up your foundations and do it alone.

Don't realize the impact and what it creates,
We won't pay the price for someone else's mistakes,
Our paths set in stone became some plateau,
Now we're all following in the cast shade of one giant shadow.

If silence is golden I want to be the poorest man alive.
Track Name: Reduced To Prey
Life's not fair and nobody cares how you deal about it,
Climbed more higher to breathe some air, suffocated when you found it,

And lived at heights long enough for everything to become so dull,
Now the throne's caving in and the crown's crushing your very skull.

Someone will be better than you I can tell you that now,
Someone gets what they don't deserve and still feel the need to scowl.

Put your ambitions before your friends and expect it all to be fine,
Gave the chance once before but this time you've crossed the line,
Tampered around with something I held so dear to my heart,
Sincerely hope vicious words tear your wretched legacy apart.

We're reduced to prey.
Everyday.
Always.

How will I trust you now?
Track Name: Inevitable
Instrumental
Track Name: Bloodboilers
What makes you better than the rest of us?
You've had the privilege and experience?
So quick to judge and ignore the facts,
The world is colourful and all you want to see is black.
No need for the encouragement, You'd rather point out the flaws,
And you want us to stand up and give you a round of fucking applause?
And you expect us to go beyond capabilities we've got?
Strive for the impossible? You've lost your mind and the goddamn plot.

You complain about the distance but you act as the guide,
How can you criticize something you haven't even tried?
Make selfish decisions and you'll develop regret,
There will be no one there to help you there will be absolutely nothing left.
Track Name: No Redemption
The great big fuckup,
The ungraceful fall,
The ultimate losing streak to end them all,
The result of inner rage eating away the kind,
And the constant disappointment experienced time after time,

Redemption fallen short,
Life lessons never taught,
Battles lost whenever fought,

I am the undeniable and overwhelming sadness,
I am the final howl into the abyss of madness,
I am the succumbing letdown drawing one last breath,
I'm all your dreams no longer hanging by a thread,

And I'm that single moment when you realize time doesn't mend,
What I wouldn't give to start anew/do it all different again,
Every past mistake I've made is all coming to a head,
And I regret those things I never said.

I am the undeniable and overwhelming sadness,
I am the final howl into the abyss of madness,
I am the succumbing letdown drawing one last breath,
I'm all your dreams no longer hanging by a thread,

Another fire burning I cannot extinguish,
Another chapter in the tale that I can't wait to finish,
How can I live happily whilst utterly compelled?
How do I love life when I hate myself?

Redemption fallen short,
Life lessons never taught,
Battles lost whenever fought.