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Sea of Bitterness

by Kick in the Eye

21st century rock and roll.
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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1. Worseful Life
2:33 album only
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2. T-34 Start
0:10 album only
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3. Red Army Overdrive
2:57 album only
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4. T-34 in Pursuit
0:16 album only
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5. Back Off
3:22 album only
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6. Last Flight
0:23 album only
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7. Bounty Killer Blues
4:24 album only
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8. CB Radio
0:22 album only
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9. Zombie Attack
3:15 album only
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10. Dark Knight
1:22 album only
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11. Anytime
4:31 album only
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12. Reactor Armageddon
0:37 album only
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13. Forty Degrees Below
3:56 album only
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14. Invasion Transmission
0:13 album only
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15. Gerald Charlie Stomp
3:31 album only
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16. Special Kinda Music
3:54 album only
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17. Call to Action
0:23 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Using song, sound, and special effects, Kick in the Eye's new CD Sea of Bitterness is a multi-adventure experience that takes you from the battlefields of Russia, to the rooftops of Gotham City, to the post-apocalyptic Forbidden Zone.

Sea of Bitterness is the product of a DIY way of life: home-recorded, self-produced, and completely hand-made. All Kick in the Eye CDs come in eco-friendly packaging, which is recyclable, biodegradeable, and free from plastic trays.

This is music as art. This is art in the new paradigm.

Here is a review of the first single from the LP:

RED ARMY OVERDRIVE
"The principles here, Marian and Donnie Lochrie, must be sick of the White Stripes comparisons, but they’re unavoidable given the boy/girl dynamics at work here. Kick in the Eye play basic, roots-based rock enthusiastically and without guile making Red Army Overdrive very easy to enjoy. This three-song demo is just a tease from an upcoming album called Sea of Bitterness, which seems like an odd title given the upbeat tempo of these tracks. Unless the remainder of the album is Joy Division-style doom and gloom, they should call it Sea of Happiness. But that probably wouldn’t sell, would it?" - Chris Walter (NERVE MAGAZINE)

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KICK in the EYE's SONG-BY-SONG COMMENTARY

Worseful Life
This song was inspired by our hatred of living in a modern metropolis. Life in Vancouver gave us a taste of the evils corporations bring: pollution; piss poor wages; compartmentalized, isolated living conditions; traffic nightmares; small business takeovers; MSG addictions; advertising assaults; no nature, no real art, no free space; jobs no one cares about doing; and a myriad of mental frustrations. Capitalism today has nothing to do with free enterprise, fair play, morality, community, or humanity. So, listen to this song as a boy meets girl scenario if you must, but understand the bitter emotions that inspired it run very deep.

Point of interest: a First Nations friend of ours coined the term "worseful" in describing Whistler, BC, home to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada.

Red Army Overdrive
This song is written from the perspective of Russia during WWII. Russia is the girl "voice" in the song. We've alluded to many famous historical quotes: Hitler's - about Germany having only to kick in Russia's front door and the whole rotten structure would come "crumbling down", Stalin's policy of "not one step back", etc. We've even printed a picture of a T-34 Soviet tank on the cover of the single. The heroism of the forty million Russian men and women, who gave their lives to defeat an enemy who considered them less than human, has always been downplayed in the West. This is a morality tale: don't underestimate the power of the people.

Back Off
This song did start out as a relationship song, fifteen years ago. The lyrics sound so simple, but it's tricky to write "in the language of the common man". We wanted to make the words sound completely natural, conversational even. That's how it started, but it didn't end there. We learned about the things that Big Box companies do to communities, and to people around the world. We learned about Free Trade, the government kickbacks, the cycles of poverty. So, this one is for the Wal-Marts of the world: "Back off and don't you come back!"

Bounty Killer Blues
Has anyone ever stopped you on the street and offered you twenty grand to knock off his wife? Well, it happened to Donnie - he must have been looking particularly nasty that day. More inspiration for the song comes from Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns.

Zombie Attack
We took what was originally a simple truckin' song and turned it into a tribute to George A. Romero's zombie films. More and more, the notion of Armageddon has transferred into the realm of reality today -- be it from nuclear attack, disease, climate change, or something unknown. This notion is even more prevalent now than it was at the Millennium. What is becoming obvious is that people are aware that a new civilization is at hand.

Anytime
On one level, this song speaks of the lonely isolation of modern existence. It's ironic, because living in the city, you are literally surrounded by thousands of other people. How could anyone be lonely? Yet, the song features a lonely guy and a girl who's always at home - anytime. It speaks to the need for companionship, and music, in a world afflicted with a general malaise.

Forty Degrees Below
When Donnie's brother "settled down", we wrote this song as a memorial to his bachelorhood. We tried not to exaggerate parts here and there. It makes us laugh.

Gerald Charlie Stomp
Gerald Charlie, a First Nation blues singer/songwriter, is one of the all-time great musicians living today, but he's virtually unknown. We tried to capture the spirit of his live shows. Great musicians should be forever celebrated and recognized, but they're not. So, that's why this song is on Sea of Bitterness.

Special Kinda Music
"Special Kinda Music" sounds positive, but we are really very bitter about the sub-standard state of music today. This track is a bit of nostalgia for songs that we can actually dance to, and that are part of the songwriting tradition.

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