CRUDE ALTARS

by Matt McIntosh

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After (and during) a lifetime operating primarily in hardcore-punk circles, singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt McIntosh continues to issue the occasional solo release, Crude Altars being his third since 2007's The Basement Demos, and second since 2012's outtakes and demos release Gaffes, Missteps & Horrible Mistakes. 2015's Crude Altars finds McIntosh continuing to refine the rough-hewn post-punk anthems of said previous efforts, ultimately eschewing the errant Americana inflections found there. Instead he further embraces an affection for garage electronics and programmed drums, marrying minimal arrangements with grand choruses replete with huge guitars and his generally melodious vocal rasp, the end product coming across as something of a post-punk Springsteen, certainly found on tracks like Ghosts of the Fall, Tributes in Stone and the starkly introspective Constantinople. Absent here are the socio-political conversations of past efforts, replaced in toto by what read as quite personal and introspect narratives, which perhaps makes this ten track effort, after nearly a decade, the artist's first proper solo release. A strong outing by a largely overlooked voice. B+
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released June 16, 2015

All instruments, programming, lyrics and arrangements by Matt McIntosh

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Track Name: Ghosts of the Fall
your lips, your jaded heart
undone, right from the start
something's amiss, it's not the weather breaking
it's not the first tear to fall

it's falling away
it's falling away

we walk safely in trust
these streets were paved for us
lit by the burning lamps of our frustration
and wet with our disgust

come off of your ledge
come out of your room
don't give into them and fall into blue

so do just as you must
as leaves, they turn to rust
falling ahead it's hard to feel forsaken
forced out and left for dust

it's falling away
it's falling away

come out from under and into the sun
before the union is undone
it's time to run

All aboard who's going aboard
Track Name: Around
I do well, if I do fret
what I'm here for, at times forget
something more, something brave
fills my cup when you breathe
understand, from the start
alms do break for far too long
under the stars of youth we dream

coming around again I covet the earth of ire and flame
lay me down tonight
and would you believe that I
ever could find the sand to breathe fire and rain?

undo me, under you
starts again, none too soon
all your grace comes for me
something here sets you free
where you were, where I been
wants for rules when I give in
and still it stirs a flame for me.

coming around again I covet the earth of ire and flame
lay me down tonight
and would you believe that I
ever could find the sand to breathe fire and rain for you?

Try to breathe new life again
turn away and run, turn away the chance
follow it if not to fall on your knees
everyone you were
everyone you'll be
fight or fail another day
see, someone somewhere may do better with it
breaking down or breaking free
move along, just move along

coming around again I covet the earth of ire and flame
lay me down tonight
and would you believe that I
ever could find the sand to breathe fire and rain?
coming around again
coming around again
coming around again
coming around again
Track Name: Constantinople
it starts to fade, fade out to shades of taupe
foster the chase, forfeit the peace you know
always doused and always under flame
when forced down, I feel your weight move under me

with the faith that we keep and the heights that we fall from
and all the crosses left in our wake

and yet again, mapped out for all to see
for our hearts, regions of empathy
always doused and always under flame
when is now and when will you make it known to me?

with the faith that we keep and the heights that we fall from
and all the crosses left in our wake

Will you wait for, will you wait for me?
Will you wait for, will you wait for me?
Will you for, will you wait for everything we've been and
Will you wait for, will you wait for...

and still it fades, fade out to shades of hope
foster the change, forfeit the fear you've known
always doused and always under flame
wherefore art thou when Constantinople falls again?

falls at your feet as we're chased to the altars
for all the air that we've left to breathe.

Will you wait for, will you wait for me?
Will you wait for, will you wait for me?
Will you for, will you wait for everything we've been and
Will you wait for, will you wait for me?
Will you wait for, will you wait for...
Track Name: Refrain
we've made it whole
you've made me brave
recover and rise for more
of all we give
now don't be cold
now don't be rain
if I falter at your door
or lay down at your feet in this refrain
hear this refrain

so make it known
a testament
for troubles in right or wrong
can't breach your faith
now don't be bold
now don't be rash
if ever there's light or dark
with truth you'll understand all that you need
all that we need

all the things that you save as yours, don't fear their hold
and if it ever starts to fail I'll bring you home
feed your heart
be your stone
Track Name: New Ironic Kings
things have come easier
like the loss of breath
and I'm not responsible for what I do next
I feel a little sting to find it's just a part of me
I can break the trend if I can turn a phrase

if everything goes black again
one heart it beats for the rest
if it's man's law against God's world
then man can't win

this stinks of nightmares, black disease, scarlet violence
sick gut's churning over with fetid bile and sin
I taste a bitter pill to find that it's just a part of me
I can break a trend if I can turn a phrase

if everything goes black again
one heart it beats for the rest
if it's man's law against God's world
then man can't win

if everything goes black again
one heart it beats for the rest
if it's man's law against God's world
then man can't win
It got away from us now and still falls where we've failed
and man's law begets God's word and man can't win
Track Name: Tributes in Stone
Hero takes it all
he feels much better tearing down the walls
bones are breaking louder than before
if they don't know the answers
then it's up to you, my dear

wasting away
I'm wasting
I'm wasting away
wasting away
I'm wasting
I'm wasting away
Just to bleed through

Hero takes a fall
he feels much better climbing up the walls
bone saw shaves me closer than before
if it don't know the answer
then it's up to you, my dear

wasting away
I'm wasting
I'm wasting away
wasting away
I'm wasting
I'm wasting away
Just to bleed through
So caught up in cruel
A far cry from the one that you always knew

Don't speak, don't wait, don't judge this fate
I'll be on the other end watching for you
It has to be true

wasting away
I'm wasting
I'm wasting away
wasting away
I'm wasting
I'm wasting away
But I'm bleeding through
Track Name: Reprieve
not far to roam, respite to call my own
lay where you fall
cool air from under my window flows
back from the fold, turn on the radio
in from the cold
breathe in electric air and I'm home, I'm home
so treat it well 'cuz it gets me through

not far to roam, respite to call my own
lay where we fall
cool air from under my window flows
back from the fold, turn on the radio
in from the cold
breathe in electric air and I'm home, I'm home
so treat it well 'cuz it gets me...

still falling away from this concept
still falling away from your world
falling behind in fine form with a head of steam
from trials of our..

still falling away from this concept
still falling away from your world
falling behind in fine form with a head of steam
from trials of our youth, paces of truth, under the trees
in blessed reprieve from all of this
Track Name: Live at Winterland
and so it goes
bird has flown
heaven knows
where you gone

go it alone
all torn apart again
and fixed to unfold
upon the waiting world
each to his own
of fits and starts we are,
if truth most be told

what you sown
one sparrow
is it all what you'd hope?

go it alone
all torn apart again
and fixed to unfold
upon the waiting world
each to his own
of fits and starts we are,
if truth most be told

all you'll ever want is here
all you'd ever need, my dear
hanging ever still in the air
like crosses left to bear

go it alone
all torn apart again
and fixed to unfold
upon the waiting world
each to his own
Track Name: The Armory
run towards the light, my love
before it's gone again

run from the dark, my love
before you fall apart again

we're seeing everything in size
we're seeing everything in size
we're seeing everything in size
we're seeing everything in size