The Unexamined Life

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  • The Unexamined Life 12" LP
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    Capacities present a one-sided 12" of unapologetic hardcore from members of Black Kites, The Saddest Landscape, Less Life and more. The sound is chaotic, cathartic, fast and heavy, straddling a line between bands like Orchid, Neil Perry and Portraits Of Past. Limited edition of 300 copies. 12" EP includes digital download.

    Second press is here, new colors, slightly different packaging, glow-in-the-dark ink on the B-Side. Out of 300 copies.

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The Unexamined Life LP is a split effort between How Soon Is Now Records and Protagonist Music.


released July 20, 2012

Recording by Steve Roche at Permanent Hearing Damage Studios.

Photography by Rob Ross.

Silk Screen work done by Ryan Stalter and Eric Mauro.



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Eric Mauro - Guitar, Vocals
Rob Ross - Guitar, Vocals
Chris Flynn - Drums
Tom Schlatter - Bass, Vocals

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Track Name: An Apology
I wish we could share the things we never had
All those times that would make life easier
The arguments
And lessons
I never wanted to be an older sibling
I'm sorry we're so close but so far
Track Name: Hedgehog's Dilemma
This pattern is blue
I'll just hold my breath
What could i do?
I was only a child
The closer we stand,
the further I feel
Grasping at straws.
Track Name: An Unsuccessfull Attack
defense from attacks that lack
rationale, semblence
hysteria. hysteria.
unfounded, outdated.
you lost this time
you'll lose again.
so what card is left to play?
Track Name: Shigoto
I've sold too much time
Trapped in this routine.
Push me toward the windowsill
Spinning my wheels
Time will just leak into
Another awkward break room silence
Track Name: A Cycle of Hollow Joy and Vicious Self Hatred
I remember getting used to hard wood floors
Now we can't even sleep in our own beds
Tossing and turning
I fidget and scuttle
Gasping and gagging
Like the first breath after a coma
How disgusting
I can only move forward with good intentions.
These unfamiliar ceilings mean nothing.
Track Name: I Am Better On Pills
struggle to grab the words
avoid the awkward stares
errors in hardware
sit back and let this play
decisions to make
live in the background and let it pass by
or smash all the pieces that aim to confine?
we're not on our own.
Track Name: Walk Me Through This
We've been down
This road before.
Time and time again.
Late nights turn black
The old one step forward
Two steps back
I know what I think you wanna hear.
I try and try but never understand.
Bring it back, Let's start again.
I'll get it right in the end.
Track Name: All That One Can Do
quicksand with every word that is said.
like the old phrase
"you're damned if you do and you're damn if you don't".
backward goose chase
of pleasing a concept that won't stay the same.
there are some things
that can't be
made simple,
made easy.
we try our best.
Track Name: I'm Glad You Like a Book
How far have we really come? Hiding behind stale ideals. Don't expect to wash your hands This won’t go away. This is the first step and you're setting everyone back. The old world is still in front of us.
Track Name: Booker Tells It
Time will tell us if you chose to stand on the wrong side of this point in history. You can't go back in time, the doors are unlocked with strength and pride. Will you choose to stand on the wrong side of history?
Track Name: Presque Vu
How can I say this without breaking an egg? To be so blunt at the wrong times. What does soft language heal? I'm still searching for the words. I'm still searching. I need more time.
Track Name: The Unexamined Life
while i'm ahead i'll close the door and remember things the best they were. the rationale of suicide
can't be applied to a whole life.
Everyday these steps seem so much bigger than the last. Have I peaked? Is this all down hill?
What if it doesn't get better than this?
Have I seen all there is to see?
Living groundhog's day again
Have I seen all there is to see?
Is this how I rationalized my life?