Protons and Electrons: Atom 11 - The Vig / Cartographer - Turnip, The Cloth Clown

by Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends

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Mastering was done at Chicago Mastering Company by Bob Weston: April 2019

Art and layout by Chris Williams

Label: Seismic Wave Entertainment
SW025 - Seismic Wave Entertainment. 2019

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released March 29, 2019

"Cartographer is very closely tied to the NeutronFriends mythos, by nature of Conan being bandmates with Ben and Chris in Replicator, and with Chris and Andre in Mount Vicious. Without Replicator (and to a lesser extant Mount Vicious), there would be no Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends in any capacity.

Cartographer is burly, aggressive and uncompromising noise rock. While the band members don't take anything too seriously, the music is serious as a heart attack. Pummeling drums, jagged guitar and bass that evokes pure sleaze and menace make a fully formed package of Noiserock(TM) delivery. I believe their song is about a birthday clown that wants to have sex with a young Ben Adrian's mom.

The Neutron Friends tune is an homage to a classic gambling term. The Vig (short for vigorish) is interest principal amount owed on a debt or loan, always at a usurious rate, with the idea being that the borrower never ends up paying down the principal and is indebted to the lender by just just covering the interest. The conceit of the song is applying those principles to psychic costs, but it probably works as a more dead on interpretation too.

The EarthQuaker Devices Bit Commander, features prominently in the "proggy" chorus bit. While, I think the guitar sound in the verses are just straight into a cranked Bassman."

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Conan Neutron, Tony Ash and Dale Crover play rock music directly to your earholes. Featuring members of Replicator, MELVINS, Trophy Wives. Coliseum, and more.

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Track Name: The Vig
Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones
And this is a case in point
It's life
that takes the cruelest cut
It's not a lie if you keep your mouth shut
Smooth seas...
do not make for skillful sailors
Long shadows cast, long shadows felt

Crawl out
Of the rubble.
Crawl out of the rubble dig out the bodies

Pay interest on past sins... AGAIN.
All just to pay the VIG... Again and again
All just to pay the VIG


Most times,
the choices you make aren't great ones
Hearts so wide and dreams so big

You've failed
Constant reminders every minute
zero would be a step up

Stand up
In the rubble
don't let it become your home now

Maintain,
becomes the entire game now
Keep sinking until you hit bottom.

Pay interest on past sins... AGAIN.
All just to pay the VIG... Again and again
All just to pay the VIG

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