The Sunken Truth (LP)

by The American Hotel System

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    12" vinyl of the debut album 'The Sunken Truth' by The American Hotel System
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    SIDE A
    1.T.A.H.S. (feat. WØRDEN)
    2. The Feeling
    3. A(lt) Game
    4. Breakdown
    5. Deaf Ears
    6. Virtue Of Silence
    7. The Vocal Supply Co.
    8. Talk, Inc
    9. The Search (Interlude)

    SIDE B
    10. Vagrant
    11. Soft Sidwalks
    12. Lori's Song
    13. Satisfaction
    14. Home
    15. Fire
    16. 21st

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1.
Imagine a day when you really didn’t want to go to work. You’re a little tired, you have a little headache, you just...don’t want to talk to people today. “Maybe it’s because I watched the news last night,” you muse to yourself as you cut up avocado for your sourdough toast. “There are a lot of crazy things going on.” As you drive to your job in the city, you see homeless men sitting outside of an office building. business men in fancy suits pass by them without a second glance. You cringe. You’ve been in those business casual shoes before. “If only there was something I could do, if only there was something I could say,” you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror as you realize that.. there is. The soundtrack for the self aware. The soundtrack for those who see the fog of half-truths surrounding us every day. The soundtrack for those Searching For Sunken Truth. This is The American Hotel System.
2.
When the memories Of broken things Seem to come unglued And experience of past mistakes Take my current point of view My mind is racing back and fourth My mental self abuse And all I long for is providence For peace when it was true On and On my soul cries out For shelter from this rain My heart is beating quickly now For relief within the pain And how I wish I could have The feeling again And how I wish I could change Where my soul has been When the headlines of blackened skies Make me long for days of blue And when it feels like the days go by Now with nothing left to loose Opinions spitting back and fourth The rhetoric we use And all I long for is providence On this search for sunken truth On and On my soul cries out For shelter from this rain My heart is beating quickly now For relief within the pain And how I wish I could have The feeling again And how I wish I could change Where my soul has been I'm running out of the past With the world as life spins I want what's setting to last I wish I could have This feeling again
3.
Well what do ya’ say Let’s play the game Of battlin’ And babblin’ Our lives away The war is waged But the channel is changed We’re screaming out And shuttin’ down Our history But who’s to blame For cultural fray I wear my crown And batten down My hideaway To my dismay There’s a price to pay My life breaks down For all I’ve found Has gone astray
4.
Breakdown 03:54
They’re moving close to me And people can’t agree But no one ever wins In The War of Color & Skin The crowds sing along To a dissonant song The anthem of American dreams Tell me Why? Why are you breaking down? Where are you going now? Are you just a ghost? Or a memory somewhere inside? It’s close to home for me The fighting on TV But hate can never win We need love to start again But love can’t break through When we’re building walls But crumbling down from inside Tell me Why? Why are you breaking down? Where are you going now? Are you just a ghost? Or a memory somewhere inside? Tell me how? How can we turn around? Where do we go to now? While we’re being torn From the lies of our national pride Oh say, can’t we see How life’s gonna’ be If we don’t stop before it’s too late How proudly we hail Through our rose colored veil That entitlement makes a land great Tell me why? Why are we breaking down? Where do we go to now? What if we are the hope Of A fantasy going awry But now Here’s where we turn around Cuz' we’re where the hate breaks down Let’s tear down these walls That we’ve built from our national pride Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Let’s tear down these walls That are built by our national pride Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Let’s tear down these walls That are built by our national pride Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Let's tear down these walls From the lies of our national pride
5.
Why do we need to be told What we think and we believe is right People validate it And we’ll still try to pick a fight Voices talking, no one's listening Why do we even try? The truth is in the middle And it’s neither left or right We believe What we want to hear And we see All that isn't there Oh I see you But I don’t Believe You Your voice falls On my deaf ears Teachers and preachers politicians Filling my heart with spite But love is what should be there It's a hand that gentle not tight Maybe understanding could be reached And we could make it right Through friendship and devotion That is not red, blue, or white We believe What we want to hear And we see All that isn't there And we say That we truly care But the truth falls On our deaf ears Oh I see you But I don’t believe You Your voice falls On my deaf ears Oh I see you But I don’t Believe You Oh I see you But I don’t Believe You Oh I see you But I don’t Believe You Your voice falls On my deaf ears
6.
The virtue of silence The whisper of violence The heart of my riot Tumultuous quiet A deafening compliance Despite my defiance A deadly alliance On which I’m reliant I put on a smile and I walk through the fire No escaping the trial While my heads in a spiral I perform the recital An anxious arrival Alive with desire While I’m out on a wire Oh but But why do I try? In the end we all die
7.
Look out at the world through the heads that are screening Fill your mouth with noise from the social machining Show off your concern for the way that they’re leaning Cuz’ I’m sure we’ll change their minds with the kicking and screaming
8.
People telling me What I need to believe in Another channel change For the same machine, yeah Pick your poison now For the toxin to steam in My heart’s a red flag But I’m fighting to feel it I’m buying up the lies But it’s no surprise I’ve lived with this conditioning For all my life, see I don’t need no Vocal supply Co To speak for what my life’s about Join in with the band While the wagon is leaking Plant your flag in the ground While the platform is sinking I’m looking left and right But both wings are bleeding And neither one will fly While the fists are swinging Arguments of battle lines Are televised Us and them is wrong But they just can’t be right, see I don’t need no Vocal supply Co To speak for what my life’s about I can’t see you But you’re talking to me I can’t see you But you’re talking at me I can’t see them But they’re talking to me I can’t see them But they’re talking at me I’m looking all around At the heads on the screen And all this talk of violence Is killing me Oo, Oo, Oo Ah, Ah, Ah Sharing noise and stealing eyes Consumes my life Disconnect it from the stream And say goodnight, see I don’t need no Vocal supply co To speak for what my life’s about
9.
We’re all aching For answers When the facts are Abused We’re all searching For an anchor To find the bottom Of this Sunken Truth Searching for an answer Living as someone else Swimming against the water Struggling to be myself We’re all aching For answers When the facts are Abused We’re all searching For an anchor To find the bottom Of this Sunken Truth
10.
The streetlights are brighter than the moonlight tonight Like an autopilot life that soars within my mind Each day comes and goes like the last While I'm left stuck in my dark and dreary past Oh My Soul Where did you go? The sidewalk is softer than my heart is tonight A once alive land now barren, grave, and dry Each soul passes by fruitful, new, and changed My spirit's left dry feeling lonely and estranged Oh my soul Oh my soul Oh my soul Where did you go? I have lived so long in fear I'm an empty man With hopes and dreams unclear I've been waiting for life to reappear Or a beam of light To help me persevere But love is stronger than the fears and doubts inside My homesick heart found refuge in the tide Love is stronger than the fears and doubts in side Yeah, I found hope In the midst of the divide Oh my soul Oh my soul Oh my soul We are not alone
11.
12.
Lovely Lonely Lady You're sitting there surrounded, but alone You smile, but you’re frowning A secret awaits you at home Lovely lonely lady He made you all his own The mask said that he loved you But how his true face has shown Take it back Lovely Lonely Lady Your hurt you can't see or show The bruises go much deeper You're broken but your wounds are unknown Take it back Take it back Take it back Take back your home Lovely Lonely Lady We've all seen the words take their toll You might feel like you're drowning But don't you know that you are not alone Take it back Take it back Take it back 'Cuz you are not alone
13.
Satisfaction 00:48
I ask myself what I want from this life As I leave for my job, I say goodbye to my wife. When I come home, There’s a meal on the table. I won’t eat alone With my family that’s stable But why do I long, For all that’s not mine? The material and status My heart so desires. My head’s in a fog, From this clog in my mind As I’m seeking satisfaction Through means I’ll never find.
14.
Oh, I'm looking for a place To call my home Where I lay my weapons down And fear is gone Where my homesick heart knows that It's not alone Yeah, I'm looking for a place To call my home Oh, I'm searching for a place To lay my head Where honest mistakes are made Without reprimand Where my weary soul can learn To sing again Yeah, I'm looking for a place Where I can live Yeah, I’m searching for a place Where I can live And give And grow My soul Yeah, I'm looking for a place To call my home
15.
Fire 03:18
I’ve heard that pens Swing harder than swords So we fight with words In this war The nib is a match It ignites with a flash Consuming my heart With the roar Words are the flames That burn in our lungs Consuming us all When they’re sung They say Fire will heal me Fire will cleanse me Fire will turn Things around But This Fire is hurting Making me dirty Fire is burning Me down I hear the words Cut deeper than knives The tools we abuse In this life A heart that’s ablaze Will keep singing the rage And thinks it can tell you Who’s right The flame that takes all Is my judgement call It lights as my Gavel falls They say Fire will heal me Fire will cleanse me Fire will turn Things around But This Fire is hurting Making me dirty Fire is burning Me down As long as I’ve lived I’ve used notes as a shiv To stoke flames With eyes to the floor So love help me see What my life could be When I listen Instead of ignore They say Fire will heal me Fire will cleanse me Fire will turn Things around But This Fire is hurting Making me dirty Fire is burning Me down Yeah, I've heard that pens Swing harder than swords So we fight with words In this war
16.
The Twenty-first century Screams like the ghost Of years I’ve misspent Trying to fill up a hole Drilled by lonely Prideful sorrow I’m letting go Down from my throne It's twenty-one years now That I’ve been alone Trying to fake love From this pedestal Testimony To all that I boast I’m Letting Go Down from my throne Cuz’ I’ll never know What my life could be In this twenty-first century Twenty-one days now The habit has formed The old man is gone now A new life is born Growing slowly A heart that’s adorned Yeah, I’m Letting Go Down from my throne Cuz’ I’ll never know What my life could be In this twenty-first century Voices Saying I’m wrong Saying that selflessness Doesn’t belong It's self matrimony And just play along Yeah, I’m Letting Go Down from my throne Cuz’ I’ll never know What my life could be In this twenty-first century

credits

released December 13, 2019

Personel:
Lead Vocals & Guitar - Jacob Betts
Drums & Percussion - Hailey Petty
Bass - Jacob 'Jocko' LaMotte
Electric Guitar - Samuel Overman
Electric Guitar - Christian 'CT' McCallister
Keys & Synth - Ethan Partridge

Additional Background Vocals - Christopher 'Pete' & Hannah 'Bergie' Peters, Ethan Partridge, Caleb Shaw

Executive Producer - Jacob L. Betts
Associate Producer - Ethan Partridge
Assistant Engineer - Allison Eding
Drum Recording Engineer - Zach Rumley
Additional Drum Engineering - Christian Storms
Drums recorded at Zach Rumely Productions LLC
Recorded & Mixed by Jacob L. Betts at Variare Music
'The Feeling' Mastered by Mike at The Foxboro
Mastered by Zach Rumely Productions LLC
Additional Mastering by Variare Productions LLC
©2019 Variare Music & Varaire Productions LLC

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The American Hotel System is a rock band from Grand Rapids, Mich. that aims to provoke the mind through heartfelt lyrics and intentional musicality while exploring themes of love, loneliness, and politics

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