In Orbit of the Ruthless

by Social Stereo

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In Orbit of the Ruthless was recorded at the house of Chris Fleckner and Larkin Casey in three separate sessions: March 23, March 30 and April 15.

"In Orbit of the Ruthless was originally conceived as a "concept album" or a song cycle with an attempt to unify the songs by a single theme. I was kinda wary about it because I was afraid it might end up being too bloated or having too much concept and not enough actual songs. Half way through the writing process, some of the concept fizzled out but a majority of the original concept still made it onto the album."

"To prepare myself for the writing process, I gathered many field recordings while I was out in San Jose, capturing buses hissing as they pulled up at a curb, people chattering in the library and cars whizzing past on busy streets. That's why lots of the songs have images having to do with cityscapes and architecture like buildings, streets, cars, etc."

- Gabe

credits

released July 11, 2012

Gabriel Tiburcio - Guitars, Vocals

Trevor Sollitt - Bass

Chase Sollitt - Drums

Abhay Malik - Guitars

Garrett Roads - Recording, Mixing, Mastering

Sophie Diao - Album Art, Visuals

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Social Stereo Fremont

Whether out of boredom or necessity, Gabriel Tiburcio had always been interested in creating things. As a little boy, he'd often draw comics with friends during lunch. It's no surprise that he would form a band with several high school friends. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Social Stereo likes loud guitar music. But they like ambient things too. Haunted House Art-Punk? Who knows... ... more

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Track Name: Eisoptrophobia
Static tress anchored out front
Like twisted hands reaching to God

Bedsheets draped over your mirrors
Blanketing what you are not

Followed you into the hallway
Decorated with your scars

Don’t feel bad, this pain is fleeting
Like a kiss felt in a dream

You’ve tried to disguise it
Are we hardwired to be cruel?
No future, past or present
Can keep me away from you

Atop this building hollowed out
The silent child, so filled with doubt
Track Name: Rooftops
You were livin’ on rooftops
Looking down on the trees
You seem too young but you’re older than me
Slowly losing your sanity

Fractured wills, broken glass on the floor
Laced windowsills
Can’t hide your pains behind the window frames
It’s a silent kill

Vacuums of dust turn the city gray
Whistling wind to dry your eyes
Echoing in the canyon of the day
As shadows expand under bishop pine

Willowisps from your cigarette lips
Linger in the air
Instantly sickening
But so familiar

Avoiding people on the wayside
Like we’re the ones with a disease
You’re crazy though you said
That you’re not afraid of death
That’s a secret that we’ll keep

You spent 800 years
Hiding all the fears
But don’t feel bad,
At least, there’s a friend that you have
Track Name: Needles
I think I killed you in one of my dreams
But what the hell does that even mean
Your needles pricked at my skin
Nobody loses and nobody wins

We spent our eighteenth summer in bed
Strips of light seeping in as we bled
We’re back to the start
We’re back to the start

I think we agree, we’re tired of this routine
We’re at arms length but I don’t wanna live this way
I called your bluff but I know that it’s not enough
We cannot unwind though I know that it’s in our minds

It’s so strange I regret to inform
I won’t accept this if this is the norm
Not sure if this means harm
Not sure if this is part of the charm

There’s no pride in a fight with no prize
Our knees were scraped, enemies on both sides
I’m sorry for thinking these things
Nothing more than false feelings

The slow, slow sip of your IV drip
Is killing your veins, I know we are not the same
But once again, we continue to pretend
That we are both right yet totally ignorant
Track Name: Frozen Street
I remember you, the sullen child, kicking rocks
Out on the frozen street
Your hands were white like chalk

The moon washes the city in black and blue
Painting the concrete giants
Leaving you, the fool

Among stocked shelves and used DVDs
We spelled out our names
With cut out magazines

These old cassettes
All warped and cracked
Are nothing more than memories

We had found many other distractions on our list
Though we found it hard
To come close to the finish

Now all I have left are these faded old photos
That can’t really say that much to me

You wound the key to start the day in slow motion
Insomniacs dreaming of your devotion
Cannot erase the smell and taste from your memory

So now you’re on the street
As it begins to freeze

And though you’re laughing well, we still don’t know that much
But this grave uncertainty
Is certainly a must

I see you throwing stones
With your restless bones
You know you can’t postpone

Your breath is spinning smoke as you cough in frigid air
Morose and moving quietly
Reciting silent prayers

And as that street you cross, I’ll ask you one last thing
Are you destiny’s dog?
Track Name: Trip
Crescents under your eyes
Quick pat on the cheek
To hide the flaws from your lack of sleep
Screeching tires
Ignite the night

You’ve been outdone
You’ve been outdone

Eyes heavy, it’s a travesty
Arms feel weak
You can barely speak
Now the background is just a blur
Was it worth it? Was it worth being first?

Neon eyes dimmed out on the street
Two souls ready to meet
Screeching tires out on black ice

Sidewalk spotlights
Ignite the night
Track Name: Amaranth
Amaranth
Your slender hands floated up
Your eyes following me

Amaranth
We cut you out from the pipe
Trapped in a turquoise sea

Amaranth
You took the fall due to their words
Restless waves pound the shore

Amaranth
Your mother said not enough
Is this all we do?
Track Name: You Are Slowly Killing Me
Pass em by like road signs
You had me cold and runnin blind
Cannot look so you read
The subtle crime that makes you bleed
Climb the stairs to ring the bell
I don't think your eating well

Long vacation, realization
Cabin fever, veiled flirtation
You can't even see, that you are slowly killing me

Though we played out in the field
This place still makes me feel
We crossed this road a while ago
Only means we're getting old
So much for this lame connection
Please I want your affection

Too naive to deceive
Cast the line, help me breathe
You can't even see, that you are slowly killing me