Fire and Air

by RATS

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The debut E.P. from Ottawa-based hardcore band RATS.

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released December 11, 2015

"Fire and Air" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mike Poisson Recording from June to December of 2015.


Band members:

Donovan Hollander - lead vocals
Ryan Clark - guitar, backup vocals
Josh Collins - bass
Mike Poisson - drums


Special thanks to:

Kia Kortelainen for the artwork, Logan Moham for the mad gang chants, Ottawa Hardcore, Rob Lavasseur & The Diamond Mine Agency, Mavericks Ottawa, Tyler Hale, Matt and Dani Vezina, Waylon Fearn, Trinity and James Noble, Marco Heuvelmans, Mike's mom, Lance Crowder, Dylan Frankland, Craig Lemmon, James Reid and all the cool cats at the secret west-end house, Brent Washburn, Yanni Bouziotas, Faith Begbie, Justin Lam, Frankie and the dudes of Iron Golem, and all of our friends and family who ever took time out of their day to come and see us do our thing. Bonus thanks to all you beautiful people that bought our shirts. You guys are awesome!

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Track Name: No One To Blame
It's my fault
Something that I can't control
Killed by hope
This pain shoots right through
My veins
Give me some way to heal

There is a reason for all
The pain that I feel
I can't recall the expression by name
I'm virulent, battered
Suppressed, weak, and shattered
I need someone to blame

Who's to blame?
Track Name: Fire and Air
Crawling through the trench of apathy
I'll not submit to the

Consistent degradation
In a shelter full of lies
I want to stand apart
So I can try not to despise myself
I just get by
I just need help
I know my pain won't feel itself
It doesn't matter

Cause this shit starts to pile beyond belief
And no one will look my way
Without means to make the fucking change
That everyone seems to be

Consistent degradation
In a shelter full of lies
I want to stand apart
So I can try to learn to love myself
What's in my mind?
I just can't tell
This downward spiral is my hell
It's too much

Cause this shit starts to pile beyond belief
And no one will look my way
Without means to make the fucking change
That everyone seems to be

So make a lasting fall

Wipe the tears right from your face and stare
Rejoice in fire and air
Never turn my back if you don't care
Stay here with fire and air
Track Name: Spit In My Face
Last chance to be set free
(Set free)
Of our mutual dispondency
I must have gone out and failed us both
When you crashed on
(When you crashed on me)
me, I could not comply
I had my head held up so high
I'm damned if I do
And damned if I subside

You grab my hand and spit in my fucking face
I'm here to remind you of the lives we could have embraced
There is still some potential to learn
Some potential I know
From the seeds of deception
It grows

If we're in the same boat
(Let's go)
Then this boat capsized long ago
In a time where any man
Could live to understand
(Try to understand)
That sometimes a good thing ends
I just thought that you were my still my friend
You can mark my words
I won't make that mistake again

You grab my hand and spit in my fucking face
I'm here to remind you of the lives we could have embraced
There is still some potential to learn
Some potential I know
From the seeds of deception
It grows
It grows

From the seeds of deception it grows
From the seeds of deception it grows
From the seeds of deception it grows
Track Name: Reflections
A lasting memory
Will turn up, give it up, give it in
I want to know myself again
It's been so long
Since I can truly say that I've lived

I know of a time
When I had hope for the future
Such naive lies
I know if I try
I can think back to when I could cry

This is the way that I choose to go
In this life that I live, that I live
I live by what I know

I catapult back
To a life I've felt so scarcely
And it's not worth trying
When I sit and think
What is this excercise truly worth?

So I sit and think
And take a long look in the mirror
I don't like what I see
It's time for me to take a stand
And do what's right and right for me

This is the way that I choose to go
In this life that I live, that I live
I live by what I know

I won't live my life
Choking on regret
I need to pull through
Push me farther

Thinking back
I take it back

Yet I'm holding on
For something more

Doubt will never dissipate
Or comes to terms with
Any logical harm
Just carry on
Living all your sleepless nights
In obsession with
The path less travelled on
Track Name: Mark of Cain
I'm safe no more

I can't have faith in all
The choices I make
I want to be left alone
I'm fucking scared
Of what is coming

With no hope
No mark on me
I've been left out
Here to die
With no one else
Here to say goodbye

I'm thinking all the while
About what I had going
I didn't need to think
We took these things
Too seriously
After all

No hope
No mark on me
I'm on the edge
And you push me
Don't be shocked
When I pull you down to see this

No mark on me
Someone
Stop me
It has to be done
Track Name: Who Will Pity You?
You took what wasn't yours to take
Even though it was wrong that's no mistake
I bet your feel real damn strong
When you don't think that you're wrong at all
You took the choice out of her hands
(You stole it)
Now she's a miserable mess
And you couldn't care less
About the distress

Too much too fucking early
(It's all gone)
Save your apologies for the next life you trample over
No one will be there
It's hard to say but it's true
When it comes time to pay your dues
Who will be there to pity you?

You can't live with yourself and you start to fall
I guess it's got to be real damn tough
It's just too bad that you couln't man up
You traded virtue for ruined life
(A worthless life)
Your pain will never compare
To the scare
Of the real victim left in despair

No pity for a guilty conscience
You didn't think about it then
The damage is done
There's no time for a remedy
For the scars you left on the innocent one