Boundary Situations

by Charles Rogers

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“Conversation as placeholder, back and forth / Thoughts collide in the forefront, back and forth” is detachedly half-shouted over nervy, jangly guitar within the first seconds of 'Gumb’, which perfectly sets up the tone for the rest of Boundary Situations: drenched in tension & full of emotion, sans the melodrama. Charles Rogers finds a middle ground between newer bands such as XERXES, Frameworks and Self Defense Family while still harkening back to golden-era bands such as Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu. They seamlessly explore a range of post-hardcore’s dynamics in the mere 14 minutes of this EP; the first two tracks utilize jerky start-stop rhythms & controlled yet powerful climaxes. ‘Not Finding, Remembering to Look’ harnesses a deceivingly upbeat energy, ‘Keep Discreet’ grants reprieve from the torrent of harshness with driving ambience. But all of the songs have a similar anxious feeling that ties it all together, makes the songs really get under your skin, and makes for a great release from a very promising band.

-Samuel T. Whaley


released January 20, 2016

Recorded at Cold War Studios December 2015
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Rick Johnson
Music by Charles Rogers
Lyrics by Jack Cawthon
Charles Rogers is: Jack Cawthon, Dougan Church, Alex Walsh

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Track Name: Gumb
Conversation as placeholder
Back and forth
Thoughts collide in the forefront
Back and forth
I felt glossed over in a crowded room
And so I burrowed holes into the carpet below
And I now I bite down on a spitting tongue
But it never erases the tension that's always present
Track Name: Little Expressionless Animals
If comparison, is the thief of joy
Well it can't be a thief if I let it inside
And I'm putting a jar out to collect your opinions
Yeah I'm taking a poll, I need to know how to feel
Oh, so, melodramatic
Such a lack of conviction
If I could etch a sketch my cortex
You know, that I might give it a try
All I'm saying is I'm running myself ragged
And I think I see bone
And my voice is pretty sore

Cause I was trying to be clean and serene
Yeah simplify my needs
But then they changed the answers to the questions
Without telling me

If success can be measured
Intimacy can too
If contentment can be measured
Satisfaction can too
Well that's just a lie, it's just a quota
That I keep in my mind
And the tank can't run dry, if I fuel it every night

(It's too cliche to say how I feel)
Track Name: Not Finding, Remembering to Look
Overflow of salt in the passenger seat
You amplify what I don't need
I lost my balance and sheen
Yeah you don't have to lie

And we're faced with a boundary situation
We cannot even rectify
So I choose to color the in between space
With a color that I don't even like

And if happiness, is just removing the defective parts
Yeah, merely addition by subtraction
Well I wanna hoard all the broke down junk '
Just to prove them wrong

(And I was trying my best to explain that to you)
Track Name: Keep Discreet
For an appropriate thing to say
Like a magician, I pulled my answer out of a hat
Thought I had a contingency plan in place
They said God laughed
While I fumbled for what to say

And you were sobbing on the receiving end
I was a vanishing handrail as you fumbled down the stairs

Shaking in the kitchen
Don't think they wanna notice
Select your attention
Filter out every awkward tick
Every loss for words
Make your own perception
It'll only fit you

Still you were sobbing on the receiving end
I felt so helpless so I took my hands off the steering wheel