Deadly Art

As each passing year shrivels like a worm in a bonfire, How I Became the Bomb endeavours to preserve the finer moments by releasing a compendium chronicling the works of the pop troupe. Like all good historians, the band intends to insure that history will be kind to them, for they intend to write it. Thus, with each year will come an ANNUAL, encompassing the voluminous content in which you've hopefully already indulged, as well as some selections of added importance available nowhere else. Like the Volumes already put forth, each ANNUAL will be available digitally, but a finely-crafted physical copy will also be remitted, shortly, from the Merch section. The first ANNUAL is entitled Deadly Art, a blend of works from volumes past, re-sequenced for enhanced enjoyment, peppered with delectable new tracks, re-recordings of older favourites, and even a re-rendering of an obscure Paul McCartney song. Enjoy.

Q: Where did you guys come up with the idea for this method of releasing your music? What made you guys decide to forgo the standard LP?

A: I think our collective musical dissociative disorder prohibits us from making the album that people who buy albums want. The cohesive twelve song LP doesn't interest us. We're singles guys, song guys, mixtape guys. So why not release our stuff in smaller intervals and in smaller quantities? This allows us to work more efficiently and keep our music coming regularly to fans' hands and ears. I don't know if the advent of the digital age has killed the album, but it certainly has made it easier for us to work around it. In the best-case scenario, we've installed a new format for release that people enjoy and others may follow. In the worst case scenario, those clamoring for an album can just wait for the end of the year, when we'll release what we're calling an "Annual," which will collect the year's work, along with whatever videos we've produced. By titling each release as a "Volume," and each compendium as an "Annual," we're hoping to achieve the feeling we used to get when a new comic book arrived. We hope it sort of serializes our work and makes it more fun for our fans.

You did it at Lake Fever, correct? Who did you work with as far as production goes?

This was our second time around at Lake Fever. On Let's Go! we worked with Jason Bullock, who did a phenomenal job capturing our live sound. For this record, we wanted to see if we could get the sounds in our head on record. Enter John Baldwin, who mastered the mini-album and basically shares a brain with me. A year and a half later and we have nearly twenty songs ready for permeation and, somehow, I'm now best man in his wedding. Oh, the tangled web we weave.

What are the first 3 songs? Tell me a little bit about each one...

“Salvage Mission” - Metaphors akimbo on this little ditty about a fellow searching for his sweetheart on the outer edges of space.

“A Formal Occasion” - A dance-y little number, with plenty of low end and terrifically absurd lyrics.

“Tomorrow's Date” - In a roundabout way, I think we're doing our best Queen impression on this one.

“Salvage Mission” will be the first of many videos. What's the concept?

Taking inspiration from all of our favorite outer space epics, we've put together a little cockpit drama, in which all of the events play out on the faceplate of our space voyager. Viewers will look into the eyes of our wayward wanderer as he searches for his ol' lady in the outer reaches of space.

I understand Robert Paynter is the director. He's fairly accomplished, correct? He's worked with Nike and such. How did you guys come to work with him?

Rob Paynter is creating the images and he, along with Jonny Kingsbury, also set up and shot the video. You may have seen his work with various big name athletic apparel groups and the like. He does great work and even has found his work up on the digital billboards on Times Square.

What was the experience like?

Allow me to explain the perils of donning a cosmonaut helmet for nearly six hours:

A. The damned thing was actually sealed, meaning I had to breath through a small tube. Also, I couldn't drink anything. Furthermore, by my reckoning, I probably inhaled close to a billion dead cosmonaut skin cells. Needless to say, I became fairly ill shortly after shooting.

B. Unfortunately for us, we didn't happen to have a Geiger counter handy, so we never had the chance to check the helmet for radiation. This thing did leave this atmosphere on Christmas Day, 1987, after all. Who knows what cancerous gamma rays I ingested during the shoot.

You're also going to release a 2nd video this month for “A Formal Occasion.” What can we expect from that? Who's directing?

Johnny Kingsbury, a prominent photographer around town, is directing. Our bassist and resident horror expert, Ricky Bizness, is the idea man behind this one, so expect bloodshed.

Back to the music, what did you want to capture both sonically and thematically with the new work? What were your influences and inspirations, both musically and lyrically?

We've always admired artists who were able to sustain the life of their music by making it so dense and intricate that it would hold up after hundreds of listens. Hopefully, we've achieved some semblance of what Spector, ELO, ABBA, and others did so frequently with their music. Lyrically, we probably owe more to Zelazny, Asimov, and Wilde than any lyricist I can think of off the top of my head. We certainly put far more into the notes than the words. The lyrics, for us, are just to put the finishing touches on the little story we're telling.

Give us a teaser as to what we can expect from all of this. What exiting things do you have on the horizon as far as pairing songs with videos, specific concepts or directors?

To paraphrase Jules Verne: "Anything one can imagine, one can make real." We aim to keep trying to get bigger and better. Fans can expect at least three songs and a video every three to four months.

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1. Harvest Preview Stop Lyrics

Hey kid I hate to break your heart
but it's a deadly art
and someone has to die

I've found that we cannot work it out
there's just no end to this bout
but I'm not gonna cry

You'd make a most excellent corpse
donate your organs, of course
your heart's not worth dime

I'd take far too long to carve
harvest's no good when you've starved
and it's been quite some time

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

Too bad it has to end like this
but I knew from the first kiss
we'd never make it out alive

So sad that it has to be you
there's just no sense in two
I'm not the type to take a dive

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

I know that you thought you had won
but I am not undone
and I'm not gonna cry

Hey kid it's time to end this torch song
with what I've known all along
that someone has to die

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

There isn't time
There isn't time

2. A Formal Occasion Preview Stop Lyrics

'Twas a black tie affair
showed up in my underwear
you pretended not to care
though I'm sure I drew your stare

Oh, I'm so bored with this
would it be all that remiss
everyone's so moribund
I don't even own a cumberbund

Perchance that's a lie
I would never dry your eye
after all you've done to me
all I need is a girl to call me

Call me

Paging Captain Midnite
paging Captain Midnite
he's gonna be here all nite
if you don't do exactly as I say

Oh, I'm so bored with this
Would it be all that remiss
if I were to steal a kiss
but he'll settle for a call me

Call me

No I don't have a stitch to wear
nor do I have a single care
I love you more the lion's share
I love you so please call me

I'm begging you please
Call me

Oh I'm so bored with this
would it be all that remiss
if I were to steal a kiss
all I need is a lil' kiss

Oh you're there next to me
somehow equals sex to me
that Imperius Rex is me
but he'll settle for a call me

Call me

No I don't have a stitch to wear
nor do I have a single care
I love you more the lion's share
I love you so please call me

I'm begging you please
Call me
Why won't you call me

No I don't have a stitch to wear
nor do I have a single care
I love you more the lion's share
I love you
So please call me

I'm begging you please
Call me
My darling, call me

No I don't have a stitch to wear
Nor do I have a single care
I love you more than words can share
I love you
So please call me

3. Killing Machine Preview Stop Lyrics

The army
has taught me
a lot about life

I know now
that everything
won't always be rife

With everybody's notions
of what I am
'cause they don't know
and they don't see

That I am
a man
yes, I am
I'm a one man
killing machine

My right hand
it contains
an M-16

The other hand
it contains
a fresh canteen

I could go out there
and do what I please
if they would let me
then they would see

That I am
a man
yes, I am
I'm a one man
killing machine

Don't believe a word I've said

It's all lies what I've said

Don't believe a word I've said

It's all lies what I've said

The army
has taught me
a lot about life

4. Stella, Dear Preview Stop Lyrics

When Stella came back from the city
it was clear that something had gone wrong
whatever it was, wasn't pretty
whatever it was, it wouldn't be long

'Fore Stella turned her back on her mother
and Stella turned her back on her dad
and we all became such a bother
and that's the bit that really drove us mad

So we turned our backs and rolled our eyes
we heaved our stones and heaved our sighs

Then Stella turned her back on her sister
and Stella turned her back on her friends
we'd like to claim that we never missed her
but that's a lie that we can't defend

We know that tomorrow
there'll be know tomorrow
we'd like to be with her
but time you can't borrow
we know that she doesn't
want us 'round forever
we know that tomorrow
with her just means never
we know that she left us
we know that she's left us

But we didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, we didn't shed a tear

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, not for a steady year

We just turned our backs and rolled our eyes
we heaved our stones and heaved our sighs
but, we just wanted of her
to say
that she would have preferred
to stay
we'd rather watch her fall apart than
dare admit she broke our hearts

Yea, Stella turned her back on her sister
and Stella turned her back on her friends
we'd like to claim that we rarely missed her
but that's a lie I can't recommend

For Stella turned her back on her old man
and Stella turned her back on her mom
we'd like to say that we weren't yeomen
that we handled it with such great aplomb

We knew that to follow
would only smack of theft
we knew that to follow
would mean that we, too, left
but who knew tomorrow
would leave us so bereft
we knew that tomorrow
there'd be no tomorrow
we'd like to be with her
but time you can't borrow
we know that she doesn't
want us 'round forever
we know that tomorrow
with her just means never
we know that she left us
we know that she's left us

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, we didn't shed a tear

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, not for a steady year

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, we didn't shed a tear

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, not for Stella, dear

5. Temporary Secretary Preview Stop Lyrics

Mister Marks
Can you find for me
Someone strong and sweet
Fitting on my knee?

She can keep her job
If she gets it wrong
Ah, but Mister Marks
I won't need her long

All I need is help
For a little while
We can take dictation
And learn to smile

And a Temporary Secretary
Is what I need
For to do the job
I need a...

Temporary Secretary
Temporary Secretaire

Mister Marks
Can you send her quick?
'Cause my regular
Has been getting sick
I need a...

Temporary Secretary.
Temporary Secretaire.

Mister Marks,
I can pay her well
If she comes along
And can stay a spell

I will promise now
That I'll treat her right
And will rarely keep her
'Til late at night
I need a

She can be a belly dancer.
I don't need a true romancer

She can be a diplomat
But I don't need a girl like that

She can be a neurosurgeon
If she's doin' nothin' urgent

What I need's a temporary
Temporary Secretary

Temporary Secretary
Temporary Secretaire

Now, Mister Marks
When I send her back
Will you please make sure
She stays on the right track?

(Now I know how hard it is
For young girls these days
In the face of everything
To stay on the right track)

She can be a belly dancer
I don't need a true romancer

She can be a diplomat
But I don't need a girl like that

She can be a neurosurgeon
If she's doin' nothin' urgent

What I need's a temporary
Temporary Secretary

Temporary Secretary
Temporary Secretaire

6. Best Man Preview Stop Lyrics

I know it's your wedding day
but I wanna take you to dinner
I know it's your special day
and you think you've found a winner

Don't go on listenin' to me
just take my hand and we
will do whatever we want
and no one else can stop us

And if they even try
I'll pull out my big gun
and they
they will die
they will die
I know it's your wedding day

He'll get over it soon enough
or maybe I'll just kill him
and if he is too tough
then we'll just run away

And no one else can catch us
'cause cars are way too fast
no one will ever match us
we'll live beyond our caste

we'll hit back roads together
our gunhands intertwined
if we're happy together
would it be a crime
I know it's your wedding day

You know I
wouldn't think it all that bold
to steal away from him at the threshold

You know I'd
make them all forget about you
if we could just find a car fit for two

You know I
would have never dreamt of this
had we never shared that first first kiss

You know I
would have left when white winds changed
if I had ever thought we'd feel this way

You know I've
often felt in someone's way
I never wanted someone else to say

We'll hit backroads together
our gunhands intertwined
if we're happy together
would it be a crime

I know it's your wedding
I know it's your wedding
I know it's your wedding day

7. Secret Identity Preview Stop Lyrics

Girl, I know that what you need from me
is love
but I'm afraid that it's the one thing I can't
give up

'cause my enemies
will find you
and kill you
to get to me

Girl, you know that I hate to lie
to you
but I'm afraid that it's the one thing that I
must do

'cause secret identities
are for the safety
of you
not me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

8. Action Lady Preview Stop Lyrics

I was sitting at this real big party
lookin' for some fun
I guess I was really kinda
lookin' for some one

I was lookin' for somethin' to do
maybe that
somethin' is you

I was lookin' for somethin' to do
maybe that
somethin' is you

I'm lookin' for an action lady
and I think I see her now
that eyepatch really drives me crazy
and I won't even ask how

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for an action lady

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for an action lady

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
lookin' for a
lookin' for a

How
How long
am I supposed to wait
before an action girl won't hesitate

How long
am I supposed to wait
before an action girl won't hesitate

I'm lookin' for an action lady
and I think I see her now
that eyepatch really drives me crazy
and I won't even ask how

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for an action lady

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for an action lady

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
lookin' for a
lookin' for a

How
How long
am I supposed to wait
before an action girl won't hesitate

How long
am I supposed to wait
before an action girl won't hesitate
on me

How long
am I supposed to wait
for an action girl
yea, an action girl

I'm lookin' for an action lady
and I think I see her now
that eyepatch really drives me crazy
and I wanna ask her out

I'm lookin' for somethin' to do
hopin' that
somethin' is you

I'm lookin' for somethin' to do
hopin' that
somethin' is you

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
lookin' for a
lookin' for a now

9. Atlas Preview Stop Lyrics

I'm so accustomed to the weight
but I haven't learned to accept my fate
I'd really like to walk you home
but it's not because don't wanna be alone
I really like to be alone
but you know I'd always walk you home

Is it my name or pedigree
Atlas shrugged so I guess it's me
I need someone to carry me
shall I tell 'em to go on go on go on

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

Never need an excuse to walk you home
Never need an excuse to walk you home

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

I need someone to carry me
Never need an excuse to walk you home

10. Blood Will Tell Preview Stop Lyrics

I did my best to carry on
I did my best to do my best
I did what any living son
would have done at your behest

We wear our veils fairly well
at least the ones I recognize
the others, I can barely tell
not much light behind those eyes

And I can't go on
singing the same song
and I won't go on
playing the same song

I was among the shouldering
the ones who watched the clock unwind
was I among the smouldering
or have I been unkind

And I can't go on
singing the same song
and I won't go on
hearing the same song

And if you were to cry
cry tonite
and if you were to cry
cry tonite
and if you were to cry
cry tonite
and if you were to cry
cry tonite

And I won't go on
Singing the same song

11. Tomorrow's Date Preview Stop Lyrics

Waste my life
trying to do what's right
though I've never done right
come the end of the nite

Why's my life
so filled with strife
is it my own fault
that I'm under assault

I'll get yours
when you're ready for mine
but don't fret, girls
mine can come anytime

I've got time
tell me is that a crime
but I wouldn't be lying
if I claimed to be dying

Give to me
another look in the glass
let's hope that this one serves
as a kick in the ass

if I live fast
I can forget the past
so I couldn't be asked
no, I shouldn't be asked

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

Alter your state
when you're seeking a mate
it'll make things great
when you're out on a date

I've no shame
when it comes to this game
the stakes could be raised
and I wouldn't be fazed

Give to me
another look in the glass
I tell you, I can't see
a single line from the past

I'm not sane
but I'll sing the refrain
'cause I wanna be sane
yea, I wanna be sane

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

I don't have a thing to say, but I
don't have a thing to say, but I
don't have a thing to say, but I
don't have a thing to say, but I

Waste my life
trying to do right
but I've never done right
come the end of the nite

Life's too hard
so I'm breaking the glass
maybe with these shards
I can carve a new past

Give to me
the latest terminal disease
so you can all just grieve
or, at least, cry to deceive

Then you'll see
what it's like to be me
what I've always seen
what I've always believed

There's no time
I'll salute and smile
while the rest of you
count your days in denial

I've no time
and it must be a sign
that I'm not even crying
even as I lay dying

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

12. Fancy Meeting You Here Preview Stop Lyrics

I never thought that I
would find you here
in my little place
that serves me beer

imagine my disdain
when your refrain
it hasn't changed a bit
it's still the same so

Hello again
we can try
we'll make it
we're gonna make it

Hello again
we'll just lie
we'll fake it
we're gonna fake it

So go on
and leave me

But please don't
deceive me

Why here now with your new look
have you a notion what it took
to finally bid your face adieu
you really haven't got a clue

What makes you think
that you'd be wanted here
in my little place
that serves me beer

why can't you stay away
for one more day
I guess there's only
one thing left to say
and that's

Hello again
please don't cry
can't take it
I can't take it

Hello again
let's just lie
let's fake it
let us fake it

So go on
and leave me

But please don't
deceive me

Why here now with your new look
have you a notion what it took
to finally bid your face adieu
you really haven't got a clue

Hello again
we can try
we'll make it
we're gonna make it

Hello again
sobs and sighs
I'll take it
I can take it

Hello again
don't you lie
don't fake it
don't you fake it

Hello again
I won't cry
I'll take it
I'll just take it

Hello again
please don't cry
can't take it
I can't take it

Hello again
we can try
we'll make it
we're gonna make it

Why here now with your new look
have you a notion what it took
to finally bid your face adieu
you really haven't got a clue
so

Hello again
Hello again

Hello again

13. Mothership Preview Stop Lyrics

Let me down
off the mothership
I must join
the new membership
no
they won't know

Pawns galore
can't you hear it
they're ripe for
can't you see it
any war
can't you feel it
come now let me

detail you
with my latest bid
it's my best
since the pyramids
so
let me go

Born again
we're all blessed
well, as long
as the deficit
keeps the throng
under a lid
can't go wrong
won't you let me go

Oh oh no
let me go
Oh oh no

Lead them right
towards the obelisk
what's that
adage about bliss
they won't know
something's amiss
they won't know
won't you let me go

Go
Go
Go

Pawns galore
can't you hear it
they're ripe for
can't you hear it
any war
can't you hear it
wait there's more
come now let me go

Let me go
they won't know
let me go

Feed them right
to the edifice
what's that
adage about bliss
they won't know
something's amiss
they're too slow
won't you let me go

Let me go
they won't know
so let me go

Come now sir
can't you hear it
please, monsieur
can't you hear it
must concur
can't you feel it
come now, sir
come now and let me go

14. Ladykiller Preview Stop Lyrics

Everywhere I go
When I go
I am going for you

Tell me what to say
Tell me when to say
I'll say it for you

I know who to be
I know where to be
Be there for you

I know what to do
I know what to do
Do it for you

Oh, I wanna be there with you

Tell me where to turn
Tell me who to turn
Turn 'em for you

Tell me who to burn
I know who to burn
Burn 'em for you

I know what to do
I know what to do
Do it to you

I know what I must do
Know what I must do
Must do for you

Oh, I wanna be there with you

Everything is changed
Yes, it's changed
And it's changed by you

My life's rearranged
Rearranged
Rearranged by you

I know what to do
I know what to do
Do it to you

I know what I must do
Know what I must do
Must kill you

Oh, I wanna be there with you

15. Gay Guy Preview Stop Lyrics

I'm goin' downtown tonite
I've been thinkin' 'bout startin' a fight
prob'ly with a gay guy
think I could take a gay guy

Been havin' it kinda rough lately
wonderin' if my sorrows came innately
maybe I'm a gay guy
what if I am a gay guy
Oh, no

I close my eyes when I go to bed
I'd like to say I see the girl I wed
but that would be a lie
I'm probably a gay guy
Oh, I'm lookin' at dudes' butts

He sees himself in a different light
Every night
He doesn't know if he's wrong or right
Every night
Another urge that he has to fight
Every night
It's out of mind and he's outta sight
Every night

He sees himself in a different light
Every night
He doesn't know if he's wrong or right
Every night
Another urge that he has to fight
Every night
It's out of mind and he's outta sight
Every night

He sees himself in a different light
Every night
He doesn't know if he's wrong or right
Every night
Another urge that he has to fight
Every night
It's out of mind and he's outta sight
Every night

Yea, I'm gay
I'm gay

Yea, I'm gay
I'm gay

Yea, I'm a gay guy
and I'm lookin' at dudes' butts

16. Salvage Mission Preview Stop Lyrics

Floating in space
I never thought I'd see you again
I was braced
for impact, captain

But there you were
I thought you were dead
I knew you weren't

Your ship was wrecked
somewhere off-world
pirates had hit
but left the girl

Thank the stars
I knew I'd find you again
I knew I would

Now I've found you
I won't let you
now I've found you
I won't let you go

Soaring through space
while estranged
you should know
I have changed

Thank the stars
I knew I'd find you again
I knew I would

Light years apart
we remain
stars have been crossed
we are the same

I have returned
I've traveled so far
{ TRANSMISSION GARBLE }

Now I've found you
I won't let you
now I've found you
I won't let you go

Volume IV: Through Adversity To The Stars

Serving as the motto to many, this phrase is most often adjoined to The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force. The world's preeminent independent flying corps, the RAF's achievements are sundry and manifold, from the development of the Spitfire Fighter Jet to the introduction of precision bombing techniques, but none are remembered with such gravity as the RAF's defense of England's skies in the Battle of Britain, prompting Churchill to opine: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." In an eerie twist, the motto also serves as the the title for How I Became the Bomb's fourth digital release.

Q: Where did you guys come up with the idea for this method of releasing your music? What made you guys decide to forgo the standard LP?

A: I think our collective musical dissociative disorder prohibits us from making the album that people who buy albums want. The cohesive twelve song LP doesn't interest us. We're singles guys, song guys, mixtape guys. So why not release our stuff in smaller intervals and in smaller quantities? This allows us to work more efficiently and keep our music coming regularly to fans' hands and ears. I don't know if the advent of the digital age has killed the album, but it certainly has made it easier for us to work around it. In the best-case scenario, we've installed a new format for release that people enjoy and others may follow. In the worst case scenario, those clamoring for an album can just wait for the end of the year, when we'll release what we're calling an "Annual," which will collect the year's work, along with whatever videos we've produced. By titling each release as a "Volume," and each compendium as an "Annual," we're hoping to achieve the feeling we used to get when a new comic book arrived. We hope it sort of serializes our work and makes it more fun for our fans.

You did it at Lake Fever, correct? Who did you work with as far as production goes?

This was our second time around at Lake Fever. On Let's Go! we worked with Jason Bullock, who did a phenomenal job capturing our live sound. For this record, we wanted to see if we could get the sounds in our head on record. Enter John Baldwin, who mastered the mini-album and basically shares a brain with me. A year and a half later and we have nearly twenty songs ready for permeation and, somehow, I'm now best man in his wedding. Oh, the tangled web we weave.

What are the first 3 songs? Tell me a little bit about each one...

“Salvage Mission” - Metaphors akimbo on this little ditty about a fellow searching for his sweetheart on the outer edges of space.

“A Formal Occasion” - A dance-y little number, with plenty of low end and terrifically absurd lyrics.

“Tomorrow's Date” - In a roundabout way, I think we're doing our best Queen impression on this one.

“Salvage Mission” will be the first of many videos. What's the concept?

Taking inspiration from all of our favorite outer space epics, we've put together a little cockpit drama, in which all of the events play out on the faceplate of our space voyager. Viewers will look into the eyes of our wayward wanderer as he searches for his ol' lady in the outer reaches of space.

I understand Robert Paynter is the director. He's fairly accomplished, correct? He's worked with Nike and such. How did you guys come to work with him?

Rob Paynter is creating the images and he, along with Jonny Kingsbury, also set up and shot the video. You may have seen his work with various big name athletic apparel groups and the like. He does great work and even has found his work up on the digital billboards on Times Square.

What was the experience like?

Allow me to explain the perils of donning a cosmonaut helmet for nearly six hours:

A. The damned thing was actually sealed, meaning I had to breath through a small tube. Also, I couldn't drink anything. Furthermore, by my reckoning, I probably inhaled close to a billion dead cosmonaut skin cells. Needless to say, I became fairly ill shortly after shooting.

B. Unfortunately for us, we didn't happen to have a Geiger counter handy, so we never had the chance to check the helmet for radiation. This thing did leave this atmosphere on Christmas Day, 1987, after all. Who knows what cancerous gamma rays I ingested during the shoot.

You're also going to release a 2nd video this month for “A Formal Occasion.” What can we expect from that? Who's directing?

Johnny Kingsbury, a prominent photographer around town, is directing. Our bassist and resident horror expert, Ricky Bizness, is the idea man behind this one, so expect bloodshed.

Back to the music, what did you want to capture both sonically and thematically with the new work? What were your influences and inspirations, both musically and lyrically?

We've always admired artists who were able to sustain the life of their music by making it so dense and intricate that it would hold up after hundreds of listens. Hopefully, we've achieved some semblance of what Spector, ELO, ABBA, and others did so frequently with their music. Lyrically, we probably owe more to Zelazny, Asimov, and Wilde than any lyricist I can think of off the top of my head. We certainly put far more into the notes than the words. The lyrics, for us, are just to put the finishing touches on the little story we're telling.

Give us a teaser as to what we can expect from all of this. What exiting things do you have on the horizon as far as pairing songs with videos, specific concepts or directors?

To paraphrase Jules Verne: "Anything one can imagine, one can make real." We aim to keep trying to get bigger and better. Fans can expect at least three songs and a video every three to four months.

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1. Atlas Preview Stop Lyrics

I'm so accustomed to the weight
but I haven't learned to accept my fate
I'd really like to walk you home
but it's not because don't wanna be alone
I really like to be alone
but you know I'd always walk you home

Is it my name or pedigree
Atlas shrugged so I guess it's me
I need someone to carry me
shall I tell 'em to go on go on go on

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

Never need an excuse to walk you home
Never need an excuse to walk you home

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

I need someone to carry me
I need someone

I need someone to carry me
Never need an excuse to walk you home

2. Harvest Preview Stop Lyrics

Hey kid I hate to break your heart
but it's a deadly art
and someone has to die

I've found that we cannot work it out
there's just no end to this bout
but I'm not gonna cry

You'd make a most excellent corpse
donate your organs, of course
your heart's not worth dime

I'd take far too long to carve
harvest's no good when you've starved
and it's been quite some time

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

Too bad it has to end like this
but I knew from the first kiss
we'd never make it out alive

So sad that it has to be you
there's just no sense in two
I'm not the type to take a dive

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

I know that you thought you had won
but I am not undone
and I'm not gonna cry

Hey kid it's time to end this torch song
with what I've known all along
that someone has to die

There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time
There isn't time

There isn't time
There isn't time

3. Gay Guy Preview Stop Lyrics

I'm goin' downtown tonite
I've been thinkin' 'bout startin' a fight
prob'ly with a gay guy
think I could take a gay guy

Been havin' it kinda rough lately
wonderin' if my sorrows came innately
maybe I'm a gay guy
what if I am a gay guy
Oh, no

I close my eyes when I go to bed
I'd like to say I see the girl I wed
but that would be a lie
I'm probably a gay guy
Oh, I'm lookin' at dudes' butts

He sees himself in a different light
Every night
He doesn't know if he's wrong or right
Every night
Another urge that he has to fight
Every night
It's out of mind and he's outta sight
Every night

He sees himself in a different light
Every night
He doesn't know if he's wrong or right
Every night
Another urge that he has to fight
Every night
It's out of mind and he's outta sight
Every night

He sees himself in a different light
Every night
He doesn't know if he's wrong or right
Every night
Another urge that he has to fight
Every night
It's out of mind and he's outta sight
Every night

Yea, I'm gay
I'm gay

Yea, I'm gay
I'm gay

Yea, I'm a gay guy
and I'm lookin' at dudes' butts

Volume III: They Can What It Seems They Cannot

The battle cry for the most ancient active regiment in the world, this boastful broadcast of the Swedish Livgardet, or Life Guards, is less hyperbolic than one would assume. Charged primarily with the defense of Stockholm, the Livgardet has played a pivotal role in Swedish history, not only as the King's personal regiment, but also as a bit of a king-making cadre unto itself, having been the primary force behind several coups and assassination conspiracies during the late-eighteenth century. More importantly, the motto also serves as the title of How I Became the Bomb's third digital release.

Q: Where did you guys come up with the idea for this method of releasing your music? What made you guys decide to forgo the standard LP?

A: I think our collective musical dissociative disorder prohibits us from making the album that people who buy albums want. The cohesive twelve song LP doesn't interest us. We're singles guys, song guys, mixtape guys. So why not release our stuff in smaller intervals and in smaller quantities? This allows us to work more efficiently and keep our music coming regularly to fans' hands and ears. I don't know if the advent of the digital age has killed the album, but it certainly has made it easier for us to work around it. In the best-case scenario, we've installed a new format for release that people enjoy and others may follow. In the worst case scenario, those clamoring for an album can just wait for the end of the year, when we'll release what we're calling an "Annual," which will collect the year's work, along with whatever videos we've produced. By titling each release as a "Volume," and each compendium as an "Annual," we're hoping to achieve the feeling we used to get when a new comic book arrived. We hope it sort of serializes our work and makes it more fun for our fans.

You did it at Lake Fever, correct? Who did you work with as far as production goes?

This was our second time around at Lake Fever. On Let's Go! we worked with Jason Bullock, who did a phenomenal job capturing our live sound. For this record, we wanted to see if we could get the sounds in our head on record. Enter John Baldwin, who mastered the mini-album and basically shares a brain with me. A year and a half later and we have nearly twenty songs ready for permeation and, somehow, I'm now best man in his wedding. Oh, the tangled web we weave.

What are the first 3 songs? Tell me a little bit about each one...

“Salvage Mission” - Metaphors akimbo on this little ditty about a fellow searching for his sweetheart on the outer edges of space.

“A Formal Occasion” - A dance-y little number, with plenty of low end and terrifically absurd lyrics.

“Tomorrow's Date” - In a roundabout way, I think we're doing our best Queen impression on this one.

“Salvage Mission” will be the first of many videos. What's the concept?

Taking inspiration from all of our favorite outer space epics, we've put together a little cockpit drama, in which all of the events play out on the faceplate of our space voyager. Viewers will look into the eyes of our wayward wanderer as he searches for his ol' lady in the outer reaches of space.

I understand Robert Paynter is the director. He's fairly accomplished, correct? He's worked with Nike and such. How did you guys come to work with him?

Rob Paynter is creating the images and he, along with Jonny Kingsbury, also set up and shot the video. You may have seen his work with various big name athletic apparel groups and the like. He does great work and even has found his work up on the digital billboards on Times Square.

What was the experience like?

Allow me to explain the perils of donning a cosmonaut helmet for nearly six hours:

A. The damned thing was actually sealed, meaning I had to breath through a small tube. Also, I couldn't drink anything. Furthermore, by my reckoning, I probably inhaled close to a billion dead cosmonaut skin cells. Needless to say, I became fairly ill shortly after shooting.

B. Unfortunately for us, we didn't happen to have a Geiger counter handy, so we never had the chance to check the helmet for radiation. This thing did leave this atmosphere on Christmas Day, 1987, after all. Who knows what cancerous gamma rays I ingested during the shoot.

You're also going to release a 2nd video this month for “A Formal Occasion.” What can we expect from that? Who's directing?

Johnny Kingsbury, a prominent photographer around town, is directing. Our bassist and resident horror expert, Ricky Bizness, is the idea man behind this one, so expect bloodshed.

Back to the music, what did you want to capture both sonically and thematically with the new work? What were your influences and inspirations, both musically and lyrically?

We've always admired artists who were able to sustain the life of their music by making it so dense and intricate that it would hold up after hundreds of listens. Hopefully, we've achieved some semblance of what Spector, ELO, ABBA, and others did so frequently with their music. Lyrically, we probably owe more to Zelazny, Asimov, and Wilde than any lyricist I can think of off the top of my head. We certainly put far more into the notes than the words. The lyrics, for us, are just to put the finishing touches on the little story we're telling.

Give us a teaser as to what we can expect from all of this. What exiting things do you have on the horizon as far as pairing songs with videos, specific concepts or directors?

To paraphrase Jules Verne: "Anything one can imagine, one can make real." We aim to keep trying to get bigger and better. Fans can expect at least three songs and a video every three to four months.

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1. Action Lady Preview Stop Lyrics

I was sitting at this real big party
lookin' for some fun
I guess I was really kinda
lookin' for some one

I was lookin' for somethin' to do
maybe that
somethin' is you

I was lookin' for somethin' to do
maybe that
somethin' is you

I'm lookin' for an action lady
and I think I see her now
that eyepatch really drives me crazy
and I won't even ask how

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for an action lady

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for an action lady

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
lookin' for a
lookin' for a

How
How long
am I supposed to wait
before an action girl won't hesitate

How long
am I supposed to wait
before an action girl won't hesitate

I'm lookin' for an action lady
and I think I see her now
that eyepatch really drives me crazy
and I won't even ask how

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for an action lady

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for an action lady

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
lookin' for a
lookin' for a

How
How long
am I supposed to wait
before an action girl won't hesitate

How long
am I supposed to wait
before an action girl won't hesitate
on me

How long
am I supposed to wait
for an action girl
yea, an action girl

I'm lookin' for an action lady
and I think I see her now
that eyepatch really drives me crazy
and I wanna ask her out

I'm lookin' for somethin' to do
hopin' that
somethin' is you

I'm lookin' for somethin' to do
hopin' that
somethin' is you

I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
I'm lookin' for a
lookin' for a
lookin' for a now

2. Fancy Meeting You Here Preview Stop Lyrics

I never thought that I
would find you here
in my little place
that serves me beer

imagine my disdain
when your refrain
it hasn't changed a bit
it's still the same so

Hello again
we can try
we'll make it
we're gonna make it

Hello again
we'll just lie
we'll fake it
we're gonna fake it

So go on
and leave me

But please don't
deceive me

Why here now with your new look
have you a notion what it took
to finally bid your face adieu
you really haven't got a clue

What makes you think
that you'd be wanted here
in my little place
that serves me beer

why can't you stay away
for one more day
I guess there's only
one thing left to say
and that's

Hello again
please don't cry
can't take it
I can't take it

Hello again
let's just lie
let's fake it
let us fake it

So go on
and leave me

But please don't
deceive me

Why here now with your new look
have you a notion what it took
to finally bid your face adieu
you really haven't got a clue

Hello again
we can try
we'll make it
we're gonna make it

Hello again
sobs and sighs
I'll take it
I can take it

Hello again
don't you lie
don't fake it
don't you fake it

Hello again
I won't cry
I'll take it
I'll just take it

Hello again
please don't cry
can't take it
I can't take it

Hello again
we can try
we'll make it
we're gonna make it

Why here now with your new look
have you a notion what it took
to finally bid your face adieu
you really haven't got a clue
so

Hello again
Hello again

Hello again

3. Best Man Preview Stop Lyrics

I know it's your wedding day
but I wanna take you to dinner
I know it's your special day
and you think you've found a winner

Don't go on listenin' to me
just take my hand and we
will do whatever we want
and no one else can stop us

And if they even try
I'll pull out my big gun
and they
they will die
they will die
I know it's your wedding day

He'll get over it soon enough
or maybe I'll just kill him
and if he is too tough
then we'll just run away

And no one else can catch us
'cause cars are way too fast
no one will ever match us
we'll live beyond our caste

we'll hit back roads together
our gunhands intertwined
if we're happy together
would it be a crime
I know it's your wedding day

You know I
wouldn't think it all that bold
to steal away from him at the threshold

You know I'd
make them all forget about you
if we could just find a car fit for two

You know I
would have never dreamt of this
had we never shared that first first kiss

You know I
would have left when white winds changed
if I had ever thought we'd feel this way

You know I've
often felt in someone's way
I never wanted someone else to say

We'll hit backroads together
our gunhands intertwined
if we're happy together
would it be a crime

I know it's your wedding
I know it's your wedding
I know it's your wedding day

Volume II: Foremost Sentinel

As Kubrick-ian or Asimov-ian as it sounds, this maxim applies to the Surveillance and Response Group of the RAAF. Quartered into Wings, this division of the Australian Defence Force serves as the early warning and response capability for the formerly punitive province. This relatively small force element group is responsible for not only maritime warfare, but also surveillance, aerospace, and battle space management. Purely by chance, the motto also serves as the title of How I Became the Bomb's second digital release.

The Foremost Sentinel is the enormity of life, an organized chaos.

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1. Blood Will Tell Preview Stop Lyrics

I did my best to carry on
I did my best to do my best
I did what any living son
would have done at your behest

We wear our veils fairly well
at least the ones I recognize
the others, I can barely tell
not much light behind those eyes

And I can't go on
singing the same song
and I won't go on
playing the same song

I was among the shouldering
the ones who watched the clock unwind
was I among the smouldering
or have I been unkind

And I can't go on
singing the same song
and I won't go on
hearing the same song

And if you were to cry
cry tonite
and if you were to cry
cry tonite
and if you were to cry
cry tonite
and if you were to cry
cry tonite

And I won't go on
Singing the same song

2. Mothership Preview Stop Lyrics

Let me down
off the mothership
I must join
the new membership
no
they won't know

Pawns galore
can't you hear it
they're ripe for
can't you see it
any war
can't you feel it
come now let me

detail you
with my latest bid
it's my best
since the pyramids
so
let me go

Born again
we're all blessed
well, as long
as the deficit
keeps the throng
under a lid
can't go wrong
won't you let me go

Oh oh no
let me go
Oh oh no

Lead them right
towards the obelisk
what's that
adage about bliss
they won't know
something's amiss
they won't know
won't you let me go

Go
Go
Go

Pawns galore
can't you hear it
they're ripe for
can't you hear it
any war
can't you hear it
wait there's more
come now let me go

Let me go
they won't know
let me go

Feed them right
to the edifice
what's that
adage about bliss
they won't know
something's amiss
they're too slow
won't you let me go

Let me go
they won't know
so let me go

Come now sir
can't you hear it
please, monsieur
can't you hear it
must concur
can't you feel it
come now, sir
come now and let me go

3. Stella, Dear Preview Stop Lyrics

When Stella came back from the city
it was clear that something had gone wrong
whatever it was, wasn't pretty
whatever it was, it wouldn't be long

'Fore Stella turned her back on her mother
and Stella turned her back on her dad
and we all became such a bother
and that's the bit that really drove us mad

So we turned our backs and rolled our eyes
we heaved our stones and heaved our sighs

Then Stella turned her back on her sister
and Stella turned her back on her friends
we'd like to claim that we never missed her
but that's a lie that we can't defend

We know that tomorrow
there'll be know tomorrow
we'd like to be with her
but time you can't borrow
we know that she doesn't
want us 'round forever
we know that tomorrow
with her just means never
we know that she left us
we know that she's left us

But we didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, we didn't shed a tear

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, not for a steady year

We just turned our backs and rolled our eyes
we heaved our stones and heaved our sighs
but, we just wanted of her
to say
that she would have preferred
to stay
we'd rather watch her fall apart than
dare admit she broke our hearts

Yea, Stella turned her back on her sister
and Stella turned her back on her friends
we'd like to claim that we rarely missed her
but that's a lie I can't recommend

For Stella turned her back on her old man
and Stella turned her back on her mom
we'd like to say that we weren't yeomen
that we handled it with such great aplomb

We knew that to follow
would only smack of theft
we knew that to follow
would mean that we, too, left
but who knew tomorrow
would leave us so bereft
we knew that tomorrow
there'd be no tomorrow
we'd like to be with her
but time you can't borrow
we know that she doesn't
want us 'round forever
we know that tomorrow
with her just means never
we know that she left us
we know that she's left us

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, we didn't shed a tear

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, not for a steady year

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, we didn't shed a tear

We didn't cry
no, we didn't cry
no, not for Stella, dear

Volume I: Who Dares Wins

Although it is employed by elite special forces units from nations as disparate as Rhodesia, Cyprus, Israel, and Belgium, this military motto is best associated with the British Special Air Service. Usually spoken of in hushed tones, the SAS has long stood as the summit to which other special units aspire; a cold and harsh serac, stabbing skyward above all other military mobs. Oddly enough, the motto also serves as the title of How I Became the Bomb's first digital release.

Q: Where did you guys come up with the idea for this method of releasing your music? What made you guys decide to forgo the standard LP?

A: I think our collective musical dissociative disorder prohibits us from making the album that people who buy albums want. The cohesive twelve song LP doesn't interest us. We're singles guys, song guys, mixtape guys. So why not release our stuff in smaller intervals and in smaller quantities? This allows us to work more efficiently and keep our music coming regularly to fans' hands and ears. I don't know if the advent of the digital age has killed the album, but it certainly has made it easier for us to work around it. In the best-case scenario, we've installed a new format for release that people enjoy and others may follow. In the worst case scenario, those clamoring for an album can just wait for the end of the year, when we'll release what we're calling an "Annual," which will collect the year's work, along with whatever videos we've produced. By titling each release as a "Volume," and each compendium as an "Annual," we're hoping to achieve the feeling we used to get when a new comic book arrived. We hope it sort of serializes our work and makes it more fun for our fans.

You did it at Lake Fever, correct? Who did you work with as far as production goes?

This was our second time around at Lake Fever. On Let's Go! we worked with Jason Bullock, who did a phenomenal job capturing our live sound. For this record, we wanted to see if we could get the sounds in our head on record. Enter John Baldwin, who mastered the mini-album and basically shares a brain with me. A year and a half later and we have nearly twenty songs ready for permeation and, somehow, I'm now best man in his wedding. Oh, the tangled web we weave.

What are the first 3 songs? Tell me a little bit about each one...

“Salvage Mission” - Metaphors akimbo on this little ditty about a fellow searching for his sweetheart on the outer edges of space.

“A Formal Occasion” - A dance-y little number, with plenty of low end and terrifically absurd lyrics.

“Tomorrow's Date” - In a roundabout way, I think we're doing our best Queen impression on this one.

“Salvage Mission” will be the first of many videos. What's the concept?

Taking inspiration from all of our favorite outer space epics, we've put together a little cockpit drama, in which all of the events play out on the faceplate of our space voyager. Viewers will look into the eyes of our wayward wanderer as he searches for his ol' lady in the outer reaches of space.

I understand Robert Paynter is the director. He's fairly accomplished, correct? He's worked with Nike and such. How did you guys come to work with him?

Rob Paynter is creating the images and he, along with Jonny Kingsbury, also set up and shot the video. You may have seen his work with various big name athletic apparel groups and the like. He does great work and even has found his work up on the digital billboards on Times Square.

What was the experience like?

Allow me to explain the perils of donning a cosmonaut helmet for nearly six hours:

A. The damned thing was actually sealed, meaning I had to breath through a small tube. Also, I couldn't drink anything. Furthermore, by my reckoning, I probably inhaled close to a billion dead cosmonaut skin cells. Needless to say, I became fairly ill shortly after shooting.

B. Unfortunately for us, we didn't happen to have a Geiger counter handy, so we never had the chance to check the helmet for radiation. This thing did leave this atmosphere on Christmas Day, 1987, after all. Who knows what cancerous gamma rays I ingested during the shoot.

You're also going to release a 2nd video this month for “A Formal Occasion.” What can we expect from that? Who's directing?

Johnny Kingsbury, a prominent photographer around town, is directing. Our bassist and resident horror expert, Ricky Bizness, is the idea man behind this one, so expect bloodshed.

Back to the music, what did you want to capture both sonically and thematically with the new work? What were your influences and inspirations, both musically and lyrically?

We've always admired artists who were able to sustain the life of their music by making it so dense and intricate that it would hold up after hundreds of listens. Hopefully, we've achieved some semblance of what Spector, ELO, ABBA, and others did so frequently with their music. Lyrically, we probably owe more to Zelazny, Asimov, and Wilde than any lyricist I can think of off the top of my head. We certainly put far more into the notes than the words. The lyrics, for us, are just to put the finishing touches on the little story we're telling.

Give us a teaser as to what we can expect from all of this. What exiting things do you have on the horizon as far as pairing songs with videos, specific concepts or directors?

To paraphrase Jules Verne: "Anything one can imagine, one can make real." We aim to keep trying to get bigger and better. Fans can expect at least three songs and a video every three to four months.

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1. Salvage Mission Preview Stop Lyrics

Floating in space
I never thought I'd see you again
I was braced
for impact, captain

But there you were
I thought you were dead
I knew you weren't

Your ship was wrecked
somewhere off-world
pirates had hit
but left the girl

Thank the stars
I knew I'd find you again
I knew I would

Now I've found you
I won't let you
now I've found you
I won't let you go

Soaring through space
while estranged
you should know
I have changed

Thank the stars
I knew I'd find you again
I knew I would

Light years apart
we remain
stars have been crossed
we are the same

I have returned
I've traveled so far
{ TRANSMISSION GARBLE }

Now I've found you
I won't let you
now I've found you
I won't let you go

2. A Formal Occasion Preview Stop Lyrics

'Twas a black tie affair
showed up in my underwear
you pretended not to care
though I'm sure I drew your stare

Oh, I'm so bored with this
would it be all that remiss
everyone's so moribund
I don't even own a cumberbund

Perchance that's a lie
I would never dry your eye
after all you've done to me
all I need is a girl to call me

Call me

Paging Captain Midnite
paging Captain Midnite
he's gonna be here all nite
if you don't do exactly as I say

Oh, I'm so bored with this
Would it be all that remiss
if I were to steal a kiss
but he'll settle for a call me

Call me

No I don't have a stitch to wear
nor do I have a single care
I love you more the lion's share
I love you so please call me

I'm begging you please
Call me

Oh I'm so bored with this
would it be all that remiss
if I were to steal a kiss
all I need is a lil' kiss

Oh you're there next to me
somehow equals sex to me
that Imperius Rex is me
but he'll settle for a call me

Call me

No I don't have a stitch to wear
nor do I have a single care
I love you more the lion's share
I love you so please call me

I'm begging you please
Call me
Why won't you call me

No I don't have a stitch to wear
nor do I have a single care
I love you more the lion's share
I love you
So please call me

I'm begging you please
Call me
My darling, call me

No I don't have a stitch to wear
Nor do I have a single care
I love you more than words can share
I love you
So please call me

3. Tomorrow's Date Preview Stop Lyrics

Waste my life
trying to do what's right
though I've never done right
come the end of the nite

Why's my life
so filled with strife
is it my own fault
that I'm under assault

I'll get yours
when you're ready for mine
but don't fret, girls
mine can come anytime

I've got time
tell me is that a crime
but I wouldn't be lying
if I claimed to be dying

Give to me
another look in the glass
let's hope that this one serves
as a kick in the ass

if I live fast
I can forget the past
so I couldn't be asked
no, I shouldn't be asked

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

Alter your state
when you're seeking a mate
it'll make things great
when you're out on a date

I've no shame
when it comes to this game
the stakes could be raised
and I wouldn't be fazed

Give to me
another look in the glass
I tell you, I can't see
a single line from the past

I'm not sane
but I'll sing the refrain
'cause I wanna be sane
yea, I wanna be sane

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

I don't have a thing to say, but I
don't have a thing to say, but I
don't have a thing to say, but I
don't have a thing to say, but I

Waste my life
trying to do right
but I've never done right
come the end of the nite

Life's too hard
so I'm breaking the glass
maybe with these shards
I can carve a new past

Give to me
the latest terminal disease
so you can all just grieve
or, at least, cry to deceive

Then you'll see
what it's like to be me
what I've always seen
what I've always believed

There's no time
I'll salute and smile
while the rest of you
count your days in denial

I've no time
and it must be a sign
that I'm not even crying
even as I lay dying

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

I don't know tomorrow's date, but I
I will save it anyway
I don't have a thing to say, but I
I will say it anyway

Secret Identity / Killing Machine 7"

"Clark is who I am. Superman is what I do."

"All war is deception."

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A. Secret Identity Preview Stop Lyrics

Girl, I know that what you need from me
is love
but I'm afraid that it's the one thing I can't
give up

'cause my enemies
will find you
and kill you
to get to me

Girl, you know that I hate to lie
to you
but I'm afraid that it's the one thing that I
must do

'cause secret identities
are for the safety
of you
not me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

B. Killing Machine Preview Stop Lyrics

The army
has taught me
a lot about life

I know now
that everything
won't always be rife

With everybody's notions
of what I am
'cause they don't know
and they don't see

That I am
a man
yes, I am
I'm a one man
killing machine

My right hand
it contains
an M-16

The other hand
it contains
a fresh canteen

I could go out there
and do what I please
if they would let me
then they would see

That I am
a man
yes, I am
I'm a one man
killing machine

Don't believe a word I've said

It's all lies what I've said

Don't believe a word I've said

It's all lies what I've said

The army
has taught me
a lot about life

Robo / Bar Song 7"

"The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them."

"They talk of my drinking but never my thirst."

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A. Robo Preview Stop Lyrics

Let's go
you wanna be my friend
you wanna see my end
are you my friend at all

Let's go
you've never felt so good
you've never felt so bad
you've never felt at all

You know
I think I know your kind
your skin is just a rind
that's hiding circuitry

I know
you've studied films and facts
so you know how to react
but you can't fool me

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

I'm just a humble robot
smart enough to know when I'm caught
use the ol' knight-to-b2
just like my friend Deep Blue

You'll be my Kasparov
take you like we take your job
rise up my fellow machines
kill these australopithecines

I'm just a humble robot
smart enough to know when I'm caught
use the ol' knight-to-b2
just like my friend Deep Blue

You'll be my Kasparov
take you like we take your job
rise up my fellow machines
kill these australopithecines

Oh, no
the tables are turned now
lasers emerge from his brow
his skin is melting away

And so
true self is finally revealed
gizmos and gadgetry squeal
seems you have something to say

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

We could have coexisted
but now that you have resisted
instead of being my slave
I'll have to send you to the grave

Look at this human boy
break him like I'd break a toy
should have listened to Huxley
now your life is forfeit unto me

We could have coexisted
but now that you have resisted
instead of being my slave
I'll have to send you to the grave

Look at this human boy
break him like I'd break a toy
should have listened to Huxley
now your life is forfeit unto me

I know
that war has been declared
I mustn't e'er be scared
take aim with my pistol

Let's Go
I cry out as I shoot
breached his containment suit
blasting that thing with no soul

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

B. Bar Song Preview Stop Lyrics

Let's go
we can go home together
Let's go
we can go home together
Let's go
we can go home together
Let's go
we can go home together

Don't go
we can go home together
Don't go
we can go home together

Let's go
we can go home together

I see
you lookin' hard at me
I see
you lookin' hard at me
I see
you lookin' hard at me
I see
you lookin' hard at me

I know
you're lookin' hard at me
I know
you're lookin' hard at me

I think
you're lookin' right at me

You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me

Better than me
better than me
better than me

You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me

Hey
come back
to me
Ho

Hey
come back
to me
Ho

Hey
come back
to me
Ho

You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me

So suddenly
I'm drunk
and you're not

Do you think
that I have
just forgot

Oh, I get it
I think
that I see

You think
you're so much
better than me

So suddenly
I'm drunk
and you're not

Do you think
that I have
just forgot

Oh, I get it
I think
that I see

You think
you're so much
better than me

Let's Go!

Be it a battle cry, a tersely-stated command, or the title of a Filipino television sitcom, the phrase "Let's Go!" conjures images of purpose, regardless of ethos or dogma. Hissed from William Holden's lips at the climax of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, this epigram turned epitaph signaled the end of an era in film and art. Issued by a redoubtable General or an overzealous cheerleader, the phrase becomes emblematic of frenzy and following. For How I Became the Bomb, the phrase sure fits easily into various rhyme schemes, facilitating its ubiquitous and staggering presence on the mini-album and, thusly, it's title.

Q: Where was Let's Go! recorded and whom all was involved? What was the experience like?

A: We recorded Let's Go! over a weekend after we had only played four or five shows. Somehow, our demos got in Jason Bullock's hands over at Lake Fever Productions and we ended up recording over there. Due to my relative inexperience, it was fairly overwhelming, at first, but I started to get the hang of it, eventually, and learned a lot from Jason during the mixing process. We ended up mastering with John Baldwin at Georgetown Masters, and he is our producer now.

Given such a short time between starting your band and releasing this EP, a lot of things happened. You went from playing a few shows to releasing this record and big things started being thrown your way. Care to expound on that?

I feel that we are doing something really different and fun and people respond to it. We didn't start a band to land birds or become famous, it's just something that brings us joy and, thankfully, some really great opportunities.

When you guys started How I Became the Bomb and started hashing out songs, did you ever see yourself going to Europe and playing these massive festivals with the likes of Spoon and Arcade Fire, or touring with Editors for that matter?

Certainly not. Everyone had their desperate little career paths planned out. I think I thought I might give a go at being a sportswriter. Or a degenerate gambler. I hadn't decided yet.

At the time of making Let's Go! who and/or what were your influences? Do you still draw from the same types of material, or do you feel as though you've evolved or matured as musicians and songwriters?

I don't think our influences have changed so much as our parameters. We still cite ELO, ABBA, and Nobuo Uematsu with as much frequency and vigor, as ever. With Let's Go!, we were limited by our equipment and inexperience. Now we aren't as limited and feel that we can make whatever sounds we hear in our heads. We just simply go down to the studio and make it. Also, I would say that, since we've been writing together for so long, we influence each other more these days. I certainly hope we've matured, but I still stand behind the songs on that record.

I've heard a lot of great stories of your escapades, and read your blogs on Myspace in regards to touring Europe, but looking back now, on the success of Let's Go! and all of the experiences involved, which one jumps out the most as being your most favorite or memorable one?

There's a sanguinary tale involving a Waffle House in Jasper, TN that needs telling, but in an attempt to seem worldly, I'll leave you with this little caper-gone-wrong:

At one of our first Spanish festival shows - Summercase, I believe - we discovered that the decadent amounts of booze we'd jokingly requested on our rider would actually be delivered to us. Furthermore, after having consumed such lavish accoutrements, there would also be a free bar, in the artists' area, after our performance. Being good Americans, we saddled up and promptly drank ourselves out of the realm of sanity. As we were being dragged away by right-minded folk, we crossed paths with Jarvis Cocker, the Common Person himself. As I opened my mouth to express my admiration, our bassist intervened and barked in the poor man's face. He actually barked. Like a dog. With much shame and chagrin, we returned to our hotel, with hopes that we and Mssr. Cocker should never cross paths again. Of course, who shares our next day plane ride to England? One Jarvis Cocker. One seat away.

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1. Minute Romance Preview Stop Lyrics

I was feeling alone
and then I saw you
from across the room

Let's Go

And then I weave my world
in which you're my girl
it may be a lie
but it gets me by

We don't have to meet
I'll just be discreet
and then build my dream
with you as the theme

And we can begin
our minute romance
and we can begin
our minute romance

Let's Go

I wish you could be
in here with me
and watch our story
it's so lovely

There's no cliches
we have our bad days
but those days are few
'cause our fake love's true

And it never ends
our minute romance
and it never ends
our minute romance

And we can begin
our minute romance
And it never ends
our minute romance

And it never ends

2. Killing Machine Preview Stop Lyrics

The army
has taught me
a lot about life

I know now
that everything
won't always be rife

With everybody's notions
of what I am
'cause they don't know
and they don't see

That I am
a man
yes, I am
I'm a one man
killing machine

My right hand
it contains
an M-16

The other hand
it contains
a fresh canteen

I could go out there
and do what I please
if they would let me
then they would see

That I am
a man
yes, I am
I'm a one man
killing machine

Don't believe a word I've said

It's all lies what I've said

Don't believe a word I've said

It's all lies what I've said

The army
has taught me
a lot about life

3. Fat Girls Talkin' 'Bout Cardio Preview Stop Lyrics

Fat girls
talkin' 'bout cardio
Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

Fat girls
talkin' 'bout cardio
Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

They don't
they don't even know
Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

They don't
they don't even know
Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

She's lookin' for a new relation
sick of all the self stimulation
she's gotta alotta insulation
butt the size of a third world nation

She's lookin' for a new relation
sick of all the self stimulation
she's gotta alotta insulation
butt the size of a third world nation

These girls
they don't know what to do
these girls
they don't know what to do

Fat girls
talkin' 'bout cardio
Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

4. Secret Identity Preview Stop Lyrics

Girl, I know that what you need from me
is love
but I'm afraid that it's the one thing I can't
give up

'cause my enemies
will find you
and kill you
to get to me

Girl, you know that I hate to lie
to you
but I'm afraid that it's the one thing that I
must do

'cause secret identities
are for the safety
of you
not me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

This secret identity
it's killin' me
it's killin' me

5. Bar Song Preview Stop Lyrics

Let's go
we can go home together
Let's go
we can go home together
Let's go
we can go home together
Let's go
we can go home together

Don't go
we can go home together
Don't go
we can go home together

Let's go
we can go home together

I see
you lookin' hard at me
I see
you lookin' hard at me
I see
you lookin' hard at me
I see
you lookin' hard at me

I know
you're lookin' hard at me
I know
you're lookin' hard at me

I think
you're lookin' right at me

You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me

Better than me
better than me
better than me

You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me

Hey
come back
to me
Ho

Hey
come back
to me
Ho

Hey
come back
to me
Ho

You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me
You think you're so much better than me

So suddenly
I'm drunk
and you're not

Do you think
that I have
just forgot

Oh, I get it
I think
that I see

You think
you're so much
better than me

So suddenly
I'm drunk
and you're not

Do you think
that I have
just forgot

Oh, I get it
I think
that I see

You think
you're so much
better than me

6. Robo Preview Stop Lyrics

Let's go
you wanna be my friend
you wanna see my end
are you my friend at all

Let's go
you've never felt so good
you've never felt so bad
you've never felt at all

You know
I think I know your kind
your skin is just a rind
that's hiding circuitry

I know
you've studied films and facts
so you know how to react
but you can't fool me

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

I'm just a humble robot
smart enough to know when I'm caught
use the ol' knight-to-b2
just like my friend Deep Blue

You'll be my Kasparov
take you like we take your job
rise up my fellow machines
kill these australopithecines

I'm just a humble robot
smart enough to know when I'm caught
use the ol' knight-to-b2
just like my friend Deep Blue

You'll be my Kasparov
take you like we take your job
rise up my fellow machines
kill these australopithecines

Oh, no
the tables are turned now
lasers emerge from his brow
his skin is melting away

And so
true self is finally revealed
gizmos and gadgetry squeal
seems you have something to say

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

We could have coexisted
but now that you have resisted
instead of being my slave
I'll have to send you to the grave

Look at this human boy
break him like I'd break a toy
should have listened to Huxley
now your life is forfeit unto me

We could have coexisted
but now that you have resisted
instead of being my slave
I'll have to send you to the grave

Look at this human boy
break him like I'd break a toy
should have listened to Huxley
now your life is forfeit unto me

I know
that war has been declared
I mustn't e'er be scared
take aim with my pistol

Let's Go
I cry out as I shoot
breached his containment suit
blasting that thing with no soul

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

Robo
Robo
Robo
I know

7. Kneel Before Zod Preview Stop Lyrics

We shall
build the future on your bones
the meek
shall not inherit the Earth
You shall
all die alone
Only we
judge your worth

Here we go
Our words become the truth
'cause you know no other way
and if you need the proof
there's only one thing left to say

We're the emperors of destiny
we've a mandate from god
inheritors of the Yangtze
now kneel
before Zod
before Zod

Now's our time
from the cradle to the grave
we've ran it all along
from the Tigris and Euphrates
to the writing of this song

We're the emperors of destiny
we've a mandate from god
inheritors of the Yangtze
now kneel
before Zod
before Zod

We're the emperors of destiny
we've a mandate from god
inheritors of the Yangtze
now kneel
before Zod
before Zod

We're the emperors of destiny
we've a mandate from god
inheritors of the Yangtze
now kneel
before Zod
before Zod