no idols / no icons

by SLIVER

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released February 2, 2016

recorded & mixed by Charles Stoltz at Holtz Sound Studio, Tuntange (LU), spring/summer 2015
mastering by Julien Louvet

Ben Sliver: vocals/guitars/ukulele/megaphone
Danny Sliver: drums
Nico Sliver: bass
Orel Sliver: keyboards/samples/vocals

Charles: additional programming / piano on "no icons" & "dragon town"

music: Sliver / lyrics: Ben
(except main guitar riff on "bystander superstar" by Pipo)

Dr Philip Zimabrdo's TED talk sample on "no idols" used with permission

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SLIVER Metz, France

SLIVER are a rocking hardcore band from Belgium/France/Luxembourg.
They've played more than 200 shows in 12 countries (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom).

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to create is to resist
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Track Name: sand storms
SAND STORMS

an anchor on the concrete
a fucking empty box of matches
CCTV in a cornfield
choirboys singing with their throats slit

screaming underwater
white noise blaring on a speaker
we are all grains of sand

WE ARE ALL GRAINS OF SAND
YOU & I, GRAINS OF SAND

WE ARE NOTHING BUT GRAINS OF SAND
WE ARE ALL GRAINS OF SAND

a number on a blank page
a punk rocker buying a Billy bookcase
the fine print on a billboard
drug dealers with “or your money back” cardboards

life vests in a plane crash
a teacher dictating the weather forecast
we are all grains of sand

WE ARE ALL GRAINS OF SAND
YOU & I, GRAINS OF SAND

WE ARE NOTHING BUT GRAINS OF SAND
WE ARE NOTHING BUT GRAINS OF SAND

but storms are nothing but grains of sand
and mountains they are made of grains of sand

we are storms
we are mountains
we are the key to break the chains

WE ARE SAND STORMS AND MOUNTAINS
WE ARE SAND STORMS AND MOUNTAINS
Track Name: a monster confronted is a monster defeated
A MONSTER CONFRONTED IS A MONSTER DEFEATED

we are the deaf and blind
we are the silent mass

just free men in disguise
slaves to the nickels and dimes

we sustain their system
we sustain their system

can’t you see the black wave on our shore?
can’t you see the black cloud in our sky?

disposable plastic soldiers
commodified people, cannon fodder

but I’m not a nothing man
I’ll shout ‘till I shatter their system

(and) fuck their capital appetite
yeah we won’t bow, we don’t know how

I can see the black wave on our shore
I can see the black cloud in our sky
We can feel the black hole in our hearts
We can feel the blackout in our minds

a monster confronted is a monster defeated
a monster confronted is a monster defeated

we can see
the black wave
the black cloud
the black hole
the blackout
Track Name: this machine kills fascists
THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS

love has no shape or color
love can’t be framed
framed by your lack of candor
framed by your fear

love is above religion
love is above
your institutions
your limitations
your fucking preconceptions

we are gay and we are proud
we are straight and we are proud
we are free and we are proud
proud to love someone, love someone

love is no social disease
love ain’t no plague
this machine kills fascists
this machine kills fanatics, bigots & haters yeah yeah yeah

love knows no bias
love is no compromise
so I cannot understand you marching out there
waving fascist signs behind barricades of hate

we are straight and we are proud
we are gay and we are proud
we are free and we are proud
proud to love someone, love someone

we are free
we are proud
proud to love someone

love is above
love is above religion

love is above
love is above religion
Track Name: here be dragons
HERE BE DRAGONS

there’s a city growing up in my head
and I see it every night in my dreams
first was a street, now it’s a whole republic
with busy bees and CCTV

there’s a city growing up in my head
fires burning, sirens wailing
people lonely, streetgirls comforting
silly drinking, fireworks raining

there’s a city growing up in my head
zombies commuting, children laughing
bagmen waiting, methheads salivating
school bells ringing, jail cells closing

cement cracking, grass and weeds growing
buildings rising, people are falling
there’s a city growing up in my head

night stars are fading, the streetlights are winning
cars speeding and then stopping, the street ballet’s playing

there’s a hobo in the park
with a sign that says
“keep your coins, I want change”

there’s this guy playing a Dylan song
on his guitar on the corner
50 year old words that still ring true today

“come mothers and fathers throughout the land and don't criticize what you can't understand, your sons and your daughters are beyond your command”

there are friends street dancing at the station
like there’s no tomorrow
so I guess there’s some hope for the future, you know

there’s this vandal genius
taking the walls of the city back
one brick at a time, one fucking brick at a time

where’s the city growing up my head?
can’t find the city growing up in my head
I drive for hours, in search of the city in my head
can’t find the city growing up in my head

and here be dragons
the ones you know

and here be dragons
that will swallow you whole

and here be dragons
the ones you love/loathe

and here be dragons
that will swallow you whole

Here. Be. Dragons.
Track Name: discussing capitalism with Santa Claus
DISCUSSING CAPITALISM WITH SANTA CLAUS

the devil exchanged his fork and his tail
for Nikes and French fries and sodas and lattes

Azazel he swapped his claws and his horns
for dumb phones and oil wars and sweatshops all around the world

what would Jesus buy ?
we’re killing the planet one purchase at a time

what would Jesus buy ?
we’re slaving our own selves one item at a time

religion exchanged damnation and hell
for junk thoughts and mcjobs and targets and markets

the almighty exchanged all torments and flames
for logos and networks and targets and markets

what would Jesus buy ?

what would Satan buy ?
we’re killing the planet one purchase at a time

what would Satan buy ?
we’re slaving our own selves one item at a time

you’re not what you buy
after shopping, there is a life

what would Jesus buy ?

what would Satan buy ?

what would Santa buy ?
what would Santa buy ?
Track Name: bystander superstar
BYSTANDER SUPERSTAR

you’ve never saved anyone’s life
never defended anyone’s rights
yet they treat you like a hero now, bystander superstar

you never take no risks
never put your privileges on the line
never act if there’s nothing to gain, 21st century hero ah ah

and you’ve never helped anyone
but yourself, and you know that doesn’t count
no SuperMan, Super-FICIAL-Man, bystander super-zero ah ah

and you don’t put yourself on the line for others
and you don’t put yourself on the line

we need heroes, no idols, no icons
and we won’t be part of this masquerade

we need heroes, no idols, no icons
and we won’t be part of this masquerade
Track Name: no idols
Phil Zimbardo:

”We hope to claim a world filled with heroes, ordinary heroes, everyday heroes, and doing that means we’re going to transform the egocentric me into the sociocentric we, to promote the heroic imagination and empower ordinary people of all ages and all nations to engage in extraordinary acts of heroism. We believe that heroism is the antidote, not only to public indifference, but to systemic evil, transforming compassion into heroic action. Anybody can be a hero, you don’t have to be a really special person. Most heroes are ordinary everyday people, we just don’t know about them unless they make the media. It’s ordinary people, it’s extraordinary acts. We want to diffuse away from the notion of solitary heroes, solo heroes because heroes are most effective in teams, ensembles and networks. Heroes must act, flying around all day just won’t cut it. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to fight some evil. Maybe you take a voluntary action that could have a personal cause in defense of other people or a moral cause and you do it without expectation of reward. So I’m going to end by saying that what the world needs now is more heroes, you, me, all of us.”
Track Name: the anti-preneur manifesto
THE ANTI-PRENEUR MANIFESTO

never gonna be a brander
or a profit-maximizer

and I don’t wanna be a bestseller
never an online retailer

never gonna be a marketer
or a sponsored blogger

not for me, a re-poster
I’m nobody’s notable user

so I don’t follow the so-called founders
I never believe the newspapers

I don’t trust the pundits, the editors
I never listen to the prime minister sinister

I don’t want to be an entrepreneur of myself, you see
I don’t want to be an architect of misery

‘cause I am, I am, I am a lover,
I am, I am, I am a teacher,
I am, I am, I am a wanderer

‘cause I am, I am, an agitator,
I am, I am, a creator,
I am, I am, a disrupter

‘cause I am, I am, an ice-cream licker,
I am, I am, an anti-preneur,
I am, I am, a choose-your-own-adventurer

I AM MYSELF

based on the anti-preneur manifesto by Danielle Leduc
Track Name: fear & loathing
FEAR & LOATHING

so many hotels that you can’t see the sea
so much palm oil blood (you) can’t see the chimpanzees

so much photoshop that you can’t see the scars
so many streetlights, we cannot see the stars

fear & loathing

fear & loathing
they know the price of everything
but the value of nothing

fear & loathing
they put a price on everyone
but their own word ain’t worth a dime/damn

so many stitches, that you can’t see the skin
so many cures yeah, you cannot see the disease

so many smokescreens, that you can’t see the sky
there’s so much waste here, we cannot see the ground

ink & rage yeah

fear & loathing
they know the price of everything
but the value of nothing

fear & loathing
they put a price on everyone
but their own word ain’t worth a dime/damn

my voice is made of ink
my voice is made of rage

“I want to make a promise to you, the reader. And I don’t know if I can fulfill it tomorrow or even the day after that. But I put the bastards of this world on notice: that I do not have their best interests at heart. I will try and speak for my reader. That is my promise. And it will be a voice made of ink and rage” (from the movie The Rum Diary)
Track Name: dragon town
here be dragons
the ones you know

here be dragons
that will swallow you whole