Act II

by Sakes Alive!!

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Second of a three part 7 inch series being released on three separate labels.

Limited pressing, 500 copies.
150 white and black splatter.
350 yellow.

"Following their excellent Act I, upstate New York's Sakes Alive!! deliver Act II, second in a three-part seven-inch series. Within the string of releases, Sakes Alive!! spread a full-length's worth of material over three seven-inches, each released a different label. Act II follows Act I in general terms of style: melodic punk rock with a healthy dose of vocalist Chris Vandeviver's blackened howl. The songs themselves, however, are much darker. Said Vandeviver:

'I view each seven-inch as part of a "trilogy". For example, Star Wars has "A New Hope," which is the solid, classic 'hero-saving-the-day' type of movie ("Act I.") The sequel is always a cliff-hanger of sorts. "Empire Strikes Back" gets dark, and we're not so sure where the hell things are gonna go – Han Solo is frozen, Luke's father is Darth Vader, the team is separated, etc... – ("Act II.") That's where we are in our trilogy.'

On their own, these songs are peculiar, lacking the movement of Act I's natural surge and swell. "The Open Maw" begins with low-fi everything only to explode after Vandeviver delivers an indecipherable intro. "Big Bang" uses unexpected minimalism as the song drifts between a lack of guitar to awkward guitar melodies and a verse/chorus that seem almost one. "Image Of Modern Man" doesn't seem like a closer, but maybe that's the point. When looking at these songs as the middle part of a full-length, "Image Of Modern Man" works perfectly; the song doesn't feel like an end, it makes me want more. The Empire Strikes Back indeed.

Act II doesn't have the bite of an explosive beginning or the closure of a well-paced end. It does, however, display strong and creative songwriting, capable of style-blending without sacrifice. After listening to Act II, I am left with the strong desire for Act III. For that alone, this release is a resounding success."

- Crustcake.com

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released October 13, 2009

Recorded by Sakes Alive!!.
Mixed by Jordan Nicometo.
At the SA!! practice space.
Released by Cavity Records, limited 500 copy 7 inch.
150 white/black splatter, 400 yellow.
Artwork by Stan Doll.

Chris Vandeviver - Vocals, rhythm guitars, song-writing.
Tim Williams - Lead guitars.
Mike Schwartz - Bass.
Dave O'Connor - Drums.

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Track Name: The Open Maw
The Open Maw
(Oh, Believe Me – Your Death Will Be Most Celebrated)

I’m coming home!
God, I’m coming home!
To awaken the depths of blood
To shake the rot from these souls
In the event it all turns to shit
I’m preaching the words
“Don’t let’em get away with it”
It’s eye for an eye
A tooth for their claw
Our teeth to bare
And we’ll swallow them fucking all

We are the Open Maw
The breath of discontent
A hymnal upon the lips
That starves for selfish men
The airy space between
Resolve and fate
That the false prophets
Have systematically detained
We are the Open Maw
We shall swallow them…

Chorus
Breath deep
We are the voice of a God
That they have always feared
Breath deep
We are the wrath of a God
That they will come to fear

We are the Open Maw
The breath of discontent
A hymnal upon the lips
That starves for selfish men
It will be our choice
To take mercy
It will be our choice
To redeem

Chorus
Breath deep
We are the voice of a God
That they have always feared
Breath deep
We are the wrath of a God
That they will come to fear

Breath deep
Breath deep
Track Name: Big Bang
Big Bang
(Over at the Hadron)

To let truth be told
I’m quaking in my boots
At the thought of black holes
Revealing themselves
In the expanses of this old land

Speaking rhetorically,
Is it possible, for a second,
That some things were simply
Meant to be remained unseen…?

Imperial conquests in white lab coats
To deny and divide a natural world
Of all its order and all its life
To entertain the human mind

Chorus
Big Bang!
In Hadron’s ring
Big Bang!
For humanity
Big Bang!
It’s the God Complex
In sordid methodology

It’s the big bang
That’s necessary
For us to eclipse
Our Mistress’ might
Rock the foundations of existence
So that we are the center
So that we are life

(It’s the skin of God they want
A suit of hollowed flesh
Of creator’s might)

Chorus
Big Bang!
In Hadron’s ring
Big Bang!
For humanity
Big Bang!
It’s the God Complex
Existing abundantly
Big Bang!

It’s the big bang
That’s necessary
For us to eclipse
All of life
Rock the foundations of existence
So that we are the center
So that we are life
Track Name: Image of Modern Man
Image of Modern Man
(The Chemistry of Confounding Life)

At the center of a Holy Mess
We encase the realm with pavement
Scheme, breed and shit
And then feed off the dead
Then, we’re to be delivered
To a Promise Land
That holy tomes had said we’re owed
To just do it again

Chorus
So whistle while you work
And then shuffle home to bed
Pry open God’s empty stomach
Lay down your tired head
It’s in your Destiny
To shit out 2 or 3 kids,
Remove yourself from the world around
With a car and mini-mansion

This is your empire
This is your carved slice of the earth
This is what you’re owed
So stand tall and reach
From sea to shining sea
And envelop everything

Chorus
So whistle while you work
And then shuffle home to bed
Pry open God’s empty stomach
Dreaming of the life you live…

(With your feet
You walk on the backs
Of an entire world of indigenous meek
Your legs tremble
Standing always attentive
To a system perpetuated
By greed
This chest and arms of ours
Is the blood and brawn
Of a continuing slave world
And this head
Is what convinces us
To never give a damn...)