Kingdom of The Sun

by The Phoenix Bridge

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about

"Kingdom of The Sun" is The Phoenix Bridge at its most raw. From "Live" to "A Long Time For An Android", the album is angry, intimate, angst-ridden, poppy, progressive, and downright catchy to name a few, beginning strong and ending sweet.

Lead singer, Patrick Leaver, describes the album's flow as having a harsh, loud, brutish exterior with a soft heart at the center of it all. "(Writing the album) was a very therapeutic experience for me. I was dealing with a lot of loneliness, anger, and contempt during my writing process, and it shows in my work and my words. At the time, I felt that the only palatable or appropriate way to sort of play 'show and tell' with what I was feeling was to let it flow into the pages. "

With seventeen tracks, Kingdom of The Sun uses just about every minute allocated on a single CD. When asked about the length, Leaver laughed and remarked, "The original plan was to actually have double the amount of songs and to create a double album, however, we decided to scrap that idea once our ideas started to take on far too many shapes to be confined to a single release."

"Ultimately, the theme of the album is 'Rehab'. That can be interpreted in any way you want. It could mean a complete change in you as a person, after you've gone through many trials and tribulations, which is really what I was going for as far as my own personal meaning goes. The track listing of the album represents the back and forth of such a rehabilitating experience. You can't have change without initial resistance and regression. The beginning of 'Kingdom of The Sun' starts out loud, powerful, guns blazing, but by the end, it sort of shows an ultimate catharsis and resolution to the pain exuded from the first half of the album and ends on a beautiful, yet peaceful note. It symbolizes the pain you leave behind through growth. Artistically, I hope that comes through when people listen to it." (Patrick Leaver, when asked about the album's theme.)

"Kingdom of the Sun" is available on Itunes and Bandcamp as well as on the band's official website.

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released August 21, 2014

Words and music by Leaver, Patrick; Leaver, Matt; Kibler, Brian.

Copyright The Phoenix Bridge, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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Loud and soft. Off kilter, but on point. Perfect imperfection. A constant regrowth of musical scar tissue. An infinite pattern of destruction and rehabilitation. Contradiction, yet making complete sense. Not Grunge, just Crash.

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Track Name: Live
How this place can change a man
To place your scars in somebody else’s hands
Difficult to tell the change
Acting out to show the range
Withdraw without
Slipped you, figures that your mask came down
Wait, I made a mistake
I’m too far to break
Can’t make it go away

Live
Live…Life

Time to lose my fucking grip
To peel the skin off of my fingertips
Always my way and it’s never ours
Always listening through the dead end door
Weave in, weave right
You lose yourself in getting high
No, you can’t have it back
Bridges burned to black
Can’t get me to crack

Live
Live
Live
Live

Along came a spider
An insider
I will dig back
I will come back
Now you will wake up
Now you will wake up
Now you will wake up
Now you will wake up
Live
Live
Live
Live

Just wake up
Liar, Liar
Track Name: Blood of KIngs
You got your name
And I’ve got mine
The royal joker
Has lost his mind
Spill the drink I’ve poured for you
Long live this jagged, crowned fool

Where I’ve bred is where I bleed
Where I’ve sinned is where I’ll keep
Where I’ve bred is where I bleed
Where I’m king is where you sleep

Off goes head
When it grows in size
Speak small truths
To bury big lies
I feel no pain
In anyone
When they leave nothing for the rest of us, rest of us

Where I’ve bred is where I bleed
Where I’ve sinned is where I’ll keep
Where I’ve bred is where I bleed
Where I’m king is where you sleep

Who needs friends when you’ve got your subjects?
Who do we deny?
Deny

Where I’ve bred is where I bleed
Where I’ve sinned is where I’ll keep
Where I’ve bred is where I bleed
Where I’m king is where you sleep
Track Name: Autopilot
I’m running all my friends out of town
Don’t make em like they used to
I’ll drive this band into the ground
If it keeps you in the mood
Come stop us if you can
We’ll sink beneath the sun
We’ll justify the trip’s expense
By acting like you won

(Hey) I really wanna say
I’m never gonna fade away
I don’t wanna be a slave or choke on fame
(Hey) Who cares if you play
You may never get your way
They don’t teach you that for free
Oh call my name

On Autopilot
I’m so excited
I can feel the spark
On Autopilot
And so excited
I can see in the dark

I got rhythm in my weakness
I got sex on the brain
Confide in you, my secrets
And my love in everything
I think I like your style, I guess
The sugar of the spices
The keeper of my mind confessed
To enabling my vices

(Hey) Don’t wanna make no waves
It never matters what you say
Dig your face in magazines
Deplete your skin till frail
(Hey) If you really wanna know
You either got it or you don’t
Your bravado’s all for show
Oh hey, hey, hail, hail

On Autopilot
I’m so excited
I can feel the spark
On Autopilot
And so excited
I can see in the dark
On Autopilot
I’m so excited
I can feel the spark
On Autopilot
And so excited
I can see in the dark

Oh Joy

Whose hands are in my pocket?
The baby’s on the mend
Building metal for the wrong kid
Which god do we defend?

(Hey) I really want a say
Same old story, different day
You’ve gotta break away to find your place
(Hey) Hear that beating in your head
There’s no feeling when you’re dead
Put a shot in it instead
Prey to pray, pray

On Autopilot
I’m so excited
I can feel the spark
On Autopilot
And so excited
I can see in the dark
On Autopilot
I’m so excited
I can feel the spark
On Autopilot
And so excited
I can see in the dark

Oh joy
Track Name: Love Ta Kick Ya
Hello people, have you heard the news surrounding me?
Haven’t slept in ages cause I don’t know how to shoot the breeze
You got me losing sight of what makes a rebel, man
Think I’ll end it, but that hardly ever goes to plan

I’m that creature of habit that you’ll never lose
(Love ta kick ya)
(Love ta kick ya)
I’d love ta kick ya but my foot is in the other shoe
(Love ta kick ya)
(Love ta kick ya)
I could make you lick the sweet sugar from the groove
(Love ta kick ya)
(Love ta kick ya)
I’d love ta kick ya
I’d love ta kick ya

I penned it like the suicide I’d never sell
Feeling worse, but I never ever felt so well
It’s been complained the reason why I’ll go to hell
To deny me is to run off with your better self

I’m that creature of habit that you’ll never lose
(Love ta kick ya)
(Love ta kick ya)
I’d love ta kick ya but my foot is in the other shoe
(Love ta kick ya)
(Love ta kick ya)
I could make you lick the sweet sugar from the groove
(Love ta kick ya)
(Love ta kick ya)
I’d love ta kick ya
I’d love ta kick ya

Run like you stole something
It’s only love
Love ta kick ya
Love ta kick ya

Troublefinger and the feelings that you’ll never know
Got a bad side, but the good is only there for show
Screamed the pocket chief to seven sinners down the line
Kick the bastards before they done commit the crime
Love ta kick ya
Track Name: New Wave
Father, can you hear us?
We have gone and lost our minds
We used to feel the notes you sang
Now, we toil and wait in line
I’m enticed to keep this vice
Even though it hurts like hell
Everything that I could say’s
Said better by someone else

If you can fake a smile
You can break a frown
And you may come back alive
When I’m coming down

You’ve got to ride the new wave
When I’m home

Should you sink under the sea
Make sure it’s to my song
China dreams with liquid seams
Can ever do you wrong
Sugar, spice, and all that’s nice
But none of it’s for free
I take joy in what I like
But what I like is me

New blood will give you life
Lost, but always found
If the music gets you high
When you coming down?
When you coming down?

You’ve got to ride the new wave
When I’m home

Take everything
I want what you got
Take everything
I need what you got
Take everything
I want what you got
Take everything I want

Take everything
I want what you got
Take everything
I need what you got
Take everything
I want what you got
Take everything I want
Take everything
I want what you got
Take everything
I need what you got
Take everything
I want what you got
Take everything I want

You’ve got to ride the new wave
When I’m home
Track Name: No Bad Dreams
It’s fire time and it’s a cold town
Winter’s nigh and it’s so profound
Minus air, to the visible speech
No one hears, nor can they reach

Oh, I’ll sleep good tonight

The wolves calm me with their call
A summer rose with a frozen fall
I don’t mind being alone
Company is a voice on the phone

Oh, I’ll dream good tonight

And no bad dreams can break me here
The tune’s twisting, defacing dear
A sentient being disguising fear
And no bad dreams can break me

Cold as the earth underneath the snow
The Febru-air as it chills my bones
Should I retire, should I stay
I’ll need a word to absorb my day

Oh, I’ll keep for tonight
And no bad dreams can break me here
The tune’s twisting, defacing dear
A sentient being disguising fear
And no bad dreams can break me

Awake
Awake in my dream
And all of it seemed so real
Awake
Awake in my dream
And it all seemed so real
Awake

And the white hides my soul in deep
An old heart weighs the difference on me
Plead for silence in good faith
I won’t ever, ever have to wait

Oh, I’ll sleep good tonight
Oh, I’ll sleep good tonight
Track Name: Electric Chair
I could turn you on
I could get you off
I could give you a spawn
What does it matter
Oh, who really knows?

Incite energy
Is it in me
To keep our symmetry?
It’s all the same
You know, it really shows

Come on over
I control it
Calm your shoulder
Cause it’s all over

Electric chair, extraordinaire
Electric chair, take me there
Electric chair anywhere

Fuck my tease with your hips
Touch my teeth to your lips
I’ll never bleed for your love
I lost a few beats somewhere
In your clothes
Love’s an optional thing
And I don’t care for your ring
You seek control in my lap
I’ll turn you over
Tell you how it goes

Come on over
I control it
Calm your shoulder
Cause it’s all over

Electric chair, extraordinaire
Electric chair, take me there
Electric chair anywhere
Track Name: Street Messiah
In the harsh of winter
I can’t defend
My pride is a splinter
That cripples, expends
A dull referendum
No stories to tell
Nowhere to send them
No wishing you well

A simple man clings
To his god and his gun
He forgets everything
That is right and is wrong
And as for the life
Outside his walls
To know very little
Is to know nothing at all

You’ve weaponized God
To conquer the streets
Ruling through fear
Make choice obsolete
We’re part of the system
Moving as one
Infecting humanity
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will…
Track Name: I Think I'm Insane
I think I’m insane
Didn’t you notice?
Not a normal brain
Yet, we ignore this

I think I’m insane
I think I’m insane
I think I’m insane
I think I’m in-

I was an elephant in a past life
I never, ever forget
It’s not natural, it’s not right
I’m seldom-ly incorrect

I think I’m insane
I think I’m insane
They all think I’m strange
But I think I’m in-

(Left, right, slow, tight)
This wasn’t supposed to be
(Left, right, not nice)
Why do I hate me?
(Left, right, slow, tight)
This wasn’t supposed to be
(Left, right, not nice)
Why do I hate me?
(Left, right, slow, tight)
This wasn’t supposed to be
(Left, right, not nice)
Why do I hate me?

I think I’m insane
Didn’t you notice?
Not a normal brain
Yet we ignore this

I think I’m insane
I think I’m insane
You all think I’m strange
But I think I’m in-
Track Name: Marijuana
I crack a smile
So wide it shows
I got a secret that no one knows
Marijuana is
Marijuana is
Marijuana is
Marijuana is cool

Drugs are bad
School is cool
Everyone thinks that you’re a fool
Marijuana kills
Marijuana kills
Marijuana kills
Marijuana kills you

Hypocrites
With medicine
Hypocrites, fuck your government
Marijuana saves
Marijuana saves
Marijuana saves
Marijuana saves you
Track Name: UFO
Storm’s a breathing in
Came and drowned my friend
I’m by myself
I’m by myself
There must be something out there
The unfound object of my heart
My affection
My reflection
Floating amongst these heads
Who try to burn me off instead
Of trying to freeze
Together

Sing on
She’s listening
For you
Sing on
She’s whispering
For you

Looking for a bride
With the same pride
But she don’t exist
There’s nothing to miss
There must be something out there
The unfound object of my soul
My perfection
Mine…

Sing on
She’s listening
For you
Sing on
She’s whispering
For you

Sing on
She’s listening
For me
Sing on
She’s whispering
For me
Track Name: Outrider
Welcome to my humble home
In this trap, I’ve made my own
Drawing in, turning inside out
I’m sleeping with the spiders now

Everyone tells as I am told
Ride the night and you won’t grow old
Undress your heroes and steal their pride
Nail their hands and hang em high

Energize
Empathize
Energize
Empathize

Where bad dreams seldom come my way
I found friends in outer space
Who make God seem so far away
I’m outside and I outride

Ape my mind so you can buy my soul
In the sky is where my tales are told
Pointed gun to awakened eye
It’s a good day to feel alive

Energize
Empathize
Empathize
Energize

Where bad dreams seldom come my way
I found friends in outer space
Who make God seem so far away
I’m outside and I outride

I…
I am machine
(I am machine)
I, machine

Where bad dreams seldom come my way
I found friends in outer space
Who make God seem so far away
I’m outside and I outride
Track Name: Irene
I cannot question
The sting I feel for you
For secret destiny
Takes one to know one
Who tears my heart in two
Along with the rest of me
Your pride, concealing
The fear gone, un-dismissed
Turning to machine
Destroy me, willing
Destroy me with a kiss
Weaken, my Irene

If we start this over
A love need not explained
To be free again

Your imperfection
Dispels my heart of pain
A lasting enemy
Defined reflection
The diamond of my youth
Glistening in memory
Built our empires
On shades of decadence
I’d give you anything
My lost desire
Gone from us, in a sense
Complete me, my Irene

If we take this tumble
Of death, we’ll cheat
And finally be free
And the world will crumble
Beneath your feet
Come and dive with me
You draw me in below
Your feelings left above, revealed
To feel there’s so much more
Behind the curtain of your love

We’ll bleed together
And let our thoughts betray
To love the way you hurt me
We’ll have forever
To wish our worlds away
Awaken, my Irene

My Irene
My Irene
Awaken, my Irene…
Track Name: The Autumn Song
Oh, how I dreamed a dream
That was gone within a blink
My heart is like a chalice
From which you choose to drink
And if you believe
We’ll lose ourselves
Oh, what a fool I’ve been
To trust a pretty smile
Pains to look away, don’t disappear
Come, please stay for awhile
And drown in me
And all your pain can go away

This is the sound of my tears in the rain
These are the sounds of the songs I could sing
And all of the light that fills my head
Brings me back again
Sweet autumn
What have you done to me?
Oh, though I am lost
There’s no place that I would rather be

How do we come so far to fall?
As if the seasons were plainly just mocking us all
It’s colder this year
Forever on
How do I carry on this life I live to burn?
I could be so strong to face it down
For the love which I yearn
You’re drowning me
And all your pain has gone away

This is the kiss of resounding defeat
These are the words that delight me to speak
And all of the light that lifts my voice
Illuminates a friend
Sweet autumn
Look what you’ve made me do
Oh, I loved you so
Twas heaven here with you

My promise left unbroken
But I have long to learn
What it’s like to belong to you
I’ll know when I return

Moving on

All the dreams we shared
The things we’ll never do
I am sure in all the ways, alone
That I wasn’t sure with you
Track Name: The Cost of Being Superhuman
Could I be your superman?
You could be my biggest fan
Lonely hearts don’t beat as one
Together we both come undone
But I couldn’t let you go
On that train to Mexico
All I ever want from you
Is for you to love me too
Love me too

Maybe someday I’ll fly away
Away
But it’s not today

I paid the price for humankind
Sacrificed your love that night
Stole and borrowed from the best
The pillow, then the cigarette
I’m waiting for a call
A call that never comes
Remember me as I was young
I am lost, but I am never gone

Waiting on a sign as clear as day
To save my life
But it never comes

Spread your wings and fly far away
Away
But it’s not in vain

Dare to be so great
Dare to be so wrong
Dare to test your fate
Add it to your song
Just believe me, dear
It’s different when you’re gone
You’ll find happiness
And he will be the one
Track Name: Kingdom of The Sun
I hear you’re better
In spite of me
Defeat my presence
And never bleed
It’s the newest sensation
The mind police
They divert emotion
And call it disease

Enter us
Enter us

I’m sorry, mother
I did my best
Your little baby
Under arrest
Conquesting temple
Your body breached
Hold your heart captive
Cause I’m the king

Enter us
Enter us

Enter I, my kingdom of the sun

Enter us
Enter us
Track Name: A Long Time For An Android
Seconds count by the way you don’t mind
I’m lost in my time, my words, my lips, my dreams die
Everyone is killing me in this room
I guess I can’t picture a life that won’t end soon

I’d travel to the ends of the earth but not as far as mercury
I’d settle for the scores that it’s worth
That steel-beat heart in me

I’ll remember you
I’ll remember you

I tried to reach out half a dozen times
But you’ve grown sick and tired of all that makes me rhyme
Father, I won’t be there to make you proud
And mother, I’m not the same boy you recount

Oh, how I wish, to steal a kiss, to feel laughter
To waltz, to love, to exist
To belong in the after

I’ll remember you
I’ll remember you

It’s a long way away, away
To die away, away, away
Years away, away, away
You’ll never fade away, away
My love

I’ll remember you
I’ll remember you
I’ll remember you
I’ll remember you