discography


Shorthand

Shorthand (video ep)

(2008, Dovecote Records, iTunes only)

1. Rest Up
2. The Bonemen
3. Friendship
4. Traveling Men (The Pond)

info:

coming soon.

buy it:

iTunes

reviews:

AbsolutePunk.net - "Their resources are, admittedly, limited... at times Mason Proper remind me how easily creativity can become insanity... gives a new meaning to blue balls. Rather than ending with chainsawing guitars, we get strange feedback and depressing horns. The finish came as a shock to me... 'Traveling Men' is covered in static... I'll set out to hunt them down."

Top40 Charts - "An abbreviated glimpse into Mason Proper's bizarre, singular universe... Self-produced and recorded by the band in their Ann Arbor dwelling, SHORTHAND was hashed out late last year in a matter of days... a bevy of kitchen-sink type instrumentation - a bang here, a burst of guitar, the ding of what sounds like a cash register - all carried on a dark groove while singer Jonathan Visger ruminates about Beelzebub and incriminating evidence... one listen to Visger's twitchy paranoia-induced rants and it's apparent there is much more than meets the eye... filled with swift starts and stops and an odd story about a wristwatch."

Amplifier Magazine - "Walking the tremulous line between... brief... disorienting... and... primitive"

lyrics:


Rest Up

it was a landslide
it was a landslide that crushed him
it was a landslide
victory

it's such a simple thing
i tend to keep my hands
clean of the trouble life types
their episodes

i can't remember my,
i keep forgetting why i
dressed in the dark,
sinned,
and bought some bitter coffee

rest up while you can
you'll want a steady hand

inside an empty pool
got crooked horn-rim shuffle
with beelzebub came
disintegration

i got a message i'm thinkin there's reason to
got some incriminatin evidence to submit
two subordinates sans
the desk-indentured shiver

rest up while you can
you'll want a steady hand

The Bonemen

Is there a tremor in your limb dear?
Don't shake, you'll wake up the bonemen.
Is there a message that you're leaving?
Search through the closet at the top some time
start up, sometime

I woke up in a vacuum
from sleeping under the power lines
Echo, echo, echo
I woke up in a canyon

Over time the benefits have come out
and I've divined
the greatest minds the world has ever seen

If only Einstein was here
he would know what to do
He'd tell me some kind of formula
some math or some chemistry
something I didn't pay attention to in school

I had another episode, episode, episode, episode...
Oh, I had an episode, episode, episode
had another episode
I had another episode, episode, episode, I, I,

Well let's start with your childhood
tell me tell me tell me about your first memory
My shadow is gone
my shadow is gone
because the sun went away

Over time the benefits have come out
and I've divined
the greatest minds the world has ever seen
most definitely
know more than they let on

If Mendeleev was present
he might have something to say
let him consult the table of everything
and everything tomorrow can bring
everything, everything
I had another episode, episode, episode, episode...
Oh, I had an episode, episode, episode
had another episode
I had another episode, episode, episode, I, I... !!!

Friendship

i froze my hands
broke my fingers off
gave em to my friends
as a gift
cause a rift has formed between us

i froze my hands
broke my fingers off
gave em to my friends
as a gift
but two of them were misinterpreted

Traveling Men (The Pond)

catapulted over walls,
over highways and mini malls
crash landed in the pond
where i'd swim once my life was gone
but that wasn't for some time
so i dried off and left
and lost my wrist watch

hitched a ride--i'm holding fast
to the tire of a bus that passed
bought a watch, but the clock was wrong
at the station where i'd get off once my life was gone
but that wasn't for some time
so i rested my hands
and lost my wrist watch
gambling with some traveling men

walking through the city in the acid rain
my body dissolved so i poured into the drain
i trickled down channels and emerged watchless
in the very same pond where i'd one day rest
but that still wasn't for some time
so i changed phase and left
and lost my wrist watch
gambling with some traveling men

laura reimer