The Friction

by 123 Astronaut

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The Friction is the debut EP by 123 Astronaut. Jeff Robbins is probably best known as the front person and principal songwriter for the Boston band Orbit. Jeff formed 123 Astronaut in the aftermath of the 2017 presidential inauguration. The songs grapple with anger, frustration, optimism, denial, and the value of love and hope during times of difficulty and social friction.

The band recorded these songs from September to December of 2017 on the cheap in the band members' homes. Hugo Nicolson (whose credits include Radiohead, Beck, Björk, and Father John Misty) mixed the songs, sifting through the rubble to create a raw but formidable sounding collection of songs.

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released March 1, 2018

Jeff Robbins - vocals/guitar
Keith John Benjamin - bass
Eric Hastings - drums

Horns on Stars and Weightless by Jim Whaley (sousaphone), Bodie Pfost (trombone), Matt West (saxophone), and Patrick Pine (trumpet).

Recorded in Eric's garage, Keith's basement, and Jeff's extra room.
Mixed by the lovely and talented Hugo Nicolson.

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Track Name: The Friction
Levitating slowly
Above the world you don't look down
Just rise above those bastards
And show them they can't wear you out

So when those pigs start squealing
Sugar coated faithless lies
It’s fear and hate they’re feeling
The smell of urine burns your eyes

But when the friction takes control
When the friction drags you down
Together we can break the hold
Together we can make it right

Atop those giant towers
Love and hope have been denied
But we can love each other
And they can’t hide the hurt inside

When the friction takes control
When the friction drags you down
Together we can break the hold
Together we will make it right

When the friction takes control
When the friction drags you down
Together we can break the hold
Together we can make it right

When the friction takes control
When the friction drags you down
Together we can break the hold
Together we will be alright
Track Name: Cheyenne
City humming electric lights
In my fingertips
All the colors buzzing bright
Danced across her hips

Morning light watercolored glow
Down the oceanside
What’s a man supposed to do
Once he’s satisfied?

Cheyenne, I’m not coming home
I’m sorry to leave you alone
But Cheyenne, I’m not coming home
Forgive me for hope and for love

Smell of violence and meat uptown
Taste the thrill unknown
Going up is just like falling down
Better not alone

One by one it starts to fall apart
Sudden searing pain
In slow motion the bullet slides
Through a coronary vein

Cheyenne, I’m not coming home
Darlin go say what you want
Cheyenne, I’m not coming home
Now that I’ve found peace and found love

Cheyenne, I’m not coming home
I’m sorry to leave you alone
But Cheyenne, I’m not coming home
Forgive me for hope and for love

Cheyenne, I’m not coming home
Darlin you can say what you want
Cheyenne, I’m not coming home
Now that I’ve found hope and found love
Track Name: Stars
All along the border, between the haves and the ones that don't
They burn a lot of nature, any kind of fuel to build the fight
Divide, the walls will keep us free
Divide, but what they fail to see

We are surrounded by the stars

High atop the mountain, you can see forever on both sides
At any elevation, nature grows and nature thrives
Unite, feel love and human touch
In time we won’t matter all that much

We are surrounded by the stars
Track Name: Invincible
Don’t tell me no more stories about your anger and dismay
You don’t get to complain about nothing after treating me that way
If I have no emotion I might get by
But you left me just when I was feeling foolish confidence and pride

I am invincible
I do not care
I am invincible
I am not here

Welcome to the ignorance, it’s gooey, sticky, warm, and sweet
Come on down to the innocence, just tune out everything you see
We’ve got no reaction, we don’t give a damn
They can’t get close to me, I’m not what I am

I am invincible
I do not care
I am invincible
I am nowhere

I am invincible
I do not care
I am invincible
I’m unaware

I am invincible
I do not care
I am invincible
I am nowhere
Track Name: Weightless
Weightless, time unwound
Heartbeats the only sound
You’re a beam of light floating by
And I feel alive when you smile

It’s cold out, it never ends
As we fall down heaven sent
We could seize each other, a warm embrace
I would be recovered just to touch your face

Hold on, hold on
Everything's gone
Now we are weightless
All alone

Hold on, hold on
A moment is all
Now we are weightless

Wide eyed, unaware
Breathless, save your air
Could we freeze the moment and live inside
Reality flies by amplified

Hold on, hold on
Everything's gone
Now we are weightless
All alone

Hold on, hold on
A moment is all
Now we are weightless
Here we go

Hold on, hold on
Everything's gone
Now we are weightless
All alone

Hold on, hold on
A moment is all
Now we are weightless

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