These Things Are Facts

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Track list:
1. Get Tough, Get Through It
2. You Can't Eat Prestige
3. Brothers Doing It For Themselves
4. Doubtbreak
5. You Can't Stop The Signal
6. Funundrum
7. Not Returning
8. Noises, Voices, You
9. Mistake Museum
10. Turn Down The Guitars ('11)
11. Home Is Where You Hang Your Hope

Funded almost entirely off of pre-orders and donations through Kickstarter, THESE THINGS ARE FACTS, is the first full length release from Bay Area rock band, Victory and Associates.

Digital download sales available starting July 4th, 2011

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released 05 August 2011

Conan Neutron – Guitar, Vocals
Evan Gritzon – Bass, Vocals
Shane Otis – Lead Guitar
Mouse Menough – Drums

Engineered by Ian Pellici at Tiny Telephone, SF, CA
Additional Engineering by Nat Carsten
Mixed by John Congleton, Elmwood Recording, Dallas, Texas
Mastered by Chris Goosman, Baseline Audio Labs, Ann Arbor, MI

All songs (C) Victory and Associates, 2011
(P) Psychotic Astronaut, ASCAP, Some Rights Reserved

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Victory and Associates write rock anthems that you didn’t know you needed. Punk rock passion, post-punk sass, and big rock riffs. Critical thinking mixed with a healthy dose of the absurd. This is for real, this is for serious.

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Track Name: Get Tough, Get Through It
You say I’m wasting my time, you say i’m wasting my life (get tough, get through it, alright!)
Tilting at windmills, fighting the good fight (get tough, get through it, alright!)
You think that we’re wrong, we’re painfully right (get tough, get through it, alright!)
Thought we reached new lows, but we’ve reached new heights (get tough, get through it, alright!)

You have to stick with it, you have to hold true
even when you can’t win for losing,
in fact, then it’s especially true.

You get tough! you get through it,
because the hope is all we know,
and we’ll sing the songs to prove it

You get tough! you get it done,
even when it all falls apart,
even when it seems really dumb.

I say it’s sincere, you say that it’s trite (get tough, get through it, alright!)
keep the poison inside, just swallow my pride (get tough, get through it, alright!)
hate your attitude, but keep moving in spite (get tough, get through it, alright!)
working on a checkmate, with a bishop and a knight (get tough, get through it, alright!)

Everyday is a promise, everyday is a gift
even when it’s an ugly sweater that doesn’t fit

You get tough! you get through it,
because the hope is all we know,
and we’ll sing the songs to prove it

You get tough! you get it done,
even when it all falls apart,
even when it seems really dumb.

It’s not dumb.

You get tough! you get it done,
even when it all falls apart,
even when it seems really dumb.

You get tough! you get through it,
because the hope is all we know,
and we’ll sing the songs to prove it
Track Name: You Can't Eat Prestige
It doesn’t end like this, they don’t get to win.
This is a cheat, we won’t take the short end
Keep us scrambling for scraps, while they make off with the bank
take us from behind and expect us to say thanks

Well the war is over, the fight was fixed
a campaign to make you poor, while they stay rich.
This isn’t the last chapter, i’m turning the pages back
we’ve been defending too long, let’s plot a counter attack

You just, live life like you’re under siege
you can’t pay bills with praise, you can’t eat prestige

I’ve been down so long, I stopped making up jokes
I’d need some investors to get up to broke
and it’s like: 1,2,3,4, they declared a class war
and all we declared was bankruptcy

Neverending struggle, neverending strife
you did a great job, better luck next life
they look down at us, riding high in the stirrup
they kick us while we’re down, how about we kick them while they’re up?

You just, live life like you’re under siege
you can’t pay bills with praise, you can’t eat prestige
Track Name: Brothers Doing It For Themselves
Well, we can’t wait very much longer
We already waited half our lives
it all moves at the pace of a glacier
if you want something done right
you do it for yourself

brothers doing it for themselves
brothers doing it for themselves
brothers doing it for themselves
brothers doing it for themselves
Track Name: Doubtbreak
Flat out wasted, you’re flat out wasting away.
Long dark tea time, of the soul, you used to make them pay
You used to be cool man, whatever happened to those days?
Wish you could follow through yeah, follow through on half the things you say.

I’ll believe in you, and you can believe in me
I’ll believe in you, even when you don’t believe in me
We will repeat (we will repeat!), until we get it right
we still aim high, we will not lower our sights

Flat out foolish, can’t believe a single word you say
All talk, no action, why must you open the haterade?
All hands on deck now! We’re needed, time to save this day
No time for this doubtbreak, the antigen is on it’s way.

I’ll believe in you, and you can believe in me
I’ll believe in you, even when you don’t believe in me
We will repeat (we will repeat!), until we get it right
we still aim high, we will not lower our sights

I’ll believe in you, and you can believe in me
Your doubt is palpable, but here's something to believe in:
We will repeat (we will repeat!), until we get it right
we still aim high, we will not lower our sights
Track Name: You Can't Stop The Signal
Fought the good fight, but the ship still sunk (you cannot stop the signal)
The captain’s dead and the first mate’s drunk (you cannot stop the signal)
This ship, it could be your life (you cannot stop the signal)
Every failure and regret cutting like a knife… if you let it.

There are other stories, but this ones ours
We shall not falter we will not cower
Tell this story to every girl and boy
You can’t stop the signal, can’t stop the noise.

Treading water in a sea of despair,
riding the cliches and gasping for air
This boat is sinking and it’s in no way just
you spy a sign and what is written to us?

We heard you.
somebody listened, somebody cared
We heard you
somebody listened, somebody cared
somebody listened out there

There are other stories, but this ones ours
We shall not falter we will not cower
You’ll want to tell this tale to every girl and boy
You can’t stop the signal, can’t stop the noise.

Treading water in a sea of despair,
riding the cliches and gasping for air
This boat is sinking and it’s in no way just
you spy a sign and what is written to us?

We heard you.
somebody listened, somebody cared
We heard you
somebody listened, somebody cared
somebody listened out there
Track Name: Funundrum
First things first, let’s oversimplify the problem… it’s not fun, it’s not funny!
no heroes, no idols, why would we want them?… it’s not fun, it’s not funny!
Hope you have a great time, racing to the bottom… it’s not fun, it’s not funny!

We’ve got a crisis here I see, this funundrum it tasks me
and furthermore
the good guys never get ink like the bad guys do,
they aren’t laughing with you they’re laughing at you.
It’s not funny, it’s not fun! We’re not trying to pull a fast one.
It’s not funny, it’s not fun! We’re not trying to pull a fast one.
It’s not funny, it’s not fun! We’re not trying to pull a fast one.
It’s not funny, it’s not fun! We’re not trying to pull a fast one.

second things second, fun isn’t always flippant… it’s not fun, it’s not funny!
there’s a major difference between sardonic and irreverent… it’s not fun, it’s not funny!
You’re disaffected and detached, yeah, ok… we get it… it’s not fun, it’s not funny!

We’ve got a crisis here I see, this funundrum it tasks me
and furthermore
the good guys never get ink like the bad guys do,
they aren’t laughing with you they’re laughing at you.
It’s not funny, it’s not fun! We’re not trying to pull a fast one.
It’s not funny, it’s not fun! We’re not trying to pull a fast one.
It’s not funny, it’s not fun! We’re not trying to pull a fast one.
It’s not funny, it’s not fun! We’re not trying to pull a fast one.
Track Name: Not Returning
I left my hometown like a convict in a prison break,
small mindedness and boredom were just too hard to take.
I left my hometown like a bullet leaves a loaded gun,
had I stayed well I’m sure I would have killed someone
I left my hometown because it did not suit my taste
no plan… no money… and no time to waste.
I left my hometown without a thought or care,
I left my hometown, because I could not stand it there.

Just…
Get out, just bail… nothing for me might as well set sail
Get out, hit the road… wherever I end up is home
get out, can’t take on more… burn it down because I don’t live there anymore
Get out, show some pep… the longest journey begins with one step

I left my hometown like a lifeboat leaves a sinking ship,
I saw the life ahead and, I was just done with it,
I left my hometown because of cultural toxicity
I needed more than liquor stores and cable tv
I left my hometown without ever looking back.
unleashed on the world just like a heart attack
I left my hometown for adventure and exciting things,
I’m out, I’m gone, I’m not returning.

Just…
Get out, just bail… nothing for me might as well set sail
Get out, hit the road… wherever I end up is home
get out, can’t take on more… burn it down because I don’t live there anymore
Get out, show some pep… the longest journey begins with one step

Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!
and never come back.
Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!
we’re not returning
Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!
We’re outta here.
Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!
Get out! Get out! Get out!
Get the hell out!
Track Name: Noises, Voices, You
We’ve been away too long, hello we’re back
Not on the defense, but on the attack,
You see the bad times were a wee bit too bad,
and the sad times soul breakingly sad
But we’re still standing, we’re still breathing
we’ve been beaten, but yes, we are healing
Don’t need your approval ok?
But I do need you to get out of the way.

So! Hit the shuffle on that old noise we made,
the past is gone, long gone, this is true.
We’ll reminisce and try not to complain
lowered expectations the general rule
Some people get a kick out of pissing on your dreams
these people, they have no clue,
There’s only one thing I need to carry on and that’s:
Noises, Voices… Noises, Voices and you.
Noises, Voices and you.
Noises, Voices and you.
Noises, Voices and you.

So! Hit the shuffle on that old noise we made,
the past is gone, long gone, this is true.
We’ll reminisce and try not to complain
lowered expectations the general rule
Some people get a kick out of pissing on your dreams
these people, they have no clue,
There’s only one thing I need to carry on and that’s:
Noises, Voices… Noises, Voices and you.
Noises, Voices and you.
Noises, Voices and you.
Noises, Voices and you.
Track Name: Mistake Museum
1st floor is every failed dream, 2nd floor every bad date
3rd floor is broken promises and words spoken out of hate.
admission may be pricey, everyone’s got a season pass
this is your life, it’s starring you, and it’s disappearing fast.

too fast.

Let’s get a move on, break these chains.
we’re more than the sum of our mistakes

5th floor is the pitch you let sail past, 6th floor has the ones you missed,
7th floor is a lack of follow through, 8th floor is a blatant dis
everyone who’s ever brought you down is super stoked to see them
you can find them on display in the mistake museum.

Let’s get a move on, break these chains.
we’re more than the sum of our mistakes
shut the door it is ajar
the past is not all that we are

So now jump… might as well jump… go on ahead and jump… they’d like you jump…
just a little bit higher, a little bit higher
we need a change (just a little bit higher! a little bit higher!)
we’re more than the sum of our mistakes (just a little bit higher! a little bit higher!)
let’s get a move on, break these chains (just a little bit higher! a little bit higher!)
won’t be another artifact on display (just a little bit higher! a little bit higher!)
shut the door it is ajar (just a little bit higher! a little bit higher!)
the past is not all that we are (just a little bit higher! a little bit higher!)
Track Name: Turn Down The Guitars ('11)
Turn the guitars down! It’s time to sculpt the sound
The volume is too high, he’s not horsing around
Turn the guitars down! It is a classic standoff
We’d like to play at 11, he’d like to turn us off
Turn the guitars down! No melting of face
and that is the reason, this song features the bass
Turn the guitars down! You have to know your role
or you, won’t hear the vocals
because there’s no loud guitars in rock ‘n roll.
no!

This band is much too loud, they’ll never succeed unless they turn it down (turn it down!)
And in case you forget (it’s too loud!) that is as low as it gets
This band is much too loud, they’ll never succeed unless they turn it down (I’ts too loud!)
We’re rocking to you (turn it down!)
Turn it down you fool

Turn the guitars down! It’s too ding dang loud
This room sounds much different, when there is a crowd
Turn the guitars down! Or he’ll, increase the fade
Our volume the inverse, of how much we get paid
Turn the guitars down! We have no time to kill
And that is the reason, this line has a drum fill
Turn the guitars down! And adjust the PA
No reverb is needed, just crank up the vocals
and drop the 7K!

This band is much too loud, they’ll never succeed unless they turn it down (turn it down!)
And in case you forget (it’s too loud!) that is as low as it gets
This band is much too loud, they’ll never succeed unless they turn it down (I’ts too loud!)
We’re rocking to you (turn it down!)
Turn it down you fool

Turn down, turn down, turn down the guitars!
Turn down, turn down, turn down the guitars!
Turn down, turn down, turn down the guitars!
Turn down, turn down, turn down the guitars!
Track Name: Home Is Where You Hang Your Hope
We spend our whole lives waiting for the good things to start (and we’re ready!)
We spend our whole lives waiting, waiting and just failing apart
sometimes bad things happen for, no reason at all
and it’s usually darkest, right before the fall.

This face will start a future, these hands destroy the past
Together we can do it, hoist the flag up on the mast
What is past is prologue, what’s done can’t be undone
I do not care what came before, we can make it if we run

Home is where you hang your hope
Home is where you hang your hope
Home is where you hang your hope (
Home is where you hang your hope, we got tough, we got through it

We’ve spent our whole lives working someone else’s dream(and we’re ready!)
we’re ready, we’re not waiting, it’s closer than it seems
Sometimes this cruel old world can, break apart your soul
Close your eyes, get tough, we’ll fly right out of the hole

This face will start a future, these hands destroy the past
Together we can do it, hoist the flag up on the mast
What is past is prologue, what’s done can’t be undone
I do not care what came before, we can make it if we run

Home is where you hang your hope
Home is where you hang your hope
Home is where you hang your hope
Home is where you hang your hope, we got tough, we got through it