Awesome New Republic

Awesome New Republic

BandR&BPunk

Awesome New Republic is long for ANR, the Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of experimental progressive pop music.

Biography

John Hancock and B Rob (ANR) met in music school in Miami four years back and began writing and recording immediately. They use lots of keyboards, effects pedals, and pay close attention to programmed beats and live drums. ANR combines the sonic qualities of over-produced pop and r&b records with haphazard lo-fi recording techniques to create something that straddles the line between naivete and study. They've released several CDs, an LP, and a limited DVD. They continue to work towards the future, hoping to contribute more than just music to the world...

Lyrics

Wheels, No Engines

Written By: Awesome New Republic

WHEELS NO ENGINES

I FELL OFF MY BIKE THE OTHER DAY,
I FELL ON MY HEAD BUT ANY WAY.
SHORTY ALL I THOUGHT BEFORE AND NOW IS YOU.

LADY WE'RE ABOUT TO LEAVE HURR FOR A LITTLE WHILE.
WE HAVE TO GET UPON MINE BIKE BECAUSE ITS JESSUM I STYLE.

EVERY LITTLE HIGHWAY'S LIKE A FACT YOU NEVER UNDERSTOOD UNTIL IMPACT.
NOW LOOK AT ME LIKE YOU WANT IT FASTER PLEASED.
WE?RE LAUGHING AS WE'RE PASSING S.U.V.S

SHORTY I'M NOT SLOWING DOWN TIL AFTER YOU.

LADY WE'RE ABOUT TO LEAVE HURR FOR A LITTLE WHILE.
WE HAVE TO GET UPON MINE BIKE BECAUSE ITS JESSUM I STYLE.

SO SLOW, UNDER AND HERE WE GO
BABY I'M ABOUT TO BLOW.
I KNOW I?M BROKE
BUT EVERY TIME YOU TOUCH MY SPOKES I KINDACHOKE.
YOU MOUNT IT AND I?M PRETTY STOKED.
NOW HURR WE GO DOWN THE HILL LOOK OUT BELOW.
JUST SO YOU KNOW BABY I'M ABOUT TO BLOW.

SHORTY THIS RIGHT HURRS A BIKE THAT'S BUILT FOR TWO.

Japanese Subtitles

Written By: Awesome New Republic

what do you know that your city doesn't show?
are these instruments i've never heard of?
is it true what the street's catching word of?
how does the sun rise and stay up in the white?
it stays up on the flag in the night.
are we smiling all the while?
i've no knowledge of the style.
be wise. state your eyes.
come clamouring your fiction lies.
your vision floats away.
we whistle and you say you're
"japanese in my armor. japanese in my honor."
even if you can are you caught killing flies.
see the echo come straight through the peavey
like a blood spattered takashi miike or a gasp from the freaky.
slow oh way oh.
you're a patient little world.
and i won't give up waiting with study even when it gets bloody.
i'm still japanese in my armor. japanese in my armor.
i'm dropping beats like yoshimi.
come on p-we get behind the kit it'll suit ya.
otherwise we gotta go meet baroocha,
and either way i'm not thinking that far into the future...or am i?
who am i kidding?
its about to go down and i'm worried explosions aren't winning.
what does one do now?
i suppose that its best not forget what one did, but regretting, i'm not letting. still a kid. still a kid.
looking for an answer on the end of the globe.
flash photo finish and we out, we reload.
they got digital, we got analog bombers.
u.s.a. all the way but not when it comes to my honor.
now as to the topic of the path that we walk,
we're on our way down the hallway to the small city all party talks.

2K3012

Written By: Awesome New Republic

STEP OFF THE BRAKE.
I'M TALKING ABOUT DRIVING REAL FAST LIKE YOU'RE LEAVING THE HIGHWAY.
AFTER THE WAKE I AM WALKING OUT. LET US JUST SAY THAT THIS HASN'T BEEN
MY DAY.
MAYBE I'M BAKED.
MAYBE I'M GETTING GREY.
ONE THINGS FOR CERTAIN : MINE DIRECTION IS SHIFTING.
Q : WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BLOW A YOUNG LIFE AWAY?
A : ITS GOTTA BE TIED UP TO AIMLESSLY DRIFTING.
THIS IS THE PART
THAT STARTS WITH THE HEART

AND ENDS WITH THE GRAVE
IF YOU DONT BEHAVE RIGHT NOW LIKE ITS TWO THOUSAND THIRTY TWELVE.

WE REFUSE TO FAKE ANYMORE. WE ARE GETTING BAKED. DEADBOLT THE DOOR.
F*** MODERATION, CONGLOMERATION, LARGE CORPORATION, ETC.
WHAT IS A VACATION WITHOUT THE SENSATION OF LUST.
IN THE REPUBLIC WE TRUST.

INTO THE END (WHAT DO THEY MEAN?) MAYBE THERE'S A MARTYR BUT I'VE NEVER
TALKED TO HIM.
IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT DO THEY MEAN. THEY SAY WE'LL LIVE INDEFINITELY
BUT I'M SEEING STRAIGHT THROUGH THEM.
?THIS IS THE END OF THE EARTH.?
IT'S NO TIME TO RETREAT.
?THIS IS THE FACE OF REBIRTH YOU'VE BEEN DYING TO MEET.?
THIS IS THE PART THAT STARTS WITH THE HEART AND ENDS WITH THE GRAVE IF
YOU DON'T BEHAVE RIGHT NOW LIKE IT'S TWO THOUSAND THIRTY TWELVE.

WE REFUSE TO FAKE ANYMORE. WE ARE GETTING BAKED. DEADBOLT THE DOOR.
F*** MODERATION, CONGLOMERATION, LARGE CORPORATION, ETC.
WHAT IS A VACATION WITHOUT THE SENSATION OF LUST.
IN THE REPUBLIC WE TRUST.

SO NICE TO MEET YOU WORLD..
YOU'VE BEEN MAKING ME HAVE TO HURL.
SO NICE TO MEET YOU LAND..
YOU'VE BEEN MAKING ME UNDERSTAND.

CAREFULCAREFULCAREFULCAREFULCAREFULCAREFULCAREFULCAREFUL

Sneeky

Written By: Awesome New Republic

I'VE BEEN GETTING MY LEGS ATE BY THE ANTS
SO I'M NOW WEARING A FULL TRACKSUIT AND LONGER PANTS.
STILL THE CRAZY LITTLE FUCKERS JUST WONT LEAVE ME ALONE
THEM BE THE BOTH WINGED POLITICIANS PUTTING HURT IN MY HOME.
I AM NOT A BIG BULLY LIKE THE USA.
I'M A SECRET SERVICE STATION AT THE CIA STEALING TINY INFORMATION SO
THAT WHEN I'M GREY WE WILL BE LIVING IN A COUNTRY WITH NO NRA.
LOOK OUT I'M:
BREAKING IT OFF, SHAKING IT SOFT, FAKING TO SOLVE WHY I'M CRAZY OR I'M
HIGHLY EVOLVED = I'M A SNEEKY, SNEEKY, SNEEKY BOI
WHAT'S THE REWARD IF I CAN'T RECORD? THEN I CAN'T AFFORD TO PLAY THE
MUSIC AND MY BODY IS IGNORED.

WHAT IS THIS FEAR THAT PERPETUATES IN THE THOUGHTS OF THE POOR AND THE
WEAK AND THE ILL?
IS THERE SOME VAGUE COMFORT IN EMBRACING THE MOUTH THAT REFUSES TO FEED
YOU?
THAT FEEDS ON YOUR OWN HUNGRY FLESH??

I DON'T KNOW
I DON'T THINK SO.

(IN A SILENT WAY IS NO WAY TO MAKE WORLDLY THINGS GO YOUR WAY)

Watering Hole

Written By: John Hancock ANR

You be the bird and I be the elephant
You beat the drum that gets me to go
Keeping it firm and keeping it relevant
Much like the life in the watering hole

So I'm not down
When I'm knocked down

I'm never gonna give you up
Ain't gonna give you up
I gotta give you...

Off in the jungle where things are still left untouched
Love spreads from creatures who big and who small
If you be down than for surely I pick you up
If it you slip than I break it your fall...

Discography

"And Introducing..." CD (Self-released, 2003)

"Witness Now The Birth Of An Awesome New Republic" CD (Self-released, November 21, 2004)

"Courageous!" CD (Self-released, August, 2004)

"All Party Talks" 4-song 12" EP (Sutro/Stem Sell Recordings, September 2005)

"ANR So Far" CD (Sutro/Stem Sell Recordings, October 2005)
#176 on CMJ 200 Charts!
[combines the majority of the two self-released albums, remixed and remastered with two new tracks]

"Watering Hole" Digital EP (www.awesomenewrepublic.com , July 2006)

Set List

ANR knows about 100 songs and can play for three hours before having to stretch and rest and drink lots of water.