Mission vs Madness

Mission vs Madness

 Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
BandRockPunk

Mission vs. Madness blends together elements of country, southern, folk, and rock'n'roll with the speed and intensity of punk rock. Imagine if No Use For A Name, NOFX, and Social Distortion sat down with Johnny Cash and had a few beers.

Biography

Mission vs Madness is a punk rock band from Lafayette, Louisiana. Growing up in a cultural melting pot, the band frequently strays from its punk roots into other genres, even tapping into a bit of outlaw country. But one thing stays consistent: a full-frontal sonic attack fueled by the rich storytelling and textured vocal harmonies of brothers Nick and Andy Best.

After releasing their first EP (“Launch” - July, 2009), Mission vs Madness toured the Gulf Coast region extensively from Florida to Oklahoma. The next year, the band teamed up with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Ivan Klisanin to record their first full-length album. “Trainwrecks & Tipjars” was released on August 24th, 2010 and drew immediate comparisons to influential groups such as Social Distortion and Hüsker Dü.

With two solid records under their belts, the band heads down the lonesome highway once again to continue the search for good friends, good beer, and good times.

Lyrics

The Dude

Written By: Mission vs Madness

When that old train comes to take me away,
I hope that I'm lying face down in my grave,
still reeking of whiskey and lost serenades,
not rotting away in some hospital bed,

when the choir comes to carry me home,
and I have to a-test to the things I have done,
let the angels grow tired cause the list is too long,
and let me in early for the price of a song,

down to the curve where you'll pour me one out,
don't cry for me cause I'm laughing right now,
and now need to worry when my time runs out,
I'll die like I lived,
with a drink and a shout

when the reaper comes to tell me I'm done,
they'll damn sure be no stone that I've left unturned,
let no song be written not meant to be sung,
let the world know exactly,
just who I was,

when my friends come,
to my funeral pyre,
let none be too kind and let none be a lair,
let them speak of my life,
the bad and the good,
to hell with perfection,
I did what I could

down to the curve where you'll pour me one out,
remember all the times that you watched me shout,
about all the things that were eatin at me,
they ways that I failed
and what I
could never be

so live everyday,
like we'll never have another,
and do everything like you're life depended on it,
and just pray to god,
that they'll never keep you honest,
then you'll live your life,
exactly how you wanted,

[so live everyday,
like we'll never have another,
(I see you in the crowd ,
smilin back at me)]

[and do everything,
like you're life depended on it,
(and those times you stopped,
to tell me that you loved me)]

[and just pray to god,
that they'll never keep you honest,
(and that last phone call,
to tell you that I'm sorry)]

then you'll live your life,
exactly how you wanted,
(that I turned out,
exactly how you warned me)]

down to the curve where you'll pour me one out,
don't cry for me cause I'm laughing right now,
and now need to worry when my time runs out,
I'll die like I lived,
with a drink and a shout

and no time for crying when I'm dead and gone,
when you think of my life just think of this song,
never get lonely when you start to play,
and pour one for me cause I'm there,
standing on that stage

Tomorrow

Written By: Mission vs Madness

Please change me,
I can't change myself,

one more try,
to be somebody else,

and we'll talk about tomorrow,
when we make it through today,

I've been lost inside my head,
and I can't find a way,

I've been trying to change myself,
the changes wouldn't stay,
I just want to be left alone,

please help me,
I can't make a stand,

one more time,
please tell me who I am,

and we'll talk about tomorrow,
when we make it through today,

I've been lost inside my head,
and I can't find a way,

I've been trying to change myself,
the changes wouldn't stay,
I just want to be left alone,

and I swear,

tomorrow,
life won't be the same,

tomorrow,
everything will change,
tomorrow,
despite what I might think,

I know tomorrow,
tomorrow isn't me,

I know tomorrow,
tomorrow isn't me,

Please break me,
I need to rebuild,

one more chance,
to start my life again,

and we'll talk about tomorrow,
when we make it through today,

I've been lost inside my head,
and I can't find a way,

I've been trying to change myself,
the changes wouldn't stay,
I just want to be left alone,

and I swear,

tomorrow,
life won't be the same,

tomorrow,
everything will change,
tomorrow,
despite what I might think,

I know tomorrow,
tomorrow isn't me,

I know tomorrow,
tomorrow isn't me,

Well I hate to be the one to say that the light has changed,
it's so sad to see the people we've be come,

its the saddest part of sympathy,
when the apathy starts killing me,
and I was not the one who called us young,

I never cared about the stupid shit,
the obvious the hypocrites,
the ones who'd change the world but then played dumb,

how much longer can I fall apart,
before I get back to the start,
and how much more can I become,
numb..
and I swear,
tomorrow,
life won't be the same,
tomorrow,
everything will change,
tomorrow,
despite what I might think,

I know tomorrow,
tomorrow isn't me

Westward Bound

Written By: Mission vs Madness

This bar smells like blood,
there's gonna be a fight,

And no one can leave,
till someone bleeds tonight,

these bar stools they empty as people seem to fade away,
and in the lights of the stage now I can't tell the night from the day,

we should be a million miles from here,
watching smoke rings slowly disappear,

lord the bunk in this van don't lie,
won't ya,
please take me home home tonight,
won't ya,
please take me home tonight,

from Dallas to Norman,
on the thirty five,

and if we make it,
or take it,
at least we feel alive,

the lines on the highway,
get further in between,

and if you call westward bound home,
you'll see just what I mean

we should be a million miles from here,
watching smoke rings slowly disappear,

lord the bunk in this van don't lie,
won't ya,
please take me home home tonight,
won't ya,
please take me home tonight,

how far away,

how long can we stay,

and i long too play
how much more can we take

sleep on the highway countin bumps in the road,
[thinking of people and things we let go
( we move oh so slowly, we move oh so slowly)],

hopin for some one to smile thru the lights
[hopin for somewhere to sleep tonight
(I'll call you in the morning and tell you I'm alright)]

and we should be a million miles from here,
watching smoke rings slowly disappear,

lord the bunk in this van don't lie,
won't ya,
please take me home home tonight,

we should be a million miles from here,
watching smoke rings slowly disappear,

lord the bunk in this van don't lie,
won't ya,
please take me home home tonight,
won't ya,
please take me home tonight,
won't ya,
please take me home tonight,
won't ya,
please take me home,

oh won't you take me home,
tonight

Rehab

Written By: Mission vs Madness

Phone rings out,
there's no one on the line,
tried to help,
but I've run out of time,

and I think about,
all the times I feed your demons,
and I try to take them back

I think about,
all the things I said to you,
before you finally cracked,

I hate to tell the truth now,
but its so hard to lie,
I've got my life back,
paid in sacrifice,

if I call you in the morning,
I don't know what I'd say,
I can't be the one to save you,
today,

so,
no more sleep tonight,
I don't know if your alright,
but I finally got my head above the water line,

drowning in your fears,
well it all becomes so clear,
we all pay,
for our fathers sins in time,

and I'm not alright,

wrote it down,
so I could finally get it out,
every thing,
that I was about,

and I think about,
all the times I feed my demons,
and I try to get them back

everything,
I ever said to you

before I finally cracked,

I hate to tell the truth now,
but its so hard to lie,
I've got my life back,
paid in sacrifice,

if I call you in the morning,
I don't know what I'd say,
I can't be the one to save you,
today,

so,
no more sleep tonight,
I don't know if your alright,
but I finally got my head above the water line,

drowning in your fears,
well it all becomes so clear,
we all pay,
for our fathers sins in time,

and i'm not alright,

so,
no more sleep tonight,
I don't know if your alright,
but I finally got my head above the water line,

drowning in your fears,
well it all becomes so clear,
we all pay,
for our fathers sins in time,

and i'm not alright,
alright,
alright,
I'm not alright..

Discography

"Trainwrecks & Tipjars" (August 2010) - LP
"The Laffs Underground Vol. 1" compilation (2010)
"This Is What You Think" compilation (2010)
"LAUNCH" (2009) - EP

Set List

Tomorrow
A Desperate Try
Hollow Kids
A&R
The Western World
Parking Lots
Pitchers
Cleveland
A Toast to Goodbyes
The Dude
Westbound
Rehab
The Miz
Corporate Suicide
Mr. Stalker
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)

Set runtime:
30 minutes to 90 minutes