The Existencils

The Existencils


The leading man, the beautiful bionoid, and the mischievous robot... The Existencils take you to the Twenty Second Sensory, where a velvety punk sound from the past collides with the psychedelic noise of the future. This is the year 2101. Greed has staged a battle... Love will fight and win.


The Existencils are recordings performed and produced by Nick Often. A songwriter and independent producer for over ten years, the twenty-six year old Often is known for his intellectual songcraft and spirited punk rock delivery while wielding an acoustic guitar. As a young solo act, he self-released two EPs and an LP to his fast-growing fan base in Portland, OR. Soon, a digital EP came in the form of Famous Ghosts, the result of some broken keyboards, a few recording days, and collaboration with an old friend. Later, he and some pals in Los Angeles formed The Baby Mammals, an indie rock three piece that recorded an EP and staged a tour up the West Coast before disbanding to pursue other projects.

This is when Nick Often became The Existencils and wrote Twenty Second Sensory. Often then spent the second half of 2007 in the years 2101-2104, beginning recording on the album in the year that its story line crescendos. Often has said that recording that far into the future helped him to connect more fully with his material and to ultimately come to terms with his future incarceration, which he learned of while writing about it.

Twenty Second Sensory begins in the summer of 2085 with Often's character indulging in youthful intemperance before being imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Two years into his sentence, his niece is born. A bionoid helped into the world by a host of advanced technologies seamlessly integrated into her chemistry, Adelice spends only ten years of her life as a child would. In 2097, just as the Energy Wars between man and machine are starting to heat up, Adelice's parents are murdered and she is kidnapped to be used as a bridge between human chemistry and digital code. A villainous syndicate of bad men and worse metal has plans to create what will come to be known as The Disease. With synthetic sperm encoded entirely by machine, Adelice is artificially inseminated in an underground lab where she is held against her will for the long months before a traumatizing stillbirth and a miraculous escape. It will be in the year 2101, after two hard years on the street for Adelice and fifteen years of hard time for her uncle, that the two will work together to execute a brilliant scheme; hijacking the CelebriLottery, and in a twenty second sensory experience of indescribable energy and light, fusing all of humanity with an analog antidote to exterminate The Disease and save the human race.

For The Existencils' live shows, Nick Often is joined by Melody Often, the bionoid whom he met and married in 2104 while completing his chronicle. On stage with them is their robot Giacometti, who's core is built around the device Nick carried with him on his journeys, that recorded events as they took place. The man, the bionoid, and the robot put on a show that always proves a spectacle and the drama of the tragic and beautiful story arc apparent in Twenty Second Sensory is never so fully realized as when one is confronted with its awesome gravity up close and in person.



Written By: Nick Often

i'm lit up like a pinball arcade
a fastback in the fast lane
i'm so drunk i think i drank electric kool-aid
i'm flashing back to the old days
i'm so sick i think i'm sick from too much apple pie
just to keep a beat i keep it so high
i'm so split i think i'm split right down the middle
a busted harp a broken fiddle
i was freaked out i had this rumor running through my brain
i sold out to board an aeroplane
and i did not like it when i woke up on the next morning
and so with very little warning
i packed my bags and penned a letter to my youngest niece
it was only one word and the word was peace
i know it don't matter she's still gonna grow up just the same
but at least now she knows her uncle's name
now i don't think much about that letter or that aeroplane
or anything else that drove me
now you'll find me at the corners of the rio grande
i'll be out there speaking cotoname

Electric Bangs

Written By: Nick Often

she's got electric bangs bangs bangs
they supply power to her brain brain brain
but they do shower her with sparks sparks sparks
that end up burning up her heart heart heart
so she decides she needs a change change change
her story needs a rearrange range range
but life it imitates like art art art
so next it comes the hardest part part part
she cuts up her electric bangs bangs bangs
the ones connected to her brains brains brains
her nervous system falls apart part part
so stops the beating of her heart heart heart
and all i'm thinkin it's a shame shame shame
didn't know she needed electric bangs bangs bangs
i'm talkin talkin it's a shame shame shame
didn't know she needed electric bangs bangs bangs

Song On Radio

Written By: Nick Often

well why not be sold out
be bought in be traded
and why not just give up
just give in get faded
just maybe we're not real
we're machines we're numbers
but really we're dancers
we're thinkers we hunger
so that's cool we're human
we breathe like the ocean
and burn like the fire
till the end unbroken
but how come that don't wash
that won't fit won't go down
cause wartime with popcorn
don't feel like no hoedown

I Wrote Her A Letter

Written By: Nick Often

july ninth, 2101
i got a toothache
cause they're in my head
they've heard everything i've ever said
i hope i don't wake up tomorrow dead
cause i got to get to you
you're the missing piece
you're the piece that will bring peace
i just can't let the machines know you're my niece
they know they know they know they know they know
august twelfth, 2101
shotgun i bought one
i wasn't gonna get one but i got one
of course many machines could stop one
but that won't be a problem
but don't think that this shotgun is
just for ghosts and for goblins
no this shotguns for stopping
what evil men are plotting
as i speak they are sneaking
but their info is leaking
and their intel is cheapening
and their resolve is weakening
indeed their downfall is beckoning
their criminality deafening
yes now the boys who did the weaponing
will now meet their day of reckoning
they’ll pay they’ll pay they’ll pay they’ll pay they’ll pay
november fifth, 2101
by now i've turned some ones to zeros
played the hero but we're not through yet
two hundred yards of copper-optics
stand between me and the admin's head
i got machinery all over me
machinery all over me
and now my shotgun, sawed off by the copper stream,
is now buried in the belly of Invodeus III,
the android posing as a human being
at the anonymous clinic to treat The Disease
he's been scanning people's data and their FNA reads
and uploading it directly to the master the machine
and so i blast out his guts and grab his CPUC
and now i'm on my way to fuck with the CelebriLottery

Cannot Move

Written By: Nick Often

show's over that's how it's got to be
what you've gone and seen was only just a dream
i know you you're gonna leave it all behind
gonna have to press rewind gonna change your fuckin mind
don't ever ever think that you can be
anymore than can be seen the commander of your dreams
forever you're gonna end up behind
gonna wish you could rewind while you're trapped inside your mind
come off it you know you're such a fake
to endeavor was a mistake you should take a lifetime break
you're thoughtless you never even thought to think
how it would feel out on the brink
just go on and have a drink
i bet you probably think that i'm the fake
well that's a lie and a mistake
you know i think we need a break
when i met you i never took the time to think
that we would be here on this brink i think it's me who needs a drink

Adelice's Theme

Written By: Nick Often

ever since she was a young girl
she's had electric bangs
connected to her processors
that's just how she was made
but that don't mean a thing to me
i love her just the same
a gift from god out of a machine
a dreamer unafraid
born here to save
her mother and her father
came to visit me in the pen
but they didn't bring their daughter
cause it was jail and she was only ten
but they brought with them a picture of
the entire family
in which because i couldn't be there
appeared a small framed picture of me
but that was now four years ago
before the wreckage before the disease
before they killed my sister and her husband
and made an orphan out of adelice
and when they used her as a weapon
and they inseminated her with the code
just like the lab that she was kept in
her heart grew dark and cold
then she escaped about ten months later
after expelling what became the disease
but the chemistry that happened inside her
that would stay with adelice
and i would be let out on ill behavior
and make it my plan to try and save her
and i would do that well sort of kind of
this is more how the tale would soon wind up
adelice has the whole code inside her
and an invert of the strain has become hard-wired
and so when she links up to the twenty billion
the human race proves to be quite resilient
in her beautiful shower of energy and light
the disease is negated and dies without fight
and the colors get brilliant day comes from night
and just as it's almost becoming too bright
i awake in my jail cell, it's twenty eighty five


LP: Twenty Second Sensory : Released June 2008

Set List

12 Songs. 45 Minutes. Twenty Second Sensory: Live.