Vivian Darkbloom

Vivian Darkbloom

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternative

Noticeably cooler than whatever your ex-girlfriend listens to.

Biography

Founded by an MIT student who invents cat toys, a poetry expert fluent in Chinese, and a math savant who once held the Minesweeper world record, Vivian Darkbloom is the geeky-hip grad student's take on alt/indie rock.

In 2012, Vivian Darkbloom will release its debut full-length record - Know Your Exit. The album was recorded over the span of three years, in various studios throughout Boston, and it showcases the band's penchant for pop structures, dark themes, and technological oddities.

The band has achieved notoriety for its unique instruments (including an MIT-built guitar/wii controller hybrid) and its crowdsourced approach to audio production (the track "Know Your Exit" includes over 1100 tracks recorded by people throughout the world, from Taiwan to Macedonia).

There first music video is interactive and web-based and has been nominated for a 2012 SXSW award.

The band has conducted regional tours on the East and West coasts, including performances at major clubs and festivals, such as CMJ's Music Marathon. In 2010, they opened for The Airborne Toxic Event.

Lyrics

Try Not To Swim

Written By: Rob Morris

I saw stars stopping stoplights.
And I saw the moon getting off with your wife.
Well, Stephen Crane thinks differently.
He says the universe feels indifferently.

But, I don't think I'll always be crushed down to my bones.
I don't think I'll always be crushed and low.
I try not to swim, and it shows.

I saw the sky spinning in circles.
It spun till the clouds funneled down into shapes that made me nervous.
I saw the airbag on the passenger side.
Mine didn't deploy, but at least I know what it should have looked like.

But, I don't think I'll always be crushed down to my bones.
I don't think I'll always be crushed and low.
I try not to swim, and it shows.

Everything means nothing to me.
Sorry...

Axis Two

Written By: Rob Morris

Well I see, you're landlocked so you're not spreading disease.
And I mean to be helpful but I can't suffer the breeze that...

Seems to hang around you.
It seems to make you float.
You think you're above us all, but I don't. I don't.

And your face looks withdrawn and empty and it seems painfully tragic.
And there's dust on your clothes and there's holes and holes worn in the fabric.

I may have been mistaken.
Its really hard to know.
You think you're above us all, but I don't. I don't.

You're sad, and you're tired, and you love how it gets you attention.
And I'm caught, there's a hook in my mouth and you pull in every direction.

Even so I can think straight.
I can swerve off the road.
You think you're above us all, but I don't. I don't.

Saved By Science Fiction

Written By: Rob Morris

We saw you loading guns, while preaching to your young.
Hey, what does it matter - you love God and opium.
And your followers are soldiers and they're standing on the shoulders of a pentecostal preacher who would love to see you speak in tongues.

I would love to see your past.

They say, "please help us find some money.
Cause we're poor and there's no science fiction to save us."

There's stress tests in the square.
But we don't seem to care.
We just walk by and laugh, and still they come from everywhere.
There's physics in the Yard, and on Oxford street there's hybrid cars.
You couldn't care less, you've got faith in aliens.

I would love to see your past.

They say, "please help us find some money.
Cause we're poor and there's no science fiction to save us."

Jamie

Written By: Rob Morris

Your car's not steering itself anymore.
And you're still too drunk.
The wheel's slipping, the breaks have had enough.
So lighten up.

Pick an early year.
You're not afraid, are you dear?
Try to hide all of your tracks when you feel undone.

Jamie I warned you.
Jamie I told you.
To stay out of the things that seem to bore you and make you get high.

I think we're stuck in a habit here.
And we know we're wrong.
This conversation's gone on for far too long.
Till we lose our minds.
We lose our minds.

Jamie I warned you.
Jamie I told you.
To stay out of the things that seem to bore you and make you get high.
And make you get high.

I'm Not What You Need

Written By: Vivian Darkbloom

I can tell you what I'm not.
I can tell you that I'm not the safest plan.
I'm a hidden fear.
I'm the saddest song you'll ever hear.

But you and me, We're cool as cats.
We're the devil in disguise, we're the smirk on a rat.
That's why we hang out here.
Where all we love is all we have to fear.

But, don't feel bad.
It seemed so sweet, till I said
I'm not what you need.
I'm not anything that I mean to be.
I'm not what you need.
I'm not anything that I mean to be.

We can find elitist friends.
And carry all our weight in diamonds.
And flaunt our sins.
Carry on like we give the world its spin.

But don't feel bad.
It seemed so sweet.
Till I said, I'm not what you need.
I'm not anything that I mean to be.
I'm not what you need.
I'm not anything that I mean to be.

I can tell you what I'm not.
I can tell you that I'm not a steady hand.
I'm not a stoic man.
There's a fault line everywhere I stand.

But don't feel bad.
It seemed so sweet.
Till I said, I'm not what you need.
I'm not anything that I mean to be.
I'm not what you need.
I'm not anything that I mean to be.

Your Hope

Written By: Rob Morris

When your arms are covered in blood,
You don't admit it.
And your bank account is nothing it once was.
You don't seem to regret it.

And your room is too small to walk through.
It seems a pity.
And everyone you meet is quick to forget you.
And still you say you are ready, to finally go.

You know your hope is silent still.
You know your hope is fresh out of pills.
Its the over-statement of the year.

Well so long, don't forget your music.
Cause I know you love it.
Its behind the couch, on top of your scriptures.

And still you say you are ready to finally go.

You know your hope is silent still.
You know your hope is fresh out of pills.
Its the over-statement of the year.

I don't suppose you could be wrong.
Your faith in your faith is far too strong.
You never saw that for yourself.
Its hard to propose a different view,
When yours is beyond what's false or true.
Its kinda like staring in the sun.

You know your hope is silent still.
You know your hope is fresh out of pills.
Its the over-statement of the year.

You know your hope is silent still.
You know your hope is standing still.

Cold War

Written By: Rob Morris

You're twitching like a mouse,
but you say nothing.
Cause you're in charge of restraint.

And I eagerly await,
a cancer on my brain.
Once and a while it saves.

I loved our cold war.
We never had to speak.
We lived like communist darlings.

You list me as a friend,
but its complicated.
I'm guessing the world knows now.
And you whisper to your left,
you laugh and nod.
You call out the murdering mind.

I loved our cold war.
We never had to speak.
We lived like communist darlings.
I loved our cold war.
We never had to mean
what we said.
We spoke like our government.

I'm ripping up my skin,
to feel light-headed.
I walk to your room and then...
you shot me in the mouth,
with a simple little glance.
That was all I could stand.

I loved our cold war.
We never had to speak.
We lived like communist darlings.
I loved our cold war.
We never had to mean
what we said.
We spoke like our government.

Discography

EP - Let's Become Machines (2007)
Single - Cold War (2008)
LP - Know Your Exit (Feb 7, 2012)

Set List

Originals: Jamie, Saved By Science Fiction, Try Not to Swim, Rapid Cycling, Let's Become Machines, Settle In, Axis Two, and more

Covers: The High Party, Falling Down, The Modern World