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UPCOMING SHOWS

August 6th @ LiveWire Lounge

Date: Saturday, August 6th
Location: LiveWire Lounge in Chicago, IL
Also Playing: 3 Days From Dying, Endgame, and Catapult The Propaganda

May 14th @ Q Bar
Date: Saturday, May 14th
Location: Q Bar in Darien, IL
April 3rd @ Empty Bottle
Date: Sunday, April 3rd
Location: Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
Also Playing: Nap Eyes, Cian Nugent, Dead Languages

THE BAND

The Band

FOOLS’ BREW is on a mission to tear up every stage they play with straightforward, beer-soaked, Midwest-bred metal. The Chicago four-piece cut their teeth playing bars and clubs all around Chicago, Joliet, and northwest Indiana. In the early months of 2012 they rocked The Rave in Milwaukee while opening for Korn. 2013 saw the FOOLS win the Chicago Battle of the Bands at Reggie’s Rock Club, play the main stage at Congress Theater, and headline shows at Goose Island Wrigleyville and Reggie’s. This year, behind their newly released EP, “THIS SIDE OF SANITY”, they’ve showcased their raucous live set across the Midwest playing venues in Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh, opened for Kyng, Kill Devil Hill, Soulfly, and Butcher Babies, and packed shows back home at Reggie’s, Martyr’s, and Mojoes among others. The word is spreading, heads are turning, and faces are melting. The future looks bright, because this band is on fire.

Jarrett O’Cooley – Vocals
Diggs McNasty – Guitar
Cormander – Bass
Timmy D – Percussion

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LYRICS

Up In Flames

Bleeding, heartbeats away
Breathing, live one more day

Minutes from death
Nothing left
Broken hearted
You should have finished what you started

Left in the dark
You’re to blame
But I’ll brighten this day
When I send it all up in flames

Light her up

dagger from the black
To the hilt in my back
Betrayed
Sold my ass down the river
Left me holding the grenade

The upper hand is mine this time
There’s only one thing on my mind

’cause I’ll ignite the skies tonight

Your breaths burn with fire
Flames licking your entire
Being
Burns and blisters on everything that ever held your name

The upper hand is mine this time
There’s only one thing on my mind

‘cause I’ll ignite the skies tonight
I’ll torch the world to watch you burn

Reciprocity
Simply won’t please me
Laying
Waste to your lithe existence
I’ll scorch the fucking earth

The upper hand is mine this time
There’s only one thing on my mind

Cause I’ll ignite the skies tonight
I’ll torch the world to watch you burn

The smoke will rise til morning light
My pain will die as ashes fly

The Reckoning

Blood flows free down darkened streets
the stains of its shade kiss the asphalt again
sacrificed against our will
it courses through cracks in the sidewalks, down each split and bend

right now
violence rules everything around me
sirens and gunshots sounding
the score of a war we’re losing now

 

Right now
We’ll become the virus
Spread the hate inside us
Screaming through the silence now

Raise your head

These streets
Echo heartbeats
Of the willing
Of our war we sing
Concrete
Under our feet
It’s a front seat to the reckoning

down and damned we stand as one
our brothers and sisters are comrades in blood
wading through it swelling deep
we’ll swim to the shores of our triumph as red rivers run

right now
violence rules everything around me
sirens and gunshots sounding
the score of a war we’re losing now

 

Right now
We’ll become the virus
Spread the hate inside us
Screaming through the silence now

Raise your head

These streets
Echo heartbeats
Of the willing
Of our war we sing
Concrete
Under our feet

It’s a front seat to the reckoning

Done running around
Swallowing pride
Stand your ground
We’ll witness the turn of the tide
Time is now

not under our flag
not while we still stand

Sulfur scents the midnight air
The flames of our victory climb through the dark
Here we stand, forever more
The words of a people who’ll never be conquered again

Right now
Parasitic oligarchy decrees every
Plight now
Burning, turning everything to rock en bloc to
Lock down
Lack a soul, extol control and close the polls
Kick em out the door
Here we go

Right now
Just capitulate into the weight of hate and
Fight now
No debate now liquidate the heads of state and
Bite down
Straight into the great crusade to date
Create your fucking fate and stand with me

Raise your head

These streets
Echo heartbeats
Of the willing
Of our war we sing
Concrete
Under our feet
It’s a front seat to the reckoning

They can’t take us all
We rise as they fall
We’ll take it with blood
Washed clean by our flood

God'll Cut You Down

You can run on for a long time
run on for a long time
you can run on for a long time
sooner or later god’ll cut you down (x2)

go and tell that long-tongued liar
go and tell that midnight rider
tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
tell ’em that god’s gonna cut ’em down
tell ’em that god’s gonna cut ’em down

Oh great god damn come and gather for mass

woke to the sun ‘neath the overpass
I’ve been down on a bended knee
talking to a stranger I could not see
he spoke to me in a voice so sweet I thought I heard the shuffle of angel’s feet
he looked at me and my heart stood still
when he said “boy go do my will”

go and tell that long-tongued liar
go and tell that midnight rider
tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
tell ’em that god’s gonna cut em down (x2)

well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
workin’ in the dark ‘gainst your fellow man
sure as there is the day and the night
what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light

you can run and hide
slip and slide
try and take the mote from your neighbor’s eye
but sure as we’re made rich and poor
you’re gonna reap just what you sow

run on for a long time, run on for a long time
you can run on for a long time
sooner or later god’ll cut you down (x2)

go and tell that long-tongued liar
go and tell that midnight rider
tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
tell ’em that god’s gonna cut em down
tell ’em that god’s gonna cut…them…down

some folks go to church but never prayed in their life
tryin’ to make a date with their neighbor’s wife
listen to me man, sure as you’re born
you better leave that woman alone
’cause one of these days, yeah mark my words
you’ll think that guy is gone to work
you’ll walk up and knock on that door
and that’s all brother, you’ll knock no more

run on for a long time, run on for a long time
you can run on for a long time
sooner or later god’ll cut you down (x2)

go and tell that long-tongued liar
go and tell that midnight rider
tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
tell ’em that god’s gonna cut em down (x3)

Rot Gut

Ooh I can feel it
down my throat into my brain
true, I’m on fire
still there’s pleasure in the pain

grab life by the bottle
down the cure-all they call…

oh, I wake with the shakes
not a foreign start to my day

strut onto the scene
my swagger comes with a lean

Drink til i piss kerosene

grab life by the bottle
down the cure-all they call
rot gut, feel the devil’s breath seducing you
slack jaw, livin’ loose above a hundred proof

whiskey sick but I won’t quit

rot gut, feel the devil’s breath seducing you
slack jaw, livin’ loose above a hundred proof
whiskey sick but I won’t quit

oh, it makes me mean
still that’s better than when I’m clean

strut onto the scene
my swagger comes with a lean
chase my shots with gasoline

grab life by the bottle
down the cure-all they call
rot gut, feel the devil’s breath seducing you
slack jaw, livin’ loose above a hundred proof
rot gut, feel the devil’s breath seducing you
slack jaw, livin’ loose above a hundred proof

whiskey sick but I won’t quit

Lessons

Sit, don’t speak
listen if you know what’s good for you
listen so they’ll keep you
weak, poor, face down, kneeling
stand up fuck all the bullshit

now I know what they made me
now I see what they planned
now I know why they hate me
I won’t play their game

Keep your head
they say “take your lessons from me”

weed the creed
out of your life it’s
decreed disease
(they’ll bleed you dry) ’cause it’s
we the people but only under their steeple

 

You
Don’t rule
My life
My ways
I will
Not bow
Down to you

now I know what they made me
now I see what they planned
now I know why they hate me
I won’t play their game

Keep your head
they say “take your lessons from me”
but fuck that

all our lives
we’re fed lies

preying on us misfits
pulpit puppet shut it

lecherous fucks
we’ve had enough
You spawn of the klux

congress and priests
under the sheets
waxing elite

bleeding you dry, bleed ’til you’re
broken, beaten, starving, dying

robbing you blind, stealing your
savings, pensions, last possessions

breeding your mind, planting their
crosses, crescents, thought suppressants

self righteous pride, seeping

sermons and statutes they write side by side
tear ’em to shreds, those days are dead
think for yourself ’cause they’re fucked in the head

Panic Room

It’s all in my head… Make it stop

It surges from within I mask it with a grin It’s gettin’ harder to hide inside there’s a frenzy beneath my skin

Painful paranoia slithering up through my veins Rising thoughts of madness seem impossible to restrain Fighting off the feeling that my psyche has been deranged Hard to justify it when I’m warring with my own brain

I won’t close my eyes ‘Cause I’ve realized That in my own mind There’s nowhere to hide

Trembling from adrenaline Fighting the beast that lives within It’s trying to break free so unrelentingly No strength to keep it controlled, no So I try to keep my panic inside Buried deep below

I fight to hold it in But it’s a battle that I won’t win The terror’s taken control of my soul My defenses are stretched too thin

Painful paranoia slithering up through my veins Rising thoughts of madness seem impossible to restrain Fighting off the feeling that my psyche has been deranged Hard to justify it when I’m warring with my own brain

I won’t close my eyes ‘Cause I’ve realized That in my own mind There’s nowhere to hide

Trembling from adrenaline fighting the beast that lives within It’s trying to break free so unrelentingly No strength to keep it controlled, no So I try to keep my panic inside Buried deep below

It’s all in my head, it’s all in my head

I won’t close my eyes ‘Cause I’ve realized That in my own mind There’s nowhere to hide

Trembling from adrenaline fighting the beast that lives within It’s trying to break free so unrelentingly No strength to keep it controlled, no So I try to keep my panic inside Buried deep below

This Side of Sanity

Bite the hand that feeds you Spit the bit that keeps you contained Feed the fire that burns you Come be like me and switch your side of sanity and live life unchained

Live life unchained

Come look into my eyes and see the freed inmate Lift up, let out your cries it’s time to liberate Here now my friends arise it’s our turn to dictate Tear off that drab disguise, join the ranks of the lunatic allies

Awakening, a reckoning You’re beckoning the exiled offspring Toss the king, the power ring We’re conquering

Awakening outcast insane The deafening screams in refrain A strengthening flows through our veins It’s mutiny

Bite the hand that feeds you Spit the bit that keeps you contained Feed the fire that burns you Let hysteria run unrestrained

Bite the hand that feeds you Spit the bit that keeps you contained Feed the fire that burns you Come be like me and switch your side of sanity and live life unchained

Breathe in the haze of night, let go of all despair ‘Cause it’s the warden’s turn for the electric chair We’re taking back the streets authority beware Let our banners rise, fly the flag of the lunatic allies

Awakening, a reckoning You’re beckoning the exiled offspring Toss the king, the power ring We’re conquering

Awakening outcast insane The deafening screams in refrain A strengthening flows through our veins It’s mutiny

Bite the hand that feeds you Spit the bit that keeps you contained Feed the fire that burns you Let hysteria run unrestrained

Bite the hand that feeds you Spit the bit that keeps you contained Feed the fire that burns you Come be like me and switch your side of sanity and live life unchained

Awakening outcast insane The deafening screams in refrain A strengthening flows through our veins It’s mutiny

Bite the hand that feeds you Spit the bit that keeps you contained Feed the fire that burns you Let hysteria run unrestrained

Bite the hand that feeds you Spit the bit that keeps you contained Feed the fire that burns you Come be like me and switch your side of sanity and live life unchained

Scarred But Unharmed

My drive

Ice on the mind Fearless eyes Dread declined Pain’s my ally ‘Cause I believe That I need to bleed To succeed

I survive

My drive keeps me alive Bent but untorn, burned but reborn My drive keeps me alive Battered but reformed Scarred but unharmed

Fighting hands Of a veteran Will withstand All doubt be damned Strength of will Might instilled I can’t be killed

I survive

My drive keeps me alive Bent but untorn, burned but reborn My drive keeps me alive Battered but reformed Scarred but unharmed

I won’t be broken down

Strength of will Might instilled I can’t be killed

I survive

My drive keeps me alive Bent but untorn, burned but reborn My drive keeps me alive After I fall I’m walking tall My drive keeps me alive My skin’s been peeled but my wounds are healed My drive keeps me alive Battered but reformed Scarred but unharmed

Saddle Up

Chance to turn back is gone Time is now to atone Charging out alone Face a mask of stone Trying hard to conceal Fear is all that you feel Dig in with your heels Spare none from the field

Teeth the reins and fill your hands with steel

Overcome inside, terror grips your mind Never to subside, leave it all behind Dig down deep to find, your strength and your pride Cinch your spurs it’s time, saddle up and ride

Saddle up and ride Saddle up and ride Courage to abide Strength with every stride Saddle up and ride Saddle up and ride Earn your stripes astride

Thundering across the space between destinies Choosing which of you ends today on their knees Legends never die they live on in your mind Be the one eyed man that makes them all go blind Reach into your mind and break on through the wall Turn the power on and mount up for the call

Teeth the reins and fill your hands with steel

Overcome inside, terror grips your mind Never to subside, leave it all behind Dig down deep to find, your strength and your pride Cinch your spurs it’s time, saddle up and ride

Saddle up and ride Saddle up and ride Courage to abide Strength with every stride Saddle up and ride Saddle up and ride Earn your stripes astride

Fear hides, strength rides

Sharpen your eyes on your mark on the horizon Fix your sights Fight ’til someone’s in the ground Six feet down Read their last rites

Saddle up and ride

Saddle up and ride Saddle up and ride Courage to abide Strength with every stride Saddle up and ride Saddle up and ride Earn your stripes astride

Saddle up, Saddle up, Saddle up and ride

Retribution Mind

Heaven inside her, but no angel will answer Evil inside him, no equal, torment begins

Run, get away He hunts her down Attacks his prey

Silently screaming She’s suffocating And hopelessly struggling To free herself from this

Her (Pain) burdens my (Heart) Generates (Hate) Justice will (Fall) from (My Hand)

Hold on though life’s been cruel Use misery as fuel Let retribution mind be primed Not all damage heals with time Rewrite the scene of the crime

Evil inside us, a sequel, so heinous

Strength Stronger than her but not stronger than me Beg How does it feel to be down on your knees

Violently screaming He’s hemorrhaging And slowly accepting There’s no escape from this

Her (Pain) burdens my (Heart) Generates (Hate) Justice will (Fall) from (My Hand)

Hold on though life’s been cruel Use misery as fuel Let retribution mind be primed Not all damage heals with time Rewrite the scene of the crime

Steel inside him, my victim, this version

Hold on though life’s been cruel Use misery as fuel Let retribution mind be primed Not all damage heals with time Rewrite the scene of the crime

Empty adrenal gland Nose stings with gasoline Blood staining my hands But my conscience is clean

Ghosts In The Machine

Guarded deep, deep inside, inside my mind Broke in half, half alive, a lie I’ve told

I’ve been pulled Down and apart Ripped and drowned

Feeding off, off of pride, pride keeps a home to reside

Kick down the doors Tear down the walls We must restore Or we will fall

Assault yourself to decide who’s on your side of the line And which one dies No room for Jekkyl and Hyde, duality will divide We must unite

Connection, shuns deceit, seeds of chicanery Coalesce, lessen guile, I’ll top the trial

Can’t think straight Can’t get my head on Which way do I go

With reason, son’s ally, lie not to themselves, to no one

Kick down the doors Tear down the walls We must restore Or we will fall

Assault yourself to decide who’s on your side of the line And which one dies No room for Jekkyl and Hyde, duality will divide We must unite

Take stock of the soul Eliminate the split within Refine and define With an organized heart, possiblity and opportunity are endless Find the person worth fighting for, worth living for The vision of yourself you aspire to That face of victory And wear it Become it Put a boot heel on every throat filled with negativity Make them stairs on your climb to the summit of self-consciousness Live Aspire Fail Overcome Experience Embrace Endure

Doubts will subside, break through to truth inside Time to open wide

We will preside while selves within collide Cross our own divide

Breaking down, racing ’round, ’til we’re found Lighting our way Through the fray, only one wears the crown

Forge yourself, through the hell, feel it swell You can decide And kill the ghost inside

Face inward Find fortitude Make the climb Out of this hole

Assault yourself to decide who’s on your side of the line And which one dies No room for Jekkyl and Hyde, duality will divide We must unite

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