Simple Machines

by The Rebel Wheel

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1.
Pulley 04:06 video
Keep on pulling pulling pulling away away Pull, in a straight line Pull, from today Keeps on turning turning turning away away Turn, in a straight line Turn, from today Alright, OK It's not OK Turn so completely the other way Into tomorrow from today today today Turn, in a straight line from yesterday Alright, OK It's not OK Turn so completely the other way
2.
Hammer 05:21 video
Ego culture, Exploit vulture Jester investor Moron, mind infestor Sky high, brain fry Stirred by blind eye Doubtful snickered Never considered Villainy forebodes No option to back down Nine millimeter load The hammer came down Brain large, took charge Weapon discharge Empty confetti Gravity pulls heavy Villainy forebodes no option to back down Nine millimeter load the hammer came down Alternative reality would be Hatred then slavery Victimize, dismantle families Falsities and foolery would lead The free world to its knees
3.
Bend your finger at the joint You still point By any other name, roses just the same Pretty eyes Under grey suburban skies Make your secret getaway And play Thought you left me in the dark But I know where you park Pretty eyes Under Madawaska skies Listen to the storm Forewarned Tell all my secrets to the friends That you lose in the end Pretty eyes Between the fields and skies Bend your finger at the joint You still point By any other name, roses just the same Pretty eyes
4.
Screw 05:40 video
Twisting to avoid Words you need to hear Delusions destroyed or Poison in your ear The measure of the distance Between the do and say Collapses on itself when Truth gets in the way Did you think they'd call Did you think at all? Beauty of the night Not revealed by blinding light The depth of every instance The shallow interface The shadows pass and judge A thousand times a day Sex and secrets Secrets, shame Sex and secrets Secrets, sex and shame Sin and solace Solace, faith Sin and solace Solace, sins and faith Face bathed in the glow Of the light of screens Softly starts to show it all The cracks and the seams The measure of the distance Between the do and say Collapses on your world A thousand times a day The depth of every instance The phantom shadows judge The shallow interchange Deep within the sludge Sin and solace Solace, faith Sin and solace Solace, sins and faith Sex and secrets Secrets, shame Sex and secrets Secrets, sex and shame
5.
Fulcrum 04:36 video
She's a kite, she's in flight In our bedroom Up and up, down and down I'll help you through Swing 'round Come back down Swing 'round Come back down Past midnight, need a light I'll see you through Cloudy skies or clear full moon I'll stay with you Swing 'round Come back down Swing 'round Come back down She's a kite, she's in flight In our bedroom Cloudy skies to midnight moon I'll help you through Swing 'round Come back down Swing 'round Come back down
6.
Switch 05:19
Eying longingly Liking what you see Praise all meant for she Meaning everything Words not meant to sting Could not have foreseen Flicked the switch Bad man, Nice guy Jekyll and Hyde Words soft, Slabs hard Soothing heart scarred From my face you think I've changed But I still remain the same Inside Switch in masquerades Sleep in beds you made Switch in masquerades Sleep in beds you made Eying longingly Hating what you see Taking greedily Scorn all meant for she Meaning everything Grip that's meant to sting Could not have foreseen Flicked the switch Flick the switch
7.
I After all After always underground Looked alive Looked away Looked towards that awful sound I After all Almost run to ground And through it all Truth was falling down I Overall Over, under, sideways, down How was I to know Even though Even after all the truth fell down Down Never stops falling down Never had a day or A good night With your ghost around Never really lied to me Never really know Never really lied to me Never really know Never really lied to me Never really know Never really lied to me Never really know I Overall Over, under, sideways, down How was I to know Even though Even after all the facts were down Never really lied to me Never really know Never really lied to me Never really know Never really lied to me Never really know Never really lied to me Never really know I could be a better man or I could be a bitter man or I could be a better man or I could be a bitter man or I Secret nights, quiet days And darkly taking pleasure All the world standing by And breathless taking measure Black with rage And ocean's roars Or darkly drifting rivers come what may or Come again with Soft and ghostly nevers There was distance to endure A thousand miles a minute Can't understand the world of God Or all the creatures in it Shadows gleam in midnight sun With smiles she tries to mimic Somewhere far beyond my "no" is where she draws the limit Clutch and grip Tattered whip Still lashing out in fashion I'm no innocent Incident, writhing round in passion The cult of all The cult of now The worshiper's hand-glad-ness Instruments both spic and span Were meted out with madness

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Simple Machines, The Rebel Wheel's latest album, is based on a series of melodies and motifs inspired by the mechanical concept of simple machines. There are some directly inspired motives that reflect the motion of the device after which the song is named, as well as some indirectly inspired ones that take their title from some more complex devices that incorporate simple machines, or finally, some that play on the connotations the actual machine names inspire.

This album is truly a group effort, with ideas brought in from all members. Everyone contributed to the arranging, tracking and mixing of the album, and it is the first one that has had a new producer at the helm (Andrew), which has resulted in a new sound for the band.

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released November 11, 2020

Andrew Burns: bass, keyboards, vocals
David Campbell: guitars, keyboards, vocals
Alex Wickham: drums, keyboards, vocals
Composed arranged and performed by The Rebel Wheel
Produced by Andrew Burns, Mastered by David Campbell

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The Rebel Wheel Ottawa, Ontario

Steeped in dark cinematic soundscapes and complex, turn-on-a-dime arrangements, The Rebel Wheel features a frenetic mix of rock aggression, complex compositions and unpredictable odd-meter vamps. Originally formed in 1991 as a fusion-based midi ensemble, the floating lineup has gradually focused on a modern, more performance-oriented, genre-blending Prog. ... more

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