Epoch

by District Avenue

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about

District Avenue is a hard rock group, from Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick. The band features former members of the multi-nominated and chart-topping Aboriginal rock band ‘Kickin’ Krotch’.

In the fall of 2015, Mike, Sean and Kipp decided they wanted to take their music and sound to the next level and thus District Avenue was born. It was in 2015 while at the Indigenous Music Awards, they met producer Vic Branco owner of Iguana Studios and an instant connection was formed.

The new lineup set out to write songs that that would feature both their passion for life and music.
In the dead of winter (2016) they drove to Toronto to record their debut.
The result was a blend of crunchy rhythmic progressions with emotional melodies and lyrics that deliver a positive and inspirational message.

District Avenue is a multilayered entity, the depths of their artistry stem from their values in Indigenous heritage and the necessity to overcome life’s addictions. Each member of the band holds a story, a vision and an eclectic taste in music that together transfuses a multitude of sounds and experiences.

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released November 24, 2016

Produced by Vic Branco
Engineers - Andre Doucette & Nick Lobodycz
Mixed by Darius Szczepaniak
Mastering by Steve Benford @ Eclipse Mastering
Recorded & Mixed at Iguana Studios in Toronto Canada
Cd Artwork / Design by Sebas Theriault
Executive Producer Vic Branco
Lyrics by Mike Bernard
Music by Sean Nicholas
Label Gunner Recordings

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Track Name: Revival
From the depths of darkness
we shed our skin
desirable fashion
let it begin

Reveal ourselves
in meaningful way
the time is ripe
we stand with faith

We all shall strive
to reach our dreams
We all shall live
to hear those screams

Burn me into the sky
so high so bright
The winds will carry
my soul tonight

Into the stars
into the night
burning desire
interior ignites

I feel the rust falling
off this machine

Shimmering with beauty
you'll see

We all shall strive
to reach our dreams
We all shall live
to hear those screams

We have risen again
from the dead and decay
This is the beginning
a revival to display

We all shall strive
to reach our dreams
We all shall live
to hear those screams
Track Name: Haunting Hours
Million thoughts are running
through my mind
Lingering voices
floating afar
dreams will die
so will I

verses in the reflection
controlling my life
mindless banter
wasted rise

Center core rushing
penetrating lies
melodic toxin
Dilated eyes

Obliterate these feelings
set me free
mourning after
short lived leap
feel so faint
off this pain

We are careless creatures night
We are so distant out of sight
Haunting hours
forsaken pleas
reflecting thoughts
becomes my freeze

Breath in my secrets
hidden within
spending your paper
bleeds you thin
running on empty
let it begin

verses in the reflection
controlling my life
mindless banter
wasted rise

Center core rushing
penetrating lies
melodic toxin
Dilated eyes

Someone help me
I am screaming (screaming loud)
wake me up
for this day
I will change
shadow play

We are careless creatures night
We are so distant out of sight
Haunting hours
forsaken pleas
reflecting thoughts
becomes my freeze

I am in so much pain
I am falling away

Dying on the inside
I can't take this no more
Track Name: From the War
In a time you felt alone and lost
It was all too much to endure
you survived to make it back home
As a country turns its back on you

No respect for the ones that gave
Their meaningful lives for you
Ambush the helpless souls
Watch them break through

Bring me back from the war
My mind is still there
Shooting and killing
this is not fair

Innocence lost and forgotten
Why does this pain still remain
your world is silent and crazed
like charlie crawling thru the rain

Sunsets vanish through your eyes
The truth of living is unknown
All this destruction and lies
Agent Orange heavenly glow

Bring me back from the war
My mind is still there
Shooting and killing
this is not fair

I can't take this no more
I will leave this cold war
Track Name: Be the Hero
While looking through the attic
we discover the answer
deliriously anxious to kick
off the adventure

As the breeze hits my face
our problems skip town
a day as an explorer
turns that frown around

It's our time down here
It's our time

fill our hollows
fill our dreams
with riches...
from the ol swashbuckle bitches

As we crawl through the tunnel
traps falling all around
closer to the prize
mikey don't lose sight

Hot on our trail
there's no turning back
play us the right note
escape with the pack

We will save
we will save our town
from falling into the ground
we will be the heroes
we will beat the ones uptown
Track Name: Sinful Aura
Creeps in the shadows
lurking his prey
eating your thoughts
the ace of spades

Feeling so helpless
absorbing your fear
menacing terror
walking on air

Thru the darkness
thru the night
nightmares emerge
soul takes flight

my soul takes flight
into the night

Shed bitter tears
watching you break
everlasting horror
no one can take

Fixed at my feet
I can not move
paralyzing banshee
disappears

Behind the hat
unholy awaits
staring you down
the man escapes

Thru the darkness
thru the night
nightmares emerge
soul takes flight

my soul takes flight
into the night

She's so scared
Standing at the gallows
movement slow
He wants her soul

I am waking up
I am waking up

Thru the darkness
thru the night
Track Name: Panic Drive
We feel the world closing in
suffocating siamese twin
taking the air out of our trust
frustrating

I feel like it's becoming a trend
heart beating out of my chest
I feel like it's becoming the end
breathe in the panic

We see this point flashing by
manipulated mercy cry
swearing that it's gonna be ok
complicated

All these thoughts please go away
I am too weak for this day
Sleeping world of disarray
Please break away

Walls keep on crushing me
Keeping me down on my knees
All this hysteria in me
Weakness no one should feel

I don't want to feel this way
Think I should just go and pray
Sinking harder towards foul play
My mind is not OK

I feel like it's becoming a trend
heart beating out of my chest
I feel like it's becoming the end
breathe in the panic

All these thoughts please go away
I am too weak for this day
Sleeping world of disarray
Please break away

Walls keep on crushing me
Keeping me down on my knees
All this hysteria in me
Weakness no one should feel
Track Name: Static Souls
Things never change
They seem to stay the same
Losing all fate
Sinking into a darker state

It's easy to give up
When your world is in chaos
Need to move forward
escape the desperation

Feed your spirit
And watch it grow
Stop looking backwards
Long ago

Reaching Higher
feel it glow
Time is a wasting
So let's go

All you lost souls
Step out of sorrow
All you lost souls
Start believing in yourselves
All you lost souls
restore faith within
All you lost souls

Static soul buzzing
The earth starts trembling
Clouds part the sky
It's time to take flight

Please don't give up
When your world is not right
keep moving forward
Create your Destination

Eyes are the window to the soul
Wake my child
Wake your sleeping soul
Track Name: Chasing the Sun
We're trying so hard
to find the light
running so fast
but left behind
Capturing beauty
let's paint the sky
in good spirits
watching you die..

We feel the energy
chasing the sun
falls behind us
what have we done
shine upon
the empty dreams..

You're trying so hard
to shine at night
hiding behind hills
a beautiful sight
Enchanting contrast
lets fire the roll
time is precious
now go home

We feel the energy
chasing the sun
falls behind us
what have we done
shine upon
the empty dreams..

Illuminate the darken road
inspiration wants to go home
Shine on you
shine on me
shine on everyone
who wants to be set free

We feel the energy
chasing the sun
falls behind us
what have we done
shine upon
the empty dreams..