Hold Your Applause

by Bracket

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This is our exclusive band camp version of our newest album, originally released in August of 2014. This super-special version features 5 added "vocal only" mixes, an early demo of "Mandy Lynn," and lyrics to all songs. Here are some of the nicer things people had to say about it:

"Bracket is a rock band from Forestville, California that gives us power pop in the tradition of Superdrag, Extreme and Sugarbomb or more simply put, Bracket combines buzzsaw punk guitar with heavenly harmonies. The band has been around since the early ’90s consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Marty Gregori, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Charlos, drummer Ray Castro and guitarist and backing vocalist Angelo Celli. The arrangements have a rich baroque feel, performed with an aggressive guitar attack at the forefront – a trick few bands can do convincingly.

It grows on you like moss, starting with the vocal multi-tracked “Not A Pear” the brilliant harmonies and ukelele strum coming forward. “Caving In” and “The Light” have catchy melodies led by a riff attack in each chorus. “She’s My Eraser” adds a Jellyfish-like composition to the mix. The bands range is also impressive, “Mandy Lynn” is at its most romantic while “The Opportunist” is a fast paced punk effort. However the album is best represented by the pensive, layered songs like “My Phantom Limb” being my favorite highlight. The latter half gets a bit more influence from The Beach Boys Smile-era with “Daddy-in-Law” and “A Striking Disappearance.” Then “Gone” and “Habit” are epic musical journeys along the lines of Queen or Lollipop Factory. The songs seamlessly blend into each other, almost to a fault. But if you liked any of the bands I mentioned above, then Hold Your Applause is required listening. Highly Recommended." powerpopaholic.com

"The album is basically a sweet, well-orchestrated ukulele story intermingled with fast(ish) songs, sometimes even doing both on the same track. The album showcases Bracket’s use of intricate vocal harmonies more than on any other record, and prove that they still put together some of the best and most interesting vocal lines in the business. Aside from the slower tracks and the new instruments, stays fairly true to the style they’ve crafted over the years." fortheloveofpunk.com

"Few bands can do the balancing act like these guys. They have managed to retain their original idea and sound while managing to grow artistically. The rockers on this album are presented simply using the basics...which means the band still blows the roof off when they turn up. But there are also tracks that feature the more subdued and pensive sound of the band which, surprisingly, at this point is sometimes reminiscent of The Beach Boys (except the songs are much better). Sixteen killer tracks here and they're all keepers. The album begins and closes with softer tracks ("Not A Pear," "Warren's Song Pt. 27") but never fear...there are plenty of aggressive rockers here."
babysue.com

"All-in-all, Hold Your Applause is a welcome return for Bracket to the recorded world. Between its Wilson-esque harmonies and the new instruments added to the mix, the band progresses their mellow-punk sound without disregarding everything that’s come before. In other words, it’s the next logical step for them."
dyingscene.com

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released 05 August 2014

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Track Name: not a pear
You and I
Not a pair
I am here
You are there
In a place that we used to call home

Why can't you tell me what I need to do
To bring the happiness that was in you
Don't tell me nothing is wrong
I haven't seen you in so long
Track Name: caving in
I feel like my heart is caving in.
Don't know where to start, when will it end?

pre chorus

Easier said than done, I am aimlessly chattering
Is it my fault that I can't keep my thoughts from scattering

I feel like me life is caving in.
I'm not sick, just want some medicine.

Pre Chorus

Chorus
Now

Help me keep our love from caving in
I need the perfection you live in
Track Name: the light
it's so cold now
inside and out
and im burning every bridge around

i've been missing
just forget me
don't forgive me i'll only let you down

I saw the light
then I looked away
that’s when I found you
it's still too bright
forever looking away

Im afraid of
all of your love
rejecting everything you give

I am waning
while you're waiting
expectations will always let you down

I saw the light
then I looked away
that’s when I found you
it's still too bright
forever looking away

all this beauty around me
I can't see anything
All I feel is surrounded
I won't feel anything else

I saw the light
then I looked away
that’s when I found you
it's still too bright
forever looking away
Track Name: she's my eraser
I used to dance in agony
To the sound of a sad melody.
I know this may sound strange to you
She made it all go away.

I used to run from my obligations
And abandon my inspiration.
I know this may sound strange to you
She made it all go away

Chorus
She makes me thankful to be alive
and I will love her until the day I die
My love songs are worth defending
My endless winter is ending
With a smile and the touch of her hand
She made it all go away

Bridge
Back when I was headed nowhere
She came to me, out of nowhere and
Gave me everything
Now we are laughing ourselves to sleep
I dream of her when I'm awake and asleep.
She is everything.
Track Name: mandy lynn
you found me alone
wondering where you could be
your love washed away all I had grown to hate

I don't know why
Or what you can see
Or how you could ever love me
how could you ever love me?

how can I explain
something that's too much for words?
forever with you
finally breathing a sigh of relief

I don't know why
Or what you can see
Or how you could ever love me
how could you ever love me?
Track Name: a familiar sound
I am paralyzed
I don't know why
I feel so misplaced

Love will always bleed
So perfectly
When falling from grace

You say that your not happy
A familiar sound
Now both of our hearts are breaking
A similar (deafening) sound

Thoughts you occupied
Will never die
Until I do

Save a place for me
Just wait for me
I'm waiting for you

I see something that I don't wanna see
We've become a stale dichotomy
You're cursing me, you have my blessing
Opened my eyes and saw you half awake
I pulled you closer and began to pray.
I saw something, hope I never see.
We became a stale dichotomy.
You cursing me, I gave you my blessing.
Opened my eyes and saw you half awake
I pulled you closer and began to pray
That this will stay inside a(my) dream.
and never be the truth.
Track Name: the opportunist
I'm choreographing my revolution
While I'm side stepping the solution
answer your questions without any words
climb up your spine to get what I deserve.

Pre Chorus
Wearing down pleasantries
Find what's in it for me.

Like a junkie looking for the fix
I need vindication, I need it quick
Your favors cause diminishing returns
I'm still just a dreamer who won't ever learn

Chorus
Maybe there is pain here after all
I'm a fool with wounds after the fall
I will shake you down for the windfall.
Track Name: fairweathered friend
It's farewell again
My fair weathered friends
You're weighing me down
Pre chorus

So goodbye cruel world
I'm in love with a girl
And I think that she loves me


Why hello again
My fair weathered friend
You're dragging me down


Chorus
I'm so happy that I knew you before you were someone else.
You don't seem to recognize me when I'm staggering through hell.
So there I was asleep again, you violently woke me up
I'm so happy that I knew you before you were someone else
Track Name: my phantom limb
late night sweats will reveal
the headless horse i can't conceal
how will i survive the day
light the fuse, run away

pull the veil, pull the pin
bushwhick bill's phone rings again
how will i survive the day
without circling the drain?

magnets pull mysterious forces in me
I see the sound of the flavors that smell like i feel
I'm not fighting my demons
we're on the same side again

I'm haunted by my phantom limb
it's choking me from within
I'm haunted by my phantom limb
I'm sure it has an evil twin

fight your fears, lose your thoughts
the truth is cold, some like it hot
how will I survive the day
without circling the drain

the amputee inside of me
a sinking ship ashore at sea
how will i survive the day
without circling the drain?

I'm haunted by my phantom limb
it's choking me from within
I'm haunted by my phantom limb
I'm sure it has an evil twin
Track Name: no excuse
I've built myself a wall
and I can barely see
I'm drowning in a pool of mediocrity
lost in the middle of the road

I'll play it safely
to avoid failing again
but i still lose

Another compromise happens every day
nothing's a surprise
it's easier that way
lost in the middle of the road

I'll play it safely
to avoid failing again
but i still lose
This indecision is tearing my life away
there's no excuse

stay away from everyone
and don't commit to anything
everything under the sun
can find a way of hurting me
don't commit to anyone
and stay away from everything
everything under the sun
can find a way of hurting me

I'll play it safely
to avoid failing again
but i still lose
This indecision is tearing my life away
there's no excuse
Track Name: daddy-in-law
Daddy in law
You once said goodbye
But you should have said it twice
To the ones, who spent many sobering nights waiting
Just to hear your soft voice


Your little girl
She stole my heart
She's so wonderful but you left a scar
And I spend, so many nights wiping her tears away
I try to make her happy.


Chorus


If you somehow were to get a second chance,
Would you say "i love you" and apologize.
I wish you called and tried to help her understand
Before you took the painful walk into the light(into paradise)


Daddy in law
I wish you could see
The happiness she gives to me
So if you, can hear me I just have one thing to say
I'll love her for the both of us
Track Name: wrong (what am i doing?)
Why do I feel like I'm on the brink of a tragedy?
Why don't you just do me a favor and skip the pageantry

Wrong. What am I doing wrong?

Everyone is just an imitation of who they want to be
Is there still an open invitation to undermine the weak?

Wrong. What am I doing wrong?
Track Name: a striking disappearance
Battled through another suicide
Sadness took me for a long ride
Hand in hand we walked into the night

She saved me on
Sunday morning

Saw her life flashing before me
Now I know where I've been running
To someone who is nothing like me

She saved me on
Sunday morning

Cry out to millions, hundreds listen, but I am not one
This open book is not what it seems, it's all for fun
I lost my mind and I lost my heart, soul's still for sale
Spinning in circles, stop on a dime, now watch me fail

Born into pain, a child shouldn't know, I've found an answer
Put on a new face, on with the show, an ornate disaster
When morning comes, it still kicks my ass, sell me a rescue
No memories, just old battle scars, remind me of you.

Don't forget me
Don't regret me
For too long

I'll be freely
Celebrating
Until I am gone

I've paid the price to entertain
The ones who only know my name
And my striking disappearance

They showed up and left so fast
Did I make it into their past?
Their loyalty came to an end.
Track Name: gone
Letting go and giving up
There was nothing to keep me here
Anything would be enough
To keep feeding all my fears

I wanted be somewhere that I
Didn't belong with you and I
Hope that you can see more of me
Now that I'm gone.

Feel anxiety melt away
Into nothing at all
Climbing to middle ground
Left a shorter path to fall

I wanted be somewhere that I
Didn't belong with you and I
Hope that you can see more of me
Now that I'm gone.
Track Name: habit
Verse
I have a habit of feeling too much or too little.
Somewhere between love and hate, I am stuck in the middle.

Chorus
My life is
Still broken
This scream is
Still spoken
I'm sleeping
Wide awake
I still laugh
In brand new ways.

Verse
I have a habit of falling when I should be standing.
I seem to be a million miles from some understanding.

Bridge
I'll give you my broken promise now


I need to stop reading yesterday's news
I don't know what I'm thinking
My hands are blistered, holding on to you.
I don't know what I'm thinking
Now.

Verse
I have a habit of spreading the truth of the liars
I would be somebody else if I wasn't so tired.
Track Name: warren's song pt. 27
Verse

I've been waiting too long to miss this chance
But the good news sounds the same as the bad.
Now my future is smaller than the past

Chorus

My lies are hidden by the skin I wear
I'm vanishing into thin air
All the bad blood I wander through
Keeping me warm when I miss you.

Verse

Now my days are like never ending night
I have faith in God but none for mankind
I'm not living, I'm just waiting to die

You've won
I'm done
You've just
Begun