What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue - 2018

by The Fallout

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... originally released in 2005 as What Is Past Is Prologue (and long out of print), this 2018 version has been completely re-mixed, re-mastered and (slightly) re-named ...

... here's a few reviews from 2005 ...

The Fallout – What Is Past Is Prologue
Album number five for this Toronto punk rock three-piece comes hot on the heels of their great 2004 release, Turning Revolution Into Money. This time out they seem to have gone for a somewhat purposely less polished but no less powerful sound and, if anything, these 14 songs are even snottier and snappier than before. Drawing their inspiration, both musically and lyrically, from the likes of the Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and D.O.A., the Fallout definitely hold their own, dishing out some real rebel music. Their catchy-as-hell, sing-along, three-chord punk rock packs a definite punch and is coupled with well-crafted and well-articulated, socially-conscious lyrics that crackle with heartfelt anger and urgency. These cats are kind of like a street-punk version of Woody Guthrie. Highly recommended.

The Fallout – What Is Past Is Prologue
Toronto, Canada three piece The Fallout release their fourth full length collection, ‘What Is…’ Vocalist/guitarist Lord Byron powers things along with a mixture of driving fretwork and choppy riffs, that offers an appreciative nod to the melodic attraction of early punk on ‘Bigots And Bastards’ and a harder straight ahead core style on ‘Raise The Minimum Wage’. They’re also versatile enough to successful produce an effective slice of raw edged punk-reggae on ‘Nancy Never Knew’. Admittedly the abrasive, gravely, slightly off key vocal tones of front man Byron take a little getting used to, but perseverance builds an appreciation of his passionate approach. Throughout the display a knack for writing topical protest songs that take a slightly different angle like ‘Trail Of Tears’, ‘Pie In The Sky’ and ‘Robin Hood’ that all adds to the collective appeal of a band offering a healthy and resilient take on contemporary punk. 4 out of 5. (Punk Oi UK)

The Fallout – What Is Past Is Prologue
The press sheet for these dudes says they’re playing a style similar to The Clash or The Jam. While I’m not hearing that at all, it doesn’t much matter because it’s still a damn fine punk rock CD. These Canadians have the cockney accent down pat, and play punk rock that I would say is more similar to Social Distortion meets One Man Army. Those are two of my favorite bands, so obviously I’m digging this CD. Great lyrics also, with strong social commentary. I’m 100% behind these dudes. (Razorcake)

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released October 20, 2018

2018 / The Fallout / Red Menace Records / Rebel Time Records

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Track Name: In The Gutter
In the gutter too many tortured faces
desperate lives that leave no traces
In the gutter hope fades away
In the gutter and other good places

Woke this morning didn't die last
keeping busy trying to survive
hop in the dumpster scavenging today
through the broken glass and tin cans thrown away

In the gutter too many tortured faces
desperate lives that leave no traces
In the gutter hope fades away
In the gutter and other good places

World passes you by where you used to belong
musical economy plays a sad sad song
day turns to night, drowning in your drink
if your family could see you now, what would they think?

In the gutter too many tortured faces
desperate lives that leave no traces
In the gutter hope fades away
In the gutter and other good places

What progress is made
in this prosperity
the least among us
aren't welcome in this city

In the gutter too many tortured faces
desperate lives that leave no traces
In the gutter hope fades away
Track Name: War Without End
Headline in the paper today
About fighting for democracy
Bombs tear human flesh apart
Watch the world turn away
What can I do? What can I say?
I don't know
What you gonna do? What you gonna say?
You don't know
Another imperialist action
War without end
Nationalist destruction
War without end
No international reaction
War without end
When it's all for one
And none for all
Headache in the paper today
About fighting for liberty
Guns shoot civilians to death
Watch the world turn away
Protest seem to fall on dear ears
No one cares?
Apathy fulfilling my fears
No one cares?
Are they going to have the final word?
Am I ever going to be heard?
Track Name: Bigots And Bastards
ightier yet in this land of hope and glory
'he's not one of us' gets me worried
blaming others is a tired old story
from bastards going to hell in a hurry

pride in yourself, an admirable virtue
pride in your nation gives me the first clue
of the supremacist that's inside you
and bigots are living proof

blinded by his faults
incoherent thoughts
anger he was taught
by bigots and bastards
easily persuaded
wrong, but repeated
perpetual hatred
of bigots and bastards

blinded by colour, you refuse to see
driven by your inferiority
imaginary racial theories
that bigots would have you believe

we must work through these limitations
and defeat racist discrimination
united against domination
give bastards no explanations
Track Name: Raise The Minimum Wage
Raise the minimum wage
A fair days work needs a fair days pay
Raise the minimum wage now

Raise the minimum wage
a fair days work needs a fair days pay
Raise the minimum wage now

Attacking workers
attacking students
attack the homeless

attacking tenants
labour legislation
dismantle education

what you gonna do?
If words are bullets
here's some ammunition

Raise the minimum wage
Raise the maximum rage
Raise the minimum wage now
Track Name: The Rules
Now's the time to face your fears
things are gonna change around here
do you feel it coming near
things are gonna change around here

It's better than it was not as good as it should be
but the way things are have begun to convince me
standing upon your commanding heights
from what's left you fell all right
the plastic veneer is wearing thin
the truth finally getting in
the truth that will liberate
and change the rules today

The rules, the rules all change today - oh, no one told you
the rules all change today - that's too bad
the rules all change today - just your luck
the rules all change today

things are running smooth, I thought they would be
It's no shock when you see all the apathy
looks like everything's in it's place
but the damage we've done we'll have to face
How long can this charade last
the time to act is coming fast
NOW's our chance to have our say
lead, follow or get out of the way
Track Name: Trail Of Tears
The sun in summer
The bright red leaves
The cool cool waters
The lush green wheat field
The dark brown soil
The years of toil

The dark black musket
The calvary
The kegs of gunpowder
The jugs of whiskey
The longboats
The tall ships
The cannonball

Removals

What do I see
What do I hear
500 years of terror and fear
And all that’s left
Is a bitter trail of tears

Walked this continent
10,000 years
Lived in love
Fought in fear
Some roamed and wandered around
Others built cities and settled down
Then we were pillaged
And we were raped
They made every excuse they could make
After they plundered they buried the truth
Beside our dead

If this is new and you wonder why
Take a look at your alibis
Your history books are full of lies

We can no longer see the sun
Because the skies are filled with pollution
And we tell stories to our sons and daughters
Of a time when there were clear blue waters
And now the villages are all gone
But the memories linger on
The bitterest truth
Where once we were millions, now we are thousands
Track Name: Nancy Never Knew
Marlon was a bankrobber
now he is a murderer
he's gone from taking money
now he stole a life away
parents have no daughter
children have no mother
stupid mindless violence
that causes so much pain

Nancy never knew - why she died that day
Nancy never knew - as she slipped away
Nancy never knew - why she died that day
Nancy never knew

There's no disputing facts
this was an unprovoked attack
this wasn't some reaction
or act of self defense
no one tried to be a hero
or prevent a get away
just a hate filled criminal's
cold hearted attack

Nancy never knew - why she died that day
Nancy never knew - as she slipped away
Nancy never knew - why she died that day
Nancy never knew
Track Name: Home To You
I'm writing this letter from a hole in the ground
while my mind is still sane, while my thoughts are still sound
I'm afraid I'm writing with bad news my dear
it looks as though I won't be home for Christmas this year

this grass used to be green these skies used to be blue
I've committed these sins there wasn't much I could do
I feel so alone I gotta get home to you

someone is trying to kill me I've forgotten why
the only thing I know is I don't want to die
crippled with fear my next breath could be my last
I gotta get outta here real fast

my clothes are damp I can't feel my feet
I've been stuck in this same trench for over a week
trying so hard just to hold my breath
to keep out the stench of rotting flesh
Track Name: Life's Too Short
Life's too short yeah
To give a fuck what you think
Life's too short yeah
Live and die by instinct
Life's too short
This is all I've ever known
No other way to live
Sometimes it's hard to choose
What to take and when to give
Always try to be a friend
Always try to do what's right
But the bullshit never ends
Just another fucked up night]
Life's too short yeah
To give a fuck what you think
Life's too short yeah
I'll live and die by instinct
Life's too short
I try to lend a hand
I try with all my might
I try to make them understand
Always breaking up the fight
Life's too short
And I don't care what went wrong
Life's too short
Got no time for another punk rock song
Life's too short yeah
Life's too short
To give a fuck what you think
Life's too short yeah
Life's too short
I live and die by instinct
Track Name: Pie In The Sky
You always look so confused
standing under the light
you stutter and you stammer and use fucked up grammar
but you always get a good sound bite
you used to be coated in Teflon
but now that Teflon's wearing thin
you slide to the edge but you always manage
to get out of the shit you're in

when you lie lie lie
makes me wonder why
we always buy buy buy
that same old pie in the sky

I can see through your eyes into the back of your head
there's nothing there but all the stale air and bullshit we're being fed
and so the truth lays dormant
buried under years of deceit
as you privatize and demonize
you tell us it's what we need

it's a bad time to be sick it's a bad time to be poor
tax cuts for the rich, pepper spray for the kids
and bullets for Dudley George
and so the truth lays dormant
buried under years of deceit
as you privatize and demonize
you tell us it's what we need
Track Name: Robin Hood
that's me in the dead of night
with a rusty hairpin and an old flashlight
walking in through your front door
I'm looking for the country's money
the tallest fences I have scaled
in and out you know I never fail
sitting in your backyard in Rosedale
I'm looking for the country's money

I'm a modern day robin hood
doing brave deeds for the common good
in our finest neighbourhoods
I'm fighting the worst pollution
uneven power distribution
and I've got my own solution for it

walking down the Bridal Path
looking for that secret stash
leaving with sacks full of cash
I'm looking for the country's money
searching for that golden pot
of piles of money that's been left to rot
sometimes you're home, sometimes you're not
when I'm looking for the country's money

and I'm not going to stop
I'm reaching for the top
and I'm not going to stop
til I get it all
about
Track Name: Shades Of Black
Move over Lord Beaverbrook
He won't give you a second look
Like William Randolph Hearst
He just can't quench that thirst

He's building an empire of paper and ink
he wants to make it harder for you to think
it's getting tough to distinguish opinion from fact
when all you ever get are shades of black

Spreading news across this nation
He's the czar of information
Clean cut thug with lots of loot\
He's Darth Vader in a business suit

Rolling like a steamroller
Spreading like a cancer
Trolling propaganda
Disguised as truth
He's got the answer
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