Permutation EP

by Invalids



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This split album was born of the idea of traditional-rock/chiptune cross-over, whereupon each artist would write a new song for the album and subsequently cover the other's. Invalids creates music with both hands on multiple stringed instruments, which allows for lush arrays of notes at any given time. An0va creates music using a Nintendo Gameboy, which is limited to producing only four simultaneous sounds at any given time. Thus the covers of the other artist's tracks must manipulate the original arrangements accordingly. The Invalids cover of an0va's song must expand upon the original limited note set. The an0va cover of Invalids' song must distill the most important four simultaneous notes throughout.

The "Permutation EP" is so-called in culmination of common themes of mathematics and statistics in each artist's musical ethos, such that the album credits in the set of [composed by, performed by] form a permutation:


released March 31, 2015

Track 1 written by Invalids, performed by Invalids
Track 2 written an0va, performed by an0va
Track 3 written by an0va, performed by Invalids
Track 4 written by Invalids, performed by an0va

Vis-à-vis Invalids:
Guitars and vocals performed and recorded by Pete Davis
Drums programmed by Pete Davis with VST Addictive Drums by XLN Audio

Bass performed and recorded by Nick Shaw

Community-assisted back-up vocals on "RC PRO JAM" submitted by:
Erik von Campenhausen, Channing Chu, Billy Frank, Bartholomew Jones, Alex Litinsky, David Martin, Stephen Mlinarcik, André Ampuero Redaelli, Dale Robinson, Michael Selden, Jason Selvaggio, and Taylor Vellios

Vis-à-vis an0va:
Chiptune programmed by Daniel Davis using a Nintendo Gameboy
Guitars performed and recorded by Daniel Davis



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Invalids started as the bedroom project of Pete Davis (with remote internet-based collaboration with other musicians). As of March 2015, it has grown to a proper four-piece band with the addition of Joe Scala, Raymond Bonanno, and Brock Benzel.

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Track Name: Telephone Explosions
How many can fit through
Before the light turns back to red
We stayed low
And watched it passing overhead
Would the image fade forever
If you couldn’t keep from blinking

Taking time to gather what’s inside it
It’s lost, we’ve lost
Careful sleight, inherent machinations
On us it’s lost

To lead back, all back around
Over turning back around

And it fell for the past seven days straight
Undisturbed save the tracks and the shapes we made
Wanted to make sure it froze strong enough before
We tried to take our first steps out across the lake
But we couldn’t wait

Lights in windows
Some bucolic visual
A careful, crafted scene
Heightened will of
Some historic ritual
Careful not to be seen

We’ve tried, we’ve tried
To retain forever
What we couldn’t keep from sinking

There were lessons to learn from inevitable faults
Some exact approach
But we fashioned a framework of comfortable corners
And were never called on
So there we sat
So there we stay
(a cull of all concern)

Called to come out once the sun had shown
By light, how slick the surface glowed
We followed, quiet, right up to the edge
Each step evoked a sound
Of fissures fanning out
A crack and slowing groan
What we would always doubt
Pierced the silent shroud
Continued on across
One foot after the next
Like we were always taught

Change to new clothes, stage an upright pose
It wasn’t good enough
Tired of passing by, all the ends, all the turns
On all the same roads
Feeding back, listening until we hear something
That sounds like what we spoke
Giving in and weighing all the things we’ve missed
Against what we’ve actually done
and wanted to do
But just couldn’t move
Track Name: RC PRO JAM
"...who looks inside awakes."

"Who looks outside dreams..."

"There's no coming to consciousness without pain."

"In all chaos, there is a cosmos. In all disorder, a secret order."

-Carl Jung