Shade & Soil

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released June 20, 2017

Lead Vocals - Austen Earp
Backing Vocals - Kuyper Cummings & Nick Riggs
Guitars - Matthew Palopoli, Austen Earp, Kuyper Cummings & Nick Riggs
Piano & Synthesizer - Austen Earp
Bass Guitar - Nick Riggs
Drums & Percussion - Tribb Robison
Strings Recorded by Joe & Samantha Lester
Strings Arranged by Austen Earp & Kuyper Cummings

Produced by Austen Earp
Mixed by Austen & Weston Earp at Paper Panda Records
Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios

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Ethos Atlanta, Georgia

Ethos is an American rock band from Rome, Georgia. Known for their fusion of heavy rock riffs, classical piano, syncopated rhythms, and melodic vocals, the group exhibits a technically rich yet accessible rock sound. Ethos explores songwriting through the power of impression and are fascinated with music’s inherent ability to affect emotions, giving them an innovative edge that demands attention. ... more

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Track Name: Shade & Soil
Like a vapor, you elude me
Shadow, whisper
You sink softly
Fading into shade and soil
Track Name: Spectre
I can’t drown it
Or smoke it out
I can’t starve it
Or cut it out
Like a splinter in my skin

My body’s a prison
My mind is a cage
These images haunt me
Always

Now I can see what surrender brings
All that’s left of me slowly withering

I used to be a child of summer
My heart would beat for something pure
But autumn’s lips, they taste so sweet
And poisoned me with winter’s sleep
So I lie helpless, just praying for a cure
Oh, now I’m sure I’ve felt this way before
Oh, now I know I’ll reap just what I sow

Now I can see what surrender brings
All that’s left of me slowly withering

Like the winter turns to spring
So then it is with everything

Now I can see what surrender brings
All that’s left of me slowly withering
Fading away
Track Name: Wood for the Fire
Empty eyes
Endless lies
Drowning our minds
In endless realities

Head held high
Crooked spine
Acting as if we’re proud
Of this cruel disease

We were born into equations
We could never reconcile

Naive and confined
I was once blind
Now I can see that
Both sides of the fence
Are occupied by herds of sheep
But I won’t be more wood for the fire

Empty eyes
Endless lies
Ask and indeed you surely
Will be deceived

Head held high
Crooked spine
You can still tear the walls down
If you believe
We will watch them burn
And come tumbling down

Naive and confined
I was once blind
Now I can see that
Both sides of the fence
Are occupied by herds of sheep
But I won’t be more wood for the fire

Open your eyes
Watch the smoke rise.
Don’t tell me you can’t see
The ashes falling from the sky rise

We will watch them burn
And come tumbling down
Track Name: Tragedy
If tragedy
Were my gift to the world
So every boy and girl
Would not be left out
I’d make it seem
As if it were a dream
To love like you and me
Then plague them with doubt

Our love would be envied
By Kings and Queens
If they could see
Our love would be envied
By Kings and Queens
If only they knew how I felt
When I was with you

If eyes could see
Fair beauty on the breeze
Joy lighted in the trees
Or grace that enthralled
Still, I would find
All these to be resigned
Your elegance outshine
The crown of them all

Our love would be envied
By Kings and Queens
If they could see
Our love would be envied
By Kings and Queens
If only they knew how I felt
When I was with you

If love could be placed on a scale
My heart would be heavier still
Than all the world’s gold
I would be the richest soul

Our love would be envied
By Kings and Queens
If they could see
Our love would be envied
By Kings and Queens
If only they knew how I felt
When I was with you
Track Name: Frozen Memory
My heart’s a broken vessel
Cold wreckage I cannot ignore
Can’t recognize the devil
Only in this pain I revel
How could you break the oath you swore

I broke the censor in the back of my mind
So I could tell you how it feels to be left behind

Abandoned ambition
This poisonous condition
Replacing all our dreams
With frozen memories
Forsaken, left stranded
You take it all for granted
How did you come to be
Another frozen memory

Take all the passion in you
And hide it high up on a shelf
You left me alone and crippled
Like a stone you caused a ripple
Only ever thinking of yourself

I broke the censor in the back of my mind
So I could tell you how it feels to be left behind

Abandoned ambition
This poisonous condition
Replacing all our dreams
With frozen memories
Forsaken, left stranded
You take it all for granted
How did you come to be
Another frozen memory

All of these memories in the back of my mind
Send shivers crawling from my heels to the top of my spine

Tell me why our empty hearts
Contented to be torn apart
Extract the joy from other’s lives
And feast upon dead dreams to thrive

Abandoned ambition
This poisonous condition
Replacing all our dreams
With frozen memories
Forsaken, left stranded
You take it all for granted
How did you come to be
Another frozen memory
Track Name: The Archetype Suite: I. Strange Atlas
Light
Breaking through
Pouring over waking eyes

This foreign sky
Weeps at my sight
A sad wind blowing
At my back tonight
As tears leave me blinded

No matter the weight
I’ll bear it
I’ll wear this crown
If it’s the price I pay
For love
Track Name: The Archetype Suite: II. The Lonely King
My eyes are on the hopeless
And no one seems to notice
Just like a shadow in the dark
Unweary beasts of burden
Allured by cunning sermons
Indifference makes an easy mark

I’ve come to give you heaven’s fire
To gain your inner most desire

Devoid, Resist
A shadow, a kiss

Wake up and see
The dawn is breaking
On a new regime
I’ll set you free
When I return
As the Lonely King

I bear the fruit you’ve been denied
Come eat
Be free
Your thirst will soon be satisfied
Lay trust in me
I hold the key

I’ve come to give you heaven’s fire
To gain your inner most desire
I serve no king
I will not bend the knee
I’ll watch you bleed

Devoid, resist
A shadow, a kiss
A kiss on the cheek
The mark of deceit


As the conspiracies unwind
All the patterns intertwine
Have you no eyes to see
Or will you ignore my plea
Have you no eyes to see
Have you no memory of me?

No matter the weight
I’ll bear it
I’ll wear this crown
I’ll lay me down

Wake up and see
The dawn is breaking
On a new regime
I’ll set you free
When I return
As the Lonely King

I’ll set you free
When I am king
This is not
The end of me
Track Name: The Archetype Suite: III. Apotheosis
Dark beams shine
Through a crack in the sky
Oceans of light
Concede to the rapture of night
Consuming my mind

Upside Down
Inside out
Drifting through the sound
Ringing out

Towering
Reaching through space
A picture of grace
Met by Beginning’s embrace
Erasing my name


Upside Down
Inside out
Drifting through the sound
Ringing out

Reverie, I know your plea
I’ll be the recourse that you seek
Sad Cavalier, let go of fear
And let me strengthen what is weak

Pay the price
A sacrifice
Erasing my name
Walking through planes

I’ll pay the price
A sacrifice
A name to the planes
To claim my domain

I am the pail white horse
Hot on the heels of death
I’ll crush the lion’s head
And slither through the darkest den
I’ve been through the in-between
To bring you only suffering

This foreign sky
Weeps at my sight
I can feel a shadow growing
In my mind
Track Name: Coup D'etat
Oh, hollow man
I won’t put a price on my soul like you
Steadfast asleep
Inside the wake of planning a coup
Collecting gemstones
To place upon your crown
You take for granted
The treasures all around

Your greedy hands won’t save you

Staring up at the sun
Proud of all that you’ve done
You’ll soon be buried
Lost in the fallout
Staring at the sun
When judgement comes

You’ve got to admit
You’re tied to a sinking ship
You’re preaching fiction
From upon your stolen throne
What will you say to the king
You’ve overthrown

Your greedy hands won’t save you

Staring up at the sun
Proud of all that you’ve done
You’ll soon be buried
Lost in the fallout
Staring at the sun
When judgement comes

You’ve got a master plan
Gotta touch everything with your dirty hands
Put it all in neat little rows
Live it up, fill your cup till it overflows

When will you wake and see
Nothing is as it seems
You’re just a pawn in some
Polluted enigmatic scheme
When will you wake and see
I’m not the enemy
I’m not a part of your
Diluted systematic dream

When will you wake and see
When will you wake and see

When will you wake and see
Nothing is as it seems

When will you wake and see
I’m not the enemy
Track Name: Evergreen
Day by day with no horizon
Searching helpless for the answers
I could hardly see you fading away
Right in front of my eyes
I almost lost you

Living in a daydream
I never saw the truth
Living in a daydream
And now I see the proof

Your love is pure like a spring
So I'll dig a well and drink deep
My heart is buried between
The roots of the evergreen
Constant though seasons may change

All I wanted was to carry
Everything you never told me
All while something invisible
Lied through your teeth
As it whittled your bones
I almost lost you

Your love is pure like a spring
So I'll dig a well and drink deep
My heart is buried between
The roots of the evergreen

If my lips confess
The weight of my crimes
Would you take the time
To rewire my mind?
I wish you'd press rewind
So I could feel what all those
Nights were like with new gravity
Track Name: Agnosia
A vein of lies
Is hidden behind
A mask designed
To comfort and cage your mind

Phantom Satellite
Blur the truth
To pacify
We’ve been hypnotized
By flashing lights
And fashioned lies

A mind, A void
Converging inside
Decode, Destroy
Unravel the source within you

Phantom Satellite
Blur the truth
To pacify
We’ve been hypnotized
By flashing lights
And fashioned lies

Tear out the pages
And burn all you think you know
A mind erased is a place
Where only truth can grow

Phantom Satellite
Blur the truth
To pacify
We’ve been hypnotized
By flashing lights
And fashioned lies

Tear out the pages
And burn all you think you know
A mind erased is a place
Where only truth can grow
Track Name: Blinded
I followed you into the blue
Your pale skin painted in indigo
Blind eye to the storm below

I followed you into the blue
I know it’s you by the way you walk
The way you walk away
Some things never change

Oh but I still want to believe

Any day now
We’ll find it on the horizon
Day in, day out
We’re blinded on the horizon
As we race toward a sun that never sets

I followed you into the blue
I always knew there would come a day
When you and I would wash it all away
Some things have to change

Any day now
We’ll find it on the horizon
Day in, day out
We’re blinded on the horizon
By a sun that never rests

Any day now,
We’ll find it on the horizon
Day in, day out
We’re blinded on the horizon

One day I will find another
With open eyes and full of wonder
For now I’ll turn my gaze away
And shed the light of day