The Hoax

by Wild Animals

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This record was made in December 2017. We spent a couple of days at Cal Pau recording the drums and enjoying Isabel's excellent home cooking and Fermin and Carme's kind hospitality. Boss Santi roasted up these weird kind of onions (AKA Calçots) and Baby Boss Borja did the heavy lifting and rolling. Then we went to Sant Feliu de Guíxols where we did the guitars, bass and vocals at Ultramarinos. Cheers Xavi C., Oskar G., Eric F., Victor G. and Vidal S. for coming by to the studio to offer support and tell us we were making an old school heavy metal album.

Many thanks to all the fine labels involved and to our friends and families for being there during the awesome times but during the shitty times too. Up the punks!

Always grateful,
Wild Animals.

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released April 27, 2018

Recorded at Cal Pau Recordings and Ultramarinos Costa Brava by Santi García and Borja Perez Del Pozo.
Mixed by Santi García.
Mastered by Victor García at Ultramarinos Mastering.
Artwork courtesy of Manu Griñón (www.manugrinon.com)
All songs by Wild Animals.

Released by:

Lauren Records (US)
Bcore Disc, La Agonía de Vivir and Pifia Records (Spain)
Inhumano Records and Epidemic Records (Europe)
Waterslide Records (Japan)

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Track Name: Lost In Translation
A shocking transfer in Beijing and 26 hours later
were Turncoat standing there with open arms
they drove us through giant skyscrapers straight to the first show,
we watched their set our minds collectively blown

So what if the vegan dish in an “indian” is really steak?
So what if you realize that the shrines are mostly fake?

I had never been so confused, those 10 days lost in translation
I went for a walk nothing to lose
I found myself in a fireman’s station
but I promise we’ll be back next year not later
KANPAI!

Japanese Mascis welcomed us in a city that I don’t remember
I turned my head for a moment and he had passed out
A guy from Kyoto came backstage and gave us an avocado
then what he said it almost made us cry

So what if Fon had a shitty night on stage cause (of) the gear?
So what if we slept on a tatami soaking with beer?

I had never been so confused, those 10 days lost in translation
I went for a walk nothing to lose
I found myself in a fireman’s station
but I promise we’ll be back next year not later

Kazu, quite frankly,
we’re tired and cranky
but we wanna explore
more record stores

I had never been so confused, those 10 days lost in translation
I went for a walk nothing to lose
I found myself in a fireman’s station
but I promise we’ll be back next year not later
KANPAI!
Track Name: Science-Fiction
Delete your profile photograph
then you turn invisible
This year my phone went smart to dumb
now I don’t hear from no one anymore
Dating was tough but kind of fun
when we were young,
tonight you’re only 3 matches away

The kids they do change
I’m not saying it’s their fault
A life in Hi-Def
Now science-fiction is not fiction at all
It really scares me
like a Black Mirror episode
Our lifes are up for sale
Now science-fiction is really not fiction at all

And as I ride my bike through town
CCTV is filming me
I know I ain’t no movie star
but there is no privacy anymore
My mom she didn’t have a clue
when we were young,
tonight you can’t be late back home

The kids they do change
I’m not saying it’s their fault
A life in Hi-Def
Now science-fiction is not fiction at all
It really scares me
like a Black Mirror episode
Our lifes are up for sale
Now science-fiction is really not fiction at all

We spent our time in the arcade,
our second home back in sixth grade,
playing Tetris, Double Dragon
but Street Fighter was our favourite one
We spent our time in the arcade,
when I feel down I miss those games
Golden Axe, Pang, Bubble Bobble
but Street Fighter was our favourite one

It really scares me
like a Black Mirror episode
Our lifes are up for sale
Now science-fiction is really not fiction at all
Track Name: Interrupted Girl
2005 hearing voices that screamed:
“kid you’re looking depressed”, this one’s not about me

It’s about a girl on the coast at the age of sixteen,
feeling shameful and somewhat confused:


One night after a party waiting for a cab,
3 girls pulled up next to me I thought it was rad,
I was supposed to get home later I don’t know how
but we drove off nothing to lose



Yesterday’s fear has passed 
today’s here,

now I see no gender
 only joy



After that morning the days passed quite slow
I was hanging up posters for a shitty show
On the street where she worked and I hung out in hope
of seeing her sometime soon

I had some doubts about telling my Mum
and I found myself hiding it from my closest ones
Even when they found out I didn’t kiss her when about

I was just interrupting myself


Yesterday’s fear has passed 
today’s here,

now I see no gender 
only love

Years tumble down now I shout it out loud
There’s just one flag of which I’m proud
They fill their mouths with “normality”,
but I’m not sure of what that really means
Years tumble down now I shout it out loud

2018, I still don’t get why
you can still be judged on who you wanna fuck



Yesterday’s fear has passed 
today’s here,

now I see no gender
 only joy

now I see no gender
 only love

Track Name: Screaming In Harmony
One night to break the rules, a new year to play the fools
let's dance through dawn in the middle of nowhere
My mate Hans doesn't drink, he never slept a wink,
downstairs the speakers were screaming in harmony

Shake up everyone else 'cause we're on fire
and if he tried James couldn't get no higher
This may have no end, we really should go now

Let's go and cut some tunes, where we can see the moon
We'll roast up peppers and weird kind of onions

Shake up everyone else 'cause we're on fire
and if he tried Santi couldn't get higher
This may have no end, we really should go now

A true squat in Belgrade, my birthday in Vevey
Hungover driving the van to La Spezia

Shake up everyone else 'cause we're on fire
and even the poor dogs couldn't get higher
This may have no end, we really should go now

A flat in Sant Feliu, familiar Winter views
All this and more you may find in my memory
Track Name: Everybody Loves You When You're Dead
I stumbled out of bed this morning
As I went to light up my first smoke
Another phoney obituary
Another loaded star just gone away

You know I wake up kind of grumpy
But the social media blocked my phone
The same old posts with empty RIPs
The same old live fast and die young

We all have our heroes
someone who inspired us
In life they were zeros
 or they sold platinum

You can fall on indifference, 
they’ll put you to bed
but don’t worry, it’s alright, 
they’ll all love you when you’re dead

Today at breakfast the same story,
this one really shook me to the core
They were never popular on MTV
but we still cover my favorite song
Track Name: Never Forget
I remember you telling me all would be ok
but at the time I couldn’t really understand
Now I’ve grown older I realise we’all make mistakes
and I forgive you for that time you let me down

And I will never forget driving the car

when you bought me my first guitar

and the day my father taught me my first chords


You know when you’re a kid no fear of aging

now you see your roles are changing

now your best friends are responsabilities

but we still chase our dreams

we still chase our dreams

we don’t forget our dreams



I remember you telling me I would learn one day

but in my teens I didn’t want to understand

Now I stand tall but still get lost inside this haze

but lately it’s me you come to when you need a hand



And I will never forget, age 12 embarrased

and my first school trip to Paris

you made the effort despite being broke cause the house


You know when you’re a kid no fear of aging

now you see your roles are changing

now your best friends are responsabilities

but we still chase our dreams

we still chase our dreams

we don’t forget our dreams


I didn’t see it approaching but the time has finally come

now I see myself for hours on the phone

I never thought I’d be your tissue,
dishing out advice

you know you still rock!



And I will never forget those summer campsites

playing gymkhana until midnight

and every birthday my mum would make me the same cake
You know when you’re a kid no fear of aging

now you see your roles are changing

now your best friends are responsabilities

but we still chase our dreams

we still chase our dreams

we don’t forget our dreams
Track Name: All My Friends Are Far Away
Say goodbye, make it quick
last night I made myself sick
as your van leaves, see you in dreams
The next day back to work
consoled by the band we said we'd form
even if it never happens

I feel I'm choking on this town
but when next summer comes around
we'll see ourselves on stages
and I hope it will be for ages
then we'll go back home to our minimum wages

My dear folks don't get it
they ask me if it's worthwhile
when I'm not on tour I feel I'm wasting my time
It's kind of weird but I miss more
Fon snoring sleeping on the floor
waking him up will never happen

I feel I'm choking on this town
but when next summer comes around
we'll see ourselves on stages
and I hope it will be for ages
then we'll go back home to our minimum wages

And when this all is said and done
we're still a minority of one

Say hello sad routine
now I sit here gazing at the screen
I'll see you on brighter days
play that record that says:
"Some friends are forever"
Track Name: Pocketful Of Fears
I found myself with no teeth

Manson was feeding me

then he turned me into Coal

I've got a pocket full of fears
but when I twist with them it’s ok



My dog he loves flying

as high as Mcfly did

He disappeared with Biff

I've got a pocket full of fears
but when I sleep with them it’s ok




I don't want to fall into,

I don't want to see life from upside down

when I'm sleeping in through,
if you see me in there please pull me out



My fav band plays their song

I get up to play along

I don't know a single note

I have a pocket full of fears
but when I sing to them it’s ok




I don't want to fall into,

I don't want to see life from upside down

when I'm sleeping in through,
if you see me in there please pull me out


A place I've never fit into,
say goodbye darkness my old friend

but I just may see you,
may see you sometime next weekend



And everytime I think I've seen the back of it,
reality grabs me by the arm
Track Name: Connection
My friend's father inspired this song
when his furry soulmate died,

after 11 summers spent together


It did really pierce his heart, 
he said
"it feels like I’ve lost a son"

and the saddest words always come with a tear


I can't get you connect so deeply with an animal

then you don't want to hear what you consume

It may upset you to find out the whole truth of this trade

you never gave a second chance to what I tried to say



For sure you can relate to me
it’s no single case, it’s something

we’ve been fed since elementary
Five same old stupid words that fail

The sound of nails on a chalkboard

I feel I'm screaming at a wall


I can't get you connect so deeply with an animal

then you don't want to hear what you consume

It may upset you to find out the whole truth of this trade

you never gave a second chance to what I tried to say



I feel sad and irate at the same time, when i have

to deal with other people's narrow views,

it's hard to assume they'll never make the connection



All those forces use resources,
we’re just numbers lost in slumber
All those forces fueled by gold,
who push you back into a deep sleep,
I don't care I won't be silent

He remembered in the dark, they were playing in the park,
she was always by his side, unlike us they never lie
and from the day he got divorced she changed
his once supposed course of life,
11 years they were each other shadow
Time rolled over they were lying on the sofa
with a toy between her teeth she cured him of his grief
and the day she lost a chunk of ear his body was possessed with fear
11 years they were each others shadow
Track Name: A Fitting Way To Say Goodbye
This is an open letter in the form of a song

No need to mourn for me when I’m gone

No searching for the truth,

quite frankly I don’t have a clue


Don’t sell me heaven or hell,

just give it to me straight

It’s been a long time since I read a fairytale

Good and evil that fight,

in life nothing is black or White


Don’t send me off in tears, no solemn dedication

I prefer my loved ones gather round singing in celebration



I’ve never been to church on my own accord

“The Gods” placed an allergy in me,

prayers that don’t ring true,

you know Mum this one is for you




Don’t send me off in tears, no solemn dedication

I prefer my loved ones gather round singing in celebration



Though I know it hurts a bit,
you promised me we’d never quit
even when “misery pure” was said and done

And that time we bust a tire,
a fifteen minute show on fire
and we’re still waiting for the summer


Don’t send me off in tears, no solemn dedication

I prefer my loved ones gather round singing in celebration



I’ve always thought my friends playing their songs all night,
would be a fitting way to say goodbye


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