SinTax

by Wishnefsky

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SinTax is the second solo album by Wishnefsky, who led the alternative band Jabberwock in the 90s. The incredible Michael James (Hole, Jane’s Addiction, Too Much Joy, New Radicals) mixed SinTax.

SinTax combines alternative rock with electronica, at times suggesting such diverse influences as Radiohead, Thomas Dolby, and Michael Brook. Wishnefsky conjures unique, ethereal soundscapes over powerful grooves; humanity floating in a sea of technology. Wishnefsky’s voice has a rich timbre remindful of Elvis Costello and his melodies imply Mark Eitzel.

Lyrically, the songs on SinTax address one of the seven deadly sins: avarice. Wishnefsky spins tales about the participants on both sides of the table: the givers and the takers, and the dichotomy we all feel when confronted with equations containing both happiness and materialism. Wishnefsky takes us for a ride through places where greed governs and the characters struggle to overcome, or finally succumb to, their lust for riches.

The CD artwork features the work of two award-winning photographers: Serena Wellen and Ed Nahin.

More about Wishnefsky at:

www.lostdogrecordsco.com

www.myspace.com/wishnefsky

credits

released 25 September 2008

Wishnefsky: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, and programming.

Michael James: guitar on Lot Line Adjustment and Oh.

Eric Sands: fretless bass on the Oh.

Sophie Wellen: back up vocals on Bait and Switch.

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Wishnefsky Los Angeles

Wishnefsky led the 90s alternative band Jabberwock. His solo work heads in a more electronic based direction - still with thought provoking lyrics, inventive arrangements, and passionate performances. Check out Wishnefsky's other projects: Brahms' Third Racket and Veneer. ... more

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Track Name: Bait and Switch
I was feeling insatiably low
No hope of rising up
I heard a voice inside my head
Promising to change my rotten luck

Bait and Switch
Things aren't what they appear to be
Bait and Switch
Sign your whole life away to me

Everything you think you want
All that you pretend to need
I will deliver to you now
The product of your sordid greed

Bait and Switch
Things aren't what they appear to be
Hate and Bitch
Sign your whole life away to me
Track Name: Pocket Liner
Slow down, you’ve got to make the connection
Push the money in another direction
Face down under party protection
Now it’s time to steal another election

Lining your pockets
Lining your pockets

Speed up, you’ve got to fill up your pockets
Eyes popping right out of the socket
Once you start, nothing can stop it
Hot cash, nothing can top it

Lining your pockets
Lining your pockets

Hey

Nothing can stop it
Lining your pockets

Slow down, you’ve got to break the convention
All it takes is a little prevention
A new face of your own invention
You reappear in another dimension

Lining your pockets
Lining your pockets
Nothing can stop it
Lining your pockets
Track Name: Frankenstein
I saw a monster walking the streets of our town
He wore a suit and permanent green-faced frown
Giant blood-filled bags under his eyes
You can tell where he’s been from the screams and cries

Frankenstein
Frankenstein
The hound dogs are howling for your hide
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
They shouldn’t have brought that monster back to life

I saw the monster get behind the wheel of his car
He drove downtown and ventured inside of a bar
Twenty shots of whiskey shocked him alive
That stupid mother-fucker got back in his car for a drive

Frankenstein
Frankenstein
They shouldn’t have brought that monster back to life

The needle hit ninety somewhere on Malibu Road
Frankie didn’t see the flatbed pulling a load
He slammed on the brakes and swerved off into a tree
Where Frankenstein was put down instantly

Frankenstein
Frankenstein
The hound dogs are howling in the night
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
The paramedics shouldn’t have saved his life
Track Name: Bank of Jerusalem
Deliver us from punishment
When the desolation comes
May the angels lead us into paradise
Deliver us from misery
That terrible and bitter day
May the angels guide us through the fire

When eternal riches come
The setting sun
Bank of Jerusalem
I lay my body down to rest
The hardest test
Is yet to come

I’m made to tremble and I fear
That day of transcendental wrath
May the angels bring us back to life

When eternal riches come
Thy will be done
Bank of Jerusalem
I lay my body down to rest
The hardest test
Is yet to come

Deliver us from avarice
The harvest of a spoiled crop
May the angels lift us from the ground

When eternal riches come
The setting sun
Bank of Jerusalem
I lay my body down to rest
The hardest test
Is yet to come
Track Name: Paulette Roulette
You’re gonna feel some anger
At Damon and Marlena
Because they think it’s funny
Spending other people’s money

Paulette was their client
And not a mental giant
So she couldn’t see the danger
With Damon and Marlena

Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette

They went up to Seattle
To have another battle
To slaughter some more cattle
To hear the saber rattle

But when you are too needy
When you’re arrogant and greedy
When the predators are feeding
They pick until it’s bleeding

Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette

Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette
Poor Paulette

Damon and Marlena
Preying on a stranger
Lying in the chamber
Stealing from the manger
Track Name: Lot Line Adjustment
This is the story of Ernie and Stephanie
Two big idiots living next door to me
Couldn’t even show the slightest of decency

Now I have to sleep in the shadow of the enemy

Ernie and Stephanie tried to take property
Lied through their teeth to the planner of the city
Told all the neighbors a bunch of malarkey

To turn ‘em all against us and make them act snarky

Where is the courtesy?
Where has it gone?
Someone please enlighten me
Where has it gone?
Where has it gone?
Where has it gone?
Where has it gone?

Ernie and Stephanie were really out of order
It all came down to where is the border
But getting them to think was a pretty tall order

Now I have to sleep on the verge of disorder

Where is the courtesy?
Where has it gone?
Someone please enlighten me
Where has it gone?
Where has it gone?
Where has it gone?
Where has it gone?

Ernie and Stephanie caught in hypocricy
Couldn’t come straight and admit that they lied to me
Couldn’t come straight and give an apology

Now they can’t sleep from the weight of their dishonesty

Where is the courtesy?
Where did it go?
Someone please enlighten me
Where did it go?
Where did it go?
Where did it go?
Where did it go?
Track Name: The Sin Tax
I don’t know what you want me to say
I don’t know all the games that you play
I don’t know what you want me to do
But I want to be with you

I don’t care what you want me to be
I’m not scared of the ghosts that you flee
I don’t care if you run from the truth
‘Cause I want to run with you

I will pay the sin tax
You will pay the sin tax
We will pay the sin tax
The syntax

I don’t know what you want me to take
I don’t know all the dreams that you break
I don’t know what you want to pursue
But I want to go with you

I don’t care what you say to my face
I don’t care if you’re falling from grace
I don’t care if it’s out of the blue
‘Cause I’m going there with you

Want to be near you
I want to be near you now
To taste the sweetness
The sweetness

I don’t care what you want me to be
I’m not scared of the ghosts that you see
I don’t care if you run from the truth
‘Cause I want to run with you

I don’t know what you want me to say
I don’t know all the games that you play
I don’t know what you want me to do
But I want to be with you

I will pay a sin tax
You will pay a sin tax
We will pay a sin tax
The syntax
Track Name: Stuff
Stuff the stuff into the bag
Put the bag into the car
Drive the car out of the town
Drop the stuff at the meeting place

It’s the stuff of the dreams
The stuff of schemes

Stuff the stuff into the purse
Hold the purse under your arm
Give the stuff to a shaking man
Put the stuff out of your mind

It’s the stuff of the dreams
The stuff of schemes
Track Name: Oh
I watch
I feel
I touch
I heal
I take
I steal
I pray
I kneel

Steam is rising from the rusted grate
The ghosts of those abandoned long before their fate
Their souls are coming over you
Track Name: Luminous
There’s too many choices
So I choose nothing
There’s too many voices
So I choose silence
There’s too many dishes
So I choose hunger
There’s too many angles
So I choose a straight line

A straight line to Nowhere
A straight line above me
A straight that stretches
To Nowhere

There’s too many storm clouds
So I find the indoors
There’s too many voyeurs
So I find the curtains
There’s too many icebergs
So I find the sunshine
There’s too many eyesores
So I find the darkness

The darkness of Nowhere
The darkness below me
The darkness that stretches
To Nowhere

There’s too many jokers
So I take the torment
There’s too many forlorn
So I take a moment

A moment of my time
A moment inside me
A moment that stretches
To Nowhere
A moment
A straight line to Nowhere
The darkness above me
A moment that stretches
To Nowhere