Godmother

by GODMOTHER

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The self-titled debut album by Berlin-based GODMOTHER arrives via New Pangea on September 21, 2018 – officially the last day of summer. Coming to terms with one's own mortality is a frequent theme in art. 'Godmother' starts with this trope and takes it a step further, offering a tragicomic meditation on the annihilation of Homo Sapiens – and embracing its evolutionary successor.

We're living in dark times, and 'Godmother' reflects that – but the album offers a notable counterbalance with catchy melodies and a sense of humor. Its nine songs were written by Joey Hansom, deemed “the Gilbert & Sullivan of LGBTQ-with-a-capital-Q lyrics” by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle) upon having seen the clip for “MTFTM” from the act's previous 'Transgenre' EP.

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released September 21, 2018

All songs written and produced by Joey Hansom

Vocals by Joey Hansom
Sax on 2 and 9 by T-Word
Keys on 2, 5, 6, 7, and 9 by Jörg Hochapfel
Cello on 1 and 7 by Stellan Veloce
Additional vocals on 1, 4 and 6 by Kaia Bremnes
Bass on 9 by Robbie Moore
Drums on 9 by Micha Fromme

Additional production on 1 and 6 by Mika Risiko
Additional production on 2 by Ben Jackson
Engineered by Turi Agostino at Impression Recordings, Berlin
Mixed and mastered by Léonard de Léonard at Sound Provider, Berlin

Cover artwork and logo by Stefan Fähler

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Track Name: Death Drive
I FACE DEATH EVERY DAY
AND I MEAN THAT IN A LITERAL WAY
THE GREEN IS PAVED WITH GRAVES OF GRAY
I LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM A CEMETERY

I GOT A FRIEND WHO GOES TO AA
AND SHE SAYS I OUGHTA JOIN HER SOMEDAY
BUT IT’S KINDA FAR AND I DON’T GOT A CAR
AND THE NEAREST BAR IS JUST TWELVE STEPS AWAY

I DON'T CARE IF I DON'T SURVIVE
YEAH A CAREFREE VIBE IS HOW I RIDE
AND I'LL KEEP ON THRIVING TILL THE DAY I DIE
CAUSE THE DEATH DRIVE IS WHAT KEEPS ME ALIVE

GLASS HALF FULL WITH JOIE DE VIVRE
I'M COUNTING DOWN LIKE IT'S NEW YEAR'S EVE
WILD AND CRAZY TILL I'M PUSHING DAISIES
CHAIN SMOKING LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE

THE WORLD'S A STAGE AND LIFE'S A CABARET
BUT I DON'T WANT DRAMA – I JUST WANNA PLAY
HAVE A BALL TILL THE CURTAINS FALL
YES, I FACE DEATH EVERY DAY
Track Name: Born in MCMLXXXIV
I WAS BORN IN NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
AIN’T NOTHING BUT A GREGORIAN NUMBER
LANDLOCKED IN THE YEAR OF THE FORD
BANKRUPT IN THE MOTOR TOWN
STRANGLEHOLD ON THE UMBILICAL CORD

I WAS BORN IN NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
CYBORG ORPHAN, BORED OF THE PORRIDGE
DAD IS A LAB
AND MOM GOT HER TEST TUBES TIED
I WANT ROOTS, I WANT FRUITS, I WANNA HAVE A SMÖRGÅSBORD

I WAS BORN IN NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE, THAT'S ALRIGHT, YOU CAN JUST IGNORE IT
IT FEELS NICE TO GET NUMBER, IT'S SO MUCH FUN
YET IT'S QUITE A CONUNDRUM, I NEED A CONDOM FOR MY EARDRUM
DECOMPRESS, DEFENSE AGAINST THE LOUDNESS WAR

BIG BROTHER’S GOT AN OLDER STEP SISTER
SHE’S GONNA STAMP ALL OVER HIS FACE
TILL HIS STORY CEASES TO EXIST
TILL HIS FUTURE GETS ERASED

I WAS BORN IN NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
IS THIS THE REAL LIFE OR SCI-FI MYSTERY HORROR?
I’VE GOT A SECRET, I’VE GOT NEWS FOR YA
IN SOME MULTIVERSES, IF YOU’RE KEEPING SCORE
HISTORY GETS WRITTEN BY THE VICTORIAS
Track Name: H2O
YOU TRY TO TURN THE TABLES
BUT YOU'RE TOO BUSY WAITING
KNOCK KNOCK ON WOOD ALL DAY
BUT LUCK CAN'T BE PERSUADED

BURNING CANDLES AT BOTH ENDS
JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET
SOON THE WAX WILL WANE
MELTING FROM THE HEAT

YOU WANNA TEST THE WATER
BUT YOU ONLY WET YOUR PINKY TOE
YOU WANNA TEST THE WATER
BUT IT'S ALWAYS H2O

NO MORE SCRAPING BARRELS
BARELY SCRAPING BY
SET YOUR AIM A LITTLE HIGHER
SOON YOU'LL SCRAPE THE SKY

BLOOD OF THE EARTH
SWEAT OF THE WIND
TEARS OF THE FIRE
WE ALL BLEED
WE ALL CRY
WE ALL PERSPIRE
Track Name: No Kidding
I’M A VESTIGIAL ORGANISM
FAST ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
THAT I KEEP ON REINVENTING
ON THE STEEP WAY DOWNHILL

IT’S BEEN A GOOD RUN
YES, I’VE HAD SOME FUN
BUT WHEN CIVILIZATION JUMPED OVER THE SHARK
ITS JAWS SUNK RIGHT INTO A PIECE OF THE ARK

STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS
OF RED SUPERGIANTS
ARE ANGELS AND DEVILS
A CONSCIENCE FOR SCIENCE

IT’S BEEN A GOOD RUN
YES, I’VE HAD SOME FUN
TWO-HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS
GIVE OR TAKE A MILLENIUM
BUT WHEN CIVILIZATION JUMPED OVER THE SHARK
ITS JAWS SUNK RIGHT INTO A PIECE OF THE ARK

BELEAVES ARE FALLING
FROM THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
AUTUMN IS CALLING
AND PROGRESS IS ABOLISHED

IT’S MY BODY, AND I’LL DIE IF I WANT TO
DIE IF I WANT TO, DIE IF I WANT TO

IT’S BEEN A GOOD RUN
YES, I’VE HAD SOME FUN
200,000 YEARS
GIVE OR TAKE A MILLENIUM
BUT WHEN CIVILIZATION JUMPED OVER THE SHARK
ITS JAWS SUNK RIGHT INTO A PIECE OF THE ARK

A VESTIGIAL ORGANISM
A VEGETABLE WITH RHYTHM
A VIGIL FOR THE ANIMAL
EVICTED FROM THE KINGDOM

VESTIGIAL ORGANISM
THE OBITUARY’S WRITTEN
THIS BITCH GOT NO SONS
NO CHILDREN, NO KIDDING
Track Name: Earthquaker
FOLLOW THE PATH LESS TRAVELED
IT’S ONLY PATHOLOGICAL
LET THE PATH UNRAVEL
COSMICALLY VOLATILE
YOU’RE A MOLECULE WITH FREE WILL
EXPLODING IN SLO-MO
YOUR MIND SHARE IS EXPANDING
SO COME ON AND CAUSE A COMMOTION

YOU ARE AN EARTHQUAKER
SOWING YOUR WILD OATS
REAPING A GRIM FUTURE
HANGING CLIFFS AND TAKING NOTES

PATHOGEN GENERATION
BREEDING HATE LIKE A BUNNY
EXTINCTING ALL THE BIRDS AND BEES
I SHRUNK THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
THERE’S A STORM IN MY BRAIN
YO SOY DON QUIXOTE
YOU SEE, THEY NAMED ME AFTER A HURRICANE
BUT HEY NOW, DON’T YOU QUOTE ME

I AM AN EARTHQUAKER
SOWING MY WILD OATS
REAPING A GRIM FUTURE
DROWNING WITCHES, WHICH ONE FLOATS?
Track Name: Reflecting
ARE YOU SHINING BRIGHT
OR JUST REFLECTING
ARE YOU BEAMING LIGHT
OR JUST PROJECTING
I DON'T HAVE THE ANSWERS
BUT I ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
ARE YOU SHINING BRIGHT
OR JUST REFLECTING

YOU CAN’T WIN A STARING CONTEST WITH THE SUN
GAZING AT THE STARS IN A MAGAZINE
YOU CAN'T SEE THE FOREST FROM THE WOODS
LIVING IN THE SHADE OF A DAYDREAM

DO YOU RADIATE
ARE YOU ABSORBING
DOLING OUT THE RAYS
OR ARE YOU HOARDING
CONSTANTLY ABLAZE
ON THE HORIZON
BLINDING FOR DAYS
A REASON FOR RISING
Track Name: OMG
IF YOU THINK THE FINALE IS GRAND
THE CREDITS ARE EVEN BETTER
AND IF YOU LIKE THE ENDING
I THINK YOU'RE GONNA LOVE THE TRAILER

IT'S NOT THE SECOND COMING
IT'S ONLY THE PREMIERE
A NEW ARRIVAL COMING SOON
TO A UNIVERSE NEAR YOU

ALL DAWKINS GO TO HEAVEN
IN HITCHENS’ GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
THE LUXURY OF NONBELIEVING
IS HAWKING THE LATEST FALLACY

SHE ISN’T DEAD BUT SHE SLAYS THE ROLE
EVEN THE SKEPTICS SAY IT’S UNBELIEVABLE
SHE WAS UNBORN TO PLAY THE PART
TO MAKE A VIRGIN BIRTH CONCEIVABLE

CREATED IN OUR IMAGE
REVERSE ENGINEERED FROM OUR MINDS
THE PLOT TWIST IS A MOBIUS STRIP
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Track Name: Drowning in Data
THE MIXED MEDIA ARE SENDING MESSAGES
THE NEWS IS BROKEN, THE NOISE IS SCRIPTED
DENY, DEGRADE, DISRUPT, DECEIVE
THE FAIRY TALES MUST BE DECRYPTED
NOW SKYMALL HAS BECOME SELF-AWARE
BIG DATA, BIG APPLE, BIG MAC
VIACOMCAST IS OWNED BY VICE
AND TIMEWARNER GOT ACQUIRED BY ACME

THERE’S AN AVALANCHE OF INFO
LIKE AN ANVIL FALLING ON YOUR HEAD
AND IF YOU MANAGE TO SURVIVE IT
YOU'LL JUST WISH YOU DIED INSTEAD

NOW LEIA IS A DISNEY PRINCESS
AND EMPIRES ARE BUILT ON INCEST
SO GO AHEAD AND KISS YOUR SISTER
IT IS POINTLESS TO RESIST
THERE'S NO CANON, THERE'S ONLY FANFIC
SO IF YOU'RE JUST SO TIRED OF ALL THESE WARS
USE THE FORCE OF OPEN SOURCE
JUST BE CAREFUL OF OPEN SORES

THERE’S AN AVALANCHE OF INFO
AND WE ARE ALL SNOWED IN
IT'S COLD WORLD WAR INFINITY
EVERYTHING’S BECOMING ONE BIG THING

SO PUT YOUR PHONE INSIDE THE FRIDGE
KEEP YOUR COOL, EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE FINE
THE FORECAST CALLS FOR CHILLING EFFECTS
BUT A SNITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE
Track Name: Another Armageddon
CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT
FELL OFF THE EDGE CAUSE THE PLANET'S FLAT
BUT THERE'S PLENTY MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM
EIGHT MORE LIVES TO BE EXACT
PART IV OF THE TRILOGY WAS THE FINAL CHAPTER
BUT 8 MORE PARTS CAME THEREAFTER
PLACE IT ON ITS SIDE AND YOU WILL SEE
IT'S A SYMBOL MEANING INFINITY

IT'S JUST ANOTHER ARMAGEDDON
WHAT'S THERE TO LOSE BESIDES AN ARM AND A LEG
YET YOU'RE ALL UP IN ARMS
JUST 'CAUSE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR LIMBS ARE IN HARM'S WAY

WHAT COMES AFTER LIFE? DARLING DON'T DESPAIR
CAUSE IF THERE'S A HELL, THEN WE'RE ALREADY THERE
WANNA GET OFF THE ROCK? LET ME SHOW YOU HOW
GET RID OF THE GRID, LET'S LOCK LIPS NOW
NOTHING'S GONNA COME BETWEEN US
ONCE THERE'S NOTHING BETWEEN MARS AND VENUS
WE'RE SOLAR SISTERS IN THE MILKY WAY
SO MICHAEL, KEEP YOUR BOAT AT BAY

IT'S JUST ANOTHER ARMAGEDDON
AND YOU'RE GETTING ALL WORKED UP LIKE IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD
BUT LIFE ON MARS GOES ON, YEAH
AND THERE ARE OTHER STARS BESIDE THE SUN
IT'S JUST ANOTHER ARMAGEDDON
AND YOU'RE GETTING ALL WORKED UP LIKE IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD
BUT LIFE GOES ON ON MARS
AND BESIDES THE SON THERE ARE DAUGHTERS

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