Almost Paradigm

by Sons Of Nothing

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released September 19, 2019

Produced by Matt Meldrum & Thom Bowers

Recorded across the USA and mixed by Matt at The Second Bedroom, Layton UT

All songs written by Matt & Thom, except Get Lost Again, written by Matt & Thom and Rick Kreifeldt, and Shapes, written by Tim Hollinger

All songs performed by Matt & Thom, with the kind assistance of:

John Flanders - saxophone, flute (
Gayle Graizzaro - backing vocals on Anachronism, Square One, The Floating World
Michael Gamble - drums on Good News For Everyone
Tommy Maras - drums on Ricochet, Wait
Peter McDade - drums on Not For Nothing
Lee Wiggins - drums on Get Lost Again, Anachronism, Square One

Art direction & Layout by Chris Jackson

Cover art by Aaron Meldrum

Special Thanks

Doran “Fozz” Barton, Matt Brown (and all Themesters worldwide!), Daryn Campbell, Jon Cannon, Mishell Caligiuri, Travis Coleman, Joni DeRouchie, John Flanders, Mike Gamble, Jason Giron, Gayle Graizzaro, Sweet Marie Hansen, Tim Hollinger, Juli Holt, Chis Jackson, Samuel Johnson, Kerry Kompost, Daniel Maland, Tommy Maras, Rylee McDonald, Peter McDade, Dan Miles, Ray Opheikens, Robbie Rist, Nanci & Lenny Ruest, Adam Sears, Mike Thiriot, Lee Wiggins

To our families, found and otherwise, thanks for sticking it out. Glad it was not for nothing.




Sons Of Nothing Los Angeles, California

Singer-songwriters Thom Bowers & Matt Meldrum (along with a host of friends and collaborators) make music that bridges the gap between pop-rock punch and art-rock extravagance.

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Track Name: The Placebo Effect
the sky has fallen, the earth is cracked
you can still see the mark where the water rolled back
history is over and everything’s up for grabs
the gates are down, no keepers about
doesn’t matter anymore if you’re in or out
the rain is crashing all around the faithless and devout

and it’s hard to tell the ladder from the cage
welcome to the post-heroic age

the slings and arrows got supersized
we marched on heavin with gold in our eyes
hearts of darkness beating under brows so civilized
son have you observed the time
every step we take is almost paradigm
existence feels like crime

cause something else has quickened up the pace
a checkered flag for all the human race

nothing’s gonna help the medicine go down

now i recognize the lay of the landslide
an eastern wind to sweep the table clean
the time has come for everyone
to mean what they say and say what they mean

we fly our flags and try to pretend
Ii’s okay to settle for allies when we could have had friends
now that we have got the means to justify our ends

maybe we can build on what remains
but growing up is going mad by grains

nothing’s gonna help the medicine go down
Track Name: Brave Old World
there’s no way this could ever happen
not after we’ve come so far
suddenly there is more interest
in crossing the line than raising the bar

it’s now okay to be the bully
it’s now okay to build our walls
it’s now okay to find more ways
to separate us and have injustice for all

it’s a strange old world we’re facing
with the brave new one left behind
and those who are willing to open their eyes
might be resistant to being led by the blind

to say that now’s the time to come together, and for everyone to heal
it feels like having the person who shot you ask you to pay the hospital bill

it’s hard right now to replace the fear with faith
it’s hard right now to believe in evolution
it’s hard to find a silver lining
or take consolation in a silent minority solution

don’t want to be a part of this brave old world

it’s not okay to be the bully
it’s not okay to build these walls
it’s not okay to find more ways
and say that now’s the time to come together

it’s not okay to be the bully
it’s not okay to keep building these walls
it’s not okay to keep on finding more ways
to separate us all

there’s no way this could ever happen
not after we’ve come this far
Track Name: Ricochet
i know that right now it’s far too late
and you don’t even know who I am anyway
i don’t know or care who you are
i don’t know why you did what you’ve done
i just wish i could take us back to the point
before you hurt anyone

the uncrossable line keeps sliding out into the dark
you watched the line in the rearview and crossed into daylight
only a moment for the chaos to subside into pieces reflective of your fractured mind
taking a glimpse at a row of random survivors, petrified and paralyzed

one voice coming up from behind you
one preying upon your mind
one voice that is trying to play on your sympathy
one solely to rationalize

all we want is to discover the answer
and you found a way to take it away
leaving behind you only the sound of a voice
being silenced by the sound of a...

only so many times we can rise from the ashes
before crossing the terminator back into midnight
only a moment, and the pluralism divides into factions polarized on either side
taking a shot at the remains of a civilization, purified and cannibalized

one voice coming up from behind you
one preying upon your mind
one voice that is trying to play on your sympathy
one solely to rationalize

all that’s left is to discover the answer
and you found a way to take it away
leaving behind you only the sound of a voice
being silenced by the sound of a ricochet
Track Name: Wait
come into the world, a new star like no other
at least for one day
childhood interrupted, changed by fate
odds stacked against you now
constrain your dreams, don’t let them get in the way

reality now
your dreams, they can just wait

thrust into action, you work behind the scenes
but never take center stage
those youthful fantasties of taking the spotlight just wouldn’t come into play
you never did complain
but between the lines, you wanted things a different way

someday it may change
so you’ll just wait

it took till now for me to realize
there’s still things i wanted to say
i guess it’s just one little thing, i don’t think I ever said “thanks”
and i know there’s no better time than now
but that’s not how it worked out today

so i’ll just wait
Track Name: Good News For Everyone
there’s not enough time to fill up the cup
there’s too much to learn, and you’ll never catch up
history’s just writing, and sometimes it lies
but the ticket is free and it’s only a ride

good news for everyone

you don’t have to worry about how much you spent
the total is more than one hundred percent
there’s no such thing as the real me and you
and every story ever told is true

good news for everyone

gotta get lonely, gotta get bored
till the record is scratched and it won’t play no more

bet on destruction, and you’ll never lose
as long as it’s you who is bringing the news

good news for everyone
Track Name: Get Lost Again
another pilgrimage to a home that isn't home
staring at the fleeting sunset, thinking bout the fall of rome
disregard the deja vu, disconnect the phone
i want to get lost again

passing by the rust and wreckage of last year’s parade
got some time to pay respect to all the plans we made
in between event horizons, just enjoy the shade
it’s a fair trade

if i can get lost again
lost in the wilderness
i want to get lost again
lost in the world

till i break the waves with a shield and sword
and the world resolves to a single chord
i remember now what i had to say
this is why i come, this is how i pray
if i knew back when where i’d be today
well, there ain’t no way i would ever stay

right on cue, the fog descending through the afterglow
can’t be sure what i remember is what i really know
ain’t it just like family business to interrupt the flow
well, it’s time to go

it’s time to get lost again
lost in the wilderness
i want to get lost again
lost in the world
Track Name: Anachronism
who believes there was an age of heroes on this earth
gods and monsters battling their way for momentary worth
filaments of flesh so bright their light outshone the day
voices cast in wax distract from feet made out of clay
and people came to pray

no one got the story right
no one made it out alive

who believes we carry on that legacy of old
special dispensation from the beautiful and bold
once the curtains pulled and all the tricks revealed
we begin to suspect that it was never real
but that’s part of the deal

no one gets the story right
no one makes it out alive
no such thing as destiny
none of this was meant to be

at the intersection marking space and time
our anachronistic thinking leaves us blind
We can dance in all directions if we choose
but there’s only one in which our world can move

who believes there was an age of heroes in the past
who believes the universe would save its best for last

no one gets the story right
even stars burn out in time
We won’t get the story right
even so, we’ve got to try
no such thing as destiny
none of this was meant to be
Track Name: Not For Nothing
hit and run attitude
you know i’m not that guy
but you’ve already moved on
to other things in your head

more and more lately
the thing that we expect
is less and less from each other
i want to start bucking that trend

cause when the world’s all gone and the curve’s been drawn
you will find you’re somewhere in the middle
you’ll let your life pass by sitting idly by
or be able to say in the end
it was not for nothing

what is the virtue of a proportional response
what does it matter how a man falls down
i’m standing here telling you, i go home when you go
so can we have a civilization now

(for Benjamin)
Track Name: Oriflamme
shot my heart straight into the sun like a javelin
bridges are burning wherever it touches the ground
the world spins a little faster for a servant of no master
minutes to midnight keep on counting down till we

tear down the firewalls and taste that blurry line
give it all and walk away, golden and divine

hung my heart right up on the edge of the battlement
trying to follow my cap thrown over the wall
a viking funeral in my sight, the only way to make things right
that’s what matters when all that’s left is the fall

tear down the firewalls, embrace that blurry line
take it all and walk away, golden and divine

i’m the one who still remembers
i’m the one who still believes
i’m the one who won’t stop knocking
i’ll wake you from your sleep

i am the one who still remembers
i am the one who still believes

i am the one who’s seen the future
i know that it’s no place for me
i am the one with grand delusions
so far out, i can’t see land
i am the one who won’t stop knocking
once upon a time, we had a plan

tear down the firewalls, obliterate that line
give it all and walk away
burn it out, don’t fade away
shock and awe and save the day
Track Name: Square One
we stand on the roof, we chase the big truth
the storms in the sky, they just pass us by
no regard for our youth

the fools who can’t see past the old used to be
we swear and we trust, that will never be us
no, not you and me

we fight the good fight we hold back the night
but that’s not how it feels
just wheels within wheels through the flickering light

a lateral move, a spoke in the groove
will the time ever come
when the war has been won and there’s nothing to prove

a hero’s lament, a chance to repent
to make a new deal, hold on to what’s real
and to say what we meant

with fond memories, and found families
when all’s said and done, we’re still on square one
and that’s how it should be
Track Name: The Floating World
we meet at the boundaries
standing on our side, looking at the other
spores drifting on the breeze
flashing through our lives, wish we had another

turn to the moon and the stars and the trees and the snow
all this wild disorder is just part of the whole
in the floating world

time sleeps when the music wakes
truth within a bigger truth, a different kind of song
climbing till the fever breaks
past the monomyth, to a place where we belong

echoes from the elements burn into our bones
reach across the divide and we feel less alone
in the floating world

notes on a page
dots in the air
every word a poem
every deed a prayer

i hope i recognize when you reach me
no matter what we have become
i‘ll hum a tune to jog our memory
and you can count in on the drum

and we’ll make our climb to the floating world
it’s a dizzy ride to the floating world
through an open road, every tale is told
write a thousand lives, golden and divine
in the floating world

no straight lines, can’t make time
the word is out, it’s gone worldwide

and if the air gets thin as the night rolls in
we’ll keep warm in the fires of creation
destiny is not a destination
in the floating world
Track Name: Evolution
spent too long stumbling into the fall
and blocking the doorway
afraid to say come in

and now i’m standing in front of it all
to say what i should say
and recognize the things that i can’t change

because i traded them away
for moments of madness
i’ve lived so many days
but sometimes i think i’m not even changing at all

so I’ll watch over you when you crawl
and show you a different way
to make your place in the world

a generation may be what it takes to evolve
and give you the seed to grow
and then you’ll know the things that you can change

because you learned from my mistakes
and when the world turns the page on me
having seen my broken legacy
a snapshot of all i tried and failed to do
i hope that they’ll see the better me in you

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