Monsters

by Ladyshark

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‘Monsters’ is written around the loose thematic implication of real-life monsters that challenge us on a daily basis. Themes explored in the album include: domestic violence, sexism, marginalization, freedom, supernatural forces, and religious prejudice.

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released December 15, 2016

Sarah Vardy - lyrics, vocals, guitar
Jane Boxall - back up vocals, drums, percussion

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Ladyshark Nashville Davidson, Tennessee

Ladyshark are a 2-piece, stripped-back, rock duo using guitar loops, FX, vocals and drums. Sarah is on guitar/guitar loops/lead vocals and Jane is on drums/back up vocals.
Ladyshark were formerly Anu Sava. Anu Sava started out as a solo project from Sarah Vardy, front woman of Australian rock band Girl With Cake.
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Track Name: Monsters
Lately I've been thinking about all the monsters that I've met
Have we grown so close that my mirror has a monster in it
You've been saying I'm not here when you need me most
I'll try to avoid the hole I'll try to ignore the ghosts

This fear has built a wall
I'm trying to not fall
Sometimes I cannot hide
From all this pain inside

Whoa oh oh oh oh
Whoa oh oh oh oh
Whoa oh oh oh oh
Whoa oh oh oh oh

I try to smile and nod at my white girl problems everyday
Living in a fantasy slowly suffocating my anxiety away
I'm so distant I can't see the sure things close to me
I'm on the outside looking in at pretending to be free

Could I be the monster
I've been scared of for so long
Track Name: Set Yourself Free
Your thoughts are driftwood, vacuous and dim
Your judgment is lightening in your hymns
You keep feeding this façade from within
Your shame and guilt; in the grips of sin

Love isn’t true if it has rules
I’m not boarding your ship of fools
Gender roles doesn’t equal democracy
I wish you could set yourself free

Attached to the dead man hanging from the wall
Lamb of mercy, lamb of god I’m sure that I will fall
Great expectations keep growing up so tall
Hurtling straight to hell when my faith grows small

Love isn’t true if it has rules
I’m not boarding your ship of fools
Gender roles doesn’t equal democracy
I wish you could set yourself free

You cast insults and judgement from your stage
Don’t you think it’s time to turn a new page?
Hate doesn't make you sexy
I am not being defensive
Track Name: Two Sisters
We both felt the same pain
Our souls bare constant stains
A loss deep as an ocean
Lives shredded by emotion

It feels like we’ve always been an unlikely pair
Travelling alone but still somehow right there
Children torn apart to live our lives in dismay
Two sisters lost each other on judgement day

The death of a shared era
Scars from common terrors
We marched alongside elsewhere
Transformed ties to our forebear

It feels like we’ve always been an unlikely pair
Travelling alone but still somehow right there
Children torn apart to live our lives in dismay
Two sisters lost each other on judgement day

Sadness sunk into my bones
I felt so scared, sad and alone
I put on my best brave face
It took me all I had not to be afraid

It feels like we’ve always been an unlikely pair
Travelling alone but still somehow right there
Children torn apart to live our lives in dismay
Two sisters lost each other on judgement day
Track Name: New Years Day
It’s 3am on New Year’s Day
All the couples and the good ones have gone away
Feel like I need a holiday
The bar is empty so I might as well stay
I meet a trans sexual stand-up comedian
She’s as sad as a colour-blind chameleon
I buy her a drink to help her stay for a few
I hope to help her think her sadness through

She says I’ll have a screwdriver
I buy her more than two
I ask what kind of drink is that
She says it’s what gets her through

I look her up online to see if she’s real
She had a face like a celebrity but her lips were sealed
She has a comic routine about a suicide note
It seems pretty dark to treat that as a joke
I hope she’s alright I still have her business card
Being a trans sexual lesbian seems like it’s pretty hard
Maybe someday some more souls will give her a break
All society wants to do is be fake and take take take

She says I’ll have a screwdriver
I buy her more than two
I ask what kind of drink is that
She says it’s what gets her through

It’s 3am on New Year’s Day
All the couples and the good ones have gone away
Feel like I need a holiday
The bar is empty so I might as well stay
Track Name: Riot
What the hell is it to run like a girl?
When is a job made for a man in the world?
How can you make a woman scream?
When you tell her she can't do anything!

Hold back your tongue
Gender roles are no fun
Rebel against the rules
Stop listening to fools

Why do women get paid so much less
Don't expect me to feel good in a dress
We won't bow to your toxicity
Our gender comes with fluidity

Hold back your tongue
Gender roles are no fun
Rebel against the rules
Stop listening to fools
Track Name: Felt So Small
The air was thick and black. The lights were out.
I tossed and turned. Listened to them shout.
In the room down the hall. Their fight intensified.
I was frozen in fear. Right where I lied.

A little part of me died that night.
So helpless in the shadow of their fight.
I couldn’t mind my own and just sit tight.
I’ve tried not to know with all my might.

I marched into the room. I burst the door open.
She gasped for air. His hands on her neck were frozen.
I pushed him off. I told him to leave my mum alone.
He slapped me across the face. To the floor I was thrown.

A little part of me died that night.
So helpless in the shadow of their fight.
I couldn’t mind my own and just sit tight.
I’ve tried not to know with all my might.

He made a sea of lies. The police would come.
He’d say they were just. Having an argument.
He’d use a phonebook. To hide his blows.
We were all his toys. The damage is permanent.

A little part of me died that night.
So helpless in the shadow of their fight.
I couldn’t mind my own and just sit tight.
I’ve tried not to know with all my might.
Track Name: Seance
A circle of youth
Seeking the truth
Dark shadows await
Longing for bait

We were so naïve and young
Didn’t know what we’d begun

Spirits lurking in the dark
Fear tearing us apart
Weakness twisting up our hearts
Naïve children in a black art

A figure in the night
Pentagrams in white
Rousing the nameless
Obscure and faceless

We were so naïve and young
Didn’t know what we’d begun

Spirits lurking in the dark
Fear tearing us apart
Weakness twisting up our hearts
Naïve children in a black art

The darkness never left
Its presence is a test
The shadows never rest
They’re itching to divest

We were so naïve and young
Didn’t know what we’d begun

Spirits lurking in the dark
Fear tearing us apart
Weakness twisting up our hearts
Naïve children in a black art