Hello, I am an ashtray

by Flat Battery

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about

This was the first album Flat Battery ever made. Originally completed around early 2006, I think.

Founded by two teenagers who'd attended the same art school, and with very little knowledge of production skills and values, we set out to make an industrial album and ended up with something a bit more eclectic. This set the mixed genre theme for future Flat Battery albums.

The name Flat Battery was my (Liam's) idea, as a hat-tip to South African industrial band Battery Nine.

At the end of putting the album together, we'd smoked so many cigarettes that we'd completely filled up the box that my microphone came in. So we wrote "Hello, I am an ashtray" on the inside of the lid, took a photo and made it the album name/cover. The photo had been lost eventually, along with all the original stems and project files. The only thing remained was the tracks, so I put together the current album cover as a tribute.

This album was made over a decade ago, long before I developed any real skill with singing and music production! Very experimental.

credits

released March 5, 2006

Liam Wiser (vocals, lyrics and guitar), Robert Rumney (vocals, lyrics, programming and production)

Additional credits on E-Malgamate: Ariel Wertlen Spilkin (guitars), Mario Belloni (vocals)

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Flat Battery London, UK

London-based one-man band originally started in Johannesburg, South Africa. Recording music since 2005, many genres and styles have been explored.

Liam Wiser, the person behind this project, also creates electronic music under the name Rectifier: rectifire.bandcamp.com
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Track Name: Social Security
Why do I feel so cold?
All these angry lies I've told
I said I'm just growing old, and
I need some security

I just find that every time
I just can't seem to unwind
Cursing all my feelings I
Let go

Finally, I can be free

I can't let go of you

Don't try to make me understand
Fuck you, I know just who I am
I don't need to make a plan
I can

I don't really want to say
What's gonna be fucked up today
I just can't stand all this pain
Come out to play

Finally, I can be free

I can't let go of you
Track Name: Children Playing
Children playing
Sadness inside
Fallen, broken
Lost, stolen

All these memories
Haunting me inside
Falling slowly
I lose my pride

Hoping for present
To become past
Waiting, leaving it
All behind

All these memories
Haunting me inside
Falling slowly
I lose my pride
Track Name: Broken Dreams
Now we'll see
Find a dream, and
Let it all
Just float away

It's not that
I feel bad
But that I will
Never feel the same

Love me
Hold me
And never let me go
Never let me go

I wonder how
The people scream and shout
About nothing at all
Nothing at all
Yeah, and if you please
If I could just get down on my knees and pray
I'd be happy today

All I see are
Broken dreams, and
Expressions of sadness
In your mind

If there's hope
Don't let go
Believe in truth, and
Don't believe in lies

Love me
Hold me
And never let me go
Never let me go

I wonder how
The people all go around screaming and shouting
About nothing at all
Nothing at all
Yeah, and if you please
If I could just get down on my knees and pray
I'd be happy today-

Why you gotta go and go and bring me down?
Why you gotta go and go do things the right way?
I've come undone
You know you've won
When I say I give in

Oh, don't give up
There's too much...
Track Name: Feelings Abyss
My blood is flowing into an abyss
My heart is hoping for you to come in
Waiting and hoping for better days
Showing no feeling, just running away

Love - fuck you get your own
Hope - nowhere to go
Track Name: E-Malgamate
Why do I feel this way?
I can't handle this shit today
I can't feel anything
Please all of you, go away

No one wants to be my friend
No one lets me feel content
No one wants to hold my hand
I just feel so thin

Can't stand the hate
I can't get away, I'm
Just trying to feel some pain
And this fucking bullshit, and
I know that everything I do
Isn't okay

I long for love
I long for peacefulness
I long for hope
Because I have nothing
I wish to find some peace of mind
From where the conscious stay

Can't stand the hate
I can't get away, I'm
Just trying to feel some pain
And this fucking bullshit, and
I know that everything I do
Isn't okay

I can't stand the hate
Need to fuck off, the pain
E-malgamate and let it rain
Like blood from the sky as
My hollow eyes, as I
Let my spirit die from my
Head to my toes

A future that's bleak if
I hate the world, I need a
Love to see the purity unfurl
Make it go away, I can't handle it
Make it go away, it's fucking all bullshit