Anything Can Stop Us

Anything Can Stop Us

Our 2bd long play album.

Released on the 23th of November 2005 by If Society.

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Utopia Frailway

The opening track of our 2nd album. A hopeful nod to our softer past - before we let out the beasts of Viola post-2005.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

soon after dawn
we left the town
our car packed with such great plans

you might stay young at heart
if you seek what you can't find

when you think you've found the way
it always escapes
like the night from the sun's first rays
it always escapes
always escapes

we fell asleep
the road carried us
past the strangest cities of glass

can you stay young at heart
if you never break apart

when you think you've found the way
it always escapes
like the night from the suns first rays
it always escapes
like the light at the end of a day
it always escapes
always escapes

when you think you've found the way
it always escapes
like the night from the sun's first rays
it always escapes
like the light at the end of a day
it always escapes
for how long must we stray
it always escapes
utopia frailway

Breathtaker

The thumping initialization to the new Viola in 2005. Heavily influenced by the MPC-4000, LCD Soundsystem and Mew.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

I didn't mean to care
the way things were
somewhere outside my own nowhere

I didn't care to mean
the words I would sing
I'd let them fly with plastic wings

I didn't mean to care
but I strayed too near
oh, life can be a breathtaker

I didn't care to mean
until the news came in
that the smallest thing can change everything

it's not who you are
it's what you choose

such strange things do take place
breathtaker gave me back my oxygen

I didn't care to mean
the words I would sing
but the smallest song can make someone sing

it's not who you are
it's what you choose

I Don't Know How To Party

The sheep song! Anybody who's seen us live in the latter part of the 00's knows how it feels, when sheep cry.

Thumping electro-rock dedicated to all the people shying in the corner of the room of a hot party.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

social gravity
keeps our gaze on the ground
moral vanity
won't let us see all sides
no deeper meaning
behind the lines
in which we wait for hours and hours

don't invite me
I can't get the beat
cos I don't know how to party
I don't know how to groove
or to shake it loose
no, I don't know how to party

frail identity
confusion by design
false diversity
neatly categorized
we keep miswanting
the same lies
that made our fathers drop the fight

don't invite me
I can't get the beat
cos I don't know how to party
I don't know how to groove
or to shake it loose
no, I don't know how to party

Life's Too Long

One of our most misunderstood titles! No gloominess here, just starry-eyed optimism. It's weird how much context can change words: "Life's too long" is very different from "Life's too long, to bear alone"

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

you hide behind the ordinary
waste life for the temporary
too tired to even dream of going
nowhere with nothing to lose

life's too long if it's not your own
sometimes it can feel all wrong
life's too long to bear alone
longer if you hibernate

hard times prepare you for the worse
but real life can't be rehearsed
decide that you can still be happy
don't wait for the end of the show

life's too long if it's not your own
sometimes it can feel all wrong
life's too long to bear alone
longer if you hibernate

Tedium Rock

An enigmatic anti-ode to boredom and tedious repetition in life.

One of our live-show favorites. In 2005 we felt this track best embodies the kind of music we want to do and we still kind of do.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

our routines keep us unintrigued
come on come on repeat repeat
entire lives with one heartbeat
blow by blow
teenage dreams are hard to beat
come on come on repeat repeat
nostalgia dead-end self-deceit
don't wait too long
for the bang of a gong

come on come on repeat repeat
come on come on
come on come on repeat repeat

relieve the ennui

feeling little less each week
come on come on repeat repeat
tired eyes will miss the treats
don't you know
how time stretches the soul

come on come on repeat repeat
come on come on
come on come on repeat repeat

relieve the ennui
uniform reality
avoid symmetry
uniform reality
relieve the ennui

relieve the ennui
uniform reality
avoid symmetry
lack of variety
avoid symmetry
uniform reality
relieve the ennui

this song will end in sixteen beats
come on come on end repeat

Shamateur

A weird song about a tamarin monkey. Has something to do with tambourines and such. Beach vibes. Don't ask.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

I woke up by the sea
under a tangerine tree
the night was so serene
in the a tree a tamarin
sang to me :

"shamateur
you got what you deserved"

the sand covered me
from my neck to my feet
"if you help me, tamarin
I'll buy you a trampoline,
help me"

"shamateur
you got what you deserved"

I couldn't move my body
my head felt like a tambourine
oh little tamarin
don't shake that tambourine
so wildly

"shamateur
you got what you deserved"

Anything Can Stop Us

The mandatory mid-record weepie. Rhodes with glitchy electronics. Good times.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

once in our life
we thought we could evade goodbyes
just by choosing the perfect design
to hide behind our cold disguise
we got it all wrong

anything can stop us now
we can't fight the chance
anything can stop us, anytime

time slips away from our hands

did we lose our heart
on our journeys that led us so far, too far
or did it just dry away like clay
and now sleeps with the dust bunnies
under our lonely bed

anything can stop us now
we can't fight the chance
anything can stop us, anytime
anything can stop us now
there's always chance
anything can stop us, anytime

time slips away from our hands
but there always is a fighting chance
if you're just willing to try
there's a treasure for you to find

A For Apathy

We kinda got a bit political on Anything Can Stop Us. This track, Tedium Rock and Invisible Revolution all present far more direct statements about how people live their lives than any of our other material. Or maybe they're just observations.

Anyway, musically one of our most aggressive tracks. Frantic tempo, glitchy / distorted electronics... Weird.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

Sweet adolescent dreams
that boredom buries
cold as charity
stripped of their ideals
it's not ok
to let them slip away

and it's A for apathy
what might have been will never be
life without a dream
will always lead to apathy

the preying vultures
of cash counter culture
try to indulge her
the lost asphalt girl
and they sell her void
to fill the holes

and it's A for apathy
what might have been will never be
life without a dream
will always lead to apathy

in the sleepaway towns
kids born for the riots
grow into dead-end autopilots
with safety in numbers

and it's A for apathy
what might have been will never be
life without a dream
will always lead to apathy

The Deadweights

Our first stab at more hiphop-esque beats. More or less just trying to copy Black Audio. Glad we got them to remix this track for Melancholydisco 2.

Also featured: a speech synthesizer that sounds exactly like J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

don't let the deadweights
drag you down with their games
they only want you
to seal your dreams in an airtight bottle
and throw it into the sea

your only friend
is lost inside of your maze
she's trying so hard
but the whims of life
are tough to follow
and you're too far on the sea

cos we cast ourselves into unknown waters
and dive into the blue
but we can't swim back up to the surface
because we're all deadweights too

down there the death waits

but we cast ourselves into unknown waters
and dive into the blue
we can't swim back up to the surface
because we're all deadweights too
no we can't swim back up to the surface
because we're all deadweights too

(down there the death waits
death waits the deadweights)

Invisible Revolution

A song about cats. A song about revolutions. A song about hearts over bank accounts.

What more could you ask for?

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

someday we won't be alone
they'll contact us on our headphones
time is speeding up
to the moment when all those outcast
will get their chance

hearts reign over bank accounts
when the invisible revolution's through
feelings beat bureaucracy
as the invisible revolution dawns

someday when you wake up
all that you can live without
has been taken out overnight
your cat will have a knowing smirk
he's our new recruit

hearts reign over bank accounts
when the invisible revolution's through
feelings beat bureacracy
as the invisible revolution dawns

learn to become invisible
and you can see the real view

when we have changed enough little things
then we have changed all of reality
it will happen soon

hearts reign over bank accounts
when the invisible revolution's through
feelings beat bureaucracy
as the invisible revolution dawns

hearts rain
the invisible revolution's through

Elevator Into The Sky

A slightly surrealistic track where we actually imagined each vocal line as an animal or a muppet of some sort and tried to act them out while singing. The lead line is more or less based around Gonzo from Muppet Show, but there are frogs, pigs, chicken and all sorts of silly things in the backing vocals.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

last night it rained sparks
and the people ran wild
I hid in the basement
and thought about life

how only one moment is enough to decide
how to spend the rest of your time

I've had my time of this ground life
where's my elevator into the sky?

I waited forever
for the streets to calm down
as I've been waiting for a chance to
rise above my life

don't you want to at least find out
what will wait you above the clouds

I've had my time of this ground life
why some sleep in sewers and others get to ride
the elevator into the sky?

Dance The Distance

A moronic eurodance track with surprisingly deep lyrics about turning a blind eye on all the terrible injustices in the world.

Not listed on the track listing in the back cover of the album.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

gaze into the stars
and dance the distance
as long as you dance
you're safe from harm
there's a distant world
where sorrows whirl
the slightest wind could blow
them to your door
but if you wish you can
escape their cold hands
just dance the distance

gaze into the stars
and dance the distance
as long as you dance
you're safe from harm
on a distant city square
starts a new massacre
families forced to flee
towards new atrocities
but you can hide those sights
under the disco lights
you can dance the distance

gaze into the stars
and dance the distance
gaze into the stars
you're safe from harm

gaze into the stars
and dance the distance
as long as you dance
you're safe from harm
famine, poverty
test lab guinea pigs
bombs, barbarities
nature catastrophes
malice, grudges, war
keep them from the dancefloor
you just dance the distance

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