Horseshoes & Handgrenades

by Sinthesis

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With very little face to face interaction, Phaust and Phingaz make their time count. Little more than a week was spent recording live tracks together in Salt Lake City, (where both are from) before Phingaz returned home to Minneapolis. It was these tracks that formed the foundation of what would become an experiment in duality. Many of the songs on Horseshoes & Handgrenades are comprised of both a raw, gritty, live recording as well as a crisp, full, studio quality sound. Lovers of blues-rock will find common ground with the indie hip-hop scene from whence Sinthesis was bred. Fusion never sounded so fresh and new, yet utterly natural.

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released 14 September 2012

All songs written, recorded, produced and mixed by Phaust and Phingaz. All songs mastered by Bob "The Pro Tools Terrorist" Lindberg at Gravebomb Studios. Artwork created by Phaust.

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Sinthesis Salt Lake City, Utah

Phaust has been known primarily for his witty wordplay whereas Phingaz has made his mark on the production game. In their latest hiphop/bluesrock endeavor Horseshoes & Handgrenades, the duo set aside their niches for a live sounding, gritty crack at sharing responsibilites. Though 2 outcomes were forseen (pathetic/incredulous) the latter has been achieved. Oh so NASTY! ... more

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Track Name: Long Live Sin
this kind of electricity is off the grid
bringin cats together over long distances
like a bridge life's too short long live sin
i wanna give a word of wisdom to my kids
daddy was a stone rollin against the wind
don't make a habit outta followin him
great white shark with a scarred fin
heart's been singin like a gnarls vid

who's gonna save my soul in the end
don't care how as much as i care when
not before you hear me say it again
life's too short long live sin
mine is a grenade minus the pin
make some noise and then
hope they wanna keep puttin it in for their friends
no knowin where you're goin show 'em where ya been

glidin like a thrown stone floatin through the breeze
cuttin like a knife with the greatest of ease
livin life behind the word please
began to understand when people speak about their needs
spirit animal reside inside the sees
pirate flag high mug's meltin into mean
startin to believe what they mean about the trees
fewer greens make it mighty hard to breathe

who's gonna free my soul before it leaves
no priest long as my heart beats
i wanna scream til my throat bleeds
long live sin long live dirty deeds
sharpen up accuracy timin and speed
rollin with the lonely tumbleweed
heartache bellyache somethin's gotta seize
one's too full and the other needs to eat

i'm pushin through the room like i'm steppin out the womb
a phoenix from the ashes born anew
no one said it's easy it's like tryin to ride a bike in sand
feedin hungry with a knuckle sandwich bustin up my hand
i'm writin up a whole new master plan
so while i can i'm gonna stand up on dry land and man up
i found a fam to hold my hand and walk into the dark
i can't do anything but right cuz i'm just doin my part
Track Name: Horseshoes & Handgrenades
almost just isn't gonna cut it
hate it or love it gotta grab the rung above it
it ain't what we do it's how we do it
SINTHESIS you better get used to it
and the minute you do we're gonna flip it
kick it so slick don't blame you hard to grip it
just try to keep up we done did it
if you don't know now you know to get with it
it ain't a passion or a hobby it's a sickness
we terminal live til the finish
they call me doc for puttin on a clinic
head huntin each and every cynic
you never heard a duo with a product like we sellin
if phaust is tim burton then phingaz is danny elfman
spittin seeds straight to the melon
it ain't meningitis that got your brain swellin
i get around like magellan
yellin at the moon atmospheres a felon
no tellin what the future will hold
until we understand what the past had to teach
nothin you can get that ain't sold
and nothin gets stole without a reach
so what i'm here to preach is split second timing
i relate to chris sharma at rock bottom and climbing

what can i say
these games we play
almost only counts in
horseshoes and handgrenades
what can i say
these games we play
almost only counts in
horseshoes and handgrenades

i came to put this city on the map with this gritty indie rap
ain't lookin for no pity ridden dap
cast wasatch upon a national attack
not for cash but a pad on the road to crash
missionaries stole the title sheep herders
so i'm gatherin together an army of shepherds
we're gettin better every record and we know it
so we'll continue makin 'em and playin shows to show it
concept poets almost is basic
crush it so you know we catch anything we chasin
waitin on jason for the phingaz licks
from the genesis of product through the future freddy krueger flicks

what can i say
these games we play
almost only counts in
horseshoes and handgrenades
what can i say
these games we play
almost only counts in
horseshoes and handgrenades

come on out bug from up under the rock
show you a bigger box in which to stock crops not crumbs
show me thumbs to the sun if you wanna hear us talk
if not book your own headlining slot
mad props to the few remainin shops
holdin tough on their block graywhale train uprok
and you don't stop unless you want the foe to talk
about the fact their now on top and how you dropped off
go on turn your head and cough maybe time to get physical
cannons loaded no chance to miss the boat
not vanishin into the dark picked the game apart
shed some light on the true spirit of urban art
Track Name: 2 Lips
my vision is another man's mission
my blessin is another man's guessin
my wisdom is another man's wishin
my shoe's just another man's sole

so step to a rhythm unknown
so full of it feelin like a bully hit
hate gettin told what to do by your music
just stop and smell the tulips
stop stop and just stop
i can't can't won't won't don't don't stop

my simple is another man's genius
my joggin is another man's preakness
my sound's another man's intravenous
my crew's just another man's foe

so step to a rhythm unknown
so full of it feelin like a bully hit
hate gettin told what to do by your music
just stop and smell the tulips
stop stop and just stop
i can't can't won't won't don't don't stop

my livin is another man dyin
my doin is another man tryin
my kitten is another man's lion
my roots are another man's goal

so step to a rhythm unknown
so full of it feelin like a bully hit
hate gettin told what to do by your music
just stop and smell the tulips
stop drop and
roll to the beat give it heat see it grow
i can't can't won't won't don't

my whisper is another man screamin
my chillin is another man freezin
my angel is another man's demon
my blues is another man's gold

so step to a rhythm unknown
so full of it feelin like a bully hit
hate gettin told what to do by your music
just stop and smell the tulips
stop drop and
roll to the beat give it heat see it grow
i can't can't won't won't don't
Track Name: All Day, All Night
you're like a month old pear gone rotten
me i'm like a cake with the right amount of frostin
pinstripe pride holla back fuck boston
1% milk 99% cotton
i call it followin you call it stalkin
i call it wrong city you call it austin
i am to music like tyson was boxin
you call it cocky i call it awesome

okay okay
alright alright
all day all day
all night all night

you just keep talkin
you're like bad soap opera nobody is watchin
you at full speed's like me when i'm joggin
or better yet with a limp when i'm walkin
you can't ring my bell and quit knockin
you know you'd have better luck cookin meth up in ogden
rubbin socks on the carpet i'm shockin
her friend's better than jeremy shockey at blockin

okay okay
alright alright
all day all day
all night all night
Track Name: Green Muggin'
i don't wanna think she'll never have a chance
cuz her great great great great great great great great
great grandaddy never took a significant stance
just want our people to advance
take the ability of the soliloquy
add a bit of hostility humility and possibilities
we just want the capability to implement sustainability
into our public utilities
engage mobility embrace responsibility
and teach your children compatibility
nobility is not found in the blood line
it's defined by one's actions and reliability
on behalf of our species all apologies
such a vast footprint on ecology
we have lost faith in our monetary economy
wanna society based on resource technology

someone somewhere
is there anybody else out there
who cares for me
sunsets a black sky
close your bloodshot eyes
and feel for me
i call out my hands high
hold each other close
and breathe with me
you don't care you don't see
you can't stand silent
so just sing with me

i don't wanna find my what if realization
in a woulda coulda shoulda situation
all i'm askin for is a little impatience
it's a virtue when your world is bein wasted
bio fuels are developed and ready to use
only thing between them and you is a greedy fool
kick petroleum as if it's opium with odium
we're into second generation algaeoleum
replenish-able resources are plentiful
the way we desecrate what we have is simply incredible
fat cap crab scratch windmill tight flow
we got geothermal solar wind hydro
dig the advantages of vertical farming
to the numerous benefits of rooftop gardening
forget religion i'm up on a whole new mission
to live in harmony within my ecosystem
Track Name: Never Noticed
i never did notice you
standin in the doorway
blood on your hands so fine
what have you done you bad girl

oh no she didn't just take a look at her
don't she look innocent
she never seen a fight
only hint of violence is when she get intimate
that's why i'm into it
i'm talkin passionate that kinda intricate
you want my confession
she tore up my sheets on the night in question

i never noticed
she may be busted my baby ain't hopeless

my lady ain't guilty
just second nature for her to be filthy
she's dirty yeah but she's learning
stand up front baby give us a curtsy
you know it's futile to keep searching
ain't a damn thing that you could find to make us worry
no evidence she's heaven sent
you never met a girl more benevolent
don't call me clyde and she ain't bonnie
you call her pistol grip i call her shotty
ain't rotten bone in her pretty body
unless it's mine but that's just naughty
she wouldn't hurt a fly
she hold it in her teeth and pull it down to my thigh
yeah come on and test me
she's only guilty of bein sexy

i never noticed
she may be busted my baby ain't hopeless
Track Name: I Got the Blues
i got the blues
runnin through my veins
from my brain down to my boots
and back again

i got the blues
runnin through my veins
like a train with no caboose
full steam ahead

i got the blues
runnin through my veins
on my way from nothin to lose
to everything to gain

i got the blues
runnin through my veins
i gotta grave that wanna use
my name
Track Name: She's Got It
there's nothin quite like my baby's eyes
crystal glass and fireflies
there's nothin quite like my baby's eyes
burnin match in a paradise

she's got it
she got that cold hard stare
she's got it
and i see her everywhere
she's got it
i can't handle my biz
what ever it is

no question or guessin for me
it's just destined to be the perfect twosome in a gruesome world
couple fish in the sea with the same fantasy
no place i'd rather be no toes i'd rather curl
no batterin or battlin for upper-hand
no crackin open clams for an incomplete pearl
my girl's from my city
and my girl's so damn pretty

it's gotta be the way my lady's eyes change color
even in a shift switch you know i still love her
clockin in every day just to keep my soul paid
home is where i am so i think i'll stay
you know that she wants revenge
when the world acts cold so the basement stays froze
keep me full on love but i can't get enough
so turn the heat down and turn the music up

there's nothin quite like my baby's eyes
got the strength to paralyze
there's nothin quite like my baby's eyes
captivate and tantalize

she's got it
she got that cold hard stare
she's got it
and i see her everywhere
she's got it
i can't handle my biz
what ever it is

so much better than the best in a sundress
oh yes not even a test conquerin
way ahead of the go-ahead gold medalist
so incredibly elegant got me plottin development
heart swole up like an african elephant
relevant or not i'll tell you she got soul
my girl don't care about money
and my girl's sweet like honey

they say the powers to be create 'em all equal
it's gotta be a lie cuz my baby's too lethal
killer in the eyes with that curly brown hair
surprise me in a smile always catch me in a stare
keep it sweet like fruit you call us a pear
she's hot like atlanta but i've never been there
she got looks like lucy call her sweetheart pretty
i guess from now on you can call me ricky
Track Name: Down With the DABC
straight out the plastic and you know you gotta have it
comin to your city tryin to form some formal habits
3.2 and if it's cool to you
you better lace up your shoes and stop along with the groove
because all in all we ain't no brick in the wall
we just a bunch of peasants tryin to answer up the call like
1 shot 2 shot 3 shot 4
it ain't about gettin wasted so what's the legislation for
i can tell that you like to control
and losin grip on the people's like losin they soul
cuz heaven forbid we got a life without walls
we havin too much fun tryin to make 'em all fall
ah nah the battle evermore
phaust and i are takin apps so meet us at the back door
so while you're bullshittin spending tax dollars
we buildin up an army of free thinkers and scholars

down with the dabc
you can't control me
no more holdin on my hand
lord i'm not a little baby i'm a grown ass man
down with the dabc
gotta set me free
wanna come step to me
you best believe it might affect your life expectancy
are you threatening or testing me
we don't need a spirit deputy
enough is enough is enough
is enough is enough is enough
not down with the dabc
you can't patrol my destiny
listen we don't need no prohibition
swap spots with the mom and pop shops

this ain't about shots and beers
this ain't about the people here
this ain't about hatin your peers
the only thing here is consumption of fear
keep your eye on the prize or a fist on the goods
and if they ever come knockin better knock on wood
a frantic situation leads to quick complications
and we don't need no goddamn more legislation
because it's mind over matter ain't it
a simple small rule the pieces don't fit
all this time energy wasted space
overseein somethin that was never really even outta place
are you tired of the beat down
i know i'm tired of always runnin around
so if it pleases the court i'll say my last peace
down with the damn dabc

down with the dabc
you can't control me
no more holdin on my hand
lord i'm not a little baby i'm a grown ass man
down with the dabc
gotta set me free
wanna come step to me
you best believe it might affect your life expectancy
are you threatening or testing me
we don't need a spirit deputy
enough is enough is enough
is enough is enough is enough
not down with the dabc
you can't patrol my destiny
listen we don't need no prohibition
swap spots with the mom and pop shops
Track Name: Good Grace
charm isn't a needle you find in your arm
beauty is a mark you make on your lovers heart
finesse ain't the intent of a starved shark
many men make war instead of art
amazing how some are out for saving
while others are preoccupied fulfilling a craving
love is a drug that you spread when you're painting
unless it's in blood in which case it's hating

all these things were lost it seemed
til grace shined a light on me
now i can see
she'll never lie to me
take all of me

harm comes to those who pose for the fall
an alarm won't be called for the man who stand tall
a stare can be dangerous take care
but fair is the woman with the fire in her hair
enchanting as a madman ranting and raving
disgrace to see a tree with an engraving
what do you wanna see proof of manners learned
or a bad bad man openin a can of earthworms

all these things were lost it seemed
til grace shined a light on me
now i can see
she'll never lie to me
take all of me

the best thing about messing around
is the calm to the storm and the cold turned warm
never has a lion been caught
that saw a clear line in the sand that was crossed
effort is the difference between workin or not
and desert is the difference between dyin and just hot
death march with the bagpipes ringin and a blackbird
ain't no fat girl singin

all these things were lost it seemed
til grace shined a light on me
now i can see
she'll never lie to me
take all of me
Track Name: Don't Let Me Down
black vs. white red vs. blue
which side of this fight do you wanna choose
if you're a passive person your future is so uncertain
how did we get so buried under this burden it ain't workin
curse the day that's barely remembered
the first tuesday deep in november
i wish the worst would change for the better
but wishin will get me as far as a wheel with a corner
loss is just another word for cost
exhaust is ruining our nest yet we drive why
we don't wanna die people wanna live
leaders want your life economic rot decomposed stock
keep the rich rich keep the poor not stop
the bigger we get the harder we drop
expanding middle class is sick of gettin looked past

don't let me don't let me don't let me don't let me
don't let me down
i've seen it before and i know what's in store when you
hold me down
don't let me don't let me don't let me don't let me
don't let me down
i've seen it before and i know what's in store when you
hold us down

the nation goes down into oblivion
when the party represented by the color of war wins elections
sent from hell crackin my liberty bell
come one come all witness the fall of another empire built too tall
fatal arrogance incapable of narratives
cherish it the life in which you dwell
take responsibility for the democracy we've adopted
america will not be the slob distracted from global communities
we're bullies we're hated many debates on what to make of it
ignorance impatience unwise yet irreplaceable
change for the good of harmony radical capitalism is evil
please don't let me down again power to the people

don't let me don't let me don't let me don't let me
don't let me down
i've seen it before and i know what's in store when you
hold me down
don't let me don't let me don't let me don't let me
don't let me down
i've seen it before and i know what's in store when you
hold us down
Track Name: Lost (Not Forgotten)
the world keeps turning whether you like it or not
even the greatest are racing against the clock tick tock
the sun's always out when you get above the clouds
and no matter how loud you get you get got

i know how you feel you wanna bring 'em back today
you wanna rage on the gates throwin peter out the way
but no matter what you do no matter what you say
that angel's gone away
save their memory not in vain spread their claim
speakin of the people that are tired of the pain
gotta play the game with no relativity there's only mundane
things are gonna change

oh my soul craves your face
oh my heart don't beat the same
oh how my soul craves your face
and my heart it don't beat the same

i wish i could wash your name off my tongue
using whiskey but that's risky
i tried to wipe my mind of our time together
i shoulda known better than try to find you inside a bottle of wine
all the time that we wasted wasted
face it not a second that we would trade in

ain't got a bit of remorse no horse of a different color
no longer a lover father or mother
no shame for the days we spent gettin bent
but i wish i had another feel like a fish outta water
this coulda been your son or daughter
fallen with honor lost but not a goner no
don't bother pretending you're not a better person
for simply knowing that beautiful bird

the world keeps turning whether you like it or not
even the greatest are racing against the clock tick tock
the sun's always out when you get above the clouds
and no matter how loud you get you get got
Track Name: Make My Day
i gotta little problem that needs solvin my friend
and if my hand wasn't so steady you'd already know what it is
it ain't no thang to bring the pain by the gallon
so take your best swing and let's see what happens
god forbid you really wanna get live
holdin a cold .44 drinkin colt 45
lucky man the angry end is pointed south
i got an itchy trigger finger better watch your mouth

i got this cold hand and a warm gun
there's nowhere left to run
i been holdin on for oh so long
the situation's become
cumbersome
so let's take 10 steps
and count how far we've come

i'm just hopin you're open to gettin brave
you're better off to stay away
the sky's turnin ugly shades of gray
no i've never been afraid
care not what you got to say
there's no longer use for you to pray
the devil's already out to play
come on make my day

i got this cold hand and a warm gun
there's nowhere left to run
i been holdin on for oh so long
the situation's become
cumbersome
so let's take 10 steps
and count how far we've come

no use for a name on the open range ya dig
keep talkin you'll be walkin .12 gauge in your ribs
no skin off my hide no kick on my side a seasoned vet
you walk that way i'll walk this see where we get
you bet joe esposito admitted who was the best one guess
swagger like a happy dog that follow s
rugged as the dude's abode before the theft
so take 10 steps and turn and we'll see who's left

i got this cold hand and a warm gun
there's nowhere left to run
i been holdin on for oh so long
the situation's become
cumbersome
so let's take 10 steps
and count how far we've come

ain't no tellin where the lightning strikes
gonna get my fill if it takes all night that's right
livin in the absence of lamplight
yell into the night never give up the fight
this little light burn bright in a storm
never ignore any call to perform
long live sin and long live the scorn
no control over what is outta site
stare into the light even if it's bright
might turn back burn that bridge overnight
don't feed a dog with a tendency to bite
reach new heights with a kite in a storm
not born to conform to the trite forlorn
long live sin and long live the scorn
Track Name: We Are Forever
we are forever inscribed inside the leatherbound
we are forever designed to give life through sound
we are forever at large we are the sword
we are forever restored the lords of war
we are forever the young immortal kin
we are forever within a life of sin
we are forever the start of now until never
we are forever never surrender
we are forever thine heart be still
we are forever behind free will