Blood And Circuses: Live Cuts 2015​-​2016

by Specules

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A compilation of 3 electric and 4 acoustic songs performed live

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released May 2, 2017

Dylan Douglas: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar on Tracks 1, 4 & 5, 12-String Guitar on Track 7

Adam Camardella: Drums on Track 1
Jake Richardson: Electric Guitar on Track 1
Randy Tico: Bass on Track 1

Mastered using Lurssen Mastering Console™

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Specules Santa Barbara, California

I started Specules in 2012 as an Black Metal project but over the last couple of years it has evolved to include many other genres of music. I really hate mainstream music so I find solace in creating music that is unconventional and strange, but creative and phenomenal.

- Dylan

I intend for this bandcamp to eventually have almost everything I've done musically.
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Track Name: Blood And Circuses [Live At Music Now! SBCC's Garvin Theatre, April 2016]
Calliope crashed on the highway
The ringmaster scouts out the wreck
The clowns of this Circus of malaise
You know damn well loose they’ve been let

And all the people wants is

Blood and circuses
For mindless entertainment
Blood and circuses
Blood and circuses for mindless entertainment

The big top went bottom up they say
Before the planet followed suit
Minds got re-kilned and cracked like clay
And now bloodshed is just so cute

Cos’ all the world wants is…

Blood and circuses
For mindless entertainment
Blood and circuses
Blood and circuses for mindless entertainment

The crowd roars like boars deprived of meat
They’ve come to see what they paid for
When we lose our humanity
Peace just seems like such a bore

Cos’ all the world wants is…

Blood and circuses
For mindless entertainment
Blood and circuses
A loveless earth this is, yeah

Blood and circuses for
Mindless entertainment
Track Name: Mr. Somnambulist [Live At SBCC's Jurkowitz Theatre, February 2015]
Mr. Somnambulist, driving the ambulance
Picks us up at ten till midnight
Mr. Somnambulist, show us the magic trick
That makes everything all alright

Don’t try to make a stand
Or have a fit, cos’ you can’t.
And don’t try to wake me up.

Insecure sustenance
I don’t know who to trust – at all.

Mr. Somnambulist, driving the ambulance
Picks us up at ten till midnight
Mr. Somnambulist, show us the magic trick
That makes everything all alright

Don’t seek to satisfy,
You’ll bite your tongue when you try it
And don’t make me discipline you.

Emotions form the sieve
Through which I fall again – and laugh.

Shuffling through the city streets
Surrounded by all the kind of folks
You wanna meet
They’re just fine

We’ll double back through alleyways
We'll breach the smoke of the neon light state street
We’ll leave our mark in the night

Mr. Somnambulist, driving the ambulance
Picks us up at ten till midnight
Mr. Somnambulist, show us the magic trick
That makes everything all alright
Track Name: Wayfarer 515 [Live At SBCC's Jurkowitz Theatre, February 2015]
Charred and sundry items
Are falling in my pool
The boom I heard was louder
Cause you know it’s my fault too

Some might say it’s an act of god
I’m the hero on your side but not the law’s
I’ve got no soul to search

Black cloud hovers over
Like a fly you just can’t swat
To save him should I let her
Choke on what she’s bought?

Some might say it’s an act of god
I’m the hero on your side but not the law’s
I’ve got no soul to search

And now that we see face-to-eye
I should have put her on her side
The choice that I chose not to make
Would you still call that a mistake?
And all the friends I ever had
I left them for this superlab

Do business like a blowfish
Better Call Saul if you’re caught
I think you should tread lightly
I am the one who knocks

Some might say it’s an act of god
I’m the hero on your side but not the law’s
I’ve got no soul to search at all
Track Name: Smudge [Live At Euphoria Hookah Lounge, January 2015]
Smudge

For my blood I heard the needle screaming
Murder man indulge in lucid dreaming
Scrub yourself until you bleed and tell me what you really need
Fuck the times you said to me that happiness writes our own eulogy
(can't you see)

Smudge

For my blood I hear the foil screeching
I spent all my cash on death intravenus
Seven shades of blue went gray as it eats my arm away
Dammit man what did you say our thoughts are swirling down the drain
(Am I sane?)

Smudge

We've been at this for so very long
But how far have we all really come
The rush you get before you drop

We've been at this for so very long
But how far have we all really come
The rush you get before you drop
Track Name: Dark Bowers [Live At Euphoria Hookah Lounge, January 2015]
Book of death bound in human flesh
Bring us to life
Sunset breaks, evil takes
You for a ride

Strange showers in dark bowers
Where lurking eyes stalk the insane
Strange showers in dark bowers
The evil dead remain

Wandering woods of no escape
Nowhere to hide
Unseen force spots every move you make
We'll make you die

Strange showers in dark bowers
Where lurking eyes stalk the insane
Strange showers in dark bowers
The evil dead remain

Yet the candle begs to burn
The front porch is silent
And the wind blows

Yet the candle begs to burn
The front porch is silent
And the wind blows

Yet the candle begs to burn
The backyard seems quiet
And the cellar door
Left in dead silence

Cabin with no lights turned on
The quest for blood is quiet
A splatterfest, I think you know what's wrong
Oh the incoming violence

Bowers and your happy face
See the flowers, bloody flowers
Locked inside your happy place
See the clock hands going backwards

Bowers and your bloody face
Rotting wood upon creaking staircase
Locked inside your happy place
Relief all injuries with duct tape
Track Name: Wonderland Awaits [Live At SBCC's Fe Bland Forum, September 2015]
Logic here just don’t make sense
Hat for ten shillings, six pence
It’s my unbirthday today (and I…)

Ain’t aiming to lose my head
Rather not paint roses red
Ain’t amen to holy shit
Insects exit from the slit

Down the rabbit hole
Up to the gate
Syphon out your soul cos’
Wonderland awaits

Through the looking glass enter
Meet the walrus and the carpenter
theres a mad tea party on it’s way (and I…)

Ain’t aiming to lose my head
Rather paint the roses red
Ain’t amen to holy shit
Sigils syphon up the spit

Down the rabbit hole
Up to the gate
Syphon out your soul cos’
Wonderland awaits
Track Name: Atrophilia [Live At Instrumental Music, November 2016]
Thou shall not waste away
when the dawn breaks to day
Thou shall not lose control
Forever damn your soul

The wind blows but makes no sound
Brown leaves falling all around
Use the garden as a tool
Leave the sowing to the fool

And the candle that flickers
Inside my mind
Keeps good time with the drive
That keeps me on

There's no way to pray face down
Soak the sin from all around
You could make something good
Man's felt blood driven deep into the wood

And the candle that flickers
Inside my mind
Keeps good time with the drive
That keeps me on

Thou shall not waste away
when the dawn breaks to day
Thou shall not lose control
Forever damn your soul