Transformation

by Aquitaine

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Transformation was recorded by Ben Hinn (of Troubadour Dali) at Mound Sound in University City, and was mastered by Carl Saff. It features songs written by each of the four current members of Aquitaine: guitarist Will Hildebrandt, bassist Dave Collett, lead guitarist Graham Day and drummer Bob McMahon. While Hildebrandt is the primary singer on the majority of the songs, both Collett and McMahon take turns on lead vocals. And here’s another fun fact: every member has at least one guitar solo on this record.

While we were working on Transformation over the past few years, St. Louis was going through its own turbulent transformation. And those changes we felt are reflected in these songs. But this record is more than just a sobering account of our hometown’s recent history. It’s filled with the hope for happier days to come.

From the opening bars of "The Morning Wakes" to the closing swell of "Supermoon," this album is meant to glisten off the Arch, revealing it to be not so much a gateway to pass through, but a big front door welcoming you to stay. “You wanna be the town where everybody’s wanting to live… This city’s what you want, you get what you put in.”

We hope you enjoy our new record.

xoxoxo
-Aquitaine

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released November 3, 2016

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Aquitaine St Louis, Missouri

What if Pulp and The Kinks shared a prison cell? Or if Ian Curtis fronted The Clash? Or if Johnny Marr sat in with The Who? Aquitaine has pondered these questions and answered them in the form of songs, since forming in St. Louis in the spring of 2011.

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Track Name: The Morning Wakes
Time’s ticking away and the thought of us losing existence
Has got me worrying, will I ever find love again
I don't think I could


One month until you leave for good, a new life awaits you
I don't wanna be without the chance, of being with you
Oh we’ll never know, never know what could be


Time has taken us for this ride
But time has never been on our side


Time’s in the way of my hopes and dreams turning into forever
Pictures of the two of us, whole lives in front of us
Living life as it should be


Four life changing years, full of memories that will last forever
Finding common ground, in this age to be found
What we could, and could not be


Time has taken us for this ride
But time has never been on our side


All I know is one thing, one thing’s never changed
I've always loved you
All I know is one thing, one thing will never change
I’ll always want to be with you
Track Name: Torpedo Stadium
Took the metro downtown
Electric silver bullet crown
Colors line these city skies
Torpedo anthem disco cry


What you wanted, they're turning these walls into you
Running bright love, this sound echoes through the night on and on
Gotta have another, gotta let it on out


Down on Washington, this city’s trying to live
You wanna be the town where everybody’s wanting to live
This city’s what you want, you get what you put in
Down on Washington, they're all living extraordinary


Signing beauty, these city streets
Profit illusion, breaking seat
Chasing paper, the angel’s fight
Torpedo anthem’s disco cry


What you needed, they're turning these walls into you
Running bright love, this sound echoes through the night on and on
Gotta have another, gotta let it on out


Down on Washington, this city’s trying to live
You wanna be the town where everybody’s wanting to live
This city’s what you want, you get what you put in
Down on Washington, they're all living extraordinary


This city’s what you wanted
This city’s what you needed
This city’s what you wanted
They're all watching us, they're all watching us now
Track Name: Entertainment
At the station
Take me sailing
Got to get up
No hesitation
Cause you're so lovely
Got to get up


In the morning I wake up
To be entertained
Entertain my time, entertain my time
In the morning, I wake up
To begin a new day
Entertain my time, entertain my time


Tell me a story
You're so funny
Got to get up
What’s time say
Make this great escape
Got to get up


In the morning I wake up
To be entertained
Entertain my time, entertain my time
In the morning, I wake up
To begin a new day
Entertain my time, entertain my time
Track Name: Afterlife
Where do we go after we die?
Will we return back to life?
Or do we wait here forever?
Just sit and wait…

Or do we fade to nothingness?
But do we know what nothing is?
What is it like not to exist?
What is it like?...


Where do we go after we die?
Will we ever see the light?
We theorize but never know
Until we go…
Track Name: Lipstick Women
Legend in your hometown
Known for givin’ the runaround
Never lost the lost and found
So free


Second look in your neighborhood
Always a step ahead if you could
Keep them guessing about your mood
We’ll see


Lipstick women your heart keeps ticking
Sharpened nails, they always keep diggin’ in
Pony tail from a mile away
You turned your head, you hid your face
Our worlds should’ve collided by now
There’s not much time left to find out
If there’s a chance for happiness to bloom


You’re happiest when you’re mad
The sappiness you cannot stand
You’d rather dig in than demand
Some glee


It will fester not disappear
Some will pester out of fear
Better not test that permanent sneer
On me
Lipstick women your heart keeps ticking
Sharpened nails, they always keep diggin’ in
Pony tail from a mile away
You turned your head, you hid your face
Our worlds should’ve collided by now
There’s not much time left to find out
If there’s a chance for happiness to bloom


Just give up, give up talkin’ about it
Just give up, give up walkin’ around it
You want to block the, block the solve of it
You want to lock it, lock me out of it
Just give in, don’t make a stink of it
Just give in, don’t even think of it
You want to take it, take it to the brink of it
You want to fake it, fake it not blink on it


When the help is on their way
You lock your door and you push them away
Even if they’ll brighten your day
Even if they’ll brighten


Your lipstick women your heart keeps ticking
Sharpened nails, they always keep diggin’ in
Pony tail from a mile away
You turned your head, you hid your face
Our worlds should’ve collided by now
There’s not much time left to find out
If there’s a chance for happiness to bloom
Track Name: Pillow Fight
Take a pillow into a before nice time
And see how long it last
Sooner or later, the line will slip a Sunday
From the moment fading fast


It's all in the formula of flight
These feelings have subsided in this light


Holding steady, I guess figurines are mundane
The thought is not enough
Port the need for the rising red star
Only life won't keep you up


It's all in the formula of flight
These feelings have subsided in this light


Turning on the feeling
I said, what turns on, eventually must turn off
Turning on the feeling
You said, what can't be seen, never will be touched


Take a pillow into a before nice time
And see how long it last
Sooner or later, the line will slip a Sunday
From the moment fading fast


It's all in the formula of flight
These feelings have subsided in this light


Turning on the feeling
I said, what turns on, eventually must turn off
Turning on the feeling
You said, what can't be seen


Never will be touched, no
Never will be touched, no
Never will be
Track Name: The Transformation
Transforming the soul
My angel has hold
History has molded who we are
Smiles and tears have brought us so far


Holding you so tight, never ever want to let you go
Everything just feels right, given me everything and more


Your beauty is bold
You've got me sold
Time has given me perfection in view
Moments of significance have given me proof


Holding you so tight, never ever want to let you go
Everything just feels right, given me everything and more
Track Name: Leave U Behind
I’d like to be castrated
then I’d be immune to your charms
The thought of being fellated
wouldn’t hold me in thrall.


She called the old man over
They’d met on match.com
Stepped out of his old Range Rover
And walked up the lawn


I wanted to let you know that I’m ok
This phantasmal society, am I ok?
I wanted to let you know that I'm ok
Running on this make believe reality, but I'm ok


The old man walked inside
But she wasn’t alone
Gun pressed into his thigh
“Give me your phone.”


I wanted to let you know that I’m ok
This phantasmal society, am I ok?


You should have known
All of that time
You should have known
I’d leave you behind


They couldn’t let him live
So he had to die
He thought that he found love
The spider and fly


I wanted to let you know that I'm ok
Running on this make believe reality, but I'm ok


You should have known
All of that time
You should have known
I’d leave you behind
Track Name: Black Lion
Tell me a secret
Tell me something you don’t even know
Tell me a story
About the time you weren’t even there
Tell me about that thing that you heard from someone
You can’t even trust
Tell me a secret


Tell me something you don’t even know
To be true
To be brand new
That’s confirmed by a few
That’s approved only by you


Tell your vicious soul those stories of the world that you control
Tell your angry fold those stories of the swirl that turned you cold
Tell those lies all the time and fly them on the flagpole
Tell your vicious soul those stories of the swirl that turned you cold
Of the world that’s lost your control


Tell me a fable of something I’m not likely to hear
From the table of the people who were actually there
Tell me about that black lion that you let out of his cage
Tell me you’re kidding


Tell me you don’t even know it
To be true
To be brand new
That’s confirmed by you
That’s approved only by a few


Tell your vicious soul those stories of the world that you control
Tell your angry fold those stories of the swirl that turned you cold
Tell those lies all the time and fly them on the flagpole
Tell your vicious soul those stories of the swirl that turned you cold
Of the world that’s lost your control


Your cell phone keeps ringing
A left of center tone
That I’m singing


About the world that’s lost your control
Track Name: Supermoon
I'm on my way back now
I wanna, wanna watch it now
Radiant night turning late now
I wanna, wanna watch it now
Watching the harbor night in glow
I wanna, wanna watch it now
Walking down the Salisbury road tonight
I wanna, wanna watch it now


Eastern time love
Walk the night off
Hong Kong island now
Crowded places
Underground station
Victoria’s glowing now


Eastern time love
Walk the night off
Hong Kong island now
Crowded spaces
Underground station
Victoria’s glowing now