Inauguration

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Inauguration is our first EP, released in March of 2015. Live hip-hop band with a mix of rap and rock.

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released March 30, 2015

Invictus:
Drums - Dallas Quick
Bass - Shaun Quick
Guitar - Ricardo Quintanilla
Rapping - Jonah Falk
Singing - Elena Smith

Visuals:
Shaun Quick

Recording:
Collective effort of all five band members

Mixing:
Special thanks to Yung Link for post tape processing

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Track Name: Metropolis
Metropolis – Invictus (Lyrics by Jonah Falk)

Verse 1
I'll ride the metro transit
Hope there's no traffic
Rolling right past it
Poems turn to magic
Can't count how many rhymes
I couldn't find until a bus ride
This the combination
Kemp and Payton
In my zone feeling smoother
than Felix and Iwakuma
On the move I'm a mover
Like I'm going somewhere
Static is the fear, with a pen I attack it in the ear, you know, right up in there, I know it's all hot air until I breathe into the mic, get online and press share
Beating myself up, brought my rings
Into the ring, but no ones there
I'm so mad I'm beating up the snare
Haven't even brought the hook
It's just me verses, here
But I can't lose the battle
To despair
I'll never hit the stage and let the kick drum blare
Unless I hit record
And let em hear
And now I'm here

Chorus
206
West coast blend
Add our own to the mix
Send em to the east coast
Let em toast to this shit
Cuz we’re trying to make the most of this

Verse 2
I'll ride the metro
Transit hope there's no traffic
Rolling right past it
Poems turn to magic
Can't count how many rhymes
I couldn't find until a bus ride
Looking for inspiration
There's plenty for taking
Reading the information on the pages of our generation
Entertaining our imagination with creation
And celebrating our Inauguration
Paved by joe metro
On tobacco roads
Speaking with dear friends
In old volvos
You can roll my way
Or you can inhale deep
Either way man
The river runs deep
And try as we may
We can't accept defeat
Sure, there's no promises
I don't know what the problem is
With guitar picks
Bass hits, lyrics, and drum sticks
There's nothing stopping us
Living in the metropolis

Chorus
206
West coast blend
Add our own to the mix
Send em to the east coast
Let em toast to this shit
Cuz we’re trying to make the most of this
Track Name: Stone
Stone - Invictus (Lyrics by Jonah Falk)

Chorus
And I see fire fire today
Hope I see brighter brighter days
Do you see life in my stone face
And I see fire from my stone gaze
Behind my stone gates

Verse 1
Faces come and go like phases
No control so we run through mazes
Avoid some places search for replacements
I want a clean slate but I'm
Stuck wondering if I'll make it
I guess I was mistaken
Thought we were something it's taking
Me time to adjust
Crazy
Thought we were cool but lately
It's been no word I'm thinking mainly
We took separate paths
But maybe you're not just my path
I guess I should just let that go
But I hate starting over
Now I'm older life is colder
Why is new such a tall order
Sure I've never been that good with change
Dad would say the same
But I'm getting to that age
Where I better figure out my own way
To rebuild our strengthen my shield
Can't read notes I play by feel
Hit dead ends time to re deal
Or make amends if friends are real
I'm making time in every line
You do your part I'll do mine
It's a two way street not about next time
Either peace of mind or it's peace goodbye

Chorus
And I see fire fire today
Hope I see brighter brighter days
Do you see life in my stone face
And I see fire from my stone gaze
Behind my stone gates​

Verse 2
Stone face going through the world
It's a cold age
Despite climate change
But i fight to stay brave
Stay numb to the pain
But not forget
Where I'm from on the way
How I got here Today
That awkward kid
Who didn't know how to fit in
With his flows spitting
Can't speak so he goes written
Bitten by this cold world
So he throws diction
Hoping to find a way
Out of this fiction
Inner friction split decision
Thoughts so conflicted since morals shifted
Seems we're all living contradictions thoughts twisted
Do my best to keep scripting while these pen points sink in
The sickened keep sinking
Friends and role models fight with addiction
When all they really need
Is somebody to listen
Visualize better times living lives of distinction
I'm moving on with the mission

Chorus
And I see fire fire today
Hope I see brighter brighter days
Do you see life in my stone face
And I see fire from my stone gaze
Behind my stone gates​
Track Name: Welcome To My Fantasy
Welcome To My Fantasy - Invictus (Lyrics by Jonah Falk)

Verse 1
Welcome to my fantasy
Of modern day insanity
Where people can live happily
Without a damn degree
And be respected by humanity
Consider the matter please
I think I can succeed
And I'm looked at, like it's some damn disease
Cuz I got these dreams
And I'm passionate about what I believe
Cuz I found my loves at 13 and 15
With no shifting
You keep me on guard
So I gotta draw swords to move forward
Swore to protect these things
I just can't live without them it seems
But I won't just hide behind my shield protecting, I'm detecting
A sense of fear so I stand here
sacrificial lamb as an example
With an ample reason to burn this candle
at both ends, just for them
Hoping
That I can keep on going
and growing
without people controlling
my mind and mine is swollen
from dipping my toes in
This unthinkable sin of doing
What makes me feel alive
But I'd rather die doing that
Than live just to survive

Chorus
It's looking like
I got a choice
Use my voice
And make some noise
Or sit back and behave like
all the other girls and boys
But I could, never sit crisscross
It was hard to sit still
Was it the, thrill of defiance
Or appliance of skill
I can't keep quiet and chill
I heard that silence can kill
Iron will made me express to you
Exactly how I feel
That's how I feel
I heard that silence could kill
Iron will made me express to you
Exactly how I feel

Verse 2
I'm an honest half conscious
Self conscious artist on a conquest
Pushing through the nonsense
Eyeing that D.R.E. doctorate
One way to walk obnoxious
Success is what you call it
Progress ain't how you flaunt it
Go King character your content
My musical mind jogging
Passion keeps my pen jotting
Told me to get a job
But I'm still stuck up on that walkman
Study up for tests fill out your apps and pay concoction
I respectfully suggest
We look into our options
With economic outrage
Critical thought downplayed
Pop frayed a culture
Vultures took away the soul
Blame the money fame ego pain
Lust justifications made
Advanced placement suffocation
Class rankings do the same
I'm a product of my experience
Good and bad times
But nearing this
Goal keeps me serious
Generation stuck
On our appearances
Dreams we're fearing this
From social interferences

Chorus
It's looking like
I got a choice
Use my voice
And make some noise
Or sit back and behave like
all the other girls and boys
But I could, never sit crisscross
It was hard to sit still
Was it the, thrill of defiance
Or appliance of skill
I can't keep quiet and chill
I heard that silence can kill
Iron will made me express to you
Exactly how I feel
That's how I feel
I heard that silence could kill
Iron will made me express to you
Exactly how I feel

Verse 3
I'm channeling my inspiration
Time put in for celebration
I remember conversations of
"New stuff soon man it's complicated"
But no more waiting
So impatient
Open the doors
Make your way in
And it may not
Sweep the nation
But it feels amazing
I'm finally making
My move
In my grove
There's so much
That I'm trying to do
Bite my tongue
Save it all for the booth
But to keep this in
That's a no can do
If I don't start now
It'll seep right through
Better tap into
This new Sea crew
Discover this potential
That we never would have knew
I don't always look at tangibles
You could call me irrational
But diamonds in the dirt
I wanna let em see our rapping crew
If you could feel this feeling
Than you'd say it's understandable
No control doing things that
I never thought imaginable
But here we go
From notebooks to stereos
Bus rides on late nights
Rapping everywhere we go
A new chapter unfolds
Passion keeps us from the cold
Fashioned to us from the soul
Satisfaction is the goal

Chorus
It's looking like
I got a choice
Use my voice
And make some noise
Or sit back and behave like
all the other girls and boys
But I could, never sit crisscross
It was hard to sit still
Was it the, thrill of defiance
Or appliance of skill
I can't keep quiet and chill
I heard that silence can kill
Iron will made me express to you
Exactly how I feel
That's how I feel
I heard that silence could kill
Iron will made me express to you
Track Name: Madness
Madness - Invictus (Lyrics by Jonah Falk)

Into
All my life I've been chasing people
Letting go eventually
When I really should be telling people
I'ma let you come to me
So I'll start walking if you fall off
Then it wasn't really meant to be
Those that matter are walking with me
So it wasn't really meant to be

Chorus A
I've been chasing people
Letting go eventually
I should be telling people
I'ma let you come to me
If you fall off
It wasn't meant to be
no, no, no
It wasn't meant to be

Chorus B
And it came from a place of sadness
Starting to march so it turned to madness
Broke into a run now I'm dodging traffic
Almost got hit but I couldn't have it

Verse 1
Bags packed running
Feeling lighter than I've ever been
Scared of the emptiness
Excited for filling it
If my life was written
I'd be out of commission
I want a quality rush and
I'm working on fulfilling it
Forging my own path for
Others I have visited
With happiness prohibited
I don't even consider it
Well that's a lie
It's a little bit more intricate
But for what it's worth
I think it's clear that I'll be risking it

Chorus A
I've been chasing people
Letting go eventually
I should be telling people
I'ma let you come to me
If you fall off
It wasn't meant to be
no, no, no
It wasn't meant to be

Chorus B
And it came from a place of sadness
Starting to march so it turned to madness
Broke into a run now I'm dodging traffic
Almost got hit but I couldn't have it

Verse 2
One day I'll look
Back like a Griffey hat
Reminisce of this and that
Laugh at all the stress
But til then I'm in the thick of that
This session of self expression
Has left me second guessing
It's a curse and a blessing
With perks and aggression
Just trying to keep learning
and build connections
Drawing parallels, sketches
Crowds and new perspectives
I'm a rebel cuz my major
Is your elective
Lies are corrected
When lives are affected
Funny how we thrive
On this online attention
When the greatest heroes
Go unnoticed or unmentioned
You think I figured it out
I'm no exception
Just trying to do something
Constructive with all this tension
See myself in these pages
And accepting my reflection
Knowing not a cent of this
Paper is my incentive

Chorus A
I've been chasing people
Letting go eventually
I should be telling people
I'ma let you come to me
If you fall off
It wasn't meant to be
no, no, no
It wasn't meant to be

Chorus B
And it came from a place of sadness
Starting to march so it turned to madness
Broke into a run now I'm dodging traffic
Almost got hit but I couldn't have it (have it)
Track Name: Miles In Between
Miles In Between - Invictus (Lyrics by Jonah Falk)

Chorus
I don't want to waste my time
Feeling like I'm running from my fantasy
And I don't wanna waste your time
I promise that I'm coming back eventually
And I'll see you on weekends
Drive up when we can
I'll bus down to see ya
Cuz we'll never weaken
I'm about to lose my mind
I'm so far away from where I want to be
And I'm just counting down the time
Until I can be with you without these miles in between
And I'll see you on weekends
Drive up when we can
I'll bus down to see ya
Cuz we'll never weaken

Verse 1
I can envision
The people I'm missing
Dad's in the kitchen
Mom's there too if I was ditching
Class I could watch my brother
Bask in his fruition
But instead I pay tuition
While I'm itching to get these written works read aloud
I just want to make em proud
develop my sound til I'm enveloped in a crowd
I just want my family and friends around, I've been about my business but syllabus silliness got me feeling down
My brothers growing taller every day
And I'm out of town
This is what I get when I'm away
I know I'm missing out
My intuition's saying I'm paying more than tuition now, I'm switching out
Someone take the reins 'fore I throw in towel

Chorus
I don't want to waste my time
Feeling like I'm running from my fantasy
And I don't wanna waste your time
I promise that I'm coming back eventually
And I'll see you on weekends
Drive up when we can
I'll bus down to see ya
Cuz we'll never weaken
I'm about to lose my mind
I'm so far away from where I want to be
And I'm just counting down the time
Until I can be with you without these miles in between
And I'll see you on weekends
Drive up when we can
I'll bus down to see ya
Cuz we'll never weaken

Verse 2
She's a puzzle
Looking for peace in the struggle
Belief in the hustle
Punchlines bleed at the knuckles
Deceivingly subtle
Grieving and humble
Breathe in rebuttal
When you beef with our huddle
Feeling fine cuz it's not you
She keeps me going
Full of energy and motion
From I-5
They only see the beauty in her skyline
I listen to beat of the heart of the city
Let my lyrics sit, and then fly from within in me
I sing hymns of the fire that I can see
Speak of the iron in my will that can tempt me
Make the most from what I have to content me
But your absence is madness and won't leave

Chorus
I don't want to waste my time
Feeling like I'm running from my fantasy
And I don't wanna waste your time
I promise that I'm coming back eventually
And I'll see you on weekends
Drive up when we can
I'll bus down to see ya
Cuz we'll never weaken
I'm about to lose my mind
I'm so far away from where I want to be
And I'm just counting down the time
Until I can be with you without these miles in between
And I'll see you on weekends
Drive up when we can
I'll bus down to see ya
Cuz we'll never weaken (Repeat)​