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released September 25, 2015

Trenches

John Hamlin - Guitar and Vocals
Kevin Jamroz - Drums
Miko Ramirez - Guitar
Kurt Miller – Bass

Additional gang vocals on True North and Hostage by Miko Ramirez and Kurt Miller.
Additional guitar on Restless by Nicholas Diener.
All music written by Lights Over Bridgeport. All lyrics by John Hamlin.
All Music and Lyrics © 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Trenches was recorded in the Spring and Summer of 2015.
All drums recorded by Mark Michalik at Atlas Studio in Chicago, IL
All other instruments and vocals recorded by Nick Diener at Oneder Studios in Saginaw, MI
Produced by Lights Over Bridgeport and Nick Diener
Engineered by Mark Michalik and Nick Diener
Mixed by Mark Michalik
Mastered by John Naclerio @ Nada Mastering
Artwork by Jason Douglass Swearingen @ Brightcolorsanddirt.com

Thank you: Nick Diener, Mark Michalik, John Naclerio, Travis Brown, Matt Allison, Laura Miller, Kelly and Matt, Erik and Doris, James Cantrell, and Tom Beck. Special thank you to Nick and Taylor for letting us sleep on your floor and couches AGAIN while we made our record!

To all who have supported us - we are in your debt, and cannot thank you enough.

Physical copies of the Trenches CD are available at: bit.ly/LOBthreads

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Track Name: Restless
i'm worn down to my last few layers
on my last eulogies and prayers now
i'm trying to forget my thinking
just you and i, my shallow breathing now
that weight that i'm never without
alone with my doubts

these old ghosts that haunt me are rattling their chains
in rhythm and time with my pain
i block outside contact, no making amends
the truth is i could use a friend

maybe inside i’m still that kid in his headphones sometimes
running to hide like that kid in his headphones just longing to find a way home

these old ghosts that haunt me are rattling their chains
in rhythm and time with my pain
the noise sometimes broken by melodies shared
and maybe you're listening somewhere
Track Name: True North
throw me in back with the wires and the wood
cables and speakers
pedal down into cold
let's cut some ice on the paths that we took
when younger and weaker
every road leading home
through chicago

we're tracing steps in january snow
no matter where we go
enamored by the romance of the road
no matter where we go

loaded with coffee, south from milwaukee
i'm staring down this pavement with you
in our van with our friends hoping this won't end
my hope is in this pavement and you

we're tracing steps in january snow
no matter where we go
enamored by the romance of the road
no matter where we go

i'll do my best with whatever is left
our only mistake was to never have left
i might miss a note, but tonight i won't let you down

not gonna let you down
Track Name: Hostage
she had me drowning in her smile from the start
that girl subdued every part of me
she burned ignition to my gasoline heart
but we never got far did we

things were so simple when we drove to the lake
before a costly mistake to come
she brought her love and trust with daggers and knives
and i ignored any call to run

and then she cut me open
and left me broken into pieces
i needed faith and healing
but she just took the pieces that she needed

she took me hostage
and she put me underground
no one could hear me make a sound now
she took me hostage
and she made sure to leave a mark
she did her worst work in the dark now

she traced her finger down the line of my jaw
her scent and touch gave me a feeling, real and raw
her heart became a barrier
my loudest screams could never reach her

she took me hostage
and she put me underground
no one could hear me make a sound now
she took me hostage
and there were no words i could say
to ever take her pain away

ripping each of your thorns out to break free
and i'm still taking all the damage and the fire with me
is this what you would tell your diary while i lay broke?
Track Name: Almost
can you feel the disconnection when we speak?
it reminds me of those nights she "fell asleep"

but tell me your stuff
tell me all your secrets
tell me how each crack caused bone to break
tell me what you want
tell me that you need this
tell me what his worst left in its wake

so i almost made you almost stay
inside the love you gave and the difference that it made

there are parts that I still miss
i'm still writing all of this
maybe tonight i'll find escape inside each nuance of your kiss

tell me your stuff
tell me all your secrets
tell me how each crack caused bone to break
tell me what you want
tell me that you need this
tell me what his worst left in its wake

so i almost made you almost stay
inside the love you gave and the difference that it made
Track Name: The Same Things
there's resolution in the words that you use
words that changed me
i've got substitutions for particular truths
i hope they'll save me

deadweight familiar concrete
under our feet, under our feet
we reason we know stone to speak

the same things we say we want
we turn our backs on time and time again

there's a static in his signal to you
she never fills the holes in your heart like she used to
assurances like serenades from the moon
transactions in our exits once again

the same things we say we want
we turn our backs on time and time again

there's a broken picture frame of a love you knew
adjacent to the skeleton excuses that you used
we're stumbling to the floor in nearly everything we do
we turn backs on time and time again
Track Name: Reach
if there is one thing that i'm sure of
it's that i'm actually not sure at all
and i've grown tired of this kind of racing
but lately my mind has an iron resolve
there's been enough to prompt my leaving
if i could somehow just reach out my hand
to your face just to touch you to hold you and feel you believe

send every car the police and the guards cause i'm sure you committed a crime here

I'm victimized by the sounds that you make
even your smile is in on the take
the morning knows you'll always be there
but the truth is i don't have a say
at the end of the day it's just me, you, & these motions we go through
don't tell me that you don't believe

send every car the police and the guards cause i'm sure you committed a crime here

i swore off the pedestals for all my voids
i break all my vows for the sound of your voice
i could accept and hold strong
if i could just stop singing all of the words to your song
Track Name: Leaving In July
tonight i'm reaching out to you in stereo sound
this sky is bleeding memories that will rip the sun down
you left me in july
but when this record plays it's like you're with me

i've been giving all i have and putting someone else first
and opening my heart only to make me feel worse
five years now you've been gone
so i tell these things to songs just like you're with me
you're so far away

these conversations seem to have a time and a place
just for a moment, glad and sorry, i almost see your face
a song that makes you real
a song that makes me feel like you are with me

and there are songs that bring you back
guess when you're leaving in july the goodbyes come too fast
although the moment never lasts, songs bring you back

you're so far away

i keep our melodies as memories in my bones
you seem to almost appear when i hear them alone
i want to scream each note out loud until they reach you in the clouds just like you're with me