Lead singer Brian Mazzaferri says the band is hard at work on the next album, “The Near Future." He said they don’t have any shows currently on the books, but they may do a holiday "preview" show where they would play some songs from the new album.
From the cheerful chiptune intro in “Fanfare” to the triumphant “The Geeks Will Inherit the Earth”, listening to the album feels like playing a video game. The normal, mundane struggles of maintaining as a functional adult (pay your bills, earn your daily bread, take your pill) are translated to larger-than-life battles (save the world, get the girl) which lift us above the everyday and give us hope.
Many of the songs have that dark-lyrics-upbeat-tune thing going on. You’ll be singing along and bopping around, and then it’s like … oh. They’re saying we’re … sleeping at our desks. Drinking so we don’t have to think. Happy isn’t free. All this working isn’t working. If we open our eyes, we’ll see the zombies; if we lose our disguise, we’ll be them. And you’re like, damn this is dark.
But then, it turns the corner. Balancing the grim words, the upbeat riffs beat back the despairing themes. Ultimately, this is a hopeful album. Battling suburban conformity and meaningless jobs, outnumbered and with no more to lose, we’re fighting back. We might as well stay and rebel. You and me against the world is nothing new. Pick which side you’re on, drop the bomb. The geeks will inherit the earth.
So we stand back to back
and we smile as they come
Cause they plan for attack
Knowing we've already won
So okay, things may be a pretty dark shade of gray, odds are not good and there are zombies all around, but we don’t have to give up. Because we’re the hero in this game, and it’s up to us to fight and win the day. Because we fight dragons.