Tragically

by Ether After

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Kacy Howe This is an expertly written album that mixes both difficult musicianship with catchy melodies. Ether After does not seem afraid to constrain themselves on what should be typically included in a song. No discernable verse/chorus structure? Sure, they'll try it. A jazz breakdown in the middle of a rock song? Why not.

I highly recommend pulling up the lyrics to the songs as you listen along, as there is a story being told throughout the album. Favorite track: Sounds of a Body Hitting the Dancefloor.
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Originally formed in 2013 by drummer Rolf Nelson and guitarist/lead vocalist Saxon Lewis, Ether After began molding their sound. It wasn’t until bassist Zak Krzystyniak joined, that the trio found their real voice and began writing the stories through the eyes of the citizens of Shrouded City.

Claiming the Dallas area as home, they have played in venues around the metroplex, all the while garnering comparisons of their live show to At the Drive-In, Coheed and Cambria, The Fall of Troy.

Thanks to: Mical Cameron, Michael Briggs, Kacy Howe, Sarah Sloan, Kyle Coleman, Israel Isás, Perry Neil, Savage and the Big Beat, The Birds of Night, Pseudo Future, Wolves Reign, The Heavy Hands and Moon Grave. To All of our friends and family, thanks for all your love and support!


Tragically is the initial offering from Ether After, chronicling the story of Sunrise, a Shrouded City hitman looking forward to retirement, but only has his life complicated after crossing paths with Queenie, an escort in the prime of her career.

Recorded in 2 days by Michael Briggs of Civil Recording Denton, Texas.

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released November 20, 2015

Saxon: Vocals and Guitar
Zak: Bass and Vocals
Rolf: Drums and Vocals

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Ether After Dallas, Texas

Ether After is a progressive and experimental rock band from Dallas Texas. Formed in 2013, by Rolf Nelson (drums) and Saxon Lewis (vox and guitar), a band was born. Zak Krzystyniak (bass and vox) joined shortly after and completed the sound they were looking for.

With influences from almost every genre, Ether After tells the grimy story of characters from Shrouded City.
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Track Name: A Dramatic Entrance for Someone so Secretive
Cloudy room, old acquaintances
I’ve been here before,
Another job, another crime
My life of sin, is home

Handed a glass, watch her pass,
In drunken stupor.
Lead to the darkened room
Her scent it lured me in

I watch her with no one around
So I lock the door, I know what she’s for
She makes me, so anxious
So insecure, is it worth it?

I knew as soon as I saw her face
That she rules the world, between the sheets
I knew as soon as I saw her face
That she’d ruin my world, she’d be my queen

Handed a glass, watch her pass
In drunken stupor
Lead to the darkened room
Her scent, it lured me in

Cloudy eyes, that pierce inside
What is this feeling?
Can she see, through my disguise?
I think I am falling.
Track Name: Nothing in Moderation, Everything in Excess
Tell me how to get a lot for a little
I don’t have a lot of time to waste on this
They told me set my sights on the middle
I want more, I just can't resist

Feelings don’t mean much to me
If you love me, I've got nothing to say
Yeah I smile, but it isn’t free
We’ll be good when I know that you’ll pay

Excess in Excess (It’s the only way I know)
Excess in Excess (I just can’t let go)
Excess in Excess
Excess in Excess (It’s the only way I know)

Tell me how you make me feel so little
I haven't got anywhere to be
Always been the type to be noncommittal
Just a hit, in a blink and I'd leave

I’ve never felt this way before, give it chance
You could love me after today
Stay with me, my Queen, just dance
Our life doesn’t have to end this way

Excess in Excess (It's the only way I know)
Excess in Excess (I just can’t let go)
Excess in Excess (Don’t go back to the red lights)
Excess in Excess (Just stay with me tonight)
Track Name: Storm Chasing in the Underground
There's nowhere to run, there's nowhere to hide
Before you are lost I'll make you mine
I'm seeing red and I have no regrets
So I'm giving it all for one more try

Oh this love can’t be (She's all for me)
Is it one for all (Is this love at --)

All you want is gain (to pad your vault)
All the knicks and stains (its all your fault)
All my hurt and pain,
I’m hunting you, I’m hunting

I’m pulling strings, you’ve caught my line
Before you’re lost I’ll make you mine
I’m seeing red, I’ve caught your scent
So I’m giving it all for one more try

Oh this love can’t be (She's all for me)
Is it one for all (Is this love at --)

All you want is gain (to pad your vault)
All the knicks and stains (its all your fault)
All my hurt and pain,
I’m hunting you, I’m hunting
Track Name: The First Tenements of Lawlessness
Thirty Edges, thirty window ledges
The tenements have evidence of airing dirty laundry
Her neighbors don’t mind her number of sides
As long as she, she locks herself in.

The rain leaves toxic puddles
Among the street life’s struggles
And there is anonymity
In Shrouded City’s shapes of gray

The rain leaves toxic puddles
Among the street life’s struggles
And headlights hit the building sides
Of the red light district fire escapes

The wine stained dress that you, that you left in
Just left to see on hosiery mistakes will find you guilty
But since you refuse, I’ll light this fuse
And gasoline to torch this crime scene

The rain leaves toxic puddles
Among the street life’s struggles
And there is anonymity
In Shrouded City’s shapes of gray

The rain leaves toxic puddles
Among the street life’s struggles
And headlights hit the building sides
Of the red light district fire escapes

Why did I let you go?
Why did I, why did I?
Why did I let go?
Why did I, let you go?

The rain leaves toxic puddles
Among the street life’s struggles
And there is anonymity
In Shrouded City’s shapes of gray

The rain leaves toxic puddles
Among the street life’s struggles
And headlights hit the building sides
Of the red light district fire escapes
Track Name: A Priest with Two Ears Hears Both Sides of the Story
Dear Father, please forgive me I have sinned
It’s been two weeks since my last confession
And I’m not exactly sure where I have been.

But one thing’s certain, hearts can change their mind

This is something I’ve not felt before—it’s new to me
Could this feeling lead to something more

Dear Father, I’ve had a change of heart
and I’m not who I was anymore
Dear Father, can I go all the way back to the start
No I’m not who I not who I was anymore

Dear Father don’t bother to absolve my sins
I’ve done it, what I said, I wouldn’t do again
No I’m not ashamed, no I’m not afraid to be stricken down where I stand
Dear Father don’t bother I’ll take it all to the grave

Dear Father (Dear father)
I’ve had a change of heart (Don’t bother)
and I’m not who I was anymore
Dear Father (No I’m not ashamed)
Can I go all the way back to the start (no I’m not afraid,
To leave it all behind)

But one thing’s certain, hearts can change their mind
Track Name: The Wheels of a Centrifuge Leave Bloody Tracks
The front steps of the church in the pouring rain
Your ride awaits for your swift escape
You fall into his trap make no mistake
Could stop you, yet I refrain

Round and round just like a turnstile
Miss by inches, seems like a mile
I know all the plans I had for you
If I can’t have you, no one else should

I can’t see you with him, I can’t take it
My blood is boiling will I make it?
When will this chasing ever end?
My final sin, then I can quit

Round and round just like a turnstile
Miss by inches, seems like a mile
I know all the plans I had for you
If I can’t have you, no one else should

Oh, but Sunrise, to kill a queen
No, it wouldn’t change a thing
Before sunrise I’ll kill a dream
I’ve got you now, my heartless queen.
Track Name: Sounds of a Body Hitting the Dancefloor
Fancy place, can’t find your face
Search the crowd, must track you down
I see you there, with red dress flair

You think you’re safe, but be afraid
I won’t just let you FADE AWAY

Now I stand with hands that match your dress,
Dreams of new life lay at my feet,
It wasn’t supposed to end like this,
It wasn’t supposed to end.

Silent place, I kiss your face
The crowd is there, oh how they stare
They see us here, and now they fear

No longer safe and now afraid
I won't just let them fade away.

Now I stand with hands that match your dress,
Dreams of new life lay at my feet,
It wasn’t supposed to end like this,
It wasn't supposed to end.