Maquiladora

by Killer Cortez

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A socially-charged sonic ode to the dispossessed, the displaced, and the disenfranchised. Each song is a "mini documentary" that asks listeners to reflect on today's world by taking a glimpse at some of the most exploitative events of the 20th century. At the heart of each song is the reminder that because history is written by the winners we must remember not to overlook the stories of the oppressed.

Maquiladora is the debut album from Boston-based progressive rock band Killer Cortez, a two-piece ensemble that upends convention with its cavernous sound and ambitious psychedelic sonic-storytelling, bringing listeners on a dramatic journey through the beauty and tragedy of human experience.

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released January 30, 2017

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Peter Bartash - Drums, Backup vocals
Socrates Cruz - Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals

Written & Produced by Socrates Cruz
Recorded & Mixed by Peter Bartash & Socrates Cruz
Drums Mixed by Adam Cook

Recorded at Achtung Lab Studios (Charlestown MA)

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Boston-based prog rock band; two-piece ensemble that upends convention with its cavernous sound and psychedelic sonic-storytelling.

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Track Name: Petrodollar
how can we turn back?
devotion has no end.
once we crack we'll crumble,
or will we merely bend?

hold on brother
hold on, bend

the more we see the less we know
the more we'd like to let it go
the more we try to make it stop
the more the world keeps turning

hold on brother
hold on, bend

how can we turn back?
devotion has no end.
Track Name: Pine Ridge Peltier
living for the present
rushing to the end
try to make it pleasant
dying to pretend

i would wait for you
but you, you quit on me

i, i can feel your gaze on my face
ah, is this real? this obstacle race

scribbles on the pavement
vanish in the rain
secrets in your basement
never see the light of day

well, i would wait for you
but you, you quit on me

i, i can feel your gaze on my face
ah, is this real? this obstacle race
i, i can feel your gaze on my face
ah, is this real? this obstacle race
Track Name: Bracero
on the edge of emancipation
step outside the open gate
blood from wine, lamb to slaughter
lead the blind, take the bait

open up your eyes
what's the cause for celebration
vultures in the skies
clouding up our revelations

oh, all the time
all sinners try

all our sons are broken
all the wells run dry

open up your eyes
what's the cause for celebration
vultures in the skies
clouding up our revelations

oh, all the time
all sinners try

phantom, fly away
liberate your mind
leave this world behind
phantom, fly away

don't crucify yourself
rectify the situation
phantom, fly away

don't crucify yourself
free us from this new temptation
phantom, fly away

oh, phantom fly away

oh, all the time
all sinners try

oh, celebration
oh, new temptation

open up your eyes, open up your eyes
yes open up your eyes
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released June 6, 2016
Track Name: Kowloon Walled City
we are the silhouettes on paper walls
the rubble clogging up the drain
the visions that we live for
are tumors in our brain

the more we see the less we know
the more we find once we let it go
that's the price we pay, that's the price we pay

the bureau men are here to wish you well
a casualty along the way
the secrets that we fight for
are ransom tlll we pay

the more we see the less we know
the more we find once we let it go
that's the price we pay, that's the price we pay

the more we make the less we gain
the more we find that it's all in vain
that's the price we pay, that's the price we pay

the more we face the less we cry
the more we suffer and wonder why
that's the price we pay, that's the price we pay

how did we end up with the atom bomb
how did the world become so grey
the people that we fought for
got lost along the way
Track Name: Gilded Age Forever
(instrumental interlude)
Track Name: Radium Girls
glowing in your garden, pass the time away
lonely hearts will harden when you keep the world at bay

quiet desperation, yearn to find the time
free from condemnation when you leave it all behind

i can see it in your eyes, let it wash across your face
as we age we realize what we are what we chase

did you find the time for all the things you wanted?
did you find the time?

i can see it in your eyes, let it wash across your face
as we age we realize what we are what we chase
i can see it in your eyes, let it wash across your face
let us find out...

did you waste your time?
did you chase it all away?
should we make some time today?

i can see it in your eyes, let it wash across your face
let us find out...

did you waste your time?
did you chase it all away?
should we make some time today?
Track Name: Villa Grimaldi
fire up the war machines
a kiss, a rose, a shattered dream

blood and fire, thunderous choir

love me when i die, won't you love me when i die?

of all the roads that lead to hell
this one's got my number, yeah yeah yeah
this one's got my number

blood and fire, thunderous choir
love me when i die, won't you love me when i die?
blood and fire in the sky

to all my friends i wish you well
love me when i die, love me when i die!

love me when i die, love me when i die
love me when i die!
Track Name: Burn This City
read all the words in this book before,
thought i'd discover something more,
peace for the soul, food for the mind,
lessons learned left behind.

burn this city, burn this city
burn this city to the ground

how did this all happen so fast?
started ahead, finishing last,
thoughts of a slowly aging man,
fading away wasn't part of the plan.

burn this city, burn this city,
burn this city to the ground,
the ground...

it all falls down
it all falls

i don't know how this started
i don't know what went wrong
i'm left here broken hearted
i'm crumbling to the ground

burn this city, burn this city,
burn this city to the ground,
the ground...

it all falls down
it all falls

somebody said it would end this way,
brick to dust and night to day.
somebody said we're supposed to die,
nobody told me exactly why.

burn this city, burn this city,
burn this city... down.

it all falls down
it all falls...