Reasons Not To Exist

by Characters

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Hudson Jefferies So good it makes me want to die also. Favorite track: This Isn't So Bad.
Noah Boss
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Noah Boss Characters manages to sound simultaneously down-to-earth and otherworldly. This release is littered with memorable riffs and the texture work is ethereal. A beautiful EP. Favorite track: This Isn't So Bad.
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cameron s this EP is the shit. it's not often a band can create a soundscape like this without bringing on the mega cheese. this one's straight dairy-free, boys. Favorite track: Incandescent.
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T. Martinez There are parts on this album that just feel like waves of viscous fluid encompassing your whole body. Beautiful. Favorite track: This Isn't So Bad.
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released October 9, 2015

'Reasons Not To Exist' was recorded July-September 2015 with Jonas Vece in Boulder City, NV.

All songs written and performed by Ben Tsai, Austin Longworth, Cameron Beck and Jeremy Dahl.

Album art by Ben Tsai.

Additional sampling on track 3 by Chase Harris.
Additional sampling on track 5 by Chase Harris and Daniel Faulkner.

Produced, engineered and mastered by Jonas Vece.

Characters is:
Ben Tsai- Vocals, guitar
Cameron Beck- Bass
Jeremy Dahl- Drums
Cameron Sax- Guitar



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Track Name: People Are Scary
running over all the possible outcomes in my head
finding new excuses, tying endless nooses around the throats of my friends

suffocating underneath my own mind
doing anything to escape
Track Name: This Isn't So Bad
All I can remember
Is being terrified
Of this very
moment for my entire life
I'm not sure why

Surrender to the void;
there is no light
or arms to cradle you
only dirt.

Red, blue, green,
Hues I've never seen
On the films of my eyes

Release belief, don't let them lie to you

Slowly I leave the earth behind
Track Name: I Never Learned How To Love Myself
i'll do a flip on my way down
life is shit and i'm done
i want to fly before i hit the ground and die
forget all memories and loved ones lost

don't bring a gun
that takes away all the fun
Track Name: The Murder of Chase Harris
Pale and white, the sun beats on my eyes
Flashes of red across the skies
Specks of darkness descend upon the light
Ascending diagonals impede my vision

Close your eyes and look into the end
This life you've lived has yet to begin
There's no puppeteer to help you, no one there to pull the strings
And nobody here around you can do a thing

With my hands in place, the light flickers and dies away
Extinguishes the flame as the ashes turn to grey
Track Name: Incandescent
I can't afford the rent
Or to pay off my school debt
I can't do shit about anything
Except smoke a couple more cigarettes
And if I lay here for long enough it's almost like I'm dead

I'm afraid I've entered a state of insecurity

Panic, do nothing, feel sorry for myself

I can't help it, I feel like shit
Brain matter gnawing away at itself
Track Name: Losing
faker, i never believed one lie you said
you suck, but not compared to this piece of shit
complicated reasons not to exist
so pick one and stick with it

consciousness bleeds from a hole in the side of my head
frustration seeps from wounds that i've left
shrouding my body with pain, a sensation i've never known
this is the end of me, fuck it, i'm alone