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Without Intervention

by Head with Wings

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1.
Your honeysuckle mind is a twining vine. I watch the tendrils climb closer to the light. Nobody wants to relive the beginning. Or walk away from a life they’ve built on borrowed time. The situation is so goddamn deflating. Just sign your name along the dotted line. It’s not funny when you feel this way. You’re chomping at the bit to make money then you feel ashamed. Yet you’re coming back for more and more and more. Nobody wants to relive the beginning. Or walk away from a life they’ve built on borrowed time. The situation is so goddamn deflating. Just sign your name along the dotted line. If truth is the enemy, then I’ve been blind. A whole life ahead of me, a talent waiting to be mined. A ladder leading up into the marbled sky. Better tighten up, it ain’t a one way climb. I’m told the best is yet to come of me, but I struggle to confide in those words. My past exists to haunt me. It seeks to nullify what the future could hold. I need you alive. How could you forget? The money and lies to spread on your bread. I’ll eat you alive. Put you in debt. Contractual life that exists to destroy all creativity. Nobody wants to relive the beginning. Or walk away from a life they’ve built on borrowed time. The situation is so goddamn deflating. Just sign your name along the dotted line. Nobody wants to relive the beginning. Or walk away from a life they’ve built on borrowed time. The situation is so goddamn deflating. Just sign your name along the dotted line. I’ll sign my name along the dotted line.
2.
Take the task of breathing and complicate it. What started as a weight, became a shell that then collapsed. I wear it now ‘cause it’s a mask. Looking back for the shift. Defining the how and when. I can hardly remember the image then. Was there a difference? And who was I? And what have I become? Dizzy from the confusion, I'm struck by realization. Clawing and dragging my insides, up to my head, I block my reality, to hide the facts from you. Block my reality, to hide the facts. Take the task of breathing and complicate it. Take the task x3 Torn, I crave delusion. Torn, I crave delusion. You claim to know me well, yet you're pretending like I live in my own hell. As my mind moves forward, drifting into blank space, forever waiting, hoping it will turn to light. Looking back for the shift. Defining the how and when. I can hardly remember the image then. Was there a difference? And who was I?
3.
Remnant 01:01
4.
Galaxy 04:54
I’m ready to open up to you. Can’t stand the way you are. Exit, become someone. Enter, broker of dreams and stiff demands. Confer, let’s build a brand to rule the land. Entrust, all your security in me. Just grind the hours, then you’ll explode, socially mediating. Precious thing. More followers, I say cha ching! How long can you stay put to task? Some decisions that you make come back to kick your ass. It’s a long hard road in the victim game. It often starts with worry then it ends in shame. I’ll handle all the money and you do you. Just know that if you cross me, I’ll erase you from everything. I’m ready to open up to you. Can’t stand the way you are. Exit, become someone. We’re unstoppable. We’re never ending. Stars and lightning bolts. Our fire’s spreading. So unlikeable, yet influential. There’s a black hole, a black hole in Galaxy. I heard there was a vacancy, to feature in your gallery. When you smile and dance within the frame, I make a tribute on my screen. On my screen. All day you’re right beside me, within the app where we relate. Relate. Commander of my reality. The nothingness is all I face. Galaxy, you’ll never know what you mean to me. She needed protection. I’m ready to open up to you. I just lack the aptitude. Universally admired, click to subscribe to Galaxy. Starts with a drink, then a bump at the bar. My heart could race a million miles. She needed a lover. A figure on screen that I dreamed I could touch, she gave me meaning when I didn’t have much, I just lack the magnitude. Of the Sun, the Moon, the stars, Venus and Mars. Galaxy.
5.
A dignitary doesn’t waste his time second guessing himself. A luminary wouldn’t offer light if there’s none left for itself. The visionary no longer inspires. Imagination fades away. Crawl out of the rubble. Don’t spend your life asphyxiating. What a crippled little family life. They deprived me of my wife and child. Shatter the hubris of emboldened men. Did you believe in the power of two, when you were young and she was smitten with you? These are the musings of a broken heart. It feels like only yesterday, I had it all but it was taken away. You left when they were on the precipice. We’ve been here before, without intervention. The sudden change in your demands. It makes me feel like I’m on the way out the door. You’re hobbling on cobblestone. The arbiter sits on his throne. Let’s put the goddamn father on trial. The news media control the dial. Don’t act like they won’t blur the narrative. They’ll say he’s a troubled kid. Brainwashed, false prerogative. Don’t act like they won’t bask in the absence of truth. A dignitary doesn’t waste his time second guessing himself. A luminary wouldn’t offer light if there’s none left for itself. The visionary no longer inspires. Imagination fades away. Crawl out of the rubble. Don’t spend your life asphyxiated. Through the trail of tears, I find my way down a river. Sailing past the tombs, among debris of a past life. Giving all I’ve got and what I’ve gained to crossing over. I’m their memory, embodiment of a failure. Be who you are even if you’re misunderstood. You’re getting somewhere still. You had to be the one to show me that there’s something on the other side of grief and despair. Hiding from the sun. Been a year long depression. If I had access to a gun, I may not be here. The comforting illusion is setting in. (Better get in line. Check yourself) Hostility fills me up like I’m a bowl (before you do something you’ll regret.) that’s ready to crack and topple, overflow. (There’s no reason to get so bent out of shape.) The comforting illusion is setting in. (You’re gonna lose it all. It’s your downfall.) The comforting illusion is setting in. (Better get in line. Check yourself) Hostility fills me up like I’m a bowl (before you do something you’ll regret.) that’s ready to crack and topple, overflow. (There’s no reason to get so bent out of shape.) The comforting illusion is setting in. (You’re gonna lose it all.) Through the living room, to the left and past the kitchen. Down the basement stairs, there she lies chained to her freedom. With certainty, I accept this grave condition. I’m the extra rope, the slack allowing for the hanging. Notify the authorities and pray that they believe you. He’ll rectify all his mistakes. Swears he’ll do whatever it takes. He is not the man who he claims to be. Lives at 20 Psychopathic Lane. Says he did it, but he’s not to blame. Claims he’s not a criminal. Lives at 20 Schizophrenic Lane. We get calls almost every day. Man, he’s delusional. We’ve been here before. It’s the land of the false alarms. I see no relief. No, there’s none ahead of me. Life is a struggle. We’ve been here before, as the crisis goes ignored. Without intervention. Crawl out of the rubble. don’t spend your life asphyxiated.
6.
7.
Three Months 05:33
This life, not for me, not for me. Controlled, set me free, set me free. Witness the end of society. Three months since it started. I gaze upon the stairs. One month from the day Am I his enemy? he forbade me to enter. Where did we all go wrong? My son, he says things that he’d never do. Make a soldier out of you. This life, not for me, not for me. Controlled, set me free, set me free. Witness the end of society. Our home is a prison. Windows all boarded up. We’re tethered inmates. Honey, I’m coming in, to prove that I love you. There’s a murder on your screen. My son, he says things that he’d never do. Like how he’d kill me then destroy all the children too. Take a look into my troubled eyes and you’ll see that I’m not pretending. When I look into your turbulent eyes I can see You’re alone. I see faces rapidly appear then they vanish quickly as they come. The flickering. (Prepare the coffins for sons and for daughters.) The shadows all screaming. How did they find me in my inner world? (Am I detachable?) Infecting me with culture. Take a look into our troubled life. Then you’ll see we’re alone. The road is corrosive. I’ll find the next one. Would you rather be a ghost, than live your life tied to this one? No son of mine could work for the devil. Can’t live my life tied to this one. This is our reality. You alienate, I cut off from the world. Have you come to understand the power that lies within you is perverse? You won’t accept the help. No matter the action your therapist urged. My son, won’t you point that gun away please? Let’s leave the past behind. Be all that you can be. This life, not for me, not for me. Controlled, set me free, set me free. Collect the discharged casings. Dispose of the gun. Was it a life worth taking? Have you just begun?
8.
Why did you let go? It wasn’t your time to release. Why did you let go? It wasn’t your place. Our ritual was my only real retreat. Those nights we’d spend hanging out after the stream. Why did you let go? It wasn’t your time to release. Why did you let go? It wasn’t your place. Sensational! When will I get to taste a wealth so sweet, low hanging fruit, a juicy peach? No, you can’t hide from it. Can’t shut you off. Can’t put down the phone. I’m remote control. I’ve become a drone. Someone on parole. Often bought and sold. Beckoning anew. Separate the stars. Can’t hide from it No, you. No, you. Can’t hide from it No, you. No, you. Can’t hide from it No, you. No, you can’t evade the reaction to the leak. Existence is so high maintenance. We come to terms with who we are. Is your soul absolute? Zero sum, No dispute. Squeaky clean, with no regrets. Sign it now! On the dotted line. Sign it now! The reaction to the leak. Existence is so high maintenance. We come to terms with who we are before the hour of letting go. So insincere, they grew up on what I tweeted. A liar’s bond of the elite. That once was me. That once was me. Existence is so high maintenance. Cold truth. Hard truth is the enemy. Enemy. Cold truth, when we are blind. Hard truth. Cold truth is the enemy. Enemy. Hard truth, when we are blind. In the beginning, before this unwound, I had a feeling that nobody would hear me. A pretty little face interfacing on the internet. Didn’t have to be amazing, just someone that I wasn’t. I’m not. And now I’m not. Now I’m not. Now I feel inconsequential. Now I’m not. And now I’m not. Now I’m no longer their hero. A ladder leading up into the marbled sky. Better tighten up it ain’t a one way climb. Cold truth. Climb. Hard truth is the enemy. Enemy. Cold truth. Climb. There’s a black hole. A black hole in Galaxy.

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"More ornate and expressive gems from the accomplished art rockers...'Without Intervention' deserves to catapult them into the limelight. Don't pass it by."
PROG Magazine

"Mixed by my buddy Vikram Shankar, it's (Without Intervention) out today and I recommend you check it out."
Ross Jennings (Haken)

"Thank you for sending a copy of the album 'Without Intervention' by Head with Wings. I listened to it for a while, and it's good. I'm happy."
Hideo Kojima (Death Stranding, Metal Gear Solid)

“Head with Wings keeps getting better, and I’m here for it. 'Without Intervention' is a smartly organized, rhythmically-gifted record that sounds wonderful and sports layers of beauty. Give it a try!”
The Prog Mind 8.75/10

“‘Without Intervention’ is the highlight of the Connecticut band’s work to date. With Vikram Shankar, the trio has managed a balancing act, because the album catches fire not only the first time you hear it, thanks to its grip and catchiness. It is also an album with a long half-life. Behind the emotional vocal lines with narrative depth are small works of art with which Head with Wings explores the boundaries between classic prog and alternative rock.”
Betreutes Proggen 14/15

“Intelligent songwriting and refined, polished musicianship are rapidly becoming hallmarks of the band’s releases and, with this latest album, the band are cementing their position at the forefront of the modern rock landscape.”
Progradar

“‘Without Intervention’ is a sophisticatedly staged and equally intelligently performed album of cerebral rock music…the music is first class in terms of craftsmanship, even if it doesn't challenge the listener enough.”
Musikreviews . de 10/15

"The music was masterfully produced, mixed and mastered by Vikram Shankar (who also provided the keyboard parts), with Joshua’s expressive vocal performance recorded and produced by Earthside’s Frank Sacramone, Head with Wings are poised to be the next big thing in Alternative Prog Land. Period."
The Prog Space

"It is modern, it is fresh, never looking back into the Seventies but instead moving forward in a way which borders on the commercial (listen to “Comfort In Illusion” to see what I mean), but always maintains its integrity and depth so it is enjoyable to progheads and also those who would never admit to liking the genre (I did not inhale, honest)."
Kev Rowland (Progressor) 6/6

“The album occupies a similar space in my head as the wonderful 'Luminaria' by Aviations. Both albums fuse together alt-rock and prog into some remarkable songs. Both bands feature virtuoso performances that are tuned into the needs of the song rather than quests for personal glory.”
Sophomore Slump 4.5/5

"'Without Intervention' undoubtedly marks the high point in “Head With Wings” career to date...each song is an adventure in itself, demonstrating the band's ability as storytellers in an unmissable album."
Nación Progresiva

"Their magnum opus which, lasting less than 36 minutes, should captivate even those who are usually bored by alt. rock’s suburban ennui."
DMME 4/5

“Without Intervention is worthy of your attention. Head With Wings go about their craft earnestly and produce a sonic wall with very clear progressive sensibilities, and although my personal taste would have wished to hear a wee bit more of said sensibilities, this is a welcome return to some harder edged rock music for this website to review.”
Lazland

“With a dramatic tone, the musical aesthetic of Head with Wings is distinguished by those extensive musical foundations where emotions are torn and thoughts are lost among the instrumentation like a whisper in the wind.”
Expansión Radial

“Head with Wings always builds a rhythmic foundation for far-reaching melancholy.”
SaitenKult 8/10

“Head with Wings can pack in more fruitful ideas in four minutes than some prog formations can in 20 minutes…In its best moments, the album takes the open-minded music lover through various emotions between melancholy, thoughtfulness and aggression in a very short time…I would like to consider ‘Without Intervention’ to be an almost ideal example of successful alternative prog without a boring second.
Babyblaue Seiten 11/15

""Comfort In Illusion," could easily be the new single taken from the album. The melody is attractive and here too the progressive touch is not far away. Head with Wings manages to hold the attention with a varied offering in which all aspects of guitar, rhythm and vocals are nicely balanced."
Rockportaal NL

“On one hand, ‘Without Intervention’ is a strongly cinematic album and on the other, it develops almost like a musical, where all the songs (even the shortest ones) present successive scenic and rhythmic-melodic changes. An evolutionary work worthy of note, a fundamental element in catapulting this album to other demanding levels perfectly framed by this innovative approach to progressive sounds.”
Via Nocturna 2000 83%

"The band from New Haven with front singer Joshua Corum aboard has a collection of enchanting new melodic rock songs in supply."
Rivertree (Awesomeprog)

"Overall, this is an album that challenges modern tropes both musically and lyrically in our world today and simultaneously plays into it and turns it on its head. If you want an album that is truly progressive and not over saturated; you need Head with Wings in your life."
Heavy Debriefings

“Head with Wings is a captivating progressive rock band that has gained recognition for their emotionally charged and introspective music…they skillfully combine post-rock and alternative rock influences, crafting a distinctive and immersive musical journey that resonates with listeners on a profound level.”
The Album Review Channel 8/10

"'Without Intervention' is in line with 'From Worry To Shame,' offering us restless progressive rock but marked by luminous sequences, which follow one another pleasantly and in complete readability... it should please fans of progressive rock and invite them on a tormented internal journey."
Music Waves FR

“Driven, wide-ranging, pointed and dramatic without being pompous, the gentlemen know what they are doing. Add to that the beautiful and intelligent work of drummer Mike Short, and you have an impressive record.”
Progwereld

“It’s nerd rocky, I guess - it’s (Galaxy) a nice video, I’d like to hear their other stuff, that’s great…I enjoy a good CD, it’s nice but I’d have to open my Xbox to play it.”
Brian Redban (Kill Tony, Joe Rogan Experiment)

““Comfort in Illusion” and ​“Three Months'' deliver the kind of epic music making that Head with Wings excels at, creating an emotional stew that mixes confessional desperation with a kind of triumphant strength, suggesting that we’re listening to the voices of survivors.”
New Haven Independent

“Head with Wings have, in ‘Without Intervention,’ produced an album of fire and intensity, and continue to prove themselves one of today’s finest…the new album thrills with inventive, layered soundscapes.”
Pennyblackmusic

"The eight compositions are nothing but fantastic, they mix sophistication with memorability and will therefore immediately appeal to fans of more modern hard rock."
Powermetal . de 9/10

"Built on pillars of alternative and progressive rock, the Americans' music is emotionally powerful if not structurally complex. Raging riffs follow arpeggios to carry us away into sophisticated soundscapes, with Joshua Corum's impassioned vocals as the common thread."
KoiD9 Magazine Rock & Progressif

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released October 20, 2023

'Without Intervention' track order:

1) The Dream Broker (4:06)
2) Task of Breathing (4:17)
3) Remnant (1:01)
4) Galaxy (4:54)
5) Comfort in Illusion (8:38)
6) 26 Bell Chimes (1:09)
7) Three Months (5:33)
8) Absolute Zero (6:04)

Run Time: 35:49

On this album, Head with Wings is

Mike Short - Drums
Brandon Cousino - Guitars
Joshua Corum - Vocals

ALL SONGS COMPOSED BY HEAD WITH WINGS
PRODUCED BY VIKRAM SHANKAR AND HEAD WITH WINGS
BASS COMPOSED, TRACKED, AND PERFORMED BY CONNOR OYSTER
KEYBOARD AND ADDITIONAL ORCHESTRATIONS COMPOSED, TRACKED, AND PERFORMED BY VIKRAM SHANKAR
DRUMS TRACKED AND EDITED BY GREG THOMAS AT SILVER BULLET STUDIOS
GUITARS TRACKED AND EDITED BY BRANDON COUSINO
VOCALS RECORDED AND PRODUCED BY FRANK SACRAMONE
LYRICS WRITTEN BY JOSHUA CORUM
DISRUPTIONS BY “THE KING OF BEERS”
LYRICAL CONTRIBUTIONS ON “TASK OF BREATHING” BY BRANDON COUSINO
DRUM CONTRIBUTIONS ON “TASK OF BREATHING” AND “COMFORT IN ILLUSION” BY BRANDON COUSINO
GUITAR CONTRIBUTIONS ON “THE DREAM BROKER” AND “ABSOLUTE ZERO” BY JOSHUA CORUM
MIXED AND MASTERED BY VIKRAM SHANKAR
ART DIRECTION & LAYOUT BY NICK ROBINSON
ALBUM DESIGN CONCEPT BY HEAD WITH WINGS & NICK ROBINSON
PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY BY VIKTORIJA KUKULE
ADDITIONAL PRESS PHOTO EDITING BY JAMIE COE
BAND LOGO BY JENS SCHELLHASE

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Head with Wings are storytellers of sound. Textured, ethereal, and blissfully haunting, the U.S. - based quintet creates boundary-pushing rock songs that straddle the aesthetic line between art music and narrative drama.

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