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Official music video for "Watching The World": youtu.be/JjLVGDN0LNU?list=PLyltqCJYzFYyG4TYzL7yvZzllOzbTv_6L

© 2016 Invisible Cartoons and Seven Sided Records. All music written by Invisible Cartoons. Lyrics by Chris Shern and Justin Birchard. Recorded by Invisible Cartoons at Seven Sided Studio, North Aurora, Illinois. Mixed and mastered by Justin Birchard. Artwork by Wendy Montague. Photos by Amy Aiello. Design by Jeff Goluszka. All rights reserved. Violators will be eaten.
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released February 11, 2016

Album Credits:
Chris Shern: Lead vocals
Justin Birchard: Guitar and vocals
Jeff Goluszka: Drums
Brad Jewison: Bass

Additional Musicians:
Andy Schlinder: Saxophone on 1, 5, 10, 11
Martin Movagh: Trumpet on 1, 5, 11
David Keller: Strings on 3, 6, 8, 11
Allison Joy: Vocals on 3, 6, 7
Karyn Kraska: Vocals on 6
Steph Yeager: Vocals on 8

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Invisible Cartoons North Aurora, Illinois

A Smile-Rock band from Chicago that blends catchy melodies, intoxicating voices, bounce-inducing beats, dynamic guitar rhythms, and dramatic wordplay about love, friendship, and fun.

The band includes (left to right): Casey Lange (bass), Chris Shern (lead vocals), Justin Birchard (guitar and vocals) and Jeff Goluszka (drums).
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Track Name: A Catastrophic Atmosphere
A Catastrophic Atmosphere
Lyrics by Chris Shern

Gather ‘round, hear the ground as it rumbles
Hands in the air, it’s a love affair, feel the energy unfold
Flashing lights, gotta get the crowd to unsettling volumes
A painted picture in my eyes as the beautiful colors collide

Oh, a catastrophic atmosphere
Hear the crowd go wild
And the time has come to see my love open up

Don’t stop, don’t stop, even if the beat drops
Hearin’ all them heartbeats as I see them fists sweep
Poundin’, poundin’, got me all surrounded in this pleasure stroll

Just let it flow and you will know what the outcome
Will take us next, I will take you down to foreseeable futures
With this open air and without a care, what a wonderful notion
Determination in my eyes, the farther I journey the more I’ll rise

Oh, a catastrophic atmosphere
Hear the crowd go wild
And the time has come to see my love open up

Don’t stop, don’t stop, even if the beat drops
Hearin’ all them heartbeats as I see them fists sweep
Poundin’, poundin’, got me all surrounded in this pleasure stroll

Bobbin’ and a-weavin’ my-my lovin all the way to the endzone
Runnin’ to you baby, knockin’ over anyone who will get in my way
The body’s in the motion, got to get it, gotta go into fast fo’
The atmosphere is standing high, no turning back, it’s time to fly

Oh, a catastrophic atmosphere
Hear the crowd go wild
And the time has come to see my love open up
Track Name: Who Do
Who Do
Lyrics by Justin Birchard

When I need to find some hope, when I need to quench my soul
I’ve got a place that I can go and you know that I’ll find a friend
We’re all here together now, and magic notes are floating out
And I’m gonna write all night

You know we’re chillin’ in the studio
We’re singin’ from the heart you know
And that’s the way I like it, and that’s the way we roll
We’re crankin’ out the records at Seven Sided Studio
And that’s the way I like it

Who do? We do

More than the sound that’s in our throats, more than the sum of all these notes
These songs are pieces of our souls and we share them with our friends, yeah
Do you have some words to add, a beat to make the people clap?
Yeah, we’re gonna write all night

You know we’re chillin’ in the studio
We’re singin’ from the heart you know
And that’s the way I like it, and that’s the way we roll
We’re crankin’ out the records at Seven Sided Studio
And that’s the way I like it

Who do? We do
Track Name: Watching The World
Watching The World
Lyrics by Chris Shern and Justin Birchard

I heard the sound of mysteries calling for action while
Retracing my steps, finding my reason for life
Get in the car, let’s head in any direction while
Watching the world, all of it

With these wings I’ll go toward the open road
Just to figure out how to save our souls
Search for better days, it is time for change
Be a father, mother, teacher, believe in hope

We must shout out loud
Voices fill the earth
With desire and no fear to speak of joy

Get up and go, motivation’s overrated, we’re
Taking the steps towards an adventure, let’s ride, yeah
Let’s get in the car and look near and look far ‘til we find it, we’re
Watching the world, all of it

With these wings I’ll go toward the open road
Just to figure out how to save our souls
Search for better days, it is time for change
Be a father, mother, teacher, believe in hope

(I’ll travel miles and miles and miles)
We must shout out loud
(for love)
Voices fill the earth

With desire and no fear to speak
Of joy and the thrill to feel complete
Be the fire that burns the hate we hold
Take a look, we have found the open road

Now, stop
And stare, just breathe it in, repair
The cracks need fixin’
With our energy is the mission
Track Name: Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock
Lyrics by Chris Shern

I met a girl on a Sycamore tree, now she’s the one that I adore within first sight of her
Sweeter than a honeybee sting, and straight into the gallery with shapes, and styles and textures
Oh oh, baby, crazy doll in which I love
Everything is fine, everything is beautiful
Transistor radio and you’re the one that I’ve been waiting for

So give me the love I want (good love)
Let the conversation explode, sweet baby doll

With no time to spare, the words are sounding so clear to me this time
We kiss without a care, the world feels so empty but it simply doesn’t matter when you’re by my side
We take a step further to a place we want to be, time will only tell, time will set us free
The clock is ticking, it’s got me thinking about what we have in store

So give me the love I want (good love)
Let the conversation explode, sweet baby doll

Your love is like a Jackson Pollock, intense yet beautiful
How the hell did we get this started? For reasons I don’t know
Track Name: Funk Wok, Cheap Thang
Funk Wok, Cheap Thang
Lyrics by Chris Shern

Are you competin’ baby, driven by your own lies
Every time I get to seekin’, you return with another grand prize

And I see through your disguise, gotta let you know

And I don’t want, I don’t want to be your recipe that gets mixed in your bowl of misery
And I don’t want, I don’t want to be your love child
You shut me down and you keep me from the in crowd

(And I don’t wanna) be your cheap thang
(And I don’t wanna) your wok-cheap funk thang

Look out the window, life can be so simple
My love creates a symbol, lack of respect is your crescendo
I came to win but you’re losing hope, let’s get the timing right

So can you see, can you see what ya doin’ now?
So try to breathe all the lovin’ that I’m givin’ out

You’ll love it, so tell me about your heartbreak and let me brush it all away

(And I don’t wanna) be your cheap thang
(And I don’t wanna) your wok-cheap funk thang
I don’t want it

Unto the heart of the beat and the reverie
And I can tell that you really want to get it out
I’m not the men from your past who struck misery
I’ll give you love if you really want to figure out
How we can chill and we kill all these silly games
Within the thrills of one’s happiness
So I don’t wanna be your cheap thang
So I don’t wanna be your cheap thang
Track Name: Alive
Alive
Lyrics by Chris Shern

Down into yesteryear, angels on call
I vow to never give up on love when it dissolves

But does it make you happy?
Don’t you feel glad that you’re alive?

Down into yesteryear, seasons unfold
I’ll never give up on lovin’ and the change that it holds
Forms in the epic paths that we seem to travel
Out on the open road I go, with my heart beatin’ in slow-mo

But does it make you happy?
Don’t you feel glad that you’re alive?
Track Name: Last Call
Last Call
Lyrics by Brad Jewison, Chris Shern and Justin Birchard

All week long at a frantic pace, gotta meet those goals, better find a way
But now we can relax, finally
The time has come to reconnect, ‘cause it’s been a long while since we just sat back
And enjoyed this night with my good guys

Syncopated laughs are bouncin’ off the walls, ricocheting back at us with a raucous tone
Feels so good to be here right now
Creative handshakes with our glass in the air
Soaking in all the repercussions with a smile as we stare
At the bonds we seek, the vibe’s complete, we stomp our feet
Into the life that we be livin’ y’all

And every time I think of all the nights that now are gone it’s ... last call
Like all the falling leaves off every autumn tree cry ... last call

A moonlit sky with crowded scenes, and hope is there
I had enough, but one more drink ‘cause I know you care
The world gets rough when you’re lifting a heavy load
So this moment fills my heart with so much joy
A toast to us for livin’ in this place and time
Toss a few more back so we can complete the sunrise

And every time I think of all the nights that now are gone it’s ... last call
Like all the falling leaves off every autumn tree cry ... last call

The vibe that we seek as we’re crowding the scene
And we’re adding some joy so forget about pain
As we smile in this place, we are one in the same, so let it flow

The vibe that we seek as we’re crowding the scene
And we’re adding some joy so forget about pain and feel alright
Track Name: Sousaphone
Sousaphone
Lyrics by Justin Birchard

Well it's a long road that I'm headed down
Gotta cross the creek and then the swamps beyond
I've got a clue but not that much to go on
I've got an ember in my heart and that's about all

I'm hikin' with some hope, I've got the strength to gamble
I'm usin' what I know, I'm gonna take it real slow
And when I find her there, ya know I'm gonna show her
The spark that lit for her inside of my heart

So much has come and gone before me
Lovers who betrayed your innocence
But darlin' I'd never do that to ya
I wanna help you gain some strength and find your peace

I'm hikin' with some hope, I've got the strength to gamble
I'm usin' what I know, I'm gonna take it real slow
And when I find her there, ya know I'm gonna show her
The spark that lit for her inside of my heart
Track Name: Dream Catcher
Dream Catcher
Lyrics by Chris Shern

I know there’s somebody out there, breathing fresh air because it’s beautiful
I know there’s somebody out there, dreaming to catch one’s life that’s wonderful

One day the dream becomes reality for us
And now it’s time to fill the cup with endless love and beauty
We’re gonna have a fun day, maxin’ and relaxin’ in the sun
‘Cause there’s no time to be alone and be unknown, you’re wanted from us

I know there’s somebody out there, breathing fresh air because it’s beautiful
I know there’s somebody out there, dreaming to catch one’s life that’s wonderful

Join me for a celebration of us
‘Cause we’ve been through a hell of a lot, the mood is hot, it’s lovely
We’re gonna have a fun day, groovin’ get to movin’ all around
So please get off your cellular phones and dance real strong, you’re workin’ it, let’s go

I know there’s somebody out there, breathing fresh air because it’s beautiful
I know there’s somebody out there, dreaming to catch one’s life that’s wonderful

Kick your back with the sneak of attack
And I know you know that we’re feelin’ this track
Dream all day and into the night
And I know you know that we’re winning the fight
Be yourself, not givin’ it in
And I know you know that we’re willing to sin
A perfect dream is never to be
Let’s try to be the best we could be

I know there’s somebody out there, dreaming to catch one’s life that’s wonderful
Track Name: Undivided
Undivided
Lyrics by Justin Birchard

I keep it subtle like the tone of a ghost note
While I dance to a beat that I don't know
I'm makin' moves in the light of the moon's glow
It's never easy but I gotta find a way to grow

So we work while we play hard
All day and straight into the pitch dark
While you sleep we're writin’ beats for a new song
We're gonna give it all, but it's all never gonna be all gone

I'm undivided, my path is decided
I won't take no low roads, I've got too much love for people
I've got my doubts but I'm not gonna mind them
I've gotta keep on ridin', I've gotta keep my driver drivin'

A lonely road, a quiet road for me, for now
A solemn goal, a quiet hope for me, for now

You know I'm gonna find a way to keep on rollin'
It's never permanent, it's just another sojourn
The love I'm livin’ is the life I've chosen
It's not a fickle phase I'm in, I'm always jonesin'

First we're gonna give, and then we're gonna take our time
'Cause slow and steady is the way we know we're gonna win our prize
We approach, gettin' close, takin’ backroads
Love will act as mortar, gonna bind us to the beat that makes us brothers

Yeah we play while we work hard
All day and straight into the pitch dark
Every night we're dreamin’ beats for a new song
We're gonna give it all, but it's all never gonna be all gone

I'm undivided, my path is decided
I won't take no low roads, I've got too much love for people
I've got my doubts but I'm not gonna mind them
I've gotta keep on ridin', I've gotta keep my driver drivin'

A lonely road, a quiet road for me, for now
A solemn goal, a quiet hope for me, for now

I’m undivided
Track Name: Happy To Be Here
Happy to Be Here
Lyrics by Chris Shern

The way you stomp your feet, it makes us stop and stare
Your handclaps fill the room, the joy is in the air
It makes us scream and shout amongst the atmosphere ‘cause you opened your hearts

‘Cause with this music it gives us new life
To reach you all with the hope that we’ll rise
To the emotions that keep us so strong
As we belong together

I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to say that I love you
I’m happy to be here, and you know this much is true

For every word we send to you reveals our truth
We strive to raise the roof, to heighten this solid groove
This movement shakes the floor, we see you want some more, so we bring the love
With all these smiling faces that we see so clearly
It gives us energy to bring it and get silly
And dance around the world like little boys and girls, we’re forever young

‘Cause with this music it gives us new life
To reach you all with the hope that we’ll rise
To the emotions that keep us so strong
As we belong together

I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to say that I love you
I’m happy to be here, and you know this much is true
I’m so glad you notice, I’m so glad you’re here right by my side
And I’m so glad you’re focused, for this love we can’t deny