YOU WILL PAY FOR IT

by AE Bridger

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“This music has been kept a secret for over five years. It was recorded in 2010, and the band had already been slaving over every little nuance of the arrangements for a couple years even by then. So why, in an era over-saturated with self-produced individualistic musicians and wannabe lo-fi legends, is YWPFI being released now after a half-decade spent gathering digital dust, doomed to fizzle out in planned obsolescence in the dark recesses of a worn-out Macbook Tyler loaned me? Partly because the vision of a world completely overrun with cables, where privacy is lost, where people are dehumanized by their parasitic relationship with media is more relevant now than it was in 2010, partly because it is certainly the most ambitious and personal concept I have ever come up with, but mostly because, for the past four years, I was pretty confident I would never release it.

Starting in 2008, the band would spend over a year decoding several cryptic "demos" and esoteric concepts I had imagined for an schizophrenic prog-rock album with heavy noise elements and dark humour. We were gigging constantly and refining some of the jammier stuff in live shows, all to render this paranoid vision in angular and vivd clarity. In 2010, we were finally ready to record YWPFI, but by then, things outside the band were getting complicated for me on a personal level. I was so stressed out that I hopped on a plane and ran away from St. John’s (and the band) in August 2010 on a whim.

In search of clarity, I did what any white suburban Canadian would do; make the pilgrimage to Montreal to reenact generic North American hipster culture in a ghetto with a bunch of other white suburban Canadians. At that point, I still had every intention to finish this record… and then a year went by. The guys in the band back in St. John’s asked me about the record. Friends and appreciators of the band asked me about it. As I searched for ‘clarity’ in my life, I still tried to pick away at the record periodically, but after a couple years, I realized that YOU WILL PAY FOR IT had changed from 'a particularly tough project I'm working on' into ‘The Unreleased AE Bridger Record.' This saddened me because of the years of work that had gone into this music, but even by 2012, completing this ambitious music, which by then I had come to associate to a particularly stressful time in my life, was too daunting of a task. Not to mention that each song had over 30 unlabelled tracks and was largely consisting of fuzzed-out, densely constructed noise-prog! Expectations had grown too high, and I was intimidated by the personal implication of what I heard in the music; the message, the sonic landscapes, the politics, the paranoia, the ANGER. It was (maybe still is) the most deeply personal and angry thing I had ever come up with, and the musicianship of Steve, Josh, Tyler and Dylan gave this nightmarish vision three dimensions. A bit too real for me in my confused and panicked state in 2010-2012? Yeah, maybe.

Mythologizing aside, after not even thinking about 'The Record' for a year, me and Steve listened to a few of the songs at his place in September of this year. It sounded good, so I finally worked up the courage to brush the dust off the decade-old Macbook to retrieve and 'remaster' the tracks, and was delighted to find that what I remembered as an unfinished, terrifying mess of feedback and distortion was actually a funny and electrifying teenage mess of feedback and distortion that is BRIMMING WITH AWESOME ANGST. And most importantly, the other guys sound incredible! This is their record and, after half a decade of waiting, it is my pleasure to honour their work by putting YOU WILL PAY FOR IT out there for anyone to listen to. Here it is, in all it's chaotic teenage glory. Thanks so so so so much to my brothers, Dylan, Tyler, Josh and Steve. You have given me a massive gift in being my friend and helping me bring this music to life. I’ll never fucking do anything this insane ever again!”

- Alex Bridger, October 21, 2014

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released October 21, 2014

All songs written and produced by Alex Bridger
Performed and arranged by Josh Bourden, Alex Bridger, Dylan Bridger, Steve Cowan and Tyler Lovell
Album Art by Ken Bridger and Alex Bridger, with assistance from Fani Claire.

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AE Bridger St. John'S, Newfoundland and Labrador

AE Bridger has made self-produced records both on his own and with a group. As a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Bridger's approach is nakedly intuitive, resulting in an individualistic sound that challenges genre and medium, drawing influence from film, visual art and the primitive aesthetics of 'outsider music.' ... more

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Track Name: E.L.I.P.S.I.S. ("Two Birds, One Stone!")
Yes we can!
We are the pupil of your
pupil of your mind's eye
turn on your Omnivision
open up: commercial(ize)
"we nullified the competition!
there is nothing left to advertise!
two birds, one stone! how convenient!"
(antibioticism grows, antibioticism grows)
dots dots we got lotsa dots we got lots
these two dots do not form an E.L.I.P.S.I.S!
they do not form an E.L.I.P.S.I.S!
these two dots do not form an E.L.I.P.S.I.S!
two dimensional is the new three dimensional (give us one eye)
there is no light there is no tunnel (and we'll show you a way)
the tunnel is a wall it's flat it's on your retina (life and death)
we got lots of little black dots for sale
"two birds, one stone! how convenient!"
(antibioticism grows, antibioticism grows)
dots dots we got lotsa dots we got lots
these two dots do not form an E.L.I.P.S.I.S!
they do not form an E.L.I.P.S.I.S!
these two dots do not form an E.L.I.P.S.I.S!
Track Name: You Will Pay For It
every one
by one
buy one
every one
by one
buy one
every one
buy on
buy one
I shit money
I shit power
I shit money
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
pay to have your mind
sucked through your nose
going once
going twice
going three times
going once
going twice
money
money
money
money
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
you will pay for it
pay to have your mind
sucked through your nose
Track Name: Cop Car Bonfire
here comes the weather man
here comes the acid rain
here comes the cop car
to pick apart my brain
i can't wait
i can't wait
i can't wait
i can't wait
i can't wait
here comes another job
here comes another job
here comes the cop car
you know I just can't wait
i can't wait
i can't wait
i can't wait
i can't wait
i can't wait
Track Name: Vijjin Izza Ninside Jawb
in the back of y'eye
theres a little piece of skin
that's so incredibly thin
and so incredibly clear (like a mirror)
that when you look up in the sky
when you look into your eye
when you look into the mirror
you know that something just ain't right
vision is an inside job
vision is an inside job
vision is an inside job
you think some people in a cave made all this happen?
Track Name: For The Fire For The Fire
no mo logs fo
no mo logs fo
the fire for the fire for the fire for the fire
for the fire for the fire for the fire
fudda fah fudda fah fudda fah fudda fah
we are gonna burn
we are gonna burn
the grandfather clock
he's a liar he's a liar he's a liar he's a liar
"hey mom! hey dad!
I thought you were dead! you thought I was alive!
well, I finally am now!"
Track Name: From Now On...
There's a sign that says "YOU'RE GOING TO GET IN SHIT"
but you're already in it
There's a sign that says "YOU'RE GOING TO GET IN SHIT"
but you're already in some serious shit, man.
They took us out of our homes
they cut out of eyes
and a hose was inserted
into our collective esophagii
they confiscated our souls

An intricately cut arrangement of holes
is the only face you're ever gonna have
the only face you're ever gonna have
from now on...