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"Ashley Raines has spent years spinning tales of the downtrodden. On his latest release he delivers a similar message with a very different sound. The result is a rather elegant solution. His bleak lyrics continue to be as good as ever. Musically, Raines continues to grow and mine his poignant mind for pay dirt." —Vocals On Top

It’s as if Nick Cave woke up in the American Southwest with a Kansas City brass section.

Gutter Mansions, the newest record from Ashley Raines & The New West Revue, is the perfect melding of songwriters Raines’ and Vanessa Aricco's poetic visions of isolation. Of machines made of faces. Of ushers of amnesia. The figures of doubt. Of a world outside that we don't belong in.

Gutter Mansions is deceptively elegant and aggressive. Fearless yet resigned. Each song a warrior poet. Raines’ voice is confident and vulnerable. Indignant and inviting. The confidant of the damned. A messenger in the dark.

The first bass driven notes of “Interrupting Patience” grab hold of the wheel and steer directly into the oncoming traffic of media distraction. “Noble Chore” drips like the velvet curtains of a macabre dancehall, a waltz of destruction and survival. And the closing lilt of “Tired Of The Scene” begs the listener to “Remember us in our vain youth when we were of use”.

Gutter Mansions was written, recorded, produced, arranged and performed entirely by Ashley Raines & The New West Revue.

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released June 7, 2019

© Grass Strand Music / Pettinella Winters Publishing, SESAC.
Songs Written by Ashley Raines & Vanessa Aricco.
Songs Performed by Ashley Raines & The New West Revue.
The New West Revue is/was Ashley Raines & Vanessa Aricco.
Produced by Ashley Raines & The New West Revue.
Recorded @ Charlotte Sound Stage.
Additional tracking @ 77 Sound.
Mixed & Mastered @ 77 Sound.

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Ashley Raines is an American songwriter, lyricist, composer & multi-instrumentalist.

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Track Name: Interrupting Patience
They're interrupting patience
The machines made of faces
The sea monsters

The murdered waves of youth
Their instruments disarming
The ransom of their longing
A military lavender and new

They bring with them their treasons
The ushers of amnesia

A century of hands

Was rendered mute
Though they guilted us with plenty
I can't think of anyone

Who has a conscience left to lose

They'll sacrifice the nation

Serve that savage reputation

The needs of many for the wants of few
The billions stand the bombing

The bondage of the bargaining
The band is playing champagne on the flute

They're interrupting patience

The engineers of cadence

The heavies coming

From the land of doom

Hear them through the droning
Hostage to their holdings

There's no faith that they had thought it through
Track Name: I'm Afraid of People
I'm afraid of people
They're everywhere
I go I can't stand to greet them
I'm too scared to get close
I See how they treat you
They're like cannibals
I'm afraid of people
I don't want to know

I'm afraid of people
I know I'm not alone
All my friends are strangers
And this isn't my home
I'm terrified they'll see me
For the things that I don't show
I'm afraid of people
I don't want to know

I'm not gonna pretend
Like I'm not culpable
I know that I can't beat them
I know we're on our own

I'm afraid of people
They're right outside my door
They don't think we're humans
And I think they're animals
The closer that I keep them
The further that I go
I'm afraid of people
I don't want to know
Track Name: Let's Be Alone Together
Let's be alone together
When we're alone it's better
There's got to be some place where we can hide
We'll change our names to never
They'd never know we'd ever
Be alone together till we die
So let's be alone together till we die

We fall like Rome whenever
We're alone together
Our kingdoms are just ruins rich in time
Let's merge our homes together
Then roll like stones down river
Let's be alone together till we die
Let's be alone together till we die

Out in the thick
out in the thick of it all
Out in the thick
out in the thick of it all
Don't hold on
It's about to drop

Let's be alone together
We've dug this hole forever
They'll never haul us out of it alive
That's how it goes I guess
When we're alone together
Let's be alone together till we die
Let's be alone together till we die
Track Name: Noble Chore
When at once
The hand
The mouth
The thick saliva
The crusty bank
Fresh faced
So young
They're looking at you

Grab your silly house coat
And pack all of your heat
Shy away from strangers
That you meet on the street

Hang your locks from your door
We won't survive
This noble chore

Bugs that walk
Like classical
Are stripped from the world
As we move
Just like humans do
By the hand
Without thought
Flowers too big for the stalk

Hang your locks from your door
We won't survive
This noble chore

The ugly strange
Their work is done
We've made arrangements
We'll live in gutter mansions

Hang your locks from your door
We won't survive
This noble chore
Track Name: When All the World Hated Me
When all of the world hated me
The armies of symmetry
The soldiers of atrophy
To each my penance made

Each night
We dance death's dance and she lets me lead
The animals of need
Subjected to the speed
They do not bother me

And the words Given unto them
The drivers of the pen
The scavengers called men
Go light
Guided by mother's hand
The labor of her skin
Her ghost success laid bare

When all of the world hated me
The ordnance of meat
The objects of pedigree
To each luxuries grave
Track Name: Times Get Harder
When times get harder
We'll feast on fodder
Or fast until your family's fed
We'll feast on fodder
When times get harder
Lest the dead bury the dead

We'll whet the blade
We'll train our gaze
And fall upon the blackest sheep
Then true's our aim
That sheep will bay
For forgivness and mercy

Sha La La La La La La La La La La La Ahhh

When times get dire
We light them pyres
And burn it bright for all to see
We'll build them fires
With our desires
And then we kill it with our dreams

We're gonna hang
The weak with blame
All that pomp and pageantry
The ritual games
We all must play
To see who follows and who leads

Sha La La La La La La La La La La La Ahhh

Where's the war we orphaned at your door
It bites the hand it feeds
It hunts in its sleep for more

Sha La La La La La La La La La La La Ahhh
Track Name: Get Yourself Together
Get yourself together
Powder your nose up
Grab your cash
Honey let's go
Get yourself together
They know
Get yourself together
Let's go

Get yourself together
Button your coat up
Grab your stash
Buddy let's go
Get yourself together
They know
Get yourself together
Let's go

You know you can't
Take it with you
It's true
So it don't matter
What you do

Get yourself together
Straighten yourself up
Grab your keys
Come on let's roll
Get yourself together
They know
Get yourself together
Let's go
Track Name: Run Out of West
The engines of rot
Brought their wounded home
From wars they never fought

The hads and the have-nots
Fed the fires of their furnaces
With want

This is what happens when you run out of west

Remember it once flew
In its golden age
Its teenage waste perfumed

So much of little use
For them talking dolls
The mirage stands in ruins

This is what happens when you run out of west

You'll find everyone you love has gone
The band no longer plays your song
Their language is their silence
Your face won't wear what you've become
The flowers wilt beneath your thumb
Your name's only spoke in tongues

This is what happens when you run out of west

The witness was watched
Once they testified
The harsh gaslights called for blood

What's left of resistance
Brought the brunt end of
Their capital across
Track Name: World Outside
There's a world outside
That we don't belong in
The colossus fallen
Their chariots litter the streets
Their followers famines are feast

There's a big star burning up
The dust of our decadence
The blank inhabitants
Their arrogance litters their pleas
Their deaths deemed to be obsolete

I thought the figures of doubt
Had all been figured out
I can't trust anything now
That's made of sight or sound

There's an engine turning up
The ghost of irrelevance
Bodies of regiments
Their agreements written in steam
Their results fall in to the sea

There's an empire running through
The heads of the lesser-thans
Regimes that treason wed
Their followers subjected to lead
The prophets of their suffering

I thought the figures of doubt
Had all been figured out
I can't trust anything now
That's made of sight or sound

It's all the comforts of a
War abroad
With the convenience of a
War at home
Mother of
Exiles has
Abandoned us
The Golden Door
Is closed

There's a world outside
That we don't belong in
The titans have fallen
In fields of their followed decrees
They fell at their followers feet

There's a world outside
That we don't belong in
The monolith's fallen

There's a world outside
That we don't belong in
There's nobody calling

There's a world outside
That we don't belong in
I'm short on longing
Track Name: Tired of the Scene
Your unwashed lips
Your garish boots
Ah your Ottoman suits
From your family's empire

Those honeyed days
Oh Mercury waves
And we ate parakeet eggs
In our perfect attire

But I'm tired of the scene
And It's tired of me

Now we're dressed
In last years magazines
Syphoning gasoline
To keep our cooking fires

And I stole you a Bellows book
From someone I mistook
For a friend for awhile

But I'm tired of that scene
So why don't we leave

To some far off land
Where the privilege ends
A place to stow skin
Where they'll visit

When we're old
Past the age
Of serenades
Once the piper's played
And we're tossed aside

Remember us in our vain youth
When we were of use
Once the living proof
That we tried

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