From the album FROZEN IN TIME

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AFTER THE SURVEILLANCE STATE 

"I wrote this song after reading Cory Doctorow's book, Little Brother. It's also inspired by the heroic actions of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden." - Lindy  

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A dreamy narrative, “After the Surveillance State” sees Lindy come out the other side of his dark “No-Knock Raid” moment, an earlier track he penned about the US war on drugs. His frustration in that song is obvious, and his activist streak against useless laws that protect the authorities more than people with vulnerabilities and addictions was fierce. By contrast, “After the Surveillance State” is a song that trots along harmoniously as if the hippies conquered the bad guys and their slogan flowing banners worked. It’s time to “make a run for it” together now, he cries in the song, triumphantly. Blindingly paradisal, it’s steeped in hope. This proves that while Vopnfjord can hold true to his emotions against injustice, he’s flexible enough to vary his musical treatment on the topic, which enhances his discography.


Lindy Vopnfjord
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, Wurlitzer Piano on track 4

Rick May
Bass Guitar, Engineered by Garnett Betts at Coast Road Recording, Victoria, BC

Örn Eldjárn
Electric Guitar on track 2, engineered by Snorri Helgason at Snossgæti, Reykjavik, Iceland

Bob Egan
Pedal Steel Guitar

Ian LeFeuvre
Electric Guitar on track 2, Percussion and Drums on track 2, Violele on track 12

Stephen Krecklo
Lap Steel Guitar on tracks 6 & 7

Simon Miminis
Drums and Percussion

Luke Doucet
Electric Guitar on tracks 5 & 11

Todor Kobakov
Vibraphone, Rhodes Piano, Percussion and Drums on tracks 5, 6 & 9


Engineered by Jeremy Darby and Julian De Corte at Canterbury Music Company Toronto

Engineered by Todor Kobakov at Kobakov Sound Toronto

Mixed by Todor Kobakov at Kobakov Sound Toronto

Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling NYC

Produced by Todor Kobakov

Lyrics

AFTER THE SURVEILLANCE STATE
Before I see you tonight
And I want to say your name
Before we start drinking
Before the song takes you away

When you are still a little shy
When it is hard to raise a smile
Before the flashing lights
Before the flashing lights

Sights pinned on the prize
Under curfew city at night
Pursed lips and street lit eyes
Sharp turns and straight lines

This plan is set in motion
We’ll blow the whole thing wide open
Hear the whistle blow
Through the blue green ocean

After the surveillance state
After we wake this giant
After they’re running scared
After they see all our numbers

They’ll sound the air raid sirens
They’ll sound the air raid sirens

Now that we are almost free

Before I see you tonight
And I am lost for you
Before the all seeing eye
Knows everything we do
This plan is set in motion
We’ll blow this whole thing wide open
Hear the whistle blow
Through the blue green ocean

After the surveillance state
After we wake this giant
After they’re running scared
After they see all our numbers

They’ll sound the air raid sirens
They’ll sound the air raid sirens

Now that we are almost free, let’s make a run for it.