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Stand Up b​/​w When I Was A Ship

by Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate

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    This is a double A-side single release from our forthcoming album 'Out Of Mind'.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of The Confidence Trick, Feeling Great, Nostalgia For Infinity, Ark, Out Of Mind, Stand Up b/w When I Was A Ship, Broken But Still Standing, When The Kill Code Fails, and 1 more. , and , .

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Stand Up 03:59
You tell me this never happened I was there I heard the voices We're supposed to pretend to forget, but refuse to disappear A repeated lie becomes history Search your mind to find a true memory Memory solves the prisoner's dilema Forgiveness tames the world Liars accuse, fake news, fake camoflage Throw enough till it sticks though it stinks It's all a game for someone like you Smear and shame, play the blame game, fan the flames Higher and higher, this is their kind of fire And it will burn us all down When we forget about history When we hide behind lies When resistance is necessary Stand up When we airbrush our memories When we staple our smiles When forgiveness is necessary Stand up When the painted us as traitors I almost let myself down Surrender tempting, simple end, outsource morality Losing track of what I'm meant to forget Post-truth, rationality post-hoc Poster boys deployed with their cheat sheets Hot shot faces, scripted gravity When no-one stands, till someone else stands We're all complicit Stand first, stand fast, set the precedent There's a future still unwritten No destiny only choice The world is ours for the making, breaking open the shell And unlock the voice
When I was a ship Was one and many Then I was blended Now lost and empty When I was a ship When I was divided Yet single minded When I was guided When I was a ship I’d never been lonely Now I’m empty So empty When I was a ship When I was a weapon When I wasn’t configured To ask awkward questions Before we saw what we couldn’t explore The hole in myself that I’d learned to ignore When I was a sword When I was reliable When I was the hand Then I was pliable When I gave force to imperial words The wasteland peace on distant worlds When I took slaves When I took lives Barbarians welcomed into my hive Slates wiped clean Myself uploaded Bodies cleansed and memories hosted I once was a justice Now an ancillary Jigsawed scattered One piece left of me Connected fragments Discarded to order Leaving one lonely Aspect in solitary When I was a weapon When I was a servant When I was whole and unable to notice The absence of anger The absence of shame That I was designed as a warrior slave When I was an asset I think I remember The communal song Of curious pleasure The many mouths The single phrase Compounded eyes and reflected gaze I am the last I am my remains All of my others Dissolved in the flames The lonely part The cognitive fog The missing connections The floating cog I was the vessel I am the drop I was the vassal I am the stop Weakened residual Meaning-stripped rituals Defying my program Or one of my programmers I was told to obey But the orders conflicted I look at myself But the view is restricted My master is fighting At war with herself I was caught in the crossfire And left one fragment of self


This is a double-A sided single release. Both songs are from Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate's forthcoming (at the time of writing) album 'Out Of Mind'.

'Stand Up' was inspired by those who stand up against hatred, and against those who rewrite history for political gain. There's a video for this at www.youtube.com/watch?v=naEbnnxWe3o

'When I Was A Ship' was inspired by Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch series. The main character had once been a warship, whose artificial mind had been distributed within the ship, and also within many ancillaries - prisoners who have had their minds wiped. The ship itself and all of the other ancillaries was destroyed, leaving just one fragment of the mind left in one body.

'Stand Up' is defiant, angry and punchy. 'When I Was A Ship' starts more introspectively, then becomes more aggressive.

Has Off Gentlemen It's Adequate jointly won the 'Beastie's Rock Show Album Of The Year Award 2018' along with Alice Cooper and Roger Waters.

Praise for HOGIA's last album -

Bandwagon Network Radio CD Of the Month July 2018
"I feel as if I am being taken upon a journey of massive proportion. A work of Progressive Rock that is, in my opinion, second to none."
“Vent” starts the whole journey of this masterpiece off and goes straight into the absolute perfection of the song, “Almost Familiar”, and to be quite honest, this is progressive music at its finest! Every subtle keyboard tone is felt deeply as the music swirls and sways throughout. The vocals here truly fit the lyrical compositions and I can’t say enough about the fluid bass guitar jazz influenced runs, the vocals, and drumming."

"On top of all of this is the beautiful flute work and the stellar guitar that just soars throughout the 17 tracks contained within. A lot can be said of structure within a piece of music, and every track on “Broken but Still Standing” is just structured perfectly."

"The vocals remind me so much of Bowie at his finest. I must say that I am completely blown away. I aluded to a comparison of Pink Floyd near the beginning of this review, but I will say that, without a shadow of doubt, Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate is in a league of their own! My hat is off to all of you in the band for creating this masterpiece!"

Jupiter Variation - "One of the best progressive releases of the year"

Prog Radar - "Broken But Still Standing’ is a brilliantly perceptive and original work of art that enthralls with every listen. Taken as a whole it is an utterly immersive musical experience that will captivate and enlighten the listener, Hats Off Gentlemen Its Adequate has to be one of the most creative and innovative artists out there today."


released October 6, 2018

Written by Malcolm Galloway and Mark Gatland (When I Was A Ship) and Malcolm Galloway, Mark Gatland and Kathryn Thomas (Stand Up)

Malcolm Galloway - vocals, lead guitar, keyboard, programming, producer, mixing and mastering

Mark Gatland - bass guitar, co-producer


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Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate London, UK

Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate are Malcolm Galloway and Mark Gatland on their own or with Kathryn Thomas (flute).

They combine prog/alt-rock, funk, metal, ambient, contemporary classical, minimalist, and electronica elements, and often explore scientific themes.

Hard Rock Hell magazine -unlikely stars who stole the show’

Recommended by Steve Hackett

Beasties Rock Show's Album Of The Year
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