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 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

'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!"

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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 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.

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Track Name: Stand Up
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
Track Name: When I Was A Ship
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

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