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Imperativa Records welcomes you to the world of Astra Heights!

In 2014, the band teamed up with producer/ composer Yoav Goren of Immediate Music, the preeminent producers of Epic Music. This collaboration has resulted in the following collection of tracks with a bigger and bolder sound than previous Astra Heights releases and aims to please the epic rock lover in all of us. Check out this EPK for a little background on the project: bit.ly/astraheightsimepk

Astra Heights emerged from Houston, Texas over a decade ago and quickly made their presence known in Los Angeles, where they currently live, work, and play. Playing their own distinct brand of alternative classic rock, they have won over music connoisseurs all across the industry and country.

The band is comprised of three brothers, Mark (vocals), James (bass), and Timothy Morales (vocals, multi-instrumentalist) with Bernard Yin (lead guitar). They recorded their debut album for Universal Records with eclectic producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Linkin Park) which was released digitally in 2007. After a self-released acoustic EP the following year, they worked with legendary rock producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith) in 2009 and in 2011, Daniel Ash of Love & Rockets and Bauhaus fame sought them out to remix and release a song and video collaboration. The 2015 release on Imperativa also features Josh Freese on drums.

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released December 4, 2015

Produced by Yoav Goren
Mixed by Ryan Tucker

© ℗ 2015 Imperativa Records
Unauthorized copying, duplication or rental of this recording is a violation of applicable laws.

Photography: Haik Katsikian
CD layout: Michael Whitton

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Imperativa Records is a label dedicated to the genre of Epic Music. Ranging from Rock to Soundtracks and Trailer Music and even Power Pop, the music is unified by the incorporation of real orchestra and choir recorded in some of the best sounding halls, studios and churches in the world. The music, while spanning many different styles, shares similar emotional undercurrents and content. ... more

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Track Name: Strange Men
Good people can’t you see what a waste I’ve made of this life?
And I’ve poured it out into the crowded streets
Making my way to the pub
To find someone to meet
Yeah…

And my people can’t you find a better use of my mind other than TV?
I’m pissing it out into bars and on cars
And if you’re believing all the lies from other folks
You have no clue at all

Strange men, strange men who have no clue at all
Who have no clue at all

For a long time I thought that I had seen it all on my block
But if I can make it down to pay all of my rent
Yeah, well, and I had to sell out one or two of my friends to make the ends
Oh, and I fell in love maybe once, maybe twice
So I think I figure out to say who’s wrong or right in this life

Strange men, strange men who have no clue at all
Who have no clue at all

Broken down inside the city walls
Falling deeper into bottomless snake holes
People speeding without the wheels to drive
There’s not a decent man or girl coming from left in sight
Just some greedy men filling up their own hands
Raping and pillaging all the land

Strange men, strange men who have no clue at all
Who have no clue at all
Track Name: World Coming Down On Me
And it feels like billionaires are making war for fun
And when I think of the situation
It’s like a theme park filled with lost boys and guns

Oh, and it feels like, feels like the world is coming down on me
And it feels like, feels like the world is coming down
But it’s cashed, it’s cashed for free

When I try to put a candle to it
It’s like the walls are closing in on me
And like a school full of fools
They turn on the TV and buy every word of it
Until they say…

Oh, and it feels like, feels like the world is coming down on me
And it feels like, feels like the world is coming down
But it’s cashed, it’s cashed for free

And only the lonely ones come into knowing the world this way
And I can’t believe the way we’re walking thru life all the same
But I hope you walk the line and join this march of ours

Why don’t you get off the front porch
To fight with us to find what you’re looking for
A bit of heaven on Earth
To hide the hate, dearth, blood, and shame
They brought when they came

And it feels like, feels like the world is coming down on me
Oh, and it feels like, feels like the world is coming down on me
But it’s cashed, it’s cashed for free
Track Name: When You Were Young
Maybe I should leave
Maybe you should go
Maybe I'll forget in a hundred years or so
It was my idea, it couldn't have been worse
You will never understand my loneliness
My loneliness...

I'd struggle for the power
The freedom just to run
Just to have the control of my life again
It used to be so fun to get off on the world
Now you'd be hard pressed to find that poor boy again
That poor boy again...

You can't forget the choices you made when you were young
And when you see our faces we'll make sure that you can't run

We were picking up the time
Counting out the words
When you kissed me with your pin-sharp razor tongue
We should go in for the kill, but it would only make it worse
It’s a good time for a new line of fighting back
Of fighting back...

You can't forget the choices you made when you were young
And when you see our faces we'll make sure that you can't run.

LA LA LA LA LA LA LA
Track Name: Bang Bang Bang
Well Mama wasn't too proud
About what her son had done
You know he went in the crowd
With his loaded gun

Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang

Well he had papa's eyes
Glazed from drinking anger's cup
You know he wrote it all down
And said it must be done

Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang

I've seen this scene
So many times in my poor head
I wish, I wish I was dreaming but I'm wide awake
It's building up, It's building up

Bang, Bang, Bang
Bang, Bang, Bang

As his cross hairs watered up
His clammy fingers tightened round
He longed to hear the echo
Of that awful sound

Bang, Bang, Bang
Bang, Bang, Bang

The blue men came runnin' up
Fingers itching from the rush
Before he could make a sound
He was six feet under

Bang, Bang, Bang
Bang, Bang, Bang

I've seen this scene
So many times in my poor head
I wish, I wish I was dreaming but I'm wide awake
It's building up, It's building up

Bang, Bang, Bang
Bang, Bang, Bang
Bang, Bang, Bang
Bang, Bang, Bang
Track Name: You Got The Heart
Stand up, stand up for the first time in your life
Don’t you wanna paint a life outside the lines?
Come down, from your glass house on the hill
And think back upon the truth you used to live

Your charge, peppered with the pain of life’s pitfalls
She asked me are you gonna heed or pass the call?
My love, my love is gonna change the world someday
You can read it in the web of stars she said

You gotta make it better for yourself
You gotta make it, you gotta make it…

You got the heart, you got the soul, you got the mind, baby
You got the heart, you got the soul, you got the mind, baby

The years, they pulled the wanderlust out of my head
Said I don’t need it now that I’m a man
But my past, spent away singing songs with a band
I only spoke my mind with my guitar in hand, and I thought…

You gotta make it better for yourself
You gotta make it, you gotta make it…

You got the heart, you got the soul, you got the mind, baby
You got the heart, you got the soul, you got the mind, baby

Born in the heart, deep in a barren land, I was left all alone
Drifting all around, skipping back and forth from city to towns
My thoughts were my radio

But now I’m grown, no more adventure to show
Long gave up my boyhood code
‘til a gypsy woman looked me straight in the eye and peered into my soul
She said ‘Damn boy, you’ve already wasted plenty of time in your life,
You know what you need, get that guitar back in your mind’s eye.
Cause this is the game, it’s getting better everyday.'

This is the game, it's getting better everyday
This is the game, it's getting better everyday
This is the game, it's getting better everyday

You got the heart, you got the soul, you got the mind, baby
You got the heart, you got the soul, you got the mind baby
Track Name: Under His Bed
…and he looked under his bed,
Into the closet, he didn't find it
So then grumbled, grumbled and he said
I'll take a walk, it seems to be lost out in the street
Into the park, out in the public
Asking the people to see if they'd help out,
but they all said "sorry, we don't wanna get involved"
He will never find out
He will never find out
The life I lead behind his back... at all

When I woke up this morning
I had a terrible pain in my back
It's been like seven years since it's bothered me like that
I've been carrying a load that I didn't mean to grab
Whether I deserved it or not is really quite beside the fact

I cried this morning when I read the news
Like old John Lennon I want to sing it to you
Like a bad post modern painting intent to confuse
It rushed right in and thru me
What a terrible, terrible muse...

Dear Momma, I didn't mean to make you cry
But you know just who I am
I'm my father's son, and you need to know
I'm gonna break some hearts and travel the world

Dear Momma, I didn't mean to make you cry
But you know just who I am
I'm my father's son, oh, and you need to know
I'm gonna break some hearts and travel the world
Track Name: In Due Time
And it’s alright with me
Your heart will find
In due time

And it’s okay if you leave
My pain will fight
I tell myself

But my heart’s all broken
Pieces scattered on the ground

And quite a pairing we made
You see it too late
Or maybe not

When the band is all over
Come see the lover in me

Love will never really ever go away
Love will never really ever go away

And it’s alright with me
Track Name: And The Whole World Changes
Cruising through this game we call life
Even though I'm far behind
I pay it no mind
Day to day I live like I know I should
Letting trouble pass me by until I met you

And the whole world changes because
I'm with you, I'm with you
And the whole world changes because
I'm with you, I'm with you

Late, late nights smoking in whiskey-town
Parties when she's around
I come prepared
And I need to get out of this constant vice
I need to find my old life
The one without you

And the whole world changes because
I'm with you, I'm with you
And the whole world changes because
I'm with you, I'm with you
Track Name: Never Meant To Be
Style and grace are such distractions
When raw purity is what I'm seeking
A slap in the face is much preferred to
Than a smile and a wink
That’ll never get through to me
'Cause you’re not who I’m meant to meet
And I was never meant for you
And you were never meant for me

La la la da da da...

Baby help me please
Find the meaning in the vast mystery of a woman
The strength behind the weak
The gentle whisper in the midst of screaming
From the lowest valley to the highest peak
Is where I’ll search until we meet
Is where I’ll stay for eternity
Until the mountains become the sea

La la la da da da...

You had my heart
But then you wanted my soul
You had it all
But then you wanted more
You wanted more

Ooo...

Style and grace
Track Name: Welcome To Wonderland
Welcome to Wonderland
Welcome to Wonderland

You’re just a child, you have no fear
I’ve seen you growing all these years
You play the game, you want it all
I can’t believe you’re climbing up that wall

Welcome to Wonderland
Welcome to Wonderland

You need the key to help you find
The darker regions in your mind
You penetrate my living soul
Please take me as you’re sliding down that hole

Welcome to Wonderland
Welcome to Wonderland
To my Wonderland, my Wonderland, my Wonderland

Welcome to my Wonderland
Track Name: Real
When your life’s made of the same routine ‘til your old
And you’re looking for purpose in a story that’s already been told
The models for living you leaned on seem for a bygone time
So you piece them together creating a meaning for life
You’ve made it real safe for yourself for a while.
And somehow believe they’ll believe you when you turn on a smile

A fool’s a man convinced he’s got it right.
Sure of his steps and decisions will turn out fine
Delusions of Heaven lead him to justify
Actions that time will surely make look cold

Make it, make it, make it ...real
Make it, make it, make it ...real

There’s no meaning for life in the field of time
It’s all made up, imagined, just to get by
Dreams for the weak and scared
For those who can’t live a purpose without a lie

Make it, make it, make it ...real
Make it, make it, make it ...real