Hey There, Voyeur!

by The Variants

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about

We are the queer rock band you never knew you needed—A five piece rock outfit with wild ideas on gender and social justice such as “People are people, whatever” and “Stop being a dick”. We are a motley group of misfits featuring a trans-front-woman, a punk rocker bassist, a proto-hipster guitarist, a classically trained violinist, and an inexplicable drummer.

"They look like fantastic high school misfits–too punk for the drama kids, too drama for the punks."
—Mathew Dinario, Rockandrollportlandor

"Hey There, Voyeur" is our first album, and it is dedicated to the people who have watched us struggling to find ourselves, screaming about civil rights, and jumping around like mad people on stage—our fans. That's right! The Voyeur is you. You'll hear the full spectrum of human emotional expression and something you could only descibe as "Genre-fluid". With songs ranging from the doom metal “Sink Hole", the pop-punk “Gender Bender”, all the way to the soul song “Miss Me”. Our music transcends genre as well as social boundaries. You'll find emotion, drama, humor, anger, and fun in the nine whole tracks included on this album.

credits

released January 26, 2017

Quinn Bleiler • Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Dreams
Sky Sarpa • Drums, Vocals, Whispers, Tambourine, Shaker
Roark Turner • Guitar, Slide Guitar, Fuzz, Fuzz
Rodya Hutwagner • Bass, Vocals, Fights
Ardon Lee • Violin, Piano, Effects Manipulation, Aesthetics

Recording Engineering and Mixing by Sky Sarpa
Mastering by August Krater
Microphones Supplied by Ear Trumpet Labs
Recording Facilities provided by Philip Graham
PR Consultation by Isabel Thomas

Special Thanks to August Krater, Tony Lenoci, and Philip Graham

Cover photo taken by Ashely Vaughn
Thanks to Fix Studio for the use of their studio
Props provided and arranged by The Variants
Cover Design by Quinn Bleiler

Transportation by The Van-O’-War

Songs written by Quinn Bleiler
Composed by Quinn Bleiler, Sky Sarpa,
Rodya Hutwagner, Roark Turner, Ardon Lee
Performed by The Variants

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Track Name: Same Bones:New Body
Everyday starts the same
don’t know my strength
don’t know my name

Who is the figure I ask
some sort of demon
some sort of mask

Every choice I made
was all for them
for every step they take

I really couldn’t feel
how empty and hollow
as cold as steel

Look in the mirror it’s not your face
Can’t find yourself, no single trace
Everything changes but the structure remains

I was a woman made man
I fit the picture in their mind
Everyday they like it better
But it isn’t mine

Same bones—New body

Everyday I’m not the same
I’ve bounded my strength
I’ve now found my name

Who this figure is I’ve learned
Cast out the demon
The mask has been burned

Every choice I make
Is all for me
With every step I take

All the things I feel
Are tangible, solid
As sure a steel

I look in the mirror I can see my face
A little more gentle a little more grace
Everything changes but the structure remains.

Now a man-made woman
I fit the picture in my mind
Every day it is different
But it’s way more mine

Now I’m a self made human
With emotions and a mind
Everyday my life get’s better
Because it’s finally mine

Same bones—new body
Track Name: For Who I Am
I had dreams of a little girl, a perfect thing in a crooked world
seems I’ve strayed far from the plan. It's made me feel like a confidence man.
Yes I have lied before, but that just isn't me any more.
I couldn't pick a rougher way, I'd rather fight to live than be held at bay

I’m making changes, I’m resetting the score. Now I can tell you who I’m living life for.
I’ve got to spend my whole life with me—when I was younger this was too hard to see.
They said this was a Phase, they tried to tell me I got lost in a maze.
This ain't a phase, this is who I am. you don’t like it? Well I don’t give a damn!

I'm not gonna grin and bear it
Not gonna hide this anymore
If you can't hold me for who I am
Then let me go.

Live your own life, and let me have mine. You think you own me? Then you've crossed a line.
I'm not your man, I'm not your woman. I'm not your man, I'm not your woman.
That choice is all my own. A bombshell bettie or a working jo.
If I’ve got, then I’m gonna flaunt. I’ll be what I need: what ever I want.

I'm not gonna grin and bear it
Not gonna hide this anymore
If you can't hold me for who I am
Then let me go.
Track Name: Travel
Your hair in the wind and your eyes on the road
It never matters much where we go.
We’re far from trouble that we have at home
A sort of freedom which I’ve never known

The summer starts suddenly unemployed
But we can skip town so I’m overjoyed
You’re driving I’m spying the smile in your lovely eyes
And I’m just falling deeper and I’m surprised

All the stress of the day to day
The travel takes it all away
The landscape fades and it’s just you.

How the forest goes and frames your face
You couldn’t be in a more perfect place
I’m sure the nature outside the window is a lovely view
But I can’t pull away from staring up at you

All the stress of the day to day
The travel takes it all away
The landscape fades and it’s just you.

<<Solo>>

All the stress of the day to day
The travel takes it all away
And while our cares are few
I remember how I fell for you
All the stress of the day to day
Your face takes it all away

The landscape fades and it’s just you.
Track Name: Sink Hole
I was raised here
But I still don’t own dirt
These twenty-two years
Just made me sweat through my shirt

But when the fall comes it falls a little harder every day
And the barricades keep moving till the river has been paved.

You keep building it up till the earth swallows it all
And Tabor erupts, as we give into the sink hole.

You rode here on Armisen’s back
And you kicked us while we were down
Now all the folks who laid the tracks
Have moved out so they won’t drown.

and buildings just get taller and the sky is getting small
and the traffic becomes madness when the rain begins to fall.

You keep building it up till the earth swallows it all
and tabor erupts, as we give into the sink hole
You keep building it up
You keep building it up
Track Name: Miss Me
I know..
It’s hard to keep on, when your love’s are long.
But right now, while I’m here, don’t you shed a lonesome tear.
I’ve traveled a long mile just to sit and see you smile.
So let’s not spend the evening thinking about leaving.

Just miss me when I’m gone
Just miss me when I’m gone
Just miss me when I’m gone
And not when I am standing in front of you.

I know when I leave you’ll be blue
But there’s so much here to do
And I plan on coming back here for many years to come.
So don’t you be worried about it or make yourself lonesome.
Just promise me this.

Just miss me when I’m gone
Just miss me when I’m gone
Just miss me when I’m gone
And not when I am standing in front of you.
Track Name: Frost
I found you upside down in the grass
You made a face that would always last
In the back of an eye
Can’t escape it if you try.

And we fall to what we thought was random
A frost that we cannot fathom
And time wears down our bones

Wind rends you thread by thread till you’re bare
From strand to root by which you’re insnared
And they will pull you deeper down
As your life becomes their crown

Stand forgotten are your ways
You disappear beneath the things that you’ve raised
But are you ever truly gone?
As you are passed on anon

And we fall to what we thought was random
A frost that we cannot fathom
And time wears down our bones

Beware the words you say—they’re likely to betray
Beware the words you say—they might come back to you one day
Be you kind or filled with hate; be you malicious; be you great
Watch your mouth you’re tempting fate.

And we fall to what we thought was random
A frost that we cannot fathom
And time—it stops for no one
A flawless force, that we can’t out run.
And time wears down our bones.
Track Name: No Sudden Movements
Stop no sudden movements is a common greeting here
Don’t turn around to quickly
And it’s not even a guarantee and the shot may be all you hear
The violence has me sickly

Take a way rights and you take away lives.

Its just a clumsy coup and were all too slow to stop it
Don’t dare call it a police state
It’s really sanctioned genocide, you’re a number in the pits
And the rest of us are useless as we spectate

The casualties build a wall—the euphemism's getting tall

There’s no death now, only perpetrators
there’s no death now, only wrong place wrong time
There’s no death now, only questions later
and if you survive they’ll give you time

They have no respect for life or the effort that it takes, they take it away with no reasonable cause
Some broken form of justice they’ve contrived and bastardized that's built on centuries of flaws

We're all just humans trying to make our way
Seems like good will and compassion went holiday
We're taught to distrust difference and chaos
But there is beauty there that we’ve lost.

There’s no death now, only perpetrators
there’s no death now, only wrong place wrong time
There’s no death now, only questions later
and if you survive they’ll give you time
Track Name: Your Gaze
You're holdin on to me
You've got eyes where I can't see
Trying to catch me now
Trying to take me down

You’re barkin’ up the wrong tree
And you don’t know me, don’t try to know me

trying to catch my eye
you keep that up I’ll rend you wide
staying out of view
so I don’t threaten you

You’re barkin’ up the wrong tree
And you don’t know me, don’t try to know me

I feel your gaze in every place
Though you still think you've left no trace
I can't breathe. I can't breathe.

It’s not polite to stare
I don’t want what you will share
you think I wanna fuck
but you don’t know me, you don’t try to know me.
Track Name: Gender Bender
I wear the words on me every day
They and them isn’t hard to say
I wear them proud I keep them in plain sight
But no one ever seems to get it right

What did I expect? The world won’t instantly change,
but still I shout

I’m not a man!
But you continue to call me sir
You’ll never understand
What I mean by Gender Bender

I don’t try to hide my rack
So I’m surprised when you can overlook that
I’m sure you are confused
But I can’t call that a solid excuse

I try to remember that you don’t mean harm
But you’ve taken this a little too far
You only think in terms of two
So tell me when exactly you first felt “Cis” fit you.

I’ve changed somehow
I’m exactly who I though I’d be now
You’ll never understand
What I mean by Gender Bender

I’m not a man!
But you continue to call me sir
You’ll never understand
What I mean by Gender Bender