Lips & Arms

by Kitty Rhombus

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He’s got shoulders on his head Stomach bigger than his eyes Soldier of the few Master of undisguised Master of truthful lies He’ll never compromise Put his shoes in yourself He puts his hands in his head He’ll backtalk you to a halt He’ll turn your lives inside out I put the ground in my head I put a mouth in your foot Master of undisguised Woooooo! There’s eyes in his stars eyes in his stars Eyes in his stars eyes in his stars Wooooooooo! There’s eyes in his stars eyes in his stars Master of undisquised Master of truthful lies Truthful lies truthful lies truthful lies truthful Eyes truthful lies truthful eyes Put his shoes in yourself
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A cracked lens The rain A broken cigarette A tourniquet God fuck shit cancer the infection of Fate with gonorrhea I infect your daughters’ daughters I infect your daughters’ daughters A flat tire the planets prosthetics I shit in the milk of your mother I shit in the milk of your comfort Dull pensil red ink spill mouth to fill Diseased door plastic whore The cause the cure Why have I come to this world? (The hospital the machine a tranquilizer) Why can’t I dream in this world (A lame rocking chair) (It’s a problem the cause the cure) I must leave Fuck shit piss cancer What’s this? For me? Aw sunshine flowers Why have I come to this world? (The hospital the machine a tranquilizer) Why can’t I dream in this world (A lame rocking chair) (It’s a problem the cause the cure) I must leave
I can feel it move I can feel it grow I always take things too far Parasite, attached to my body Parasite, welcomed as a child
Oh these hands Oh this mouth Hey her voice Yeah her taste Wait til dark Now our pain As stillness sets the palace down for night He feels the soft charge of a viscous dusk It is sunset at the Seraglio In the fleeting grasp of lucidity He hears the eunuchs’ sad songs The doors are open Come set me free But I cant feel nothing It’s a waste of energy
I’ll break it down into words, baby My flesh and bones got something to say The worlds only round if you dont stop movin I said the worlds only round if you don’t stop moving Now it doesn’t matter what I say I still fall down through I’ve cut the brakes and killed the lights Desert fades away So will you trust me behind the wheel, baby? I drive through deserts at top speed for you, girl And my eyes are never on the road, lover I’ll make the earth move under you now Movin in a rocket at light speed, all the faces blur If the clock stops, never will the heart, escape the grip of death Ive cut the brakes, killed the lights Will you trust me? Will you trust me? (x2) I’ll drive off the edge of the earth I’ll drive off….
Should I fly or beam to surface? Through the layers of atmosphere (into the unknown) Let’s talk about the distance A space between the smallest parts Plasmatic static set control Let’s talk about the distance A scattering of molecules (all at once) Crashing through subspace frequencies Can you think of some recent memory? Will you know your save state? In some somatic signature Can you think of separate personalities? In some somatic signature Will you reappear as more than one? Will I feel it tearing me apart Will I fell a loss of solidity Will it reassemble me Whose idea was this Will I make it to the other side Will my lungs be full of foreign air From mass into energy Whose idea was this? Doya wanna? I won’t wait to go there, what doya think about that? To the gas station!
Why can’t I find my body? Surgery’s been botched Lost in some painless undertow Fully amputated Weightless and nameless and faceless Just a disembodied focus Spinning under wave of phantom skin I had a body to live in I had a body to sleep in I had a body to eat in I had a body to breathe in I had a body to hurt in I had a body to lie in I had a body to trust in Full body, mind amputation
Classify the colors of the night They are, after all, just as infinite As those of the day When pictures are taken His eyes widen like Like dull knives When pictures are taken His eyes widening eyes Like dull knives Tear at futures flesh Tick after twitch, Tick after twitch And the taste of copper Worries his tongue And forcing a smile He hides his pounding uncertainty My makeup is bleeding My makeup is bleeding His makeup is bleeding Divine drama Divine comedy
Ringing out to Who Dead line tones sooths no one Traveling through time In infinite dimensions A man finds the ruins And meets his demise Are you marooned, Who? Was your booth consumed? Stuck on the other side There’s no hope of return He’s only got his will to live And a broken phone
A taxidermied ape stares blindly at a room of teacups. The cups are piled and stacked and very still. The mouse little Mouse cannot hide his excitement scuttling through the tens Of thousands of porcelain flowers, he hold his tiny paws up in the air and yells with frenzied rapture EEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee! The teatime china towers topsy-turvy. It’s what every mouse dreams about. Weaving through lips and arms, fur rubbing quick and smoothly.


Kitty Rhombus formed in Madison, WI in 2007, though three members now reside in Minneapolis. Utilizing this dual-citizenship, they frequently perform in both cities. After a demo in 2008 and the 2009 EP, When The Walls Fell, Kitty Rhombus released their first full length album Lips & Arms in April 2010.

Drawing from a schizoid list of inspirations, this four-piece has created new recipe for rock n’ roll. While the quickly changing nature of their songs might tempt listeners to call it prog-rock, the paranoid vocals, creeping guitars, and groovy drum and bass of Kitty Rhombus adds an infectious post-punk vibe.

Kitty Rhombus is a juggling of extremes: simultaneously melodic and dissonant, both dark and playful. Even in their most complex, prog moments, Kitty Rhombus still manages to infuse their sound with a raw, manic energy that transcends the complexity. In this teetering balance they achieve a romance between control and the loss of control – on the one hand playing keenly syncopated rhythms and riffs, and on the other hand devolving into psychedelic noise.

Kitty Rhombus’s 2010 release, Lips & Arms, kidnaps the listener and brings us on a multi-dimensional thrill ride. “Gas Station” transports you to a distant planet, while “Mouse Little Mouse” tells us about the quiet life of a taxidermied ape.

Live and on record, Kitty Rhombus is an experience that leaves you in an altered state, not knowing pleasure from pain, or reality from illusion.


released April 7, 2010

Ian Stenlund -- vocals/guitar
Jason Stanek -- bass/vocals
Matt Styrwoll -- drums/vocals
Lee Chato -- guitar

Recorded and Produced by Kitty Rhombus and Dustin Sisson.
Mastered by Kai Stenlund and Josh Parlanti


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