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Thirty years in the making, INSTANT is the first true studio album by the nomadic and critcally-acclaimed Stick Against Stone. A hybrid melodic blast of horn-rich noir funk, ghostly dub ballads, pulsing samba flecked with afrobeat juice and post-punk rock energy.

Lead by the powerful vocals of Sari Jozokos Morninghawk and the original guitar and bass duo of Daniel Ramirez and David Soule, INSTANT is a welcome time-capsule revelation that sounds startlingly fresh and on-point today.

credits

released November 5, 2015

All songs written by Ramirez / Morninghawk / Soule / Shepard / Vitale -- except
• Mom’s A Bunji - Ramirez / Morninghawk / Soule / Vitale
• Breaking Habits – Sullivan / Soule / Vitale / Morninghawk / Pearl
• Wasted Lives – Creighton / Vitale / Duer / Sullivan / Murray / Laugelli
November 2007 - Basic track recording (drums, percussion, bass, guitar)
Underground Sound - Greensboro, NC (recordunderground.com)
• Drums & Percussion - Will Ridenour (willridenour.com/about)
• Bass-David Soule (sirdave.com)
• Guitar - Daniel Ramirez
• Engineer - Saul Johnson

Spring 2008 - Additional guitar overdubs

Earthtones Recording - Greensboro, NC (earthtonesrecording.com)
• Guitar-Daniel Ramirez
• Engineer-Benjy Johnson

2012 – 2015 – Arrangements, Audio edits & overdubs

Grand Street Recording - Brooklyn, NY (grandstreetrecording.com)

Keyboards recorded at:

Carousel Studio, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY (joemcginty.tumblr.com)

• Vocals (plus original percussion parts and horn parts for “Mom’s A Bunji”) – Sari Jozokos Morninghawk
• Background Vocals
- Freedom Bremner (houseofreedom.com) (“Instant”/“Breaking Habits”/“Mom’s a Bunji”)
- Rob Nolfe – (voiceacademynyc.com) – (“Mom’s a Bunji”)
- Michael Owen Butscher – (“Breaking Habits” – DJ Soy Sos - Dark Matter Dub)

• Drums - Harvey Wirht (drumhar.com) 
(“Wasted Lives”)
• Percussion & Vibraphone -Yusuke Yamamoto (yusukeyamamoto.net/disc) 
(“Breaking Habits”)
• Additional guitars-Tomek Miernowski (tomekmiernowski.com) 

• Piano, Keyboards & Melodica-Joe McGinty (joemcginty.tumblr.com) 

• Piano-Brittany Anjou (brittanyanjou.net) 
(“Grace” duet & Lofty Club Mix)
• Pedal Steel-Jon Graboff (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Graboff) 

• Tenor & Alto Saxophones and horn arrangements - Dan Lipsitz (dannylipsitz.bandcamp.com) 

• Baritone Saxophone-Bob Wenzel
• Trumpet-Ivan Rosenberg (irosenberg.wix.com/1#!about) 

• Bells & Cowbells-Chuck Sullivan
• Arrangements, Percussion & Samples–Will Kreth 


• Engineers- Ken Rich/ Tomek Miernowski / Jake Lummus /Joe McGinty 

• Mixed at Grand Street Recording by Ken Rich and Jake Lummus
• Remixes by DJ Soy Sos (Herman Pearl) at Tuff Sound Recording, Pittsburgh, PA (pearlartsstudios.com/tsr/)
• Mastered at Avatar Studios by Fred Kevorkian (avatarstudios.net/in-residence/fred-kevorkian/)
• Produced by Will Kreth

Thanks and gratitude to: All the members, family and friends of Stick Against Stone.

Dedicated to:
Our brother from another mother: Daniel Ramirez – always in our hearts - Siempre en nuestros corazones.

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Stick Against Stone Brooklyn, New York

Stick Against Stone is a funk-injected post-punk/no wave band from Pittsburgh, PA that resided in Pittsburgh; Brooklyn, New York; Eugene, Oregon and San Francisco and remained active (in no less than six incarnations) between 1980 and 1990. The band incorporated elements of no wave, world music, free jazz, reggae, avant-funk, rap, spoken word, ska, dub, African, and art-rock into their music. ... more

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Track Name: Instant
Instant
(Music: SAS - lyrics: Daniel Ramirez © 1984)

Won’t you tell me please, oh what’s your hurry?
We know you’re the life of the party

I like to put you on like I wear my clothes
Take a one-year pill with no weight to pull

I like your hair - I love the way that you dress
It’s money, muscle, booze and ah – tenderness.

So won’t you tell me please, oh what’s your hurry?
We know you’re the life of the party

Hey – what’s your hurry?
She won’t neglect you...

Got no time for truth, no patience for lies
Ain’t no time to doubts that lay deep inside 


You won’t force your time, you even pretend
Not aware of pay for things that you said 


You’re past your golden age, your time is so short
Minimum’s the wage, it’s all you can get 
 


Rug from under goes and still you go on
Face in the mirror and it’s you all alone 
 


Hey – what’s your hurry? 

He won’t neglect you

You’re the life of the party 

She won’t neglect you 


Now you’re running on your own - UH HUH (x 4) 


Just can’t take now I feel like crying
Rug from under goes to hell from trying 


Gone and dashed your dreams the night just before

Cover up and say that you love him more

Go to work with bruises blue on your skin
Tell the story that’s so purposely thin 
 


Family and friends give silent glances
Why won’t they just say it, you long to tell them?

Hey, what’s the hurry? 
 

He won’t neglect you 
 


You’re not happy though you breathe the same air
What is justice, now where is it fair?

Go to work with bruises blue on your skin
Tell the story that’s so purposely thin

Rug from under goes and still you go on
Face in the mirror and it’s you all alone 
 


Go to work with bruises blue on your skin
Tell the story ‘cause the blame the victim. 


 

You’re the life of the party 


He won’t neglect you...

Now you’re running on your own - UH HUH (x 8)
Track Name: Breaking Habits
Breaking Habits
(music: Sullivan/Vitale/Soule/Morninghawk/Pearl - lyrics: Chuck Sullivan - © 1983)

Problems have not disappeared.
They are only sleeping
But when the problem is waking up
Everybody’s leaving

Breaking Habits - 
Hard To Stop

Automatic
 - Back to the start, start, start

Turn around, look within, catch a glimpse
Of where we’ve been

What we do and what we say
Break off into separate ways
Forking tongue and hiding hand
Are we trying the best that we can?

Breaking Habits
 - Hard To Stop
Automatic - 
Back to the start, start, start

Turn around, look within, catch a glimpse
Of where we’ve been

If you mind your own affairs

Cause nobody harm

But you when you look - you look the other way
The trouble hits you double hard
Track Name: Grace (featuring Brittany Anjou: piano)
I followed this bell, into the valley of loss
Entered the absence through a crack in the shell
Waited so long, for the destruction of dreams
And waiting for the clarity that can never fail


Though I try, still the rain’s a fact
On a street that runs in every direction
After the absence of your violent grace
Racing black and fiery in pursuit of perfection




Oh, and god – when I can see the kites
Like hot prayers rising in the steam of the night
Let me rise to understand – by convection
Now the horror is vision and a sacred infection
Track Name: The Hopping Frog
The Hopping Frog
(music: SAS - lyrics: David Soule - © 1984)

It is very late

A frog is hanging out, a frog is hanging out

He is considering Language

He has a bright idea

It makes him hop, hop hop --- hop

He likes nature

He wants to kill a fly, he wants to kill a fly
He hops all over the place

He is considering twilight

He needs to sing to it
He’s having a great day and he thinks he’s bad

Bridge

He likes nature

He wants to kill a fly, he wants to kill a fly
He hops all over the place

He is considering twilight

He needs to sing to it
He’s having a wild day and he thinks he’s bad
Track Name: Mom's A Bunji
Mom's a Bunji
(music: SAS - lyrics: Dan Ramirez - © 2008)

So pass the mountains - So pass the days

I’ve touched the ocean - I’ve passed this way

There comes a day, godspeed child

Pursue a longing = break the mold
Between my lies and treasons
Things I’ve done made her old


So pass the mountains - So pass the days

I’ve touched the ocean - I’ve passed this way


I know I’m not alone

Her love is all around
Stretching from coast to coast
Hold me tight but never bound (x2)

Around around around
Mom’s a bunji, I’m a clown
Around around around

Found a land with funny people

Talked to a man - marked his words

Drove through a desert of deceit
Became who I am in spite of the hurt

So pass the mountains - So pass the days

I’ve touched the ocean - I’ve passed this way

I know I’m not alone

Her love is all around
Stretching from coast to coast
Hold me right but never bound
Around around around
Mom’s a bunji, I’m a clown
Stretches and pulls Around and around and around
Track Name: Breaking Habits (DJ Soy Sos: Dark Matter Dub)
Breaking Habits
(music: SAS - lyrics: Chuck Sullivan - © 1983)

Problems have not disappeared.
They are only sleeping
But when the problem is waking up
Everybody’s leaving

Breaking Habits - 
Hard To Stop

Automatic
 - Back to the start, start, start

Turn around, look within, catch a glimpse
Of where we’ve been

What we do and what we say
Break off into separate ways
Forking tongue and hiding hand
Are we trying the best that we can?

Breaking Habits
 - Hard To Stop
Automatic - 
Back to the start, start, start

Turn around, look within, catch a glimpse
Of where we’ve been

If you mind your own affairs

Cause nobody harm

But you when you look - you look the other way
The trouble hits you double hard
Track Name: Grace
Grace
(music: SAS - lyrics: David Soule – © 1984)

I followed this bell, into the valley of loss
Entered the absence through a crack in the shell
Waited so long, for the destruction of dreams
And waiting for the clarity that can never fail


Though I try, still the rain’s a fact
On a street that runs in every direction
After the absence of your violent grace
Racing black and fiery in pursuit of perfection


(BRIDGE)

Oh, and god – when I can see the kites
Like hot prayers rising in the steam of the night
Let me rise to understand – by convection
Now the horror is vision and a sacred infection
Track Name: Wasted Lives
Wasted Lives
(music: SAS -[Creighton, Duer, Laugelli, Murray, Sullivan, Vitale, Wenzel] - lyrics: Richard Vitale © 1981)

Insulated from Change
Don’t want to waste your life.
Open the door now
Open up the door.
Track Name: Mom's A Bunji (instrumental)
Mom's a Bunji
(music: SAS - lyrics: Dan Ramirez - © 2008)

So pass the mountains - So pass the days

I’ve touched the ocean - I’ve passed this way

There comes a day, godspeed child

Pursue a longing = break the mold
Between my lies and treasons
Things I’ve done made her old


So pass the mountains - So pass the days

I’ve touched the ocean - I’ve passed this way


I know I’m not alone

Her love is all around
Stretching from coast to coast
Hold me tight but never bound (x2)

Around around around
Mom’s a bunji, I’m a clown
Around around around

Found a land with funny people

Talked to a man - marked his words

Drove through a desert of deceit
Became who I am in spite of the hurt

So pass the mountains - So pass the days

I’ve touched the ocean - I’ve passed this way

I know I’m not alone

Her love is all around
Stretching from coast to coast
Hold me right but never bound
Around around around
Mom’s a bunji, I’m a clown
Track Name: Grace (DJ Soy Sos: Lofty Club Mix)
Grace (full band version)
(music: SAS - lyrics: David Soule – © 1984)

I followed this bell, into the valley of loss
Entered the absence through a crack in the shell
Waited so long, for the destruction of dreams
And waiting for the clarity that can never fail


Though I try, still the rain’s a fact
On a street that runs in every direction
After the absence of your violent grace
Racing black and fiery in pursuit of perfection


(BRIDGE)

Oh, and god – when I can see the kites
Like hot prayers rising in the steam of the night
Let me rise to understand – by convection
Now the horror is vision and a sacred infection
Track Name: Breaking Habits (DJ Soy Sos: Breaking Bad Dub)
Breaking Habits
(music: SAS - lyrics: Chuck Sullivan - © 1983)

Problems have not disappeared.
They are only sleeping
But when the problem is waking up
Everybody’s leaving

Breaking Habits - 
Hard To Stop

Automatic
 - Back to the start, start, start

Turn around, look within, catch a glimpse
Of where we’ve been

What we do and what we say
Break off into separate ways
Forking tongue and hiding hand
Are we trying the best that we can?

Breaking Habits
 - Hard To Stop
Automatic - 
Back to the start, start, start

Turn around, look within, catch a glimpse
Of where we’ve been

If you mind your own affairs

Cause nobody harm

But you when you look - you look the other way
The trouble hits you double hard
Track Name: 12 Get It All Out - feat. Billy Pilgrim & Jacquea Olday (E) (DJ Soy Sos: Same As It Never Been - Re-freak Mix)
Get It All Out - feat. Billy Pilgrim & Jacquea Olday (E) (DJ SOY SOS_ Same As It Never Been - Re-freak Mix)

and its on again
and by the time you catch the riff another song begins
and im on the mend
but wont bend to break
cuz it just dont end w no time to waste
wait!
cant do it, gotta get it out
while ya'll just go thru it
make me wanna shout
like muthaphuckaz are clueless
grind till they toothless
while the other side is ruthless
foolish game we pursue w passion
askin, wavin white flags
but they blastin, huh?
caption closed
just another crack in the road
on the path chose that were supposed to act on
shown the map but use a frac-tion
til it overloads
left w only a reac-tion
boom!
w a feeling that its coming soon
so i leave it on the floor when i step into the room..
then resume to trip
like they expectin me to lose my grip
oh shit!
dont slip when theyre coming to get ya
and if not, then they make you flip from the pressure
no matter what you got there is always more to measure
and get chopped down if you cant remember
stop for the sound when you cant surrender
talk of the town when they treat you lesser

cant handle it
cant escape
feeling so scandalous
change the pace
and let it unravel
never go to waste after you taste a sample
drop!
let it dangle
watch out for the plainclothes
at a different party
but surrounded by the same hoes
you gotta wrk the angles
ample
more than a handful
cuz we're going in they wanna make example
same as it never been
back in the saddle
ride w the wind
so they cant hold a candle
stay vigilant
ready w another salvo
never been innocent
and i feel the imminence
indifferent
comin off like a militant belligerent asshole
keep you worried bout cashflow
while they screamin praise the lord - pass the ammo
and i speak it in canto
agro
burning from end to end like tobacco
blend with the beat
10 toes in extended from the streets
you misrepresent
but we kept the receipt
you washed up and rinsed out
no need to repeat
dont sleep!
keep running
they comin for yer spot top gunnin
always on your back
cuz you never stop frontin
give love to get
never something from nothing
gotta get it out!