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    “Like its lonely traveler, the song [“Some Other Life”] feels lost in headspace before peeling out into a rousing final third that feels like suddenly awakening to your surroundings.”
    — AmoebaBlog.com, July 12, 2013
    “VanderWyden’s deep vocals have a calm intensity while Thropay adds simple but effective harmonies. There is consistently good songwriting and atmospheric arrangements…”
    — TheLosAngelesBeat.com, July 25 2013
    “The album [Ronin] continues their rustic folk-pop roots and is superbly distinguished by VanderWyden’s deep baritone voice.”
    — FreeBikeValet.com, June 21, 2013
    It's the most ambitious and fully-realized album we've ever done. Thank you everyone for your support!
    If you buy the album I'll send you a physical copy as soon as the shipment comes in.
    -Will
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released July 16, 2013

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Lost on Purpose Tokyo, Japan

I live in Japan. I used to live in Los Angeles. I like ramen and ice cream. I write music, check it out. I sound like Beethoven conducted by Beethoven the St. Bernard.

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Track Name: Some Other Life
There isn't a train I wouldn't take
Bound for hills and mountain lakes
Past the town where you were born

All the songs don't fill the hole
That I've felt since I was born
Whether here or on the road

A home of my own
In some other life
A beautiful wife
In some other life

Even when I'm an old man
I'll remember where I've been
And every one of you I met

But most of all a single girl
Who's always lived upon this world
Always always

A home of my own
In some other life
A beautiful wife
In some other life

I'm a village in the reeds
I'm a poacher in the trees
I'm a girl who died too young
You're the ghost who haunts my lungs

You're the dogs who comfort me
You're the constant fear I need
You're the bones that build my blood
I'm the curse of everyone

Under our roofs we both wait
At checkout counters we both wait
Til someone comes to take our breath away
So enigmatic I know I can't wait
Track Name: Bones
Feels good to get it out of my head
Feels good to get it out of my head
I only live for one thing
I never have the same dream
Build bridges cross the rivers run red

Come a little closer to me
I build houses on the edge of the sea
We'll run away together
And chase the autumn weather
Lost in another country

I got no feeling in my bones
Surrounded by a haunted tone
The river rushes over the shore
Knocking on my bedroom door
Never let a feeling show
Watching all those pepper grow

Feels good to get it out of my head
I've forgotten all the books that I read
You can't keep me on the phone
I'm there but I'm alone
Caught up in what happens next

I promise I'll be at your door
The bleeding edge of a great war
To the trench we'll take the fight
Caught in black and white
Two bodies laid out on the floor

I got no feeling in my bones
Surrounded by a haunted tone
The river rushes over the shore
Knocking on my bedroom door
Never let a feeling show
Watching all those pepper grow
Two mouths open wide
Making no sound at night
Track Name: In the Shadow of Your Father's House
You live alone in the shadow of your father's house
I'm convinced I was the only one you never loved
You live alone in the shadow of your father's house

I've never been never been in love with anyone
And it's feeling like the only thing I ever done
Never been in love with anyone

You live alone in the shadow of your father's house
I'm convinced I was the only one you never loved
You live alone in the shadow of your father's house

It's been a year but you haven't learned a single thing
And it's making me regret the time that I put in
It's been a year but you haven't learned a single thing

Settle in as the plane takes off
I'm left with a single thought
And all of our sons and daughters
The sheep being led to slaughter

You live alone in the shadow of your father's house
I'm convinced I was the only one you never loved
You live alone in the shadow of your father's house
Track Name: Gettysburg
Hot enough to kill a man
Watch the farmer's broken hand
My brother's in the rocks below
Saying prayers to the lord

He went to join the infantry
But politics got in between
He took our father's gun and left
The land he loved to fight for them

In the next century they'll name this place
After all the deaths of today
Both my brother and I stare
At moonlight

Too humid in these woolen clothes
To care what happens to your soul
The broken hand points to the rocks
To the brother your family lost

It's funny how a bayonet
Can cause a man to genuflect
Think about the life he led
Your mother's smile, your father's laugh

In the next century they'll name this place
After all the deaths of today
Both my brother and I stare
At moonlight
After all the years have passed us by
Face to face on a summer night
One by one they close our eyes

Our mother's fears have come to life
No more blood in our bloodline
On a cloudy summer night
Never get to take a wife
Never see the city lights
Never set the story right
Or tell my brother it's alright
Track Name: Bayonet
Shamelessly messing around
Not that there's reason to doubt
There's any shame in behaving this way
I'm all in now

Well you feel holier than thou when there's love in the air
And you've got chances upon chances to rehearse and prepare
But don't forget that just a month ago you stared in the mirror
Imagining a bayonet sticking out your ribcage

I'm only satisfied
When I'm fearing for my life
Watching the wing for a moment serene
You're the only people on my mind

Well you feel holier than thou when there's love in the air
And you've got chances upon chances to rehearse and prepare
But don't forget that just a month ago you stared in the mirror
Imagining a bayonet sticking out your ribcage
A bayonet sticking out your ribcage

I woke up in a war and battened down the hold
2009 you did 2010 you won't
You used to be a friend
It'll never be the same again

There's always hope until you give up then it's gone
Nothing ever ends people just move on
So save your sorrow for for the dead we walk upon
Yeah every step we take treads on an indian's grave

Well you feel holier than thou when there's love in the air
And you've got chances upon chances to rehearse and prepare
But don't forget that just a month ago you stared in the mirror
Imagining a bayonet sticking out your ribcage
A bayonet sticking out your ribcage
Track Name: Asia
Got a haircut in west Saigon
A guitar across the street
Tried to talk him down five bucks
A beer in Los Feliz

So follow me down the red dust roads
We'll find something to believe
We'll take pictures of army guards
And patriot enemies
To the east

The road runs to the river
To where the pepper plants begin
I met the KPPA president
And took a picture with him

So follow me down the red dust roads
We'll find something to believe
We'll take pictures of army guards
And patriot enemies
To the east

Buildings like tall trees in winter air the window leaves
I'm already home in Pudong
Winter jackets Christmas songs
East Nanjing's where we belong
I'm home in Tokyo

Is where I left you
Until today
I'll make it right
All my mistakes

Buildings like tall trees in winter air the window leaves
I'm already home in Pudong
Winter jackets Christmas songs
East Nanjing's where we belong
I'm home in Tokyo
Track Name: The Wound Remains
I know I love you
Even if I lack strength
I know I know always

I know I love you
From the moment you left
I lost I lost I'm lost

The last three nights
Have affected my whole life
And old soul on the road Ueno

Threw change and made people
Promised what will come to be
One day I know one day

I've faced more than I turned away
Armored and plated yet the wound remains
I've faced more than I turned away
Armored and plated yet the wound remains

I saw your face
Down every street I raced
Oh no old bones rest low

Finally I broke down
Turned the corner on my own
I wept climbed the steps Ueno

I've faced more than I turned away
Armored and plated yet the wound remains
I've faced more than I turned away
Armored and plated yet the wound remains

You are so much more
Than I had hoped for
You are so much more
Than I had hoped for
You are so much more
Than I had hoped for
You are so much more
Than I had hoped for

Wonder what the future holds
Some have luck some grow old
I know I know always

Now my head is finally clear
Though I hold our memory dear
Never again never again no I won't be giving up

I've faced more than I turned away
Armored and plated yet the wound remains
I've faced more than I turned away
Armored and plated yet the wound remains
Track Name: Hunting Bow
Heavy heavy low
I draw a hunting bow
Settle in the trees
I only kill for meat

Kill to save your father's honor
This hallowed ground we walk upon

Heavy in the leaves
I drink myself to sleep
Dreaming of the fire
I built for us that night
As our losses mount
Your eyes invade my thoughts
In a hundred years my bloodline will be gone

Remember my first deer
Too heavy for my years
Hiding in the breeze
As father once taught me
Stories by the fire
Broken cold and tired
Memories on my mind
The stars before the fight

Kill to save your father's honor
This hallowed ground we walk upon
The smell of blood on the battleground
Remember us remember us

Remember us as more than just a legend to pass on
To the children around the fire after our homes have gone
Remember me as more than just a boy who loved to hunt
As I march on to our death to save the girl who I once loved
I once loved
The girl who I once loved
Track Name: Darkest Before the Light
All our songs are only what they are
May you live a long life in the desert
Find a young branch to splice to yours
Fill a basket with the olives from the hillside from the summer when you loved her

Pick a path and stay a little while
The woods are tall and dark
But you still love them
Fill a shelf with hand written leather books
The faintest ink lasts longer than the strongest memory two stupid weeks you'll never leave me

I woke up in the middle
Of an ocean in the city
In the center of a war
With the bones of those before

The sky is always darkest before the light
I hope we don't die
This feels like old times
Scrape away the stones above my grave
To the era in the strata with your name
Two bodies on my brain

I woke up in the middle
Of an ocean in the city
In the center of a war
With the bones of those before
In the middle of a war
In the middle of a war
In the fields on the coast
On the mountain fear the war

Drag our bodies to the school
On motorcycles burn the fuel
Take a picture of the dead
A single palm tree shadow stands
I woke up in the city
In the center of a war
In the middle of a field
Behind the school where I was born
Where I was born
Where I was born
Track Name: Burning Alive
All around us is the color gray
I close my eyes and I'm just two shades away
I barely hear but at least we know
Others have opinions to swallow their holes

Secret plans as they're typing away
One looks at the other and there's sex on the brain
Sex on the brain

Designing wheels and gears and wires
To fuse to my bones and make use of my insides like
When I fell off the boat at night
Looked down and my arms were reflecting light
Reflecting light

Building machines of steel and steam to keep us alive
Turning the screws the pistons are bruised they're burning alive

It's too morose it's summer
And every drop that hit me put a hole in my brain
Somewhere between Alameda and Santa Fe
Under the streets just two shades away

I've buried things hell I buried you
I stood atop the pile and I had the perfect view of
When all the cities and all the towns
Get swallowed up by a hole in the ground

Hole in the ground
Our cities made of sound
A hole in the ground
Cities made of sound
Ready for adventure there's nothing around
Shields in our hands and our daggers drawn
Ready for adventure there's nothing around
The fields of the frontier
Our cities made of sound

Building machines of steel and steam to keep us alive
Turning the screws the pistons are bruised they're burning alive
Building machines of steel and steam to keep us alive
Turning the screws the pistons are bruised they're burning alive
Alive
Track Name: A Knight at the Crossroads
What if I had just a little bit more time
To chase down moments like this and make them mine
What if this night had never come to pass
How many nights like this have I got left

I leave in the morning for the country where I'm from
And leave behind a life I've grown to love
One for the road and one to let you know
How much I care but I have to let you go

Well I'm an optimist at heart
Cause when I leave I mean it
Cause life is art
À bientôt mon pote
À bientôt mon pote

I'm a knight at the crossroads
How far I've come how far I have to go
Now I'm back and everything's the same
I only live for two weeks anyway

I think of what I've lost and what I've gained
This life's a wash mixed with hope fear and pain
Three days before I gain another year
Three years ago I thought you'd still be here

Well I'm an optimist at heart
Cause when I leave I mean it
Cause life is art
À bientôt mon pote
À bientôt mon pote
Track Name: Kyoto
No you're the bones in a ramen bowl
A stone's throw from Tokyo
You're the black in Yebisu
In Minami-Senju

In Kyoto
There's a bar
In Gion
In an alley
Where they play
1920's
Yeah we ride along a stream
In the air
In the night
Just the two of us alive
In the air in the night

Hey you're an 8 bit video game
A taiko drum frame
You're an eel's skewered brain
On the tallest ferris wheel

In Kyoto
There's a bar
In Gion
In an alley
Where they play
1920's
Yeah we ride along a stream
In the air
In the night
Just the two of us alive
In the air in the night
Track Name: The Brain Stem
Take my brain and cut off the very top
Take my brain and cut off the very top
I get nervous but I want to show you
I get nervous but I want to show you

You are everything I ever wanted
You are everything I ever wanted

Take my brain and cut off the very top
Take my brain and cut off the very top
I'm ashamed cause I'm almost there
I'm ashamed cause I'm almost there

There's always something I need to fix
It gets harder the longer I live
There's always something I need to fix
It gets harder the longer I live

This is what it needs to be
This is what it needs to be
Feel the brain stem only
Feel the brain stem only
This is what it needs to be
This is what it needs to be
Feel the brain stem only
Trust the brain stem only
Trust the brain stem only

Take my brain and cut off the very top
Take my brain and cut off the very top
Take my brain and cut off the very top
Take my brain and cut off the very top
You are everything I ever wanted
You are everything I ever wanted
You are everything I ever wanted
You are everything I ever wanted
Track Name: Hangzhou
I'm a four leaf clover
And you're a bed of thorns in the rain

Three days later I passed through your
Holy ghost
In Japan

Take my word take my word
I'll be waiting in a temple in the rain