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released February 2, 2016

Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Nick Ingram at Capital House Studio

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Heroes Like Villains Columbus, Ohio

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, the 5-piece pop-punk outfit Heroes Like Villains seek to carry the torch from other Ohio greats such as Hit the Lights and Relient K. With their debut ep Amends, released on February 2nd, they appear poised to do so. With a range of musical influences from pop-punk to metal, Heroes Like Villains keeps their fans guessing and always delivers. ... more

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Track Name: In The First Place
I have been lost
Since you found your way back to town
I found my footing
In the calm of you not being around

Pre-Chorus:
You thought you had me buried in time
But I'm standing underneath you
Chipping away at the years
Until you fall through
Until you fall back to me

Chorus:
The forest of your hazel eyes
Leaves me without direction
I left a breadcrumb trail
Of unsent texts and squandered chances
Leading me back to the moment
When I first took you for granted
To set this place ablaze
With the look that you deserved
In the first place

The hold you got on me is sickening
You always pick me like a flower
Then you toss me like a weed
You see every plan that you think up
Through to the T
After calculating, estimating every little thing

Pre-Chorus

Chorus

This decade old
Chess match we've played
Last time I won I made the foolish mistake
Not to see you in the same way
But from the look in your eyes
I know that I've won again today

In your forest brown and green
The pawn takes the queen
And now out of all the games we've played
It's about time one finally went my way
It's something I shouldn't say
But I told you so way back in the day

You thought you had me buried in time
But you won't get rid of me that easily

Chorus
Track Name: Red Ribbons
If it might be bad
Then we'll skip the good
We'll stay the talk of the neighborhood
Like if they ain't got together
Then they should

We've been friends
For a quarter of our lives
I've been waiting
For the moment to be right
It's pretend
When we act like there's nothing there
You know I think about me and you
Doing things friends shouldn't do

Pre-chorus:
And when we got so close that night
I was ready for the whole world
To see us shine
But then I heard about another guy
And I knew I'd been wasting my time
'Cause I know how this story ends
I've seen first hand

Chorus:
If it might be bad
Then we'll skip the good
We'll stay the talk of the neighborhood
Like if they ain't got together
Then they should
If it might be hard
We better not try
You said your piece
And I said goodbye
To the chance that I was never given
And a closet full of your red ribbons

This friendship
Was your cause for over thinking
And I don't know if
We can go back to being
Less than secret lovers
Behind closed doors
We've been down that road before
But me and you deserve so much more

Pre-chorus

Chorus

'Cause I've been drinking
And I'm trying to keep these feelings inside
(Instead of spilling them to you
Killing what's left of my pride)
I might not be the best guy
But I'm the best that you've had
(I might not be the best guy
But I'm the best that you'll ever have)
Fingers crossed
Hoping that since you are not by my side
Hopefully you are in your own bed
Alone tonight
(I wish the best and the worst
Both a blessing and a curse
For you)

And when we got so close that night
I was ready for the whole world
To see us shine
Then you pulled away that week
So frustrated
That I didn't even speak to you
You told me that you were just scared
I promised I'd always be there
But then I heard about another guy
And I knew I'd been wasting my time
'Cause I know how this story ends
I've seen first hand

Chorus

(Now we know how this ends)
You called it quits from the start
As fear tears you apart inside
I don't wanna pretend
We're anything less than
And I don't wanna be your friend
Track Name: Ties
Chorus:
Sorry man but I had to
Cut ties, turn my back on you
You know damn well I don't want to
This is the hardest thing that I've ever had to do

You've always been
The natural center of attention
Like, look at me, look at me
Pretty spotlights
Every moment's mine
Every woman's mine
I was jealous 'cause it worked out every time
Never realized it symptomized such a vice

So even if you brought it on yourself
Recalling old days kills me knowing
That I didn't stick around to try to help
I guess I always thought
That there would be more time
Time for you to grow and hopefully
All of your problems would fix themselves

Chorus:

'Cause I'm a kid
I don't know the severity
Of these things, but I'm realizing
They don't fade away
I'm sorry I can't stay
In pursuit of my own life I had to leave
A family and friends with a burden too heavy
You left them no choice
You went where their voices can't carry

Even though I had to go
I hope you know
I'd never given up hope
You'd find strength in yourself in a cell
And then you got your second chance
I knew you'd prove your back on track
'Till I heard more bad news
Naivety wouldn't let me believe
All that remains is this shell
And now you're all by yourself

We thought that this would last forever
We never thought that these ties might sever
As long as we were together
Potential like no other
You were my best friend, my brother
Now we're uncovering
All these things that remained unseen
The better part of a decade
Hiding all this shit from me
Now our heads in our hands
Wondering what we could've did
To save this kid

Chorus
Track Name: Life on a Treadmill
My room faintly smells of vomit
There's no better deterrent
For bringing anyone to it
Like that's a rational reason

Feeling time slipping away
While we've been wasting all these days
Living life on a treadmill
Expending energy but I'm still standing still
I hope there's more to me than what you see
A carefully constructed facade of a being
That's fully functioning

Chorus:
My room faintly smells of vomit
There's no better deterrent
For bringing anyone to it
Like that's a rational reason
Made enough mistakes last night
For a whole years worth of weekends
Every time I wake up thinking
That I am better than this

Three cheers, let's smoke
On the balcony
So we puffed on cigars
And clinked our bottles to victory
Hear, hear!
This night never stood a chance
We gained the upper hand
Finding an ally in moderation

'Cause there's no choice but to implode
Fighting substance with substance
When temptation is screaming
Don't you slow down for nothin'
This past year got away from me
But please believe I'm tryin'
I'll be damned if I'm the only thing
That ruins this dream

Chorus

I've had my run
Now it's time to settle down
And pick up the scraps of my life
That I've scattered
So this is real now
Give it all to make my all image shatter
To be someone that matters

So irrational

Chorus
Track Name: Amends
Those were the days
Backs in the grass
Eyes to the sky

Can we go back
To a time before I ruined everything?
Let my wants take the driver's seat
My every action said "I don't need you"
And you had every right to leave
When you said "This is not what I wanted"
But I did it anyway
I'm sorry

Chorus:
I'm coming to terms with choices I've made
I wronged every love, every friend
Until my word meant less than nothing
Still coming to terms with choices I've made
For better or worse, I'm learning to face
These memories I just can't change

Please, can we play pretend?
Please, can I call you friends?
You're the chills in my cold sweats
The pain in my regrets
Before I am laid in my grave
I will make my amends

Can we go back to that night?
I'd never been so happy
The stars fell into your back yard
With our heads by the bridge that your dad made
I burned it down when I transgressed
I know it's my fault, I know I deserved it
When you gave karma my address
And now she's come to collect

Chorus

Another bond I always thought would last forever
I always thought that we would always be together
Always there and I could call you up whenever
Until I decided I was more important
When I went away I tried to stay in touch
But the damage was done, you had had enough
So I called your bluff, I let you go away
'Cause I always thought
That you'd be coming back someday
As bad as I feel for every time I let you down
I can't help but smile to see that you are happy now
Make me whole again
Can we play pretend?
Can I call you friends?
It's time to make amends

Chorus
Track Name: Alive
I have been running
Away from everything
And towards nothing
Until the joy of possibility
And the fear of failure
Are only one thing

Chorus:
It's time
Let your body feel alive
Break down these walls
We've built inside
Revealing a reflection
Where we never die
I am everywhere
I am every time

I was a screen
Like at the movies
I let everyone project onto me
Becoming what they wanted to see

Chorus

You've built your life
like a drama diorama
No longer fun
When you show and tell everyone
So why do you do it?
When there's no lid
To the shoe box that you've kept your life in

Every time I fight against something
I'm watering the seeds of a trouble tree
That drops its fruits throughout my life
Do you remember when I asked you
Have you ever had a moment when you thought
Oh wow, I'm alive?

Chorus