Know You're Wild

by walking bombs

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Album statement from Walking Bombs singer and author Morgan Ywain Evans (

"The plus side of endless wars is finding out who your real friends and heroes are."

"My heroes are singers like Dax Riggs, PJ Harvey or Kurt Cobain who play(ed) guitar as best as they could but their voices are the epitome of golden bluesy pain. Anytime I've ever gotten a fraction of that into a song, that is success far more than having record sales or fairweather music fans to me. Ever since fake emo and Max Martin ruined music people think they have to pander and forgot to be crazy. Sparklehorse, early Sebadoh, Neutral Milk Hotel... every song was an adventure."

"Walking Bombs started as a solo project where I'd collaborate with friends and create songs impromptu, like snapshots."Know You're Wild" is the full length, after 7 years of this as a casual project." The band name is about depression, not celebrating radicalism...but in these times there are so many forms of extremity that we need to look at all kinds of restrictive paradigms , mental health issues or lack of social connection with depth more closely and learn to evolve. Try to forgive and love, even after conflict."

"My father passed away last year and I've been thinking about childhood a lot.

"The cover pic is my sister Cambria and I jumping off the back porch of the country house we grew up in near Woodstock,NY. It was an old farmhouse my dad fixed up over the years and a home that medical bills have threatened to take away from the family. The cover is a photo my father took that a relative from Wales sent in a photo album to cheer me up after Dad's death and learning my mom's dementia had changed her forever. When I flipped to that picture I wept and wept. I've had a crazy life but my parents always encouraged us to believe in our own free spirits. So it's kind of about accepting change and trying to grow and heal as best you can without losing all faith in the Universe."

"This record was so fun to make. Except for one day where I was almost hit by a train by the tracks that ran near the studio. (A lot of this was recorded in the woods near Saugerties, NY with Jay Andersen from the grunge band Surmiser). But that big scare gave me more resolve to not miss the chance to make a great record."

"The guests...two songs were from 2009 recorded with members of the now defunct band I Multiply. The girl Ashley who sings on them lives in Moscow now. Sean-Paul Pillsworth of The Red Owls/Nightmares For A Week helped me get some others started and is an old friend who used to play in a band called Divest with me. Nate Hall of USX fame, I can't believe he plays a solo on the title track. I am a huge fan ever since discovering him through the USX stuff like "The Valley Path" that the guys from Neurosis put out on their label."

"Grace Moore is a friend who is a violinist and has such a lovely voice and creative spark. Working with her was incredible and I hope we do more live shows together. The second I heard her sing and play violin I knew she was a rare breed natural talent. It's almost scary."

"That's just a few of the guests, but the big hero of this record is engineer Jay Andersen from the sick noise band Surmiser. Jay helped me track most of it, was full of encouragement, didn't care if my dog barked on a song or a guitar was out of tune and made sure the record was more about vibe than over thinking or perfect performances. If a guitar was out of tune, we thought that was cool. He used a home made oscillator pedal on a song that is like Tom Waits and Mogwai influenced. I played guitar through a Harmony 1962 Amp that is rare cuz they were made out of like cardboard but it has this sexy ass Garage rock tone."

"It will sound schizophrenic to some people. The goal was to combine no wave, goth, glam, acoustic/emo, grunge and stoner rock influences under one roof. A lot of my favorite genres, skullfucked into one trainwreck of joy. The simple guitar line Sean Paul started with for "Festiva Maxima" turned out to be part of a finished song that sounds like Third Eye Blind got beat up by The Pixies and "Eleanor Rigby", but then you have "Snow Globe" which is a doom song about objectification, full of screams and harmonized Ozzy influenced vocals. There was total freedom."

"We have strings, inspired by recent Say Anything after an interview I did with Max Bemis for a print issue of New Noise Magazine. I played trombone elsewhere and also screamed into a walkie talkie."

"This whole record was super cathartic. You shouldn't need a label, especially a major label, to matter or for validation. That has no bearing on if art is
good or a scene surviving. Alan Vega and Suicide made their first record and it was an independent release back in the 70's and people slept on it, so there is no accounting for awareness or taste. But yeah, after 20 years in the scene, if no one knows I'm here by now they are kind of dumb. I've opened in different projects for Black Tusk, Castle, Thou, Ozzy's old guitarist Jake E. Lee, Dio Disciples over the years, lots of bands. Interviewed what seems like every band in the world sometimes. But some very one sided people think I'm a Walking Bomb, so...kiss it or miss it, y'know? Thanks for the fuckin' support. What-fucking-ever."

"Besides Jay, special thanks go to the performers Yasmine Kittles and Nikki Jumper, both of whom cheered me up during some very dark stretches immeasurably with positive messages and inspired me to press on with finishing this. Ditto to Doc from Bad Brains, setting me right with some much needed PMA awhile ago. There is even a fraction of a moment of Yasmine singing in the background of one song ("Wind Beneath My Sad Wings Of Destiny") because I was doing this spoken word thing at a bar into my Iphone while Tearist was playing on Spotify and I didn't realize until later that my phone had picked up a cool split second of her voice like a banshee cry! Making this album has been a big chapter and I'm excited to move on to make new music and fresh karma after this."

"I'll end with that train that almost hit me a few days ago. It really came
out of nowhere and if my car brakes had failed...DONE. Was that close. But afterwards...was really good to go back into recording environment with friends and just underscored how every record is like a moment of your life and should never be half assed or treated with less than focus and respect.

And then I went home, hugged my dog, watched The Knick on TV and prayed. Not to a weird old guy on cloud nine but just the universe. I sent love to good people. And I'm just feeling thankful, because its been a lot lately.

...But I can handle it. Challenges. People who doubt me or don't see my accomplishments. Or jump to conclusions. And I know I still have a lot of purpose here. And am really grateful for the community, press peeps and friends and musicians I know across the world who have chosen to try to go their own way in life too."

"Wilt" is the first single, a ballad about struggling with spirituality, pain and death.

"snow globe" is the second track released, a grunge/doom hybrid about objectification.

"Carve That Name" the third single is about people hurting each other in toxic relationships.


released October 31, 2015

Jay Andersen (Surmiser): Engineer, drums, bass, guitar, oscillator pedal, more.
Morgan Ywain Evans: Vocals, drums, guitar, bass
Grace Moore: Violins on "wilt" and "festiva maxima", violins and lady vocals on title track
Ashley Moe (I Multiply): co-vocals on "Anticipation of Falling", backups on "+ Side (for eos)"
Paul Newman (I Multiply): A million instruments on "Anticipation Of Falling"
Nate Hall (USX/Uktena): solo on title track + digitech whammy power
David Andersen (The Warp/The Weft): Stand up bass on "wilt" and "festiva maxima"
Sean Paul Pillsworth (The Red Owls/Nightmares For A Week): guitar on festiva maxima and guitar and vocal tracking on "wilt" and "festiva maxima"
Flourish performed the music for "Driving Sawkill".

Mixed by Jay Andersen



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Singer and music journalist Morgan Ywain Evans (and friends) genre jumping solo/collaborative project from the Hudson Valley, NY. Stay calm and don't explode.

"The band name is about discussing mental illness and culture divides. A kind of fuck you to hate and also a rebuke to people who have called me a loose cannon.” - MYE.

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Track Name: Know You're Wild
Made up my mind/no distractions except you
Made up my mind/to burn at the stake if i have to
Do I detect a pulse?

Are you ready to live? Are you willing to die?
Do you know you're wild inside?

Made up my mind. This fairy tale better not be grim
So let down your hair and let me in.

Are you ready to live in the name of the rose or is that just how it goes?
Do you know you're wild inside?

In the name of the stars/sky/days that we spent getting bent learning how to fly.
how to fly.

so baby ride or die.
Track Name: Festiva Maxima
She don't need rescuing/she'll do it herself
and I'm no punching bag...not here for my health...
Track Name: Wilt
little flower , smell so sweet
first you're growing then you wilt in the heat, leaving only memories behind

from all the things we didn't try, a color wheel of suicides
and the man says i've got the good book for you to rely on salvation

but if you let me choose i just might let you down,
with a smile never a frown, just call me stubborn

if you choose, if you choose you just might let me down too
we do it to each other.

go ahead and lock your doors, it's always the easy answer
ask yourself if only the worst is still in store
a karma cloud we all ignore, lying broken on the floor
and the man says
i've got to hear a few acts you deplore

but if you let me choose i just might let you down
with a smile, never a frown. just call me stubborn
if you choose, if you choose you just might let me down to
you stupid motherfucker.
Track Name: Carve That Name
Carve that name into a tree
Just like you carved it in me
I hope that we can really last the night
I hope that nobody'll die of a fright
I know that there are so many more ways we can hurt each other
Don't look back
Let's get it right
Let's go...I know it's time to see a perfect opportunity to shine and be.
Let's ruin every chance we're given
Cuz even in a furtive stare I know the fear is gonna kill it
Cuz even in a furtive stare, but I'd rather hear your words.
Track Name: Bulletproof Bonfires
nobody wants to go nuclear/but they're eating up the shit til their stomachs are full
you still think that i'm jealous of you
but i'd rather be lesser known than pulling the wool

see i believe in the spontaneity/i believe everything can be alright
i remember there used to be unity.
how worthwhile is the divide

but people like to talk or live in a bubble/even when it's so obvious
and i'm a fire distinguisher/it's not subjective
it's fucking true...

and i'm just looking for some kindred spirits to dance around the bonfire
i'm just looking for some kindred kids to dance around the bonfire.

i'm not a fan of amnesia
or one sided conversations.
i'm happy in my cave with Satan and a dimebag and the truth.

and your version of events is far from bulletproof (fuck you)

i'm just looking for some kindred kids to dance around the bonfire.
Track Name: Plus Side (for Eos)
Today I was up with the dawn
I can't give up/no matter how hopeless.
Wont stay curled up in a bal but I've got to pay attention to the details.
And while it's ture that you don't have and I don't have the best mechanisms for coping with all of this, who gives a shit?
C'mon baby, let's get with the program.

The plus side of an endless war is finding out who your real friends are
It's a simple and effective way of taking out the trash
c'mon, can you handle the pressure?

Fold the room in half and start over.
Just get up/face the tribunals
Don't deserve so much criticism just because we need to transmit these signals
And maybe it's not lead into gold/sure I'm getting older but it still has value

I don't care if you've never heard of me or a word I've said before
Now I'm knocking down your door

The plus side of an endless war is finding out who your real friends are
It's a simple and effective way of taking out the trash
c'mon, can you handle the pressure?

We revere these spaces where we remember to breathe long enough to communicate
Revere these spaces/i revere your face
We'll remember to breathe today

I don't want to live my life so afraid/afraid of double agents
Cuz we all bleed red and we all make mistakes
So enough with the bullshit.

On the plus side, on the plus side.
Track Name: Anticipation (of falling)
Don't be so paralyzed
You've been living a life of desperation
Taking other people's dictation/hollow expectations

I know it kills at times/feeling like there is more to this than displacement
It gets tasteless, but I've still got my dreams to chase it.

Set aside your fear/embrace your true calling
Try to push down the anticipation of falling
For all those years, you stood at the waters edge/
So afraid you'd get in over your head.

Oh to be an amputee/could I erase my debts with fingers?
Would it buy me eight more hours away from the ringing in my ears?
The frequency of fantasy/oh so violent in their nature
I want to make the ocean calmer and dive headfirst off the pier.

And She said to "hold fast"
We're out here...out in the wilderness.
With just out hearts and our wits.

Wonder who gives a shit.
Lookin' for true north with a drunken compass.

Nobody's perfect.
Track Name: Driving Sawkill
driving sawkill wrestling with lost memories
thrilled to be sensing the dead earth thawing out around me
millions of spectres reaching up w stretching hands
like the pale branches of trees
like the stale topics at hand
and oh my aching head
all these thoughts colliding
wondering if my days would have been better spent deciding not to beat my head against the wall again.
a field of dead soldiers. a field of refreshments.
when will you learn.
i'm dog fucking tired.
with miles to go before we sleep.
when will you learn.
oh my everything.
Track Name: snow globe
they want to put her in a snow globe and stare at her naked body/but she's staring back now with eyes of fire/she's melting the glass/she'll burn them alive...