Mutate, Baby!

by Kirby Krackle

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released 17 March 2015

Produced by Don Gunn

Recorded and mixed by Don Gunn at The Office. Seattle, WA.

Mastered by John McCaig at panicstuidos. Seattle, WA.

Music and lyrics by Kyle Stevens

Performed by:

Kyle Stevens: Vocals, Guitar
Scott Andrew: Bass, Vocals
Bryce Francis: Keyboards
Jeff Gall: Drums
Patrick Porter: Guitar, Vocals

Synth programming throughout, drums on “Yellow King" and additional drums on “The Day My Powers Arrived” by Don Gunn.

Additional gang vocals by Corey & Amanda Hicks on "Mutate, Baby!" and "Frank The Pocket”.

Additional gang vocals by Reuben Atienza on "The Day My Powers Arrived"

Photography by Kip Beelman
kipbeelmanphotography.com

Booklet photos by Kyle Stevens 

Cover art by Jim Mahfood - jimmahfood.com
Colors by Justin Stewart - popstewcomics.com

Booklet art by Lar deSouza - leasticoulddo.com

Layout by TJ Sherrill
Manufacturing by Disc Makers

All songs copyright 2015 Kirby Krackle LLC

Thank you to our producer Don Gunn for all the hard work, skill, and care he brings to our music. Thank you to the band for being my rock n’ roll brothers and an inspiration to me when writing this album. Thank you to all the fans around the world who inspire me to create my music and share your stories as I see them unfold every day. Thank you to our friends, families, fellow artists, and the geek community for supporting what Kirby Krackle is all about. Nerd-Rock is a celebration and my gift to the culture and fandom I love. Thank YOU.
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Track Name: The Day My Powers Arrived
A year ago I woke in the morning / Put my feel upon the ground / Tied my shoes to take a run / Headphones in and swimming in the sound / My walk it quickly turned into a stride / A day like any other / Except for on this day my powers did arrive / It started with a burning hand / I yelled out loud / “Somebody help me!” / Next thing I was ten feet up / Floating with the world below me / I must have looked like an exploding star / Cause my ears rang loud from the crashing of the cars / Just when I was sure that I would burst / The heroes I had read about showed up so glad that they found me first / And said… / I know you’re scared and unprepared / You’re not the only one I swear who’s ever been afraid or felt this way / I know that there’s a plan for you / And everything you’re going through / I’ll stay with you my friend / As long as it takes / Six months back I woke up to a rumbling jet and sirens beneath me / Cigar smoke and sulfur loomed / A brown-haired girl / She ran right through me / I knew it was time I should heed the call / But darling was I ready? / Not at all / A big steel man was looming over me / Said nothing good would change until I took a stand then I would never see / He said… / I know you’re scared and unprepared / You’re not the only one I swear who’s ever been afraid or felt this way / I know that there’s a plan for you / And everything you’re going through / I’ll stay with you my friend / As long as it takes / And everything it stays the same until you turn another page / The only thing to count on love / And that is never gonna change / Just yesterday I received the call / That a girl grew thirty-feet inside a shopping mall / I got flew here as quickly as I could / Cause I know how you feel in a way that no one could / When the voices come at night / Remind yourself that you’re made of starlight / And the worries in your head / Are the drums of a life that you’re gonna have / We’re all just scared and unprepared… / I know you’re scared and unprepared / You’re not the only one I swear who’s ever been afraid or felt this way / I know that there’s a plan for you / And everything you’re going through / I’ll stay with you my friend / As long as it take
Track Name: No Spoilers, Please
I don’t wanna know how it all turns out / I put my time in and I’m hanging around / To see how everything yeah is gonna work out in the end / I don’t know how to feel and I don’t know why / It seems like everyone’s trying to rush through their life / Like knowing how it ends is better than taking the ride / Yeah, we’re moving too quick need a rest stop / Don’t need a cheat sheet baby you can blast off / No spoilers, please / You know that I’m too far down this road of mine to change my lane / And if I could if I could turn this car around or drive ahead I hope I’d say / No spoilers, please / Don’t try and tell me I’m taking my time / I’m trying to live good and I’m trying hard to write a story that I’m proud of though I don’t know yet how it ends / People come and go but our hero remains / Lines on his face but his heart stays the same / Where the black of the ink meets the white of the paper is gray / There’s only so much time that we’re working with / No chapters here that I wanna skip / No spoilers, please / You know that I’m too far down this road of mine to change my lane / And if I could if I could turn this car around or drive ahead I hope I’d say / No spoilers / The party’s always going on the bar is always there / The music never dies so don’t be scared / They’ll try to rush you through because that’s how way it works for them but don’t let them / No spoilers, please / You know that I’m too far down this road of mine to change my lane / And if I could if I could turn this car around or drive ahead I hope I’d say / No spoilers, please / I don’t wanna know how it all turns out / I put my time in and I’m hanging around / To see how everything yeah is gonna work out in the end
Track Name: Geek Culture Is Dead
I don’t where it went / We didn’t sell it / The world went and changed / And now we own it / Yeah it’s all been rearranged / But nothing stays the same / So yeah let’s talk about it /You can take walk down every aisle / And see the toys you once had as a child / Now there’s nothing left to hide / Everything it has a price / People like you with a lot at stake / People like me with a voice to raise (When They Say) / G-Double-E-K culture is dead / Cause hey I got a question when they forget to mention / The world went and changed and they took it instead / But hey there’s nothing ending I think it’s just beginning / People like you with a lot at stake / People like me with a voice to raise (When They Say) / G-Double-E-K culture is dead / Do you remember when you first collected? / I used to bag and board until the sun set
And I’d hang around with friends reading “What If?” and X-Men / I couldn’t live without it / Everything we love / Everything we hate / Every time they end a series run / Every heart that breaks / Some would say that Hollywood it came to be the bad guy / But in truth they turned our culture from a caterpillar to a butterfly / People like you with a lot at stake / People like me with a voice to raise (When They Say) / G-Double-E-K culture is dead / Cause hey I got a question when they forget to mention / The world went and changed and they took it instead / But hey there’s nothing ending I think it’s just beginning / People like you with a lot at stake / People like me with a voice to raise (When They Say) / G-Double-E-K culture is dead / There’s a lighthouse in the ocean / Someone found it / Someone mentioned / All the things that we had known were around / So they teased us / But we made it / Yeah the world changed / Celebrate it / We can lead them / So they don’t run aground / (I’m sayin’) / G-Double-E-K / G-Double-E-K culture ain’t’ / G-Double-E-K CULTURE AIN’T DEAD / Cause hey I got a question when they forget to mention / The world went and changed and they took it instead / But hey there’s nothing ending I think it’s just beginning / People like you with a lot at stake / People like me with a voice to raise / People like us who can lead the way (When They Say) / G-Double-E-K culture is dead
Track Name: Dancing Baby Groot
I’ve seen dogs in the summer time lying on the grass in the sun / I’ve seen cats hitting ivory keys / I’ve seen heroes drawn by Skottie Young / I look up / I look down / I look all around / But nothing that I find can compare to the time when I sat through the credit scene / Saw you dancing shaking up there / Cause I’ve never seen nothing as cute / As a Dancing Baby Groot / So play the Jackson 5 if you feel alive / And get the while world dancing with you / Cause I’ve never seen nothing as cute as a Baby Groot / You never say a lot / In fact I find it’s only three words / And the times when you eat yourself / Tell me, how does that never hurt? / I look left / I look right / I can’t sleep at night / The thought of you it won’t leave my head / From the time that I sat through the credit scene / Just when we all thought you were dead / Cause I’ve never seen nothing as cute / As a Dancing Baby Groot / So play the Jackson 5 if you feel alive / And get the while world dancing with you / Cause I’ve never seen nothing as cute as a Baby Groot / We’d have so much fun together / I’d keep your pot safe and I’d bring you water / Dancing to the music every night / I’d help you grow up big and strong / Take you back to space where you belong / And you’d always have a friend / I sat through the credit scene / And everything was leading to you / Cause I’ve never seen nothing as cute / As a Dancing Baby Groot / So play the Jackson 5 if you feel alive / And get the while world dancing with you / Cause I’ve never seen nothing as cute as a Baby Groot
Track Name: We Had A Good Run
On behalf of all the people here on Planet Earth / I’d like to offer an apology for what it’s worth / You see I’m reading the headlines and everyday / And it seems we’re messing up in a major way / So I called the coalition working planet-crimes / And after waiting thirty-minutes on the other line / A voice it picked up and said, “Thank you, hello… / The solar system met and we’re ready to go…” / Walk your dog / Kiss your wife / The invasion starts tonight / We had a good run / But now it’s done / It seems all the stupid people won / And all those who couldn’t get along now lose anyway / We had a good run / But now it’s done / It seems like the world had just begun / Now I’m sitting in my hotel room trying to find a way / Cause we gotta be here anyway / Now were done with politicians / Yeah we’re done with old religion / And we’re done with all the party lines / Nothing to fight about left when we all work in the mines / Call your friends / Grab a drink / It’s much closer than you think… / We had a good run / But now it’s done / It seems all the stupid people won / And all those who couldn’t get along now lose anyway / We had a good run / But now it’s done / It seems like the world had just begun / Now I’m sitting in my hotel room trying to find a way / Cause we gotta be here anyway / When I was a child / I stare up and smile / And wonder when they would arrive / But now that they’ve come / Our future’s undone / From all the times we could have tried / There’s a spark / There’s a light / Or a star in the night / But it’s flying to fast / Fill you tank full of gas / Call your Mom and your Dad / Cause the time that we had / Is about to expire / Yeah they’re coming tonight / There’s a spark / There’s a light / Or a star in the night / But it’s flying to fast / Fill you tank full of gas / Call your Mom and your Dad / Cause it’s about to get bad / Yeah they’re coming tonight / Here they come / We had a good run / But now it’s done / It seems all the stupid people won / And all those who couldn’t get along now lose anyway / We had a good run / But now it’s done / It seems like the world had just begun / Now I’m sitting in my hotel room trying to find a way / Cause we gotta be here anyway
Track Name: I Was Made To Haunt You
Yes it’s true if you heard I died / Turns out I wasn't good at life / And now I’m haunting you / What else am I to do? / I was hit by a Chevrolet / Struck like a dog didn’t look both ways / And then late at night / I saw the light / They said I had my choice of the solar system / Saw you eating Pringles thought how much I missed em / And Nutella on toast / Now I’m your ghost / Quiet late at night you can hear me whispering / Tell my gamer friends just how much I miss em / I was made to haunt you / I was born to keep you up at night / You’ve got a headache? / That’s me twerking in your eyes / I was made to haunt you I was born to make you scream and cry / And now we’re friends for a lifetime / So what I’m dead? Yeah I still got needs / I’m still concerned bout my wi-fi speed / I got an Instagram, a verified account / I’m not on tinder yet / They said they’d kick me out / Cause I’m always meeting girls on the other side / Even me I’ve got a chance when everyone has died / I kissed a Roman girl / I’ve kissed some Incan's too / Oh yeah and crazy eyes from 1492 / You wouldn’t think it yeah but I still got feelings / Remember that one DB in the IT meeting who had called you out? / I turned him inside-out / You should’ve seen his face when he drowned to death in / A wall of hairy skin from the 9th dimension / I was made to haunt you / I was born to keep you up at night / You’ve got a headache? / That’s me twerking in your eyes / I was made to haunt you I was born to make you scream and cry / And now we’re friends for a lifetime / But the things that I miss while you dream in your sleep / Are the times when it’s just been you and me / When I knock on the door and no one is there / Like child that calls for it’s mom in the night / You can trust that it’s all gonna be alright / Forever my friend / It’s just you and me / For eternity / Ohhhhh / I was made to haunt you / I was born to keep you up at night / You’ve got a headache? / That’s me twerking in your eyes / I was made to haunt you I was born to make you scream and cry / And now we’re friends for a lifetime
Track Name: Mutate, Baby!
Have you ever had a friend that you lose / And your heart it was broken when truth it was spoken / Thrown away like a tissue that’s used / So I pushed up my glasses and crawled through the ashes / And when I see a choice in front of me / Where I can lay and die in apathy / Or I can move ahead and be free / I gotta live / I gotta Mutate, Baby! / I never thought it would end up so cool / That the ones who came after pretend it don’t matter / And though they’ll never say that I lit the fuse / Yeah I know in my heart that it’s here where it started / And when I see a choice in front of me / Where I can lay and die in apathy / Or I can move ahead and be free / I gotta live / I gotta Mutate, Baby!
Track Name: The Yellow King
When the sun has set and the day is long / And the heat is sweet tea thick and wet against your bones / The traffic lights they have a hum / Watching as we pass at night beneath them / We all have debts we leave unpaid / It’s the weight of the swamp you feel that’s pressing on your back / And the house you build is yours to break / What good is cake if you can’t eat it anyway / When The Yellow King he comes around / Like whisper hanging in this town / And nothing here is quite like what it seems / Oh, The Yellow King / If a man is bad, then I’m a man / When the knocking of the door is more of me I’ll hold it shut / Can’t hide the hunger / Can’t hide the haunt / A room kept locked till the day that you get what you want / When The Yellow King he comes around like whisper hanging in this town / And nothing here is quite like what it seems / When The Yellow King he comes for you / There’s not much anyone can do / But tell yourself it’s nothing but a dream / Oh, The Yellow King / Everything we’ve done or will do / We’ve done over again / It’s the secret fate of everything / When The Yellow King he comes around like whisper hanging in this town / And nothing here is quite like what it seems / When The Yellow King he comes for you / There’s not much anyone can do / But tell yourself it’s nothing but a dream / Oh, The Yellow King
Track Name: Your Titan Is Ready
Jumping off of walls / Running down the halls when you see them coming at you / Streets are running red / There’s a battle in my head when I’m looking down at you / We’ve never met and I don’t even know your name / But I was made to help you find your way / And there is something left that I just need to say / Before the fall / They say your titan is ready / But I don’t know if I am / I see the world below me / And all of it’s problems / Cause there’s a part of me frightened of what I might do while I’m protecting you / My feet they hit the ground / There’s chaos all around as I’m reaching out to grab you / I tuck you right within / We become one and then I tell you that I trust you / I was made so you can make it all the way / Like a ship to to keep safe inside a squall / And if my lights go dark / And if my power fades / And if I fall / They say your titan is ready / But I don’t know if I am / I see the world below me / And all of it’s problems / Cause there’s a part of me frightened of what I might do while I’m protecting you
Track Name: Frank The Pocket
Born in a sweat-shop in East Mumbai / The sewing machine broke when he was just an inch high / The boss said, “I ain’t never seen a pocket that small!” / So he stitched him up quick / Sent him off to the mall / That’s where I found him hanging / Brought him into my life / Now he’s hanging out with me and Kirby Krackle for life / He’s Frank, The Pocket / Born out in East Mumbai / Six months down the road / Frank he lives with me / Caught in the siren call of celebrity / Friends like Trevor who’s a button into S&M / Yokoko / Check it / Got a zipper as a girlfriend / Baby it’s the latest trend / Won’t you take it away! / He’s Frank, The Pocket / Born out in East Mumbai
Track Name: Shooting Star
It’s not the first time / It’s not the last time / The world tells you more and more to keep giving up / Sometimes I feel I’m not made for this century / I’ve fought in world wars / I’ve ridden tidal waves / My mind it misbehaves / All the time I’m in my own way / Just like an itch I shouldn’t scratch but do anyway / So hey, look at me / Can’t you see? / You’re a shooting star reflecting in my eyes / Realize / All you have have inside / We’re all shooting stars just trapped here in disguise / Cause when the music starts and the beat gets moving / A neutron bomb as the bass starts booming / Then the room explodes with a sound so soothing / You and me keep the stars from burning out / I never understood / Oh, and why’d I think I could? / All we’re ever sold / Everything just seems outer space / It’s not about what what you’ve bought, what you have, or saved / I say we take it back / I say we just relax / I saw we all believe / Everything will turn out ok / Cause all we’re show is there’s gotta be another way / So hey, look at me / Can’t you see / You’re a shooting star reflecting in my eyes / Look inside / Who knows what you’ll find / We’re all shooting stars just passing through the night / Cause when the music starts and the beat gets moving / A neutron bomb as the bass starts booming / Then the room explodes with a sound so soothing / You and me keep the stars from burning out / Every single day / I’m trying to find a way / To live a life both prized and a sacrifice / Looking up at night / I can see you and me / And the sparks from our tails as we’re shooting across the sky / It’s not the first time…