nothing is for sure

by Petriform

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makotots I've been a large fan of this album! It's amazing for late-night cram sessions and as a quick pump of energy! Favorite track: k7 (k9 - k2).
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MPG Music Found out about Petriform way too late but hey, better late than never. Every single track is worth every single penny. So much chip-pop-punk goodness! Favorite track: gone without.
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Zemaddog Easily my favourite album of 2018. I love every single song. This album is criminally underrated. Favorite track: wilson phillips screwdriver.
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download includes instrumentals for all tracks that originally appear with vocals, as well as radio-friendly edits of "killian is lying to you" and "punch buggy slug bug"

written in famitracker between late 2016 and early 2018, "nothing is for sure" is a victory lap for a victory that, as far as can be reasonably assured, hasn't really happened yet. it is the follow-up to 2016's "don't worry, you're great!" in terms of musical content, if not particularly thematic content.

this is a start-to-finish nonstop blitz of genuine californian pop punk chiptune sound.

content warning: brief mentions of death, anxiety, metaphorical self-harm. some crude language in tracks 1 and 12 (profanity-free edits included in download)


released June 19, 2018

all tracks composed, arranged, produced, and performed by petriform


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From San Jose, CA, Petriform drinks too many energy drinks and distills the resulting power into alternatingly high-and-low- energy electronic jams, lighting up shows around California and beyond by mixing and matching shades of NES chiptunes, pop punk, drum & bass, synthpop, and happy hardcore. ... more


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Track Name: killian is lying to you
seems like each day you've gotta fight
to keep your well being in sight
last time i checked that was a human right
but deeper pockets find a way to spite

go off, it's sure all right by me
it's okay to be so angry
after all you've got the right to be
it takes a certain kind of misery to believe
some shit they push on tv

they'll work you straight to your deathbed
by holding health above your head
when your survival puts you in the red
it's either push back or be torn to shreds

i wrote this in 2016
i change the lyrics constantly
because it's gotten so much worse, you see
and you're barking up a different tree if you believe
that this is how it should be

you never were inclined to quit
no, not even one little bit
so don't you dare submit
Track Name: delete!delete!delete!
i've got a bit of a fuse
looking for just the right spark
let's take a bit of a cruise
outside the woods after dark

ashes to ashes and dust to the gods
reincarnate my soul
tales of phoenixes and lightning rods

please light me up like a firework
i want to feel what it's like to burn
ignite my essence, watch it glow

drawn like a moth to a flame
'cept for the part with the moth
there's no direction or aim
i think i'm cut from that cloth

will my light ever go out i don't know
seems it's inevitable
i'm in the moment, sit down for the show

i need to feel what it's like to burn
don't shut your eyes when i explode
Track Name: dodgeball
the rules have been well codified
when you get hit, you meet your fate

you faced me from the other side
by then i knew it was too late

off and on
it is the nature of the beast
while you're gone
the game, you hope that it will cease
not for long
because this kind of thing will soon pass, at least

advance and wear your scream
on the edge of your sleeve

'cuz it makes perfect sense to me
no matter how adverse it seems
i'm glad you're on my team

ready for another round
as if we really had a choice

see the crimson orb unwound
pray that it misses and rejoice

with finesse
you'll live to see another day
be at rest
when you have firmly staked your claim
though recessed
your fighting spirit pushes you all the way

you'll never feel complete
until you take the lead
Track Name: wilson phillips screwdriver
everyone's got their path in this world, now
why are we still on the hook to explain how
things have changed, there's no more living up to expectations
every well-meaning tip's got you nonplussed
their words are sweet, but they can't really grasp
just how much of our lives are spent in quiet desperation

it's not as easy anymore
and sitting back is such a bore
to change the score
you gotta look for all the answers

but answers are hardly ever there
they disappeared out of thin air
a lot to bear when you're just trying to hold on

but we can shape the future
and make it better

hard to move, everything is so rigid
and yet we're told to empathize with the frigid
ones who hold us in contempt for what's inflicted on us
can't imagine we'll get them to relent
when not a single soul our age can even pay rent
but i think we'll right the course if we take it upon us

we've got a lot of things to say
but at the end of every day
there's little change
you'd not be blamed for being discouraged

too many things are just unfair
hyperaware of disrepair
in our affairs
we take the dare to power on
Track Name: k7 (k9 - k2)
it can't wait for another time
you gotta start that big ol' climb
and now i write another verse, another rhyme

you best not push yourself too far
but that's just part of what you are
you don't know what it's like to fail to raise the bar

a burning hope
you can't outgrow
away you go
to parts unknown
Track Name: gone without
when the sun goes down
watch me prepare for the journey when the stars come out
turning the engine and then i'm on this route
liable to change anytime i feel like i have gone without

i can feel you breathing
rolling down the windows so i know i'm not alone
just to chase a feeling
this is all i've got that i can truly call my own

when it's dark it's easier for you to pretend that you're elsewhere
in the desert, plains, or in the snow

time will slow down, and in essence, help you feel like you can get there
though it can feel like you're on your own

it makes me
feel lately
like i have suffered greatly

remake me
to wake me
this feeling will not shake me now

faced with what i'm dealing
taking every corner from the corners of my eyes
winding roads revealing
nothing and yet everything i'm scared to recognize

only wanna face the music if it's coming out the radio
never claimed i wasn't insecure

this is where i feel at home, this is how i keep up the ratio
gotta have a way of making sure

like i can do it gracefully
i'll follow my heart faithfully now

stare at the sky 'cause i'm waiting 'til the stars come out
there ain't no stopping me when i'm on this route

feels like i've gone without
but i'll never go without
Track Name: pace yourself
you say it's better when you're on your own
you play the victim when you're not at home
what do you even gain from lying to yourself
nobody wants to see you hurt and put back on the shelf
we know in your heart you've got the ability
you owe it to yourself to take responsibility

you can't escape by living way too fast
you'll have momentum but it will not last
you'd better pace yourself before it catches up
before you know you're in too deep, the world has had enough
it'll only get worse the more that you delay
don't let yourself trip up and go all in on the charade

it gets a little tougher every day
but in the long haul it won't stay that way
we've all got problems that we know are ours to own
don't sweat it, keep your mindset in the zone

you don't gain anything from lying to yourself
reclaim that energy, it's worth a lot in of itself

again, don't sweat it, keep your mindset in the zone
the pace you keep ensures you're not alone
Track Name: albacore song
i'm gonna tell you a story
i say that now but note that i won't really
the next verse won't make any sense, believe me
look fast you might not notice my anxiety

behold the greatest mystery
can i apply my lemon pepper carefree
i gotta do that to the delicacy
how else am i supposed to get my mercury

i'm gonna take you all to town
or maybe not, my problem's worse than it sounds
i'm gonna have another nervous breakdown
i guess i'll spend my whole life spinning round and round
Track Name: ahead of your time
what do you wanna do
to make the world just a bit better
what do you wanna say
that they may so fondly remember
when you're gone
like a memory
that photographs can't convey
if i were there
right in the thick of it
then this what i'd say

don't give up
you know that nothing's for sure
no don't give up
don't have to tell the future to be ahead of your time

what do you wanna see
in the reflections of who you are
what do you wanna be
to those who look on you from afar
'cause you're gone
a century ago
disgraced, you walked off the stage
it wasn't you
they know better now
and this is what they'd say

roses are red
violets are blue
turn on the fan
send out a plume
they made their minds
doomed you to fail
but in good time
you will prevail

i don't want you to give up
you know that nothing is for sure

don't have to fit into the constraints of reason and rhyme
i know that you can endure
Track Name: stay (wish on a star)
i stepped outside one day
a place i'd never been before
i thought i'd not be swayed
of course, you rocked me to my core

we always had a blast
i know you would agree
although the time has passed
i wish there was a way you could see
just what it meant to me
until then i can say

i don't wanna see this made the end
and i pray wish on a star you'll stay my friend

i find myself adrift
along an ever-changing tide
you handed me a gift
with both arms right there by your side

i didn't understand
the things you often thought to do
i'm in the camper van
and i'll admit that i am scared stiff
of what will happen if
there's not another way

far away wish on a star you'll stay my friend

on this day wish on a star you'll stay my friend
Track Name: punch buggy slug bug
punch buggy slug bug
fresh coffee in the mug
spilled on the damn rug
of my integra

don't have to make sense
that's why i wrote this
just had a near miss
none of your business

i think i'm doing fine
for ways to spend my time
like how there's discount candy
the day after valentine's

breathing is tragic
studio magic
wanna play this song live
don't know how to manage it

so when i'm on stage
scarborough fair page
rosemary, parsley,
thyme and, uh sage

got to remember this
i'm on the waiting list
for top-level domains
if i don't get then i'll be pissed

i did it all for you
not because i wanted returns
but 'cause i wanted to pay forward
the kindness from my trials

i did my best for you
and i hope it made a difference
so when we think of each other
we can ride that thought for miles

punch buggy slug bug
mixed drink gotta chug
paste the emoji shrug
get a new spark plug

heat up the kettle
never gonna settle
regressions in gretl
pedal to the metal

i gotta have it all
i'm stuck in avenal
wearing my sweater vest
what the hell, it's not even fall

back on the bolt bus
sign says bowl of dust
congress created
making a big fuss

interstate highway
driving late friday
traffic in all lanes
fucking up my day

no parking brake applied
truck simulator ride
i took my frieght from carson city
straight to riverside