Building Better Machines To Replace Us All

by the Big Friendly Corporation

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about

After a year of line-up changes, the BFC commenced recording their debut album, "Building Better Machines To Replace Us All." Once Jeff Ford returned from Europe after a stint as the Killer's guitar tech, he took up the post of lead guitar player, and Ryan Marth moved a 16 track reel-to-reel analogue tape recorder into the Killer's Mark Stoermer's garage to begin tracking. Aside from Jeff's "Say Yourself" and the Melissa sung "Cotton Candy in the Rain," all of the songs were on Analogue Prototypes volume 1, the solo effort of Ryan made years earlier before the band existed.

Once tracking was complete, Ryan set up a mixing station in the kitchen of his town-home and started mixing. The process proved to be grueling and mixing took way longer than expected.

Several other people in the local music scene had a hand in getting the album out. Timothy Styles, lead singer of another Las Vegas based band named Skorchamenza, stepped in and acted as manager. Likewise, Jeff Ford sought out Black Camaro's Brian Garth to mix his song. When the mixing was all said and done, Josh Ellis helped with the art layout and...viola! The album was done.

"Building Better Machines" was released in January of 2007 after a year of recording and mixing. It was released with the acclaim of local critics, but took a little bit of a hit from fans for it's gritty analogue sound. But, as good as this album is, it was this criticism that lead the band to seek out professional help for their second album, "...And So It Goes." But that's another story...

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released January 10, 2007

The Big Friendly Corporation is:

Ryan Marth
Melissa Marth
Jeff Ford
Richard F. Miller
Mike McDonald

All music by the Big Friendly Corporation.
All lyrics by Ryan Marth except #4: lyrics by Jeff Ford.

This album was recorded at home and in Mark Stoermer's garage by Ryan Marth and Jeff Ford. Additional engineering by Chad Clark and Brian Garth. Mastered by Red State Soundsystem. Management by Timothy Styles.

Cover art by Biscuit Street Preacher. Design and layout by Joshua Ellis. Drawing of a man with a briefcase by Evan Nix [this drawing is in the physical liner notes].

Andrew Karasa, Brian Garth, Jessica Kinsley, and Betty Guadagno clapped their hands and sang on the end of A Ton of Bricks. Jessica and Betty also added hand claps on Cotton Candy in the Rain.

Extra special thanks to Mark Stoermer and Tristan Moyer for letting us invade their home.

So many people have given us help and support that they are too many to list. So, to all our friends and family: Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Track Name: The Joy of Serving Others for a Living
I've been flipping people's burgers for years
And I've been pouring their Coke
But I never once spit in a rude person's food
It's enough for me to hope that they choke

I've been working over fifty hours a week
And every single week I've ended up broke
But I never once spit in a rich person's food
It's enough for me to hope that they choke

And I hope that they choke

I've been killing myself slowly for years
Underneath the service industry's yoke
But I never think of poisoning my boss's food
It's enough for me to hope that they choke

And I hope that they choke
Track Name: Nothing to Say
What made you think you could come back
And we'd be friends again?
And should I even say again?
You never were my friend
And what made you think that you could tell
If I would be alright?
How do you know I just don't fake it really well?

And what made you think I could forget
And I'd trust you at last?
And there'd be nothing you'd regret
That we could not get past?
And what made you think I'd compromise
After all this time?
And all your dirty looks and lies?

Stop feeling me out again
You left me months behind
So leave it alone when I tell you that
There's nothing on my mind

And I don't care what you want to ask
I've got nothing to say
Or if your guilt eats you alive
I don't want you to stay
And I don't care if you're feeling bad
I just want you to know
That all your questions make me very, very mad

Stop feeling me out again
I'm just trying to get away
So leave it alone when I tell you that
I've got nothing to say
I've got nothing to say
Track Name: The Way I'd Like to Go
I know it's disappointing that you
Managed to get by
You know that you could end it
If you had the guts to try
But you're scared that you might off yourself and
Scared that you might not
It's not much of a choice
But it's the only one you got

You never found a drug that could make
Everything all right
So try them all again and some day
One of them just might
Life is hard, I know
But still you manage to get through
And you have no idea how much I admire you

But you never smile so sweet as when
You're acting you're not sad
And it always makes me wish that you
Were always feeling bad
And you wish your life was over
And you think it doesn't show
Well I hope you go out smiling
That's the way I'd like to go

I know it's disappointing that you
Managed to survive
You should have always known the world
Would eat you up alive
Your umbilical cord was cut along with
Your supply of crack
Now your boyfriend's always drunk and both
Your eyes are always black

But you never smile so sweet as when
You're acting you're not sad
And it always makes me wish that you
Were always feeling bad
And you wish your life was over
And you think it doesn't show
Well I hope you go out smiling
That's the way I'd like to go
That's the way I'd like to go
Track Name: Say Yourself
Say yourself
I'm no damn good
Never stay
Inside my hood
Do your best
And make it wood

Cool your jets
Away from me
Never safe
And never free
You don't know
How I can feel

Hey, but
It's always out of reach
Never know what to teach
Got it right, baby
That's all right maybe
It's always out of reach

What's the word
It's cold outside
You're never lost
And never hide
Did you say
That I just lied

Where you stand
Is where I fall
You never smile
And never call
Tear me down
I've built this wall

Hey, but
It's always out of reach
Never know what to teach
Got it right, baby
That's all right maybe
It's always out of reach
Track Name: LOL
I think I need to find a different point of view
Another weekend, I'm a mess
I think I need to hear a little more from you
I can't take this loneliness

And so I'll wait for your message to come through
Don't you know your e-lover's missing you?
And I'll take anything that I can feel
Though I doubt if ever I'll find something real

I'm still searching for someone to make me smile
I'm spending all my hours online
And I'm still waiting but it's got to be worthwhile
I've waited such a long, long time

And still I wait for your message to come through
Don't you know your e-lover's missing you?
And I'll take anything that I can feel
Though I doubt if ever I'll find something real

I'm still waiting but I think maybe one day
I'll find somebody just like me
I've got no new ideas and nothing smart to say
And my soul is dying of ennui

Well things have changed
As I'm sure you know too well
Fuck my MTV, I just want my AOL
And this machine keeps me hidden like a cloud
As I cry here, just trying hard to laugh out loud
Just laugh out loud
Track Name: Fix
Well, you seem quite uncomfortable without your fix
You're filling every second with your noise and ticks
Well, why can't you be still for just one second and relax
And see that everything we have is falling through the cracks?

Convince me
Convince me I shouldn't give up on a sober, happy ending
You take a lot
But it takes a lot to take away the sting

I had a lot to say, but now my mind is blank
It just might be because of all the beer I drank
I think that I was angry, but I'll remember in a while
Oh well, whatever. Friend, it's good to see you smile

Convince me
Convince me I shouldn't give up on another friendly meeting
I drink a lot
But it takes a lot to take away the sting

Well, you seem quite out of your mind without your fix
You search for piece of mind, but nothing ever sticks
So try and try again and maybe one day you'll be strong
And I wrote you this song, so sing along, and pretend nothing's wrong

Convince me
Convince me now if we stop there is a chance we still got something
We take a lot
But it takes a lot to make us feel nothing
Convince me I shouldn't give up on a fairytale ending
I try so hard but it takes much more to take away the sting
Track Name: $200 Tennis Shoes
Just look at the sky
And think of the stars
While we can see them
Some have burned out many eons ago
Yet still, how lovely they are

The warmth of the sun
Nice drives in a car
While we enjoy them
They will kill our children's children in time
But for now, how lucky we are

I say it seems like nobody notices
Or wants good things when there's good things to be had
It's only good if it's coming at someone elses expense
And that always makes me sad

So some people are bad
And some take things too far
And some will rape and some will kill
But still we all have a choice
So think, how lucky we are

I say it seems like nobody notices
Or wants good things when there's good things to be had
It's only good if it's coming at someone elses expense
And that always makes me sad

I'm tired of living and watching
Cause we are ruining everything and I hate it
Well, something gives me the feeling
This life was meant to be better than what we made it

When God calls me home
And ask how it was
I'll say I didn't like the people but the planet was nice
I loved it because
Wherever I looked I could see how much
You loved what you'd made
I'd think, how lovely life was
Meant to be
Track Name: Cotton Candy in the Rain
Go on, tell me that you hate me
I don't need another lie
You can say you want to break me
I can take you any time
Go on, slap me in the face
I don't need another kiss
And you can call me a disgrace
But your dysfunctions won't be missed

I can see you're moving on
And I think you should run along
You don't want your friends to see you cry
I think you should go away
I just don't want you to stay
You don't want your friends to know you lie
Track Name: MrBaloney
I nver imagined how much you pretend
I thought you were great, I called you my friend
But you were the one who lied and stole
And you picked this fight
Now how can you act like you were the one
Who'd always been right

And I just don't get where you think you get off
You think you get off
Where do you get off?


Now don't think because you haven't seen
Or heard me in months
That I have forgotten
Or all this is done
And you still owe me money
And I just want my money
Though you owe much more than that
And I owe you a crowbar
A gallon of gasoline and a match
Track Name: Nightmares
I had a dream I went walking around
With all of my friends in a beautiful town
Where everyone loved us
And no body fought
And as I was starting to wake up I thought

I don't want to wake up this time
When all of these visions in sleep seem sublime
I wish I had a nightmare tonight
So when I wake up the world might feel all right

I had a dream that I'd finally made peace
With all the old friends who'd become enemies
And we all forgave all the bad thing's we'd done
We gave up our hate and had nothing but fun

And I got a postcard from heaven, it read in full
Wish you were here, the weather is beautiful
I thought it was nice that her soul had been filed
Where no one was lonely and everyone smiled

I thought this world just doesn't fit me quite right
Hey God, could I try on another for size?
I'm trying hard as I can but it seems
We'll never find anything as fine as our dreams

I don't want to wake up this time
When all of these visions in sleep seem sublime
I wish I had a nightmare tonight
So when I wake up the world might feel all right
Track Name: A Ton of Bricks
I held on fast and swore that I always would
Do everything I could
I finally walked away with nothing
And went away for months to be on my own
And think things through alone
I searched for peace but still I found nothing

And it went on and on and slowly I
Was losing my mind, I was losing my mind
There was little comfort in the fact
That I had been right, cause I lost the fight
And later I could only hope that this
Great sadness of mine would diminish in time
But it's been a daily battle
Just to gather the will to keep it together still

It seemed like everything fell apart at once
I felt like such a dunce
I must have been too stupid to see
When every single friendship I thought I had
Had suddenly gone bad
It seemed the world was turning against me

And it went on and on and slowly I
Was losing my mind, I was losing my mind
There was little comfort in the fact
That I had been right, cause I lost the fight
And later I could only hope that this
Great sadness of mine would diminish in time
But it's been a daily battle
Just to gather the will to keep it together still

And when I think of all I had to lose
It hits me like a ton of bricks and I can't move

But if I had to do it over I would gladly do it all again
La la la la la la la
Because I still believe good people get the best out of life in the end
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