Bastards of the Nation

by Demerit

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Bastards of the Nation is Demerit’s first full-length release on Maybe Mars Records. It was recorded and produced in 2008 by Public Enemy’s Brian Hardgroove, and has become a landmark album for the Chinese punk scene. Demerit mixes elements of 80’s metal with street-punk to create a unique and complex sound that has earned them respect from both punk and metal scenes at home and abroad. With its trademark sound and incisive, politically conscious lyrics, Bastards set the standard for the next generation of Chinese punk bands.

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released May 1, 2008

Vocals & Bass - Spike
Lead Guitar - Colin
Guitar & Back-up Vocals - Lee
Drum & Back-up Vocals - Du Shuai

All songs written by Spike
Arranged by Demerit

Backing Vocals: Brian Hardgroove (Public Enemy), Liu Liu (Banana Peel), Nevin & Adam (Fanzui Xiangfa), Jonney (P.K.14), Annie & Danna

Produced by Brian Hardgroove
Engineered by Michael Chavez
Executive Producers Michael Pettis & Nevin Domer
Recorded at YYYD; Beijing, CHINA
Mixed at A-String; Beijing, CHINA
Mastered by Michael Chavez
Design & Labour by Passenger Pidgin
Cover photography by Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Band Photos & Portraits by Matthew Niederhauser & Li Mengxing

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Track Name: Intro / DEMERIT
Regardless of my point of view
my barcode reads the same
What's the point in conforming
when slavery is the game

We are not right in having nothing to say
'cos silence is the last power we have
what should I do?

D.E.M.E.R.I.T.
Track Name: Fight Your Apathy
Burn your T.V.
save your life from entropy
It's natural to die
but not in this way
The problems that you take
the problems that you make
so the problems you create
will eat you alive

Fight your apathy
la la......
Track Name: Bastards of the Nation
why the fuck am I loyal to you?
we don't want to be your victims of greed
sick of you, no future for us,
how many people die in famine?
no way, no control, we can carry on

send me to work, send me to war
send me to waste my life for you
hate for you, no future for us
we are just bastards of the nation
no way, no control, poverty makes us strong
no way, not control, we can carry on

so fuck your petty thoughts
we don't care about your perfect plans
so fuck your petty thoughts
we still have rebel attitude

we don't wanna live for you!!!
Track Name: Live or Die
live or die, what to live for, what to die for
live or die, what to live for, what to die for

nobody changes time, and you have the right
to choose your own life
your life, if you lose your faith cause you fear
death. you lose your life

don't cheat your own life
life won't wait, death can wait
we won't stop screaming while you become
a machine laboring for others, we are still
bleeding for freedom
Track Name: Beijing Is Not My Home
walking alone with my shadow at night
I am lost among those wonderful stars
like the bird, can't find the way
I'm a lonely boy. I saw the planes, flying far
away. which one lands in my hometown
like the bird, can't find the way
in the lonely sky

Beijing's not my home
Beijing's not my home
oh momma, momma...
tell me where can I sleep tonight
Track Name: World Has Become A Battlefield
sign up an die today
is what the slogans should say
live by the sword, die by the sword

march off and earn your place
rotting dead like the rest in the earth
live by the sword, die by the sword

violence and control maintained by greed
they kill, we pay the bills

the world has become a battlefield
games for the rich, death for the poor

the world has become a battlefield
Track Name: Fuck The Schemers
an apple a day won't keep the assholes away
I chose to ignore my father whenever he'd say
that I better perform in the company way
now I fell off the grid cause I don't wanna pay

fuck schemers! I'm sick of it!
fuck schemers! I'm sick of it!
fuck schemers! I'm sick of it!
fuck schemers! I'm sick of it!

my biggest problem today
is the lies that surround me
if I want to stay on my feet
my only option is isolation

fuck schemers! I'm sick of it!
fuck schemers! I'm sick of it!
Track Name: Voice Of The People
the newspapers never speak the truth
that people were killed in an accident
will they be reborn like the bible says
you need to find the truth and the way
'cos there is fear inside this place

wake up from your dream
voice of the people
we can't find the reason