The Throwback EP

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So here's the story...

Back in January of 2011, on a random bored afternoon, I decided to set up a couple of mics in the living room of my Burbank, California apartment. For no reason in particular I started playing a decade old song from my first high school punk band, Perfect Flaw. I was having some fun with it, so I decided to jam on a couple tunes from the band I was in after that, At Any Cost.

Before calling it quits I busted out a couple obscure gems from my semi-successful post-high school pop-punk band, Waiting For Darryl.

Before I knew it I had recorded a little EP of throwback tunes. Songs I hadn't thought about for ages had just been spontaneously updated, wrung haphazardly through my late-twenties, aging emo kid filter.

Though I thought it was kind of cool in the moment, it was certainly nothing I ever planned on showing anybody. In fact, after hitting 'save' and closing my laptop, I pretty much forgot about the whole recording altogether.

Cut to: Friday, November 13th, 2015. I wake up to a message from an old friend and former bandmate asking if I still had a digital copy of some of our old recordings. Indeed I did, and as I dug them up I stumbled upon the "throwback" sessions from nearly five years earlier.

After taking a listen and chuckling to myself, I decided that imperfect though they may be, these songs deserved to have a life outside of my hard drive.

So, for better or worse, here they are. "The Throwback EP."

Enjoy! -Ryan Johnston // Your Imaginary Friend

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released November 13, 2015

recorded January 2011 at the Noise Floor, Burbank, CA.

mixed and mastered November 2015 by Ryan Johnston in the Spaceroom, North Hollywood, CA.

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Track Name: Backdown
I have to tell you something before it's too late
I fear it already is and I know it can't wait
but you need to see, it will never be.

This time you've gone too far
you knew exactly what was going on
but you can't quit
no, you have to let it go on

You have to know now, I've got nothing against you
but you want to do things I just don't want to
but you need to see, never will this be

This time you've gone too far
you knew exactly what was going on
but you can't quit
no, you have to let it go on
Track Name: Fall Forever
Tell me of your state of mind
when you took the flame from this candle
All that remains of this night are drops of wax
and the faint smell of smoke.

We know you want to give it back
we know you're gonna try.

Now this charred wick has fallen
to its place beneath us for all time
Try as you might you'll never
make a spark radiant enough to take its place

We know you want to give it back
we know you're gonna try.

All that remains is new life in its place
but even this will die all in due time.

No ill intentions, all aware
remorse heightened, all aware
Track Name: So Called Paradise
No compassion, it's a no-win situation
I hope only for a brighter tomorrow
Never expected, I was never accepted
now I'm painted back with my own sorrow.

Who knows what tomorrow might bring?
Maybe just another daydream
but I'll put up with one more day in this
so-called paradise.

Hope deflated with each new day initiated
all of my pain and sadness grew
Anger flowed, my heart turned cold
and the darkness inside pushed through.

Who knows what tomorrow might bring?
Maybe just another daydream
but I'll put up with one more day in this
so-called paradise.

Everyone's in a state of mistrust
everything I touch turns to dust
Everyone's in a state of mistrust
in hopes to feed my deep dark lust.

Who knows what tomorrow might bring?
Maybe just another daydream
but I'll put up with one more day in this
so-called paradise.
Track Name: Forever And
I'm so sick of seeing word after word
etched into this glass
and the undying fear of just where you are
and my future becoming my past.

Why is this, your majesty
That I so love hurting you?

By now this feeling is exhausted
so I'm putting it to rest
is this poetic justice
or have you earned my best?

Why is this, your majesty
That I so love hurting you?
One last wish, your majesty
Find another heart to use

This can't go on now, it's over now
I can't go on now, it's killing me
I can't go on now, it's over now
I can't go on now, can't go on now

Why is this, your majesty
That I so love hurting you?
One last wish, your majesty
Find another heart to use
Track Name: Alternate Ending
If I try real hard I can remember a day
when innocence was the word
but that day has long since passed
and now I am not sure of just what I heard
But I know one thing that is for sure and it's
that I have become a professional
at wasting time, both yours and mine
and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.

I've got these miracles inside of my head
but I can never get them down on paper
but still I still persist to resist
at least it's for a worthy cause
or nothing at all
So now my future lies in front of me
and it's a fork in the road
I better make up my mind, my exit is coming up soon
which way will I go?

I try, I die

And I feel we're finally getting close
we'll be home soon and you can rest your mind
who knows if we'll even get there
will you wait here with me?
If this is an end, then we'll find it tonight.

This is an end.