Broken Rainbow

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On November 11, just a few days after the 2016 elections in the US, no:carrier release their new album "Broken Rainbow" - sub-titled "Ballads for an Apocalyptic World". The cover shows this end-time vision with a sightless, dressed-up girl holding a dark crow amidst a barren landscape, oblivious of the destruction around her. Only a little glimpse of hope can be seen in the form of an, albeit fading, rainbow.

The songs on "Broken Rainbow" range from the lead single's topic of depression and addiction ("Your Heroin") to the important role alleged villains often play in fostering what is good ("Holy Judas"), and the depths of human behaviour ("Little Death", "The Day I Met You", "Alibis"). With the creepy cover version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising", and "The Man Who Drew Cats", a biographical song about Louis Wain, famous for his illustrations populated by anthropomorphic cats, no:carrier again show a wide range of topics and musical influences, that are seldom found in today's music, and merge it with their signature Electro Noir style.

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released November 11, 2016

lyrics and music written by Chris Wirsig (ASCAP), except Bad Moon Rising written by John Fogerty
produced by Chris Wirsig, executive producer: Marion Wirsig
recorded at Counter Communications Studios California and Germany

cover artwork: Jürgen Schöberl, www.schoeberlfoto-art.de
sleeve design & layout: Chris Wirsig
jewelry and art pieces by Taline Olmessekian, www.sadisticajewelry.com

℗ & © 2016 by Counter Communications, LLC & no:carrier
published by Counter Communications (ASCAP), www.counter-communications.com
except Bad Moon Rising published by Jondora Music


special thanks go to Bobby Halvorson, Cynthia Wechselberger, Lauralee Brown, Liza Marie Sparks, Scilla Siekmann and Melissa Harding for their great voices; Marion Wirsig for tirelessly making things happen; Jürgen Schöberl of SchoeberlfotoART for the awesome cover design; Ezrah Lockwood for shooting an outstanding video for Your Heroin; Taline Olmessekian of Sadistica for letting us into her perfectly dark studio, and the great jewelry and art pieces shown in this booklet; Steffen Franz, Jerome Forney, Ben Lang and everyone at Independent Distribution Collective for their efforts to put this album into the shops; James Moore of Independent Music Promotions for his dedication to make the music known; Kalib DuArte for his musical advice; Joanie and Ian Crombie at West Coast Songwriters for always connecting people; and to all our families and friends.

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Electro Noir Pop – “We can’t be compared easily. We have our very own sound that includes elements from several styles – from Dark Wave to Synthpop, from Acoustic to Electro. We found our own way, we are not going on the trodden paths, we stay true to our ideals and write exactly the songs we want to write.” ... more

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Track Name: Little Death (Version 16)
I want you to melt inside of my hands
I need your every breath
The pain just keeps me forever alive
But my life just waits for your little death

You want me to give it all
You need my every breath
The pleasure you need forever and more
But your life just waits for my little death

I feel your fingers inside of my brain
I need your every breath
The motion never stops to rest
And my life just wants your little death

You feel my fire burning bright
You need my every breath
The standstill always comes to soon
And your life just wants my little death

Again I want you to melt in my hands
I need your every breath
The pleasure and pain are the potions of life
But my life just seeks a little death

Now I can’t help you anymore
I breathed my every breath
The pleasure has come to its final end
And my life has found its own little death
Track Name: Your Heroin
Your heroin don’t work no more, the needles are all broken
Too much is left unspoken, drowned forevermore

Your wounds can’t bleed no more, the tears are all flown
All the sorrows you have known, are now accounted for

So you go into the light of a new day

Your heroin don’t work no more, all veins are closed to tight
No way to get it right, gone forevermore

Your heart can’t race no more, the pressure was to high
For too long a time, so you open up that door

So you go from the night and you pray

That this is the break you’ve been waiting for
The time of your life, you need to go
Down the golden road you’ve been meaning to take
To the land of the living, with nothing to fake anymore

Your heroin don’t work no more, the needles are all broken
Too much is left unspoken, drowned forevermore

So you go into the light of a new day
So you go from the night and you pray

That this is the break you’ve been waiting for
The time of your life, you need to go
Down the golden road you’ve been meaning to take
To the land of the living, with nothing to fake anymore
Track Name: Holy Judas
I never wanted to be the role-model
For all their unfulfilled dreams
I never wanted to be the chosen one
To betray a life and play this scheme

Breaking glass above my head
Couldn’t feel the gravel road beneath my feet
I was unaware then stopped to stare
At the unreal scene in front of me

You played your role to the bitter end
Sold your soul to the task at hand
You’ve done your deed, watched them go
The kiss on the cheek, the one to show

Come to think of it I must admit
It felt like gliding down my own throat
But the better part of my heart
Was already gone far down this road

You played your role to the bitter end
Sold your soul to the task at hand
You’ve done your deed, watched them go
The kiss on the cheek, the one to show
Track Name: When The Rain Falls
When the rain falls, slowly dripping
When the night crawls, softly within

When the rain falls, gently down
And my life slowly fades away

When the time comes, calling for me
When the feelings numb every glee

When the time comes, calling me out
My life slowly fades away

When the rain falls, slowly dripping
When the night crawls, softly within

When the rain falls, gently down
And my life slowly fades away
Track Name: The Day I Met You
The day I met you was a strange day
I should have known that it couldn’t last
The day I left you was a sad day
I should have known that it will come to pass

There’s a girl on the corner
Waiting for a man to take her home
It’s a good life she thinks
Getting everything and not feeling alone

The day I met you was a strange day
I should have known that it couldn’t last
The day I left you was a sad day
I should have known that it will come to pass

Back at home they wonder
If she’s alright, if she’s alive
But she’s too shy to go back
All her plans didn’t work out, but she tries

The day I met you was a strange day
I should have known that it couldn’t last
The day I left you was a sad day
I should have known that it will come to pass

I tried to save you

The day I met you was a strange day
I should have known that it couldn’t last
The day I left you was a sad day
I should have known that it will come to pass
Track Name: Here's To You (Creep Mix)
Here’s to you, here’s to happiness
Here’s to good times and bad
To being happy and sometimes sad
To every drop of rain falling down your pretty face
And the ever changing beauty of your grace

Here’s to you, here’s to happiness
Here’s to falling down the rabbit hole
And never coming back
And to every new expression on your pretty face
To the ever changing warmth of your embrace

Here’s to us, here’s to loneliness
Here’s to never feeling desolate
And having friends pull us back
And to every scar of sorrow on a pretty face
To the ever changing tide of the human race

Here’s to you, and to happiness
To all the good times and bad
And whenever you’re feeling sad
Just think of this and the smile on a happy face
And the all embracing warmth of summer days
Track Name: Alibis
Step onto the stone, let’s hear your alibis
We don’t have to believe but we sure will try

Step into the light, blinding your eyes
Telling us now it’s all been lies

Watch now
Your life passing by
See it so clear
A bunch of lies

Rolling your dice, one at a time
Fate determined, luck for a dime

Ghosts of the past playing a mime
Another life down in the grime

Watch now
Your life passing by
See it so clear
A bunch of lies
Track Name: The Man Who Drew Cats
A lonely boy walking through the streets
London wrapped in mist
Didn’t go to school but learned to teach
His pen revealing the gist

My name is Louis he said in a calm
Staring at the door
But having to care for the family
Was a task he wasn’t made for

The cats got published everywhere
But on returning home
He didn’t take the time to care
The money nearly gone

It seemed to make you happy
Thoughts were very clear
While drawing cats in a landscape
You could overcome your fear

But were you really crazy
As doctors and your sisters said
Or were the cats just prisoners
Forever captured in your head

The untimely death of his beloved wife
After just three years
The strain of providing the family bread
Eyes filled with tears

His mind wandered more and more
To places no one can say
His temper got worse, what could they do
They helped to lock him away

Discovered in darkness of ambit and mind
Moved to Bethlem Park
Living a life in quiet and peace
Still drawing cat after cat

It seemed to make you happy
Thoughts were very clear
While drawing cats in a landscape
You could overcome your fear

But were you really crazy
As doctors and your sisters said
Or were the cats just prisoners
Forever captured in your head

I like drawing cats
Cats in a cradle
Cats having fun
And cats at the table

Cats playing golf
Cats lying around
Cats hunting mice
Cats white and brown

Cats and their friends
At a barbecue
Cats doing things
Just like me and you