Empire of Lies

by Sleep Rebellion

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Eric Interesting, a Libertarian rock band! Enough of that, though- The music is highly intriguing, complex, gorgeous, and heavy, all at the same time. The main immediate similarity is to Rush, which is far from a bad thing. It's unique and well-performed, and that's more than enough to warrant checking it out. You will not be disappointed! Favorite track: The Creator.
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Sleep Rebellion is ready to wake up the masses. The Portland, Or. based hard rock group features a big guitar and drum sound, punctuated by lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Chris McGraw’s libertarian sci-fi lyrics.

Sleep Rebellion’s debut album, Empire of Lies, is an epic concept that ties into a sci-fi short story of the same name, written by the band’s songwriter, Chris McGraw. Each song follows a chapter in the short story and focuses on a different theme related to liberty, tyranny and revolution. Featuring powerful and virtuosic performances by vocalist/guitarist Chris McGraw and drummer Randy Hart, the album’s style ranges from radio-ready hard rock to otherworldly instrumental prog mayhem.

The album’s concept is inspired by science fiction novelists like Robert Heinlein, J. Neil Schulman and L. Neil Smith, as well as by progressive rock acts like Rush and Pink Floyd. The production was entirely crowdfunded during the summer of 2013, and recording commenced at the famous Portland, Oregon studio Kung Fu Bakery in October that year.

The opening track of the album refrains that, “Truth is treason in the Empire of Lies.” Sleep Rebellion wants to wake people up, and committing treason is their chosen method. If you feel it’s time for a revolution, pick up Empire of Lies today!

“It has been said of my fiction often enough that if you like Heinlein you might like Schulman. In that sense let me say that if you like Rush you might like Sleep Rebellion.” – J. Neil Schulman, award-winning author of Alongside Night

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released August 1, 2014

Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Synths: Chris McGraw
Drums: Randy Hart

Written and Produced by Chris McGraw
Drums recorded at Kung Fu Bakery, Portland, Or.
Drum recordings engineered by Dave Friedlander
Mastered by Chris Vita at Vita Mastering
Executive Producers: Archimedes Q. Porter and Levon Bryan

Cover art and photography by Kayla McGraw
Additional photography by Chris Herrick

Empire of Lies was made possible by crowdfunding. Special thanks to David McGraw, Levon Bryan, Bill Goodwin and Duke McGonigal for their extra generous contributions.

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Sleep Rebellion is ready to wake up the masses. The Portland, Or. based hard rock group features a big guitar and drum sound, punctuated by Chris McGraw’s libertarian lyrics.

“It has been said of my fiction often enough that if you like Heinlein you might like Schulman. In that sense let me say that if you like Rush you might like Sleep Rebellion.” – J. Neil Schulman, author of Alongside Night
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Track Name: Empire of Lies
We tune out, we tune in
We believe, we pretend
Ignorance and mass confusion
Apathy and sad delusions

Truth is treason in the Empire of Lies

We give up, we give in
Don’t speak out, just sleep in
Day to day, 'til the end
We breathe out, we breathe in

Truth is treason in the Empire of Lies
Truth is treason in the Empire of Lies

Did you believe the t.v. screen?
Or did you have a choice at all?
When the bobbing heads spoke
Did you hear the final curtain fall?
And when your eyes glazed over
Could you hear the future call?

Truth is treason in the Empire of Lies
Truth is treason in the Empire of Lies

We tune out, we tune in
We believe, we pretend

Chains of fear, chains of hate
Chains we love, we won't break
Track Name: Dark is Our Fear
Dark is our fear
Afraid to live
Afraid to rise

So we fall
And we fall
And we fall

Dark is our fear
Of streets, and of cars
We look to the lights
To the signs, to the cameras
Watching from above

Dark is our fear
Of flying, of our own wings
The people we once knew, suspicious and strange
Threatened by unknown things

Dark is our fear
Afraid to speak or think
For the things we really love
Against decrees from above

Dark is our fear
Afraid to run
Afraid to fight

So we fall
And we fall
And we fall

Dark is our fear
Afraid to live
Afraid to act

So we fall
And we fall
And we fall

Dark is our fear
Of cities, and of crowds
Of places we find familiar
Of towers in the clouds

Dark is our fear
Of the world, of ourselves
Of losing what we hold dear
To feel a little more secure
Track Name: Helicopter Ben
We need this
Dope to smoke
We'll fix this
And get our fix

We found out
How to live forever
We'll pound out
A trillion dollars

We'll fix you
We got the stuff
We call it
A trillion dollars


Bombs away
I'm Helicopter Ben
I can save this
For the Common Man
If you'll just trust me
We'll be making history

And in the morning it had all fallen do
Dancing to the tune of the man with the frown

We'll shoot up
All the money
We'll shoot you
With all our dollars

We know you
And what you need
You need love
And lots of dollars

We fix rates
Rates fix you
Lets make love
To all our dollars

Bombs away
I'm Helicopter Ben
I can save this
For the Common Man
If you'll just trust me
We'll be making history

And in the morning it had all fallen down
Tripping to the tune of the man with the frown
Track Name: False Messiah
Don't you wonder why I feed
The emptiness inside
Got a book of secret treasures with your name on it
For all the tears you cried
Bow your head and pray me
I'm here to give you hope

Don't be fooled
I'm just a false messiah
Take my hand
I'll lead you where I want ya

Oooooooooooooh
You won't be safe

Oooooooooooooh
I don't feel sane

Think my words can soothe all of your fears
With promises of change
In the back room I will seal all of the deals
That forge your gilded cage
Bow your head and vote for me
I'm here to save your soul

Don't be fooled
I'm just a false messiah
Take my hand
I'll lead you where I want ya

Oooooooooooooh
You won't be safe

Oooooooooooooh
I don't feel sane
Track Name: Machine Guns
Machine guns
Are comin to take take me home
Machine guns
Will comfort me
Will keep me warm when I'm alone
Machine guns
I know they're comin for me
Machine guns
Cover me like a blanket
And I'll sleep sound tonight

I'll make my bed amongst the rocks
And sing my favorite song one last time
A lullalbye that really doesn't matter
To machine guns


I won't be your universal soldier
I won't be a sacrificial lamb
I'll fight to succeed and I'll fight to be free
But I won' t fight in lands across the sea
I won't be your universal soldier


Machine guns
Are pulling pulling the curtains closed
Machine guns
Will kiss my head
Will close the door when I have dozed
Machine guns
I know they're never far from me
Machine guns
Dim the lights
Till I can't see

I'll make my bed upon these bodies
And dream my favorite dream one last time
A fairytale about a place that has no
Machine guns


I won't be your universal soldier
I won't be a sacrificial lamb
I'll fight to succeed and I'll fight to be free
But I won' t fight in lands across the sea
I won't be your universal soldier
Track Name: The Agorist
You can use a gun, or use your mind,
Display the truth in the land of the blind,
You can bind down his hands, but never his heart
You can trade or steal, but you can't force art

If you want to deal, you'll pay the price
Or swindle and steal, just roll the dice
No one's his master, nobody his slave
Just shut up and pay up, if you want to trade

He says, "Value for value, beats eye for an eye,
For the price of the moon, I'll sell you the sky."

Ideas reproduce
In the marketplace
Pride makes money
In the marketplace

All is fair in the marketplace

All that's produced
From the exotic to the mundane
All you desire
Whether erotic or profane
From all corners of the Earth
Nothing's forbidden here
Some things just cost a little more

He says, "Utopia's for sale, and can't you see why?
You don't need to save the old world, just let it wither and die."

Ideas reproduce
In the marketplace
Pride makes money
In the marketplace

Revolutions begin
In the marketplace
Track Name: New Worlds
Take me away
To the farthest point in time and space
To the shores of the cosmic ocean
Where starlight falls around my face

Find me a way
To reach the edge of all that's known
Where glorious rainbows become unwoven
And I am odd by all I'm shown

Take me away

Travellers forge a dark path with only their visions to guide them
They're finding new worlds
Finding new worlds

Recklessly we fall into a sea of mystery
We're finding new worlds
Finding new worlds

Gone are the days
When we lived in the shade of trees
Afraid of the sky and its mysteries
Its stars suspended in a mystical sea

Beckoning me
The world beyond what we have known
Where the dreams of men have long since flown
And I am awed by all I'm shown

Take me away

Travellers forge a dark path with only their visions to guide them
They're finding new worlds
Finding new worlds

Recklessly we fall into a sea of mystery
We're finding new worlds
Finding new worlds
Track Name: The Creator
How long
How long must you wait
To see the fate
Of all you create

How far
How far must you go
To find a vision
In all that you know

Driven and tireless
The Creator paints straight lines
Across a simple sky

The image he conjurs
Gives meaning to the scene
He'll teach men how to fly

And fly they will
And fly they will
And flying, they will shoot him down

How long
How long must you wait
To feel the wrath
Of all you create

How far
How far must you go
To sow your seeds
To save your soul

Brow furrowed slightly
The Creator makes his mark
Upon the empty page

The words he's written
Give meaning to his life
He'll free men from their cage

And free they'll be
And free they'll be
And freely, they will chain him down

He needs no sanction
No warrant
No leave

The fire he brings them
Will take care of all their needs

Burn him at the stake
Burn him at the stake

How long
How long must you wait
To see the fate
Of all you create

How wrong
How wrong can you be
Fight on
But you can't make them see

How strong
How strong is your soul
For his dreams
The Creator pays a toll
Track Name: Extraordinary Tales
Simple life
Simple dreams
Simple ends take
Simple means

(Take me far away)
From the ordinary world
(Fly me far away)
On extraordinary tales
(Teach me how to dream)
In this ordinary world
(Tell me once again)
Of extraordinary tales

Extraordinary tales
Extraordinary tales

Simple scenes
Of simple years
Simple songs
Please simple ears

(Take me far away)
From the ordinary world
(Fly me far away)
On extraordinary tales
(Teach me how to dream)
In this ordinary world
(Tell me once again)
Of extraordinary tales

Extraordinary tales
Extraordinary tales
Track Name: Fearless
There’s a choice between freedom and fear
That we all must make
Sometimes the decision weighs heavy
Sometimes it feels too late

You can try to change your world
Or you can leave it all behind
But taking the wheel is never easy
When you drive outside the lines

Courage takes passion,
Revolution takes persistence
So rise up, and join the resistance

We can be fearless
We can take control
If you feel that hero in your soul, don’t let him down
Don’t let him down

There’s a choice between life and death
That we all must make
Sometimes the struggle wears us down
Sometimes it feels like fate

You can try to stand your ground
Or you can just stand still
But you don’t get to move the world
Without action, and force of will

Courage takes passion,
Revolution takes persistence
So rise up, and join the resistance

We can be fearless
We can take control
If you can feel that hero in your soul, don’t let him down
Don’t let him down

The future belongs to the brave
To those who act today
So take up arms against the past
And throw your shackles away