illicitizen

origins: illicitizen band name/logo

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Band: Illicitizen. I came up with the name as a solo thing where I could do more experimental music.. It was a time when the govt increased its surveillance of citizens. It still seems like any questioning of this authority comes off as unpatriotic and illicit in the minds of a lot of folks. Plus I think we’ve lived in era where the most reprehensible behaviors by corporations and governments has become institutionalized while many moral behaviors are criminalized. Hence illicit+citizen = illicitizen.

The pixel font in the logo was used to connote a kind of techno-vibe as well as using the man/woman signs for the first two i’s to demonstrate a oneness or standardization of humanity. Sort of stripping away our individualism and making people just cogs in the machinery. After Maria joined the band the graphic elements just sort of outlined themselves. I think we’ve actually done our best to downplay the electronic-technological aspects of the music while keeping the original idea alive.

Illicitizen of Charlotte, N.C. is the duo of Eric Cavanaugh and Maria Zaccaro, who make New Wave electronica they’re quick to admit in their bio earns them comparison to the Talking Heads. But wait, there’s more! Their quirky songs also nod to modern hip-hop and ‘50s slow-dance-in-the-gym songs.
—  IVI BLOG  haha, nice
Needle ©2009 illicitizen

I’m not the one that called you today

I’m not the one that stands in your way

I’m not the one that you take to your bed

I am the one in the back of your head.

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

I’m not the one driving the car.

You aren’t the one alone in this bar.

I’m not the one with my head in your lap.

But you are the one that won’t go away.

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Your eyes are the flame and your lips are the fuse

your ass is the bomb that I’m trying to use

you can take it by mouth or pierce the skin

the only thing I ask is we can’t be friends.

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

God is a drug, and sex is a needle

Sugar is a drug and my television

slept with a needle.

A spoon full of syrup is small compensation

addictive incentives and pleasured sensations

your tolerance grows, and you’re in my daydreams

you are the one that’s taking me o-o-ver.

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Law is a drug, and crime is a needle

Medicine’s a drug, and sickness is evil

I’m not the one that needed a break

you are the one that’s driving asleep

I’m not at fault for being myself

You’re not at fault for falling in love with you.

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Love is a drug, and sex is a needle

Epsilon ©2010 illicitizen

You are such a young star

you look so close and you

know that you are

beautiful, beautiful,

let’s go, let go, oh

I like your stellar winds,

but you redshift as you head away

I have the blues for your

blueshift, in my spaceship

let’s go, let go, oh take me.

They say you are a five,

but you’re really a ten.

It’s not IF I orbit,

but how and when.

I’ll take the bow shock,

the heliopause.

let’s go, let go, oh take me.

That unseen companion

means nothing to me.

He’s just so much dust

in the infinity.

Yeah you got a date with

Luyten 726-8.

But that’s so far away.

so far away.

We can meet for a picnic on

Eridani b.

I’ll get some sandwiches

and turn off the TV.

You’ve the asteroid belts,

and what else?

Ooh we’ll see, yeah

we’ll see.

livelimelight.com
Live Review: October 28, 2011 in Charlotte, NC

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Stan Says: Illicitizen has a great sound that isn’t heard often anymore. Very much a new wave sound yet not in a bad way. I say that because I almost feel like I’m insulting them by calling them a “new wave” band, as they’re so much more than that. Initially I did hear a distinct Talking Heads sound, with Elvis Costello thrown in and some Joe Jackson (minus the piano). Illicitizen consists of two members, Maria Zaccaro and Eric Cavanaugh. Maria plays  bass and has programmed the sequencer (and so much more) and is responsible for a large portion of their sound. Eric plays guitar and sings… (read more)


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Shifty ©2011 illicitizen

shifty aint got time for your parables or prescriptions

he’s done two tours in Afghanistan

if you make him promise he’ll take you down with him

don’t you even talk about that time he spent in jail

This is where I say something.

If I had something to say.

Cold Feet? More like Big Feet.

Hey Shifty

oh shifty, you’re looking good today

but the mileage on you is taking you away

He wondered what would Frank Sinatra do?

I told him he’d get a horn section.

I feel like I had a C section.

I believe we gotta put him in the ground

that aint no reason for ya’ll to put him down

Next ©2011 illicitizen

I will kill your family and put it on parade

I will steal your resources and spread them all around

I won’t make a difference until you make a sound

When the water comes you got to admit it takes you for a prize

When the water comes you got to confess to everybody’s crimes

When the water comes you decide what the hell is next

You will circle back on everything you’ve read

in all the ancient books that talk about the dead

you don’t want to end up exampled by the fall

When the water comes you got to admit it takes you for a prize

When the water comes you got to confess to everybody’s crimes

When the water comes you decide what the hell is next

Now you don’t know the difference between the lies and truth

You know that there’s something wrong but you don’t know his name

Now you can’t know the difference between the lies and truth

When the water comes you got to admit it takes you for a prize

When the water comes you got to confess to everybody’s crimes

When the water comes you decide what the hell is next

MariaUpdate #8

She is finally getting the pain handled. We had to go back to the Doc again today to have the bandages cut away and re-wrapped. She’s kicking pain’s @ss with just ibuprofen now. Suck it, pain. More appts this week. I’ve lost count. I’m so glad our doctor made a special trip for us today.

Letter for Gorky ©2011 illicitizen

I’ve got a letter for Mr Gorky.

We had a meeting in the dark.

You artists are irresponsible. We can’t trust you to bear weight.

You’re always articulating and progressing postulates.

moving an agenda isn’t quite an honest living.

why don’t you go to work and keep your family off of welfare?

moving on your merits isn’t fair to all the others.

why don’t you speak more plainly and get with the program?

there’s a problem in McComb down at the woolworth’s

some colored boys want service and they think this is a free country

if he keeps giving me lip I’ll hand them a new martyr

Do you stupid bastards really think your safer now being smarter?

we can tell that you’re weary

we won’t leave you alone

watch us enhance your entropy

we are everything that you own.

We’ve got a message for Dalton Trumbo

We had a meeting on the hill.

All unfriendly witnesses will be coerced to testify.

If you don’t get in line you’ll find it difficult. Difficult to survive.

Moving in your circles gets easier betrayal.

Why don’t you get a trade and quit agitating workers?

We could find a place for you if you could show some loyalty.

Why don’t you take an oath and show us all how smart you are?

There’s some faggot up on Castro who thinks he is the Mayor.

If he keeps on pushing boundaries we’ll synthesize a martyr.

We can’t tell the difference, we treat you all unfair.

Do you stupid bastards still think you’re safer being smarter?

we can tell that you’re weary

we won’t leave you alone

watch us enhance your entropy

we are everything that you own.

I’ve got a cable for Bradley Manning

But he’s not getting mail off of the wire.

Enemies are transient in time, geography

We’ve thrown a party under the bus

Making up proscriptions gets weaker by the instance

Geronimo has proven that we’re doomed as a species

The view from here is stunning, you can almost see them running

Just keep it to yourself or we’ll make you seem less cunning

We’ll engineer a way out, just like the DC Madame

Another martyr on the pile when we let you at him

That Okie kid in Quantico leaves questions that are harder

Do you stupid bastards really think you’re safer now being smarter?

we can tell that you’re weary

we won’t leave you alone

watch us enhance your entropy

we are everything that you own.