Optimal Running Speed

by The Press Gang

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Optimal Running Speed is the band’s first full length release with new drummer Derek Lindzon, and is layered with strength and perseverance over a period of lineup changes, uncertainty, and musical progression. Returning to the studio, (this time in their own jam space!), The Press Gang carefully refined this album’s demos into finely crafted tracks as a result of the dedication and talent that only a fantastic drummer can provide. The Honeymoon period would result in a renewed sense of purpose for the band and the new material. Road testing half of the songs and leaving the other half for studio only treatments, the tracks are able to stand alone as singles without sacrificing the cohesive flow necessary for great full length album. Treating the album as a traditional Vinyl release, there are two sides that have a complete narrative arc—with powerful beginnings, high powered middle sections, and strong finishes. The Press Gang’s Optimal Running Speed returns back to when riffs were riffs, and music was exciting and inspirational. With the wind at your back, salt in the air, and the unforgiving sea as your constant companion, return your ship to Optimal Running Speed!

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released May 9, 2015

Colin McCulloch - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitars
Chad Laing - Lead Guitars, backup vox
Ronnie Keats - Bass Guitar
Derek Lindzon - Drums

Produced by The Press Gang
Engineered by Chad Laing, Derek Lindzon, and Colin McCulloch
Mixed and Mastered by Nathan "N8" Renaud

Recorded in The Press Box, Calgary, Alberta 2015

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The Press Gang Calgary, Alberta

The Press Gang, formed in late 2006, is a mixture of Punk, classic Heavy Metal, Riff driven Hard Rock, salt air, dirt, and kitchen parties all in one. Half the band hails from the East Coast and the other half the West. East meets West in a hodge podge of The Heavy. This mix of coasts and influences has bred something sweet and unique, otherwise known as “The Heavy”. ... more

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Track Name: Cornerstone
THEY’LL TAKE EVERYTHING FROM THE FUTURE / THEY’LL GIVE YOU THE KEY TO THE PAST / DISH OUT SOME LIE AND MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD INSIDE IN HOPES THAT IT NEVER WILL LAST / I GOT A PLAN FOR TOMORROW / ’CAUSE I GOT A PLAN FOR TODAY / WRITING DIRECTIONS FOR TRIPS THAT I TAKE HOPING FOR A BETTER WAY / HAND THE REMOTE ‘CAUSE WE’RE IN ON THE JOKE OF THEORIES THAT JUST CAN’T STAND / WE’RE TOLD ALL THE MEANINGS OF CIRCLES AND SQUARES, WORSHIP THE RULE OF MAN / CONDITIONS ASIDE WE ALL MUST ABIDE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO GROW / BUST OFF THE CHAINS AND TAKE HOLD THE REINS GIVE ANOTHER SEED TO SOW
Track Name: Church & State
INGRAINED IN THE EDIFICE IS THE POWER OF THE MIND / REFLECTIONS OF YOURSELF, A VISION SO DIVINE / ALL THINGS REVOLVE AROUND THE CONCEPT OF YOUR BEING / ENTWINED IN CIRCUMSTANCE, WE CREATURES ALL IN SYNCH / IT’S NOT A DETRIMENT / IT’S JUST REALITY / A SIMPLE FACT OF LIFE / WE LIVE AND DIE AND RECOMBINE / BOTH LACK AUTHORITY WITH WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG / LUDICROUS WITH ABSOLUTES SHORTSIGHTED LAW AND PSALM / PRELUDE TO SUFFERING, BEHOLD THE CHURCH AND STATE / THE PERFECT BREEDING GROUND FOR IGNORANCE AND HATE / IT’S NOT BEYOND COMPARE / BUT IT’S REALITY / A SIMPLE FACT OF LIFE / UNDER CROSS AND COIN WE KNEEL
Track Name: Me Not Know
ME NOT KNOW / ME NOT KNOW / I GOT TO OPEN THE TIME DOOR / GET BACK TO TOMORROW / BEEN THERE, DONE THAT SAW THE MOVIE, I BOUGHT THE T-SHIRT / GOTTA REPROGRAM PAST EVENTS / GET BACK TO TOMORROW / BEEN THERE, DONE THAT WROTE THE BOOK, I SOLD THE STORY / I GOTTA REWRITE SOME HISTORY / GET BACK TO TOMORROW / BEEN THERE, DONE THAT BOUGHT THE RIGHTS, I OWN THE COUNTRY / I GOTTA MAKE CERTAIN CHANGES / GET BACK TO TOMORROW / BEEN THERE, DONE THAT SEEN IT ALL, AND I'LL SEE IT AGAIN / I FORESEE WE MIGHT EVOLVE / DISAGREE WE SURVIVE THE FALL / UNEXPLAINED AND OVERRULED / YOU'RE RIGHT, I LIED / I MADE IT UP SO I COULD GET INSIDE
Track Name: A Place to Call Home
IT ALL BEGAN / SOME TIME AGO / I DO RECALL / GATHER ROUND / STOKE THE FIRE / WE REINSTALL / THE PEOPLE SPEAK OF PRE WARP DAYS / RESTRICTED TO THE EARTH / THE DAYS WERE BLEAK / IN MINDS OF MAN / NOT KNOWING WHAT WE'RE WORTH / WE BURNED IT TO THE GROUND / NO LONGER SAFE AND SOUND / THE LAND WE USED TO FARM WE USED TO ROAM / WE LISTENED TO IT'S SONG / COULD NEVER DO NO WRONG / UPON THIS EARTH WE SAT A JEWELLED THRONE / BUT THEN WE LOST OUR WAY / IGNORANCE DECAY / NEGLECT AND RUIN WE DID SURELY OWN / OUR ONLY WAY TO LIVE / SURVIVE AND TO FORGIVE / WAS FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO CALL HOME.../ THE TIDE IT RECEDES WITH THE HOPES OF THE YOUNG / THEY NEVER KNEW WHAT WAS TO COME / THE EARTH IT RECOILED WITH THE PAIN OF THE DEED / IT'S LANDSCAPE A RUIN OF NONE / THE PEOPLE CAN COWER IN MISTRUST AND FEAR / OR RISE TO OCCASION AS ONE / AND TAKE FOR THEMSELVES THE STARS AS THEIR HOST / OUR DAYS STUCK IN PRE WARP ARE DONE! / CHART THE STARS / ENGINES FIRED / WE PLOT THE COURSE / FREE THE MIND / ESCAPE THE EARTH / CLOSER TO THE SOURCE / EMPLOY THE DRIVE / AND BEND THE SPACE / WE TRULY NOW ASCEND / TO FLEE THE SCENE / OF DOUBT AND FEAR / THE DAY IS OURS AGAIN...
Track Name: Beneath Burning Sun
THE TIME IS A WASTING YOU ROT FROM INSIDE / THE FORWARD MOMENTUM THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE / A FORCE BEYOND KNOWING IS WHAT YOU’VE BECOME / YOU RISE FROM THE ASHES BENEATH BURNING SUN / FOR REPROBATES ITS NOT TOO LATE / TO ADD INSTEAD OF TAKE AWAY / YOU EDUCATE AND DEMONSTRATE / THERE ALWAYS IS A BETTER WAY / TO USE THE HEART AND USE THE MIND / A PART OF BIGGER BETTER THINGS / OPEN YOURSELF AND YOU WILL FIND THE POWER AND THE PEACE IT BRINGS / YOUR SKIN IT MEANS NOTHING YOUR MIND IS THE PRIZE / IT’S ALL HOW YOU FEEL AND SEE WITH YOUR EYES / THE STRENGTH OF THE MANY THE POWER OF ONE / YOUR WORDS ARE YOUR BULLETS / YOUR VOICE IS YOUR GUN / FLY!
Track Name: The Stench of Failure
BEHOLD THE WICKED STENCH OF YOUR FAILURE / REGALE AT THE THOUGHT OF IT’S DEMISE / KNEEL AT THE THRONE OF NO TOMORROW / AND GAZE INTO THE VOID WITH BLOODSHOT EYES / HEARKEN THE RESULTS OF YOUR ACTIONS / SEE / THE SALTED EARTH LIE IN WASTE / GROW NOTHING FROM IT’S WOMB IT’S SO BARREN / NO FOOD, NO WATER, NOTHING YOU WILL TASTE / I AM THE SUM OF ALL YOUR ACTIONS / I AM THE KING OF NO DEBATE / I AM THE SHIT LEFT IN THE CORNER / THE DECISION SEETHING HATE / I AM THE BLOOD UPON YOUR DOOR / I AM THE WEIGHT OF ALL REGRET / I AM THE DAWN WITHOUT THE SUN / THAT YOU SOON WILL NOT FORGET / I AM THE PRINCE OF NO TOMORROW / AND THE THORN THAT’S DEEP WITHIN YOUR CROWN / I AM THE POVERTY AND CHAIN / DESTROYING VILLAGES AND TOWNS / I AM THE MONKEY ON YOUR BACK / AND THE PAIN THAT’S DEEP WITHIN YOUR HEART / BEHOLD ALL OF YOUR EMPTY PROMISES / I RIP IT ALL APART / AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN….
Track Name: The Brass Tax
IN ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE / DIDN'T START OUT WITH MUCH, WE STARTED OUT WITH NOTHING / WE SOLDIERED ON, HEAD IN THE CLOUDS / NAIVE AND UNKNOWN, TRIED TO CREATE SOMETHING / WHERE ARE WE NOW? NEW LIVES AND DIFFERENT STAKES / IF WE COULD SEE US NOW. WOULD WE MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES? / SOME OF US HAVE GIVEN UP THE FIGHT / AND OTHERS HAVE FALLEN BY THE SIDE / LIVING ON DREAMS OF THE PAST / NOTHING IS REAL BUT NOW / WHILE THOSE OF US, STILL LEFT WITH SOME FIGHT / A BIT NAIVE, PERHAPS STILL UNKNOWN / THOSE OF US WHOSE AIM IS STILL TRUE / ONE DIRECTION WE KNOW THAT'S ONWARD AND UPWARD! / WHERE ARE WE NOW? NEW LIVES AND DIFFERENT STAKES / IF WE COULD SEE US NOW. WOULD WE MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES? / SOME OF US HAVE GIVEN UP THE FIGHT / AND OTHERS HAVE FALLEN BY THE SIDE / LIVING ON DREAMS OF THE PAST / NOTHING IS REAL BUT NOW / THOSE WHO HAVE LIVE AND WHO'VE DIED / THE END ALWAYS JUSTIFIED OUR CRIMES / LIVING OUT DREAMS OF RIGHT NOW / NOTHING IS REAL BUT NOW, WE HAVE NOTHING LEFT BUT TIME... / SOME OF US HAVE GIVEN UP THE FIGHT AND OTHERS HAVE FALLEN BY THE SIDE / LIVING ON DREAMS OF THE PAST / NOTHING IS REAL BUT NOW. / TO THOSE THAT HAVE LIVE AND HAVE DIED / THE END ALWAYS JUSTIFIED OUR CRIMES / JOIN US RIGHT AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET / NOTHING IS REAL BUT NOW, ALL THAT IS LEFT IS RIGHT NOW...
Track Name: I Have The Thunderstick
LET'S ROB THE PERCOCET BUS! / ‘CAUSE THE FUN'S IN THE LIVING AND THE FUN'S IN US / IT STANDS TO BELIEVE THAT WE NEVER KNEW TOMORROW ANYWAY / LET'S CALL THE ULTIMATE CALL / THE MOMENT'S IN THE SUN AND THE SUN INOT SMALL / THE FORGE IS MIGHTY HOT WHEN WE SEEK TO MAKE THE SWORD OF EVERMORE / STARING AT THE EDGE AND THE EDGE IS MIGHTY FINE / THE EDGE IS QUITE RIGID AND IT SURE IS DIVINE! / THE FLAME’S IN THE RHYTHM / AND THE RHYTHM'S IN THE FLAME / NO NEED TO INTERCEDE 'CAUSE I HAVE THE THUNDERSTICK! / LET'S SAIL THE ULTIMATE SHIP! / THE ULTIMATE SKY IS THE ULTIMATE TRIP / THERE’S TOO MANY WORDS THAT WILL NEVER KNOW THE LAUNCH OF CATAPULTS / DON'T BUY TERRESTRIAL LIES / CORPORATE'S IN THE LIMIT AND THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE / WE'RE SAILING FROM THE SUN WHEN WE SHOULD BE CLEANSED IN FIRES OF EVERYTHING...
Track Name: Shoot First, Aim Later
LIFE MAY BE CRUEL, BUT AT LEAST IT ISN'T FAIR / ALL OF MY PAST SINS, WOULD LEAVE THIS SINNER SCARED / REPEAT THAT MANTRA TO YOURSELF AGAIN AND AGAIN / MIGHT START TO BELIEVE IT, / HELL IT MIGHT START TO MAKE SENSE / YOUR HIGH MINDED VALUES, / ALTRUISTIC SENSE OF FAIR / WON'T HELP WHEN IT'S REVEALED WHAT YOU'RE HIDING OVER THERE / LEAVE IT FOR TOMORROW, JUST FUCK OFF FOR TODAY / SELF DESTRUCT INTO OBLIVION, LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY / BURN YOUR BRIDGES ONCE YOU CROSS / WELL IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE / BUT DON'T LOOK TO ME, I MAKE IT UP AS I GO / THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND, FOREVER RUE THIS DAY / WHEN ASKED WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT YOU'LL HAVE NOTHING MORE TO SAY / DON'T CALL THIS WISDOM, HELL IT'S BARELY ADVICE / 'CAUSE ALL OF US HAVE BEEN WRONG ONCE, TODAY I WAS TWICE / CALLING OUT YOU WANNABES, YOU DRUNKARDS, YOU ROWDIES / THE PHILISTINES, THE VAGABONDS, THE BUMPKINS AND THE TOWNIES / THEY'LL COME FOR YOU EVENTUALLY AS SURE AS THEY CAME FOR ME / SO REAP WHAT YOU SOW, AND TRY TO BE FREE / YOU'D SHOOT A MAN IN THE BACK / WELL IT'S THE SAFEST WAY TO BE SURE / BUT DON'T LOOK TO ME, I MAKE IT UP AS I GO / BURN YOUR BRIDGES ONCE YOU CROSS / WELL IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE / BUT DON'T LOOK TO ME / I CAME TO THIS ON MY OWN / YOU'D SHOOT A MAN IN THE BACK / WELL IT'S THE SAFEST WAY TO BE SURE / BUT DON'T LOOK TO ME, I MAKE IT UP AS I GO / YOU'D SHOOT A MAN IN THE BACK
Track Name: Torch The Earth
IT'S A WINDY DAY IN SPRING / JUST A FEW MONTHS BEFORE SUMMER / AND I FIND MYSELF IN A FIELD OF GRASS THAT'S BLONDE AND BEIGE NOT GREEN / SO I FIND A LITTLE CLEARING SAFE FROM THE WINDY WINDS / AND THE LIGHTER IN MY HAND IT MAKES ME FEEL CALM AND SERENE / TESTING THE FLINT, I CHECK THE SPARK / I PRESS THE BEAUTIFUL INCREDIBLE SHINY RED BUTTON / I SEE THE FLAME, I AM THE HEAT / I GET ALL HORNY FROM IMPENDING SENSE OF DESTRUCTION / IT'S ONE O'CLOCK IN THE DAYTIME AND FOR NOW I'M IN CONTROL / BUT NOT FOR LONG 'CAUSE I'M GIVING IN TO THIS WONDERFUL TEMPTATION / SO I GROW A SET OF BALLS FOR THE TASK ABOUT TO BE DONE / IT'S MY OWN LITTLE WAY OF LASHING OUT AT THE WORLD THAT'S WRONGED ME / FLICKING MY BIC, IT STROKES MY DICK / I PRESS THE BEAUTIFUL INCREDIBLE SHINY RED BUTTON / I FEEL THE FLAME, I FEEL IT BURN / I GET ALL HORNY FROM IMPENDING SENSE OF DESTRUCTION / WATCHING THE FIRST FLAME RISE UP / YOU FEEL IT CALL UPON YOU / I CAN'T HELP BUT FEEL I'M RESPONSIBLE! / FEEL THE RUSH AND THE HIGH / AS THE FLAMES GO HIGHER / WARMS MY HEART TO SEE THEM GROW AND EXPAND / SOON THE BLAZE IS BLAZING / BURNING OUT OF CONTROL / I WATCH MY CHILDREN AS THEY DANCE, SMOKE, AND BURN / FEEL MY HEART RACE FASTER / WHEN I HEAR THE SIRENS / FAR TOO LATE TO STOP WHAT I HAVE BEGUN! / I BURN THE FIELD, I'M SORT OF DRUNK / I PRESS THE BEAUTIFUL INCREDIBLE SHINY RED BUTTON / I TASTE THE SMOKE, I AM THE FLAME / I GET SATISFACTION FROM THE DAY OF DESTRUCTION
Track Name: Far More Louder Than Loud
THIS ACCOUNT GOES FAR MORE DEEPER THAN THIS / THIS INVESTMENT PAYS OFF AGAIN AND AGAIN / THIS MACHINE KNOWS FURY AND ENDLESS AND TERRAIN / THIS MACHINE ROLLS ONWARD AND UPWARD / FIRE UP ALL ENGINES DON'T BE AFRAID / OF THE PAST, IT'S ONLY DUST IN THE WIND / ROLLING ONWARD CRUSHING ALL HE SKULLS IN OUR PATH / OF THE WEAK, OF THE ONES WHO ARE STILL IN OUR WAY / FAR MORE, FAR MORE LOUDER THAN LOUD / JOIN TOGETHER DON'T LET THE ASSES TELL YOU / WHAT IS WRONG, WHAT IS ONLY GOOD FOR YOU TOO / CAST DOWNWARD ENDLESS BRAINWASH TECHNIQUE / THINK FOR YOURSELF, SEEK! SEEK! SEEK! / THE TRUTH IS SEETHING, WITHIN YOUR GRASP / REACH FOR THE MOMENT AT HAND WILL NOT LAST / BRING YOURSELF RIGHT TO THE FRONT OF THE CROWD / AND SCREAMING FAR MORE LOUDER THAN LOUD / FAR MORE, FAR MORE LOUDER THAN LOUD
Track Name: Vortex Driver
"BRING ME FORTH THE CHILD" IT SPOKE SNAPPED UNDER PRESSURE / AGAINST THE YOKE / TORE MY BRAIN AND CAST INTO THIS PLANE / INTO NARDEL 5 I FLEW / THE ENGINES BLAZING STILL ANEW / WAKE UP FROM THE SILENT SLEEP AGAIN / POWERING UP THE FUSION DRIVE / I FEEL HER ROAR, SHE'S STILL ALIVE / CALIBRATING ENGINE 9 / FLY ME TO YOUR VORTEX CENTRE / WHERE I MIGHT BEGIN NO BETTER / THAN BEFORE ON A COLONY SHIP / I LOST 3 QUARTERS ON THAT TRIP / SURE DON'T NEED THESE DAMN ORGANICS / PLEASE REPLACE THEM WITH MECHANICS / IN 5000 YEARS I JUST MAY DIE / TRAVELLING 'ROUND AN ASTEROID FIELD / FLEW HER HARDER AS SHE REELED / PULL HER UP, I PULL HER HARD TO STERN / POWERING UP THE FUSION DRIVE / I FEEL HER ROAR, SHE'S STILL ALIVE / CALIBRATING ENGINE 9 / FLY ME TO YOUR VORTEX CENTRE / WHERE I MIGHT BEGIN NO BETTER / THAN BEFORE ON A COLONY SHIP / I LOST 3 QUARTERS ON THAT TRIP