Ties That Bind

by Mainframe



Ties that Bind
Press Release

Mainframe is a four-piece punk rock band bound together in the pursuit of what’s right. Members Noah (vox, guitar), Naomi (bass), Drew (drums), and Rachel (guitar, BGVs) met up in the Far East, where they decided to join up, plug in, and send a shout out to the world.

“Ties that Bind” is the band’s third melodic new school set list, busting out with more of the sincere energy you heard on the self-titled and “Burn the Boats” EPs. Mainframe likes it loud and edgy, and this EP was driven by an undeniable yearning.

There are two themes that jump out in these songs: First, helping each other up and along. Friends and relatives gotta be there for each other and press on together. Second, a longing for deeper insight into God’s truth. We can see something of Him in the beautiful things around us, yet we need God to open our eyes to see Him more fully.

The final two tracks showcase the “unplugged” side of Mainframe. I guess this is what the band would sound like on an acoustic stage!

1. Ties that Bind
2. Not Going Ahead Without You
3. Looking Up
4. Real Eyes
5. Aperture
6. Let the Trip Begin
7. Coffee Break


released November 9, 2019

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Track Name: Ties That Bind
Ties that Bind

This ain’t the UN here, you can tell it to me straight
I’ll drop my diplomatic front and you can lay out all the hate
And the frustration you feel about everything
Let it out, it’s alright

We are more than a loosely affiliated
Wandering circle of stars
The ties that have bound us together I’ll use
To carry your burdens and bind up your scars

Don’t take it personally if I call that jack a spade
You’ve got a pair of aces in your hand that you really ought to play
Upon the table of bluffers and wild cards
Lay it out, it’s alright

I’ll listen to you when you need me
I’m coming to you with a loving word
Track Name: Not Going Ahead Without You
Not Going Ahead Without You

I know you’re scared,
everything changed so suddenly
Where we are, it’s so strange
It’s like a nightmare to you and me

I am not (not) going ahead without you
But we are not (not) staying behind in this firestorm
We are still a long way off from where I know we need to be
So would you take my hand and move forward with me

We’ve always connected
The dots no matter how
It’s been so long with such pain
It’s like they’re spaced out too far now

I am not (not) going ahead without you
But we can not (not) stay behind in this firestorm
I know you’ve locked (locked) up by instinct and are shutting down but please
Would you take my hand, I will pull you up
Track Name: Looking Up
Looking Up

I’ve been outdone in kindness
I’ve been outrun by the very dreams I tried to chase down
Down, down, down, I’ve fallen short of the mark

But now I’m looking up at a gray sky
And believing that today
Was not a wasted day

I’ve been moshed in the mudpit
I was totally sloshed by the very wave I tried to ride it on
All the way to the stage, but I’m okay

Now the calendar marks Spring, and I could use a new beginning
If you’d pull me up and walk with me, I’d surely split the winnings
Of a thousand against one, of a dim and distant song
Before the moon and stars grow dark, the cricket drags himself along
And like a soda bottle spilled out and seeping in the cracks
I’ve fizzled out upon the cobblestone, lying flat upon my back
But now I’m looking up...
Track Name: Real Eyes
Real Eyes

So many times when I look at something
I’m looking through it and I’m seeing something more
A back door to the portal of the true

Is it a part of the microcosm?
What’s the story from the back part of the room?
Behind the blue

If you can’t see it, then I’m gonna tell you how

Put real eyes on the things you think are beautiful
Put real eyes on the ones you know are wonderful

Every man was once a boy in flip flops
Every woman had her dreams upon a time
Revolving doors that we’ve been through

So how is it that the mountain climber
Upon the summit is convinced now that he’s small?
Beneath the blue

You’ll see Him there, just like the moon
When the shadowed path for a moment comes to view
The double door, the spider’s web
Take a deep, deep breath and let it get out of your head
Track Name: Aperture

When it’s foggy out like this the sun looks just like the full moon on a cloudy mid-autumn
I’m a stickler for punctuation, and I’ve never liked a loose translation

I saw your light shine on through, and got a glimpse of the treasure
Can’t seem to get a hold of it; increase my aperture

The gray and the rain have begun to brew a full uneasy expectation
It’s the kind of a thing if you’re wrong, you roll down the mountain deep into the valley strong

I saw your light shine on through, and got a glimpse of the treasure
Can’t seem to get a hold of it; increase my aperture

I’ve seen the curtain-falling speed of a skyline sunset
I’ve heard the echoed memories of a tragic regret

Let your oil work in deep into the innermost parts
Of my complex beating mechanical heart (and please start to increase my capacity)

I plead the calling I received and vision strength for action
I need at least a brief reprieve from the great distractions
Track Name: Let The Trip Begin
Let the Trip Begin

I stuffed my fears into the overhead bin
Without a doubt, no I wouldn’t let them in
Cuz I am getting on this train
I am moving on again
Pull the lever back and let the trip begin

I’m far away from the green and auburn fields
I’ve dodged the lies and blocked the fiery darts he wields
And now I’m sitting on this train
The future’s on the tracks again
I’ve reclined the seat back, let the trip begin

Who could dare say if I’ll be home in time for bed
Cuz no one knows just when the yellow turns to red
If all the magnetism fails
The iron steel betrayed as tin
I’m never looking back so let trip begin

Feels like all I’ll ever know
I fear it’s all I’ll ever know
Seems like all I’ve ever known
Track Name: Coffee Break
Coffee Break

Mondays are always like this
Coming in, you cannot fight this
Feeling there is something wonderful and overwhelming to do

For one thing, the weekend’s over
And I’ve stumbled upon the two-leaf clover
Of fear and excitement, wondering if I’ve got what what it takes today

Before I go any further along...

I’m gonna start this day with a coffee break
Catching up with what the guys are doing before getting down to the grind
I’m gonna start this day with a coffee break
Checking out to let the brain start brewing back into a frame of mind

Every strength that I’ve applied
Is a step toward becoming qualified
For the work I’m busy doing, ruining the amateur inside

For one thing, I’ve learned to listen
And apply the lessons that I’ve been given
In the school of knocks and failures, they all root for me today

Whatever terror waits in the inbox
Whatever lion comes out of the gate
I’ll meet with with grace and courage
I won’t back down from my fate
Because God himself has placed me here
To glorify his name
And what’s a man, a job, a place in time, when the arrow’s taken aim?