_Xantastic

by Darren Cross

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Darren Cross founder of Sydney's eclectic electronic rock group, Gerling and more recently of Jep and Dep fame is set to release his debut solo album '_Xantastic' this coming September on the new independent record label NO DRUM RECORDS.

The debut record, under his own name, is inspired by genre defying albums like The Beatles ‘White Album' and 'Mellow Gold' by Beck, a general disregard to musical categorisation -something that his previous band Gerling were famous for- although there are no reckless party anthems on '_Xantastic".

Mixing 60's folk protest songs and apocalyptic folktronica, most of the album is a questioning and trying to make sense of the rapid developments of globally minded governments, technology, the feverishly expanding population, community, and a gentrified world: with the usual amounts of sorrow of human existence peppered throughout...'_Xantastic' can be described as downbeat.


Xantastic is the state of euphoria that one feels after eating Xanax. The substance is often prescribed for mental health disorders related to anxiety - Cross sees this correlation of the musicality of his album: whilst being ambient in nature, the album is balanced with the message that the world is rapidly changing into something, perhaps not pleasant. The overall feeling of the album, to Darren, has almost a _Xantastic effect ... A place where abstract metaphors clash with peaceful folk guitars and electronica that gives a balanced experience, a peaceful Apocalypse, understated but profound.

"_Xantastic" dances all over preconceived notions of acceptable genre specific playlist mentalities- in a society where kids can type their names on iphone's before they can scrawl it with a pen and paper- surely 'The playlist generation' can understand a body of work with a diverse emotional measure?

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released August 8, 2016

Darren recorded, produced and wrote this album at his Bernstein Studios.

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Track Name: When The Chills Are Coming
When The Chills Are Coming.

When The Chills Are Coming
They call for you
When The Chills Are Coming.
They Call for you

You can't hide away in your houses
Inside your home.
Watch you when you are sleeping
Just like a drone.

Make no fuss of this new
hypocrisy
Stand amongst new plans.
Look outside
Your common ways of thinking.
i hope to hope you hope to understand
This is your child future
This is your child's past

When The Chills Are Coming.
Savoir quoi faire
When The Chills Are Coming.
Saviour quoi faire

Make no fuss of this new
hipocracy.
Stand amongst old plans.
Look outside
your common ways of thinking
i hope to hope you hope to understand
This is your child future.
This is your child's past
Track Name: New Angel (Cherry Strips)
New Angel (Cherry Strips)
At the time it never worked out right
So I got me a brand new angel.
Distorted on the other line that night
Xanax friend he brings forth the lighting light.

Do you know what that happiness means?
To destroy all those bad memories?
A savage storm tears out to sea
She starts kissing me
involuntarily.

The sound of an engine starting up.
Nothing left in Bukowskis' cup.
I was twenty or maybe nineteen
Saved up some money and I left just like the dreams.

And i say these words
i wasn't stealing love before
You all changed.

At the time it never worked out right
So i got me a brand new angel
Distorted on the other line that night
Xanax friend he brings forth the lighting light.

She starts kissing me
She starts kissing me
She starts kissing me
She starts kissing.
Track Name: And The New York Rain Came Down
And the New York Rain Came Down.

I was going to throw you line.
Try to drag you into my life.
No, christian guilt.
No black eyed circling waves.
No History.
No damage.
No mistakes.
Less right from wrong, the lights of your eyes did change.
But I am positive that you saw my face.
So if i hit on your friends,
Would it make you try.
Would it beg me to stay,
And be your brand new guy....
And the New York Rain Came Down.
And the New York Rain Came Down.

This weeks undisputed Queen of Brooklyn,
Move lightning fast sister,
You're gonna miss your sin.
We got right from wrong,
Making right now in this space.
Well its the quick or the dead now honey,
Did you see my face?

When the New York Rain Came Down.
And the New York Rain Came Down.

Sleep in polluted water,
Coney after dark.
Down where the graffiti says,
"Feed her to the sharks".
If i'm obsessed let it go and well see,
Why you don't want nobody like me,
like me...
Track Name: Highway Lights In the Night
And the New York Rain Came Down.

I was going to throw you line.
Try to drag you into my life.
No, christian guilt.
No black eyed circling waves.
No History.
No damage.
No mistakes.
Less right from wrong, the lights of your eyes did change.
But I am positive that you saw my face.
So if i hit on your friends,
Would it make you try.
Would it beg me to stay,
And be your brand new guy....
And the New York Rain Came Down.
And the New York Rain Came Down.

This weeks undisputed Queen of Brooklyn,
Move lightning fast sister,
You're gonna miss your sin.
We got right from wrong,
Making right now in this space.
Well its the quick or the dead now honey,
Did you see my face?

When the New York Rain Came Down.
And the New York Rain Came Down.

Sleep in polluted water,
Coney after dark.
Down where the graffiti says,
"Feed her to the sharks".
If i'm obsessed let it go and well see,
Why you don't want nobody like me,
like me...
Track Name: Just Got Along (la la le)
Just Got Along (la la le).

They only way
To take it back.
Is paint over colour
And make it turn black.
Jerry Lee Lewis
With the lights turned down.

Hearing old accusations fly
Flags are half mast nobody asks why
Lee Harvey Oswald with the lights turned down.

La la lo
la la lo
la la le
It's getting so hard to know
What to believe.
What if everyone
Just got along?

Fake black flags shirts down on the street
$200 on your children's feet.
Lee Harvey Oswald with the lights turned low.


K, Cobain spent all of his life
Screaming his head off with a drummer and a wife
J.F.K with the lights turned down.


La la lo
la la lo
la la le
It's getting so hard to know
what to believe
What if everyone
Just got along?
Track Name: Louisiana
Louisiana.

It's the towns with the girls names
That keep me searching around.

As i sit alone
On the cheapest of the greyhounds.

The people in front
They start to fuss and fight.

As the lights that change become my night.
As the lights that change become my night.

Louisiana
Louisiana

I was moving so fast
I couldn't feel no pain.
And i was driving through the places,
Only I know you name.

Those vivid memories come
Dragging through my mind.

But waiting at the greyhound station
are old friends of mine.
Waiting at the greyhound station
Old friends of mine.

Louisiana
Louisiana
In Louisiana.
Down in New Orleans.

And so I bid that fare thee well.
When I'm back no one can tell.
Im gonna leave it there,
Right by that wishing well.
Cause now i know
That I have broke your spell.
Track Name: Time Destroys The Innocence
Time Destroys the Innocence.

Illuminate
A life of Dark.
She's down with the goat faced boy
Down at lovers park.

He's just no good at all.
Where's my 20 year old's dream?
To float like garbage
Down infinities stream.

She stands right there,
With her Irish roots.
More perfect
Than the devils fruit.

A pale faced,
Beauty so strong.
Couldn't tell at the time
for me
She was so wrong.

Then one day she left.
She left and disappeared, disappeared.
Said she went to Mozart's' town
when her friend died,
her friend died
He was so dear.

Time destroys this innocence
Yeah the sweetest in those years,
In my years.

Time destroys the innocence
and the sweetest in those years,
In the years.

Illuminate
A life of Dark.
She's hanging with the goat faced boy
Down at lovers park.
Standing right there
With her irish roots.

More perfect
Than the devils fruit.
Track Name: Never Again Again
Never Again Again.

"Heck how do i know, i mean
I can't…
I got no money,
What do you want me to do?
Not..
Just..
Eat a fucking sandwich all the time,
everyday…

Let's make some money
And get out of this house.
Lets make some memories
Worth keeping.

I don't wanna go back
To the places that I hate.
I don't wanna keep on hating.

Pack everything we own
Into a box.
From a cliff
Watch me push it off.
Cause those photographs were killing me.
And I just want to change.

Never Again.
Never Again.
Never Again.
Never Again.


Pack everything we own
Into a box.
From a cliff
Watch me push it off.
Who controls the destiny?
Who's the physic scum?

Never Again.
Never Again.
Never Again.
Never Again.

Cause I was from all this.
It still breaks my heart.
To you suffering.
To see you tearing' apart.
Oh no.


Never Again.
Never Again.
Never Again.
Never Again.
Track Name: Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't
Damned if I do, Damned if I Don't.

What am I supposed to do?
Made me fall for you.
As the night
And the light
Brighten up the time.

Damned if I do, damned if I don't.
Night time sounds
Keep on moving on.

When i was a younger man
I'd run with the devils
hand in hand
Until i know
what it means
To kicked from their machine.

Damned if I do, damned if I don't.
Night time sounds
Keep on moving on.

Take me back to the beginning
To the place where i was from
Now i know
A light was always on.

What am I supposed to do?
You made me fall for you.