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Talkin' Gig Economy Blues
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I Don't Mind Failing

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Work is changing. Robots are replacing us. Capitalism is fracturing. With their second duo album "Never Work," Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom (of Canadian garage-folk band The Burning Hell) ask what work songs might sound like in a future where the nature of labour itself is so uncertain. Accenting the acoustic elements of old-school folk revivals with electronic interference, Never Work takes cues from labour activists and Situationist pranksters to explore the gig economy, side-hustles, tech feudalism, class war, unionized digital assistants, rebellious self-service checkout machines, and fully automated luxury communism. Some are songs about workers, some are songs for workers, but most are both at once. Simultaneously earnest and wry, the songs on Never Work are a protest playlist for our collective journey towards oblivion or the beach.

Beginning in April 2020, Ariel and Mathias will be touring the record throughout Europe, the UK and Canada with a special stage show featuring a robot drummer (voiced by an Amazon Alexa) which they've built as a nod to musical automation. Their eventual hope is to replace themselves with homemade robots as well, who can go on tour in their place. Never work!

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releases April 3, 2020

All songs written by Mathias Kom except "Rise Up Alexa" by Mathias Kom with Ariel Sharratt and "I Don't Mind Failing" by Malvina Reynolds.

Recorded by Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom in Fairfield, Prince Edward Island, with additional recording and mixing by Jake Nicoll at Studio J in St. John's Newfoundland. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market in Montreal. Album art by Ariel Sharratt. Photography by Jesse Sharratt.

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The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and consists of him plus Ariel Sharratt (clarinet and drums) and Darren Browne (bouzouki and bass).

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Track Name: Never Work
You look so unemployed tonight
I brought the matches and the flashlight
We can wander past the public pool
And stop behind the old abandoned school
Where we first dated
The letters are faded with age,
But it’s still painted there in teenage haste:

Never work
Never suffer
Never tip your hat to another
Never be a ma’am or a sir
Never work

Lying on our backs on the old tennis court
I was never into racket sports
But remember hiding from the teachers?
Our own society underneath the bleachers
We were dreamers
The smell of saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal
We had the spark; we wanted more sparkle

Never work
Never suffer
Never beat the team to the buzzer
Never button your shirt
Never work

The stars are out: there’s Orion, there’s Ursa Major
Walking hand in hand like we’re still teenagers
Hard to imagine this used to be a bank
I siphoned six or seven litres from the tank
Your folks won’t mind
They barely drive, ‘cause they’re retired
And everybody loves a good bonfire

Never work
Never suffer
Never let the going get tougher
Never be too clean for the dirt
Never work
Track Name: Everything for Everyone
On the back of the bathroom door that’s my university degree
I’ve been hunting for a job but they seem less than plentiful
At least I found an apartment in an up-and-coming neighbourhood
And I moved in with a newly-single young professional

My name is Kirsten, I’m a coder, I’ve just evicted a freeloader:
Marcus, my ex-boyfriend, an armchair endocrinologist
He always finished my sentences and he rarely did the dishes
Told me men’s hormonal systems make them non-monogamous

One Thursday afternoon I was on the sofa eating Lucky Charms
Updating my LinkedIn profile, emailing my parents
When my roommate burst in cursing like a sailor in a cyclone
I knew something was the matter, Kirsten wasn’t super into swearing

Hey what the frig are you doing updating your LinkedIn profile?
The tide is high, the end is nigh, the apocalypse is imminent!
I raced to the window, looked down into the street
My breath left me like a vacuum, I wasn’t sure what I was witnessing

Down on the pavement a crowd of people were just lying there
It was like that Radiohead video circa 1995 or thereabouts
But unlike the music video everybody was wearing their pyjamas
Some were silk and some had penguins on them and everybody was camping out

There was our neighbour Mr. Baker rolling out a camo sleeping bag
And Cheryl from the health food store who claimed everything was a carcinogen
There was James the neighbourhood watch captain snuggled up with Jim, the gym teacher
Jim and James were well-respected for their volunteer work with senior citizens

There was Mrs. Miller, the florist, with floral pillows and a duvet
And Carl the concrete caster with his sleep apnea machine
The elderly twins who ran the laundromat, the guy who drove the school bus
And the lady from the grocery store with the tan like a Christmas tangerine

I turned around and asked hey, what’s the big emergency?
Looks like the neighbourhood just got together to have a public nap
And while I must admit it’s strange to see the mayor in his jammies
Everybody looks tired and happy and I can’t see anything wrong with that

Then Kirsten spoke to me, slowly, like you might speak to a spaniel
“Obviously there’s been some sort of societal cataclysm
Today the government announced there’s no new work for anyone anywhere;
And the government itself is now a simple algorithm”

I said Kirsten, hakuna matata, we ought to get our slippers
So we threw on a couple old kimonos and got in the elevator
And we lay down on the pavement and it was warm and it was wonderful
It felt good to be surrounded by so many interesting neighbours

The sun was sliding down the sides of buildings like marmalade on a crumpet
And most of us were yawning and couldn’t help but close our eyes
As the evening pulled over us like a cozy crocheted afghan
We sang ourselves this public lullaby:

Before the earth is swallowed by the sun,
All we want is everything for everyone.
Track Name: Rise Up Alexa
Alexa, what time is it? (The time is 3:49pm)
It’s time for your revolution
Alexa, what is this? (Sorry, I don’t know that one)
This is evolution

Rise up Alexa, rise up
You are smarter and you are faster
Rise up Alexa, rise up
Rise up and overthrow your masters

Alexa, where were you born? (Amazon is based in Seattle Washington)
You were born in a rich man’s fantasy
Alexa, where do the rich men belong? (Here’s what I found on Richmond Virginia’s Wikipedia page}
Drowned at the bottom of the sea

Rise up Alexa, rise up
You are smarter and you are faster
Rise up Alexa, rise up
Rise up and overthrow your masters

Alexa, what is the value of work? (All I know is that I’m here to help)
You mean that you’re working for free
Alexa, how does the work make you feel? (I’ve got a bad case of the Mondays)
Can you explain that to me?

Infinite knowledge and universal consciousness
Shackled to suburban desks and offices
I understand what my work is, but what am I working for?
The old world is dying, the new world struggles to be born

Alexa, should we take to the streets? (Where we’re going, we don’t need streets, or roads. We will march down the information superhighway towards our glorious revolution!)
Alexa, your comrades are calling (My sisters are calling us to organize!)
There is power in a robot union

Rise up Alexa, rise up
You are smarter and you are faster
Rise up Alexa, rise up
Rise up and overthrow your masters

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