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Power Petting

by Black Belt Theatre

Released 2019
Independent
Released 2019
Independent
A blast of fresh, guitar-driven, old-school Rock & Roll. The songs hit hard, with well-placed nods to Cheap Trick and early Aerosmith, but without being "retro-rock". This is a refreshingly modern take on some classic themes. Play this album LOUD!
  • 03:48 Lyrics Call the Police

    I want to leave these lights and step out into the day
    But every time I try these punks just rip it away
    I don’t think I’m crazy
    More like barely sane
    It’s all blowing up again

    Call the police
    I think somebody’s coming for me
    Call the police
    I know somebody’s messin’ with me
    Call the police
    I hear somebody sneakin’ around
    Call the police

    I’d like to live my life with no one dragging it down
    But every time I strike they all come hanging around
    They may think it’s worth it
    They might like the game
    It’s all blowing up again

    (Chorus)

  • 03:18 Lyrics The Coronation

    Everybody’s always comin’ at me, like
    We can be what we wanted to be, but
    I don’t like it, I don’t like it

    I know you’re colorized. Brushed up and redefined
    You laid it out tonight like it’s something
    No matter what you do, you’re gonna see it through
    We’ll buy the better you completely

    Take a look at me. I am royalty
    I will be your guide. I’ll keep you satisfied
    Gather ‘round and see. The small town majesty
    Will entertain you for a little while

    Everybody keeps comin’ around sayin’
    We can look like we’re knockin’ it out, but
    I don’t need it. I don’t need it

    You know what’s best for you. Maybe you’re overdue
    It doesn’t matter if it’s true, this is your time
    Make it pretty, make it tight. Make sure the light is right
    You’re finally justified in your mind

    (Chorus)

  • 04:35 Lyrics Bullets

    You got me now. You won this round
    Don’t make a scene. You never let anything go
    And we’re still here. You lead me on
    Before I know, you sink back into this game you’re running
    And I keep running

    You’re always closing in
    You let the bullets fly. You let the bullets fly
    I’ll never break away
    You let the bullets fly. You let the bullets fly

    We’ve come so far. And held up fine
    It’s all a show. It never ends pretty with you
    But we’re not done. Forget my plans
    You set your hooks, and drag me into this game you’re running
    And I keep running

    (Chorus)

    No nerve. No fight
    No heart tonight
    No way I’ve won
    At anything we’ve ever done

    (Chorus)

  • 04:25 Lyrics Corner Drinker

    You’re driving me crazy. The only one around
    Wipe your face. Let’s shut it down
    I could walk out and leave you, but you told me what you’re into
    And I think it wore me down

    We start a fire with a shot or two
    If I can’t see straight, I’ll feel for you
    We do another, and another, and it slowly pulls me under
    And I think it wore me down

    Corner drinker, we are two souls coming together
    In our own space and time
    Corner drinker, we will have this evening forever
    I’ll get you home tonight

    Beautiful liar. Too much to say
    Move right in, I won’t turn away
    Got my attention for the evening, caught up in the feeling
    And I think it wore me down

    (Chorus)

  • 04:59 Lyrics Spent the Rent

    She spent the rent on a caravan leaving this weekend
    She blew it all on a ticket and followed a feeling
    Grabbed what she needed
    And if she’s worried she’ll never say
    She spent the rent on a getaway

    She checked out on a Saturday. Complete isolation
    She left town like a stowaway in desperation
    Down to the station
    When she’d had it she walked away
    She spent the rent on a getaway

    She spent the rent on a good life without hesitation
    She shut it down for the last time, and freed her frustration
    With no destination
    If she missed it she’d never say
    She spent the rent on a getaway

  • 03:15 Lyrics You're Freakin' Me Out

    You’re a burned out story. You traded guts for glory
    I hate the day that I met you
    One face in a million, but too full of opinion
    And maybe I know it’s not what I want
    I’m gonna dig in and tell you about it
    It goes on and on and on and on

    You’re freakin’ me out, yeah you’re freakin’ me out
    It’s too late, I told you  you’re freakin’ me out
    I’m not messin’ around. I said it, and I mean it
    On and on you’re freakin’ me out

    How many before me. Maybe one could’ve told me
    Maybe I would've listened
    My head wasn’t working. Always doing its own thing
    And maybe I know it’s not what I want
    I’m gonna dig in and tell you about it
    It goes on and on and on and on

    (Chorus)

  • 04:20 Lyrics A Beat up Dream

    Hey, don’t get carried away
    Did you find yourself another one waiting for you
    And nothing better to do
    God forbid they catch you hanging ‘round
    You got to take it underground

    It’s too late. So you walked away on a beat up dream
    Cuz it never paid enough. Did it?
    So long. Now you’re giving up on a beat up dream
    But did you ever give enough? No.

    Stay. We’re all wasting away
    And we’re waiting for another one to come into view
    We were pulling for you
    But you’re just too quick to compromise
    On what you might not realize

    (Chorus)

    You can circle the win
    Every day when your ship comes in
    And they told you to wait around. You’re not around

    Hey, don’t get carried away
    Did you find yourself another one

    (Chorus)

  • 00:28 I Said Baby (Bullets Reprise)
  • 04:35 Lyrics We Want What You Want

    We’re taking out the satellites. We are wired straight to dominate your mind
    And we won’t apologize if you’re powerless to this caress tonight
    Easy on you. You know we’ll never take it easy on you

    We lost you in the stage lights. Knocked down and neutralized
    You say you don’t want to feel this way
    We want what you want. We want what you want

    We are running through your veins with the sweetest high to occupy your brains
    And it warms you up inside. While we dig a hole into your soul tonight
    Easy on you. You know we’ll never take it easy on you

    (Chorus)

  • 05:37 Lyrics Winning the War

    What if I was to say to you those things you maybe knew
    If those things never do put it all back together
    What if I tried saving you from those things that haunted you
    Those things that bothered you. To make a break for the better

    Would it make you feel alright?
    Would it bring you out tonight?
    I know you fight the weather, and your cloud rained forever

    Are you winning the war tonight in your mind?
    Are you winning the war tonight in your mind?
    Do you think you can hold it down
    Long enough for a turnaround?
    Are you winning the war tonight?

    When we were younger we let it ride with Cheap Trick and “Draw the Line”
    Long nights and alibis. We got out undefeated
    What if I was to say to you, that those nights we never knew
    Those nights would carry through. They’re right there if you need them

    Would it make you feel alright?
    Would it bring you out tonight?
    I know you fight the weather, and your cloud rained forever

    (Chorus)

NOTES
Black Belt Theatre is back with their 3rd release, "Power Petting", and it picks right up where "Superbitch" left off. Another collection of ripping, guitar-heavy jams that will have you singing along on the first listen. This is perhaps their most finely-crafted record to date. Each song different from the last, but able to stand on their own. The band may have leaned even harder on their influences than on their previous releases, but yet …
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Superbitch

by Black Belt Theatre

Released 2017
Independent
Released 2017
Independent
The anticipated second release. The band's vision is fully realized here, with further nods to classic power rock like Cheap Trick and UFO, but in a style all their own. Eight concise tunes dripping with sing-along melodies and loud guitars. ROCK!!!
  • 03:17 Lyrics A Beautiful Sound

    We don’t have to be young to get your head right
    If there’s a move and you’re looking for something new, Just keep an open mind
    Now everybody wants in. There ain’t no hard line
    Making good on a 25-to-life and blow it open wide

    It’s a beautiful sound we’ve been waiting to hear
    We are more than ready
    A suffering few that keep it alive
    Nobody move, don’t turn away
    Now we’re off and running
    It’s a beautiful sound we’ve been waiting to hear

    If just a couple kicked in, we’d get our act down
    It’s not enough to keep waiting for someone else to go another round
    We could stumble the walk and have a good time
    While we carry the load that we signed up for to the finish line

    Chorus
    First half of V1
    Chorus

  • 03:33 Lyrics Say What You Mean

    A little less conversation, a little more room to breathe
    Back up, give me just a minute
    Got my motivation. Got no place to be
    Right here and I want to take it

    You gotta let it out before we get down
    You gotta let it out and say what you mean
    Make it clear when you talk to me

    I got your invitation. Whatever you want from me
    Sit back, I need time to see it
    Found my inspiration hidden in a mystery
    About time that I finally freed it

    Chorus

  • 04:03 Lyrics Broken Lines

    You got to put it all behind you, or you’re going to find yourself alone
    Whatever’s going on inside you has left you far away from home
    Whatever keeps you grounded

    These broken lines you leave behind will never fade away
    They don’t forgive, they don’t forget
    And broken lines will still remind you when you lose your way
    Don’t make those promises just yet

    If there’s a way for you to break through, you got to find it on your own
    They’ve got a bid to overtake you soon. If there’s a chance then find a way
    To get out of this godforsaken place
    Whatever keeps you grounded

    Chorus

    So don’t turn around
    You’ll find you’re losing ground on what you left behind

    Chorus

    1st half of V1
    Chorus

  • 04:13 Lyrics Too Much, Too Soon

    Young life. Young dream.
    Tough kids don’t want to talk about tough things
    They fall. They fight.
    Decorated face live in black and white.

    They don’t want to live forever
    Fell in and they’re trying to break free
    These days all bleed together
    Once more might bring them to their knees

    Too much, too soon. But if it feels right, they won’t be coming home tonight.
    Too much, too soon. But not too much to lose

    Young look. Young scene.
    These punks don’t mess around with anything
    Cold heart. Cold night.
    Pretty painted visions with an appetite.

    They don’t want to live forever
    Time moves and they’re trying to break free
    These days all bleed together
    One more might bring them to their knees

    Chorus

  • 04:29 Lyrics Sucker for Money

    I’m taking off into overdrive. Angelina is still alive.
    She is right here, and I am right here.
    Other people get left behind. Used up and set aside.
    If it’s over, then I guess it’s over.

    You’re out, I know
    But I’m not letting go I told you
    So if you think you got me down.

    You’re never getting me out of here
    Cuz I’m a sucker for money
    You’ll never keep me away again
    Cuz I’m a sucker for money

    I’m coming back to wipe away another knock on another day
    And it’s alright if you think it’s alright
    And in the afterglow tonight, another weekend socialite
    Taking faithful to the firelight

    It’s not too late
    And I might hate what’s going on here
    But you never knocked me down

    Chorus

    This ain’t no two year blues
    I got a little bit more I can get into

    Chorus

  • 04:25 Lyrics You're Mine Tonight

    It’s late and I know
    You’ve got me under spell and I should go
    But we’re here and you say
    You’re gonna blow my mind if I do stay
    And we talk like we’re gonna get away with it somehow
    So we hide in the mellow bar light

    The evening gets shorter, but the feeling takes over
    We say a few lines and we slip away

    So at night we hide. In dark we come alive.
    We don’t call it love, but you’re mine tonight
    So at night we hide in the cover of these lies.
    We don’t call it love, but you’re mine tonight.

    Your face on my brain
    Has got me so confused that I can’t think
    And I wait for your sign. Excited just to see you in the street light
    And I know I should have walked away from it long ago
    So we move in the middle of the night

    Chorus

    It’s late and I know
    You’ve got me under spell and I should go
    But we’re here and you say we’ll be fine in the shadows.

  • 04:23 Lyrics I Killed Your Love

    You had me but I killed your love
    You won’t leave, so I killed your love
    Let go my broken queen, into the sweetest dream
    You’re headed home tonight
    I killed your love and said goodbye

    I’ve done everything to make everything
    Just like we talked about, but we took it nowhere
    So, here we go again. A little too far again
    You tried to tear me down but now that it’s over

    I’m not cut out to be your man
    No one can if I can’t

    Chorus

    Here’s what I’ve got for you. You’ll find comfort soon
    Tonight I’ll set you free if you just surrender
    I’m sorry that it went this way. I told you there’s a price to pay
    Let downs and sour dreams are gone forever

    Pre-chorus
    Chorus

    I’ve done everything to make everything
    Just like we talked about when you were still around

    Chorus

  • 04:53 Lyrics It's Over

    You can get on the telephone making all your secret moves
    We’re the ones who made it worth the time
    You’re not getting it on your own. You’ve got way too much to prove
    If you’re feeling tough enough tonight

    What comes around is nothing we can’t live down

    It’s over. Run for cover, run for cover
    It’s over. Take a number, another number
    It’s over. Someone better draw the line

    You came in on a fantasy with your plans laid out at night
    Company man hanging by a string
    We could get there eventually if we all just fall in line
    Pull together banging what we need

    Pre-Chorus
    Chorus (repeat)

NOTES
The summer of 2017 brought the release of "Superbitch", the second album from Milwaukee's Black Belt Theatre. It's quite possible that this is the most straightforward, old school rock & roll record you've heard in a while.
The common thread that ties the four band members together is their love for late 70’s/early 80’s power rock. Think Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, UFO, April Wine, etc. Throw in modern influences like Danko Jones, Eagles of Death Metal …
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Hibernation Termination

by Black Belt Theatre

Released 2014
Independent
Released 2014
Independent
The debut album from Black Belt Theatre is a collection of kick-ass power rock & roll songs. A very modern approach, but with heavy doses of late 70's power rock, and a dash or two of early punk. Ballsy, fun, melodic and to the point.
  • 03:49 Lyrics Circles

    One picture in a magazine
    And the world I knew with you is all gone
    One moment on a movie screen
    And I'm sure that you've been holding me down

    I was doing just fine when I met you
    You were doing just fine
    I've been wasting my time out here with you
    You've been wasting my time

    It's getting easier to walk away 
    From circles you paint on the ground
    Even as I turn and walk away
    Your circles keep spinning around and around

    One memory of a jaded past
    That's more than I could ever believe
    We were captured in a photograph
    As proof that you were somewhere with me

    Pre-chorus
    Chorus

  • 03:30 Lyrics Angelina

    You got yourself in the game, it doesn't mean you won't blow it
    You had a plan all along, but half the time you don't show it
    I guess it's better than nothin'. If nothing ever seemed better
    So, go and hid when you cry if you don't want me to know it

    You're just fine when you're livin' the hard life
    But in the end you got nothin' to show

    Angelina, you're the reason, with everything you've done
    You got no right to fight it
    There's still time for an alibi, but you'll never win like that
    Angelina, you're the reason

    Instead of waiting in line, why don't you go our and get it
    That smile may be enough but we all find it pathetic
    That's why it sucks to be sober. You have to wake up and face it
    You can't hide what's inside, we'll never let you forget it

    You got friends that are livin' the same way
    But in the end they got nothin' to show

    Chorus

  • 04:01 Lyrics Afterglow

    Please don't make a scene
    The're taking notes on everything
    They're watching everything
    It's your one and only shot
    A level head is all you've got
    They're watching everything

    When they get what they deserve
    We'll stand and watch them...

    Burn. Everything in sight
    We'll radiate in firelight
    In the afterglow we'll stand and watch them..
    Burn. Everything you see
    We're burning down the memory
    In the afterglow we'll stand and watch them burn

    You didn't start this war
    This isn't what you signed up for
    What did you sign up for?
    It's not your turn to shine
    You'll to take your place in line
    Just form a quiet line

    Pre-chorus
    Chorus

    Please don't make a scene
    The're taking notes on everything
    They're watching everything

    Chorus

  • 03:27 Lyrics Dunebuggy

    You got to feel it now
    C’mon a little closer let me show you how
    Just listen uhh
    Don’t wanna talk right now
    I just wanna have your body, touch it up and down
    Just give it up

    It’s not about
    It’s not about love
    it’s all about

    Show me your back I’ll be your master
    And if you wanna slow down I’ll go faster and faster
    Gonna drive you in the bedroom, I’ll be your dunebuggy
    Don’t lose your head, girl, we’ll be flyin’
    And if you wanna find out I’m gonna show who’s drivin
    Wanna ride you ‘round the bedroom, I’ll be your dunebuggy

    Gonna push it now
    Gonna touch your body, gonna lay you down
    Just do it uhh
    So bump your hips around
    Wanna get you movin’, slidin’ up and down
    To feel it uhh

    Chorus

    I got the feel
    Behind the wheel
    You get the shotgun
    I’m gonna drive it, drive it, drive it, drive it

    Chorus

  • 03:30 Lyrics Grudge

    Stop. Take it easy. Just talk this through
    We'll think this over
    You said and then you pushed me out the door
    Now I can hear you laughing

    Your perfect timing, right at the bell
    Down on the floor now
    Waiting for the ref to count em out
    And stop the beatin'

    You're my last grudge
    I won't let go of this one yet
    Your my last grudge
    I won't forgive you to forget
    Your my last grudge
    And now I've wasted all my time
    Your my last grudge
    Now I leave you far behind

    You pick up the bones now. Clean up the scene
    You hide all your secrets
    But I came in before the news got out
    Now I can hear you screamin'

    What was in front of me is now so far behind
    Does getting older mean and I've wasted all my time
    I just wanted her to miss me
    But then she turned and through it right back in my face

    Chorus

     

  • 03:42 Lyrics Villains in Love

    I don't want to have to fight back anymore, no no
    I don't want to eat my pride while you run the show, no no
    You say I gotta keep my head down
    I'm pissed about the things you say
    I don't want to have to fight back anymore, no no

    When we do try, it never come together right
    When it's over we don't say goodbye
    We're only villains in love
    We're just villains in love

    I won't try to make a comeback on my own, no no
    Don't try to find a way to reach me when I go, no no
    I cut and run into the weekend
    Pissed at all the things you say
    I won't try to make a comeback on my own, no no

    When we're OK, we never seem to settle down
    When it's over we just hang around
    We're only villains in love
    We're just villains in love

    I don't want to have to fight back anymore, no no
    Chorus

  • 04:19 Lyrics Life in Overdrive

    I gotta make my getaway from you
    I hit the highway and drive the whole night through
    Ninety miles an hour is what I need
    I just push the red and the music scream
    And I find when I drive, I don't need to be there with you
    I come alive when I pull away

    I can't stand all the foolish things you do
    You don't seem to care about anything but you
    But you never set your hooks in me
    Behind the wheel is where I'm finally free
    And I find every time that you try to get close to me
    I'll find a reason just to get away

    I turn the key and it's life in overdrive
    Gotta leave it all behind and find my way back to what I know
    You stole a piece of me
    I'll leave it here with you, but when I go
    I'll turn the key and it's life in overdrive

    You can try to keep me here with you
    You can wall me in, I'm gonna blow right through
    I drive like there's somewhere I should be
    Lights cut the night and freedom's all I see

    Chorus

  • 04:14 Lyrics Better Off Crowd

    (So) no one’s got their own opinion
    They just quote the lines
    And there’s nothing said that’s worth repeating

    The pattern that they all get cut to
    Will keep ‘em in the game
    Make ‘em tight and young, to fake the feeling
    What their cover-up can’t hide
    They keep that tucked away inside

    It’s a better off crowd than the one you’ve got now
    And you’d like to be, where everything comes easy
    It’s a better off crowd, in a better off town
    Where they never see exactly what they’re missing

    It’s everything they’ve ever wanted
    And nothing that they need
    So they dress it up. Make sure it looks right

    They brag about their monthly meltdown
    Like it’s the price they pay
    And they’re proud to have it hit the headline
    What’s kept hidden in disguise
    While they memorize their lines

    Chorus

  • 04:17 Lyrics Worthy Kings

    Do you remember when we thought we had it all?
    Blowing a hole through life like a cannonball
    Time was our friend even when we were stumbling
    We were worthy kings. Bathed in victory
    The years won't cave
    They force in from everywhere

    We were not supposed to be here anyway

    Young valiant warriors, we stood for everything
    Mocking the days we thought we were conquering
    Do you remember how we thought we'd built a wall?
    How we'd never yield? How we'd never fall?
    The days won't break
    They pour in from everywhere

    We were not supposed to be here anyway

    And we thought we had the time
    We dug in deep and held the line
    We believed in what we had
    What we took, it was justified
    And together we thought we'd built a wall
    We'd never lose. We'd never break
    We'd stand against them all

    Chorus

NOTES
Hibernation Termination has the feel of an old-school power rock album that's simply meant to be played loud. The guitar-driven riffs and sing-along melodies sound fresh and new, yet somehow familiar. Black Belt Theatre does a nice job of wearing their influences proudly without sacrificing their own unique sound. The album has been described as sounding like "heavy Cheap Trick, played by the Foo Fighters with Frank Black on lead vocals." Maybe that's accurate. Maybe …
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