Delayed Reaction

by Bolus

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The second album by Toronto based progressive rock band, Bolus. Delayed Reaction combines the dynamic sounds of 70's progressive rock with the edge of modern progressive music. Light acoustic guitars layer over the dramatic hiss of Mellotrons, only to contrast heavy, up-tempo riffs and soaring lead lines. This grand sound often serves as the foundation for catchy choruses with rich vocal harmonies, providing a memorable and enjoyable listening experience.

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released November 16, 2010

Nick Karch: Guitars, Lead Vocals, Bass, Keyboards and Programming
Mat Keselman: Drums, Backing Vocals, Flute

All music and lyrics written by Bolus

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Bolus Toronto, Ontario

Bolus is a rock band from Toronto, Canada. The band has released 3 albums to date, including 2013’s “Triangulate”. Bolus is known for their layered, compelling and catchy tunes, powerful vocals and harmonies from all band members, and explosive live shows. Between album releases, the Bolus guys like to make fun cover videos of songs fans would not expect a rock band to play. ... more

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Track Name: Those Who Saved Us
In the heat of the moment
We were praying for our lives
Fire burning all around
But much too far from the sky

Out of nowhere we show up
Flying deep in the night
Take a breath and don't look down
Try to hold on tight

Who may be mysterious?
Who may be so pure?
This end of the world is serious
But someone sent us a cure

Listen closely, listen well
This is far from the end
We'll be back if you believe
There are lives that we have to defend

And I can't remember who it was we saw
But I'm feeling they'll come back here
After all
It is done
We'll have nowhere to run
Waking with the sun

Gazing at the field of horror and hope
A single horizon line of light
Shows the death and rebirth
Of what was thought to be alright

Bodies fall to earth
Remind us of our future
The eyes appear to encourage fear
But the hands of truth take us home

Just in the nick of time
Picked up by the wings
Of those who saved us from the end

Now as we see the sign
That keeps our heads up high
We'll never have to fall again

And I can't remember who it was we saw
But I'm feeling they'll come back here
After all
It is done
We'll have nowhere to run
Life for everyone
Waking with the sun
Track Name: Outside
You're the only one who doesn't know
Secrets of this mind from long ago
You're asleep as you're awake in here
Never rise to live your life in fear

All this time you've said to me
There's a greater world to see
You'll never know how right you are

And in your bed you lay your head
Never knowing you are dead
Always dreaming in the stars

The truth will never be
Laying there for all to see
And you can try to find what you've been looking for

Tell them what you've come across
Tell them all what you have lost
Tell them that you haven't ever wanted something more

In the end you'll see the open door
Leaving me for times you wanted more
Frightened by the darkness in the air
Learning of the ways we wouldn't care

All this time you've said to me
I will be all I can be
You'll never know the risk it takes

To take a step out of this mind
To leave your only life behind
To think that you are still awake

The truth will never be
Laying there for all to see
And you can try to find what you've been looking for

Tell them what you've come across
Tell them all what you have lost
Tell them that you haven't ever wanted something more
Track Name: Instructions
I blame the problems I create
I find solace in things I seek
Science and medicine and famine and war
On things we were told when we were only four

Humanity cheers for misfortune
Obtains as much as possible
Begins and ends its life
On the same clean slate
Wastes its life before daybreak

The taste, the smell, the look
Just like the pictures you took
Slowly fading as you float
Between the moments
Shying away from your nature

When someone showed you a different way
Tried something new to no avail
Intelligence and truth
All the answers that needed proof

You are bored and misguided
During freedom and play
No structure given and humanity fails
You are an obsessive
Compulsive
Disorderly
Freak
With instructions
Just another sheep

I sleep when you sleep
I eat when you eat
I find solace in the things I seek
And in the memories you keep
There was once a day I thought
All by myself
I think I thought I forgot
The institution...oh what it had wrought
Concerned with itself, destruction and hate
In a world with little hope
A handful of people, people you know
Will show you where to go
Grateful for the little love that's so hard to find
When you look too hard and are left behind
Track Name: Postman
Oh what a horrible day
At the back of the pharmacy
Endless hours until I'm off
Of people coming to me
Two with ten envelopes
Telling them what they owe
For trying to make their dream come true
For sending their work to go

But I'm not feeling
Like a nice postman today

Throw it out
Just a little fun before I'm done
I'll just throw it out
And if I ever get caught then I'll just run
Never get that winning bid
And your cousin thinks you're dead
Cos I'll throw it out
So you'll never ever have your message read

Oh what a horrible thing
If you're telling me what to do
I'm the one with the power here
And you don't have a clue

Treat me like you treat your friends
Treat me with those words
Yes, I'll send your note away
But to where, you'll never learn

Cos I'm not feeling
Like a nice postman today

Throw it out
Just a little fun before I'm done
I'll just throw it out
And if I ever get caught then I'll just run
Never get that winning bid
And cousin thinks your dead
Cos I'll throw it out
So you'll never ever have your message read
Track Name: Push To Exit
Surrounded one night in a room with a window full of stars
When we all realized that you would part
You told us we'd be all right
As you drifted we fell silent
Reassured us we'd be all right
We told you we're no better for it
And to that
You smiled

Push to exit and leave this world behind
Reassure me and leave this world behind
I got nothing on you
With nothing more to say
Except at times I am blind
And fail to speak my mind
You'd say are things worth fighting for
And pills to calm me so
You'd lie and cheat your way into heaven
Tell me secrets when I'm older
Then disappear before I could reach your shoulder

Push to exit and leave this world behind
Reassure me and leave this world behind
Gave me hope, trust and peace of mind
For a moment lost without you
In the times when I was blind
Afraid to speak my mind
You said there are things worth fighting for
Little pills to calm me so
You lied and cheated your way to heaven
And kept those secrets, never got older
Then disappeared before I could reach your shoulder

Surrounded one night in a room with a window full of stars
When we all realized that you would part
You told us we'd be all right
As you drifted we fell silent
Reassured us we'd be all right
We told you we're no better for it
And to that
You smiled


Inspired by those people that you know and love and can always depend on, but don't particularly see or hear of much because of circumstance.
Track Name: White Window
Opening the white window
I see a small picture too
Of a heart, an album cover
Or a picture of you

Recite all the greetings
Is "friend" the right word?
See, I forgot when we stopped
Living in the real world

Way too busy,
Or gone far away
Will you be right back?
Have you anything to say?

I've lost track of who can talk
And I've lost track of who remembers a number pad
And who knows what friend means
I used it all the time
This monster drove us mad
This monster drove us mad
A simple button will answer the call
But there just seems to be no way through this wall

Names have lost all meaning
Now meaningless quotes stand
Pretending to laugh at your jokes
Cos we just don't understand

Running through the day's events
As I believe you care
But the day you sent for my white window
Was so I'd know you're there

Way too busy,
Or gone far away
Will you be right back?
Have you anything to say?

I've lost track of who can talk
And I've lost track of who remembers a number pad
And who knows what friend means
I use it all the time
This monster drove us mad
This monster drove us mad

How many "quotes" do you know?
How many do you remember?
You've lost track and you can't even count
Save it all for later

Pick up the phone, cos you're're all alone
Hear an answer of disgust
Did I do wrong? I've known you for long
But now there is no one, no one to trust

Can you love in person?
Or stray from pixel flowers?
You'll want a hug from everyone
Then fake it for hours

Somehow it's a skill
One which many lack
And somehow it's a pill
A strong will to attack

Now I'm too busy
I've gone far away
I won't be coming back
'Till I've found a thing to say

Cos I've lost track of who can talk
And I've lost track of who remembers a number pad
And who knows what friend means
I use it all the time
This monster drove us mad
This monster drove us mad
A simple button will answer the call
But there just seems to be no way out
Track Name: He And I Alike
There was a time when I was all you
Now you stare at me from within the eyes of a child
Does not yet know fear, thus far innocent, still wild
He looks up at me smiling, yearning to swap shoes
And here I conclude: he and I alike

I've since shed my skin once more and more
Each time the new skin is much thicker than before
My hair dark and thick now
The bright locks of before have shrivelled into retention
That split of a moment where ignorance drove euphoria
Was it not once a sunny eternity?
Now only fragments of an everlasting aporia

In retrospect
Nothing has changed, nothing alike, things will never again be the same
Worth seems to lessen as every year goes by
A smile never used to cost nearly as much

They prance around me in the footsteps
I once followed and later set to fade
One gazes at me in a familiar way
Oh I remember all so well
"You might be bigger, you might be older,
But you sure don't understand

It was then when it hit me
A part of me is dead
All but the remainder of memories in my head

I've since shed my skin once more and more
Each time the new skin is thicker than before
My hair dark and thick now
The bright locks of before have shrivelled into retention
That split of a moment, where ignorance drove euphoria
Was it not once a sunny eternity?
Now only fragments of an everlasting aporia
The martyr that grew into me
Still struggles to feed my mentality

I've reenacted all of those memories again
To the highest degree of accuracy I could comprehend
I've sat on that curb, wind in my face
I've opened that present for which so long I'd wait
I've returned to that beach and played in the sand
I've eaten that ice cream, let it melt down my hand

I have seen all these feelings before
They'll never return to find me anymore

Two figures meet at last with so much to say
Could this be?
Have we gone this far?
You and I have passed the point of no return
And from now I must continue on my own.

We have seen all these feelings before
Yet they'll never return to find us anymore

I'll still shed my skin once more and more
My newly thick skin is just what I've asked for
My hair dark and thick now
And now it seems that it is too late for regression
That split of a moment where ignorance drove euphoria
I let my precious sunny eternity fade away into an everlasting aporia
The martyr that grew into me
Will never cease to feed my mentality

And now I see, and wish you'd stay with me
For that which happened I am grateful
I will never see you again
Not like this
I have overstayed my welcome in the world of the unknowingly bliss
Track Name: Home Is Where The Heart Is
I kick in the brand new door cos I want to set you down
Our first stay but I must say this is quite the house we've found
On our own in our new home, well we can't wait anymore
Ready for a change of path to a place we've never been before

Close the curtains, you know why
This night is for you and I
Our world has no one in the way

Hands will heal the aching back
Wonder where we'll take this track
Fire for heat and comfort for our stay

Like the fire in our hearts
Alight together in this house
So this is how it starts
A night together in this house

Did we not have a gift for the joining of our lives?
Isn't this is a perfect moment to find out what's inside?
It may be buried under the mess we left somehow
Clear the surface, make some space so we'll get it opened now

They don't make it easy for us
Just enough to make a fuss
Get a knife to cut right to the prize

Now we know what fun we'll see
A toast to you a toast to me
Drink away until our reason dies

Like the care in our minds
Gone together in this house
We leave the world behind
Withdrawn together in this house

But the poison was forgot
We can use another shot
Just keep at it, I'll be back
And I'll try to not get caught

But the ringing catches anyone's ears
And who can let it go?
This call would bore you to tears
So finding it is slow

The best man sends us his good will
But I don't want to have you wait
With your body calling and my patience falling
I'll call back another day

I hear your steps
Don't you move, stay right there
The stairs in front, the door behind
No more time to spare

But there's another ring, from behind my back
And who can let it go
I'll soon set us back on track
My curiosity has to know

Reaching for the golden handle
Another hand comes into view
Now that's some stealth; I couldn't hear
Now there's nothing I can do
Water falling to your feet And who can turn it down?
Another ring, but we don't care
Tonight's for us so I'll never turn around
Track Name: Paranoia Safehouse
The bones are poking through his skin
As the door opens we step in
So much anger and gripe, easy does it
And down you go on the ground

Fourteen minutes past the big bad blow
With no one creeping outside the window
Safe for the moment
Safe for a time
Old buddy's sweating and bleeding with little to show

The blood is trailing to this house
When will they find us, they just might
I still worry if we're out of sight
Feeling guilty I tip toe
To where he lays by the window
I rid his blood by my hands
So he'll snap out of this trance

Old buddy shivers in the night
I get up and start a light
The warming fire renews us our bodies so
And by morning he is once again a selfish bore
Just like before the accident
Now we can see what's in store

On the table a box of might
In plain sight
I wonder what it's all about
The reason for the big bad fight
Limping through the kitchen door
Old buddy anxious to see the score
His mouth salivating
I've never seen him like this before

Money and a brand new life
Brought me here
Kept us together
And took all my fear
The box opened with my knife
We both see what can't be right
The pills so few between us
What now are we to do?
When is our freedom?

To quench his greed
His selfish reasons
To rid me of these endless days
In this hollow house
This prison
It's feeble
Undeniably evil
With only one way out

So the knife goes
One blow
Two blows
Three
Then four
Ridding his blood by my hands
So he won't snap back from this trance

Snap back from this trance!

Up the staircase leaking blood
I push him into the icy tub
His blood is draining
He's complaining
Exclaiming
The pain so infuriating
Get on up and get down, get down
To pack it all up
And escape alright
To get on up and right out of sight

In the silence the phone rings bright
A deafening roar and I'm nearly out the door
With box in hand
My heart skips twice
The sirens in the distance
Elevate my fright
As the man on the phone is asking
"Are you alright?"

A knock on the door does nothing for the score
The phone drops
He pays no mind
To the sound as he creeps behind
With vase in hand he begins to thrash

With one blow
Two
Three
Then four
And suddenly I am on the floor

My final vision
My life is one big indecision
The door swings open
Old buddy's down with me
And right on key
The world begins to fade
I hear no more sirens
And remember no more days
Track Name: Steps Under Shelter
Open the door, push you in
Time for one of us to come clean

Where did you come from, why the drought
Why did I choose to help you out
Pull the blind, lay you down
Warm fire and you shiver
With back in blankets, the table's set
Your knife drops, I hold it instead

Open wounds, open eyes
Dry blood paints your scars
Shaking hands, will you wash off what was done
Pick you up, to the water, soak and sleep it off

Is there no clue? What should I do?
I don't know a single thing about you
Curiosity draws me to explore
Look inside of the jacket that you wore

Open wounds, open eyes
Dry blood paints your scars
Shaking hands, will you wash off what was done
Dreaming in the water, remember what you lost

On a photo you smile at me, children and a woman right beside
Contact on the back, matters you have left untied
She picks up, short trembling words, she must have never heard
This is the one, so well, I know, I tell her where to go

The ones who love you now know where you are
They set to find the man who left, and left them with a scar

Hours pass, he awakens, puzzled and confused
Cuts still deep, joints still weak, but now able to move

Door bell rings, there she is, I go to let them in
Descending steps, he sees her face, and something stirs within

Kick in the brand new door, have a closer look around
Though nothing is different here there's a lot new I have found

A different time with different life has a silhouette so near
We return to see the change, the differences so clear

The lovers are the criminals are the heroes from afar
Dismissing the details that make us who we are

In a whim of shock, he loses grip, falling to his end
Realized, quiet smile he lays at the final step

Open wounds, open eyes, dry blood paints our scars
These are the details that make us who we are
On closer look there is no new under the sun
Steady hands, have you washed off what was done