We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

The System Works​.​.​.

by Total Massacre

supported by
Levrikon
Levrikon thumbnail
Levrikon Just great, blistering punk rock. Angry and political and blowing your hair back at 100 mph. You know sometimes you just need to get mad and nothing else will do. Favorite track: The Other White Meat.
christ234
christ234 thumbnail
christ234 Thanks guys it happened today in Quebec, stayed antifacist 👊🏼
krotix
krotix thumbnail
krotix HardCore Punk for me had a strong tie to Folk, the political views are strongly Progressive, there is a care for the world and out Nation.

Glad that Total Massacre take heed of that cause in this age of a would be Autocrat, who hopefully will be shown the door.

The problems of our country however survive Favorite track: Shock Doctrine.
hatepolice
hatepolice thumbnail
hatepolice Border Wall should be our new national anthem. Also, don't forget to decapitate your local capitalist today! Favorite track: Border Wall.
Bulli
Bulli thumbnail
Bulli This is a crackin album. A punk album just how they should be. Full of angst against a system and vitriol against what they don't like, paired with spit at ya music. Good thing is the music doesn't drown out the lyrics. Favorite track: #bebest.
amittaizero
amittaizero thumbnail
amittaizero it's good. it's bigly good. what else can you do when a fascist is president but make beautiful music? Favorite track: Antifascist.
/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
    Purchasable with gift card

      name your price

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    180-gram black vinyl + mastered for vinyl by Jason Livermore + lacquer cut by David Cheppa + 45-rpm disc + 13 songs + gatefold jacket containing lyrics, notes, and photography + design by our very own Cap'n No Fun.

    Purchase this with any other piece of vinyl, and we can gang them up and refund you some of the shipping charges.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The System Works... via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days
    edition of 500 

      $20 USD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Get the holy trinity–all three of our vinyl releases–for one low price! Uh, also, there's too many boxes of records in Jeff’s garage so we need a clear-out deal.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The System Works... via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      $45 USD or more 

     

1.
#bebest 01:59
You’re an epic success or a fucking failure and there’s no in between. You can rise above or you can sink like a stone and it’s nobody’s fault but your own. Nevermind generational poverty, nevermind the fucking patriarchy, and forget about those deeply held racist beliefs that’s a first amendment thing. They focus on the individual to obscure the systems that affect us all. They focus on the individual to obscure the systems that affect us all. Did you ever notice how our Overton Window Is well and truly broken? There’s a sliver of daylight on the left and on the right it’s wide fucking open. They’ll have you committed if you say with a straight face “you know, we don’t need capitalism” but jail a couple thousand non-white kids for no reason. And the world just keeps on turning, and the geo group turns a profit, and their Christian base fucking loves it. They focus on the individual to obscure the systems that affect us all. They focus on the individual to obscure the systems that affect us all. Make no mistake, we’ve all been poisoned. Whether it’s the lead in our pipes or the propaganda on our airwaves. And a whole world of institutions designed to fails us while they function dor somebody else. They focus on the individual to obscure the fact that this is hell.
2.
It's not the deficit it’s the disparity That’s gotten us where we are today And a placebo they call democracy That keeps us all in line We’ve got a choice between the ineffectual And the truly fucking evil The system works... Just not for us The system works... Just not for us Turns out you can change reality if People are dumb enough to believe it Cut education funding across the board and watch your Poll numbers soar The only thing forbidden Is telling the fucking truth The system works... Just not for us The system works... Just not for us I always wanted to be part of something A little bigger than myself I just didn’t think it was gonna be Betsy Devos’ tenth fucking yacht The system works... If you’re a hedge fund manager The system works... If you’re a safe-seat senator The system works... If you went to Georgetown Prep But not for us These aren’t bugs These are fucking features Eat the rich Eat the rich Eat the rich Eat the rich: The other white meat
3.
Flint won’t have clean water ‘til the day it’s gentrified Puerto rico won’t have power ‘til the locals are all pushed stateside And the Hiltons buy up every inch And market paradise Shock doctrine It’s happened before Shock doctrine It’ll happen again The disaster doesn’t have to be man-made For these assholes to capitalize Heads they win, tails we lose It happens all the time You’d better be born rich if you don’t want to Live in a fucking strip mine Shock doctrine We don’t pollute white suburbs anyway Shock doctrine And we could all use a little more beachfront property Shock doctrine And really what’s the point of environmental collapse... Shock doctrine ...if you can’t turn a tidy profit?
4.
The dipshit can’t read Probably skis in jeans And eats his steaks well done with ketchup Fuck trump He can’t hold a glass of water in his tiny fucking hands He’s not fooling anybody with his fucked up spray tan If he’s 238 they must be counting in tons Fuck trump There’s never been a limp-dicked imbecile more deserving of our scorn There’s never been a petulant toddler more undeserving of power He drinks twelve diet cokes a day And somehow lived to be seventy Some senile failsons have all the luck: Fuck trump The dipshit can’t read Probably skis in jeans And eats his steaks well done with ketchup Fuck trump There’s never been a limp-dicked imbecile more deserving of our scorn There’s never been a petulant toddler more undeserving of power Fuck Trump Fuck Trump Fuck Trump Fuck Trump
5.
It’s a fact that demographics Don’t favor dinosaurs So a fascist ethnostate is your only Hope to even the score Your rage is fear As the end draws near Your rage is fear You don’t care about hypocrisy Inconsistencies, or lies You’ll change your story as many times As you need to to sleep at night Your rage is fear As the end draws near Your rage is fear You’ve been gaslit since the day you were born but That’s nothing new There’s so many things you need to know That they’re never gonna tell you Your rage is fear As the end draws near Your rage is fear Stigma! You’ll. Be. Replaced You’ll. Be. Replaced You’ll. Be. Replaced You’ll. Be. Replaced As the end draws near
6.
If you were wondering Why we can’t have nice things It’s fucking oceanside edgelords It’s dipshit, punk rock dude-bros It’s every wannabe G.G. Allin And it’s a real big fucking problem And it’s a real big fucking problem We got a real big fucking problem with you If you can’t understand If you can’t get with the program If you offend just to offend If you can’t watch which way your punching If you’re not a part of the solution Then you’re a real big fucking problem And it’s a real big fucking problem We’ve got a real big fucking problem with you
7.
We’re very sorry, son I know we’ve been a pretty selfish generation And we didn’t leave you very much in the till When we clocked out at the end of the day But it gets worse I’m afraid You’re gonna have to learn from our mistakes Either that, or do just what we did And learn to cover your ass a little better Because the next generation Is gonna want to take it all away Even though those punk motherfuckers ain’t done nothing To deserve it anyway Now you’re a clever kid, but so are they Don’t be afraid of losing face And don’t ever let ‘em tell ya It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way It’s not the American way
8.
Please Clap 02:07
Following my dreams Got me a life I can’t afford A wife I love but I can’t give her The things that she deserves And I guess I could give up everything I live for just to survive But then I’d kinda have to wonder why They’ll ask you condescendingly just Why you are so mad And if you find a reason to be happy They’ll give you ten to feel bad And when that gets you down They’ll ask what the hell is wrong with you? These assholes own the world And they want to own us too It’s no mistake there’s so many problems We don’t know where to start to fix them It’s no mistake there’s no good answers Only different shades of depressing It’s no mistake that we’ve been lied to Our whole fucking lives It’s no mistake and there’s no need to wonder why They’ll ask you condescendingly just Why you are so mad And if you find a reason to be happy They’ll give you ten to feel bad They don't need to ask What the hell is wrong with you? They’re assholes but they’re smart enough to know... There’s no winning hearts and minds It’s easier to grind and grind and grind You down ‘til you don’t know what’s wrong or right And you’re too tired to stand up and fight They’ll ask you condescendingly just Why you are so mad And if you find a reason to be happy They’ll give you ten to feel bad And it doesn’t matter what the hell is wrong with you These assholes own the world And you and me we know the truth: Fuck ‘em
9.
P.S.A. 01:23
Fuck this I’m tired of feeling so inadequate Just ‘cause I couldn’t pull six figures if my life depended on it I’m a humble public servant And this is my announcement: For too long we’ve shouldered all the costs while They benefit This is a public service announcement: We’re all fucked So get out on the street And do something about it We’ve got nothing to lose but our chains and a days wage That wouldn’t pay For nothin’ anyway Fuck this Fuck this whole rotten system Every single goddamn fucking piece just works for them This is your captain speaking If you didn’t notice, we’re sinking And a third of the crew doesn’t care how deep As long as somebody’s beneath them This is a public service announcement: We’re all fucked So get out on the street And do something about it We’ve got nothing to lose but our chains and a days wage That wouldn’t pay For nothin’ anyway We’re gonna make ‘em pay We’re gonna make ‘em pay We’re gonna make ‘em pay
10.
This ones for the NRA: You’ve got blood on your hands Blood on your hands Blood on your hands Blood on your hands This ones for ICE: You’ve got blood on your hands Blood on your hands Blood on your hands Blood on your hands This ones for the American people: You’ve got blood on your hands Blood on your hands Blood on your hands Blood on your hands
11.
Border Wall 02:40
The legacy of slavery: The dumbest assholes in the Whole fucking country get Representative democracy, while The rest of us get stuck paying For a border wall A total waste of cash What's it good for? Votes in Texas Fuck their border wall Fuck their border wall Fuck their border wall Fuck their border wall What's it good for? Midwest votes Sausage-eating assholes What a brain-dead shitshow But they love their Border wall Fuck their border wall Fuck their border wall Fuck their border wall Grandma and grandpa Retire down south Sure, they're afraid of their brown-skinned neighbors, but Their vote counts More than yours More than mine Turns out it's worth more than All of ours combined We couldn't possibly have designed A dumber system if we fucking tried There's a lot of things You gotta remember in 2019 They mean voter suppression When they say "voter ID." When they say "border security," Those motherfuckers mean white supremacy Oh yeah, and uhhhh Fuck their border wall Fuck their border wall Fuck their border wall Fuck their border wall
12.
Antifascist 02:05
It’s not complicated I think it’s pretty obvious If you see a fucking nazi You’re gonna knock his fucking block off I refuse to believe we don’t all believe In the same things and Equality and justice outta be the rule Not the exception I’m an antifascist and You’re an antifascist too If you’re not you’d better watch out We’re coming for you Every person you meet, at the bar, on the street Is just as sick as you are of all this shit Every person you know has a heart and a soul And a voice and it’s time we use it But if you can stand up and put your hand out And help somebody else off the mat Then you’ve just done more than any fence-walking asshole ever has I’m an antifascist and You’re an antifascist too If you’re not you’d better watch out We’re coming for you I’m an antifascist and You’re an antifascist too If you’re not you’d better watch out For the 1917 crew I’m an antifascist (oi oi) I’m an antifascist (oi oi) I’m an antifascist (oi oi) I’m an antifascist (oi oi) I’m an antifascist (oi oi) I’m an antifascist (oi oi) I’m an antifascist (oi oi) We're all antifascists I’m an antifascist and You’re an antifascist too If you’re not you’d better watch out We’re coming for you I’m an antifascist and We're all antifascists too If you’re not you’d better watch out We’re coming for you If you’re not you’d better watch out We’re coming for you
13.
I’m gonna make damn sure my liver fails Before our institutions do I know I’ve got my work cut out for me We can change our mind, and change our world But I’ll be damned if we can find A way to change the rules of entropy We’re only as strong as our weakest link And it turns out, they make up half the chain We’re only as strong as our weakest link So break it and start again. Start again Goddamn it man I just can’t wait ‘til we finally win this next election Then everything can go back to being Just as fucked as it’s always been We’re only as strong as our weakest link And it turns out, they make up half the chain We’re only as strong as our weakest link So break it and start again I said fuck it. Said break it and start again They need you to believe You can fight hatred with kindness They need you to believe you can fight nihilism With passion and with hope And the reason for that is: That’s how they rob you of both That’s how they rob you of both That’s how they rob you of both That’s how they rob you of both Don’t fucking let ‘em

credits

released May 10, 2019

Recorded on January 26th and 27th, 2019 at Beer City Studios by Mike Wendland. Mixed by Jeff Massacre. Mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room. Vinyl lacquer cut by David Cheppa at Plush Vinyl. Layout and art by Cap'n No Fun. Photography by Joel Tabbush.

"Their records should come with a best-of compilation of Nazis getting punched." –New Noise Magazine, May 2019

“Total Massacre have a directness and simplicity that is kind of a lost art these days; it was a hallmark of the punk scene back in the 1980’s and is what gave the music of that era the immediacy that inspired young people to engage in acts of resistance to fascism. We need more of that.” –Chris Hannah, Propagandhi.

"The System Works... is the antidote to today's political climate in the era of Trump... The soundtrack to a revolution" –Greg Lonesome, Rock N Roll Manifesto/Real Punk Radio

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Total Massacre Los Angeles, California

“Total Massacre have a directness and simplicity that is kind of a lost art these days; it was a
hallmark of the punk scene back in the 1980’s and is what gave the music of that era the
immediacy that inspired young people to engage in acts of resistance to fascism. We need more
of that.”
– Chris Hannah, Propagandhi.
... more

contact / help

Contact Total Massacre

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Report this album or account

Total Massacre recommends:

If you like Total Massacre, you may also like: