We Are The Uniom

Band Members:

Reed Wolcott - Vocals, Guitar
Brandon Benson - Bass, Vocals
Ricky Weber - Lead Guitar
Jim Margle - Drums
Mike Babcock - Trombones 

Unhappy with the current state of ska music, We Are The Union decided to stick out their own necks and tried to change things for the better in the summer of 2005. Getting a paycheck is not on their agenda. Instead of following typical ska punk conventions, WATU takes a harder-nosed approach to the genre. With influences ranging from Philadelphia/New Jersey favorites Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, and bands like Slapstick and This Is A Standoff, they rage with the best of them while still retaining a heightened sense of melody. Their love for fast music, horns and their incredibly short attention spans are a simple explanation for why WATU sound the way they do. Over the past two and a half years, they have also been incredibly hardworking. With nearly a dozen tours in the US and UK under their belt in this short span of time, they've now thrown caution to the wind and continue to be on the road full time. This will surely add to the list of heavy hitters they've shared the stage with that includes The Suicide Machines, The Mighty Mighty BossTones, Less Than Jake, Zebrahead, Strung Out, Rufio, Polar Bear Club, No Trigger, Banner Pilot, Shook Ones, Mustard Plug, Set Your Goals, The Flatliners, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Make Do And Mend, Spring Heeled Jack, Bomb! The Music Industry, The Aquabats, Four Year Strong, Such Gold, Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Transit, The Wonder Years, The Swellers, A Loss For Words, and Hellmouth. Their work ethic cannot just be applied to their tours either. Their first full-length 'Who We Are', self-released in the summer of 2007, was given away for free by the band via the Internet. Their generosity was met with a rapidly surging fan base and an offer to have the record released in Japan via InYaFace Records. Their expectations for the band are simple. They want to keep making music they love while touring relentlessly in order to provide people with a positive environment for fun and the venting of frustration. Paper + Plastick saw the youthful exuberance and the amount of integrity this young bunch of punks had and quickly wanted to become involved. 2010 brings the release of 'Great Leaps Forwards', the Billy Bragg-inspired new full length from We Are The Union. Already outselling their previous releases, WATU hit Canada and the US in support of “Great Leaps Forward” with Strung Out (Fat Wreck Chords) and Rufio in August and September before heading to the UK for dates with Less Than Jake and Zebrahead in November. The band spent the first quarter of 2011 writing and recording an EP at Drasik Studios in Chicago, IL for a summer release on Paper + Plastick records. In April of 2011, shortly after they finished tracking, they hit the eastern US with The Forthrights, The Fad, Green Room Rockers, Stuck Lucky and The Brunt Of It on the Ska Is Dead Presents: Young Guns tour. The band spent June and July 2011 on a full-US co-headlining tour with New Jersey pop-punk band I Call Fives, featuring support from Handguns and The Story So Far. In March of 2012, We Are The Union will head out with celtic punk legends The Tossers for a short run of midwest and east coast shows. More info, including official dates and ticket links, at http://listn.to/wearetheunion

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Night 1 with @bigdmusic!  (at Grog Shop)

Night 1 with @bigdmusic! (at Grog Shop)

"Hello #Cleveland!" We have #bro colored vinyl with us! (at Sandusky Bay)

"Hello #Cleveland!" We have #bro colored vinyl with us! (at Sandusky Bay)

Who’s coming to this one?

Who’s coming to this one?

Who’s coming?

Who’s coming?

You Can’t Hide the Sun Full Album Lyrics

People keep asking us for official lyrics to You Can’t Hide The Sun to be posted online. I put it off forever, but I finally made myself do it! Enjoy!
 - Reed

Dust on the Hourglass

Another day in paradise
A labor of love
This parasite takes for granted what others dream of
I know nobody’s perfect
Some are just further from it
Destroy yourself
Blame everybody else

Your shoulder is cold
The one true misanthrope
Celebrating differences and severed spines
The crucifixion in your mind

When did you become a burning car wreck?
A pileup on the interstate
Block every lane to make the whole world wait
Crash and burn to taste the concrete
Destroy yourself
Blame everybody else

Your shoulder is cold
The one true misanthrope
Celebrating differences and severed spines
The crucifixion in your mind

So the years pass
You can’t see through the dust on the hourglass
You’ve lost ten thousand grains of sand
And you can never get them back
You can never get them back

You occupy one place in time
This wicked world left you behind

I Want You to Hit Me as Hard as You Can

This city watches through exhaust pipe eyes
As I redefine time
24 is far to young to be this jaded
But I still remember when it felt like we were friends
Before the in crowd went to your head

Slam the door in my face if you need to
Just be honest, just be honest with me
Slam the door in my face if you need to
Just be honest, just be honest with me

Sounds of fleeting fame come crashing in
Off the tip of your tongue
If it’s best to fight fire with fire then how do you fight indecision?

Slam the door in my face if you need to
Just be honest, just be honest with me
Slam the door in my face if you need to
Just be honest for once in your life
Just be honest with me

I’m sick of chutes and ladders
Can’t find what really matters
I’m sick
Scarred and seething
Fucked up and bleeding
I’m sick of chutes and ladders
So fuck the world that gives me no love
This life has only just begun

Live Like Mitch

We never plan to say goodbye
My throat is tight
My tongue is tied
Holding handlebars won’t stop my spinning head
A sea of tears won’t wash the pain away
I found a way to swim against the tidal wave

I’m gonna live like Mitch
Give more than I get
Ride out the dark days with a grin
I’m gonna live
Live like Mitch

So I’ll dodge potholes tonight
Live hard to celebrate your life
I know you too well, friend
Clean lungs were never meant to run out of breath

I’m gonna live like Mitch
Give more than I get
Ride out the dark days with a grin
I’m gonna live
Live like Mitch

I’m gonna live like all these souls are just searching for a spoke or some form of life support
A frame to hold them up
Yeah, to hold them up
All these souls are just searching for a friend or some form of life support
A frame to hold them up so they can ride away

415 in Progress

Today is a new day
A chance to scale the fence you made
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for these

Razor blades
These razor blades between my teeth

Chain link in my hands
Hold tight and climb over the bullshit I can’t stand
One by one I pick out carefully each one of these

Razor blades
These razor blades between my teeth

So let the sirens scream
You’re the noise complaint to this basement scene
So let the sirens scream
You’re the noise complaint to this basement scene

Razor blades
Razor blades between my teeth

Hellbound & Helpless

No matter which train we get on
It’s on collision course
We’re going down
Hellbound and helpless
You left our last chance for dead in the water to drown

So I’m out here screaming
I know you’ll just tune it out
But I’ll keep on screaming til you break down

Coupons and cost of living
Desolate declarations
Half-hearted promises were profit driven
There’s a new agenda
Cut tax for corporations
And cut the chords right from the throats of the working class

Bricks and broken windows
Sticks and stones can snap our bones
But words will never hurt as much as what it feels like to lose a home
To scream and still be unknown

So we’re out here screaming
We know you’ll just tune it out
But we’ll keep on screaming til you break down
Bullhorns and bullies fight on
Dead ears and dead faced treason
Take the power from the people, right on
FUCK THAT

Bricks and broken windows
Sticks and stones can snap our bones
But words will never hurt as much as what it feels like to lose a home
To scream and still be unknown

No matter which train we get on
It’s on collision course
We’re going down
Hellbound and helpless
You left our last chance for dead in the water to drown

If I Can’t Smoke or Swear, I’m Fucked

Don’t wait, it’s almost over
This rope gets shorter by the day, and now you’ve found its end
You test the poison and you pay
Drag it for your worst mistakes and fight to shake the blame
The blame

A death grip denial
A graveyard grin
You bear your teeth
Remind us that you’re just a skeleton

Don’t wait, I can see it now
The patron saint of the totally fucked
Lie down in living your own way
Cause dying isn’t living, is it?
Your bones decay

A death grip denial
A graveyard grin
You bear your teeth
Remind us that you’re just a skeleton

Dead End

You say you need a friend
But I’ve been down that dead end
It’s a winding path
One that I won’t walk again

This isolation
Old friends fall into the sea
This isolation
Traitors to your eyes only
This isolation
Pour on those buckets of defeat as your own ship sinks

A fistfight and a dream
Fiction floods reality
Lash out at apparitions
You’re losing grip on everything

This isolation
Old friends fall into the sea
This isolation
Traitors to your eyes only

I still see the clear connection between the past and present
Still see the clear connection between the person you are now and the bastard under your skin
Pour on those buckets of defeat as your own ship sinks

Do What You Love…

I shove my hands into empty pockets
Hoping to find anything, anything at all
This year has felt like pouring rain
But I’m ready now to put dynamite under these hollow walls

It’s been a long time coming now
But I’ve realized I’m all I need around

I’ve become a cannon ball
A silver bullet aimed for my lack of ambition
I’ve become a cannon ball
Let’s get these wheels turning
I’m a missile on a mission to destroy anything that holds me back

Here’s a reminder for myself:
The flood gates in my mind can only hold so much at one time

It’s been a long time coming now
But I’ve realized I’m all I need around

I’ve become a cannon ball
A silver bullet aimed for my lack of ambition
I’ve become a cannon ball
Let’s get these wheels turning
I’m a missile on a mission to destroy anything that holds me back

It’s been a long time coming now
It’s been a long time coming
I’m all I need around

…And Fuck the Rest

Instrumental

Delta. Oscar. Whisky. November.

It’s what I tell myself when I’m down
When there’s no one to hold my head above ground
When my pulse drowns out this empty down
It’s what I tell myself when I’m down
I’m all I need around

It feels like I’m headed upstream again
Fell back on habits and has-beens
Should I just give up? Should I just give in?

I’m alive
A fool would be unsatisfied
But I see knives and storm clouds when I close my eyes

I just can’t stand all the monsters in my head
They tell me “stay asleep”
They tell me “stay asleep”
A thousand tiny teeth are sinking in
Peel the skin til it bleeds
Peel the skin til it bleeds

From the top of this mountain I live on
My only view is all I’ve done wrong
It plays over and over again in my head in my head in my head

So I live with these monsters under my bed
They tell me “stay asleep”
They tell me “stay asleep”
I have to fight to keep my eyes open
Peel the skin til it bleeds
Peel the skin

The Ghost That Haunted Me

I was a block of ice in the summer heat
Stress got more than the best of me
Felt lost and I like I had lost something

I was killing myself thinking way too hard
About wind in my wings, and a brand new start
Had to pull it all together

Time only moves forward
You can’t hide the sun or make those shadows shorter
Time only moves forward
So why waste it on the rain clouds and the days you’d forget if you could?

So I broke the bonds that confined me
Stood ready to face it finally
Bring back to life the ghost that haunted me

I almost lost it all
Hit the pavement hard
But I’m stronger now, and my guitar keeps me standing

No more sculpting statues out of past regrets
From here on out it’s progress

Time only moves forward
You can’t hide the sun or make those shadows shorter
Time only moves forward
So why waste it on the bad days?

It’s true, we are playing @thefestfl & Reed and Brandon have been writing some tunes that could turn into new WATU songs… #NotAprilFools

It’s true, we are playing @thefestfl & Reed and Brandon have been writing some tunes that could turn into new WATU songs… #NotAprilFools

#puppies #hellyeah #old #setlists

#puppies #hellyeah #old #setlists

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After driving for 13 hours, we made it to Austin, TX. We play at 11:30! (at The Mohawk)

After driving for 13 hours, we made it to Austin, TX. We play at 11:30! (at The Mohawk)

Who We Are vinyl artwork tattoo!

Who We Are vinyl artwork tattoo!

Tonight in Canoga Park

Tonight in Canoga Park

Clearly we miss the @NHL - water bottle save by @bmbwatu - sorry @waturicky - Tulsa, OK tonight (at Eclipse Cultural House)

Clearly we miss the @NHL - water bottle save by @bmbwatu - sorry @waturicky - Tulsa, OK tonight (at Eclipse Cultural House)

Michigan show tonight at The Flint Local 342 (at warehouse poop House)

Michigan show tonight at The Flint Local 342 (at warehouse poop House)

Oh Canada - You Can’t Hide The Sun Tour starts tonight in Toronto! (at Sneaky Dee’s)

Oh Canada - You Can’t Hide The Sun Tour starts tonight in Toronto! (at Sneaky Dee’s)

Playing some acoustic songs in a basement…

Playing some acoustic songs in a basement…