Adversity

by Cross Check

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After their debut album "Down For The Count", Cross Check returns with an emotionally hard hitting 5 track EP titled “Adversity”. Where their debut was considered a full-on pop punk record, the musical style of “Adversity” does a complete 180. Cross Check's sound has matured with the addition of heavier instrumentals and meaningful lyrics that are narrated through powerful melodies accompanied by gritty backing vocals. Cross Check is eager to share this relatable, yet diverse record.

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released May 5, 2015

Produced, Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Mike Kalajian. Assistant Engineer: Roy Thompson

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Cross Check Poughkeepsie, New York

Cross Check formed in 2013 in Poughkeepsie, NY as five young guys determined to rebuild their local music scene. With members as young as 16, Cross Check made a name for themselves with their self-released debut EP "Down For The Count". This punk rock give piece has developed a strong fanbase within New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with one off shows and a strong social media presence. ... more

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Track Name: False Pretenses
You held your cards just as close as you can so no one can take a look at your hand
But you shuffled up the plan
To where we don't know where we stand, but it's too late to make amends so stay on your side of the fence

Well I got the taste that I wanted spit it up with my lungs I'm coughing up blood and all the secrets that should never have been told a happy life split at the seems there's no such thing as chasing dreams didn't anyone ever teach you that there's no "I" in team

I'll bury my head in my hands to take away the pain of your desertion and the storm you left the night you escaped
You swore that you made up your mind this time
But won't take the blame for your mistakes that you claimed were mine

I hope you're happy with the risks you didn't take,
you set fire to the world i tried so hard to create

Headlights burning holes through skulls I wish I never lost control of this world I swore i'd own just to give you to hold you threw it back in my face and said you didn't feel the same the burns the breaks and dumb mistakes I wish I never felt this way
Track Name: Better Off
I can't do this anymore
The silence resonates right through the front door
I can't take it anymore
My eyes are tired, my lungs are weak , and I'm sore!

Late at night, while I rest,
your image runs throughout my head,
I'm going insane with these signals I can't ignore,
but you're moving up and I'm breaking down
you turned your back please turn around,
all I need is stable ground that I can walk on

I'm burning pages, erasing notes I left you
They're all reminders of the shit you put me through
Your loves contagious, kept falling right back to you
I gotta set my mind free before I end up like you

I need to catch my breath,
I need a break from all the
stupid shit you say
your hearts too cold for my body to endure
Left me for dead,
tried to come back
you took what's mine for what you lack
and now it's clear that I was better off before

I'm burning pages, erasing notes I left you
They're all reminders of the shit you put me through
Your loves contagious, kept falling right back to you
I gotta set my mind free before I end up like you

How long until you realize I'm the one you fought for
that your opinion was the only one that mattered
you came into my dreams and left me with a nightmare
I can't believe you made me turn into a monster

Hands trembling
Anger turns to rage
Get away from me
I can't be saved
Track Name: Wake
One day I'll look back on what this was, I am grateful that it happened but i'm still bitter because theres no rhythm to the madness, no reason for the cause, but everything I've found, far outweighs all that I've have lost
And although I feel defeated
This won't break me down
I'll take this weight from off my back that I've carried around
and I'll muster up the strength to Put it 6 feet in underground

Maybe it's better to expect disgrace
Then lose hope in the important things
Feels like the worlds against me
And I can't seem to find my faith
My optimistic ways
Will someday be the death of me

Bruised and all alone
I found myself crawling home
Through rain, sleet and snow
I watched my soul as it froze

Maybe it's better to expect disgrace
Then lose hope in the important things
Feels like the worlds against me
And I can't seem to find my faith
My optimistic ways
Will someday he the death of me
Until my body refuses wake
I will keep living
Track Name: You're No Different
Twist my arm that's how it has to be
To convince yourself, you're not in love with me and
this time apart has made me see you think I'm worse without you but you're worse without me (you're worse without me)

I can't tell if you're lying to yourself or if your just this heartless
Oh I trusted you
I fought for you
I gave my fucking heart to you
But you're blinded by your selfish intentions

I guess I should learn
You put yourself first

(Every chance you get
You break me down bit by bit)

I can't even stomach your lack of empathy

(How could someone I trust
turn their back so easily)

I can't tell if you're lying to yourself or if your just this heartless
Oh I trusted you
I fought for you
I gave my fucking heart to you
But you're blinded by your selfish intentions

And if our paths happen to cross again, I hope you know that I'm happier than when, you spent our days and nights splintering my bones. But now unlike you I am not alone.

This isn't a one way street
I show you respect and then you show me
Not this bullshit that you seem to fall back too I'm glad i can say that i am nothing like you!

I can't tell if you're lying to yourself or if your just this heartless
Oh I trusted you
I fought for you
I gave my fucking heart to you
But you're blinded by your selfish intentions
and i can't tell if I'm lying to myself please say you're not this heartless
Oh I trusted you
I fought for you
I gave my fucking heart to you
But you're blinded by your selfish intentions
Track Name: Thick Skull
Can you not see what you are doing to yourself
I feel like a broken record
But I've lost too many souls to their own negligence
Why won't my cries be heard?

This is my burden to bear as well
When you're gone, who will I spill
All my thoughts out to, this empty room
Has never felt so cold, you can't put this until you're old but I guess you'll do what you want
because my words cant pierce your armored heart

It's none of my business but I can't get this off my mind
How you can knowingly harm yourself all the time
You make this difficult
Never do what you're told
Your bad habits will be the end of a soul

You know you're hurting yourself but do you know you're fucking killing me
You gave me the cold shoulder, and it spread to my heart, now I'm freezing
You threw caution to the wind, but one day it will come back on a spiteful breeze

It's none of my business but I can't get this off my mind
How you can knowingly harm yourself all the time
You make this difficult
Never do what you're told
Your bad habits will be the end of a soul

When will you get this through your thick skull this is going nowhere can't you tell
When will you get this through your thick fucking skull this is going nowhere can't you tell