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Sick Of Being Sober - EP

by Filthy Racket

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I'm learning how I'm learning how to do it again Learning to face I'm learning how to face this world that's new And I can't think Can't think a better thing I ought to do Yeah I'm learning how I'm learning how to do it again Christ I've died I've died many deaths alone with you But I couldn't give Give up on myself So I try Try to live a different way right now Yes I'm learning how I'm learning how to do it again
Zero Chance 04:18
Depression 03:02
Sit alone in a dark damp room Don't have the strength to go outside No one minds or needs me I'll just be here waiting Waiting on the body to die Behind these worthless walls Didn't stop to say hi Just looked down and walked right by Looks like the life is fun But you won't catch me there Have got no time for others No one ever cares til life's gone


I've been sober for 3 years now. No alcohol since February 2017. A solo bass EP sounds like the right thing to do and is about where I'm at right now. It's not always easy playing music when many people around you are drinking and having fun goofing off or whatever. It's not the 'not drinking' part that's not easy actually, it's the 'am I not fun anymore?' part. Or the 'Do you not want to be around me because I don't drink and you want to drink?' part. Luckily the not drinking part is easy for me. I know that's not the case for everyone. But drinking is such a huge part of American society. Social life revolves around it. Acts as the centerpiece. The focal activity of a gather. I think being sober shows me how much of a problem it is for so many people and they don't even realize it. Or maybe they do but they don't take life seriously enough to do anything about it or care. I don't know, I probably shouldn't judge other people and what they do, I just think it's interesting. I was certainly wilding out for enough years. I literally stopped drinking and all of a sudden had a down payment for a house. That's serious...and another story. I'm digressing...

This music is Filthy Racket music. It's at times dark, heavy, melodic, aggressive, melancholy....all in 3 songs played on Bass Guitar. "Learning To Do It Again" is me returning to writing and recording music. I haven't done much of either since I got sober, as you can see via my discography. "Zero Chance" is a song by Soundgarden that I think really fits the Filthy Racket vibe and the vibe of this EP. With lyrics like 'born without a friend and bound to die alone' and 'zero chance of ever turning this around' ... the desperation, sadness and depression of it is an aspect of Filthy Racket that I couldn't have written better myself. And come on, it's Soundgarden. And what a great song. "Depression" was written and recorded in early 2015 before I moved to the desert. I'm playing a Fender Bass VI. I came up with the title recently just by reading the lyrics and understanding that that's what I was tapping into when I wrote it...Depression.


released March 17, 2020

Produced Written* Recorded and Performed by Justin Panariello

(*Zero Chance written by Soundgarden [Chris Cornell/Ben Shephard])

1974 Fender Jazz Bass used on "Learning How To Do It Again" & "Zero Chance"
Fender Bass VI used on "Depression"
Empirical Labs Mike-E Mic Pre used on all tracks

Learning How To Do It Again: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Ru1jV-96Y
Zero Chance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAPaMcTo3MY
Depression: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwkAXC8WEuE


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