Off Purpose

by Testube



Picking up where the 2008 Covert EP left off, 'Off Purpose' further explores the eclectic fringes of electronic genre mutation that Testube is so well known for. By fusing glitchy chaotic percussion, dramatic textural displays, anti-pop melody and the occasional old school industrial groove, 'Off Purpose' promises to deliver a little bit of something for everyone, and a lot for the discerning few. Jonathan Chalker, of the dark electro-pop act LowHero.DLL, also contributes vocals and lyrics to the track "Lost and Found".

'Off Purpose' is being sold as a limited boutique CDr with special hand-printed arigato jacket and trigger ejector case. Each jacket was hand-screened, and rusty metallic color variations were introduced to the screen at random moments during the printing process. As a result of this technique, each copy will feature a slightly different "off purpose" appearance.


released May 17, 2010

Written and produced by Jeff Danos.
Guitar on track 04 by Amber Wenger.
Lyrics and vocals on track 05 by Jonathan Chalker (LowHero.DLL)
Recorded at Hollow View Studio - Eureka Springs, AR


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Testube Eureka Springs

Testube was formed by Jeff Danos in 1994. Approaching each new musical release as an experiment in sound, Jeff fuses atypical idm, industrial, glitch, and ambient textures into complex cohesive compositions...which is a fancy way of saying that he has a knack for making strange and experimental music somehow more palatable. ... more

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Track Name: Off Purpose
we took this sound
turned it upside down
but we did it off purpose

we spooked the charts
with deceptive arts
it left us obscure
but we did it off purpose

we did it - it was by accident
we did it - a happy accident

we took this sound
turned it upside down
it made us obscure
but we did it off purpose
Track Name: Trickledown
you're at the forefront while falling back
a sense of present is what you lack

no firm advantage, no strangehold
you're buying time that's already been sold

pursuing modern is a disease
and all those joneses are more like fleas
they keep you itching for something more
it's so refreshing to be poor...

trickledown - it's already been through town
it's got the frightened and divided a bit let down

it's an edit of an edit of a censored draft
an abbreviated mistranslated bogus test run
it's an edit of an edit of an edit of an edit
of an edit of a censored draft
Track Name: Lost and Found
from the greatest minds to my ears,
i get the messages loud and clear
pseudoscientific, phantasmagoric
apocalyptic, euphoric

i'm a voodoo doll
i'm a voodoo doll

prostrate me then elevate me
lead me through a dreadful slime
then decontaminate me
so that i may see what it is i need
i once was lost
but now i'm in the foundry...

all these ways for me to show my face
to stake my claim
to carve out some virtual space
and never be erased

i've got a datafeed to meet my every need
assembled into an identity
information is free
a much cheaper version of integrity

take a really deep look in those eyes
do they deliver what they advertise?
all you people reaching out to me
does it give you some sense of community?

i'd rather be lost
sometimes i'd rather be lost
i think i'd rather be,
but now i'm found

so now i play pretend
and when i reach the end
i'll press rewind and play it all again

commit me to the screen
fashion emergency
a new reality celebrity

collective consciousness
sanitize this mess
am i lost or found?
Track Name: Fodder Figure
will i fail?
will you grasp
the levity of the situation
or will you laugh?

will you accept the bits of wisdom
i have painfully amassed
or are you growing up too fast?

do you dream?
will you smile?
will you run before you walk
or stay awhile?

how can i inspire you
when i believe in nothing?
denied of hype,
will you grow out of touch?

do as i say, not as i've done
don't push through the years
tomorrow will come...

and i wouldn't wish on you
the things that we've been through