Rabbit in the Vestibule

by Half Past Four

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A few years ago, we couldn't believe it ourselves, but rest assured, it's here!

HalfPastFour has finally made it with their much anticipated debut album. It is called Rabbit in the Vestibule and is currently blowing minds of rock listeners far and large.


released October 25, 2008

Constantin Necrasov - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Bass and Vocals
Dmitry Lesov - Bass guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Igor Kurtzman - Keyboards and Sound Effects
Kyree Vibrant - Lead Vocals

Special Guest Performers:
Art Pisanski: Drums and Percussion
Ashot Grigorian: Saxophone
Sahra Featherstone: Tine Whistle and Violin
The Burlington Seniors Four Part Harmony Choir: Vocal Chorus in "Biel"
Dylan Goodhue: Background vocals in "Biel"

Mixed and Mastered by Jono Grant
Produced by Half Past Four



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Half Past Four Toronto, Ontario

Half Past Four is one of the best progressive rock bands to have emerged from Canada. Over nearly two decades, they have developed a unique sound, employing traditional prog-rock music laiden with folk, country, jazz, heavy metal and classical genres, among others. ... more


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Track Name: Missing Sevenths
We stand alone and no one knows
And if they did they wouldn't care
How hard it is to strike that pose
Our kind is getting really rare
Putting some strain onto your brain
Try to remain sane

All those who like to be opposed
Although they think it isn't fair
The remedy should be imposed
So they won't suffer in despair
(double dose!)

Out of fashion disobeying fools
Vanity rules
Cozy stretcher and a pretty nurse
Casting a curse
Non-perceptive self-inflicted pain
Is my best gain
Trying hard failing to succeed
Taking ahold over the world
Going once
Going twice
Track Name: Johnny
Johnny dreamt of distant lands
But how to get there he knew not
He managed somehow while asleep
But then awoke and just forgot
But his sadness was minute to the songs of the magic flute

He had a dream in black and white
about someone else's wife and journey of uncertain destination
She's put no effort into keeping obligation
He was taken by surprise but never dared to lift his eyes

The sky is clear
From distant there to closest here
You're taking off about to disappear
So go ahead and fly away my dear
Track Name: Poisoned Tune
The flowers bow when I walk by
the creatures pretend they are shy
the sounds separate from the sounders
and the notes attack from the sky
and still the stillness exists
somewhere between the fits.

The little bouquets of cilia
encompass the nerves like a filter
and I hear the symphony begin
the poisoned tune within.

So the innocent puckers and laughter
make a jolt like a lamb to the slaughter
and I feel like the sugar man’s daughter
people like him but think she’s a porker
but do they live happily ever after, ever after, ever after?

The sun melts the sky as I walk by
the ground turns brown and the tough guys cry
and all I can do is observe
the pain explode from the nerve
and still the stillness exists
somewhere between the fits.

Faces become a thought I once had
as a little girl skips in the sun
and a lush paradise, like a kite in the sky,
will get snagged on a tree and wreck all the fun
so little girl put in your earplugs
and dance to the silence of heart pumping blood
with no knowledge of the sad voices that call
you might stand a chance of
a life after all.

Your feelings turn inward your peace is complete
you won’t be vindictive or want to compete
noise is a place in a thought you once
had you can’t feel your grief you can’t tell if you’re sad.

Ignorance is bliss is ignorance is bliss…

Faces change as I walk by
The ground seems low and the sky seems high
I’ve stretched myself too thin
to the poisoned tune within
and still the music exists
somewhere beneath the hiss,
somewhere beneath the hiss,
somewhere between the fits…
Track Name: Southern Boogie
The sands of time are turning into snow
The flocks are headed south
And down there down south
The drinks are on the house
You're dancing all night long… and don't belong

It's always autumn, even May
The dogs are barking in the rain
I'm just a stranger lurking on my own

The bed is smirking, ceiling low
The temperate is way below
Your vacant eyes have lost their glow

I write you letters while asleep
The train of thought is hard to keep
The fare you bargained turned out counterfeit
And down there down south
Where all this nonsense doesn't count
It keeps shifting with the flow
It's time to go
Track Name: Twelve Little Words
Twelve little words I say to you
So I’ll keep down the bitter pill
Medicine to improve the weather
Pouring down on the space you fill

It’s – it’s not that easy or that wise
To laugh as though pain won’t hurt you
Won’t hurt you
Won’t hurt you
Won’t hurt..

Make it all up the way you can
Spill the overfill to make room
End up in dregs you’re laying down in
Looking up from the dark bottom

Twelve, Twelve simple words I will convey
Twelve words that could change everything
I wake up
I wake up
Eyes open
Track Name: Underwater
A shadow crosses the Milky Way
The stars are conspiring corruption
The galaxy parts unforgivingly
Not used to this interruption

Amoebas spin in centrifugal force
That makes the light dark and the dark light of course
Paramecium dance with the tetras
And blood pumps past my corneas.

Oh, the universe unveiled in a colour impossible
Painting the sky spelling words that aren't shown
Light is the vehicle shifting, changing
Like the big guy himself whispers once and is gone..

Inside closed eyes…
Inside closed eyes..

A shocking splash assaults my skin
The surface shatters again and again
The sound grows dim and fades like flame
The O2 looks just like it's name
A voice in the air so pure and clear
Takes on a different hue down here
Descending deeper into blue
I don't hear me, I don't hear you

Oh an entire new world blankets me in it's jello mould
Breath that is held for the lack of a gill
Currents that lap at my bones like leviathan
And the cold tears erupt as if I'd lost my will

Submerged inside
Torn asunder
Track Name: Strangest Dream
Morning comes and lifts me from my sleep
My eyes open to reality
I saw a vision in a vivid dream
And suddenly my life made sense to me

And I'm feeling nothing now
I want to go back where it's warm
I close my eyes again to drift back into the strangest dream

The motivation when the day's begun
A frantic week'ss gone by and nothing's done
I'm feeling guilty when I'm having fun
And I can't rely on anyone

And I'm feeling nothing now
I want to go back where it's warm
I close my eyes again to sail back into the strangest dream

Strangest dream, inside an ocean
In my mind, I paint a picture
Strangest dream, courageous journeys wait there

I think about a man out there for me
But his name is opportunity
And he never seems to notice me
I feel like a wave in a rage of sea

And I'm feeling nothing now
I want to go back where it's warm
I close my eyes again to fall back into the strangest dream
Back into the strangest dream

I know that patience is a virtue
But I feel like my whole life I've been waiting

And I'm feeling nothing now
I want to go back where it's warm
I close my eyes again to run back into the strangest dream

Strangest dream, inside an ocean
In my mind I paint a picture
Strangest dream, courageous journeys wait there
Pent up inside me
Strangest dream….
Strangest dream….
Track Name: Biel
She stood against the suffocating wind
And contemplated what it felt like to fall
She was aware of every bone and nerve
She realized a change was bound to come to her

She woke up to the voice inside her head
Calling so sweetly that she knew it was real
It said it's time to speak up to the world
A magic power that makes you able to heal

Stones they fell and lightning struck
And rock turned into crumbling dust
The world she knew and the clothes she wore
And the thoughts that coursed through her trembling mind
Vacated as she stood over the world that she knew
The clouds then opened and Biel's light slanted towards her.

Her gold mane glistened in the milky light
She was a painted doll and handsome steed
She raced Biel around the crimson night
She was the leader of a billion mouths to feed.

Hands outstretched and the camera lights
As the word spread wide and her mother said
"Don't say anything, don't tell anyone"
In hushed tones, her will she plead

So she hid away and kept very still

But how can she keep it a secret
When she has the power to heal?
She the one with the brand new answer
As she sees all the followers kneel
She wished it was all just a show
But she know what she knows
That they'll reap what they've sown
No longer a mere mortal
She belongs to BIEL

They clung to the old god while everything changed
They didn't watch earth as it rearranged
Your life is based on constant growth and birth
Why shouldn't your god reflect nature on earth?

There's no one by that name here anymore
You could say the holy database is not to date.
Now the new God is ready to be heard
We'll debut the new ONE after this word…

No one curses to the sky
Every swear word is gone away
No one prays to anyone, not Buddha, not Yahweh

She hears the earth excrete a mighty yell
Just one word BIEL BIEL
Not heaven and not hell
Not a savior not a spell

Without a sound she took a mighty breath
and saw that all there was left for her was death
without a word she smiled and touched Biel
and then she found out what it felt like when she FELL.....

And the earth rests
And there is no war
No one speaks here anymore…
No one fights here anymore..
No one lives here anymore…
Nothing left to buy or sell
In the name of BIEL….
Track Name: Dwayne
Cockpit over the chesterfield
It landed on the pane
The paper bulkhead’s nose got bent
And frustrated Dwayne
So then unfolded, straightened flat
It ‘glid’ across the room
And perfect mathematics made it touch down by the broom

Ah, the glow of great success
The heat upon the cheek
And proudly that this paper plane
Was made expressly by Dwayne, he
Picked it up, straightened it out
Picked it up, straightened it out
Picked it up, straightened it out and pushed it forth again

Nobody had ever seen (ever seen, ever seen)
Nobody had ever seen a flight like that
Nobody had ever seen (ever seen, ever seen)
Nobody had ever seen a flight like that
Straight as a line
From A to B
The passengers
The scenery!

Cockpit over the chesterfield
It landed on the chair
And before Dwayne could get to it
The dog found it up there….

Neighbour in the window
Red construction foolscap
Yellow star upon the tail wing
Shot its load into the cockpit
And Dwayne’s plane fell down in flames

Girl next door named Marsha
Father owns a Business Depot
Slammed the window on her fingers
No one messes with the plane!!

Cockpit over the chesterfield
The plane flew strong and proud
It soared out past the neighbour’s house
And flew into a cloud….
Track Name: Bamboo
You hear the sound
Of an iron door
It is Bamboo
The mighty pepper!

He came along
And stayed the night
He told us tales of what happened out where
The strangers walk in a straight line
Though they feel fine – they are so careful when they drink their wine!
He went there often
And when he came home
He unwound with a lake of liquor

And although he wears a mask
Of some imagined bravery
He brags about the foes he's fought
His head is big, his brain is NOT!!

You hear the sound
Of a thunderbolt
It is Bamboo
The mighty pepper!

His lights are dim
His muscles big
He is a man but he acts like a pig
Inside his head
He hears ideas
Like throwing punches
Results in seeing onomotopoeias
The women love him – so he imagines
And so he drinks so he'll keep dreaming

And although he wears a cape
And his spandex rides too high
The crowd can't help but stare in awe
As he soars up in the SKY!!!!
Track Name: Rabbit
Wishes floating to the ground
Coming down to find the soil
Rabbit holes to wonderland
All embracing mortal coil

Seedling wishes in the air
Faing to the stoney ground
Chances Blowing by your hand
Never championed by the hare

We slouch in corners
Apart from the crowds
Taking turns together
Planning the taking over

Kill the rabbit
Kill the rabbit......

Conversation afterglow
Basking in the undertow
Now I sit with you again
Reunited with my friend