2 Phat II Fail

by Cartoon Violence

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    releases June 13, 2017

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Running Into Walls
Fashion Fit
12 Yesterdays Ago
The Item Shop



Over the years, Cartoon Violence has played with many bassists and drummers, but never for more than a few shows or recording sessions. A few years back, they started using GameBoy sounds to replace the bass and drums in their live show, culminating in the 2015 EP, "Live at the Stork Club".

"2 Phat II Fail" is their first studio release using GameBoy sounds created in the LSDJ tracking program, as well as live guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals. The 7 songs on the EP, like all good Cartoon Violence songs, evoke the spirit of various bands and genres while always offering a new musical take with clever lyrics and catchy choruses.

"Running Into Walls" is a dark but danceable song which has been in the live since 2015 but is just now seeing a studio release.

"Fashion Fit" continues the Cartoon Violence tradition of dance songs about fashion, and features guest vocals by Keiko Takamura of Crashfaster.

"Battles" was written for the 8bitLA compilation "You Can't Tear Down a Feeling: A Chiptune Tribute to The Smell" and is a short fast punk song about strong opinions.

"Medicine" is a DEVO-inspired infusion of beeps, wubs, pew pews, and shredding electric guitar.

"Robotto" is Professor Robot's origin story song, which also features Keiko Takamura on backing vocals.

"12 Yesterdays Ago" is an earnest tongue in a sincere cheek, where Cartoon Violence channels The Cure probably a little more than they should.

"The Item Shop" is the final realization of the guitar-only version of this song which appeared on the band's 2009 demo, "Beer and Pickles," and can be used as a fairly accurate walkthrough for "The Legend of Zelda."


releases June 13, 2017

Doctor Octave: LSDJ Sequencing, Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar on "Item Shop"
Professor Robot: Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Keiko Takamura: Vocals on "Fashion Fit" and "Robotto"
Cover Photo by Trent Nahas
Art direction by Professor Robot and Doctor Octave
Recorded and mixed by Doctor Octave
Mastered by Christopher McGovern (Maxville Productions)



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A mad musical scientist and a sonic death machine met and formed a union destined to destroy bad music throughout the multiverse. Cartoon Violence is beyond genre or classification. They are music for the self-aware ironic subroutine of the pop culture singularity. ... more


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Track Name: Medicine
Like intrepid explorers
On a troubling sea
Can I find a harbor?
Is there a safe space for me?

You've got to gird your loins and jump over the hurdles
You've got to be more badass than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Before there is a profit, there's bound to be a loss
There should never be a question as to who is the boss
(You gotta!)

You gotta turn it all around again
You gotta take your own medicine
There's trouble right around the bend
It's gonna get you in the end

Hum diddle-um diddle-um diddle-aye
Hum diddle-um diddle-um diddle-oh

Like a quivering child
Lost alone in the street
No one trying to find you
You have become obsolete

You take two steps back and you know you might find a solution
Your freedom is not written in the constitution
Before you fall, you gotta learn how to walk
You can't have a future if you don't race the clock
(You gotta!)

You gotta turn it all around again
You gotta take your own medicine
There's trouble coming 'round the bend
It's gonna get you in the end

Like a wandering minstrel
Without a song to sing
Can't remember a note
It's all faint melody

You gotta run right up and kick life in the cajones
Sometimes you get the cheese but not the macaronis
Before there is a failure, there has to be a doubt
The tiger dwells inside, don't be afraid to let it out
(You gotta!)

You gotta turn it all around again
You gotta take your own medicine
There's trouble coming 'round the bend
It's gonna get you in the end
You gotta turn it all around again
You gotta take your own medicine