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Circus of Tortured Melodies

by New Zero God

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Anything you say or do You know they keep an eye on you Anything you’ll try to say They’ll check if it would sound ok But you were told You live in a free world But lately it seems They were completely wrong Stupid TV shows and ads Created needs you never had You buy an expensive phone while The bank confiscates your home And every day, You feel you lose control And pretty soon You know you’ll lose it all I don’t want it You don’t want it What'cha gonna do? Now that they will come for you… Air and water Sons and daughters All sold to the firm So what is left for you to do? - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
Some people like to walk And some like to run. Some of them let you down And some lift you up. Don’t ever let them fuck with your mind And never trust a stranger with your heart. Some faces shine too bright But have a painted smile. Sweet words leave poisonous lips With arsenic vowels… Don’t ever let them play games with your mind And never trust a stranger with your heart. Be yourself, ‘cause everyone else is taken - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
I am your consciousness so you can’t hide from me. We’ve been together since you were a little kid. I know your hopes and fears Your wounds, you try to hide… I know you’re not the one that you pretend to be ‘cause I… I know your little secrets Your dirty little secrets - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
Hell bet on me to lose And now I have to choose It’s you or me, my Babe Well, we all learn the hard way You’re wrong – when I am right You say Black – When I say White I’ve had all this before So now Baby, I choose to go ‘Cause Hell bet on me to lose More work with less to gain I love living, but I hate the pain My job is not good for me Let’s call it quits, I’ve had enough of this… Hit the brake, step on the gas Police are after me, I gotta be fast I will get busted for driving drunk Life is bittersweet and I am out of luck But Hell bet on me to lose “That’s all that I did, Judge” And he shouted, “Guilty as charged” And sentenced me for life To have you as my wife You’re wrong – when I am right You say Black – When I say White I’ve had all this before But there is a guard outside my door - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
One day he was offered a deal he couldn’t resist. Every dream he ever had would come true as long as he would offer his services to them… Rich and famous, sharp and beautiful, a harmless role model for society. In exchange they wanted Every note he ever played All the talent he ever had “Happiness” was not mentioned in the contract ‘cause… Hey, wouldn’t he be happy with money and fame? He had to give them his body and soul He signed with his blood and became their rock’n’roll puppet Once, in a little town, a gifted kid came to life. He was the youngest one in a family of five. He had great talent Played harmonica like no other Soon he became the talk of his little town… Then came a day he realized that everything was a lie That flickering light inside him was about to die Try to do something about it, Cry for help and live without it, See someone and talk about it, Move your feet and go around this mess you got yourself into ‘cause they fucked up your mind turning you into their puppet, their rock’n’roll puppet… - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
Busking 01:29
Being lonely and blue doesn’t help remain true To yourself and to those you really care for. As we all need a friend, We all do pretend to be accepted. This ends here for me, For all to see, That I stand corrected. - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
Big 04:25
Mother says, I gotta make it big No matter how big, I will always be her sweet boy. Father says, I’m a worthless shit I gotta make it big, to prove that he is wrong. Brother says, he’s gonna make it big ‘Cause the bigger he gets, the more his life has value. Sister takes no part in this The only thing she wants is to make it out of this place… But I… Have my dreams Safely locked In a musical box What makes you feel's always real While all the rest While all the rest, is what dreams do best... Yeah babe It's what dreams do... Big Time Big dreams ahead Big Time It’s what dreams do best Big Time What parents dream for you Sometimes I have this feeling and I can’t breathe My sight gets all blurry and everything turns scary… - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
Good morning Mother Nature What do you have for me? Some cute little creature or nice scenery? I’ll hurt you, ‘Cause this is all we humans do. I’ll make you bleed But first I’ll rip off what I need from you Mother Nature What do you have for me? Mother Nature How grateful we should be Instead of loving you We kill you day by day We poison you any way we can Oh this trip, around the sun… Thank you for every given day (Earth’s average orbital speed is about 19 miles per second) For every day For everything you give - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
This is your last day of sorrow A breed of Druids rules this planet Priests of a huge divine orb. They come through crystal balls in each believer’s home Preaching your last day of sorrow… Do you wanna be rich? (Yeah) You wanna be happy? (Sure) Just stay true to their rules If you got the message shake your chains like you just don’t care at all There won’t be pain in this new world They promised one day loud and clear Just mind your job and they might keep their word For this to be your last day of sorrow A breed of Masters rules the planet Planning their profitable move Could be a war or an untreatable disease A non-stop last day of sorrow… Don’t see the world through rose-coloured glasses Don’t you believe this world, no more… - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
…And now, the part of the show That she goes on stage And we all go, you know… WOW She’s perfectly shaped So don’t be late Make your move She’s the perfect date Not so fast It might not last You’re both caught in a trap Check again your feelings ‘cause it’s that part of the show now… It’s that part of the show now It’s that part of your life Don’t ever use the word “forever” For vows you’re not able to keep No one’s on top Cause this might not last You’re both caught in a trap Deal with your egos cause it’s that part of the show… - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
Charlie Boy 01:40
Man: "Would you give me back the silk soul I had when I was a child? Sniffing new smells like a puppy full of bliss. Fighting imaginary dragons that later came alive…" Woman: "I think I saw you the other day on a Vivian Maier's photo... I always wanted to meet ya, I'm a big fan of yours.." - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
Evolution 02:55
From deep dark caves – to outer space We’re done with our world, and we’re coming your way. Man #1 - Fast cars and fancy clothes Man #2 - White lines up your nose. Scientist - We are doing Experiments on other creatures Dark witness - Corporations with big secrets. Tele Evangelist - Spread the seed of hate and racism Drop some bombs, looks fascinating. Secretary - Session with your therapist in 3,2,1 - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]
Carry On 04:03
I know you’re looking for some answers In this journey we call life I know you’re looking for some guidance To find your way through the night. There are no available directions… There is no map to help you out… Only this little voice inside you That leads you all the way around… So carry on Carry on It’s a harsh world out there But you can get along. Carry on Carry on Make your dreams come true. Role models seem to be confusing While you try hard to free your mind. And stuff they say it’s for your healing It’s just the stuff that turns you blind. I know, you know, they know… sometimes Their ways seem to work just fine. But there are times you feel you’re lost and You turn your face and start to cry… So carry on Carry on It’s a harsh world out there But you can get along. Carry on Carry on Make your dreams come true - New Zero God ["Circus of Tortured Melodies" - © 2018]


With Andi Sex Gang (of legendary Sex Gang Children) to welcome us to the Circus of Tortured Melodies, the tour begins in the 13th Tent of the Circus. Each one of these tents hides a different story which, most of the time, opens the way to the next one. Other times, however, it is completely independent.

These are songs about our unfulfilled dreams, the emotional insecurities of modern man, political developments, the manipulation of the family environment, role models of our society, over-consumption, the compromises that we make, and the destruction of our planet.

In a nutshell, Circus of Tortured Melodies presents the complexity of modern life by tracing the sources of modern neurosis.


released March 15, 2019

New Zero God is:

Mike Pougounas [vocals, keyboards, tambourine]
Akis Nikolaidis [electric guitar, acoustic guitar, b’ vocals]
John Psimopoulos [drums, b’ vocals]
Michalis Semertzoglou [bass guitar, electric guitar, 12 string guitar, b’ vocals]
Babis Efthimiou [drums, programming, b’ vocals]

Guest Appearances By:

Andi Sex Gang [Ringmaster], George Katsanos [keyboards], Nikos Skiadopoulos [harmonica], Michael Clayton [b’ vocals on “Be Yourself (Cause Everyone Else Is Taken)”, man on “Charlie Boy”], Lara McElligott [secretary on “Evolution” and woman on “Charlie Boy”], Shaun Histed-Todd [man on “Evolution”].

RECORDED AT: QZN Recording Studios [Athens, Greece]
PRODUCED BY: Babis Efthimiou and Mike Pougounas
ENGINEERED BY: Babis Efthimiou
PROGRAMMED BY: Babis Efthimiou
MASTERED BY: John Psimopoulos

COVER PHOTO BY: Costas Papapanos
BAND PHOTO BY: Elias Moraitis
SCULPTURES BY: Spyridon Dasiotis
ALBUM ARTWORK BY: Gogo Hioti and Anna Psarreas
LOGO BY: Sidheog Steves

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'Circus of Tortured Melodies' is something of a kaleidoscopic album as New Zero God use a wide range of textures and colours to paint their sound. But not to the point of eclecticism as the record hangs well together as a whole due to a certain lyrical astuteness. It's the sound of a band striving to forge forward and showing real development."
Peter Dennis - Pulse-Alternative Magazine (UK)

"Throughout the entire album, you shall taste some of the old-school oriented gothic rock principles that are blended with occasional punk attitudes, the new wave causality, the fairness of the American oriented alternative rock candor as it was sired in the 90s, by a very skilled band which holds tight all the post-punk delights too. 13 songs that are performed by players who simply know how to drive in the wild nature of urban rock and roll music and its diversities. 13 different dirty alleys, 13 everyday stories, 13 ruthless mirrors, all in a record with brilliant sound and production but not quite so polished in purpose. The album bites hard, and the same album is a manifest alone against the world as it is left in the hands of incapable snakes. I cannot give you any focus tracks because the album has its own concept idea, it has so many episodes to focus on and I would certainly spoil and jumble its whole narration, but I will leave this note instead; while you are listening to the album, catch or read the lyrics (that you’ll find in the link below), as it is important for a complete audition."
Mike Dimitriou - whitelight-whiteheat.com (Italy)

Excerpts from Google Translate. The original and complete article (Greek language, translatable), can be found at the following link:


"...New Zero God is at their best, more mature and more competitive in the myth of Flowers Of Romance that did not swallow Michael Pougounas, who was and remains an unease musician and singer. He is one of the few singers who have evolved through time by working his voice. I think now he does whatever he pleases with his voice."

"...He also works the lyrics, making good use of his brain, imagination and realism. He is the dark shadow that you can see in the light, not having his hands in his pockets but working on a paper, with his ears open to the society."

"...From the first funk piece of "Circus Of Tortured Melodies" titled "What'Cha Gonna Do?", to the punk tune "Hell Bet On Me The Lose" and the Zappa influenced "Rock'n'Roll Puppet" and the "Busking" that closes the first side of the vinyl album, you rush to the second side that ends with the melodic "Carry On" and you feel the need to play again the first funk track. Things are finally happening in Greece, apartment condos, that look over avenues of madness and communicating with another universe..."
- Yiannis Alexiou – Ogdoo.gr

Many thanks to Banks Music Promotion and Valley FM 89.5 [Australia] for notifying us that the opening track "What'cha Gonna Do" from our new album release "Circus of Tortured Melodies" ranked #4 in the Top 10 of European songs on the show!

2019 - APRIL 25
Many thanks to Banks Music Promotion Isaac Banks Top 10 Tracks in conjunction with Banks Radio Australia, VALLEY FM 89.5 (Australia) and Sweet Sunday Sounds for notifying us that our track
"Rock n Roll Puppet" ranked #4 this week.



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New Zero God Athens, Greece

Formed In March 2006 by x-Flowers Of Romance singer, Mike Pougounas, New Zero God is a band that combines goth, dark wave, and post punk genres to make a sound that is uniquely their own.

MIKE POUGOUNAS [Vocals, Keyboards],
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