Shadow Shaker Vol. 1

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Recorded in a secret location on the Oregon coast, SHADOW SHAKER, VOL. 1 tells of perseverance in the face of unrelenting trials. Crashing waves of cymbals and guitars frame lush forests of analog synths, mirroring the landscape of Black’s adopted home. Primal motifs in the lyrics (darkness, water, sunlight) evoke the anxieties of life in 21st-century America, themes that presaged the storms to come.


In 2015, the band was abruptly dropped from their label, the newly-completed record still unreleased.


As old plans were scrapped and new plans hatched, Black’s pregnant wife went into emergency labor. They spent two long months in the NICU. Those songs of perseverance and hope, recorded for the rejected album just six months prior, were newly visceral.

The album was released on the band’s own Hot Garbage label in October 2017. The video for Bathed In Sunlight is an Official Selection in the 2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and was submitted for a 2017 Grammy Nomination.

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released October 3, 2017

Music by FORT ATLANTIC
Words by JON BLACK

JON BLACK: Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Programming
TIM COULTER: Bass, Vocals
EVAN RAILTON: Drums, Percussion

Recorded by FORT ATLANTIC in a secret location on the Oregon Coast.

Mixed by GUS BERRY
Mastered by JIM DEMAIN

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Fort Atlantic Portland, Oregon

Eight years into his career, Jon Black stopped working under his own name. His music had outgrown his singer-songwriter persona, so he released an album of new material under the name FORT ATLANTIC.

The debut surpassed every expectation. Black put a band together and went on tour. Soon they had all new material, bigger and bolder still.
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Track Name: I Will Never Give Up On You
Rip tides are building a current strong
Pulling me gently and holding on
There underwater I found July
With lungs wide open

Heartbeats and concrete are constant change
Somedays as strong as a hurricane
Love walking lightly through open doors
You thought were closing

Give me all you got
Give me all you got
Give me all you got
Everybody knows our love is true

I will never give up on you
I will never give up on you
I will never give up on you

I once believed I was in control
I was the skyline unchangeable
Locked up behind your secret words
Until you spoke them

Give me all you got
Give me all you got
Give me all you got
Everybody knows our love is true

I will never give up on you
I will never give up on you
I will never give up on you
Track Name: Just Hold On
On my way through the darkest night
I keep moving on, I keep traveling light
It was a great escape through my own mirage
High beams in the distance flashing on and off

Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black
Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black
Just hold on to the light
Just hold on to the light

I speak these words with an autumn tone
The falling leaves feel like home
We all want spring and perfect aim
We all want love just like a runaway train

Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black
Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black
Just hold on to the light
Just hold on to the light
Just hold on to the light
Just hold on to the light

I want to be secure, I want to never look back
I’m afraid my heart can’t do that

Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black
Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black
Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black
Don’t fade to black, don’t fade to black
Just hold on to the light
Just hold on to the light
Just hold on to the light
Just hold on to the light
Track Name: Face the Night
Silhouettes and shadows rest
Waiting for the sun to set
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night

Before we start, before it’s dark
Know that I have come too far
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night

I’m not afraid, I will not break
I won’t be moved, I am awake
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night

Ain’t no river gonna rise today
Ain’t no valley gonna hand me shade
Ain’t no wind gonna turn me ‘round
Ain’t no fire gonna burn me down

I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night
I’m gonna hold my head up and face the night
Track Name: Shadow Shaker
Fifteen after midnight
Full moon over the headlights
Oh the wheels spinning counter-clockwise
Like the ground beneath my feet

Roll the dice, come on, place all your bets
Living like you don’t have a regret
Shake the shadow from your footsteps
Put it all out on the line

Anyway, I was thinking we should go
Drive away, down the long and winding road
Cause there ain’t no use in fighting
You either chase that wind or ride it
It’s been raining all your life
Raining all your life

Standing in the desert
A painted moon is present
We stand, we look, we comment
But only as a scream

Anyway, I was thinking we should go
Drive away, down the long and winding road
Cause there ain’t no use in fighting
You either chase that wind or ride it
It’s been raining all your life
Raining all your life

Cause there ain’t no use in fighting
You either chase that wind or ride it
It’s been raining all your life
Raining all your life
Raining all your life
Raining all your life
Track Name: I Still Run
We were kings we ran the night
It was all we knew
Down every path we’d run them blind
Under spotlight moons

I am, I am still running oh oh oh oh
I am, I am still running oh oh oh oh

We were born of the restless hearts
Born of the restless hearts
Born of the restless hearts
Born of the restless hearts

Standing on abandoned heights
We would touch the stars
And swear our souls would come alive
When we feel too far

I am, I am still falling oh oh oh oh
I am, I am still falling oh oh oh oh

We were born of the restless hearts
Born of the restless hearts
Born of the restless hearts
Born of the restless hearts

Oh what I’d give to have
Oh what I’d give to have
Take me back one more day
Take me back one more day
Take me back one more day
Take me back one more day

These streets: asphalt and concrete
These streets: thicker than my blood stream
These streets: telling the stories
These streets: forever you are with me me
These streets: asphalt and concrete
These streets: thicker than my blood stream
These streets: telling the stories
These streets: forever

I still run
Track Name: Bathed in Sunlight
When my time is here at last
When my present becomes the past
Out of the flood
Out of the night
Bathed in sunlight

When my chains have been released
When my voice is free to sing
Out of the cage
And into the sky
Bathed in sunlight

Oh to be forever gold!
Oh the peace my heart will know
When that time
And place collide
I’ll be bathed in sunlight
Track Name: Back to You
Down the boulevards and the open road
Gonna find my way back home
Wind at my back, wheels to the west
Gonna find my way back home

And I don’t know how
And I don’t know when
But I’ll come back to you
I’ll come back to you

Under starry skies where I get lost
Gonna find my way back home
I’ve always been a wandering soul
I’ve always had a restless heart
When I get home I swear I’m gonna
Wrap you in these arms tonight

And I don’t know how
And I don’t know when
But I’ll come back to you
I’ll come back to you

And I don’t know how
And I don’t know when
But I’ll come back to you
I’ll come back to you
I’ll come back to you
I’ll come back to you
Track Name: Passing Time
You arrive
Walking up the stairs with tears in your eyes
We fall apart
We will always be one broken heart
We will always be one broken heart

Gonna stand on the mountain high
And scream at the oceans for running dry

If you lost your way
And the passing time is standing still
I’m on my way
Just reach out, honey, I hope you will

Don’t close down
Don’t carry all the sadness we’ve found.
Near or far
We will always be one beating heart
We will always be one beating heart

Gonna stand on the mountain high
And scream at the oceans for running dry
If you lost your way
And the passing time is standing still
I’m on my way
Just reach out, honey, I hope you will

I was on my knees
Tears were rolling down my cheek.
Of all the pain I’d felt before,
Your words, they put me on the floor
I’ll never be the same again.
I’ll always bear the scar beneath my skin

Gonna stand on the mountain high
And scream at the oceans for running dry
If you lost your way
And the passing time is standing still
I’m on my way
Just reach out, honey, I hope you will
Track Name: Sleeping Giant
I was standing in the Mission
The walls were closing in
A winter night would be the story’s end
Another breath and one more step I’ll soon be free
The world started spinning backwards
The ground began to shake
The sleeping giant, he began to wake
I was just about to let it all fade away
Now I’m going home torn apart
with a busted lip and a broken heart
but I am alive.

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