Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker

I found this band about three years ago when I first really started putting energy into finding myself and healing my past, seeking ubiquitous synergy I suppose. I didn’t even know what U.S.S. stood for at the time I just dug the tunes. The band is composed of vocalist, guitarist, anderhu player Ashley Buchholz (aka Ash Boo-Schultz) and turntablist/hype man Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons. The first song I heard was called “This Is The Best“. It, to me, seemed to be a song describing the plight of an addict. With lyrics like…

Well I woke up on a Monday
I’ve been feeling pretty wired
I’ve been wide awake since Wednesday
I was feeling so inspired
By the state of my own execution
Drop me ’cause I can’t let go.

It seems to describe how hopeless it feels, not only the actual addiction, but even just the fight to stay alive that it can sometimes be, or maybe the lack of care for staying alive. I was not only healing my own addictions, but watching others seemingly losing the battle to theirs at the time.

I began going through their discography and looking up their songs on you tube. I was amazed at how in line with my current status in life their songs were. I found songs like “Form Onederful” which is more of a meditation than a song, filled with jungle drum beats and chants, ending with a scientist describing glass transition temperature. The song “Turquoise 1:11” features a woman describing awakening of the mind, and repeating the phrase ‘your world is a direct result of your thought’ and describing how your thoughts affect every part of your life. 1:11 has always had a very deep meaning to me to begin with, but then to hear this woman start describing almost exactly what I had been reading in a book earlier that day was just mind boggling to me. Very ironic to say the least. I was hooked. A friend and I were talking about them and I described them as “dancy nickleback with conscious lyrics” lol.

I kept going. Their second ep was named “Welding the C:/” Which, to me, was in essence what I felt like I was doing. Welding Chris back together. The first song off that ep is named “2 and 15/16ths” Still to this day my favorite song. The lyrics Ash writes are always very clever. “you’re like a tack in a paper clip factory to me” A very unique way to say you’re special I’m guessing. The song “Porno Star Trek” also one of my favorites also has some really clever and feeling lyrics…

You’re so my everyday
You’re so my sweetest love
You’re so the greatest change
I’m always dreaming of

You’re like my compass and
We always find our way
You bring your smile and wipe
Away my shitty day
This sudden alchemy
Has got me holding on
Stand-by auxiliary
Signals holding strong

I looked up the band’s first full length album on you tube called “Questamation”. Questimation? Kind of like guessing where your path is leading? I played this as I was cleaning my house. Every once in a while I would stop and look up lyrics that caught my attention. From “Cloudboy

Truth is clear
Intentions sincere
Intentions sincere

Here’s my all I won’t let you down
Won’t let you down
Mark my words
I won’t let you down
Let you down

Here’s my all I’m trying
Through it all I’m smiling
Built new wings for flying
I’m smiling

From the song “Antivenom

Still playing games with the hourly wagers feeling left out
Could you not see the consequences of treading in your doubt
Hope is always the antidote and I’m feeling what I can
Could you not see the obviousness in acting like a man

Fear is always the catalyst
Sending shivers through my heart
And I can’t stop it from happening
When I’m falling apart
I can’t stop it from happening

When my hope light goes out,
Love is always the aperture
When my hope light goes out
The truth is…

I was missing someone terribly at the time. from “Stranger to Myself“…

I miss the way your eyes and stars align
I miss the thoughts that design and build your mind
I miss the way you hold me close like vines
I miss you all the time

and my favorite lyric of all from “Heaven on Mars

I miss her like blind archers miss

Get it? 😉

I was learning to deal with sadness and loss, and putting myself back together in the midst of it. I was reading books and having my eyes, all three of them, opened by authors like: Eckhart Tolle, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Jack Kerouac, Deepak Chopra, Alan Watts, etc. From the song “me vs. Us“…

Here amongst my wildest dreams
Love it grows on trees
Fall is once a year
And dads don’t leave
In my wildest dreams
Everyone thinks in green
The birds sing Fur Elise
To meCemented in the newly mended me
Sticks and stones some lessons
Far and wide eyes
I go to the library and find
Books and words some lessons new
And eyes

As I was reading these lyrics the song ended. I began hearing thunder and rain, and other sounds of nature. I realized that the last song on the album was actually a 15 minute meditation. I had recently incorporated a meditation practice into my life. I was amazed at the similarities between their journey and mine.

I finally got to see them in concert and was blown away. Ash came out on stage with a cup of tea. I saw them at a place called “Buffalo Iron Works“. A small venue with maybe room for 600. Their popularity is growing quite a bit so seeing them in that kind of small and personal venue may never happen again. I stood about four rows back from the stage and left sweaty and sore. One of my favorite concerts ever.

A couple months after this I visited my tattoo artist and got the words “Pure Life, Pure Mind” tattooed in IMG_20140328_122755white ink on my fingers. I did this to remind me of my journey, and where I was trying to go in this life. I did it in white ink because I wanted to see it, very rarely does anyone else ever notice. When I take away my pinky and ring finger of my left hand and put my hands together the tattoo becomes “Remind”. Not long after this U.S.S. came out with their most recent album “Advanced Basics” on the album there is a song called “Hydrogenuine“…

Eleven is the number I seem assigned to
Inversions of an opposite truth aligns you
Directions like the back of your hand will guide youIMG_20140328_122818
I am simply here to assist and remind you

Yep I just love these guys. Enough that I had to write this. The signs you ask for always come if you are aware enough to pick them out. I work on my awareness everyday, and am thankful for the poetry and music these guys have brought to my life… ❤ p4th3tic

You make music in my heart I beat to
You make music in my heart I dance to
Pure intention is the scope I aim through
You make music in my heart I dance to


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