Chapter 1: Recording our first album

(Max's POV)

Two years have passed since the Battle of the Bands. We members of Another Knockout are now 18 and graduated high school last year. We're ready to start becoming famous. The first step is getting our first album recorded. Since we won the Battle of the Bands, we get a record deal at Rockin' Records, the best recording studio in Phoenix. (A/N: I made the name up.) Many bands have recorded there.

We walked into the studio and were greeted by Anne Walker, Dylan's mom. Anne makes a lot of local bands famous, and she'll be helping us become famous.

"All right, follow me into the recording room." We followed Anne into the recording room, and let me tell ya-it looks exactly the same as it does on TV. Behind the equipment was J.J. Campbell. J.J. is only two years older than us. She used to go to our school.

"This is J.J. She runs the recording equipment." Anne said.

"Hey guys. Anytime you wanna get started, I'm ready." J.J. said.

We started to record the first song on the album. It's a new song called Comatose. Fang and I wrote the lyrics.

(A/N: Song is Comatose by Skillet. Italics=Max, bold=Fang, normal=both.)

I hate feeling like this
I'm so tired of trying to fight this
I'm asleep and all I dream of
is waking to you

Tell me that you will listen
Your touch is what I'm missing
And the more I hide I realize I'm slowly losing you

Comatose
I'll never wake up without an overdose of you
I don't wanna live, I dont wanna breathe
'Les I feel you next to me
You take the pain I feel
Waking up to you never felt so real
I don't wanna sleep, I don't wanna dream
'Cause my dreams don't comfort me

The way you make me feel
Waking up to you never felt so real

I hate living without you
Dead wrong to ever doubt you
But my demons lay in waiting
Tempting me away
Oh how I adore you
Oh how I thirst for you
Oh how I need you

Comatose
I'll never wake up without an overdose of you
I don't wanna live, I dont wanna breathe
'Les I feel you next to me
You take the pain I feel
Waking up to you never felt so real
I don't wanna sleep, I don't wanna dream
'Cause my dreams don't comfort me
The way you make me feel
Waking up to you never felt so real

Breathing life
Waking up
My eyes open up

Comatose
I'll never wake up without an overdose of you
I don't wanna live, I dont wanna breathe
'Les I feel you next to me
You take the pain I feel
Waking up to you never felt so real
I don't wanna sleep, I don't wanna dream
'Cause my dreams don't comfort me
The way you make me feel
Waking up to you never felt so real

Oh how I adore you
Waking up to you never felt so real
Oh how I thirst for you
Waking up to you never felt so real
Oh how I adore you

OHHHHHHHHHHH!
The way you make me feel

Waking up to you never felt so real

"That was great! Max, Fang, are you guys a couple? You had such chemistry when you sang the duet parts of the song." J.J. asked.

"Hell yeah we are." I said proudly.

"And damn proud of it too." Fang added.

"As are me and Nudge." Iggy said.

"Your fans are gonna love this. People go crazy for couples. Now, back to recording." Anne said.

Our next song was called Monster. Ari wrote the lyrics for this song. I would be singing it with him.

(A/N: Song is Monster by Skillet-the version without the growl. Italics=Max, bold=Ari.)

The secret side of me, I never let you see
I keep it caged but I can't control it
So stay away from me, the beast is ugly

I feel the rage and I just can't hold it

It's scratching on the walls, in the closet, in the halls
It comes awake and I can't control it
Hiding under the bed, in my body, in my head
Why won't somebody come and save me from this, make it end?

I feel it deep within, it's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what I've become, the nightmare's just begun

I must confess that I feel like a monster

I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster

My secret side I keep hid under lock and key
I keep it caged but I can't control it
'Cause if I let him out he'll tear me up, break me down
Why won't somebody come and save me from this, make it end?

I feel it deep within, it's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what I've become, the nightmare's just begun
I must confess that I feel like a monster

I feel it deep within, it's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster

It's hiding in the dark, its teeth are razor sharp
There's no escape for me, it wants my soul, it wants my heart
No one can hear me scream, maybe it's just a dream
Maybe it's inside of me, stop this monster

I feel it deep within, it's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what I've become, the nightmare's just begun
I must confess that I feel like a monster

I feel it deep within, it's just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I've gotta lose control, here's something radical
I must confess that I feel like a monster

I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster

The next song on the album was Hot. Nudge wrote the lyrics. I would do a duet to this song with Nudge.

(A/N: Song is Hot by Avril Lavigne. Italics=Nudge, bold=Max, normal=both.)

Ah ah ah
You're so good to me baby, baby

I wanna lock you up in my closet when no one's around
I wanna put your hand in my pocket because you're allowed
I wanna drive you into the corner and kiss you without a sound
I wanna stay this way forever I'll say it loud

Now you're in, and you can't get out

You make me so hot
Make me wanna drop
It's so ridiculous
I can barely stop
I can hardly breathe
You make me wanna scream
You're so fabulous
You're so good to me baby, baby
You're so good to me baby, baby

I can make you feel all better, just take it in
And I can show you all the places you've never been
And I can make you say everything that you've never said
And I will let you do anything again and again

Now you're in, and you can't get out

You make me so hot
Make me wanna drop
It's so ridiculous
I can barely stop
I can hardly breathe
You make me wanna scream
You're so fabulous
You're so good to me baby, baby
You're so good to me baby, baby

Kiss me gently
Always I know
Hold me, love me
Don't ever go
Ooh, yeah yeah

You make me so hot
Make me wanna drop
It's so ridiculous
I can barely stop
I can hardly breathe

You make me wanna scream
You're so fabulous
You're so good to me baby, baby
You're so good to me baby, baby

You make me so hot
Make me wanna drop
It's so ridiculous
I can barely stop
I can hardly breathe
You make me wanna scream
You're so fabulous
You're so good to me baby, baby
You're so good to me baby, baby

You're so good

The next song on the album was Hero.

(A/N: Song is Hero by Skillet. Italics=Max, bold=Fang.)

I'm just a step away
I'm just a breath away

Losing my faith today
Falling off the edge today

I am just a man
Not superhuman
I'm not superhuman
Someone save me from the hate

It's just another war
Just another family torn
Falling from my faith today
Just a step from the edge

Just another day in the world we live

I need a hero to save me now
I need a hero, save me now

I need a hero to save my life
A hero will save me just in time

I've gotta fight today
To live another day
Speaking my mind today
My voice will be heard today

I've gotta make a stand
But I am just a man

I'm not superhuman
My voice will be heard today

It's just another war
Just another family torn
My voice will be heard today
It's just another kill
The countdown begins to destroy ourselves

I need a hero to save me now
I need a hero, save me now
I need a hero to save my life
A hero will save me just in time

I need a hero to save my life
I need a hero, just in time
Save me just in time
Save me just in time

Who's gonna fight for what's right?
Who's gonna help us survive?
We're in the fight of our lives
And we're not ready to die

Who's gonna fight for the weak?
Who's gonna make 'em believe?
I've got a hero, I've got a hero
Living in me

I'm gonna fight for what's right
Today I'm speaking my mind
And if it kills me tonight
I will be ready to die

A hero's not afraid to give his life
A hero's gonna save me just in time

I need a hero to save me now
I need a hero, save me now
I need a hero to save my life
A hero will save me just in time

I need a hero
Who's gonna fight for what's right?
Who's gonna help us survive?

I need a hero
Who's gonna fight for the weak?
Who's gonna make 'em believe?
I've got a hero

I need a hero
A hero's gonna save me just in time

The next song was Big Time.

(A/N: The song is by Big Time Rush. Italics=Max, bold=Fang.)

Oh Oh Ohhhh Ohhhhh
Oh Oh Ohhhh Ohhhhh
Oh Oh Ohhhh Ohhhhh

Make it count,
Play it straight
Don't look back,
Don't hesitate
When you go big time

Whatcha are
Whatcha feel
Never quit,
And make it real
When you go big time

Hey! Hey!
Listen to your heart now!
Hey! Hey!
Don't you feel the rush?
Hey! Hey!
Better take your shot now

Ohhhh Ohhhhh
Ohhhh Ohhhhh

C'mon shake it up!
Whatcha gotta lose?
Go and make your luck with the life you choose,
If you want it all,
Lay it on the line.

It's the only life ya got,
So ya gotta live it big time

Oh Oh Ohhhh Ohhhhh
Oh Oh Ohhhh Ohhhhh

Step it up,
Get in gear
Go for broke
,
Make it clear
Gotta go big time

Make it work,
Get it right
Change the world over night
Gotta dream big time

Hey! Hey!
Give it all you got now.
Hey! Hey! Isn't it a rush?
Hey! Hey!
Finish what you start now

Ohhhh Ohhhhh
Ohhhh Ohhhhh

C'mon shake it up!
Whatcha gotta lose?
Go and make your luck with the life you choose,
If you want it all,
Lay it on the line

It's the only life ya got,
So ya gotta live it big time

Look around,
Every light is shining now,
It's brighter somehow.
Look around,
Nothings really as it seems,
Nothing but dreams
You and I,
Gonna make a brand new sound,
Like we own this town

We can fly,
Now our feet are off the ground,
We'll never look down.
Welcome to the big time,
All the pretty people see you walking in the sunshine
Welcome to the good times,

Life will never be the same

C'mon shake it up!
Whatcha gotta lose?
Go and make your luck with the life you choose,
If you want it all,
Lay it on the line
It's the only life ya got,
So ya gotta live it big time


Oh Oh Ohhhh Ohhhhh
Oh Oh Ohhhh Ohhhhh

If you want it all,
Lay it on the line.

It's the only life ya got,
So ya gotta live it big time

The next song on the album was School's Out. Nudge and Iggy would be singing this song.

(A/N: Song is by Alice Cooper. Italics=Nudge, bold=Iggy.)

Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin all that noise
'Cause they found new toys

Well we can't salute ya
Can't find a flag
If that don't suit ya
That's a drag

School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks


Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can't even think of a word that rhymes

School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more rule-books
No more teacher's dirty looks

Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all

School's out forever
School's out for summer
School's out with fever
School's out completely

The final song was called Brick by Boring Brick.

(A/N: This song is by Paramore. It's another Max and Nudge duet. Italics=Nudge, bold=Max, normal=both.)

She lives in a fairy tale
Somewhere too far for us to find

Forgotten the taste and smell
Of a world that she's left behind

It's all about the exposure the lens I told her
The angles were all wrong now
She's ripping wings off of butterflies

Keep your feet on the ground
when your head's in the clouds

Well go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole

To bury the castle, bury the castle
Well go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole

To bury the castle, bury the castle

Ba da ba ba da ba ba da

So one day he found her crying
Coiled up on the dirty ground
Her prince finally came to save her
And the rest you can figure out

But it was a trick
And the clock struck twelve
Well make sure to build your home brick by boring brick
or the wolf's gonna blow it down

Keep your feet on the ground
When your head's in the clouds

Well go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole
To bury the castle, bury the castle

Well you built up a world of magic
Because your real life is tragic
Yeah you built up a world of magic

If it's not real
You can't hold it in your hand
You can't feel it with your heart
And I won't believe it
But if it's true
You can see it with your eyes
Oh even in the dark
And that's where I want to be, yeah

Go get your shovel
We'll dig a deep hole
To bury the castle, bury the castle
Well go get your shovel
and we'll dig a deep hole

To bury the castle, bury the castle

Ba-da ba ba-da ba ba-da
Ba-da ba ba ba-da ba ba
Ba-da ba ba-da ba ba-da
Ba-da ba ba ba-da ba ba
Ba-da ba ba-da ba ba-da
Ba-da ba ba ba-da ba ba
Ba-da ba ba-da ba ba-da
Ba-da ba ba ba ba ba ba ba

Anne recommended we have a bonus track, so we added our new song called Burn It Down to the album. The guys would be singing Burn It Down, and Nudge would play the guitar. I wouldn't do anything.

I took a seat by J.J. behind the equipment. She gave me a bottle of water, which I gratefully accepted. I was really thirsty.

(A/N: Song is Burn It Down by Linkin Park. Bold=Fang, Italics=Iggy, Normal=Ari, Underline=All.)

The cycle repeated
As explosions broke in the sky
All that I needed
Was the one thing I couldn't find
And you were there at the turn
Waiting to let me know

We're building it up
To break it back down
We're building it up
To burn it down
We can't wait
to burn it to the ground

The colors conflicted
As the flames, climbed into the clouds
I wanted to fix this
But couldn't stop from tearing it down
And you were there at the turn
Caught in the burning glow
And I was there at the turn
Waiting to let you know

We're building it up
To break it back down

We're building it up
To burn it down
We can't wait
To burn it to the ground

You told me yes
You held me high

And I believed when you told that lie
I played soldier, you played king
And struck me down, when I kissed that ring

You lost that right, to hold that crown
I built you up, but you let me down
So when you fall, I'll take my turn
And fan the flames

As your blazes burn

And you were there at the turn
Waiting to let me know

We're building it up
To break it back down
We're building it up
To burn it down

We can't wait
To burn it to the ground

When you fall, I'll take my turn
And fan the flames
As your blazes burn

We can't wait
To burn it to the ground

When you fall, I'll take my turn
And fan the flames
As your blazes burn

We can't wait
To burn it to the ground

"Great job, guys! Come back next week and we'll work on the next step to you becoming famous." Anne said.

We nodded and walked out of the recording room.