California Heart

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    California Heart is the second full length and sixth release from San Francisco’s Great Apes. The record, akin to much of the band’s earlier material, is thematic. With California Heart, the concept is a fictional one, revolving around an alienated adolescent residing in Fresno, CA. Each song is written in first person and tackles a myriad of subjects including mental illness, suburban doldrums, creativity, nature as a sanctuary, social isolation, perceptions of adulthood, cliques, bullying, drugs, suicide, and an ever-crystallizing and often cynical view of the world. In its entirety, the record is intended to be a portrait of navigating coming of age as an outcast, in a stagnant and less-than-nurturing environment. Although the writing is founded in fiction, it’s undoubtedly inspired by personal experiences, and anyone who grew up feeling weird, anxious, down, and/or angst-ridden in a place they wanted out of should have no problem finding points of relation.

    The record was recorded over four days this past spring by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden.

    SIDE A
    1.California Heart
    2.The Last Days of Tranquility
    3.Saint Brasher
    4.Bullard Hex
    5.Brown Dots

    SIDE B
    6.Regarding the You in Me
    7.Chukchansis Complacency for Beginners
    8.Prom Com
    9.Shut in with the Burden
    10.The Escapist

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paralyzed in the light of the living room
on a cul de sac in Fresno - mid afternoon
thoughts scratch until the synapse bleeds
to the lullaby of the TV hum I concede

all the catalog kids in the quad they scream, "this is the time of our lives."
the teachers and shrinks they judge with scolding eyes - why can't I get it right?

at the dinner table the parent strangers stare
while I dream drift up through the warm autumn air
past the fields and strip malls, tract homes and schools
and then fall - a bug drowning on its back in some suburban pool

the skate rats they ride through the sewer pipes – they’re down there getting high
and the charlatan thugs gawk at the freshmen queens, who all date older guys

maybe we're just a chemical mess brought here on a comet from the sky
the failed experiment of an accident – maybe we’re just born to die

tonight just let me sleep for the next two years
I don’t want to think – I just want to disappear

maybe we're just a chemical mess brought here on a comet from the sky
the failed experiment of an accident – maybe we’re just born to die

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from California Heart, released October 14, 2016

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Great Apes San Francisco, California

Insert hype-up descriptors here. Plain and simple, San Francisco's Great Apes are a lyrical punk band. Music, much like a bio, is often at its best when it’s spit out intensely and quickly, with concision and honesty.

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