Saint Brasher

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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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I found a hidden shelter
down in Room 23
lunch left of the dial
with Ms. Kennedy

stale coffee and old books
a worn stack of LPs
a poster of Saroyan
Beat Happening

Into the Wild, in her I confide
through Big Sur, let the luminary guide
she’s Antolini in a school of hacks and phonies
when the Bell Tolls, I leave riding a Red Pony

I found my voice
with the unsung heroes
I found my place
with the Less Than Zeroes

she could see the shine
sinking in my eyes
and she said,
“The hurt will ebb and flow on manic tides.”
Into the Unknown, let the Out of Step guide
beneath the Crooked Rain, with her by my side
in a Room Without a Window, she’s a set of stairs
oh, she dared to dare, so I Will Dare

she said, “be careful, boy. this town it’s so cruel.
squeeze every drop of life – drink until you’re full.”
she made us think - she let us bend the rules
and they fired her right after school

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from California Heart, released October 14, 2016

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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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