Shut in with the Burden

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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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the old familiar weight in the chest
the knees creak and the bones compress
locked myself in my room again
buried in a coffin bed to mend
with a mind set on self-mutiny
there’s no pity or pill for remedy
the moods swing like a pendulum
a moment’s peak pulled back to plunge

don’t lie and tell me
I’ll be fine….

another sleepless night
sun cuts through the curtain like a knife
the clamor in the lobes never quits
the valley fog in me never lifts

don’t lie and tell me
I’ll be fine….

(nothing you can say will make me feel good enough)

these days are the pages I don’t want to read
just turn me to the good parts that will never be
a cruel author’s character - penned for tragedy
just turn me to the good parts that will never be

on day three I was forced from quarantine
by a friend’s attempt to kindle self-esteem
coffee and smokes at River Park
with her hand on mine she begged: “don’t you fall apart”

just lie and tell me
I’ll be fine

(maybe something you could say will make me feel good enough)

these days are the pages I don’t want to read
just turn me to the good parts that will never be
a cruel author’s character - penned for tragedy
just turn me to the good parts that will never be

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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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