The Escapist

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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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lyrics

it’s funny to feel so trapped
when you’re staring out at
the expanse of possibility

the dust of fear and routine
expectations and cell screens
horizons fall to futility

when I’m gone you’ll forget me
frankly that’s alright
you’ll be sleepwalking here
in the cogs and the gears
while I’m exploding in the light
it’s strange to feel so spent
in the age of innocence
hope chokes and the serotonin slides

staring out into the night
through the farms to coastal flight
where fantasy and savage truth collide
when I’m gone you’ll forget me
frankly that’s alright
you’ll be sleepwalking here
in the cogs and the gears
while I’m exploding in the light

if there’s a god she’s laughing at this toxic petri dish
oh, I need a sign that it’s not all meaningless
after sixteen years of lies, in a humming car I drive
to the churning west and walk into the sea

when I’m gone you’ll forget me
frankly that’s alright
you’ll be sleepwalking here
in the cogs and the gears
while I’m exploding in the light.

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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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