The Last Days of Tranquility

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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’m cutting class today
I can’t stand the insults or the masquerade
180 east up to the trees
I’ve got my pen and my Parliaments
anything to drown out the dissonance
the hush of mountain air is what I need
through the valley of pesticide and haze…
where the palms choke and the cattle graze

down there they’re all swarming
but I’ll just keep ignoring
the surge of selfishness and sin
out there beyond the peaks
it’s all so fucking bleak
alone is the only place I fit in

on the edge of Redwood Overlook
I press my pleas into an empty book
a hawk replies suspended over cliffs
I write for the eyes of empathy
for wild love and tranquility
the wind pulls my words to the abyss

beneath a blanket of branches and sky
where the creeks speak and the ache it subsides

down there they’re all swarming
but I’ll just keep ignoring
the surge of selfishness and sin
out there beyond the peaks
it’s all so fucking bleak
alone is the only place I fit in

when the sun sinks towards the sea
it will drag me unwillingly
back to the city of dust and drones
where the crickets of Tulare Street
lament in the summer heat
I’ll be back before Dad gets home…

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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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