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Brown Dots

from California Heart by Great Apes

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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 scored a hit right before first period
off a sketchy metal head
he pulled it from a black Jansport
whited out with “Pantera shreds”

we dropped it in the cab of his pickup -
a rusted navy ’97 Chevy
I was tripping; I was feelin’ fucked up
he said, “dude, it’s gonna be heavy.”

tunneling through the hallways
with faces corroding
all the colors of chemistry
my whole world is exploding

we’re all so…

when lunch hit I was swimming out in the grass
on the field underneath the bleachers
the buzz of the bees and the breeze in the trees
tied to all time and creatures

I peaked in math with my head buried in the desk
tracing patterns on the back of my eyes
when the teacher called me, I was transcendent
high above my body disguise
crashing down on the overpass
in a cage above the freeway
staring into the promise
of insecurity and dismay

we're all so...


from California Heart, released October 14, 2016


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