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Bullard Hex

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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uninvited on Halloween
to a party full of philistines
I went as an invisible man
I spied still in the shaking halls
and walked through the sweating walls
with a red plastic cup in my hand
varsity vampires bared their teeth
to the searing sounds of techno beats
the dance floor was a horde of living dead
in the backyard feral kittens squealed
as a window left ajar revealed
a nurse giving Teen Wolf head

above the banter of the rabid dogs
the bong smoke swirled into an eerie fog
Jenny from art class smiled at me
a gesture of pity and sympathy

awkwardly I tried to wave
but retreated to my shallow grave
banished to the basement with the freaks
medieval knights with twelve sided dice
robotic nerds and punks with spikes
upstairs the witches began to shriek
around about twelve the cops hit the lights
and the roaches scattered into the night
I grabbed the nearest bottle and hopped the fence
in the empty streets I bobbed and weaved
through the candy wrappers and pumpkin seeds
the ghost of childhood past in present tense

I snuck in late through the sliding door
and puked into my dresser drawer
staring at a spinning ceiling / strangled by the sheets
in a world of silent monsters, I lay there counting sheep


from California Heart, released October 14, 2016


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