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San Quentin

from Thread by Great Apes

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    Following three 7"s, Great Apes' debut full length, THREAD, will be released this fall on Asian Man Records. The lyrical and musical material on Thread was inspired by and pieced together from written conversations and interviews with close friends. The individuals who contributed spun narratives based on their own experiences and expressed their ideologies regarding subject matter they deemed important. Essentially, each song represents a different person.
    Co-released with Side With Us Records.
    1. Seventeen Years
    2. Arms of Catastrophe
    3. Yellow Ribbon
    4. Everything is Everything
    5. The Fine Art of Holtzing
    6. Vial of Life
    7. The Edge of Western World
    8. Withering Heights
    9. San Quentin
    10. Thread

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an off-white blemish on a perfect palette of blues

sea green converging with Marin money hues

Tamalpais looks downward upon the wealth-exempt wound

500 acres with a con in every room 

while the sun-soaked saunter smiling through Northgate Mall

breathing grey specters sickly scratch cell walls

Samaritans of privilege spewing script liberal speak 

wretched truth on the Bay’s edge - oh, the ease in turning cheek 

it’s not human if we don’t have to look

in death’s glowing chamber, stone cage to stone plaque

window watching strangers witness life unpacked

under a redwood halo comes love and regret

sinner self-forgiveness while the saint freely forgets

if there’s a problem, we’ll lock it up

devaluation - the slow strain on the core

treatment by covering the sore

demonization enables error without remorse

systemic - avoidance of the source


from Thread, released September 17, 2013


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Great Apes San Francisco, California

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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