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Finer Thorns

by Buck Gooter

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Finer Thorns is the Buck Gooter’s 18th album in 14 years, and second for independent Philadelphia label Ramp Local. The duo -- self-described as a "primal industrial blues band" -- has managed to gain the recognition of underground luminaries like Henry Rollins, and has toured both the United States (every year for the past 14 years) and Europe with A Place To Bury Strangers, Guerrilla Toss, The Sediment Club and ONO - their live shows are possibly even more energetic than their breakneck recordings. In performance, vocalist/synthethist/percussionist Billy Brat will flail around the room, brandishing his iconic serpent-like facial expression -- tongue out, eyes rolled into the back of his head. Terry Turtle dawns his signature mask and chain mail, his acoustic guitar hangs low around his neck and is adorned with a hallucinatory painted finish; he's a stoic figure while Billy thrashes about the stage.

Musically, Buck Gooter's sound is filled with manic howls, melodic synth sequences, crisp and pummeling drum machines, and highly distorted guitar, resulting in a cacophonous punk-industrial haze a la Nine Inch Nails, Iggy Pop and Grinderman. Finer Thorns is their most refined record, but by no means should “refined” be confused with “gentle.” In many ways, Finer Thorns is a protest album, musing on the environment, violence, resource allocation, and colonialism - spoiler alert: they’re not into colonialism. Buck Gooter’s interpersonal dynamic is also moving, and imperative to understanding why the band is so unique. There’s about a thirty year age gap between Billy and Terry, but you probably couldn’t tell by the band’s balance. Spend a few minutes talking to Buck Gooter, and you’re liable to be shocked and inspired. In the band’s 14 years, Buck Gooter’s been a subcultural force, but following their first LP on Ramp Local, 100 Bells, Buck Gooter’s finally started to crest their head out of their underground hole.

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released February 22, 2019

RECORDED BY KELLZO IN BROOKLYN, NY ON 4/11/18. MASTERED BY JAMES PLOTKIN. COVER PHOTO BY PAUL SOMERS. COVER CALLIGRAPHY BY TRAVIS.

BUCK GOOTER IS (ETERNALLY): TERRY TURTLE - GUITAR, VOCAL & BILLY BRETT - PROGRAMMING, VOCAL.

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Track Name: Peace Siren
PEACE SIREN
COSMIC BEACON
THRU SONGS WE ALL KNOW
TRANSFORMATION
OF THE MEANINGS
TO RAISE AWARENESS
THERE’S MOUNTAINS OF PEACE
INTRODUCED THROUGH
ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS
THE SILENCE WAILS
ON FEEDBACK TRAILS
THE SILENCE WAILS
ON FEEDBACK TRAILS

PEACE SIREN
COSMIC BEACON
THRU SONGS WE ALL KNOW

THE HEART OPENS UP
THE EYES AND EARS AND MIND
FIND THIS PEACE PROCESS SUBLIME
SO SIMPLE IN THESE PLENTIFUL TIMES
GO VEGAN GO VEGAN GO VEGAN
PATIENCE: GIVE IT YOUR TIME
HUMANITY REQUIRE

PEACE SIREN
COSMIC BEACON
THROUGH SONGS WE ALL KNOW
PEACE SIREN
COSMIC BEACON
THRU SONGS WE ALL KNOW
Track Name: Pastoralists
THE PASTORALISTS HAVE CLEARED THE EARTH
THEY’VE SET US UP TO FALL
ALL THIS LAND WE WASTE TO GRAZE
WATER SUPPLIES DRAINED
THE HERD UNDISTURBED
KEEP IT UP AT ALL COSTS
THE PASTORALISTS FOOT THE BILL
THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS THEY WILL KILL

DON’T
DON’T DISTURB THE HERD

ON SACRED LAND, DON’T GIVE A DAMN
PASTORALISTS TAMED THE LAND TO THEIR LIKING
NEVER QUITTING
THEY SHAPED THE LAW FOR SOCIETY TO FALL
TO ITS KNEES
AND DO THEIR BIDDING
NEW TEETH SEEK THE BLOOD
PASTORALISTS SPREAD
OVER THE MANY DEAD
WHO CALLED THIS THEIR RIGHTFUL HOME
PRAIRIES, TREES, FLESH AND BONE
BURNING THE EARTH A NEW ONE

DON’T DISTURB THE HERD
Track Name: Science Is A Rascal
EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS LAX
YOU’RE LIKE A TORTOISE CHASING FACTS
ON AND ON YOU NEVER QUIT
SCIENCE SAYS YOU’RE FULL OF IT

OOH OOH, SCIENCE IS A RASCAL
IT’S MORE THAN YOU AND ME
OOH OOH, SCIENCE IS A RASCAL
AND IT DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOUR FICTIONAL FANTASY

PRAY TO A GOD THAT MAY NOT BE
YEAH JESUS WALKED UPON THE SEA
IT’S SO HARD TO HIDE MY MIRTH
WHEN YOU SPEAK OF VIRGIN BIRTH

THERE’S A THING WE ALL KNOW WELL
DON’T PICK A CAT UP BY ITS TAIL
IF THERE IS A GOD ABOVE
SHOULDN’T GAYS REAP HIS LOVE?
Track Name: Land Of The Dead
WHERE THERE IS GLASS
THERE WAS ONCE SAND
WHERE THERE’S A REFLECTION
THERE WAS ONCE A GLARE
MY DEAD DON’T NEED YOU
THEY WON’T EAT YOU
BUT I CAN’T SAY THE SAME FOR DEATH

WE’RE ALL ROTTING IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD
I’M TALKING ABOUT HOME NOW, TALKIN BOUT HOME
WE’RE ALL ROTTING IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD
I’M TALKING ABOUT HOME NOW, TALKIN BOUT HOME

THE GARLANDS OF NIGHT HELD HIGH
BROUGHT DOWN ONTO YOUR HEAD
THERE’S A CIRCLE OF LIGHT
LAUGHTER AND FLOWERS OUTSPREAD
CAN THIS BE RIGHT?
DID WE MAKE IT HOME TONIGHT?
SUFFERING, PALE BLUE SUFFERING
MILK WHITE DREAMS AND FORESIGHT
CLAIM A PASSAGE THROUGH THE HAZE
A MILLION BOTTLES OF FATE
SHELVED AND READY FOR THE RAIN
BACK HOME WHERE YOU LOSE YOUR HEAD
IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD
Track Name: Skunks Are Cool
SKUNKS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY
EVERYWHERE THEY GO
THEY’RE ABOUT AS PUNK
AS ANYTHING I KNOW
IF YOU DON’T WATCH YOURSELF
THEY’LL SPRAY YOU FULL OF MIST
THEN YOU’LL STINK FOR DAYS
MAKE YOUR LADY HISS

SKUNKS ARE COOL

SKUNKS ARE THE CUTEST THINGS
THAT YOU’LL EVER SEE
BUT WHEN THEY RAISE THEIR TAILS
THEY DO MUCH MORE THAN PEE
BEST YOU WATCH YOURSELF
WHEN THEY TAKE THAT STANCE
BACK OFF!
THEY MEAN YOU NO ROMANCE

SKUNKS ARE THE ANSWER
BEYOND HUMAN DESCENT
I SAY WE NOMINATE/ELECT ONE PRESIDENT
THEY’RE SO POLITICAL
WITH THAT PERFECT SMELL
OH YEAH, SKUNKS ARE COOL
AND THEY’RE NOT FOR SALE
Track Name: The Fig Wasp
FLOWERS BRING US UP
WELL THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO
FLOWERS BRING US UP
WELL THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO
LISTEN TO ME: IT’LL HAPPEN TO YOU

I’LL DIG FOR YOU
TASTE FREEDOM AND EXPIRE
I’LL STRIP MYSELF OF EVERYTHING
TO MAKE SURE YOU COME ALIVE
LISTEN TO ME: IT’LL HAPPEN TO YOU

I ONLY KNOW YOU
TO KEEP THE PATTERN GOING
I ONLY KNOW YOU
RIGHT AFTER I’M BORN
I ONLY KNOW YOU
RIGHT BEFORE I DIE
LISTEN TO ME: IT’LL HAPPEN TO YOU

OUR TOMBS ARE YOUR WOMBS
OUR TOMBS ARE YOUR WOMBS
LISTEN TO ME: IT’LL HAPPEN TO YOU
Track Name: Alien
AMERICA’S ALL I’VE EVER KNOWN
I STUDIED, THRIVED, TOO HARD TO FALL
YOU WON’T MAKE US CRAWL
MISTER YOU CAN SHOVE DIVISION WALL
ALIEN

THE COLOR OF THE SKIN IS ALL YOU SEE
NO JUSTICE FROM INSANITY
YOU ARE NOT OUR FRIEND
I AM NOT NON-HUMAN ALIEN
ALIEN

THE WAY YOU BELIEVE SHOULD REALL BE A SIN
YOU WISH TO MAKE AMERICA LATE AGAIN
YOU ARE NOT OUR FRIEND
I AM NOT NON-HUMAN ALIEN
ALIEN
Track Name: Finer Thorns
FINER THORNS ON MY ASTONISHING ROSE
AS IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO SNAG YOU UP
WHEN YOU DEAL WITH BEAUTIFUL
PLASTIC SHEET OR A GHOST IN MY TREE?
DRAW THE BLINDS ON THE DREAR
PLASTIC SHEET OR A GHOST IN MY TREE?
DRAW THE BLINDS ON THE DREAR

FINER THORNS MY DEAR
FINER THORNS YOU’LL NEVER KNOW

TWO SLITS OF LIGHT
REFLECTED IN THE CONVEX SURFACE
IN THE MORNING
THE LIGHT COMES FROM EITHER SIDE
THE BROKEN FINGERS OF DAWN
(CRACKED NAILS AND ALL)
RECEDE INTO FULL DAYLIGHT
THIS ROOM HAS FOUR WALLS WHEN IT ISN’T NIGHT
OTHERWISE IT’S ENTIRE
DRAW THE BLINDS ON THE DREAR
Track Name: Used To Rain
A CLOUD SHAPED LIKE AMERICA
HOLDS EVERYTHING INSIDE
IT USED TO RAIN ALL THE TIME AROUND HERE
NOW THEY’RE SUCKING IT UP TIL WE DIE

THE TREES BEG THE RAIN TO FALL
THEY WANT THEIR CANOPIES TO SPREAD AND PUNISH THE GROUND
THE RIVER BEGS THE RAIN TO POUR
IT WANTS ITS BANKS TO SWELL AND SWALLOW THE EARTH
THE RAINBOW BEGS FOR THE RAIN TO END ITS STORM
IT WISHES TO BE BORN

A CLOUD SHAPED LIKE AMERICA
KNOWS YOU WISH FOR ITS SUICIDE
IT’S AFRAID
AND FATTENS UP FROM THE SURFACE
WHERE YOU TOIL
A DUST COMPROMISE
A CLOUD SHAPED LIKE AMERICA
HOLDS EVERYTHING INSIDE
IT USED TO RAIN ALL THE TIME AROUND HERE
NOW THEY’RE SUCKING IT UP TIL WE DIE
Track Name: Joshua Rising (Ft. Travis)
WELL WE’RE TIRED OF ALL THE HISSING
AND THE BELLY CRAWLING PISSING
ON THE SOULS OF FOLKS THAT HAVE A DARKER SKIN
THIS COUNTRY WON’T BE BETTER
UNTIL WE GET IT ALL TOGETHER
DON’T JUDGE UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN WHERE SOMEONE’S BEEN

IT’S GOTTA FALL
TEAR DOWN THE WALL

THE PEOPLE RISING UP
AGAINST THE DRAGONS OF CORRUPT
WE’RE TIRED OF ALL THE DIMNESS THAT WE SEE
THE TRUMPETS SOUNDING LOUD
VIBRATIONS OF THE PROUD
AS WE MARCH AGAINST THE WALL THAT SHOULD NOT BE

YEAH THE WALL IS GONNA FALL
PEOPLE WELCOME FROM WITHIN
LET THE CARDS FALL WHERE THEY MAY
NO PRETEND
AS THE WALL COMES TUMBLING DOWN
WE’LL EJECT THE SMIRKING CLOWN
DON’T NEED NO RACIST FOOL AROUND

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