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100 Bells

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apt2324 Yet another good LP from Buck Gooter - very under-rated considering the sheer amount of LPs they've done. This latest LP is pretty much what you'd expect from BG, but still sounds pretty fresh. Favorite track: Dissolved Song.
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Buck Gooter have the uncanny ability to maintain the energy usually reserved for the bands on their first or second record. How many albums in are they now? My shelf says well over ten. It is pretty amazing how hard they are able to bring it every single time.

As we listeners go further down the road with the Goot, we are rewarded for our attentions by the band’s new effort, 100 Bells. It is, in many ways, much like previous BG slabs, where the Billy and Terry are all in, crackling with energy and taking great issue with the universe but this time around, there is a streamlined, mission specific adherence to the percussion tracks that nail down many of the songs that are indicative of a band that knows exactly what they want to do. Long time fans know that meteor lodging in the earth velocity beats have always been a primary propellant in Gootworld but on 100 Bells Billy and Terry are confidently in control of this awesome element and use it to great advantage. On Pray to God, the rhythm is oppressive and seeks to overwhelm Billy, who is thrown into battle, giving him no options but to either fight or submit. Unsurprisingly, he chooses the former, and his vocal prevails.

Again, the rhythm tracks, along with well placed guitar tracks on 100 Bells make for some of the best music Buck Gooter has ever put across. It is obvious Billy and Terry are well aware of where they’ve been and want to keep moving. After a couple of listens, go back and check what’s happening with the guitars as far as effects and playing. BG is definitely taking things to some interesting places.

As Buck Gooter refine and build upon their skills, they are able to infuse some subtlety into their music, which is indicative of a band evolving. Proof of this is apparent all over 100 Bells and as examples, The Dissolved Song and Hey Lou show aim, balance and a hard shine restraint that makes these tracks some of their best work to date.

Perhaps one of the sharpest observational lyrics the band has ever put across can be found on One War. “There’s only ever been one war / A war on the poor.” Not only are they right but the message is woven into music that allows the listener anger and empathy. This grasp and strength were not in Buck Gooter’s skill set when they started out years ago.

Like when you can finally run the entire course wihtout stopping to rest, Buck Gooter, through countless hours almost monastic devotion to their music, are earning their chops, some might say, “the old fashioned way.” There is a lot to like on 100 Bells. The more you listen, the better it gets. Buck Gooter are not only consistent but turning out to be one of the most dependably solid bands out there.

2017 will be rough by any estimation but with 100 Bells at the ready, you’ve definitely got some traction.


- Written by Henry Rollins

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released July 26, 2017

William Brett
Terry Turtle

Engineered/Mixed by Kelzo

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Track Name: Apocalypse Me
APOCALYPSE ME (B. BRETT - BUCK GOOTER)

APOCALYPSE ME, YEAH
APOCALYPSE YOU

TOOK A FEW TRIES BUT I FINALLY GOT THROUGH TO YOU:
A HUMAN FRIEND
LIVING WITH YOU IN A BURNING ROOM
I WONDER WHAT WE’D DO?
WATCH THE FLAMES ROLL OVER THE CEILING?
SHARE A SONG OR TWO?
COME TO THINK OF IT THAT’S ALL WE DO
IT’S GOOD TO HAVE OPTIONS
IF ONLY A FEW
A HUMAN FRIEND
I’LL KNOW UNTIL THE END
CAN’T BELIEVE I EVEN KNOW YOU – NEVER MET YOU A DAY IN MY LIFE
UNTIL I FINALLY FOUND YOU
HOW ABOUT WONDERMENT?
HOW ABOUT SURPRISE?
HOW ABOUT ATONEMENT?
HOW ABOUT SHRIVE?

ALRIGHT
APOCALYPSE ME, YEAH
APOCALYPSE YOU

A HUMAN FRIEND
UNTIL THE END
I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR EYES
CLOSED SHUT, RUSTED, SEALED WITH DIMES
I BRING ASHES FOR THE OFFERING
FROM THE ROOM WHERE WE SPENT ALL OUR TIME
ASHES FOR THE OFFERING FOR WHICH I PAID A HEAVY PRICE:
A HUMAN FRIEND
YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE THE ROOF COME CRASHING IN
BURNING BEAMS PILED UP MOCKINGLY

YOU’RE A HUMAN
HUMAN FRIEND
UNTIL THE VERY
VERY END
YOU’RE A HUMAN
HUMAN FRIEND
UNTIL THE VERY
VERY END – ALONE
Track Name: Goats Are Cool
GOATS ARE COOL (T. TURTLE - BUCK GOOTER)

GOATS ARE IN MY LANDSCAPE
I'D TAKE THEM TO MASS
THEY'RE MAGICAL EROTIC
GOATS GET LOTS OF ASS

GOATS ARE COOL

I LOVE GOATS FOREVER
THEY'RE SO FUCKING CLEVER
SOME CHRISTIANS DEEM THEM EVIL
THAT LOGIC IS SO FEEBLE

GOATS GET ALL THE BLAME
THAT'S A TRAGIC SHAME
GOATS ARE HEAVY METAL
THEY KEEP THE HOOF TO THE PEDAL
Track Name: Pray To God
PRAY TO GOD (B. BRETT - BUCK GOOTER)

YOU ALMOST MADE ME PRAY TO GOD
AND WHILE THERE'S WORSE THINGS I COULD'VE DONE
YOU PUT ME IN A TIGHT SPOT

YOU ALMOST MADE ME PRAY TO GOD

ON MY KNEES
IN YOUR EYES
I SEE WHAT IT MEANS TO WORSHIP
TO KNOW THE LIMITS OF COMFORT
TO OBSESS AND TO FEED ON A DREAM

YOU ALMOST MADE ME PRAY TO GOD

HE WOULD'VE BEEN ON TO ME
AND TOLD ME "NO"
SHUNNED THE WAY YOU ALWAYS DO
SHUNNED THE WAY YOU ALWAYS DO
PRAYERS ARE FOR BEGGARS
I CAME SO CLOSE
I DON'T NEED TO ASK FOR ANYTHING
I STILL BELIEVE THE MOST
I STILL BELIEVE THE MOST
Track Name: 100 Bells
100 BELLS (B. BRETT - BUCK GOOTER)

100 BELLES SING TO ME
THEIR BEAUTY IS A FLORAL THING
A BOUQUET I'LL NEVER GROW

100 BELLS RING FOR ME
THEIR HANDSOME CHARM IS A LIQUID THING
I USE TO FILL MY MOULD

100 BELLES SHINE AND THINK
THE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND ME

100 BELLS BANG AND BLEAT
THEY KNOW WE'RE ONLY HERE
BUT FOR THE SAKE OF NUCLEAR HEAT

100 BELLES
SING TO ME
100 BELLS
RING FOR ME

100 BELLES ARE EVERYTHING
I'VE WATCHED THEM SHOULDERING
NEVER HEARD THEM WHINING

100 BELLS BEFORE YOU SLEEP
DEAFENING YOUR MIND
LEADING YOU TO SLAUGHTER

100 BELLES STAY BEHIND AND WEEP

100 BELLES STAY BEHIND AND WEEP
THEY WISH THAT THEY COULD STOP IT
THEY ARE THE EARTH: UNEMPOWERED

100 BELLS HAVE A SCHEDULE TO KEEP
MAINTAINING ORDER AS THE SUN
THEY'LL DIE IN A SUPERNOVA HOUR
THEY'LL DIE ON THE 100TH HOUR

THERE’LL COME A TIME
WHEN THE BELLS WON’T BE RINGING
Track Name: I Don't Talk To The Dead
I DON’T TALK TO THE DEAD (T. TURTLE – BUCK GOOTER)

WHO'S THAT KNOCKING ON MY DOOR?
ALL ALONG THE WATCH TOWER AND SO MUCH MORE
NOW I'VE MADE JEHOVAH SORE
WHAT THE HELL AM I HIDING FOR?

I DON'T TALK TO THE DEAD
JUST KEEP THE LIVING IN MY HEAD

PREACHERS SAY A LOT OF TERRIBLE THINGS
SAY MY SOUL’S GONNA BURN IN FLAMES
SAY I NEED TO FALL DOWN ON MY KNEES
GET RID OF THOSE DEMON FLEAS

I HAVE NO DESIRE TO LIVE FAST
USE WHAT I GOT AND MAKE IT LAST
WHEN MY TIME ON EARTH IS PAST
ALL YOU PREACHERS CAN KISS MY ASS!
Track Name: Dissolved Song
DISSOLVED SONG (B. BRETT – BUCK GOOTER)

WEARING A SUIT OF THISTLES TO TRY AND MAKE AMENDS
COVERED IN FUR WITH BUTCHER BLADES AND HOPES TO BE FORGIVEN
DRESSED IN THE DEEPEST SECRETS: A SHADOW OF A MAN
SPIRIT ELEVATED
BODY LEFT WHERE IT BEGAN
THE EXPRESSION, TRADITION, EXTRACTION OF HUMAN SIN
TURN THE MIND AND CHANGE EVERY TIME
BEYOND THE GRAY DAYS SWIM
INTO THE CLOUDS SOAR AND HEAR FOREVERMORE:
"THERE'S NOTHING LEFT HAVING BEEN ABSOLVED, CLEANSED, AND READY FOR NO END"
CLOTS OF EARTH BENEATH THE STAMPING OF FISTS
CLOTS OF EARTH BENEATH THE STAMPING OF FISTS
COVERED IN RAIN, AWAY TODAY, TRYING TO REMAIN THE SKY
POOLS OF LIQUID EARTH ENTER NOSTRILS AND EYES
FAILING FINGERTIPS FILLED WITH SEDIMENT AND BRINE
TROUNCED BY THE PRONOUNCEMENT
TROUNCED BY THE LIES
CURLING INWARD AND FINDING A GLOW INSIDE
IT'S A REFLECTION OF AN ANCIENT SONG
THAT DISSOLVED INTO PURE LIGHT
IT'S BETTER HEARD THIS WAY
IT'S ALRIGHT
IT'S ALRIGHT
DEEPLY DUG IN SO THE EARTH IS A SKIN
COULD SUCCESSFULLY MOLT IF A NEW SHELL WAS FOUND WITHIN
WITHIN
Track Name: One War
ONE WAR (B. BRETT – BUCK GOOTER)

THERE’S ONLY EVER BEEN ONE WAR:
WAR ON THE POOR
Track Name: Hey Lou
HEY LOU (T. TURTLE – BUCK GOOTER)

HERE COMES THE OCEAN
I'M THINKING VELVET UNDERGROUND,
YOU LEFT US WITH LULU AND SAID, “FUCK THIS TOWN”
YOU AREN'T HERE NO MORE TO WRITE ANOTHER PERFECT DAY
THE ROCK N ROLL ANIMAL HAS GONE TO STAY

HEY LOU!
WHY'D YOU GO AND LEAVE ME ALONE?
HEY LOU!
WHEN YOU TOOK AWAY YOUR MUSIC PHONE

HERE COMES THE OCEAN
I FEEL SO ALONE
SINCE THE CONEY ISLAND BABY
TOOK AWAY HIS MUSIC PHONE
LULU WAS A STATEMENT
THERE WON'T BE ANYMORE
THE SATELLITE OF LOVE HAS ROCKED ON OUT THE DOOR
Track Name: Mound 72
MOUND 72 (B. BRETT – BUCK GOOTER)

A MOMENT WITH YOU AT MOUND 72

ALONG THE WHITE PATH
AWAY FROM THE MAIN DRAG
TOWARDS THE BORDER
PAST THE 20TH CENTURY SHACK
DEFILING A BURIAL GROUND
WHERE THEY PARK THEIR TOYOTA

WHITE TAILS DON’T IMMEDIATELY FLIP UP AND FLY
WE ENJOY SIGHT OF THE GRAZING HERD AS WE WALK BY
AS WE WALK BY

WARMED BY THE AUTUMN SUN
THAT SHINES ON THEIR RETREAT THROUGH A HAUNTED GROVE
BEVELED GROUND WITH HORRORS BENEATH
HUBRIS ON THE TOP LAYER, SORROW BELOW
A MASSACRE SITE, RITUAL BURIAL, 272 INTERRED

SOME WITHOUT HEADS OR HANDS
SOME FOUND WITH FINGERS POINTED UP
TRYING TO DIG
BURIED ALIVE
BURIED ALIVE

BRUTALITY OF THAT TIME
REPRESENTED BY A HILL TODAY
GRASSHOPPERS PIERCING SUNBEAMS
LIKE AN ARTIFICIAL HEAT HAZE

ANY KIND OF HAZE OVER THIS PLACE WILL DO
A MOMENT WITH YOU AT MOUND 72
Track Name: Curl
CURL (B. BRETT – BUCK GOOTER)

SEE THE DREAM CURL AROUND
IN AND OUT OF ITSELF
SPLATTER AGAINST THE NEBULA CLOUD
DIE IN FRONT OF THE SUN
TORN OUT, SHUT, AND BROKEN DOWN
ALIVE AND LIKENED TO SOUND
THRU TEETH IT PASSES
THRU SPEECH IT'S FLATTENED
CARESSED AND MADE MEMBRANOUS
TRANSPARENT BUT SPARKED WITH LIFE
AN EYE LEFT COMPLETELY OPEN
SO THAT IT'S ONLY SIGHT
PART OF SEEING USED TO BE
PEACE FROM THE LIGHT
NOW IT'S TIME TO STARE IT DOWN
NOW IT'S TIME TO STARE IT DOWN
WHIP THAT HUNGER AROUND AND MAKE IT RIGHT
EAT SINCE THERE'S NO END IN SIGHT
HARDEN, TURN, CAST SHADE AND BECOME THE NIGHT
WHEN THE DREAMS COME OUT: CURL AROUND
WHEN THE DREAMS COME OUT: CURL AROUND
Track Name: Fracking Up The Planet
FRACKING UP THE PLANET (T. TURTLE - BUCK GOOTER)

THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN,
SAVIOR OR REALITY CLOWN?
QUESTION FOR COMPUTER I GUESS
WE'RE HEADED FOR A POSSIBLE MESS
EPA REGULATIONS UP IN THE AIR
NOW YOU'RE GONNA FRACK IT ALL UP

NOW YOU'RE GONNA FRACK IT ALL UP
GARBAGE IN THE WATER
POLLUTION EVERYWHERE
NOW YOU'RE GONNA FRACK IT ALL UP

I REMEMBER THE GREASE COVERED FOWL
OIL COMPANIES ONLY CARE ABOUT NOW
I REMEMBER THAT OCEAN SPILL
THIS CRAP REALLY GIVES ME A CHILL
DRILLING IN THE LAND
EARTHQUAKES OUTTA HAND
NOW YOU'RE GONNA FRACK IT ALL UP

WE ALL NEED CLEAN AIR TO BREATHE
AND WATER THAT'S SAFE TO TASTE
NATURAL TO INDUSTRIAL WASTE
I AIN'T DOWN WITH THAT PACE
STEPPING BACKWARDS MADLY
AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
NOW YOU'RE GONNA FRACK IT ALL UP