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100 Bells

by Buck Gooter

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Pray To God 03:08
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
4.
100 Bells 03:37
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
5.
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!
6.
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
7.
One War 03:08
ONE WAR (B. BRETT – BUCK GOOTER) THERE’S ONLY EVER BEEN ONE WAR: WAR ON THE POOR
8.
Hey Lou 04:13
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
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Mound 72 03:41
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
10.
Curl 03:25
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
11.
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

about

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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