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Finer Thorns

by Buck Gooter

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1.
Peace Siren 02:32
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
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Pastoralists 01:59
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
3.
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?
4.
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
5.
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
6.
The Fig Wasp 04:36
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
7.
Alien 05:00
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
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Finer Thorns 03:47
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
9.
Used To Rain 05:07
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
10.
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

about

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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