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Have You Considered Punk Music

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The Real Nick House There is only one band that makes me feel like a depressed grad student is standing way too close to me and telling me about Das Kapital, and it's this band. Favorite track: Have You Considered Punk Music.
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A.T.L Bought this without listening to it because I'm a huge Drug Church fan. Not gonna lie I didn't care much for it at first, but it's really grown on me. Musically and lyrically it's more contemplative/somber than DC, but now I get that it's a perk, not a fault. Favorite track: Watcher At the Well.
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put in the name for your bandcamp introspective and really the kind of thing you will need in a post-hectic life. bought this record on a whim and it's one of the only albums that actively has my full attention the full way thru. perfect shit Favorite track: Watcher At the Well.
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1.
My girl and I we started fostering dogs Shit’s a hassle but they help to keep her calm She’s seen a lot so have those pups They connect in a way that’s fun for me to watch She’s young and she’s beautiful and she’s warm But my head is always on what it’s on My little projects some are decades long Some near completion most are a ways off Somehow scattered and at the same time fixated I think I get that from my mom she’s such a busy lady My girl’s making efforts to be more social Says it would mean a lot if I would try it with her Wall of flowers between myself and dinner guests Chain and stanchion between myself and all the rest Hot air between myself and any room Flaming sword between myself and the whole wide world That sort of information ties you to a song You grow close to me and we form a bond That’s how it works you, you buy in willfully And this is as close as I get to intimacy
2.
Is it possible to do a thing forever And learn nothing? And get no better? A voice, my own, replies “quite clearly Now collect yourself get out there and entertain me” I put myself through a thing And I loved it I put myself through a thing And I loved it Help me straighten and then please hold me I’m bent in parts and partially broken An ache subsides long enough to return As a stabbing pain that sends me to the floor I put myself through a thing I loved it I put myself through a thing And I loved it These things take time sometimes lives Can’t be angry. I read what I signed Nice to be called. More than many get Efforts to learn have yielded nothing yet
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A craft question I sometimes wonder “could it be vague is a virtue?” Let people hear what they hear, let people take what they want to Or is the magic in specifics? are fine details what leave a mark? Is it time, place, event, and people, the linking adverbs equal art? There’s a rumor I’ve read about Talk Talk’s ‘It’s My Life’ That it’s sung from the vantage of a loving family pet The notion turned me on my head, made music not the same From a thing I enjoyed at distance, to one that makes my eyes wet Oh Christ, Christ it’s that time again Oh Christ its that time again To feel and let new ideas in Tactile sensation, shag carpet kisses cheek My drool moistened face, my stiff legs are asleep I don’t want to move I don’t think I’ll move. I get it now
4.
Unwell people believe in presence of an influencing machine Chips in their heads or necks telling them how to behave It’s not a sexy topic but it’s one my brain goes to often Mental health and what it entails and fully means When I worked on Skid Row I’d call my folks twice a day Say, “thank you for the stable home and thanks for the place to stay” I don’t pray but sometimes I find something worthy of praise Nature, God, I’m grateful for the problems I’ve got their scope and scale and what they are and what they are not I like to see for myself I like to touch it without gloves All things relative But I prefer to defer to people who clearly have it worse I prefer to defer I was a janitor in a place where the really sick people hide Where the furniture is too broad and heavy to be thrown and that’s by design Gave me perspective or at least it lent it or at least forced me to reflect on it Here’s what I took away from my time inside or my time passing by on my way to some other era of my life
5.
Forgot and left Mental health Bad news Nobody who matters cares Raw and worn Beat and swollen I know Nobody who matters cares Late and let go Downsized and broke Sorry friend Nobody who matters cares Wrongly killed Killer let go Goddamn Nobody who matters cares Late with rent Eviction pending It’s rough Nobody who matters cares Lame and withered Distressed and panicked But still Nobody who matters cares Tyrants rise World is ending So long Nobody who matters cares Hell’s door opens And I dance my way in Me included: Nobody who matters cares For a moment I found myself open To words and ideas of a certain kind For a moment I found myself open To words and ideas but they was mostly lies I don’t trust none of ya to see what’s in front of ya Please pick one it’s dumb or blind Stick to your love songs people about people in love It’s hard to sing those songs that people love about people in love It’s hard to sing those songs people love about people in love
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Dumb kid decisions through the lens of an dumb adult Walls you went around, broke down, and built Choke went to Berlin to have his awakening Mohammad went to the mountain, no patience You’re a bit like him, you took a job at the station Choke went to Berlin to have his awakening Things you said and why’d you fight that kid I don’t remember Seemed like I was angry or something maybe Choke went to Berlin to have his awakening Porcell had to try one last time Brass ring hanging by horsehair overhead Choke went to Berlin to have his awakening Steve kicked a man’s head from his body Caught on video but there’s no body Choke went to Berlin to have his awakening Good stories and real life don’t overlap But cinderblock through windshield, I choose to believe in that Choke went to Berlin to have his awakening Street people do street people things Found a way to direct that high school rage Choke went to Berlin to have his awakening The way you think it is as a kid gives way to difficult but unavoidable days that underline and highlight that you’ve been doing it wrong and for so long you can’t crawl your way back to reasonable you have to swing violently to the other side which as it turns out isn’t violent at all but mild and neutral and bland and pablum and sand for your landing cotton for your tongue
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You never finish anything It’s rather Arthur Russell I like done and over Rather Greenway in that way You’re sad but charming A cut from Nick Drake I obsess over endings I’m a bit like Bill Fay You want point of reference Lit like Lloyd Cole I prefer bold statements Coleman speaks my language You’re big on wordplay Into the arms of Nick Cave I don’t mind being yelled at Brannon does it for me You like to dance and go out Wire while you get ready I don’t leave the apartment Newman solo makes sense You want new thoughts Kate Bush on ready I repeat myself often Like a senile Mark Smith Explaining motherhood to a man Cold observation but he’s not capable of understanding Detailing math to a dog Won’t retain a word but if you’re lucky he may be a good boy and nod
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Like most men I swing From extremes I range From empathetic to naked cruel Ugly words Like most men Manifest in What I spit at you Fine at times And others not Gnaw through leg Whenever caught Carry worry Like most men At base of my neck Root through All those feelings For one I love best Like a rat in trash Caught when The compactor comes And puts thoughts to rest Like most men I swing Like most men I can be mean Like most men I sink Like most men I swing
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Give directions to the deaf With pointing gestures Talk the glory of god With some fool believers They say I’ve gotta engage with the world and the people living in it But I stay open to second opinions They say if I want want things Or even to just want to stay healthy These are the terms the world offers and I’ve have to meet it halfway But I don’t buy that exposure to sick will ever help me Talk in circles with a bigot For what payoff? Yell with an angry mob In that way get off They say I’ve gotta engage with the world and the people in it But I stay open to second opinions They say if I want want things Or even to just want to stay healthy These are the terms the world offers and I’ve have to meet it halfway Punch an old head Break your fist In 40 years Be gone and dead They say engage with the world And the people living in it I’ll be reading my comic books instead
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Often is what it is So be it if it bleaches coral Junkies get it It can’t be explained to children The world’s not turning for you and the road never rises You’re eking out a living like every other asshole I just follow drums I speak my peace in time Or sometimes not As I’m often off Full spite full stop why stop at nose when you can hack and separate your skull from throat? Why pause at your chest just go all in Quarter yourself from your neck to your toes I just follow drums I speak my peace in time Or sometimes not As I’m often off Call anyone enough and they’ll answer
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about

Ask any touring musician and they’ll agree: years spent on the road can be measured like dog years. Over time, the unpredictable nature of the lifestyle starts to become not only predictable, but all-consuming. On the band’s latest full-length Have You Considered Punk Music, singer Patrick Kindlon reflects on his time as a musician, taking a closer look at the bottomless drive to create that he’s spent his life exploring. “I’ve been doing something for a long time that I find really fulfulling, and I’m able to look at it with more clarity as time passes,” says Kindlon. “I can look at things from 10 years ago, or the reason I even got involved in this thing in the first place, with more perspective. The changes I’ve gone through as a person over time are interesting to me. I spend almost all my waking hours making things, and that’s a relationship I assumed was normal, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve started to understand that that’s not the way everybody is looking at life,” says Kindlon.

His choice to reflect on his experiences isn’t a topic he discusses with ease - “It makes me sound like I’m 200 years old,” he jokes - but it’s one he does well, distilling personal, specific experiences into simple and relatable metaphors. “It’s about feeling very intensely about a thing you’re becoming increasingly aware the rest of the world doesn’t give a shit about,” says Kindlon. “It’s like how people feel about their cats: they love their cat, but you don’t give a shit about their cat.”

Kindlon’s passion for making music is matched by his bandmates. While many bands have found themselves stuck in a rut after years of making music together, Self Defense Family’s unique structure ensures that the band never ends up at a dead end. Their tours aren’t mandatory, but instead an open invitation to whoever would like to come, whether that be three members or seven. Their recording process is equally as open ended; when one member gets creatively burnt out, another will take their place, often offering a new take on the song at hand in the process. This type of system can lend itself to chaos at times, but to the band, it’s worth it in the end. “While it can be frustrating to sift through a million ideas, at least you have a million ideas to sift through,” says Kindlon.

The album was recorded in just under two weeks, the longest the band has ever spent in the studio at one time. As they often do, the musicians in the group who chose to participate in the project came to the studio completely unprepared and wrote the songs as they tracked them. “For us, recording is largely about first takes,” says Kindlon. “We don’t see recording as creating a product - we see it as capturing whatever’s going on at the moment, and if we mess it up, we’ll do better next time. This album is different for us in the respect that it’s a fairly polished final product.” It’s a perfect fit for a record about making records - that, simultaneously, the band hones in on their craft while dissecting the craft itself.

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released June 29, 2018

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