Sixth Side Of The Pentagon

by Dead Sea Apes

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Dead Sea Apes release their fourth studio album Sixth Side Of The Pentagon through Cardinal Fuzz and Sky Lantern Records.

Since their inception in 2009, Manchester trio Dead Sea Apes have ploughed a decidedly psychedelic furrow regarding their penchant for consciousness-altering guitar/bass/drums workouts. Yet they have always been decidedly nonconformist and experimental too, never easily fitting into a “psychedelic scene” like so many of their contemporaries. New album Sixth Side Of The Pentagon sees this bent towards experimentation further examined and explored.

Taking concepts from the track of the same name on their previous album, Sixth Side Of The Pentagon grows these ideas into fully formed dub cultures. Possibly reflecting recent political and economic events, the mood has darkened further like a carbon-stained post-industrial skyline: basslines bubble over with a dub-frenzy of fluid proficiency, alienated shards of guitar sear into your cortex and disorientating notes of insectoid electronics float in and out of the mix amid haunting echoes. Think Metal Box-era PIL and hints of early Cabaret Voltaire fused with the rolling liquid sound that Dead Sea Apes have made their own, while spoken word contributions by the artist and writer Adam Stone add a new dimension of theoretical engagement.

Sixth Side Of The Pentagon is released by Cardinal Fuzz in the UK and Sky Lantern Records in the US on vinyl, CD, cassette and download.

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released April 3, 2017

Music by Savage/Harris/Hardman
Words by Adam Stone (tks 5 & 9)
Vocals by Hannah Grasskamp (tk 6)
Produced by Dead Sea Apes
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Hardman

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Track Name: Pale Anxieties
Tower blocks framed against the Pennines
Rising out of cracked tarmac like warning signs
Containers suffused with pale anxiety
Concrete tombstones for the death of society

Tower blocks dark against black hills
Drunken threats, yellow teeth and sleeping pills
Chrome stubs from a hill see at a distance
The jagged teeth of a broken system

Tower blocks framed against dark moorland
Straining with the weight of lost dreams
Rectangles designed by distant architects
Now so devoid of utopian context
Track Name: Tentacles (The Machine Rolls On)
Do you feel the system breathing for you?
It is an eternally ravenous and ever-expanding amorphous entity
Of unstoppable malice and avarice.

Do you feel the system breathing for you?
Great slavering jaws constantly locking on, hagfish-like,
To suck in incalculable profits to feed the greasy, bloated body,
Shitting out vast hate-showers of crime, addiction and poverty.

Do you feel the system breathing for you?
The system is multi-tentacled,
Punctuated by profuse and drooling circular mouth-holes
And foul, ever-monitoring eyes.
Each writhing tendril fastens itself to the base of every willing human skull
And spreads pseudopods the length of every buckled spine.
The system is rapacious, self-destructive,
Feeding, gorging on death and violence.
The system is invisible to those who are drained by it,
Their vampire teeth glinting in the pale light of your smartphone.

Regardless of future extinction, the machine rolls on.

What is this sickness that seeks to infiltrate every corner
Of our waking and sleeping lives?
It is the madness of the system as it belches forth multi-variations on the commodity theme.
Desire for commodity equals behaviour modification,
Control masquerading as choice and freedom.

Do you still feel the pulse beating in your body?
Do you sense the potential of your personality throbbing wildly in your heart?
Never lose it. Keep fighting.
Keep gnashing your teeth at the edifice of free-market lunacy
That looms hungrily over your puny body.
Keep thinking, independent of the hegemony machine,
One step ahead of the dead.

Do you feel the system breathing upon your face?
Malicious, avaricious, without sentiment or empathy.
Regardless of future extinction, the machine rolls on.
Regardless of your life and death, the machine rolls on
And on
And on
And on.