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12/07/2020  — 

New Blert Song: Escape

If you follow blert on bandcamp, you've probably already heard this new song (will hit streaming services like Spotify on the 11th). We're still putting the finishing touches on a few songs that blert recorded back around 2002-2005 which we'll bundle-up in an album we'll call New Day Undone.

This song started out as "Bingo Bars" which had some of the dumbest lyrics ever written. Getting decent lyrics into my music has always been a challenge and the early version of this song is a great example of my verbal under- achievement. Yet we stuck with that song and even played it in front of audiences. Why? We really loved the music - it's very blert: a tricky rhythm, a weird harmony, a chance for something epic...

I remember when this song arrived, Neal and I were in our space at Downtown Rehearsal Studios and one of us found some book for drummers (icymi: drummers read!) about odd time signatures. The book contained exercises in which they lay down a beat in 4/4 and then add or drop a beat in a phrase.

Neal loved to experiment with beats and rhythms that don't fit into a mold and these exercises kept us on our toes. I liked playing simple guitar lines along with one particular pattern and then BOOM- something clicked. Bingo Bars arrived quickly.

Flash-forward to the now and between Neal and Tasha we have new lyrics which are so much more vital and current - we added some other arrangement twists that help this song really blast off. Hope you are ready to escape...

Feeling all the rage Feeding it for days The beauty has lost its luster All I hear is hate Seeing all the ways Weve seemingly gone insane Think of all your lost ones Peeling off the pain

Really must escape Make for better space The joys have drowned in our sorrows Breath is hard to take Giving up the game Been feeling it for days The moment has lost momentum And belief is fake Escape Escape Escape

Another one dead today And rage is what I pray Breaking all composure Hey thats all O.K. Time to leave this place Some will choose to stay Theres no room for the dead ones Everything falls away Escape Escape Escape

In this age of madness Filled with rage and a false sense of hope We come so close now Has it all been a fucking joke Who writes the narrative Where one thing is more than the rest Destroy the premise And escape this Whatever you call It And these things we are tripping about The beasts in the room Where the space between me and you Is in doubt How can we ever be free Ever be free

How can we ever be free

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09/09/2020  — 

New blert song: CTRL-Z

Blert put a new song onto Bandcamp today. CTRL-Z is something we started working on back in '01 or '02. We recorded the instrumental tracks in our space at Rocker rehearsal studio (Dore Alley). Tasha & Neal recorded the vocal tracks in Neal's bedroom in Portland a couple weeks ago (yeah, 2020).

That's not what I wanted That's not how I want it to go Hey can we Reset the button Pretend that it wasn't so And make like a different Option is selected Take on a new life That isn't so expected

That's not what I wanted That's not how I want it to go Hey can I Reset the button Pretend that this it isn't so And make like a different Option is selected Walk down a new road That doesn't seem perfected Go down another path That's not So perplexing So contrived So destructive So not I

This is not what I wanted This is not how I want it to go Hey can we Reset the buttons Live again like it wasn't so And make like a different Option was selected Take on another choice That wasn't so invested Go for the life I imagined

So creative So alive So playful So sublime So elated So divine So translative

So not I Thats not how I want it to go Control-Z Live again like it wasn't so Control-Z This is not how I want it to go Control-Z Go back a few steps ago

Because It doesn't look so fine It doesn't seem so grand It doesn't feel like mine

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