This is a split with our friends, Lzbnz, from St. Louis. It will physically be available by the time we go on tour in July.
We recorded it at the Crayne Dungeon on February 16th, 2013. It was really snowy and there was a lot of beer.
“The Annex of Puerto Rico”
First of all, the title comes from a classic Jerry: wherein he says the wrong thing and gets heckled.
Diving into the song, we’re talking politics. The latter months of 2004, 2008, and 2012 were very trying: my patience got a test and so did my own love for the important people in my life. In politics, everyone thinks they are right: so much so that ears turn and eyes close. People preach change but don’t step up when it comes time to bat. Fights come and voids grow. I’ve found that these voids are usually fixed by mid-term election months, where they’re reopened!
The latter parts of the song are strictly confessional: I want to be a more patient, more open person. Even though being more open in this case would mean listening to more ideas from the Right, from which no good comes. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword. At the end of the day, I’m simply looking to be more compassionate and to love unconditionally. It’s a goal setting song and a song that preaches that we should speak at the right time.
In French, connaissance describes one’s understanding of something: how much he knows, or whether or not he knows anything at all. On the other hand, a con is a jerk: an ass, a scoundrel. This song describes the process of getting to know someone more and more and eventually discovering that this person is really just a con.
Being an ass, however, is not necessarily just nature: in fact, it’s normally nurture. Separating someone from his original environment can be fatal, but it can also be a means to a better end. Simply existing outside of one’s home, despite its drawbacks—comfort, money, health—often ends up making someone a better person than he was before. You don’t need everything else, “You’ve got everything you need right here”.
released 23 July 2013
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