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1.
Still Life
2.
Paint Me Jade
3.
Hurts To Laugh
4.
Told all of our friends about the news Drove through Indiana unamused by the two black dogs playing catch with the cars on the dirt road, small town. It should be a moment Yeah, it should be a memory. It’s just close quarters and loose-change jangling. I can’t tell if I’ve got the right to be angry when the world’s just passing us by and inside nothings changing. Feels like nothing ever changes these days. 
The shoulders got colder as we go through
 All the things I held grey-blued. The future’s getting harder to find these days
and the past is harder to get to. Your anger is an arrow; My Frustration is a wall
One will strike you down and one divides us all.
People are strange. I’m estranged I’m a stranger.
 And that’s another thing that’s gonna have to change. Feels like nothing ever changes. Spoken: [It should be a moment of surreal peace and unity if it weren’t for the don’t-snap-at-me bickering and tension. It’s sad that it always gets this way. I’ve found myself screaming at strangers in invented situations in my head, Searching: 
who signs first on behalf of a group?
Separation anxiety
Youngest sibling depression
How to mediate group discussions Imposter syndrome  And Net v Gross]
 You held your guilt like a gun, But what are you running away from?
You’d shoot a glare at the sun And blame your closed eyes on the sunlight Shooting stars in the daylight will make you stare at the sun
5.
Short Term
6.
Long Term
7.
Freer 02:57
You lit me up like a firework I Stuck myself inside of a can Like a man, I thought I was the mortar. We were standing lakeside Bathed in the red of CVS lights I’m sure that someone’s got a photo of us on that night Under fireworks, I stuck myself inside of a can What a man, I thought I was a martyr We were learning lip slides Late into those August nights Sweat and Jackie’s on our brow A sweetness not yet soured by the orange glow The things it had to know The rent that we now owe And an insatiable need to be Wherever, whenever You had me up on the wirework  I stuffed myself up with “I can’s” and the grandstand all chanted “higher” Yeah, it all went slipping’ from my grasp Our matching caskets smashed ‘Star 51 ’unfastened from the ragged flag Under fireworks, I stuck myself inside of a can Like a man, I thought I was a martyr Red letter days at stateside homes I’ll say it even if you won’t- When we’re out having drinks We’re playing hide-and-go-seek with ourselves. 
I’m Just trying to be
Whatever it means
 To be Freer.
 Under an orange glow Sweet autumn only knows Chicago
 Like rents un-payable
 And your fist through the wall
 And the insatiable need to be. Under the heavy glow Of things it had to know The rent that we now owe And an insatiable need to be Wherever, whenever.

 An insatiable need to be.
8.
Trophy Deer 02:52
Hey man– 
think you hold my jacket? I think I wanna dance tonight. But find me before you go
, I don’t wanna ride home alone. 

I was the new kid in a rich town
Not a lot of friends around
 I found 
the only other one in the neighborhood
 Our bond was unbreakable.
Some people change but we won’t-

 Be everything we could be
 ‘Cuz the pact that we made 
fit like cement shoes
that looked good in our youth
. The waters up to our necks now
, We Gotta get out.
 I don’t wanna be a souvenir.
Got my own way to go–
 And I hope I see you there
 when the smoke clears

 The inside jokes 
in new inner circles
 Outside our old haunts made an outsider out of me.
 I saw how much it lit you up
 to beat me down
 You fly me like a fighter kite
 I wish you’d cut my line and make it right
. But, I’m the crutch and I’m the sprain–
it’s a complex duality. 

There’s poison in the words you use.
 I grew up excluded and you press on the bruise.
 There’s a breeze I feel within me
, and it’s taking me to places that you’d never believe. 

But I won’t be everything that I could be.
And I won’t be everything that I should.

 I don’t wanna be a souvenir
I’ve got my own way to go
 and I hope I see you there
 I don’t wanna be your trophy deer
 Let go my rein and I’d remain
 I don’t wanna be your souvenir,
9.
Recurring (I)
10.
The Stray 03:31
Hold me like a bouquet bound to be thrown over your shoulder
 Spit my name out like a dog that needs to be put down
Dance in my light
 Dig your heels in my spine
 I’m upright now (Amour Propre)
To know you is to kneel.
A rest that wasn’t real.
I’m up right now (Vive Ta Misere) 

But I know you And you need it bad.
Found your fix, but you can’t quite grip it
 Control’s a drug that you can’t quit.
You’re lost and losing it. 

Nothing feels right
 Apprehension
 Skin feels shrunken
too much tension
 When feet swing over the wall 
and heels dig into the earth
There will be no more running from ourselves.
The trailing haunt of malaise  there in the narrow gaze of the stray I became.

 I know you
And you need it bad
Found you fix but you can’t quite grip it
 Control’s the drug that you can’t quit
 You’re lost and losing it.

 I’ll miss the pull
 of the prongs
 in my collar, 
and how that felt like someone cared
 to keep from what I wanted, me.
 We writhe from want and grow from need. 

But there’ll be no-one to blame when I’m out of the way
 and the demon drowning well has dried.
 If having grip of the rein  is what you need to keep sane
Canter frenetic to a shallow, shameful grave. 

I don’t believe in constellations even when my stars align. Luck is made with good intention, love and grace.

about

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If there’s one word that can describe [laughs], Kali Masi’s second full-length album, it’s deliverance. On their new record, the Chicago-based indie punk outfit strives to break out of their personal chains to forge a path we all search for. The album is a collection of ambitious songs, musically and lyrically, centering around the universal truth that the power and courage to be who we are is and always has been inside of ourselves — rather than in the arms and minds of those around us. 

Singer and guitarist Sam Porter shares the earnest narrative of feeling out of place both in your hometown and your own skin, and exploring that alienation as we strive for growth. The wailing guitars and powerful drums complement the urgent calls for clarity and understanding, noting the crushing emptiness of loss contrasted by the bittersweet reminiscence of youth.

Kali Masi have never been a band to hold anything back, and the four-piece stays true to this promise on the new LP. From start to finish, [laughs] is cutting, crucial and honest, with poetic recollections and curses of the past juxtaposed by contemplative acceptance of self in the present. On the new record, the band explores and dissects elements of strained friendships that often go unspoken, sometimes to the point of abandonment beyond repair. 

Recording once again with hardcore icon Jay Maas, co-founder of Defeater, Kali Masi crafted another masterful balance of urgency, tension and alluring instrumental harmony. The seconds between tracks will leave you guessing whether to rest or revel, and no matter which you get, you’re always taken by pleasant surprise. 

The 10 new songs are for feeling lonely in a room full of familiar faces, as well as for restless nights in the throes of transition and growth. No matter where you are in life, Kali Masi is here with an explosive passion for finding who we are — and celebrating it. Take these songs with you as you cut yourself loose of the snares that once made you feel like a prisoner. With [laughs] crashing through your ears, you will be free.

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releases March 26, 2021

Kali Masi is Anthony Elliott, John Garrison, Wes Moore and Sam Porter

All songs written and performed by Kali Masi.
Piano on ”Short Term” played by Matt Romy.
Recorded, Engineered, Produced and Mixed by Jay Maas in Haverhill, MA in February–March 2020.
Assistant Engineering (and emotional reinforcement) by Dave Alcan.
Mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering
Album Cover photo by Chris Bauer
© KALI MASI 2021 ℗ Take This To Heart Records 2021

Special thanks to our families and friends– Chris Bauer, Joe Deluca, Ryan Grillaert, Kevin McDonald, Ryan Donovan and the Red City Radio crew, James Hull, Matt Barker, Sky McElroy, Less Than Jake, Typesetter, Signals Midwest, Such Gold, Western Settings, Decent Criminal, Vanessa Valadez & Andy Klingensmith at Empty Bliss, Joe Urban, Austin Lucas, Raine Mara, Tim Browne, Mat Alano-Martin, the cooks and crew at Good Measure, Downright Merch, Ratio Beerworks, Audiotree, Seamus Menihane, and The Maas Family.

In loving memory of Mike Scott.

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Kali Masi is an American punk rock band from the Chicago. They've been heavily touring and self-promoting for the last 6 years; steadily evolving the heavy, emotive, and urgent sound found on their 2017 LP 'WIND INSTRUMENT' and the much anticipated 2021 followup '[laughs]' ... more

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