Confines of Life

by Neighborhood Brats

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1.
And I know… The world is burning And I know… This is the end Nothing changes if nothing changes Because we know this is the end And I wonder.. Who took the rain? And I wonder.. Who took the rain? All the birds… Flew away today And the skies…
2.
Here I stand On the edge of darkness and light If I look beyond I’ll only fail Is this the confines of life? Involution Go deeper into space There’s no thinking or feeling We do not exist Can we go on? What is what we’ve learned was wrong? Signs and Semantics The power of words that we use Things to describe Commitment to changing our mind Let’s let go of words Let’s let go of attachment The thoughts that we have mean nothing to us All our teachers were wrong There’s one real truth the teacher inside Conditioning keeps us stuck Believing the lies Or juicing the thought Separation despair Commitment to changing our minds! Here I stand on the edge of darkness and light
3.
Starvation In a toxic world Wasteland Women and perfect girls Is this what we’re coming to? Progress negates the facts Is this what we’re coming to… Hey Miss America De-crowned! Put on a pedestal Knocked down! Use it against you Unwound! In the face of oppression Burnt at the stake or standing on the stage
4.
FFBF 01:12
Label me It proves you cannot think Excuse me off Because it’s not “your thing” Plastic manufactured record label darling I am not a model I don’t act This is not a cash grab Mistake my life For a vehicle of fame This is not a test of opinions
5.
Can’t hear my thoughts But thinking’s overrated Movement on the street Semi-vegetated Trapped in my cell Dilapidated hell Venice Beach ain’t no friend of mine Compact in a contract I’m counting down the days Air is clearing Blowing out the heys No stability No consistency No foundation The floor is sinking I can’t close the door Imminent collapse Shaken to the core I gotta get out, I’ve done my time Venice Beach ain’t no friend of mine Compact in a contract I’m counting down the days Air is clearing I’m blowing out the haze No stability No consistency No foundation
6.
Burned out Lost and turned away Shut-out Cost of disarray Life comes fast Gear-up for attack We’ll find you Fed-up Get down with change Get out Laughter in the rain Life comes fast Gear-up for attack We’ll find you Everyone belongs here The lonely and afraid If you feel you’re different Be brave Everyone belongs here Don’t live in fear Friends will accept you Be near
7.
No! Don’t tell me to smile No! Don’t call me cute Does size and gender Dictate your reactions? What if I was a man? Would you talk the same? So condescending I don’t want to conform No! Don’t buy me a drink No! Don’t “explain” it to me Closeted mysogyny Hides the intent Patriarchal values Flavor the event All you CIS MEN need to wake the fuck up Wake up Does size and gender Dictate your reactions What if I was a man? This is a symptom of a greater dis-ease Wake the fuck up
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Stars in your eyes I can’t disguise Can’t hold back not gonna try Overlooked, pushed aside Choked-out life, an empty fight They said it wasn’t happening They said we’re never gonna end I weep for the future Dying suffering No power to hold Extiction zone Can’t reverse, reanimate It’s a climate fight It’s a human right Monetize everything They said they had no way around it They said we had no time to plan I weep for the future Dying suffering
10.
Migraines 03:45
Nausea Nortriptyline Naratriptan Pamelor Apathy Lethargy Crushing depression… From within Maybe this will be the end of me? Internal - heredity Maybe this will be the end of me? Emotions No control Pressure Solitude Silence Madness rains Anger Defeated mind
11.
LeBron James 02:49
Don’t wanna play your head games Ain’t gonna be a chaser Tired of hanging on every word Tired of never being heard Living on different lines Dressed in different rhymes Running on different times You don’t wanna hear the truth Won’t be burned again I’m not standing quiet in the shadows I’m not standing quiet Living on different lines Dressed in different rhymes Running on different times Something new every night Same old story, same old line Time’s up! Light it up! All you do is talk and talk...
12.
I Want You 02:11

about

On Confines of Life, the third studio album from California punk band Neighborhood Brats, the band dives head-first into songs about environmental crisis, systemic oppression, interpersonal/intrapersonal conflict, and the trappings of modern existence. Following blueprints of ‘77 punk, ‘80s hardcore and elements of post-punk, the diverse songwriting influences of vocalist Jenny Angelillo and guitarist George Rager are showcased throughout, putting the band in their element, while expanding on their original concept.

Recorded in February and March 2020 at Station House studio with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Mark Rains, the band had barely finished production when Los Angeles went into its initial shutdown in response to the incoming pandemic. Multiple 2020 tours were subsequently canceled as the music industry, and life in general, came to a standstill.

As live music faces challenges unlike any other in modern existence, the band looks forward to a time when they can safely return to the road. With Nick Aguilar (drums) and Mike West (bass), Neighborhood Brats stands at-the-ready. As their song goes... “We’ll Find You.”

credits

released May 28, 2021

Neighborhood Brats:
Jenny Angelillo - vocals
George Rager - guitar, vocals
Nick Aguilar - drums
Mike West - bass

Percussion: Mark Rains
Organ: George Rager

Recorded in February and March 2020 at Station House studio in Los Angeles, CA
Produced by Marks Rains and George Rager
Mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering

Album art and layout by Andy Dahlström
Hand lettering and collage by Jenny

Thank you - Michl Krenner, Chris Mason, Brian Gorsegner, Mark Rains, Dan Randall, Andy Dahlström, Adam from Ignite Hospitality, Paddy Costello, Martin Slovak, Adolescents, Subhumans UK, all our friends, families and partners, everyone who came to our shows and friends who put us up on the road...RIP Mario and Darkness.

We wrote this record coming off the busiest year in the band’s history.
Mark and I were wrapping cables when LA shut down.
Jenny and I said goodbye outside, as we realized that
our tours would most likely be getting canceled.

This album is for everyone.

-George Rager, January 2021

No Racism No Sexism No Homophobia No Transphobia No Xenophobia Fuck Fascism Fuck the Patriarchy Fuck Closeted Misogyny in the Punk Scene.

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