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O Zeta Zunis

by Trumans Water

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yea, yer tired and bored, would it change anything if you stood where i stood? swift shocks run through my wooden legs, since yesterday i've been burning yer things. when my angel's too late eighteen hours seems eighteen days. don't forget i can hit you, you can hit me first, just remember how much more i can hurt. what a prized place, what a liar's face when my angel's too late. come my way tractor shovel, bury me and keep me out of trouble
Bev Toxin 04:15
bev toxin registered with satan in L.A., from there to Mexico we drove to our uncle's place, in the rear view i could see her and my heart did race, but i could never foresee what she would start to do to me. she was a girl i could not ignore, when i needed reminding of why i live at all, when this world has failed me and this life has stalled, though i'm blind i'd give my eyes to be with her again, but she's gone. i wasn't one of the smartest ones because i couldn't accept what she was doing to my head. now i want her back, but she's hidden all her tracks; back in Surrey of whatever, i can only pretend. you see i don't want to live in an empty world and this place ain't the same since she went away, if i was good enough she'd have wanted to stay then it would be alright for the first time in my life, but she's gone. i'd give up all of my life-long friends so we could spend all our time in bars, casinos, and my bed. though it's a dream it's worth each second of my time, i want what i can't have, but don't bet she won't be mine.
Ammunition 01:11
yer old enough to live and breathe, yer voice clears rooms when yer oxygen leaves. i've never seen a shut-in turn tyrant overnight, when you trespass tomorrow leave yer earmuffs in bed. tried to talk peace, tried to live free, it's been a million years now give us what we need, Wendy. got a scope, hired snipers, in the trees, Wendy. ammunition is what we dream of, pick a flavor; copper, lead, in every gauge there is.
Last Time 02:42
yer still talking, but the train's pulled away. you could know everything and still be my slave. wasn't it clear that you should never ask why? now you can't tell me things aren't just as they seem. when i make up my mind it's for the last time, so get in line i know you'll wait, yer that kind. well, even if yer worth my time yer too late, can't let you have me when i can't see you straight. i know yer willing and i'm only half done, you can't back out now this is when it gets fun. i've heard enough of yer wisdom today. you could own everything and still have to pay me. when i make up my mind it's for the last time, so get in line i know you'll wait, yer that kind. well, even if yer worth my time yer too late, can't let you have me when i can't see you straight.
Ur-Cod 01:34
got two guys for a face/got two hands for eyes/know my eyes feel space/got to not leave a trace/got to move all the time/got to track down trains via e.s.p./got to move the earth extra/got to send word promptly/got to straighten my story/be the first one there/when the gutters arrive we lose the rooftops which need to be replaced today/there's a curtain closing where there wasn't one showing only five minutes ago/so i left on time/so i tracked down trains/so i left earlier/so i let inventory lie
Thew Eak End 03:04
5-7-10 Split 02:41
drove around the corner, drove around the block, put the car in neutral, and opened up the trunk. loaded up the shotgun and made my peace with us. never call 911 for me; they overthrow then ignore; they're the military. they copter'd in, but turned back away, set up a perimeter like they owned the place. they roped off access to a friend when, against our advice, she went repelling shoeless again; skinned up her limbs, eyes rolling backwards, head hitting solid rock, waking up strapped to a board by the chest.
We Fish 02:16
false smog not a cloud but it's raining absolutely nothing at all/see nothing hear nothing/sigh now, there's a vein, in god's eye/crack the ice let's see which river's alive/start behind the lying eyes of freedom/we fish such rivers of freedom
Radio Played 02:12
you live out loud and never breathe/still hard to leave it/couldn't even if i tried/lock me up i can't decide/unchecked ego dissolving/you keep what's left/it's not enough/you waste our time like yer the first/initiation free of connection/no time to systemize/discussion doesn't justice make/we can tell you what yer tv can't/it's laughing while you drown/we've been going deaf and blind in secret so change yer dirty sheets/and boss cut the check yer late on rent/we've been kicked between the legs for less than this
Coat of Arm 06:44
Cobweb 05:24


Does anyone read promotional blurb anymore? Is it necessary? I say No! But this is what is done, so this is what we're doing.

For those in the know, Trumans Water have been deconstructing indie rock conventions (and grammar rules) for more than 100 years now (or at least since the early 90s) and there's a reasonable chance you have totally missed out! But Trumans never stop.

Too true, the vet American "spazz-rock"/"squiggle-core" quartet has been scarce in their native land in recent years: releases mostly on Euro-labels (and now a label based in Thailand!); touring almost exclusively "over there." One co-founding Branstetter brother, singer-guitarist Kevin, even settled down in France; the other, guitarist-vocalist Kirk, remains in Portland, Oregon, where TW set up in 1995 (formed in San Diego circa 1991).

The 14 tracks of O Zeta Zunis, album #13,14,15 or 16 depending on how you may wish to count, manage one helluva collective double-feat: sounding like distinct, engaging, chance-taking, raw-boned guit-stoked rock to any given listener -- whether they know the Water or no -- and coming off to TW fans as strikingly fresh while hearkening back to classic Trumans material.

Yes, the latter means going all the way back to 1992's debut Of Thick Tum -- enthusiastically tracked by legendary Brit radio DJ John Peel in its entirety, c'est vrai -- and their 1993 2xLP follow-up, Spasm Smash XXXOXOX Ox & Ass. (Note: you're still on your own in unravelling Trumans-ian title-age.)

O Zeta Zunis sports a few slowed-up passages that help accentuate the melodic riff-drive of "Last Time" or the balls-out whizz-bang of "Greased Water," the twitchy-catchy frolic of "5-7-10 Split" or the rubbery buzz-chug of "You Live Out Loud." There're loping jams and snappy sonic sputter-blasts as well. Essence of Trumans.

Chèvre Au Lait slows things down with subtlety, yet remains as twisted as ever, in the fashion of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, fusing madness with restraint and even devolving into post-punk reminiscent of England in the early 80s, which has become popular again with the punk youth of today.

Folks, this ain't history -- this is ... living, loopy rock and/or roll! Trumans Water never left so won't you please welcome them back?

Thailand based label tenzenmen has long been a fan of Trumans Water and was so disappointed that their last two albums were not available on CD, and unable to complete the collection in their music library, that they invested their inheritance monies into bringing these albums to the most unpopular format in recorded history.


released June 14, 2021


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