Future Flowers

by Gene Wildest

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Colin M. 2018's "Spectral Terrestrial" was one of my favorite albums of the year, so it pleases me to no end that Gene Wildest have returned with another unabashedly infectious collection of delightful, mathy psychedelic fuzzy goodness.
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Future Flowers is the third full-length album from Philadelphia-based alt-rock band Gene Wildest. It's math rock-inspired psychedelic rock meant for guitar nerds and regular ol' weirdos alike. The title stems from the idea that one day we're all just going to be places for future flowers to grow, a theme pervasive throughout the band's catalog. Legends from the days of yore have declared that Gene Wildest "can channel the whole of rock history in the span of a song" (Steph Davies, WXPN's The Key, 2018). A stone tablet unearthed in Miami carried an inscription proclaiming that the band have "sonically quantified the type of music that I want to smoke weed and/or cry to" (Olivia McAuley, Too Much Love Magazine, 2018). An ancient burial urn exhumed in 2018 featured a single inscription, reading "I know it sounds crazy, but Gene Wildest are an absolute delight from beginning to end" (Steve Howe, Outlaws of the Sun, 2018). Whispers through the trees of ancient forests have been heard, uttering that "I like that one song with that pretty part" (our moms, once). In short, if you enjoy sick guitar riffs, sultry bass lines, and dope beats, then you'll enjoy Future Flowers. Your mom might, too.

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released April 18, 2019

Dave Ashcraft - drums
Brian Corbett - guitar, vocals
Sean Corbett - bass
Rob Ealer - guitar

Recorded at Gradwell House and Napping Dawg Studios

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Track Name: Bill Heath
I'm worried that I just might be too civilized
To run around and ever see it through
I'd like to see my former self die in your eyes
I never know where I should be
But something's always telling me it's probably with you

But I feel so out of place sometimes now
I feel so out of place, I feel so outta, feel so outta...

I don't know why I get so lost sometimes
I never realized I was gone
I don't know why I get so lost sometimes
When you were right here all along

These old thoughts I keep to retreat to
Mean nothing to me anymore
The sky's only falling to meet you
I think it's time I realize
I'm never getting better, only deader than before

But I feel so out of place sometimes now
I feel so out of place, I feel so outta, feel so outta...

I don't know why I get so lost sometimes
I never realized I was gone
I don't know why I get so lost sometimes
When you were right here all along
Track Name: Just Let Me Bleed
Well all I wanted was to fade right
Into the darkness of your eyes
Somewhere to soak in all the daylight
Beneath the psychedelic sky
Lay in the strangest situation
There in the belly of the deep
Stuck in suspended animation
Where I can finally get some sleep

I've been waiting for the daylight to fade out
Slowly decaying with you wasting my time
Somewhere to stay warm, another waveform
Crashing into my head is all I need
Sometimes it's best if you just let me bleed

So now I'm so far without you, now I'm so far behind
Another fallen angel smiling when our bodies collide
And I believe that I'm still dreaming when I wake up this slow
I'm in the attic floating on another planet
While the static comes through my radio and aliens say hello

I've been waiting for the daylight to fade out
Slowly decaying with you wasting my time
Somewhere to stay warm, another waveform
Crashing into my head is all I need
Sometimes it's best if you just let me bleed
Track Name: So Long
I wanna know about your loves and doubts and everything between
Cause in the morning you'll be someone else, another human being
Wake up to find that you were right when you decide to move along
I'll hold on close to every moment, in the morning you'll be gone
You can only stay so long

And I can only say “so long”
I can only say “so long”

Maybe I should step aside, just let the waves take you to shore
One day I'll learn that you've returned, just not the same as once before
Now everything you say gets washed away and lost into the stars
Somewhere overhead you're shifting red and out there way too far
And I wonder where you are

You can only stay so long
And I can only say “so long”
Track Name: Sweetness to Tongue
There was a time when we were much less alive
In the womb of the universe with nowhere to hide
And now the moon is up, the sun is gone
You're bound to become another place for future flowers to grow
You know right where you are, somewhere under the stars
Without a shadow or a way to get home

And now it's got you screaming
Alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright

Stay with me all night
Sweetness to tongue
Soak in the moonlight
Covered in blood
Covered in blood

Leave it behind as every moment arrives
Tell me my future, I don't care if I die
I tried to find somewhere to hide, inside the heart of the night
But it never gets too dark anymore
And every shadow that's cast from the ghosts of my past
Gives me the feeling that I've been here before

And now it's got you screaming
Alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright

Stay with me all night
Sweetness to tongue
Soak in the moonlight
Covered in blood
Covered in blood

Stay with me all night
Sweetness to tongue
Soak in the moonlight
Covered in blood
I'm saying lay with me all night
Someone to love
Surf in the moonlight
Covered in blood
Covered in blood
Track Name: Digital Beast
Maybe I'm a digital beast, at least I'm trying to care
I'll lick all of your wounds till you're alright
Forget the powers that be, remember life isn't fair
To get a flower to bloom, you need a dozen to die

Just close your eyes and cry
It's just a matter of time
Long live us all tonight
Nobody ever survives

I know it's hard to believe there's something better out there
Floating around in the dark of the night
Clearly, as you can see, you've gotta know when to care
Heartbreak will create a super-villain in time

Just close your eyes and cry
It's just a matter of time
Long live us all tonight
Nobody ever survives
Track Name: Psychedelic Frolic
Soon this will all just be weird memories
No place for your body, no body to squeeze
I fall in love so I can be asleep and dreaming again
I'm sure in every other life I lived, I'm already dead

It's been a pleasure, the rainfall was sweeter, sweet waves on my tongue
I've been untethered again from the ether, it's been long enough
It's been a pleasure, the rainfall was sweeter, sweet waves on my tongue
I've been untethered again from the ether
I've been untethered again from your love

I better start sticking with you cause I've been slipping away
I've never needed too much, just water and nothing to change
I sent you signals, transmissions, tore way out of range
Now all these times are different, times are strange
Every time I think I've gone insane
I remind myself I'm just a brain
And all my insides float away

It's been a pleasure, the rainfall was sweeter, sweet waves on my tongue
I've been untethered again from the ether, it's been long enough
It's been a pleasure, the rainfall was sweeter, sweet waves on my tongue
I've been untethered again from the ether
I've been untethered again from your love
Track Name: Kiss Before the War
I try not to let myself get so excited
Laughing as you're screaming at me, praying I survive
But after much thought here, I slowly decided
If I never move again, I might get out of here alive
I'm a genius in disguise

I can't wait that long without you
I won't last that long
I can't wait too long without you
You won't last too long
So here's a kiss before the war

With every mistake I make, I learn the science
Of telling myself everything is better up above
I can't stand this place, but I don't mind the violence
Through barbed wire and hellfire, you're all I think of
I'm a casualty of love

I can't wait that long without you
I won't last that long
I can't wait too long without you
You won't last too long
So here's a kiss before the war
Track Name: Future Breakfasts
Something tells me we might live to see another hundred years
Our analog hearts there in a jar beside our other souvenirs
Will I still love you anyway? I can't be sure, but I think so
We'll take our walks down by the park, a binary place to go
A digital rose beneath my nose, just the price of progress I suppose

Maybe
I think about this way too much
I've been worrying about the future, but I realize I've always been out of touch
Lately
It seems like everything's so strange
I can try to make it better, maybe get myself together
Something's not quite right with my brain
I think I might need a change

Pixelated daisies all aligned inside a bittersweet array
It's not too late to find a place out in the sticks where we could stay
Funny how we all forget how good it feels it slowly fall asleep
Turn me off before I'm eaten by technology
Just hit delete, I'm obsolete, I'll sleep til my update's released

Maybe
I think about this way too much
I've been worrying about the future, but I realize I've always been out of touch
Lately
It seems like everything's so strange
I can try to make it better, maybe get myself together
Something's not quite right with my brain
I think I might need a change

Drift to something good, all we really need is somewhere warm to stay in
Future breakfasts, all with you, are really all I think about
There's something sorta sweet about the thought of you and me slowly decaying
I'm afraid of change and fading out, but i don't know what I'm worried about
Something tells me we'll still be here, and we'll still be weird even a hundred years from now
Track Name: If You Ain't Know Just Smile
I was sleeping in the roses all the time
I was blissful, I was tired, I felt so fine
So come and lay your head in warm sunshine
The birdies fly around me, just like cartoons on the TV singing

I can't believe I'm so fucked up
I left my heart beside her
I fell in love, I can't get up
If you ain't know, just smile

Slow it down, reverse and fade, return to earth disintegrate
And in the meantime, laugh and copulate
Maybe I've been away too long, my roses died, my garden's gone
I just need some time alone
I was swallowed by your smile, devoured whole

I can't believe I'm so fucked up
I left my heart beside her
I fell in love, I can't get up
If you ain't know, just smile
Track Name: Teledreaming
Sometimes I wonder if i should embrace it
It's pulling me under, I'm already gone
Lightning and thunder, I completely arranged it
Barefoot and brain-dead, asleep on your lawn

My thoughts are fuzzy, and my body is weightless
I'm feeling fine, I'm feeling nothing at all
My thoughts are fuzzy, and my body is weightless
I'm feeling fine, I'm feeling nothing at all

Turn the lights down low
Now we're just wasting time
And kinda strange, but I never mind
Degenerating slow, now that we're all refined
All I wanted was a few good conversations and a couple empty boxes of wine tonight

My thoughts are fuzzy, and my body is weightless
I'm feeling fine, I'm feeling nothing at all
My thoughts are fuzzy, and my body is weightless
I'm feeling fine, I'm feeling nothing at all

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