Angelus

by Pop Pistol

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    WE PRESSED A LIMITED RUN OF 300 ‘ANGELUS’ MIXED COLOR VINYL RECORDS, NOW AVAILABLE AT HOGWILD RECORDS IN SAN ANTONIO, ONLINE AT www.solarundergroundmusic.com, AND AT OUR SHOWS.

    Angelus
    Released January 2008

    Recorded at Rhapsody Street Sutdios, Sixth Street Studios, Hollywood Studios (all in San Anotnio, TX) by Jason Ybarbo

    1. Angela Awake 4:51
    2. Triggers 4:07
    3. All Heart No Head 4:08
    4. Calm Little Center 3:41
    5. Purple Eyes 3:41
    6. Jelousy Dance 5:44
    7. Urban Hope 4:16
    8. Influential Devil 3:47
    9. Angela Asleep 3:48
    10. IO 3:50

    “This album took two years to create and has changed into many beasts along the way,” read the liner notes (aka the sheet of ultra-thin printed vellum the CD comes wrapped in) for Pop Pistol’s debut album. If you listen closely, you can feel the prolonged birthing process in the music and begin to get the sense that every measure’s been fretted over, each note tweaked until it resonates exactly the way the band wanted it to.

    Live, Pop Pistol’s firepower comes mainly from frontman Alex Scheel’s meticulously noisy guitar-playing. Scheel generates feedback with the same precision others play a glockenspiel and mashes effects pedals like his guitar’s hiding out from the mafia. On several songs on Angelus, however, the guitar sounds more like a second fiddle to ethereal keyboards (played by Scheel and bassist George Garza) and glitchy electronic sampling (credited to Scheel, Garza, and Gonzalez). “Purple Eyes,” “Angela Asleep,” and “IO” match Scheel’s emotive voice to unfeeling bloops and malfunctioning drum machines for an effect reminiscent of Thom Yorke’s Eraser. But the ax (wielded more like a scalpel) cuts through the more visceral tracks: “All Heat and No Head,” “Calm Little Center,” and “Influential Devil” all rock like they predate the PowerBook — studied, melodic guitar playing and knotty low end. The best songs on Angelus, though, are cyborgs. “Angela Awake,” “Triggers,” and “Jealousy Dance” meld live instrumentation with technology to form a cogent transhuman whole. Most impressively though, all of it — Scheel’s overdubbed guitars and multi-tracked vocal harmonizing, Garza’s intricate bass lines, two guys playing keyboards and three guys twiddling knobs — serves the songs. There’s not a sample out of place or a superfluous effect to be found. Those two years sound well spent. — Jeremy Martin, San Antonio Current

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By Jeremy Martin

“This album took two years to create and has changed into many beasts along the way,” read the liner notes (aka the sheet of ultra-thin printed vellum the CD comes wrapped in) for Pop Pistol’s debut album. If you listen closely, you can feel the prolonged birthing process in the music and begin to get the sense that every measure’s been fretted over, each note tweaked until it resonates exactly the way the band wanted it to.

Live, Pop Pistol’s firepower comes mainly from frontman Alex Scheel’s meticulously noisy guitar-playing. Scheel generates feedback with the same precision others play a glockenspiel and mashes effects pedals like his guitar’s hiding out from the mafia. On several songs on Angelus, however, the guitar sounds more like a second fiddle to ethereal keyboards (played by Scheel and bassist George Garza) and glitchy electronic sampling (credited to Scheel, Garza, and Gonzalez). “Purple Eyes,” “Angela Asleep,” and “IO” match Scheel’s emotive voice to unfeeling bloops and malfunctioning drum machines for an effect reminiscent of Thom Yorke’s Eraser. But the ax (wielded more like a scalpel) cuts through the more visceral tracks: “All Heat and No Head,” “Calm Little Center,” and “Influential Devil” all rock like they predate the PowerBook — studied, melodic guitar playing and knotty low end. The best songs on Angelus, though, are cyborgs. “Angela Awake,” “Triggers,” and “Jealousy Dance” meld live instrumentation with technology to form a cogent transhuman whole. Most impressively though, all of it — Scheel’s overdubbed guitars and multi-tracked vocal harmonizing, Garza’s intricate bass lines, two guys playing keyboards and three guys twiddling knobs — serves the songs. There’s not a sample out of place or a superfluous effect to be found. Those two years sound well spent. — Jeremy Martin

It was a long process that took over two years to make complete. When we started there was an image : shaking cities and running through walls and moving focal points and square purple rooms and dying cities riding on skin and slow waltzes and moving red lights of youth and ambition towards thing expansive and giant valleys and tiny radios and distant voices and bloody fingers and knife eyes and last days of teenage and fear of closeness and distance and weak screams towards death and singular perspective and fast inside something slow inside something fast and wrapping around of each other and Japanese dreams and invisible cities and emersion. And something not understood and escape. These were just ideas and we just played music. The music changed and fluctuated and we moved away and near . I don’t know why it took so long but it was all those things and we couldn’t and shouldn’t escape from those things. Now we want to put it out to float in the world like tiny paper ships in a sea of consciousness. They are small and mean nothing and can barely be seen from distance, but they are outside us and inside someone else which is worth the jet streams. We hope to make many more of these ships much more naturally and with more speed through time. Here are images of what is going on right now. Images of shadows and fabric and light speed and distance and dirt floors and fire and circles and spirals and hexagons and foggy mirrors and skies scraping and luna dancing and mars squinting and multiple perspective and outside living and points and waves and movement and girl circuits and mitote and pink noise and rose lenses. , and things I forget. Thank you to everyone that has helped us get any of this done . If any of yall didn’t exist we would be still kicking cans waiting for our lives to start.

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released October 31, 2008

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Pop Pistol is a Band from San Antonio that embraces it's roots. iAll the music cultures that have influenced us are present here and all realities of present day are expressed here . We are three brothers who play music together.

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Track Name: Angela Awake
Why do all these feelings stay
when your hands slip away
it eats me everyday
nothing lets this beauty stay
this love wont find a way
good cant live today
oh angela awake
sing this dark away
a short song for lust
love away my hate
all my dreams they turn so wrong
but its been so long
such a hopeless sung
try to live this night alone
my mistakes wont let go
pure sleep still says no
oh angela awake
sing this dark away
a short song for lust
love away my hate
alarms in my chest
ring for you ring for you
all day long aftershocks
nothing new nothing new
and all these colors burned your eyes out
cause you seen too much to say your sacred
eyes are wide and now your naked
and all this noise will drown your heart out
cause you heard to much to let you fake
hold it close and listen let go
Track Name: Triggers
We are aware of our lives
and the actors we make
we trace movements of our eyes
cause everything else is fake
you blow smoke rings in my mind
but you're not really there
just an instant surprise
just imagining

you are the perfect reflection
of everything that i need
i'm a lost child with no direction
tangled up in something so new

embraced by chemicals
i want to run with you
again and again
embraced by chemicals
i want to die in you
again and again

we search for wars in our selves
and everything that we see
you found noise inside peace
near the center of me
you pull triggers in my mind
but you're not really there
just an instant surprise
just imagining

you are the perfect
reflection of everything
that i need
im a lost child with no direction
tangled up in something so new

embraced by chemicals
i want to run with you
again and again
embraced by chemicals
i want to die in you
again and again
Track Name: All Heart No Head
All your beating hearts hearts keep me alive
all these beating hearts beat me alive
all these fixations
on paper thin skin
get me through the surface
of pretty sin friends

ill never tell
tell whats in my heart
ill never tell
its tearing me apart
all your warming souls
burn a fire
all your broken hearts
melt away
and all your perfect skin
goes strait deep deep in
this isn't real
this is so real
this is you and me
and all thats in between

all your beating hearts keep me alive
backward crooked thoughts beat me alive
taste the air around
freshly bruised skin
eat the salt around
really close friends

ill never tell
tell whats in my heart
ill never tell
its tearing me apart
all your warming souls
burn a fire
all your broken hearts
melt away
and all your perfect skin
goes strait deep deep in
this isn't real
this is so real
this is you and me
and all thats in between
Track Name: Calm Little Center
home again
free from your sin
please don't let this city girl drown
rainy days she knows
please don't let this city girl drown
oh alive as we watch our bodies float downstream
oh alive please don't leave me don't leave me leave me

alone again with an old friend
please don't let this city girl drown
this gap . it grows
please don't let this city girl drown
oh alive as we watch our bodies float downstream
oh alive please don't leave me don't leave me leave me
Track Name: Purple Eyes
this so warm space
will fade away
oh don't go
this soft soft touch
will soon turn rough
all don't go
stop the noise inside
oh this beauty lies
stop the voice inside
constant conversations
these smiling eyes
will so soon die
all don't go
stop the noise inside
oh this beauty lies
stop the voice inside
constant conversation
this pleasure stains
your heart remains
all don't go
Track Name: Jelousy Dance
Tease all the cracks in me
with all your fake fake needs
and all our throats closed shut
and all these words wont rush
and were still best friends
push away all my angels
pull yourself a little deeps
and all were a jealous tease
and oh were restless restless
but were still best friends

its all my life life life
not yours
its only love love love
get over it

you keep your secrets
ill give you gold advice
for the greatest price

steal away all my safety
with all your fake fake needs
and we could never be never be
best friends

its all my love love love
not yours
its only life life life
get over it
Track Name: Urban Hope
All inside my handcuffs
kiss the lonely girls their pretty lush
live the night till its over
lost inside you don't grow
caught up in small talk you never know
and you find out nothing

and we'll fool our world by ourselves
cause our selves are so perfect
and we'll take the night for ourselves
but our selves will never need it

teenage god life cant wait
let me feel some love and some hate
ill give in when i need to
pretty city girls move so fast
crash into your life
no nothing last
what a waste
it was worth it

and we'll fool our world by ourselves
cause our selves are so perfect
and we'll take the night for ourselves
but our selves will never need it
Track Name: Influential
Revolving thoughts that linger
and cuts that you remember
eyes eyes eyes eyes
will never die
spinning words to feed you
thoughts that make you real
see see see see
what you mean to me

its miles aways
think of all the lives you saved
she smiles away
safety from the lives you changed

you cant see what it means to me
our thoughts collide into beautiful things
a toothy grin that i believe
bites at me when i don't see
tears at soft hearts when i don't see
spits out blood and blames it all on me

its miles aways
think of all the lives you saved
she smiles away
safety from the lives you changed

piercing eyes see strait through me
pull me so close its blurry
glazed and shifty
painted and deep
tap into me and you'll see

rushed in dreams
tricky choices always trapping me
selfish needs
all my life pulled up from under me

its miles aways
think of all the lives you saved
she smiles away
safety from the lives you changed
Track Name: Angela Asleep
lets sleep inside the past
hold air and make it last
we finally see it all
hide grins as we fall
for so long
the earth becomes our sky
dream is our alive
a pocket full of air
the moment that you're there
the last point of light
our hearts will blind our eyes
with no wounds
no scars
only distance
from your start
Track Name: IO
Don't let it stop
just go
in a million directions
just fall to fade
away and stay awake
this night is a prison
inside your head
this is buried in my body
instant shyness
this is buried in my body
surface regrets
you are my one
way
to shelter
8 second thoughts
that fade
with a million reflections
blow away blow away
this is buried in my body instant shyness
you are perfect lost inside me
running down my neck
you are my last
way to shelter