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Spotify is Surveillance

by Evan Greer

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1.
Back Row 03:36
do you remember when basements felt like stadiums under the glow of christmas lights people packed together on the best goddamn nights of our lives and i regret every single show that i spent in the back row talking shit on my phone behind a table all alone every party that i skipped every friend i lost touch with but when the crowd would sing along it felt like we belonged body odor and cigarettes there were nights when toxic masculinity couldn't even ruin the mosh pit and damn i miss the taste of a duct taped dented beer drenches SM-58 and every single show where we were right in the front row screaming every fucking word feeling seen and being heard we were outcasts we were freaks we were idealists we believed when the band played our favorite songs we felt like we belonged we felt like we belonged we felt like we belonged we felt like we belonged
2.
from the second we are born we’re forced to fight for every breath the tyranny of either / or you play the victim our existence is a threat but we were not the ones who declared war every year we read the names of those we’ve lost every day we’re sick and tired we just want to be ourselves we just want to live our lives and we refuse to comply we deserve to do more than survive you weaponize biology twist science into bigotry anything to justify your projected insecurities become policies of purity you debate about our right to be alive when we defend ourselves you call it an attack why can’t you see our liberation’s intertwined? we just want to be ourselves we just want to live our lives and we refuse to comply with your pathological need to categorize the tyrrany of either/or the tyrrany of either/or the tyrrany of either/or the tyrrany of either/or
3.
[Ursula K. Leguin sample] once consent was manufactured now it's harvested for clicks algorithms make decisions filter bubbles make us sick we're all connected to machines hate every second but we just can't look away we all wanna be seen but behind the screen there's a nightmare dressed up as a dream and we can't wake up [Jacinta Gonzalez sample] every thought every emotion charted processed optimized eye movements facial expressions manipulation monetized we're all connected to machines hate every second but we just can't look away we all wanna be seen but behind the screen there's a nightmare dressed up as a dream and we can't wake up an infinite playground, a library of human creativity they paved it over, put up walls now it's billboards, big box, shopping malls we're all connected to machines hate every second but we just can't look away we all wanna be seen but behind the screen there's a nightmare dressed up as a dream and we can't wake up [Malkia Cyril sample]
4.
well i'm taking down the tent where we lived for a month and everything's fucked up everything's fucked up you're out on an island you're waiting for a bus we're both feeling too grown up the holes in our plans sewn up by the threads of insecurities buttons, patches, blank CDs the covers that I always stole still smelled like you somehow and the smoke that we had stuffed into our lungs to ease the pain brought back memories of rain a flood of tears that never came as it broke into our soaking bones soaked into our broken homes i didn't want it to end this way i didn't want to do this on the phone and i'm pulling up the stakes that kept us tethered down to this strange suburban town where we drove all around looking for something to distract us from the changing of the leaves cuz leaving changes things that we were trying not to see the context of our codependency the drunk messages you left for me i can't listen to those songs again they're burned into my memory like when we got walked in on by your dad during the best sex that we'd ever had i never thought it'd get so good i never thought it'd get this bad
5.
Posting videos Of andrew cuomo He’s so sexy He’s so strong You ignore the strikers The deaths in rikers George w bush? You fucking frauds! You’ve betrayed the working class Emma Goldman would have beat your ass Dirtbag leftists Sharing memes Snake emojis? You think you’re at war? Bernie Sanders? In your dreams. The system’s rotten To the core You should have listened TO CRASS Emma Goldman Would have beat your ass Adam Schiff? The CIA? The Resistance? What a fucking joke. You blame the Russian You wave the flag You call for censorship And call it woke You’re half baked liberal Politics are trash Emma Goldman Would have beat your ass You should have Listened to crass Emma Goldman Would have beat your ass Emma Goldman would have Beat your ass
6.
our connection is shaky the audio drops the video's there but it's never enough there's no substitute for touching your face and there's not much to say while we shelter in place our love has survived through hard times before when i think of the things that our love has endured (chorus) i'm willing to wait i'm willing to wait i'm willing to wait i'm willing to wait no matter how long it takes i'm willing to wait i'm willing to wait we take walks together stand six feet apart when you cry i can't hold you and it breaks my heart it's hard to hold onto all the things we had planned i say i can't do this but i know that i can losing sleep over family friends and metamours medicate with guitars and stretched metaphors (chorus) our love is encrypted messages disappear photos and texts longing and fear when this is all over i will throw a huge show and i will invite you and i hope you will go and we will make love for nights upon days we'll make up for lost time in so many ways (chorus)
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released April 9, 2021

Evan Greer - guitars, bass, drums, synth, piano, vocals, production
Gaetano Vacarro - bass on 2, 3, 4
Chris Harris - drums on 4, 6
Saoirse - vocals on 1, 5
Artwork: Vasjen Katro
Production advisors - Taina Asili, Anjimile
Audio samples from: Sylvia Rivera, Ursula K. Leguin, Chelsea Manning, Jacinta Gonzalez, Malkia Cyril, Emma Goldman

Recorded in GarageBand on a busted Macbook Air with one mic at home in quarantine in Boston, MA between March and December, 2020. Mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air

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