The Season of the Brute

by S no S

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Melissa St fan I love this record cause it is unpretentious, it's got an early stripes/manson/smith feel to it, and the songs are catchy. but more importantly you can tell in the songs that S no S is playing good music for just that purpose: to play good music. I hope to see S no S live. Favorite track: Stranger Strange.
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about

When I first started working on this album it was going to be a double album. There were lots and lots of ideas kicking around and bunch of songs. I labored away on it for far to long and then I realized it was time to just make some tough cuts and wrap up at ten tracks. I'm glad I did because now I get to release it and you can hear it and I can do something else.
This album works well on a long car drive by yourself. Put it on when you clear traffic on a trip to Joshua Tree. You've been meaning to get out there and reconnect with nature anyway, so take this album and use it as an excuse to do that. It's time we all sit down and examine ourselves. Think about where we've been and where we are going. That's what I was trying to do with this collection of songs.

This album was recorded in a few different apartments and off limits environments. A lot of it was done at Downtown Rehearsal in DTLA. Some of it was done in my uncles basement in Kansas. Some of the sounds are field recordings in various locations.

I want to thank everyone, and in particular all my relatives and friends.

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released July 9, 2016

I, Brandon Strecker wrote, recorded and mixed this record. Ronnie and Devin wrote and played some parts. My Wife sang some and put up with a lot of noise.

Myles Mattise played Drums on Stranger Strange.

Kraig "Hoagie" Hill gave valuable advice at a number of points through the process, for this I am grateful.

Devin Tait Strecker took the photo and designed the cover. Super shout out to him.

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S no S Los Angeles, California

S no S is the creation of Brandon Glen Strecker of the band Turbo Sunshine. It's a repository of expressions and ideas that would otherwise have no home. That said S no S is no side project, it's a labor of devotion and exploration. It's the ear end of the stethoscope hovering over a bleeding heart. ... more

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Track Name: Vagabond Daddy
daddy was a vagabond
that’s just another word for up and gone
still he would have been a better mom
he was miles ahead of that atomic bomb

it’s not your fault you could barely crawl
between daddy and you you pulled the shortest straw

and you could cry about it while pulling up another set of stakes
or you could go on getting on
while it’s still good enough to take
a chance at a mistake
a shot at something greater than

and at school you’d rather be unseen
because when you show up they start being mean
the kids are mean

now your own life is just as hard
they say you’re free but you’re not in charge

and you could cry about it while pulling up another set of stakes
or you could go on getting on
while it’s still good enough to take
a chance at a mistake
a shot at something greater than
Track Name: Games to Play
wake up your half filled cup
wave goodbye to our fucked luck
there are so many way ways we got messed up
it just takes one to get unstuck

Hey
Don't walk away
these are just the games we play
it's not strange
it's so much weight
no one always gets their way

the grass is greener when you're in the dark
a ray of light could bust your heart
so many get swayed by the latest craze
but I won't need more as long as you'll stay


Hey
Don't walk away
these are just the games we play
it's not strange
it's so much weight
no one always gets their way
oh hey
just hesitate
this is just the game we play
it's not strange
there's so much weight
no one always get's their way
just wait
Track Name: Stranger Strange
Someone stole my keys, before I could leave
they left me with no way home, with no way home

then the night grew cold, and I started feeling old
I walked until the sand met the sun, until the sand met the sun

I came upon a man, being re-born on the sand
He’s gave me a new life, and he took the old away
my old life he took away

He’d said he’d like to go home, for you can never go back home
because you're different now and home is still the same
you're stranger strange

I woke up lost my mind felt deranged
I found it odd, even odd for strange
yeah, it's stranger strange

A strange heart, can beat right through your skin
turns your inside out
can make you wish you’d never been

I’d like to go home, but i can never go back home
because i’m different now and home is still the same
I’m stranger strange

Everyone's a stranger and everybody's strange
when a person becomes people something has to change

A strange heart, can beat right through your skin
turns your inside out
can make you wish you’d never been

I’d like to go home, but i can never go back home
because i’m different now and home is still the same
I’m stranger strange
Track Name: Oh Me
concrete slab suggestions
and i'm weathering the storm
i'm calling in old favors
and hoping somebody owes me one

but old friends aren’t friends they go by different names
you can’t predict how they’ll behave
with a passing smile
a hug or a hey
a vow of love or a punch in the face

I get to feel the full sway infatuation
but with my enemy
it's so frustrating
while fending off invasion
when I'd rather be
oh me
oh me

tonight i’ve had a few and the truth be told, i’m having a few more
I've got to blur the mark left by the line of another slam shut door

I get to feel the full sway infatuation
but with my enemy
it's so frustrating
while fending off invasion
when I'd rather be
oh me
oh me

the shotgun blast outlast redemption
and I wonder what it’s all for
the holes spill humiliation
of another unsettled score

I get to feel the full sway infatuation
but with my enemy
it's so frustrating
while fending off invasion
when I'd rather be
oh me
oh me

I guess in real life there are things and situations
and how you choose to be
an open book or collected complications
and all things in between
Oh Me
Oh Me My Memory
Track Name: A Particular Kind of Hell
through her hair blows a soft storm
when darkness falls there is no getting warm
under covers is where she's born again

I watch her drip as the snow lands
so overdone and out of hand
when we discovered that we were born again

It’s a particular kind of hell
out of the street lights in the dark night
no one can tell
so come on and tell me your name
don’t try to play it unafraid
there’s no one here looking to blame
there’s no one here looking to blame
nobody looking to blame

it’s an abstract kind of art
it’s not like a movie
there’s no end scene
and no one says start
and I can see it all clear as day
but mouths get in the way
and eyes
have got nothing to go by
and eyes
they got nothing to go by
and eyes
they got nothing to go by

Looking back is a hand stand
contorted movements of a desperate man
and he fears nothing but starting out again

the intersection where most of us live, where we crash cars and fuck up our kids
where nothing dies it just gets born again
Track Name: Inside Your Own House
In my neighborhood

they run their sprinklers in the rain

all the houses look the same

they'll never say a thing

if they could call in to complain

about the noise that you make

Inside your own house, inside your house, inside your own house


In this subdivided place

they keep their dogs in their own space

on rusty chain or tetanus cage

they don't know its fun to play

they are only taught to stay

to sit and waste the day inside a dog house

inside their house,
inside their own house
inside their house
inside their own house

windows now with bars

that protect you from the cars

when dead end streets don't go to far

but never risk your stake
cause know your always great
when carefully contained inside your own house
inside your house, inside your own house
Track Name: The Season of the Brute
I’m fully grown in your garden
fend for myself in the dirt
I don’t go begging your pardon
I’m not your average worm

the season of the brute is taking root
it’s taking root
the harvest of forbidden fruit
just when you think there’s nothing left that they could do to you

the subtle pull of persistence
starts from deep in the earth
my cultivated existence
I'm the sum of what you desert

the season of the brute is taking root
it’s taking root
the harvest of forbidden fruit
when you believe there’s nothing left that you would care to lose
the season of the brute is taking root


the overgrowth in dependence
all simple factors at work
death on the vine in your image
is that the result life’s lived for



the season of the brute is taking root
it’s taking root
the harvest of forbidden fruit
when you can’t accept that things are through here is your proof
the season of the brute is taking root.
Track Name: The Patron Saint of Where it all Went Wrong
It’s not yet been told, but it’s not too long
about the patron saint of where it all went wrong
so as the fire burns low, allow me to tell
of the unlikely man who walked right out of hell

before the devil knew
that he’d been bossed
the little guys won the prince of darkness lost

how cunning is a man
who has no backup plan?
who would do whatever he can
just to get back to Susanne

If you’ll pardon me, I got too far ahead
I should have started out when our hero woke up dead

an untimely death, that left him stuck
paying less for sins and more for rotten luck

how cunning is a man
who has no backup plan?
who would do whatever he can
just to get back to Susanne

She never knew how much I loved her
i always thought I had more time with her
I've gotta get out of here
I've gotta get out of here
I’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve
the devil’s got nothing on me.
cause I don’t believe
and i don't even believe
I gotta get out of here
I gotta get out of here
I’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve


how cunning is a man
who has no backup plan?
who would do whatever he can
just to get back to Susanne

now ask yourself, what would you do
if you woke up in hell without that one that you love true?

how cunning is a man
who has no backup plan?
who would do whatever he can
just to get back to Susanne
Track Name: Goodbye Ghost
what's so great beyond

that you send no word about your goings on

what's so deep about your sleep

that you won't wake up and talk to me


you've been a long time gone

I've been getting along

around every corner I don't see what I expect

the source of natural noise I guess incorrect

I talk all alone but not to myself

I could surely use some help

Goodbye Ghost
Goodbye Ghost



Why song long in the long good night?

it's not good night, I guess goodbye

you've been a long time gone

I've been getting along

around every corner I don't see what I expect

at the source of natural noise I 'm guessing incorrect

I talk all alone but not to myself

I could surely use some help

Goodbye Ghost
Goodbye Ghost
Track Name: Beautiful Ruins
I crossed the desert just to get to the ocean
1500 miles of tested devotion

This is a temporary town
so get over it
one day they’ll tear the whole place down
and no one will care
there will be no ceremony
no one to make a phony speech
just a brand new parking lot
where your bastard kids can park some cars

It’s gonna make
beautiful ruins

It’s gonna make
beautiful ruins

I felt deserted at the edge of an ocean
6 solid months of questioned notions

this is a fine place to get lost
i know it well
the surgeon general’s warning
says it’s worth the cost
there's no one to tell
cause there is no one listening
they drive around just circling
this is america's parking lot
and you moved here to park the cars

It’s gonna make
beautiful ruins

It’s gonna make
beautiful ruins