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Reality Something


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  2. 2.
    Hate Yourself
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    Life Noise
  4. 4.
    Say Anything
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Reality Something is Elena Franklin, Kingsley Brock, Ethan Place, and Bill Grasley. The way Elena writes music is she carries a notebook around and writes down thoughts as they come to her.
Then later on she collects bits and pieces and strings them together, leaving her words unedited so whatever emotion she felt at the time still feels fresh. Their debut Life Noise is an album that came from a very dark, isolating time so the words you will hear are things like “I am a chewed up piece of meat” and “our love is an open sore” and “I can sleep much easier with your teeth around my neck.” At the same time, there’s a real intimacy in the way the record sounds— one that could only be achieved recording at home, by Kingsley in the studio he built himself. His guitar wanders in the same stream-of-consciousness way, sometimes punctuating the bitterness and sometimes disguising it with a catchy riff, but always capturing the emotion exactly how it needs to be heard. Meanwhile, Bill’s bass lines always rumble moodily underneath and Ethan’s drums hit hard, driving the songs like a freight train.
The words in Life Noise are raw and vulnerable and sometimes even ugly. But the things Elena wrote in her notebook after Life Noise, those things are hopeful and determined. Because she took her pain and turned it into something powerful. Because she created something out of feeling like nothing. And because she hopes that when people listen to it, they’ll feel like they can do the same.


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