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Spike Hellis

by Spike Hellis

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flowinglower
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flowinglower Experimental Body Music
Los Angeles, CA 🇺🇸

Caught Spike live for the second time. Continuously mindblowing. Their hard work and dedication is dreamy as fuck. It’s crazy that they can use the word minimal as a descriptor, because it’s not wrong - but the minimality is executed with such precision you are hit with a wall of sound.

Witness them before you die. Favorite track: Slices.
Hex Cassette
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Hex Cassette Spike Hellis have carved out their own slimy, subterranean niche in a rather overpopulated genre. Plus, they slay live.
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adam @ Heard about this album by word of mouth before it came out - lot of good things to be said about this pair and it lived up to all of it. If you're a fan of this kind of music (or adjacent), it offers everything you want. Even better was to hear them live!

Thanks for coming to Chicago. It was a pleasure hearing you and I hope you come back soon. Much love from the 312! Favorite track: Mouth.
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Opal A Fresh hot cut from my new favorite band. Favorite track: Mouth.
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1.
Rage Rage on a prowl, on a mission Bypassing any reason (Rage) doesn’t cower, doesn’t listen Seized amygdala, red eyed Will I regain control? Commandeered, redirection Hijacking the limbic (Rage) doesn’t care, doesn’t clear the air Rage Please, am I tired, vanquished? Clenched fist, regain control Raise alarm, activation Hijacking the limbic Self-harm, isolation Not thinking right Take punches like Bloodshot, head-to-wall, cold-cocked Victim of a hijacked amygdala Rage like a sea in temper Refusing no river (Rage) is in me, jumps the balcony These lives were made for botching Watch me regain control
2.
Flight 04:31
If you’re worried you’re a trapped dreamer, try hypnotherapy You will wake up at the snap of the fingers Jolted, brought back Hold on, where am I? Oh yeah, that’s right! Mental gymnastics Deplete me You think you beat me Fantastic Cut me off! (Do it!) Fury, no worries—hero Cut me out! No worries, zero doubt Won’t be long! Cut me off! (Do it!) Let’s fucking do it or take flight If you’re worried you’re trapped in a dream Try howling at the moon If you’re worried you’re a trapped dreamer, try hypnotherapy You will wake up at the snap of the fingers Jolted, brought back Revival, survived by no one Cut me off! (Do it!) Won’t be long! Let’s fucking do it or take flight If you’re worried about allegations, don’t listen to the record then You will wake up when smacked by the speakers Cry “abuse” when smacked by the speakers Let’s fucking do it or take flight I smite with the speakers It’s a tragedy No worries
3.
Slices 02:07
Prepared to suffer wrath Feel the fires burn Like flossing with razor wire Smile for the world My virtue signals hit all corners of the earth Am I trapped in a tesseract? No, napping in the dirt How about that? Let’s talk about money, power, wages and greed Take it from a baby, baby! Take responsibility! Adversary Network on mute Want swells need No matter how you slice, that frontier justice is free How about that? Let’s talk about money and power Setting your hook in my mouth (They cut you up and grin now) Reel me in, rip it out (They treat then trick you bow down) How about that?
4.
Stitches 01:08
Burroughs: “—Incidentally, the damage to health is minimal, no matter what the American Narcotics Department may say.” Gzowski: “But it has done things to your soul.”
5.
Take care, exit slowly, your shot misses Teardrops, kisses Shame Wonder why New life—new strife That’s it, congratulations! You’ve reached the top of the world You make the rules Administration You get to choose Lose concentration Like there’s a barrel at my back “Stick ‘em up!” Gunner Heal and rebuild They can’t kill you But they wanna That’s game, congratulations Shame, shame humiliation New life—new strife Ex-communication Cancelation Bang I’m dead But they wanna kill me Administration Kill shot, no hesitation Teardrops on my boots Teardrops and a smooch If looks could kill You’d stare at me
6.
Help 04:26
You maim me So cheap Blasé, bleak So unhealthy (Plead) Someone help me Blasé, bleak So cheap No entry / No apology (Weak) So unhealthy (Weak) Someone help me I’d be your punching bag Never punch you back ‘Cause it’s a trap It’s a trap! (Weak) So unhealthy (Weak) Someone help me (Weak) You maim me You got some heat Blasé, bleak So unhealthy Someone help me It’s a trap! It’s a trap! So unhealthy Someone help me (Weak)
7.
Stamina (Burned!) Endurance (Tied!) Shown by me (Maimed!) atop the podium (Blind!) Only me (Birth!) No insurance (Fight!) Only speed (Claims) Euphoria (Lies!) Only me (Trial!) atop the podium (Tried!) Only me (Blamed!) You’ll envy (Why?) Oh no! Get on with it, make your move If that’s the way it’s got to be, Spike Make a fuss, make a scene (shh, shh) I never rush, but I like to speed, go on Go on, leave it to me A broken window, your tickets A time of need (you’re on) You’re on my time, time to leave I never rush, but I like to speed Oh no! Gag reflex, can’t keep it down (you are) You are playing rough, but I shall succeed Never rushed, but I like to speed, go on (You are) so dangerous! Turn to dust, rest in peace I never rush, but I like to speed Diminished capacity, rumor weeds (They’ll snicker) “Too fast for me” COD Fly high when they come for us Fly high, make a hater hush (shh, shh) I like to speed but I never rush Fly by, so dangerous
8.
Mouth 05:07
Easy to deceive swimmers of the sea Easy to deceive swimmers of the sea You prefer to catch me, release me, repeat Easy to deceive a swimmer of the sea If inclined to wiles, facile to beguile Fish inclined to wiles are facile to beguile Feel you getting tired, you must be starving, I am meat Cast another line, almost dinner time Here, fishy, fishy... If I take the bait, what will be my fate? What will be my fate If I take the bait? Take me home and break me, separate me in a sink If I take the bait Then I take the bait, then I take the bait Easy to deceive swimmers of the sea Easy to deceive swimmers of the sea You set out to catch me, consume me, so you see It’s easy to deceive swimmers of the sea Baby look at you, setting your hook in my mouth Reel me in, rip it out Nothing I can do, setting your hook in my mouth Reel me in, rip it out Easy to deceive swimmers of the sea There you go again, setting your hook in my mouth Reel me in, rip it out Baby look at you, setting your hook in my mouth Reel me in, rip it out

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released April 1, 2022

Engineered, recorded & produced by Spike Hellis
Mastered by Evan Conway @ rec center
Los Angeles, CA, 2020-2021
Cover artwork by Buvard

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our family, friends and therapist (!!)

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Los Angeles based minimal EBM.

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