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10/04/2021  — 

Blert album release: New Day Undone

There's a new blert album about to arrive. Check it out:

For Immediate Release Vernonia, OR and Oakland, CA - Blerito Records is excited to declare the release of the latest album from Blert, New Day Undone which will be available worldwide through most streaming services on Friday October 8, 2021.

CTRL-Z and Escape were released previously in September and December 2020 and revealed the addition of Tasha Danner on vocals. Blert has shown in its previous releases that it has the potential to reach for epic-ness in its songcraft. With Tasha’s involvement the band has realized more of that potential in New Day Undone.

New Day Undone contains guitar, bass, and drum tracks that were captured in the early 2000s upon which the band layered vocal tracks recorded in 2019 and 2020. The result is a blend of old and new sounds which will likely resonate with lovers of alternative and indie rock music.

1 · Escape
2 · New Day Undone
3 · CTRL-Z
4 · Blind Spot
5 · Place Among the Stars
6 · Start Plain
7 · Solitary Lines
8 · Rain's Coming Down
9 · Sold Out
10 · Leave the Lights On
11 · Frozener

More information is available in the following doc.

12/07/2020  — 

New Blert Song: Escape

If you follow blert on bandcamp, you've probably already heard this new song (will hit streaming services like Spotify on the 11th). We're still putting the finishing touches on a few songs that blert recorded back around 2002-2005 which we'll bundle-up in an album we'll call New Day Undone.

This song started out as "Bingo Bars" which had some of the dumbest lyrics ever written. Getting decent lyrics into my music has always been a challenge and the early version of this song is a great example of my verbal under- achievement. Yet we stuck with that song and even played it in front of audiences. Why? We really loved the music - it's very blert: a tricky rhythm, a weird harmony, a chance for something epic...

I remember when this song arrived, Neal and I were in our space at Downtown Rehearsal Studios and one of us found some book for drummers (icymi: drummers read!) about odd time signatures. The book contained exercises in which they lay down a beat in 4/4 and then add or drop a beat in a phrase.

Neal loved to experiment with beats and rhythms that don't fit into a mold and these exercises kept us on our toes. I liked playing simple guitar lines along with one particular pattern and then BOOM- something clicked. Bingo Bars arrived quickly.

Flash-forward to the now and between Neal and Tasha we have new lyrics which are so much more vital and current - we added some other arrangement twists that help this song really blast off. Hope you are ready to escape...

Feeling all the rage
Feeding it for days
The beauty has lost its luster
All I hear is hate
Seeing all the ways
We've seemingly gone insane
Think of all your lost ones
Peeling off the pain

Really must escape
Make for better space
The joys have drowned in our sorrows
Breath is hard to take
Giving up the game
Been feeling it for days
The moment has lost momentum
And belief is fake
Escape
Escape
Escape

Another one dead today
And rage is what I pray
Breaking all composure
Hey that's all O.K.
Time to leave this placev Some will choose to stay
There's no room for the dead ones
Everything falls away
Escape
Escape
Escape

In this age of madness
Filled with rage and a false sense of hope
We come so close now
Has it all been a fucking joke
Who writes the narrative
Where one thing is more than the rest
Destroy the premise
And escape this
Whatever you call It
And these things we are tripping about
The beasts in the room
Where the space between me and you
Is in doubt
How can we ever be free
Ever be free

How can we ever be free

Go listen:

09/09/2020  — 

New blert song: CTRL-Z

Blert put a new song onto Bandcamp today. CTRL-Z is something we started working on back in '01 or '02. We recorded the instrumental tracks in our space at Rocker rehearsal studio (Dore Alley). Tasha & Neal recorded the vocal tracks in Neal's bedroom in Portland a couple weeks ago (yeah, 2020).

That's not what I wanted That's not how I want it to go Hey can we Reset the button Pretend that it wasn't so And make like a different Option is selected Take on a new life That isn't so expected

That's not what I wanted That's not how I want it to go Hey can I Reset the button Pretend that this it isn't so And make like a different Option is selected Walk down a new road That doesn't seem perfected Go down another path That's not So perplexing So contrived So destructive So not I

This is not what I wanted This is not how I want it to go Hey can we Reset the buttons Live again like it wasn't so And make like a different Option was selected Take on another choice That wasn't so invested Go for the life I imagined

So creative So alive So playful So sublime So elated So divine So translative

So not I That's not how I want it to go Control-Z Live again like it wasn't so Control-Z This is not how I want it to go Control-Z Go back a few steps ago

Because It doesn't look so fine It doesn't seem so grand It doesn't feel like mine

Go listen

08/23/2020  — 

Blert - For Obvious Reasons

Blert released For Obvious Reasons with a very small diy distribution waaaaaaay back in the early 00s but today you can stream it everywhere. Give it a listen and for obvious reasons you'll be transported back to the 00s.

This was the band's first experience in a 'real' studio (the supremely generous Mr. Toad's), with a 'real' engineer (the supremely patient Jeff Byrd) and wow - what a learning experience for me. We had been working for months on these songs - as a band, our learning style was to drill (practice) HARD a couple times per week. Eventually everything clicked and we worked out a deal with the owner of Mr. Toad's that involved some studio time in trade. Here's the result!

These songs, this music is definitely the product of a BAND. Everyone contributed something and even though each person's voice/contribution is distinct, the whole thing gels. Ron's beefy yet melodic bass, Neal's rhytimic riddles, My soaring guitars, Dan's crunching guitars set the table. The vocal melodies and the lyrics all sprang from the band.

I wish we pushed this harder when we released it because it might have gone somewhere. I still like to listen to these tunes now and then. But it's honestly more than a great trip down memory lane, there are some sweet moments in there.

If you like this, stay tuned because there was a yet-unfinished follow-up record which has been getting some attention by the band with some help from Tasha. The next Blert record is something you'll want to catch as soon as it arrives. Keep your eyes peeled for 'ALBLUM'.

More soon!