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Black Metal Demo Tape

by Gregory Pepper and His Problems

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Big Sister 02:42
natalie showed me a tape it was black with a snake off to never never land sarah dubbed me a copy of appetite where do we go now? big, big, sister
you know we filled it to the brim just to spill they took the pie off my window sill the car don’t wanna climb up a hill oh but compared to the sound through a box in the ground i’d say you don’t even know what the fuck a problem is no i don’t wanna go goddamn i am a wolfman bred to be disowned just let me stay and clutch this old tombstone sweaty palms bloody cough but when the bandages come off i”ll try to come and be your puppet show keep on circling the block i’ve got luck i can get a rubber mask wear it as a bluff i can grow a moustache i can shave it off draw me as the devil paint me like a clown eyeball on my forehead penis in my mouth keep on circling the block i’ve got luck
I Don't Care 02:57
oh the fire pit i dug a hole and then you layed some brick the wood got chopped but it was never lit oh the garden plot i took some soil and filled it to the top but there’s no vegetables just weeds and rocks and i don’t care
when i wore a rubber mask in disguise i saw myself through pinhole eyes when i had a moustache that brazen veil stale and brash a major scale it’s here and then it’s gone another nothing song when i shred the flying v my fingers had control of me the marshall stack went nothing songs for sale
man, i wanna hear that song again i wanna hear that song sing it loud and play it long damn, i wanna live my life again i want another try i want a chance to live it right so take me to the pet cemetery put my body in the ground and if i come back bad you can kill me all over again now i'm a big grey cat starring out of the black, man, you know i feel so alone my roommate is a snake and the landlord's a bat, i'm scared and i just wanna go home
fucked in the eye with a knife called self-doubt worn out he sighed it’s a national anthem of his problems now i know falling domino remember when we were high?
This Town 02:20
you built a boat, man, it floated out it hit a rock and then it ran aground you tired to swim back and then you drowned i guess you'll never get out of this town you put a mask on, you got a knife you hunted teenagers at night the frisky ones were the first to die you said they wouldn't make it out alive never get out of this town when you're down in the ground you made a promise, a holy vow you carved a symbol in your brow wearing a trench coat and hiding out i guess you'll never get out of this town you pulled the teeth and gouged out her eyes you turned it all into a new disguise you watched the sun set you watched it rise it’s shallow water go and take a dive
Quirky 08:28
novelty don’t call me peculiar or quirky experimental? no, see every song is as long as it ought to be keep on circling the block i’ve got luck


Though not quite as sun abandoned and isolated as the Norwegian winters, Camp Pepper can still get awful dark and lonely. Compared to his previous LP, the guitarmony-laden, studio clean power pop ode CHORUS!, Black Metal Demo Tape finds the Guelph-based multi-instrumentalist handling performance and recording duties on his lonesome.

The brightness of Pepper’s music has long stood in juxtaposition to the darker, morbid themes of his lyrics – despair, alienation, a maybe too healthy love of slasher flicks – but on Black Metal Demo Tape, Pepper’s carpet finally matches his drapes. The BPMs have slowed to dirges, the guitars distorted until they roil and churn, a scaled back production gives the whole of it the third generational murkiness of a passed-around tape. Neither metal nor a demo tape, Pepper has married the primordial clangor of the former with the direct vulnerability of the latter to spawn a punishingly heavy pop album.

Andrew Hood, MMXVII


released February 24, 2017

written, performed & recorded by Gregory Pepper in his basement


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