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"HOTHOUSE FLOWERS" was recorded January/February 2015 on a Tascam 424 cassette recorder by Drew Kirby. Sampled//spirit of Matt Anderegg appears on the 1st and 7th tracks, a product of our initial splitting of (limited) tape time and inevitable bleed of sounds/ideas into & between each other's tracks.

Drawn from first batch of songs recorded after getting our own 4-track cassette recorder, it actually predates the Young But Ugly EP - but, unlike that tape, these songs ((save for "Meansucker" & "Passages")) were pre-written so the overall outcome is more coherent and naturally a bit more realized.


released January 2, 2016

Everything written, produced & performed by Drew Kirby at Cave Sound in Athens, Georgia.
Except tiny samples of Matt Anderegg singing on #1 and playing drums on #7.
Mixed & mastered by Drew at Cave Sound during winter 2015.
"What I Am" interpolates the "Shire" theme, originally composed by Howard Shore.
Artwork compiled & scanned by Drew.

What I remember about this tape is that it occurred dead in the middle of recording the first Mothers album, but Matt and I were so excited to have the new 4-track that we would edit and go over songs anytime we were on lunch/dinner break from the Mothers sessions. "Perth Slumber" was the first thing we put to tape just as a test/trial run; that song into "What I Am" began the first of many cassettes and nights spent poring over this little obsolete recording console. HOTHOUSE FLOWERS is the first batch of songs rendered during that period. (Matt's might come out later.)

I wish i knew who did the flower sketch... It has been hanging in the bathroom of my Athens home since i moved in, it has presumably been hanging there for a very long time since the previous tenant lived in the house since their family built it in 1952. Anyways.



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CIVILS is the home recording project of Drew Kirby (Mothers, New Wives). CIVILS deals primarily in experimental pop and genre obfuscation. CIVILS prizes intuition over calculation. CIVILS aims to have as many tapes as lil b.

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Track Name: FRAUD
Oh no i'm still feeling slain and i'm trying to find the words.
and i know that they all disdain me and all the things that i've said and done
or say and will do in the future
but if no one stood at caustic odds
and i had it all
i know that i would just be wanting more
i know that i would just be wanting more
and everyone would know that i'm a FRAUD
Track Name: ARIELLE
i been aimless and depressed
i’m a lock and chest and i’m trying to find a key
though i rue the day you left me
i pay no mind to the way you are
you see, what i malign still can’t seem to change your mind
if you wanna talk the night away, i just can’t stay away too long

if you wanna take the blame i might just see what i can find
but you will, day go by, you are entire
if you don’t wanna get in the way, you might not see my locking eyes
but you will, day go by
you will, day go by
you are entire

you say you can’t deride all the substances you’re prescribed,
but you see the way it oughta be.
oh let’s say i can’t describe all the western modern slights
but i see the way it oughta be

so if you wanna wait a day, i might just my locking eyes
but you will, day go by
you will, day go by
Track Name: WHAT I AM
You were talking real loud when you figured out what i am.
You were staring at the screen and all your magazines
and i can't, just can't.

Though you left, you’re part of me
and you are always there completely
no, you will not ever be without my memory.

So we split a cigarette and now i’m trying to forget what i am. And i am.
You said you can’t recall what i ever said at all
but i can, i just can.
And i asked if i could stay, and you just turned away
said i can’t, i just can’t.
So i’m packing up my things and i’m grabbin my guitar
i’m go a little farther out beyond the wedded wild i’m gonna see
i’m gonna be within the oceanside or in the breeze
i’m gonna be. i’m gonna be. i'm gonna.

Oh you’ll see, you were always there, you complete me
No, you will not ever be without my memory.

And you leave with me
You are always there completely
No you will not ever be without my memory

In time, yeah you grew with me,
so i’ll see you on down the line.
You want a back up now?
i've got a couple of things you oughta know by now
You wanna get around?
well i think i might have a clue for you now

I wanna go there, i wanna see my self alive
My shelf life
I don't mind the lies
I don't mind your lies when i'm tied and dry

You wanna talk it out?
i've got a couple of things you oughta know by now
You wanna come around?
well i'm done, yeah i'm done
you gotta figure it out

I'm goin to Glow
So apropos, i wanna know
Do you think of myself leaving?
Haleigh i wanna know
Do you think of myself leaving?
Oh please i just wanna know
Do you think of times before we used to fight, i know

we used to get around, we used to walk around
but now i'm downtown, i don't know anyone here but you
so i don't know what to do
... i'm just gonna stand in the corner and drink alone
Cold turkey, well i'm bitter, indescript
Cold turkey, well it’s all been said to me

It’s all been said, it’s all been said
It’s all a rotten shame
It’s all the same, it’s all the same
You wanna know we're running from the same thing

Cold turkey, well im brittle like a simp
Cold turkey, it’s a hard act to follow, a hard act to follow
Cold turkey, i’m bitter, indolent
Cold turkey, oh when you can’t stop bummin'
you can’t stop bummin around

And it’s a damn shame, the way we waste all through our golden days
like we’re running from a past life that we didn’t learn nothin,
we didn’t know nothin, we didn’t learn nothin about.
ah, we didn’t learn nothin'