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Picking Up Your Pieces

by The Bloody Heads

Energetic pop music featuring songwriting akin to Jonathan Richman of the modern lovers and perhaps a tinge of pixies' frank black, and the violent femmes. way-outside guitar playing in the vein of marc ribot (tom waits) and john zorn.
Genre: Pop: California Pop
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1. Lighter Than A Bullet
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2. Pipe Down!
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3. The Lap Of Lincoln
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4. Lions! Tigers! You!
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5. Whalebone Holiday
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6. Picking Up Your Pieces
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7. Riding On My Low Horse
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8. Baby No. 5
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Album Notes
"The opening song of this SF band's first cd finds them crunching out a rough'n'tumble garage pop with lots of snare drum that sounds a lot like Violent Femmes... but if Gordon Gano were replaced by more of a boyish crooner. The next track "Pipe Down!" does just that (bring things down a bit, that is!) as does the third song. These lower-key tunes which make up the better part of the album (and which gives you opportunity to catch hold of the lyrics), call to mind quirky storytellers such as Jonathan Richman, Microphones' Phil Elverum or Morrissey even. A promising indie pop debut!"
-Aquarius Records SF

"Picking Up Your Pieces is theatric, energetic, at times campy (it begins with Nichols screaming 1,2,3,4 in German and has songs about giant squids and pirate ships), but always engaging. Nichols' voice is an elastic thing, fascinating in its imperfections. The guitar solos can be messy and erratic but, again, mesmerizing in their frenetic qualities. The songs themselves move from quiet folk rock ballads to operatic anthems. In short, Nichols is all over the place, and we're lucky to go along with him on his little musical sojourns."

- Glen Starkey


Picking Up Your Pieces was recorded on one sunny June day above our friend Jeff's woodshop in San Luis Obispo, California. The members of the band were all about to embark on seperate journeys for the year, and we were frantically trying to get as much done as possible. So we recorded the thing totaly live, with minimal seperation (Jameson's amp was the only thing not in the room). We did about three takes of each of the eight songs on the album, and called it a day.
Then we mixed the sucker for a few months, Jameson added guitar parts from his new home in Boston, and by the end of November it felt as good as done.

We are happy with this recording in many ways, and think you will be too.
Thanks for listening!

Caleb, Jameson and Josh.


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vanessa

a heiney bouncer
Three celestial beings have gathered and birthed "Picking Up Your Peices". This magnum opus was obviously contrived of star dust and hearts. Lets dance to the Bloody Heads.

Corbin Went

Experimental genius, pure liquid awesome.
Saw these guys in a concert, well, only the lead singer and an acoustic, and I went to buy a copy of the music but they ran out of the CD before I got at it.

I run the music at school, and during one lunch somebody snuck up and changed the music to this CD while I was gone. I noticed the change in music, went back to the CD player, asked who did it, and begged them to let me buy the CD. Long story short, I play BH music all the time.

The music however, it is experimental, the melodies have some amazing tunes, and all the songs are great. Just take a listen, they have a myspace and you can hear it right here!