Don't Breathe In Through Your Mouth

by the juniper berries

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about

this album was forced into creation through shaky willpower and emotional distress sporadically from january-december 2016 in 3 houses, a guest house, a dorm room, a bathroom, rehab, the funk factory, a practice room, a study room, and a porch. it began serendipitously on the morning of david bowie’s death, continuing through the course of several breakups, moves, lineup changes and missteps, finally coming to its natural conclusion the winter after its inception. this project would have never been possible without all the following kooky kats:

jonathan nelson, cole zollinger, laurel watson, kyle simpson, brenton clarke, mitchell winters, kyle fischer, vanessa devine, charles douglas, scott garriott, keaton king, anouk aumont, nik souplee, chainsaw, slow corpse, rambush, our mommies and daddies, our lord elliott smith and our savior david bowie

credits

released January 20, 2017

the juniper berries are:

jesse eells-adams: (bass on track 1//harmony vox on tracks 1, 3, 7, 8)
alec j. moore: (drums and percussion on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8//harmony vox on tracks 5, 7, 8//programming)
nina myers: (all piano and keyboard//harmony vox on tracks 3, 7, 8)
joshua stirm: (all guitar//bass on tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 8//drums on track 6//lead vox)

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additional harmonies on track 7 by cole zollinger

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recorded by alec j. moore, jonathan nelson and joshua stirm
mixed by alec j. moore @ bruce campbell’s house

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photograph by anouk aumont

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all songs written by joshua stirm

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Track Name: Elbow Grease
don’t breathe in through your mouth
stay low down on the ground
and follow directions

suck down oxygen
soon we’ll be moving again
through the knotted jungle

just remember all your training
no one said this would be easy

use some elbow grease
they’re watching from the trees

stockpiling supplies
and smokescreens
pretending it’s enough to
keep your hands clean

i’m running out of breath
choking on the sound of death

don’t breathe in through your mouth
they’re coming closer now

you can hear their footsteps softly
and they can hear
you breathing

stockpiling supplies
and smokescreens
pretending it’s enough to
keep your hands clean
Track Name: House DJs
screaming out through the night
they’ve all taken up the fight
against the fakes, the posers and
house djs

telecasters cut and bite
beautiful if the band’s tight
who are your influences?
guitarist sounds just like jimi hendrix

it’s fantastic and amazing
you’ll freak out, they’re all raving
pressing down their little pens
burning through their writing pads
this show is unreal
the whole band’s wearing teal
the best damn floorshow
you’re bound to get outside Montreal

screaming out through the night
they pick apart, accessorize
the work that others poured their whole hearts into
not a shred of any guilt
they’re just looking for a jilt
a jump from someone else’s heart more vital

it’s fantastic and amazing
you’ll freak out, they’re all raving
pressing down their little pens
burning through their writing pads
this show is unreal
the whole band’s wearing teal
the best damn floorshow
you’re bound to get outside Montreal
Track Name: Opposable Thumbs
stepping out on even ground
you’re the man they called when it made a sound
tie your shoes efficiently
cataloguing new techniques

testing out the new machines
put them back together when they need it
pushing all their boundaries
you’re the man who’s never worked for free

giving out office pet names
taking all your clients out to lunch
making sure to keep all your receipts
you’ll be reimbursed by the company

calculate a figure set of losses
put them in a spreadsheet for your presentation
making sure they don’t think your disposable
is this why we’ve been given opposable thumbs?
Track Name: "interlude"
this is an exercise.
brown headed cowbird,
begin the earthquake simulation.
Track Name: Second Story Bedroom Window (In Your Mother's Volvo)
you climbed out of
your second story bedroom window
sucked in the springtime air

slipped the key into
your mom’s Volvo
you said you’d meet him there

the street was wet, the streetlights yellow
he could only hear your voice as if it were an echo
sure as hell, he wanted you to end it
too scared, he couldn’t do it

in your mother’s Volvo
in your mother’s Volvo
in your mother’s Volvo

you couldn’t help
but blame yourself
you hadn’t seen the signs

drive home listening
to acoustic love songs
decide you’re better off

the street was wet, the streetlights yellow
he could only hear your voice as if it were an echo
sure as hell, he wanted you to end it
too scared, he couldn’t do it
the end was nearing
you knew he’d stopped caring
but the scars left behind
always will stick in your mind

in your mother’s Volvo
in your mother’s Volvo
in your mother’s Volvo
in your mother’s Volvo
Track Name: Misguided Cult
sitting down in a circle
like some kind of misguided cult
we sit around and fall apart
thinking about what we’ve done

exchanging stories about our hometowns
we dish about the first time we got punched

paint a star in a field
like some kind of misguided cult
we’re moving up in the cold world
we’re gonna finally get even
tonight

exchanging stories about our hometowns
we dish about the first time we got high
Track Name: Magnetic North
we knew we could go far
our teenage heads full of stars
analogue hearts with digital minds
nobody around of the same kind

pacing back and forth,
agony is your magnetic north

we used to meet up for pep-talks
and ease each other’s troubled minds
soon enough we’re in a punk rock group
singing songs about blood and heartache

pacing back and forth,
agony is your magnetic north

*****

we knew we could go far
our teenage heads full of stars
analogue hearts with digital minds
nobody around of the same kind
nobody around of the same kind
Track Name: Blacktop Asphalt
jungle gym
the ultimate accomplishment
the kids who had nothing at all
their stomachs were usually small

who’s to say
they had better names
and we were less equipped?
we say
we are all the same
so let’s go climb the jungle gym

blacktop asphalt
everything is your fault
blacktop asphalt
everything is your fault

jungle gym
the ultimate accomplishment
the kids who were given it all
their homes were rarely ever small

who’s to say
they had better names
and we were less equipped?
we say
we are all the same
so let’s go climb the jungle gym

blacktop asphalt
everything is your fault
blacktop asphalt
everything is your fault

*****

blacktop asphalt,
everything is,
blacktop asphalt,
everything is,
blacktop asphalt,
everything is,
blacktop asphalt,
everything is,

blacktop asphalt
everything is your fault
blacktop asphalt
everything is your fault
Track Name: Untitled (sweet complicated dreams)
nobody
asks you for much
but it’s guaranteed
with a wink
you make out a check
in disappearing ink

offending all
as often as you please
i know it’s all justified in
your sweet complicated dreams

you’ve cancelled again
just to feel like
you’re in demand
the most popular one-man-show
and the one man everybody wants to know
but i know you’re all alone in
your sweet complicated dreams

nobody
wants to make this all up
but it’s your guarantee
with a wink,
then a blink pressing down into shallow sleep

do you really think you should keep on wading deeper into
your sweet complicated dreams?