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This debut self-titled release from The Folks Below reclaims and weaves stories from the underbelly of a burning city once consigned to oblivion.

The Folks Below have excavated a number of clay plates made by the
YerYerOwn. Each had the appearance of an ordinary piece of pottery with an incised spiral decoration on the underside. Upon closer examination we
realized the spiral had to have been mechanically produced. While researching methods available to the YerYerOwn we used a copper cone to trace the spirals. A resounding cry of joy bounced off the walls of the vacant speakeasy when the first plate was tested. The YerYerOwn had disguised these clay recordings as everyday dinner plates. It is known that the YerYerOwn employ many methods to conceal messages from outsiders. This is the first of this method we have found. Of the XXXI plates we unearthed
XI have been decoded.
The sonic “quality” of the audio we could get from the plates was not fit for a proper release so we recreated what we heard and recorded it in a state of the art studio.

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released 17 May 2013

Recorded at Brick Hill
Engineered & Mixed by Jon Evans
Mastered by The SoundLab
Produced by Holly Brewer

Nate Greenslit: drums & percussion
Paul Dilley: electric bass & contra bass
Holly Brewer: voices & acoustic guitar


All songs written by Holly Brewer
© 2k13 Nervous Relatives Music

To everyone who contributed to our Indiegogo Campaign, This could not have happened without your support! Thank You!

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The Folks Below

'The Folks Below' reclaims and weaves stories from the underbelly of a burning city once consigned to oblivion.

1/1/2k13 Holly Brewer a.k.a HUMANWINE's Mom announced the launch of The Folks Below, their self titled debut album was released May 22 on Nervous Relatives Records.
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Track Name: Town on its Knees
Thunder came a rolling in
the wind was picking up when
the common clock in Killington
said 3 X 3.

Fire sirens sent a howl
to every single dog in town
The candles lit all around
a town on its knees.

Angel of Death
spread her wings
she flew over all of them
in spirals into next morning.

The tower tolled 1 am
the Alder house began again
to shift and swing and sway and break
under the strain

Hazel poked her head outside
though her Daddy said to hide
She was only 9 and died
the storm takes one.

By morning light the air was grey
many folks had lost their way
highways in disarray
A Town on its knees.

Angel of Death
spread her wings
she flew over all of them
in spirals into next morning.
a town down on its knees

Holes where all the house were
all the trees were bent over
save the weeping willow there
by the creek.

The creek had turned from a dream
into a nightmare surfacing
Now everyone recovering
A Town on its knees.

All the rooves were all the floors
no more windows only doors
Hear the yelling find the source
Hide and seek

Angels of Life
stretched their arms
Extract the wounded
count the bodies and then keep moving on

A town down on its knees
Track Name: Ask Me
Don't ask me what I'm doin'
Don't ask me where I've been
Don't ask me what I've been doing
or who I've been doing it with

Cause I ain't gonna tell yah / Cause it ain't your business
NO I ain't gonna tell yah / Cause it ain't your business


You can ask me what I'm doing
You can ask me where I've been
You can ask me what I've been doing
or who I've been doing it with

But I ain't gonna tell yah / Cause it ain't your business
No I ain't gonna tell yah / Cause it ain't your business


I'd like to be your friend
Put our troubles away with the wind
I'd consent to a do over
I know exactly how to begin

Don't ask me my business / Cause it ain't your business
Don't ask me my business / Cause it ain't your business


You may think that you can scare me
With your gun and your badge
You might think that you're intimidating
I assure you I am way more bad ass

And I ain't gonna tell you / Cause it ain't your business
NO I ain't gonna tell you / Cause it ain't your business


I'm from a small Isle North in Vinland.
We've got a reputation there.
When Not-Me thugs come up and point at us.
They take our guns and we've got a spare.

AND we ain't gonna tell you / Cause it ain't your business
No we ain't gonna tell you / Where we buried your tax man.
Track Name: Eat Your Face
Woke up in the Morning Sun
Sitting on my shoulder is one
Incredible face
Edible face

Now that all the sleeping is done
I wanna look at your face some
Incredible Face
Edible Face

I wanna eat Your Face
You know that means I love you
Got a sweet tooth for you
You're my bloody mess

I wanna chew on your forehead
Wanna eat off your cheeks
Wanna tear out your eyeballs
Make earrings with your teeth

I wanna eat your
whole face
and when I'm through
I'm Gonna eat
the nape of your neck
Cause that's part that
I love the best

Eat Your face
You know that means
I love you

I wanna tear off the covers
and show each other our
birth marks
I don't have any birth marks
but you can show me yours

I wanna tear up a village
that we made out of paper
and we can watch everyone
run away screaming

I wanna howl
at the moon with you
and sit alone in the forest
I'll pour tea for two
and the trees will adorn us

I wanna eat your whole face
and when I'm through
I wanna eat your abdomen
‘cause that's the part
that I have
to have in my face
You know that means I love you

Can't forget your heart
that's my second favorite part
I wanna hold it up above
and shout out skoodarum!

Let’s make a deal
you're Gonna be my next meal
We've only got one life right?
We'll be together till you die

I wanna eat your cuticles
I wanna rip off your ears
I wanna take all of your bones
and grind ‘em up with gears

I wanna take off your head
and turn it into head bread
I'm wanna spread your guts on my morning toast
Cause you're the one that I love the most

Eat your face You know that means I love you
Track Name: You Are Free
I've met some sailors on the oceans of time/Come to find their home made maps are all aligned with mine/It seems we want the same for all of humankind/to back the truck up wake the fuck up and get out of these lines/I am a sailor on these waves / embrace the choices that I've made / to live outside of a cage / I get to live the open waves /

The Sky is so much bigger when you're free
The stars are so much brighter out at sea.
You think you'll get a chip in my head
Well I'll fight you to the death
I'm no good to you dead

I am a sailor on these waves I am enraged by the injustice all around us it surrounds us effecting us all this place that we go shed our ego and eat off of our own plate an old tradition it's our kitchen and it's always open late/ We dine on all the stories of our kind they fill our mouths and we wash them down with wine/

The Sky is so much bigger when you're free
The stars are so much brighter out at sea.
You think you'll get a chip in my head
Well I'll fight you to the death
I'm no good to you dead

I am a sailor on the oceans of time/ I look to find a reason open season on my mind why / these are unfair conditions we have found ourselves in but we keep rowing always going toward the only opening we see those who are blocking us and locking us away find that the strength inside us like a virus grows everyday

The Sky is so much bigger when you're free
The stars are so much brighter out at sea.
You think you'll get a chip in my head
Well I'll fight you to the death
I'm no good to you dead

To all the sailors on the oceans of time who've got a brother of a sister inside the lines / We keep shouting for a time of their release / Cause it takes each and everyone of us to bring it to it's knees / Those who were once confined (did a stretch of time) they glow like fireflies and light up the night sky!

The Sky is so much bigger when you're free
The stars are so much brighter out at sea.
You think you'll get a chip in my head
Well I'll fight you to the death
I'm no good to you dead
Track Name: Fern
I was singing all the time
never singing from my own mind.
Barely ever words I liked
would come through
besides “Ave Verum”.

Chanting rhythmically
every now and then
a word would find its
way in to my baby aura
echoing the slightest word.

Everyday I went to chorus singing songs
they picked out for us.
Never singing from my heart.
Now is when I'm going to start.

I will not shave to be your queen.
I will not drink your cyber cream.
I will instead live out my own dream.
I will instead be my own queen;
A child.

Are you looking to the future?
Who cleans up this mess?
They’re eating from styrofoam.
Why are they so depressed?

In the bowels of baby boom
where the televisions scream!
Distracting concentration
distorting the human dream.

Another war and everyone stares.
No one complains here.
No one really cares.
Some later mocked and jeered
as they glared.
“Which abominator
will it be the year? ”
A child!

Children killing children over god.

Everyday I went to chorus
singing songs
they picked out for us.
Never singing from my heart.
Now is when I'm going to start.
Track Name: Nightmare
Soon I'll travel through your face. See it come, see it go.
but you’re all alone.
To some alone will be like home . You're gonna leave it.
Is it here? Is it far from it? Isn't this what you were aiming for?
Not about to kill the bell but are you still in favor of this?
When wysiwyg rude the wake of TV guidance and I’ve got a few cents for the well. Hell, if you're still in favor of this
wounded growing egg who's barely got its own way
tracing lines in your skull and it grows almost on its own.
Is it here? Nothing’s there! So leave!
‘Cause tide laced with lye you play the game.
If you maintain what choice have I?
Soon I'll crawl through your face. Soon I'll travel through your face..
See it come, see it go but you’re all alone.
To some alone will be like home. You're gonna leave it.
It isn’t here. This is not my place; In a cue and everyone’s blue-faced and I’m all about communicating in all forms, “What did you do today?”
So, I message you and then you message me but you’re standing 10 feet away from me. “Fuck this shit,” you say, “Let’s go outside.
You took the words right off of my fingers.
This devolution: Media-ocoraty. Like they say,
“You can cut the flowers but you’ll never stop the spring”
Uprising! Arise! Our eyes! Arise! Happy blue screen in your cocoon.
Strange butterfly what becomes of you?
Track Name: Element
Have you ever seen it; Do you stare? Have you ever been the Fire?
Simple as Water. Simple as Air. Simple as Earth. Remember.

- A new day is dawning as the love eats your fear and olde
skies are are greying as you disappear into the Fire.

The legend goes heart is the host; first you must be the Fire.

.- A new day is dawning as the love eats your fear and olde skies
have gone gray as you disappear into the Fire.

Remember Love. Remember Home. Remember. Respect it!
Simple as Water. Simple as Air. Simple as Earth. Remember!
Track Name: Breathe
Windows are closed no air can get in
It's not safe out there
Track Name: Defiled Corpse
Leave a message so I know what you want from me
or me to want from you.
Low in the undertow of my soul
thoughts get lost often off topics are crossed
bleeding together.
I can see you in my mind you're alright, not far from fine.
I want you to know...

When I saw what they did to you.
How they stole your face from you, from us;
You had shed your body.
I would have; rather, not seen.
Rather replaced the memory
with something anything than
how they thought you should look to me.
They combed out your matted hair,
covered your tattoos.
They-filled in all the holes.
Defiled you!
They covered you. They covered you in their politics
in their poli-talks. In their politics.
Yeah, they covered you (4x) in what you never were!
Though I know I could go the same way.
It's not the same for me today.
Though I could say, “I'd never care,”
It's not like I'm the one lying dead.
And I'm at your grave.
There's your name;
I see the way that it's written is wrong.
Your face rearranged, airbrushed like a filthy Ad.
Your corpse defiled all in the name of lies!
We all know who you are!
Thank you for being my friend.
It's an honor to have known you. You warm my heart
and i'm trying to let you rest in peace
rest in peace. Just rest

*a knock to Eshu*
Track Name: Dementia
My favorite dream in Oaklandtown, my second home.
My favorite, tell me all the fun we had how we were bad at hiding our arms around each others' death. You took that step before I took a walk through Piedmont where spiders came and spelled your name out in the parking lot. And I'm packing up my memories, shipping them ahead of me. Can't remember half the things that happened here. You disappeared. I'm thankful when a picture comes, when it does I have a chance to remember.

I miss you. I remember. 
I'll embrace the pain it brings. Though this stings I'm feeling something. Why embrace the pain it brings When all these strings are forcing you to crawl to the Fates!

I'll embrace the pain it brings, though this stings I'm feeling something. Why embrace the pain it brings though all these strings are forcing you to crawl.
Track Name: Rope Climb
In the pages of the paper the wounds are getting worse. Cuts are getting deeper humanity is cursed You got nation fighting nation the whole world's aflame.
Remote control warfare's
diverting the blame. But?

Don't throw that rope round your neck and pretend that nothing is sacred
Don't pull that rope round your neck and pretend that there's nothing left to defend

Senate's in session planning depressions, rolling recessions and outlawing nutrients.
Banks all cash in and steal our rations and laugh in our face when they see our outstretched hands.

Slice through the lies with the blades of your eyes
shut off the Television go outside occupy for what's real

What's real? The temperature's risin'
There's no surprise in the drought & deception of Man.

Our hopes. Our dreams. Many in need.
Every cloud has a silver iodide lining

So don't throw that rope round your neck and pretend that nothing is sacred
Don't pull that rope round your neck and pretend that there's nothing left to defend

Runnin' uphill swimming through oil spills
Wading through plagues through quakes and tsunamis
HAARP trains the rain says nature's to blame
AID is DELAYED, behind barricades, They hijacked your waves
poor Tesla I'm sorry

So don't throw that rope round your neck and pretend that nothing is sacred
Don't pull that rope round your neck and pretend that there's nothing left to defend