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dissection lesson

by Home Is Where and Record Setter

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1.
The dead named by their dead name The news picks pictures you hated to display for thirty seconds while anchors detail the final few terrifying minutes of your life then cut to commercial; you were so much more than your death You were beautiful, you were my sister—you are beautiful, you are my sister No more victims No more missing girls Arm trans women By any means, these queens are ready This is literal Dismantle what makes trans girls live in fear Fuck you I’m a woman Suck my dick
2.
Books for the fire Phones for the wire You gave them everything that they wanted like you were working for them Impaled on the fence No stance to understand, you keep a safe distance Mama ain’t work every shift to be questioned by her own kid With my sisters and me in the LTD my family barely fit She was not to be fucked with by them crakkas that she served with What would you do if somebody under you pulled social rank? Would you play that shit? Convenience convinces God inmates creation This is literal Rot or riot
3.
Rotten apples from rotten orchards Decaying roots infected soil False pedigree A false decree All existence must live in debt replacing what you stole Is this only American Is this an isolated problem No tounge sheathed Inhale the ethene Deny their pleas A world without you could be so serene A world without you would be serene Is this only American Is this an isolated problem You feed off of the pain pouring out of our throats When both your hands are broke will you release your control
4.
I cannot see a place for me Open halls I'm an open book Open windows a despairing look at exactly where i've let myself end up At exactly how i let myself end up like this Breathe easy remembering This doesn't have to mean anything I wrote a letter to myself I avoided using my name My past in plain english spelled out Now thrown away into the flames

about

Already a fan of Record Setter and heading in a heavier direction, it was an easy choice for Home is Where to decide on doing a split release with the Denton, TX-based hardcore band. “[We] wanted to make something unabashedly trans. Two trans bands. Songs about trans issues. Cover by a trans artist. We wanted to make something for the girls to pop off to,” explains Home is Where’s Brandon MacDonald of dissection lesson’s genesis.

“plain english” speaks to Record Setter frontwoman Judy Mitchell’s experiences living under violent authority as a trans woman, and details her navigations through transition and depression. Over harsh, lethargic verses with clean guitar counterpoint, Mitchell hoarsely reassures herself that she need not self-shame for depressive ruts and the non-linear path of transition.

On the Home is Where side, “names” attempts to uplift trans women from this violence they routinely face. Written in 2021, the year with the highest recorded number of trans women murdered or assaulted, “names” bites back at this transphobic cruelty with a grinding, thrashed verse led by MacDonald’s justifiably guttural screams:

"No more victims
No more missing girls
Arm trans women
By any means, these queens are ready
This is literal
Dismantle what makes trans girls live in fear."

dissection lesson is out April 15, 2022 (digital) & May 6 (limited edition cassette) via Father/Daughter and Topshelf Records.

credits

released April 15, 2022

home is where side

all music by home is where
“names” words by brandon
“creationish” words by brandon & pierce
produced, mixed, & mastered by matt goings at killian studios in daytona, fl

home is where is

josiah gardella - drums
tilley komorny - guitar
brandon macdonald - tantrum
connor “fat slaps” o’brien - bass

home is where is also sometimes

pierce jordan - vox
wes meadows - horns
christiana patterson - violin
connie sgarbossa - art

home is where would like to recognize jackie shane & terre thaemlitz: both transgender women & both musical pioneers whom this music could not exist without.

we don’t die.
we transcend.
this is literal.



record setter side

recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael Briggs at Civil Audio in Denton, TX

Judy Mitchell - guitar/bass/vocals
Jacob Mitchell - drums
Kyle Pennington - guitar
Parky Lawson - guitar/keys

special thanks to Michael Briggs, Donovan Ford, Miles DeBruin, Rhys Kenneth Johnson, Cade Brundwick, Regina Bugarin, Charlie DeBolt and everyone at Topshelf Records

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"Record Setter is a unique band in today’s DIY scene— a band that can play in multiple sandboxes of genre without sacrificing catchiness nor intensity."

-Ellie Kovach

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