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Get Thee to a Nunnery

by The Garrys

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Baby you’ve been bad, so bad Baby you’ve been bad bad bad bad, so bad Girl you’d better pray, before they put you away Girl you’d better pray pray pray pray, before they put you away You’re breaking your mama’s heart, baby They hardly even know you lately Could you straighten out now maybe? Gotta get thee to a nunnery Father, son, and holy ghost Get in line and take the host Father, son, and holy ghost ghost ghost ghost They’re the ones you need the most Holy holy water Holy wine Baby drink it up up up up Cross the sign
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In the Dawn 02:33
Once I reached out to you You were gone I had a dream about you In the dawn Come from the darkest places In the night Under the surface waiting Out of sight
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Sintaluta 03:26
Once I looked up and into the sky It was all quiet, pink black and white I held my breath as snow fallin’ round To settle in all white over brown And when I knew it was something good I was afraid to leave where I stood I called to you but you walked away And didn’t notice, I guess that’s okay Sintaluta, Sintaluta Yeah it’s coming, all fallin’ down And the snow it stopped all the sound I caught myself, at first I was fine It passed me by, but maybe next time Sintaluta, Sintaluta It’s already gone, it’s already gone It’s already gone, it’s already gone Sintaluta, Sintaluta
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Devil's Dip 01:58
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Bury me with my money Fortune cover my body Here’s where I make my last stand Cold hard cash in my hand They put a price on my head Wanted alive or dead
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Fallen Woman 03:12
If I try to find Well I can’t help thinking what is in your mind? You keep telling me but I can’t see the light I can hear what you’re saying but it can’t be right From the demon, liar, priest, and sacrificed Should I leave it all? Like Lucifer is this just how I fall? If I once believed, I sure can’t see it now Maybe it was all for someone else anyhow What the mother, father, teacher would allow Well what should I do? When I prayed for saving nothing came from you Maybe it was too much for me to ask you for Can’t stand by for these men to let us in the door For the woman, child, leper, and the poor Leave it all behind What’s it mean for me if you came for mankind? Like my mother’s mother, staying resolute Do I follow the path or should I taste the fruit? Of the fallen woman, serpent, and the brute
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It's Over 03:53
Baby, all those nights that you’d hold me Everything that you told me They were lies Over Oh oh oh oh, it’s over Oh oh oh oh, it’s over And it’s fine Call me It’s too late to call me It’s too late to call me I cut the line Kiss me in another lifetime ‘Cause tonight ain’t the right time Because it’s over Why you lie, why you lie, lie, baby? You made me cry, I wanna die Why you lie, why you lie, lie, baby? You made me cry, you made me cry
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Heavy Flow 01:25
Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy flow Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy flow Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy flow Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy flow
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Just a hole in the ground, in the ground, in the ground We were here Nothing more, nothing more, nothing more Like we were before Just the wind In the grass, in the grass, in the grass Now it’s all In the past, in the past, in the past Like we were before

about

The fourth album from Canadian surf sister trio The Garrys — 'Get Thee to a Nunnery' is available on September 24, 2021 via Grey Records.

Recorded and mixed at Rec Hall Studios by Barrett Ross (Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams, The Deep Dark Woods), and mastered by Harris Newman of Grey Market Mastering, the album allowed The Garrys to work for the first time with Canadian music icon Dallas Good (of The Sadies) as producer. Musically, 'Get Thee to a Nunnery' draws upon influences from a diverse array of sounds, including the classic surf riffs of The Ventures, the drama of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti westerns, the dreamy psychedelia of Kurt Vile, France Gall’s brand of mod-pop cheek, and the lo-fi garage noir of Los Saicos.

Like previous releases, 'Get Thee to a Nunnery' pays homage to The Garrys’ familial roots, telling stories and cultivating moods inspired by their windswept prairie surroundings, the isolation and decay of rural life, generational shifts in worldview and faith, the soft-spoken beauty of small moments and oft-ignored locales, and making sense of nostalgia for times and places that they never really knew.

Most notably, 'Get Thee to a Nunnery' was inspired in part by stories of their mother’s high school years at an all-girls Catholic boarding school and convent in small-town 1960’s Saskatchewan. On several tracks, The Garrys explore the push-pull of rebellion and redemption that comes within a religious upbringing, and the seeding of persistent guilt that all former Catholic school kids know well. Even for artists as reverentially nostalgic as The Garrys, it’s impossible to avoid grappling with the tensions that arise from their sources of aesthetic inspiration. On one hand, they look upon this era and environment as timelessly cool, and coloured with a sepia-toned innocence; on the other, they know the truth of it was inescapably oppressive to young women and various Others. As these cold realizations surface, much of the album is united by a mourning of the various things that can erode, wither, and die while time marches on and as we get older — including the communities, traditions, and relationships we once held near and dear.

credits

released September 24, 2021

Written and performed by The Garrys:
Erica Maier (Guitar, Keys, Vocals)
Julie Maier (Bass, Vocals)
Lenore Maier (Drums, Vocals)

Produced by Dallas Good.
Recorded and mixed by Barrett Ross at Rec Hall Studios, Saskatoon, SK, Treaty 6 Territory.
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering.
Art by Yonina Rollack.
Additional images and script provided by Kathy Zubot.
Additional photography by Carey Shaw.

Production made possible with support from the Creative Saskatchewan Sound Recording Grant Program.

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