Dragon Bus Terminal

by Gate to Otherside

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“Forget the familiar world, open the door to accidents, go to the other side.”

This is the ultimatum set by Beijing’s Gate to Otherside on their debut album, Dragon Bus Terminal, a backlit chamber of esoteric mind-flight set to nine smoldering psychedelic slow-burners, floating heavy, thicker than incense smoke. Like a gently cresting nervous disorder, Dragon Bus Terminal pivots around the head, obeying the rigid pop-logic set by the band’s seminal influences — Can, Sonic Youth, Pink Floyd, and Beijing forebears Carsick Cars — but just as often ricocheting toward the unknown, wild dream logic that sees dragons in Guizhou batiks, religion in nature, mystical truth in abandoned bus stops on the Mongolian steppe. Tied from end to end by a meditative prayer bell as coda, Dragon Bus Terminal at its highest is a trip toward spiritual self-betterment, at its (blessedly) basest a sideways-smiling romp through “drums and sex and sound and love and so much fun” (“Unknown Chain”). Shimmering with shambolic, earnest charm, Dragon Bus Terminal is a crisp and cryptic first chapter in what’s sure to be Gate to Otherside’s long, twisted acid-flash narrative.

Dragon Bus Terminal was produced by Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) at Tweak Tone Labs in Beijing, engineered by Li Ping and mastered by Treelady. Recommended for fans of other members of the Maybe Mars psych/noise universe: Carsick Cars, The Gar, Birdstriking, Chui Wan.

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released March 25, 2017

producer: Ricky Maymi
sound engineer: Li Ping
mastering: Treelady
studio: Tweak Tone Labs

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Track Name: See
The blue bus is calling us
The blue bus is calling us
The blue bus is calling us
The blue bus is calling us
Track Name: Unknown Chain
What you wanna do
Where you gonna go
You got to lose control
Else you won't get home
Cause you're on an unknown chain

You spend some time
To better yourself
You spend some time
To better yourself 
But you are on an unknown chain

I spend sometime
To better myself
I did spend sometime
To better myself
Now I am on an unknown train

I got something new
That I have to do
I got someone old
That I want to hold
And I am on an unknown train

We got drums and sex and sound and love and so much fun
We got drums and sex and sound and love and so much fun
But I don't know why, why she is gone

She is gone, boarded an unknown train
Track Name: Love
爱 穿过时间和空间的空白
沉睡的秘密被打开
风吹过 划破了悄无声息的大海
我在这里等待

候鸟坠落悬崖的瞬间是永恒的存在
你看 翅膀展开
被迷惑的人呐
分不清过去 现在 和未来
过去 现在 和未来和过去 现在 和未来

爱 支离破碎的爱
穿过身体的风 存不存在
被迷惑的人呐
分不清过去 现在 和未来
过去 现在 和未来和过去 现在 和未来
Track Name: Little Dragon
飞舞的树叶静止在一瞬间
感受空气和雨滴的终点
我用耳朵看他穿过那扇门
时间空间停留在那一边

You open the gate to the otherside

燕子的尾巴划破了屋檐
风声呼叫是力量的来源
用一念打开我的双眼
一眨眼就过去一万年

You open the gate to the otherside

竹林摇摆气息连成一片
潮湿的空气和野兽一样危险
用呼吸观察宇宙的运转
一瞬间就成为了永远

You open the gate to the otherside
Track Name: Don't Get Emotional
Are you freaking out
Are you stressing out
What you worry about
It's nothing at all

When the night comes, the moon turns on
Wrong can be right and right is wrong

When the sun is up, the new dawn comes
Forget about who you are, be anyone you want

Don't get emotional
Don't get emotional
Don't get emotional
Don't get emotional
Track Name: Cat God
猫神的目光在寻找
喝下一瓶蓝色的药
在山腰 跳跳跳跳
跨过一座时间的桥

乌鸦的出现是一种征兆
用黑色覆盖所有的头脑
大声叫 轻轻笑
哈哈哈哈

Cat god is coming your way
Ghost son is tracking the day
Holy grail, the perfect trio
Walk from the dead into the real

Cat god comes
Cat god goes
Cat god stands up says hello
One step flies, then he flows
Cat god says no

Cat god comes
Cat god goes
Cat god stands up says hello
One step flies, then he flows
Cat god says go

乌鸦的出现是一种征兆
用黑色覆盖所有的头脑
大声叫 轻轻笑
哈哈哈哈
Track Name: Get High
Come around and feel the crowd
Feel the heat
It’s getting stronger
But she...

Hear the talking
And people laughing
People squeezing
Gonna keep on moving
But she...

Get down
Get down
Get down
Get down
Get up, get high
Get up, get high
Get up, get high
Get up, get high
Track Name: Northern Memories
啊 在山顶
云 和森林
雨 和彩虹
风 啊

那只突然出现的鹿啊
和天空翱翔的鹰
你们
要去哪里

是山的深处
远方的天空
或者是
要去梦里

众灵有我
我有众灵
众灵有我
我有众灵