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Second album by CHM. Released November 2015. There will be CDs soon if you want them. Just let us know.

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released November 6, 2015

All songs by CHM, except Winds of the Sun by Scott Kloos/CHM. Recorded and mixed by Tucker Robinson. Mastered by Ian Sefchick.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine Los Angeles, California

CHM is 4-piece rock band in Los Angeles. Thom - drums, Philip - guitar and singing, Warick - guitar/singing, and Andrew Bass/singing

Their self-titled album was recorded over a weekend at a warehouse that holds animatronic dinosaurs, adding one of the most unusual vibes in the history of rock and roll.
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Track Name: Ones and Zeros
He called me out of nowhere. Must’ve been the first time since everything went to hell down in Mexico – must’ve been about ten years ago. Says: ‘Meet me down at Mario’s. That little place at the corner of Western and Melrose, next to the Trader Joes. I’ve things I’ve gotta tell ya, man.’

So I show up at eight and he’s already 17 sheets to the wind. He’s got five empty high balls laid out in front of him like trophies, looking at himself sideways with that lazy eye of his. We don’t say much. It’s kind of awkward. Putting down a couple drinks and exchanging pleasantries until something clicked inside him. He puts down that last one and climbs up on the bar and says:

‘Hey! I’m leaving today, don’t try to stop me now
Get away from all these ones and zeros
Hey! Gonna find a place
Away from all these ones and zeros

Remember when we’d absolve ourselves from sin way in the back of the used vinyl bins? Choose songs for our tribe and keep the others locked outside? Now it’s clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick and the spell is broken, man. Cause now everything’s for everyone and nothing’s for no one. They’re just drinking that binary code down deep into the lymphatic nodes. It’s all down in the nodes, and that’s just they way everything goes. ‘

Ones and zeroes
Villains and heroes
Christs and Neros
That’s the way everything goes

By then the bartender had had enough. He’s got the big guy off the door. He pulls him off the barstood and has him in a headlock and gives him a couple cheap shots in the face. While he’s dragging him out of the bar he’s looking me square in the eye the entire time and blowing me kisses while he’s giving everyone else the finger ‘cause he knows he’s never going to see me again.

I saw him waving far in the distance - think he was missing a tooth – and a vision swept over me. Of rape and looting in the streets after the whole thing comes crashing down. Cities engulfed in flame and rage. Ashes and mayhem. Dead bodies stacked in piles to the heavens. And I never saw him again.

And as he faded away into the sunset, I could see he was missing a tooth and I was overwhelmed by a vision of the end when the entire world comes crashing down to its knees. Bodies piled in chard. Death and destruction, rape and looting in the streets. My children led away by the hand of Satan. And it was revealed to me that the world was split in two. And I never saw him again.
Track Name: FM
Fragmented modern man
Now the whole world is you biggest fan
Doing whatever you can
To stay ahead of your dread of the digital ash can
It’s a fragmented binary plan
Cards face up on the table
Only showing your best hand
Doing whatever you can
To control who you’re seen with
Keep believing your own myth

Fragmented modern man
Just doing the best that you can

Fragmented modern man
Pieces of him scattered far on the wind
Just doing whatever he can
To stay up on his meds and keep together his head
It’s a fragmented modern plan
Always know where the phone is
Never alone is
Doing whatever you can
To control the perception of lifetime decpetion
Track Name: Comments
So I guess it's alright coz you thought you had something to say
Conversation is your right, comment is free
You're slinging daggers all night in a hope of injury
So contrary in your own impotency

Sent to break us in this faceless world
Nothing's ever gonna be the same
Sent to break us in this faceless world
Nothing's ever gonna be the same

Digital graffiti, human nature, look at me
Attention seeker with a keyboard but anonymous and cowardly
The pissant has no life, never created anything
Ready to sneer this way and that
All the more beautiful the better to corrupt

Sent to break us in this faceless world
Nothing's ever gonna be the same
Sent to break us in this faceless world
Nothing's ever gonna be the same

What on Earth possessed you to become so self-obsessed?
You're only bleeding in your mirror so those dogs can watch you cry
Faux élégance pleads ignorance, for shame you have it all
The innocents still keep on dying so why should you give a flying fuck?

Sent to break us in this faceless world
Nothing's ever gonna be the same
Sent to break us in this faceless world
Nothing's ever gonna be the same
Track Name: Heaven/Hell
I’ve been thinking about that time down in Mexico
Could’ve been alive or dead, and might have never known
Somewhere down the coast from Santa Rosalia
Poisoning mosquitos with overdoses of tequila

Couple nights I didn’t think you’d see the next
Choking on your vomit like a half-assed Hendrix
Raving at the world with no one there to listen
Trying to tell the stars but they were too distant

Still can’t get your voice out of my head
Singing about living in the land of the dead
Crying to the heavens about hell on earth
Trying to put a price on what our souls (asses) were worth

Marooned for weeks in beach cabana
Surviving on ditch weed and spoiled banana
Conning the tourists and spreading our sadness
You were hiding your habit and the first signs of madness

Oh me and you - we didn’t know the world was split in two
Didn’t know just what we would be getting into
Didn’t know yet that life was suffering
Couldn’t tell that we were smothering
In the smoke of the dying fires of our youth
Didn’t know if we’d been dreaming
When we woke up shaking and screaming
Visited by visions of ruin of mankind
Didn’t know that before we parted
The countdown had already started
On the breaking of our spirits and our bond
Couldn’t see that you’d gone off the rails
And we’d spend our lives chasing our tales
Trying to capture oneness that was two
Heaven and Hell
Track Name: Wisdom
All the words unsaid
Wisdom from regret
All the words unsaid

Can’t get away from my life
Can’t get away from this stupid life

Can’t get enough of this life
Can’t get enough of this stupid life
Track Name: Digging to China
The moon reflects the suns light while you’re asleep
The light creates the shadows where your darkest fears creep
The fears pool up and pull you away from your heart
Your heart covered in digital dread is dead from the start

Digging a hole back to the center of self
The walls cave in just as you start to remember yourself
Hold your breath and tunnel back to your start
Get front row seats to watch the whole world falling apart

Digging a hole/Digging down to my soul
Digging away to me/Digging away from all this binary
Digging away/Digging all night and day
Digging deep, cutting hard
At all this crap on top of me
Track Name: Winds of the Sun
I am a song of the wind, flying high in the sky
A voice in your head shining la da da da
Conscience evolving, a master plan
A system that’s about nothing but one

Zeros that come on the winds of the Sun
Rounded and whole like the breeze
Infinite eyes photosynthesize
Clothing body in the wisdom of sums

A lyrical stew tempered and true
Volcanoes that burn away lies
Eroding beliefs from the depths of the sea
Rivers clear crusted fear pain and grief

Awareness that shines through infinite mind
Singing songs of the fecund and green
Secrets that aren't, revealed to be
Respect for the force that gives life
Cut whole from the whole with a knife
A system bout nothing but one
Zeros that come from the winds of the sun
Track Name: Irrational
Take any daughter or son
Make em tell you bout time before time begun
I mean divided by one, divided by one, divided by none
Now take all those sons and daughters
And lead them down to the banks of the waters
Tell them how long they’ve run, how old’s the sun, and lock up the guns

It makes us irrational
(Space and time sum to the same bottom line
Stretch days to night as we approach the speed of light
Time stretches our minds beyond human hows and whys
We look to the skies, gods, omens, and suicides

Take them to the desert on a clear dark night
Make em count every star in sight
Divided by one, divided by one, divided by one
Tell em for every light they see
There are another dozen galaxies
With billions of suns and daughters and suns and lock up the guns
Track Name: I Feel Great
I feel great, coz I'm alive
I took the pills and I survived
I don't wait, it don't work
I won't fake another day

I feel great, coz I'm alive
The evidence will never lie
I spent young and now there's nothing else
I bled love falling for the one

All of this time we're waiting
Hoping fate will make us better
Thinking one and none can equal two

I feel great, coz I'm alive
I took the time to recognize
I won't break, I don't need anything
Your word will keep me safe
Track Name: Half of You
All of me is half of you
Half you think, half you feel, half you do
And when your world goes dark
And you’re searching for the slightest spark
How will you know the place you want to go
Is the half of you that's not me?

All of me and all of you
Made the deal and turned the wheel and started something new
So when her world goes dark
And she’s searching for the slightest spark
How will she know the place she wants to go
Is the half of her that's you?

All of me is half of you.
Track Name: Winds (Reprise)
I am a song of the wind, flying high in the sky
A voice in your head shining la da da da
Conscience evolving, a master plan
A system that’s about nothing but one

Zeros that come on the winds of the Sun
Rounded and whole like the breeze
Infinite eyes photosynthesize
Clothing body in the wisdom of sums

A lyrical stew tempered and true
Volcanoes that burn away lies
Eroding beliefs from the depths of the sea
Rivers clear crusted fear pain and grief

Awareness that shines through infinite mind
Singing songs of the fecund and green
Secrets that aren't, revealed to be
Respect for the force that gives life
Cut whole from the whole with a knife
A system bout nothing but one
Zeros that come from the winds of the sun