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the Enneagram is a personality test that posits 9 possible personality archetypes. Deathless Gods with Human Bods is a band composed of Davis Avila and Jade Matias Bell. "123456789" is a concept album about you.

we hope you love it!

more information about the Enneagram:
www.enneagraminstitute.com

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released May 5, 2017

all songs written by Jade Matias Bell (1w9) and Davis Avila (4w5).
vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 by Jade Matias Bell. vocals on track 4 by Davis Avila. vocals by both on 3, 5, 8, 9, and 10.
album photo by Tucker Rayl.
album design by Davis Avila.
recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered in Los Angeles by Davis Avila.

BIGGEST of thank yous to:
Tucker Rayl (4w3), star photographer, for filming us for several hours, taking our picture over 800 times, and still being friends with us at the end of it all;
Saint West the betta fish, for letting us hold his bowl on this album cover;
Jacob Kuppermann (5w6), for letting us steal his voice and for being a steadfast supporter of our wacky ventures, (as well as the best partner a person [Jade] could ask for);
Keila Diehl, phenomenal piano teacher who inspired Davis' lifelong love for music;
Professor Bruce Smith, for teaching us how to think about sound;
Dylan DeLuca, for being both the first AND the second (and hopefully not the last!) person to host a Deathless Gods show;
Don Richard Riso and Ross Hudson, whose book "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" sparked this whole fascination;
Jade's mom (9w8), who showed Jade "The Wisdom of the Enneagram," and who is also the best mom ever;
Jade's brother (9w1), for being Jade's brother and an extremely cool dude;
Davis' family, who put up with hearing loud music sounds for years!

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LA twins' tinyband seeking small gardens, weird samples, & avocados the size of your head

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Track Name: modern miracle
ritual procession down toward 24th
moral needle quivering nearer to my north

pay my respects to the book of the dead
buy avocados the size of my head

pace the same stasis that i’ve paced before
pray to joan of arc and the dinosaurs

an ancient city like me’s no fun at parties
nobody cares that you lost the damn spelling bee!

coming forth by day
no love for LA

no sage for ages, no quail anywhere
i scrape the ground for what i know can’t grow there

when i find it lacking, i blame myself
i know it’s silly, but welcome to my hell

i know what i know
i can’t let go

i found a foreign land –
not ors but ampersands
not oars but just our hands
pushing the sea away

modern miracle
Track Name: tfwhollow
and someone's gonna take him away
i heard them say it out the black-bat window
i see them in the backyard, louder than my own heart,
white horse, high horse, flaming pumpkin head

i was an empty-headed girl
black-eyed and both my elbows bruised
never once did i hit the ground running
i've got one eye on the tomb

i've got one eye on the room
one eye on the mirror and one on you
i got the kind of head you look right through
i nursed your pride, i wound the wound

i was raised online, so i can never go outside
i'll find another seed to swallow
i wanna be hollow, hollow
oh, i'll drink me right, oh, i'm gonna tie up all my lines
so let the weepy willow wallow
my head's heavy but it's hollow, hollow

white horse, high horse, flaming pumpkin head

i hold the lantern high, i drag my feet across the ground
i've got my mouth wide open, but the flame still flickers out
oh, i see right through you
but love, you're looking right through me
the way my insides used to echo
i could've been a hollow tree

white horse, high horse, flaming pumpkin head

i wrote a new anthology
it's full of you and only smells of me
i sit in silent, mimicked symmetry
stupid little pine making stupid little signs taking "stupidly mine" way too literally

oh, how to reimburse?
the head, the horse, the hearse, the heart, the hurt
tell me again which one was worse
those greedy superstitious little bastard sons of bitches
or your body, or the mercy of the earth?

i was raised online, so i can never go outside
i'll find another seed to swallow
i wanna be hollow, hollow
oh, i'll drink me right, i think i'm running out of time
so let the fallow fellow follow
my head's heavy but it's hollow, hollow

white horse, high horse, flaming pumpkin head

i see it all comes back to this
my knuckles knocking on your grave
i see you safe within the window
but you were wrong, it isn't safe

and now i'm hanging up my coat
the wire's cold but i don't care
i'll be as hollow as you're rotten
you won't remember i was there

but i – i – i was there
Track Name: older
you're a god and we your simulation
abode abroad, not above more exaltation
wanton wrongs that we've wrought rotten, not forgotten
stack like fruit round the wilting plum tree in my garden

plotting human behavior,
you never waver, never a failure
domming the conversation
but admiration in place of love
won't hold up

na na na na na na
all our plans
sing na na na na na na
rinsed like sand

sing for all the friends
who don't talk anymore, pity
such a shame that we're so busy

you used to be invited to my wedding, now
i paint me different shades of f-forgetting

the shoes, the coat, the boy who paid for dinner
the view, the cold, the winter-moonlit winner

plotting human behavior,
you never waver, never a failure
domming the conversation
but admiration in place of love
won't hold up

na na na na na na
all our plans
na na na na na na
rinsed like sand

you used to be invited to my wedding, now
i paint me different shades of f-forgetting

(open and integrate, open and integrate)

maybe in vain you've become my controller, may-
be couldn't be your disciple, your holster
maybe this circuit's not meant to be soldered, don't
know if we're truer, but we're certainly older

ooooo
Track Name: glass ocean
frothing spear pulled fresh from glass ocean
i'm born anew each time i'm awoken
milking sorrow for artistry, eight cups too drunk to leave
my spider's web has yet to be woven

but every night
i have the same dream
of a magician

nervous, she enters the ball wrapped in drums
sputtering at the frantic pace of her heart

thirteen masks pinned round her face and down her arms,
dancing like a fool, and laughing at her own art

she'll pull
spirits like fish
through cenotés
with a bare hand

she lives like no one has before
a swarm of ctenophores, coral giving birth

she lives like no one has before
a swarm of ctenophores, coral giving birth
Track Name: bone string
a body not for fight or flight
i'm not inert; i feel all right
the window carves a world outside
and in my window is a light

but on the obverse of the light,
i'm a heart of ammonite
an artichoke in bentonite
i flower on the inside

pull me along, pull me along, pull me along
by the rope of my hair

but on the obverse of the light,
i'm a heart of ammonite
an artichoke in bentonite
i flower on the inside

i keep myself preoccupied
it hasn't bothered me all night
a bone string keeps me safely tied
to what i love inside my mind

pull me along, pull me along, pull me along
by the rope of my hair
Track Name: body heat
learned to eat before my eyes opened
altarpiece, honey, heat
i don't wanna be a failure to thrive

learn to speak before we get closer
wine and meat, wisdom, teeth
latch onto you to survive

i feel for you
i feel for you
i feel for you
will you feel for me?

i don't wanna be a failure to thrive

planning weddings in your bedroom
acting tough, tearing up
every time the blankets twist away

in fear i wear this veil, an heirloom:
blood for blood's not enough
i never exhale all the way

i feel for you
i feel for you
i feel for you
will you feel for me?

will you feel for me?

i don't wanna be a failure to thrive
Track Name: salt
and just like that i'm on the upswing
of a sine wave
going dada dada dada dada...

pour the salt on my driveway
watch it melt and run away
dada dada dada dada dada dada...

i'm picking up from the coming down and
i'm gonna turn this tide around
pour the salt on my driveway
watch it melt and run away

although
i never lived where it was cold
somehow i know, i know
i know what i know
i know what i know
as i came to know it, oh

i'm picking up from the coming down and
i'm gonna turn this tide around
pour the salt on my driveway
watch it melt and run away

i never lived where it was cold
somehow i know, i know
i know what i know
i know what i know
as i came to know it

although
i never lived where it was cold
somehow i know, i know
i know what i know
i know what i know
as i came to know it, oh

i'm picking up from the coming down and
i'm gonna turn this tide around
pour the salt on my driveway
watch it melt and run away

crest and trough are halves of wholes of
fortune's wheel held half in snow
pour the salt on my driveway
watch it melt and run away
Track Name: destrudo
so now it’s over
no need for closure
you couldn’t kill me if you tried,
so i made my escape

my corset tightened
a cast of diamond
i am the scaffold holding
up Las Vegas like a bank

oh are you frightened?
shall i enlighten?
hands up and pop the bottle
give me all your money, babe

(might let you have a taste)

you stand there useless
and call me ruthless,
but all i wanted was some
R-E-S-P-E-C-T

don’t even try it
i won’t deny it
i could have pulled the pin,
but honey that was up to me

and so i pulled it
down with my own ship
i stare my picture down
among a dozen mourners' wreaths

(have one on me)

you think i won’t break my toys?
just watch me now:

i've got this wild west town convinced,
all mourn my name and reminisce,
and yet the laws are not remiss,
cause on the books i don't exist,

<<tu veux savoir la vérité, Robert?
j’ai le fait.
je me suis faufilée dans le casino;
j’ai laissé tomber mon négligée ensanglanté dans l’aquarium;
j’ai fourré le requin plein d’appât;
et tu sais quoi?
je le ferais tout à nouveau —
juste pour vois ce regard pathétique sur ta gueule encore une fois.
c’est fini entre nous, Rob,
fini!>>

i'm fucking free!
Track Name: jiggle
basket of bread
plastic tablecloth
my family
i cringe, i dread
a weeknight out
about me

she's planned thousands of weddings in her head
but i don't have a girlfriend yet
put my foot in my mouth and my elbows on the table
not even something i'll regret

i know it isn't, i know it isn't
i know it isn't
the best, but i do what i –

i know it isn't, i know it isn't
i hope this isn't real life

i saw a man getting punched outside a Papa John's
(happy birthday)
i saw a man getting punched outside a Papa John's
(cake and first aid)

does anybody know, does anybody know, does anybody know how to sing happy birthday?

i forgot

thicker than water, get some ice
family dinner c-could be nice

(i know it isn't, i know it isn't,
i know it isn't
the best, but i do what i –
i know it isn't, i know it isn't,
i hope this isn't real life)

i saw a man getting punched outside a Papa John's
(happy birthday)
i saw a man getting punched outside a Papa John's
(cake and first aid)

does anybody know, does anybody know, does anybody know how to sing happy birthday?

i forgot
Track Name: open
i forgot to close the window
it all collapses when the wind blows
no boards
where i try to stand

poking holes in holy visions
personality’s a prison
it’s where,
not what, i am

every time i think i open up
i have to see and to say it
i have to sense and to stay

every time i think it must be done
i relax and respire
reconnect and reframe
remain awake

take a picture, wake it up, and take it off again
cut it off, and crack a mask, and take it off again
tear it out, and heat it up, and take it off again
see the limit and the spirit, take it off again

every time i think i open up
another wall grows a doorframe
another river to rename

every time i think it must be done
i settle down for a while
i let my fear decay
i walk away

i open, i open up

put it down, and grow it back, and take it off again
make it true, and let it bloom, and take it off again
see it through, and drop the game, and take it off again
i’m the wave, and i’m the wind, i take it off again