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We’re beyond excited to announce that we’ll be releasing Polyenso’s(ex-Oceana) 2013 LP ‘One Big Particular Loop' on double 12” vinyl. It brings a great sense of fulfillment to work with a band whose music you love personally and have followed for years. Pre-orders will be up soon via our BigCartel web store.

While on tour with Native Wildlife and deathdealer., we met up with Scrap Kids in the hills of Pittsburgh to do a live video for a special edition of Harold’s Hooligans.

Set List:

1. Through Us

2. Soul Searching

3. Playing The Role, Baby

4. Now What?

5. Resentment

You can find most of these songs available for download here:

https://scrapkids.bandcamp.com

Check out the Harold’s Hooligans archive here:

http://headsuprecords.com/category/haroldsweeklyhooligans/

Thanks to Dalton Patton for the video!

Harold’s Weekly Hooligans

June 10th: Science Fiction, by Native Wildlife

From John Snyder(guitar/vocals):

“My current lyrical motivations stem from aspects of my life which have changed dramatically in recent months. Primary among these was finally taking time to think about things which I have repeatedly pushed away. Upon finishing undergrad in January, I was suddenly confronted with vast amounts of free time. This was wonderful at first, until I realized that four years’ worth of suppressed introspection was catching up on me. While I was consumed by school and music activities, my subconscious slowly accumulated a tangled mess of questions about spirituality, human nature, the utility (or futility) of human social and technological progress, and our place in the universe.

It’s been a lot to digest, and at first I was not exactly sure how to cope. Fortunately, our lineup change a few months ago gave me the inspiration to use lyrics as a place to express my questions, fears, and anxieties. Being a new vocalist is stressful on many levels, but most importantly I wanted to write beyond the cliches of so many other bands. Not to mention, I definitely have big lyrical shoes to fill after Steve’s departure, as anyone who has heard our song “Devil’s Daughter” will know.

With that aside, I will get into the song itself. “Science Fiction” is one of what I suspect will be many songs addressing my thoughts about being a tiny speck in a grand cosmos. The opening lines talk about how I think it is presumptuous to claim a single ideology is the best way to live ones life. But at the same time, I am rather paralyzed by the thought of learning all kinds of philosophy and religion and most likely failing to get anywhere. Nothing is more sobering than realizing how little you actually understand. (Side note: our other track on the split, “Creation Myth”, is about how the viscerally conflicting emotions I have been experiencing due to questioning and rejecting ideas which previously defined my life.)

I touch on something a bit deeper here as well. I am afraid for any of this to come to a resolution. What if I find an answer that I don’t like, or is otherwise unsatisfactory? What does one do when a life-defining journey comes to a close? The likelihood of that happening is incredibly small, but I find myself dwelling on it. Of course, the alternative is that the universe we live in is too hopelessly complex for anyone to ever grasp.

Later in the song, there’s a bit of an “I was born at the wrong time” sentiment. We have all of these incredible questions in front of us, but nobody my age will probably live long enough to see them answered. I have immense difficulty accepting that. Yet despite all of this, I really do try to keep a positive outlook. There will always be a subset of humanity with the wonder and drive to answer big questions and guide us into the future. I doubt I will be around to see it, but the idea is a beautiful one nevertheless. All we can do is try. Let curiosity and love guide you.

Thanks for reading, listening and supporting us!”

Download this song and previous material from the band here!

Harold’s Weekly Hooligans

May 26th: Void of Tongue, by Lesser Men

From Robbie(vocals):

"Okay, so, it’s going to be kind of difficult to explain one song without any context, so I’ll quickly summarize the EP and the way it’s written.

I suppose one could label it a concept album. More of a fictional narrative metaphorically (and loosely at that) based on the process of exterior and interior events I experienced a few years ago because of a certain person’s choices. It’s split up into chapters containing main events, arranged in chronological order. Each ‘chapter’ is a song on the EP. The songs themselves don’t really create a story, even in succession, just because there’s a lack of detail and depth that I could fit within the 2-5 minute time span of the songs we had written, as well as having to keep a rhythm and smoothly flow with the music; but they’re based on this narrative. I haven’t actually written it though. So, the EP is based on an idea for a narrative I have floating around in my head. So that’s confusing and I just realized I’m out of my fucking mind, but let’s continue. 

The story is set in ancient Greece, and deals with ancient Greek mythology. It follows a sailor through the tragedy of his wife taking her life, and the dull pain of having to continue living without meaning. It then follows him to the afterlife and continues to follow him on his journey to find his wife’s spirit. 

In this particular song, the main character has just arrived in the underworld, and upon approaching Charon (the ferryman of Hades who guides newly deceased souls across the many rivers of the underworld), realizes he cannot pay Charon’s toll (family of the deceased would place coins over the eyes or under the tongue of the dead so that when their family member reached Charon, the family member could pay him to navigate the rivers). From there we follow the main character through his ‘alternative payment’, which is to walk on the shore of the river Styx for 100 years.

To be honest, I hate that I chose this style of writing for this EP. Other folks can create real art through writing like this, but I can’t and I felt like I was just cheating myself and anyone who listened to it. Not that I didn’t try my hardest to write genuinely, but I just realized that I am not good at writing like this, and there’s nothing wrong with that. On top of that, the part of the lyrics that I actually connected to and really felt, were so skewed and buried under fiction, that the lyrics aren’t important to me at all. I still like the plot of the narrative, but I just think trying to put it to music was a bad idea and it didn’t turn out exactly how I thought it would. I’ve learned from this writing experience, and I think that’s almost more valuable than being able to write in this style successfully. Maybe not. But regardless, it’s certainly been a positive failure. Everything I’ve written since then has been pretty much the opposite of this style of writing, and I’m really proud of the new stuff we’re working on.”

Download this song and previous material from the band here!

Harold’s Hooligans: May 19th

Band: Grandview

Song: To The Sun

From Billy:

"This song is kind of fucked up. I don’t really want to get into specifics, because any song is going to be cooler when you can interpret it on your own and find your own kind of meaning in it, but I will say it’s definitely the lowest point on the album. We made it the last song on side A of the record as a way to wrap up a lot of the darker themes that get brought up and give way for some of the more positive vibes.

I’d like to think we conveyed all of the anger/confusion/disappointment/bullshit that was being felt at the time without sounding too cheesy. Our biggest priority coming into the writing process was just to be genuine. We didn’t want to be one of those bands that writes sad music because glorifying depression is trendy nowadays (a fucked up concept in itself), and we didn’t want to brand ourselves as a “sad” band because that’s just straight silly. The most natural thing to do was to just write what we felt, and a lot of the material ended up more disheartening than uplifting because we were reflecting on a lot of disheartening aspects of our lives at the time. I’m definitely proud of this song for what it is, but I hope we never write a song like it again.”

Download this song and previous material from the band here!