The Hood River EP

by Austin Heat

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about

We recorded in an old theater in Washington state, the Bingen Theater. I loved it from the second I walked in. That old stuff always makes my stomach feel all funny, like I'd been there before or at least I belong there now, and this was perfect. There's a balcony, so I immediately walked up the steps and sat down in the front row of the balcony and just took it all in. It was freezing in there and nothing was set up, it was kind of a mess, but I looked out at it and it felt like home. Even better, onstage to the left behind two ancient doors was the vocal booth. Just a tiny little space with Christmas lights strung up on the wall, one chair, a tiny table and a mic stand..and it was all I needed. We spent hours setting up, and then we had a week to record whenever our schedule allowed for it. Recording there was incredible for me. When we did our first album, we recorded the tracks in one night and then spent months overdubbing things like vocals, bass, extra guitar tracks..I think that's the norm for recordings these days. For the EP, almost everything you hear was done together and played/sung live. I'm really proud of that, and I don't want to do it any other way anymore. Besides some keyboard tracks, acoustic guitar, some percussion and the trumpets, everything happened at those sessions at the theater. That makes me really happy.

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released 10 August 2013

Recorded - November, 2012 @ Big River Recording in The Bingen Theater, Washington
Engineer - Rick Hulett
Assistant Engineer - Christian Burrows

Austin Roach: Guitars; Trumpet; Vocals; Production/Mix
Dexter Walker: Drums; Vocals
Freddie Marshall: Bass
Don Burrows: Keys; B3
Brian Scartocci: Lead Vocals; Percussion; Album Art

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Track Name: Aware, We Go From Here
And aware we go from here
And aware we go from here
And aware we go from here
One thing that's clear

I know, I know, I know, I know by now
This too shall fade away
But I won't, I won't, I won't, I won't allow
A life of yesterday

And aware we go from here
And aware we go from here
And aware we go from here
One thing that's clear

I know, I know, I know, I know that I
That I've left something here
But I won't, I won't, I won't, I won't deny
It may someday reappear

Birds, they circle
Circle a castle
But they don't know
Quite what they're after
If they shall capture
Soon it won't matter
Onto the next one, you'll see

And aware we go from here
And aware we go from here
And aware we go from here
And while the story's not quite clear
We go on without a fear
Which direction should we steer?
I pray that path shall soon appear

And aware we go from here
Where we go from here
Where we go
This bond I so hold dear to me
Track Name: Drifting
Drifting on a stream in the sun
Drifting 'til my race has been run
Will I ever make it to shore?
I don't even care anymore

Drifting through this world by and by
Drifting with a gleam in my eye
Could a feeling such as this go unheard?
No sir, now that would be absurd

Drifting with a tune in my head
The man that wrote it's sure 'nuff long dead
Drifting by myself feeling fine
You can join me if you feel so inclined

Sun rays, they warm up my skin
Breeze cools me off again
Drifting on with no sense of time
Lay here 'til I clear my mind

The bees are a'hummin'
The cows are a'singin'
Sweet nectar is a'flowin'
Abundant milk and honey

And we're drifting
Yeah we're drifting honey
We're drifting to the promised land

You can join me if you feel so inclined
Track Name: Baby (Hard To Handle)
Baby, here I am I'm a man on the scene
I can give you what you want but ya got to come home with me
I've got some good ol' lovin' and I got some more in store
When I get through throwin' it on ya, you got to come back for more

Boys and things will come by the dozen
That ain't nothin' but drug store love
Pretty little thing let me light your candle cause mamma I'm sure hard to handle now
(Yes I am)

Action speaks louder than word and I'm a man with a real experience
I know you've got you another man but I can love you better than him
Take my hand, don't be afraid, I wanna prove every word I say
I'm advertising love for free so won't you place your ad with me

Boys and things will come by the dozen
That ain't nothin' but drug store love
Pretty little thing let me light your candle cause mamma I'm sure hard to handle now
(Yes I am)

Baby, here I am I'm a man on the scene
I can give you what you want just come go home with me
I've got some good ol' lovin' and I got some more in store
When I get through whippin' it on ya baby come on home for more

Boys and things will come by the dozen
That ain't nothin' but ten cent love now
Pretty little thing let me light your candle cause mamma mamma mamma mamma mamma
Oh yes I am baby

Hey mamma, said I'm
(Sure hard to handle baby)
x7

Baby, here I am
Track Name: Bidness
You wonderin' bout your children
Just look how you've perspired
Hey you knew the hour would come boy
Pack your bags you're fired
Let me be the one to learn you
Don't you ever speak your mind
Cause when you've left your door wide open
Then your life is on the line

Oh no no
No no no
It's just business
It's only business

Are those really years you're cryin'?
Do you expect for me to care?
I've got all from you I needed
So where you came from, go back there
Why would I bother with an apple..
When the juice is just not there?
I'll sleep just fine this evenin'
Whether you smile or feel despair
Yeah

Oh no no no
No no no
It's just business

You got criminal intentions
Are you sure you're justified?
G'head and label me the bad guy
Try and restore some of your pride
You'll never reach me from the bottom
I only laugh to watch you try
It costs your life to reach the top, girl
Are you prepared the sacrifice?

Oh no no no
No no no
Oh no no no
No
Oh no no no
Nooo
It's just business
Track Name: A Few More Lines
I can't seem to find
A very good reason to rhyme
Leaving town in a short, short time
I'd like to leave something behind
But I'm finding it hard
To keep open my eyes
And I've got no resolution
And it's causing me great confusion
So..

So let me sing a few more lines

Now it's nice to be needed
But someday you'll be succeeded
Ain't no time to stop and whine
Wait your turn, get back in line
And when the embers burn hotter
Put down that bucket of water
The fire's all you got, but it's a double knot
Hey just stop

And let me sing a few more lines
Whoa let me sing a few more lines
Oh let me sing a few more lines

We're gonna burn it down
This road will fall away
The fever's brewing now
It's a new day
We're gonna leave this town
Hammer to the steel
We're gonna answer why it's fire that I feel
Don't let the smoke burn black (Whoa)
Don't let the smoke burn black (Whoa)

When I feel fine
And there's a grin on my mind
And this old rockin' chair, it just don't care
What clothes it is that I choose to wear
And it's so easy to break through the mold
As the brown begins to fade to gold
But when I think about bloodshed
I've got to scratch my head
So let me sing a few more lines
If you'd let me

I'd like to sing a few more lines..