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A Lovely Conversation (EP)

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The EP, A Lovely Conversation, and the forthcoming self-titled album were both recorded in stages over the course of 12 months at Fluff and Gravy Studios. The EP itself features the first single from the album (to be released in February 2017) along with 6 b-sides. Co-produced with John Shepski, the tried and true acoustic instrumentation that are the heart and soul of The Harmed Brothers remain, but they now form a bed for textures and layers that represent a turning point for the band. Nowhere is this more evident than the unshakeable single, “A Lovely Conversation”, with it’s layers of electric guitars, synths and keyboards. The EP also includes fresh arrangements for a trio of songs that first appeared on 2010’s All The Lies You Want To Hear (now out of print). Strings now soar in “When I Get Back” which features The Calamity Cubes as guest vocalists, horns swell in “Here Comes The Cadillac” and chimey electric guitars give new life to “One In The Garden”. It’s a hint of things to come for a band that began in 2009 as a guitar and banjo duo.

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released October 21, 2016

All songs written by The Harmed Brothers
Ray Vietti - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Alex Salcido - Banjo, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Piano, Keyboards

Produced by John Shepski and The Harmed Brothers
Recorded at Fluff and Gravy Studios (Portland, OR) by Juniana Lanning and John Shepski
Mixed at Fluff and Gravy Studios by Juniana Lanning
Horns arranged by Paul Brainard
(c)(p) Fluff and Gravy Music, BMI, 2016
Artwork and design by Reed Caldwell

Additional Musicians:
Jake Beckwith - Fiddle (2)
Paul Brainard - Trumpet (6)
Troy Broat - Bass (2,6)
Aaron Burtch - Drums (6)
Bobby Floyd - Drums (1-3,7)
Ben Kilmer - Drums (2)
Chad Lanning - Bass (1,3,7)
Jesse Marshall - Upright Bass (4,6)
Billy Mickelson - Cello (4.6)
Jason Montgomery - Dobro (4), Steel Guitar (3)
Scott van Schoik - Trombone (5,6)
John Shepski - Noise Guitar (1,7)
Anna Tivel - Violin, Octave Violin (4,6)
Mary Sue Tobin - Soprano Saxophone (5), Tenor Saxophone (6)
Bruce Withycombe - Baritone Saxophone (5,6)
The Calamity Cubes! (Brooke Blanche, Kody Oh, Joey Henry) - Vocals (6)

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Track Name: A Lovely Conversation
let it fall with the ashes
yesterday's finally begun
now we're climbing down the mountain
riding high like the bullets from a smoking gun

so what if nothing happened
we were out there having fun
a momentary satisfaction
we were young and way too dumb

baby i know
these things change

feels like i'm running from the police
like i stole $20 from your mama's purse
now we're hiding in the shadows
waiting for the doctor to bring a cure

if you still love me tomorrow
when all the money's gone
then you'll still love me tomorrow
when everything's gone wrong

baby I know
these things change

such a lovely conversation
but i wish we never met
Track Name: One In The Garden
One In The Garden

one foot in the door
the other's in my past
one hand in the air
the other's still on the glass

one eye on the door
the other's on the floor
i just don't I can live this way anymore

at the end of the world
on the top of a mountain
wearing a sleepy stare
like you knew something good was gonna happen

if i'm not there with you
just know it was because
you know i just couldn't live this way anymore

if we stick one foot in the grave
and one in the garden
maybe one day all our hearts will align
with all the things that made them soften
we've got one foot in the grave and
one in the light

found a star that shines
i know that it ain't mine.
cos all you stars you come and go
all the goddamn time
with one wish for my head
one for my heart
one for the door
they all say we shouldn't live this way anymore

if we stick one foot in the grave
and one in the garden
maybe one day all our hearts will align
with all the things that made them soften
we've got one foot in the grave and
one in the light

one foot in the door
the other's in my past
one hand in the air
the other's still on the glass

one eye on the door
the other's on the floor
i just don't I can live this way anymore

if we stick one foot in the grave
and one in the garden
maybe one day all our hearts will align
with all the things that made them soften
we've got one foot in the grave and
one in the light
Track Name: With Them Comes Hell
With Them Comes Hell

she only wanted to give her heart
she only wanted to give her heart
but now she's given up all her time
cleaning him up off the front yard

she only wanted to show him joy
she only wanted to show him joy
but he's such a mess
such a miserable boy
with him comes the void

i'll tell you once
i'll tell you time again
lovers beware a drunk musician
they've got a heart
they've got a story to tell
but with them comes hell

she's 26 but she feels 85
he's 29 but he feels 95
just dying, trying to keep their love alive
dying to survive

she only wanted to show him love
she only wanted to show him love
but now it's murder she's dreaming of
sweet death from above

i'll tell you once
i'll tell you time again
lovers beware a drunk musician
they've got a heart
they've got a story to tell
but with them comes hell.
Track Name: Bottle To Bottle
Bottle To Bottle

bottle to bottle is the life i live
got drunk and burned every goddamn bridge
there ain't no excuse for the things I did

so i'll be at your doorstep
come the morning

pick me up and dust me back off again
i'm getting too old for this life of sin
if heaven and hell, they don't exist
then i'll be
at your doorstep
come the morning

turn the television off
turn that bright red light back on

i've been in love
i've been love scorned
ain't no flower that ain't got thorns
every pretty girl in this town
knows where i'll be come the morning

turn the television off
turn that bright red light back on

bottle to bottle is the life i live
got drunk and burned every goddamn bridge
there ain't no excuse for the things I did

so i'll be at your doorstep
come the morning

turn the television off
turn that bright red light back on
Track Name: Here Comes The Cadillac
Here Comes The Cadillac

martha rolled out in an AVON cadillac
in a pepto bismol-colored suit
she spent her days slinging to her friends and acquaintances
she made her living in a living room
she made a killing in a living room

to an audience of bitter little hens
how they were clucking and flapping their wings
burping like tupperware
nursing a vein denied all the wisdom heir to aging

how the ugly duckling
was on her knees suckling the exhaust pipe
of an AVON cadillac

martha rolled out in a great big pink cadillac
with her smokes in a custom metallic case
she could never stand those housewife sticks
slender and slim

like a filter could pour out the perfect vision of a man
the idea held on longer than any real man could stand

how the apple was picked
then glued back to the branch
who knows when the worms decide on coming back?

here it comes
ladies don't you fear the calvary
the AVON cadillac
here it comes
it hears you rattle and it hears you him
don't you fear
the AVON cadillac

how the apple was picked
then glued back to the branch
who knows when the worms decide on coming back?

how the ugly duckling
was on her knees suckling the exhaust pipe
of an AVON cadillac
Track Name: When I Get Back (with Calamity Cubes)
When I Get Back

i'm going down
to where my love don't mean a thing
cos we're all pining for something to speak of
when i get back
i might be a little worse
but will you still love me?

i'm falling fast
like a bird that's lost its feathers
that's been pining for
a note to deliver
when i get back
i might not say a word
but will you still love me?

i'm facing down
like a drunkard in a river
that's been fighting for
all he can't remember
when i get back
i can't promise i'll be sober
but will you will you still love me?

i'm going down
in a suit made for the winter
it was tailor made for a sinner
when i get back
i might be in a hearse
but will you still love me?

but will you still love me?
Track Name: A Lovely Conversation (radio edit)
A Lovely Conversation

let it fall with the ashes
yesterday's finally begun
now we're climbing down the mountain
riding high like the bullets from a smoking gun

so what if nothing happened
we were out there having fun
a momentary satisfaction
we were young and way too dumb

baby i know
these things change

feels like i'm running from the police
like i stole $20 from your mama's purse
now we're hiding in the shadows
waiting for the doctor to bring a cure

if you still love me tomorrow
when all the money's gone
then you'll still love me tomorrow
when everything's gone wrong

baby I know
these things change

such a lovely conversation
but i wish we never met