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Johnny Meyer
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Johnny Meyer I remember back long ago when I first picked up You & I at Sam Goody and listened to it for hours in high school, thinking how fresh and exciting it was. And now, nine years later, we've both grown into older skin, more resigned and nostalgic. But listening to the new album felt like reliving my youth again, like if mono no aware had a dance number, and I was dancing away. Thank you for everything!
Favorite track: Blue Smoke Draft.
Todd Harris
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Todd Harris One of the most criminally underrated bands of all time. With just three LP's to their name, Cut Off Your Hands have enjoyed a fantastically creative career ducking and weaving between genres to reinvent their sound with each release. This is their last; a triumphant, trance-inducing swan song that is sure to leave any listener (ironically) wanting more. Favorite track: Hate Somebody.
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Lows 02:03
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THERE'S ONLY LANGUAGE THERE'S ONLY CULTRE, THERE'S ONLY CONCRETE SLABS THERE'S ONLY PLANNING, ADMINISTRATION, AND MARKING LINES IN THE SAND THERE’S WAITING FOR COMMENCEMENT WAITING FOR THE MESSAGE WAITING FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE TO WALK INTO YOUR WORLD AND TELL YOU THAT YOU’VE MADE IT THAT ITS ALL ALRIGHT YOU’RE ON JUST HOLDING ON HOLDING ON TO YOUR HEAD YOU'RE ONLY JUST HOLDING ON HOLDING ON TO YOUR HEAD WELL IT SEEMS LIKE, IT SEEMS LIGHT THAT IT ALL BELONGS IN YOUR HEAD WE’RE ONLY JUST HOLDING ON HOLDING ON TO OUR HEADS THERE'S ONLY DANCING, AND SMALL COMPUTERS THERE'S ONLY WINDOWS AND DOORS THERE'S ONLY SAVINGS AND ACQUISITIONS, NEED NO CONVINCING AT ALL THAT I AM ON THE CORNER I AM ON THE OUTSIDE HOLDING OUT MY HAND JUST WAITING FOR THE TRAFFIC TO GET A LITTLE LIGHTER SO THAT I CAN CROSS YOU’RE ON JUST HOLDING ON HOLDING ON TO YOUR HEAD YOU'RE ONLY JUST HOLDING ON HOLDING ON TO YOUR HEAD WELL IT SEEMS LIKE, IT SEEMS LIGHT THAT IT ALL BELONGS IN YOUR HEAD I’M ONLY JUST HOLDING ON HOLDING ON TO OUR HEADS
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SOME CREEPS IN THESE CITY STREETS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOODS WE ALL LIVE WITH THEIR COIN STRUT TAKE THE SHORTCUT FAT MARKET, AUCTION FED SOMETIMES I (SOME TIMES I) SEE THEM (I SEE THEM) THEIR SYSTEMS SHUTTING DOORS WITH THEIR BOUNDARY FENCED (HEIGHT TO BOUNDARY) AND THEIR FACES BENT (AND THEIR FACES BENT) PAID 1.5 OR MAYBE MORE OH SO SLOW-LY HOW THE NEED TO HATE SOMEBODY HATE SOMEBODY GROWS SO SOWLY- ALL THE NEED TO HATE SOMEBODY (etc) INSIDE BLASTING HEAT PUMPS AT A VOLUME TO DROWN OUT FROM THE OUTSIDE FROM THE CORNER, WHERE KIM CALLS OUT TO THE CATS OH SO SLOW-LY HOW THE NEED TO HATE SOMEBODY HATE SOMEBODY GROWS SO SOWLY- ALL THE NEED TO HATE SOMEBODY (etc) STREET’S KEPT TO THE PRAM-STEP WATCH IT SUBDIVIDE AND WASH WHITE BUT THE TONGAN CHURCH AND HALFWAY HOUSE AND THE RENT BUMS “THEY GOTTA GO!” SOMETIMES I (SOME TIMES I) SEE THEM (I SEE THEM) AS SILHOUETTES OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD THEY AIN'T PAYIN ONE POINT FIVE FOR A SHITTY HOUSE ON THIS SHITTY STREET OH I DON'T KNOW OH SO SLOW-LY HOW THE NEED TO HATE SOMEBODY HATE SOMEBODY GROWS SO SOWLY- ALL THE NEED TO HATE SOMEBODY
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L4EO 00:53
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K, IT’S TIME YOU KNEW THIS THAT EVEN WHEN YOU'RE ACTING OUT YOUR WORST LIKE WHEN YOU WON'T CLICK LIKE WHEN YOU WON’T FIT, WONT SHAPE AND MOULD EXACTLY LIKE THE REST ALL IN ALL (ALL IN ALL) WHEN I FALL BACK TO MY SENSES I KNOW THAT I NEED YOU ALL IN ALL (ALL IN ALL) IT WHEN I KNOW WE SHOULD BE LISTENING TO EACH OTHER WE LIVE FOR EACH OTHER WHAT'S THE MATTER YOU? IT'S ALRIGHT WHAT CAN I DO? CAN I DO I'LL RIDE WITH YOU WE LIVE FOR EACH OTHER WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? IT'S ALRIGHT I'LL RIDE WITH YOU RIDE WITH YOU WHAT CAN I DO? WE LIVE FOR EACH OTHER ALRIGHT, I'M NOT THE EASY ONE I PUSH IT TO THE BRINK YOU KNOW THE SCORE I GET ALL TWISTED I GET ALL TURNT UP IVE WORN IT OUT A THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE THEN I FALL, ALL IN ALL, ALL IN ALL BACK TO MY SENSES I CAN'T LOSE ANOTHER ALL IN ALL, ALL IN ALL, ALL IN ALL LIKE A SISTER LIKE A BROTHER WE LIVE FOR EACH OTHER WHAT'S THE MATTER YOU? IT'S ALRIGHT WHAT CAN I DO? CAN I DO I'LL RIDE WITH YOU WE LIVE FOR EACH OTHER WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? IT'S ALRIGHT I'LL RIDE WITH YOU RIDE WITH YOU WHAT CAN I DO? WE LIVE FOR EACH OTHER
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On The Sea 03:46
ON THE SEA I WAIT FOR YOU YOUR HEAD IS TURNED YOUR HEART BEGINNING TO DETACH BUT IT'S OK I'M FASTENED TIGHT TO THE IDEA OF US AND I CAN'T SAY THAT I DON'T WANT YOU THAT I DON'T NEED YOU AT ALL I DON'T NEED YOU AT ALL ON THE STREET, ON THE STREET I TRY HARD - YEAH I TRY HARDER TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME - MAKE YOU LOVE ME BUT IT'S NO USE WHEN YOU WON'T LOOK AT ME AND I WON'T GO - NO I WON'T GO IM CLUTCHING TIGHT AT THE SPACE BETWEEN US IT STEEPS AND SWELLS - STEEPS AND SWELLS AND I'M WAITING FOR YOU ALL OF THE TIME I'M WAITING ON YOU I KEEP WAITING ON YOU
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IMG_030 01:58
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REMEMBER WHEN I CAME TO THE HOSPICE WHEN YOU STILL HAD IN ALL YOUR TEETH REMEMBER HOW I PLAYED YOU BLUE SMOKE ON YOUR IPAD REMEMBER HOW YOU TOLD ME A STORY OF LISTENING TO THAT SONG IN THE WAR ALTHOUGH UPON REFLECTION YOU WERE PROBABLY CONFUSED IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE THERE WAS HEALING MADE ME FEEL LIKE WE HAD SHARED MAGIC IN THE MUSIC SOUND OUT OF SILENCE OR MAYBE YOU WERE JUST ON A WAVE LENGTH OWING TO THE SHEAR AMOUNT OF OXYCONTIN FLOWING THROUGH YOUR SYSTEM THEN SOUND AFTER SILENCE SUN AFTER SUNLESS-NESS ALL THESE THINGS WE LEAVE UNSAID SOUND AFTER SILENCE SUN AFTER SUNLESS-NESS ALL THESE THINGS WE LEAVE UNSAID REMEMBER WHEN I CAME TO THE HOSPICE BY THE TIME THEY'D TAKEN YOUR TEETH REMEMBER HOW I PLAYED YOU BLUE SMOKE ON YOUR IPAD I REMEMBER THAT YOU TOLD ME YOU LOVED ME AND THE FEELING AS I DROVE AWAY THAT YOU WERE MOVING ON AND YOU MOVED ON THAT DAY SOUND INTO SILENCE SUN INTO SUNLESSNESS ALL THESE THINGS WE LEFT UNSAID SOUND INTO SILENCE SUN INTO SUNLESSNESS ALL THESE THINGS WE LEFT UNSAID SOUND INTO SILENCE SUN INTO SUNLESSNESS ALL THESE THINGS WE LEFT UNSAID SOUND INTO SILENCE SUN INTO SUNLESSNESS ALL THESE THINGS WE LEFT UNSAID SOUND AFTER SILENCE SUN AFTER SUNLESS-NESS ALL THESE THINGS WE LEAVE UNSAID SOUND AFTER SILENCE SUN AFTER SUNLESS-NESS ALL THESE THINGS WE LEAVE UNSAID
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about

The process of HLLH hasn’t exactly been a short one, in fact when we sat down together the other night to listen to the vinyl for the first time we mused at how, in the time since we began recording I’ve moved to Melbourne, and back, Brent and Jeremy have each had two kids, and Phil has got married and started a business.

We still are in love with these songs individually and as a whole and it’s been interesting to live with the music and thematically the lyrics for me also over this time. ‘On the Sea’ was written about a very significant relationship of mine that has come in and out of existence many times throughout the band’s lifetime and the words are again as relevant now as they were when I wrote them six years ago.

‘Blue Smoke Draft’ is as meaningful as it was a couple of years ago when I wrote it as is 'Live For Each other' - particularly in this context of lockdown/social isolation in which we’ve been confronted with the significance of our interpersonal relationships and dependence on one another.

There is however a line in ‘Hate Somebody’ which hasn’t aged well, which is that although in 2015 - when i wrote the lyrics - Auckland house prices seemed astronomical, these days you’d be doing very well to find a place in Crummer Rd for 1.5m.

It’s significant to us to be playing at Whammy Bar, just a few doors down the road from where it all began in dingy ol’ Eden’s Bar on Karangahape Rd back in 2006.

Times have changed and it’s definitely time to move on but we are happy to have this record to complete our collection and to share it with whoever is keen to come celebrate on 9 October at Whammy in Auckland and 30 October at San Fran Bath house in Wellington.

A limited run of Vinyls of HLLH are available nationwide and online through the good folk at Flying Out.

credits

released October 16, 2020

HLLH was recorded mostly between 2014 and 2018 at Jeremy Toy’s studio space at The Lab in Mt Eden, Auckland.

All songs were written by Nick Johston and COYH
Produced by Nick Johnston and Jeremy Toy
Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Jeremy Toy
Vinyl master by Mike Gibson
Elisapeta Heta and Soane Tui sing on Live For Each Other and On The Sea
Jonathan Lee plays guitars on most tracks
Jeremy Toy plays synths, Keyboards and percussion on most tracks
COYH did everything else on the record.

COYH:
Brent Harris - Drums, vocals
Philip Hadfield - Bass
Nick Johnston - Vocals, guitar

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A band of doggies from New Zealand, running around the yard doing our own thing.

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