Overture

by Hooray for Our Side

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Hooray for Our Side's first full-length album, new for 2016! Crowdfunded through Indiegogo, "Overture" features new material from H4OS, featuring a healthy mix of their own brand of ska-punk and soul-rock inspired tunes, including a newly re-recorded version of their fan favorite "Outatime".

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released December 30, 2015

Katon Guinen - lead guitar/backing vocals
Branden Herron - tuba/sousaphone
Kevin Heydman - bass guitar
Drew Pedersen - trombone
Keith Roberts - drums
Corey Simmons - trombone/backing vocals
Evan Wohrman - lead vocals

Additional personnel:
Brian Chapman - backing vocals
Tahlena Chikami - backing vocals
Veg Crash McCoy - backing vocals
David Parris - backing vocals
Vincent Walker - keyboards/tambourine/additional percussion

Produced and recorded by Vincent Walker
Mixed and mastered by Tristan Dolce at Gower House Productions, Los Angeles, CA

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Track Name: Twenty Homes
Twenty homes and I'm still not home
I lie in bed outside my comfort zone
Sleep inside unfamiliar walls
I want a place to call my own
But I've been made a stowaway
And the seas are not so kind these days
I've fallen overboard
And I'm pretty sure I've forgotten how to swim

At night I dream of better days
Not lived paycheck to paycheck
To pack my things and run away

I'm growing up through burning out
Still don't understand what I'm about
And rest assured that I'm not fine
I'm showing off to cover up
I don't know what I'm made of
Hope my true self shows up in time
Shows up in due time

So thank you to the friends that I still got
Apologies to all the ones I've lost
I hope the ones who stuck around
Can lead the way for me because
The color's fading from my sense of sight
I'm making lists of the problems in my life
Start waking up at noon to the sounds
Of tsunami sirens wailing in the distance

Tonight we drink to better days
Not spent paycheck to paycheck
To pack our things and fly away
Track Name: Find Your Sound
Blood runs deep
Hold onto all the pints that you don't leave
From the worst of you all splattered on the ground
Collect yourself please
There's a better side of you to see
Forget everything and let music take you there

Find your noise
Fills the hole inside yourself
Gives you slack to hold onto
Find your sound
When the world kicks you around
It keeps you ticking through and through
It keeps you ticking through and through

Oh, self control
Your lack of it will start to eat your soul
So make the best of you before you're in the ground
For there is harmony
Buried down past your cacophony
Listen closely now and maybe you can hear

It keeps you ticking through and through
It keeps you ticking
Track Name: Valerie
Well, sometimes I go out by myself
And I look across the water
And I think of all the things, what you're doing
And in my head I paint a picture

Well, since I've come on home,
Well, my body's been a mess
And I've missed your ginger hair
And the way you like to dress
Won't you come on over?
Stop making a fool out of me
Why don't you come on over Valerie?

Valerie
Valerie
Valerie
Track Name: Alive, Aligned
I remember for the first time
Being locked inside that dark room
Collapsing under weight of self-inflicted shame
Then everything went black
And when I woke I found myself in shock that I had kept myself intact

There's a science that holds me together
Synapses formed to stop my melting mind
Ties to my old self I have severed
So 'scuse me while I kiss that life goodbye
'Cause I am alive
And I am aligned

I'm walking back on steady ground
I've bandaged up those broken bones
I've come back home
I'm coming back around
Now I've truly started over
I made a change in chemistry
In saving me
I've learned from my own history

There's a science that held me together
In spite of my own goddamned troubled mind
Ties to my old self I have severed
So 'scuse me while I kiss that life goodbye
'Cause I am alive
And I am aligned

I might still look the same
Despite the changes in my brain
I'm holding fast in a world gone insane
I've been pushed to the edge
That's where chapter one ends
Now I'm back and I've brought all my friends
It's an accident I found my purpose
I keep myself about my person, yeah
I am alive
And I am aligned

I am alive
Track Name: Don't Panic
Where have you gone?
A direction I never expected
It seems your new job's
A profession I never respected
Who are you now?
Who writes your path?
Is it you? Did someone take the pen from you now?
I know you wanna skip to the ending
The future's still unwritten
Why spoil the mystery?

If you're so shaken by the light
Maybe you spent too long inside
Can you really call this life
When you're just wasting time?
Been looking for a sign
Of all the ways you shine
Man, you should realize
That there's a brighter side

It's so pitiful
The way we fall
Sometimes you wonder if you were ever really standing up at all
Who are you now?
Where have you gone?
Were you really this broken all along?
I'm beginning to think that you want this
So please do something that's gonna prove me wrong

So please don't panic
Oh no

Step out into the light
And leave this all behind
Now that you've got it right
I know that you'll be fine
You've finally seen the signs
Of all the ways you shine
Now that you realize
That there's a brighter side

There's a brighter side (x8)
Track Name: Little Windows
Observing from a distance
To get to know each other
Without saying a word
We're just peering through these little windows
Moments last for only seconds
Diversions turn into obsessions
Without so much as a word
We're just peering through these little windows

The little windows
The little windows
That don't let in no light
I'm feeling kinda fed up

Well, thank you for the mention
It's nice to feel included
But if the feeling was real
I could smash to bits all these little windows
Back in the day we always used to try
Now lost the will for us to aim so high
But this is what we choose to do with what we got
We choose to be the thing we want but what we're not
Yeah

The little windows
The little windows
That don't let in no light
I'm feeling kinda fed up
The little windows
Yeah, yeah, alright
They don't let in no light
I'm feeling kinda fed up

I'm feeling kinda fed up
I'm feeling kinda fed up
They don't let in no light
I'm feeling kinda fed up, yeah
Track Name: Looking Up
Well, things are looking up
I got champagne in my cup
And I got you
On my mind again
But I've been feeling kinda strange
I tried to rearrange
But my heart
Looks for you, girl, again

Well, I'm on the up and up
I got champagne in my cup
And I got you
On my mind again
So tell me what it's worth
To move the heavens and the earth
To get you
By my side
Oh, babe, I need you

Well, I don't know what I was looking for
All I know is that I wasn't looking
High enough
But then you walked into my life
And now I've finally seen your light
Whoa
Babe, I tell you things are looking up
Track Name: Way Out
You don't tell us where you go at night
But you're a ghost, a master of the dark
You thought you'd hide behind the guns and knives
To cut and shoot without leaving a mark
Because you don't have a name and you don't have a soul
You work for whoever gives you the gold
A sellsword and a gun for hire
Who's got the water when you started the fire?

Fast cars and laser beams
Machine guns and beauty queens

You took the wrong way in
And now there's no way out
I should've listened to myself and all my doubts
I took the same way in
To find the wrong things out
I took the same way in
And now there's no way out
You took this world and you flipped it upside down
When you play to win
There's no way out
No way out

You made your breakout from your cell last night
But left a trail and evidence behind
The cigarettes, the blood and bullet holes
The fingerprints you thought we'd never find
Because you don't have a name and you don't have a soul
You work for whoever gives you the gold
A sellsword and a gun for hire
Who's got the water when you started the fire?
Track Name: The Mess You Made
Oh, what an awful day
Look at the mess you made
While the soundtrack to your mistakes
Rings out like explosions in the background
There's not much left to say
You've proved that you can't play
Embarrassed and afraid like children
You know you gotta get out right now

Right now
Somehow
Look at the mess you made
Oh, get out right now
Right now
Somehow
There's not much left to say
You gotta get out right now

Oh, what an awful day
Stuck in the mess you made
While the voices in your head
Scream like the breaking glass
A shattered glass don't hold no water
Just like the words you can't piece together
When you're embarrassed and afraid like me
And I know I gotta get out right now

Right now
Somehow
Look at the mess you made
Oh, get out right now
Right now
Somehow
There's not much left to say
You gotta get out right now
Track Name: This Planet Needs a Hero
So the plans are set in motion
You can lock yourselves in and wait it out
These are the last days
All in, you've played and lost the game
No place to go, no more place to stay
If it's all the same, my friend
It'll all add up to nothing in the end
(If you don't do anything)

What's worth saving
And what's worth letting go?
You never really think about it
Until it's time to go
Will someone save us?
Or will they let us die?
Somebody out there cares, I know it
Somebody out there cares, I know
This planet needs a hero
This planet needs a hero

Wildfires extinguish downtown lights
Highwaymen terrorize the night
Looking for their lowest low (the lowest, the lowest, the lowest of the low)
How the hell we got here, well we'll never know
Madmen outstanding in their field
Bloodstained alleys and backstreets had revealed
(The heroes, defenders, protectors of life)
Would find themselves cut down at the end of a knife

You could save this whole wide world
Hero to all good boys and girls
But on the couch, you'll still remain
Watching reruns and wondering

What's worth saving
And what's worth letting go?
You never really think about it
Until it's time to go
Will someone save us?
Or will they let us die?
Somebody out there cares, I know it
Somebody out there cares, I know

'Cause you know your life sucks
When you're down to ten bucks
And a bottle full of sin
You don't know how the fuck
You wore down your luck
And you boxed yourself right in

But you still put on your mask
And when they ask, you'll say, "I'm here"
I'm here
I'm here
I'm here
And then the world will know
There's nothing to fear 'cause you're here
I'm here
I'm here
I'm here

What's worth saving
And what's worth letting go?
You never really think about it
Until it's time to go
Will someone save us?
Or will they let us die?
Somebody out there cares, I know it
Somebody out there cares, I know
This planet needs a hero
This planet needs a hero
This planet needs a hero
Track Name: Outatime
From suburban homes in RSM
To faithlessness and a punk rock band
I didn't think that it'd all go by so fast
Community service and late night shows
I'm not sure where my time goes
I didn't think that it'd all go by so fast
It goes by so fast
Go!

So stay if you want
Or you can just go
My high self-esteem's hit an all-time low
It seems once again
That I've lost a friend
My mind's in the red
Where has everybody gone?
They're missing out on all my songs
I think I'm doing something wrong
There's no one left to sing along
Somewhere along the way I lost it, yeah

'Cause I didn't think
It'd go by so fast
I used to be first but now I'm last
And I used to think that I had some class
One second here, now it's all in the past
'Cause I didn't think
It'd go by so fast
If I was out there
I know I would not last
And I used to think that I had some class
One second here, now it's all in the past

So hand me a pen
I'll write down these words
Put my thoughts on paper
So you can be sure
If it happens again
You won't lose a friend
With means to your ends
Here's what I said:
They're missing out on all my songs
I think I'm doing something wrong
There's no one left to sing along
Maybe that's the way I want it
Yeah, yeah, yeah

So look at me now
What do you see?
I'm everything I want to be
Did I fail?
Did I succeed?
I didn't turn out perfectly
I fought the bullshit
I fought the smears
I wrote these songs for my own ears
The ticking clock's what I most fear
We're out of time, I'm sorry dear

'Cause I didn't think
It'd go by so fast
I used to be first but now I'm last
And I used to think that I had some class
One second here, now it's all in the past
'Cause I didn't think
It'd go by so fast
If I was out there
I know I would not last
And I used to think that I had some class
One second here, now it's all in the past

(I'm sorry dear) (x4)
One second here, I'm sorry dear
Track Name: Come and Get Your Love
Hey (hey)
What's the matter with your head? Yeah
Yeah
Hey (hey)
What's the matter with your mind and your sign and oh
Hey (hey)
Nothin's the matter with your head, baby, find it
Come on and find it
Hell with it baby, 'cause you're fine and you're mine
And you look so divine

Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get your love

Hey (hey)
What's the matter with your feel right?
Don't you feel right, baby?
Hey, oh, yeah
Get it from the main vine, alright
I said find it, find it, darling, love it if you like it
Yeah
Hey (hey)
It's your business if you want some, take some
Get it together, baby

Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get your love

Come and get your love, come and get your love, come and get your love now
Come and get your love, come and get your love, come and get your love now
Come and get your love, come and get your love, come and get your love now
Come and get your love, come and get your love, come and get your love now

Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get your love

Hey (hey)
What's the matter with your feel right?
Don't you feel right, baby?
Hey, oh, yeah
Get it from the main vine, alright

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na (Come and get your love)
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, woo (Come and get your love)
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na (Come and get your love)
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, ha (Come and get your love)

Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get your love
Come and get it