Hunger Hush

by Hunger Hush

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released April 7, 2011

Produced by Lorrie Matheson
Recorded and mixed by Lorrie Matheson at Arch Audio
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering
All songs written by Hunger Hush (SOCAN)
Hunger Hush is:
Steve Wirzba- electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Alastair Pollock- keys, horns, vocals
Andrew Smale- bass, slide guitar
Ben Tan- drums, percussion



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Hunger Hush Calgary, Alberta

Hunger Hush plays wiry indie-rock with a flair for the experimental. They've played across Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, and performed at CMF 2013. Careful craftspeople and troublesome young men.

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Track Name: Gold Rush
Miners fine, you and I
We dug so deep we couldn’t sleep
Searching for the light inside
It’s getting thin, the oxygen
Hold your breath, get set
Our cave implodes, just let it ride

Gold rushin’ oh gold rushin’
Out of my soul I push it
On down the mountainside
And break on through your ocean tide

Riches great, ours to take
Pockets filled with hard thrills
All that’s left is the getaway
But what pursues is a sick ruse
The fear of life in the full light
Please don’t let us fade away
Track Name: Northern Nights, Southern Strides
On a cold October night I left you on a northbound train
Six long months till I’ll be back again
Up and over countryside with barren trees and crops all slain
Try and keep your warmth with next of kin

I feel your heart beating, buried deep in autumn snow
The coursing of your blood will take me home
You feel my soul flowing, even though the river froze
The current underneath it never slows; it strides to you

Winter nights were long and brutal, sky was frigid, black like oil
Dug down deep, found patience in my core
But now those darkened days are over, pistons churn and water boils
Southward bound the smoke in billows soars

Closer now your heart beating, lying in the melting snow
The coursing of your blood will bring me home
Closer now, my soul flowing, long ago the river froze
The current underneath it never slows

But I have seen the wreck of love spread thick across these lands
And I scraped and fought and toiled with black and calloused hands
For you

I feel your heart beating, barely held within your clothes
The coursing of your blood has brought me home
You feel my soul flowing , overtake these fragile bones
The current underneath never slowed
For you
Track Name: Waiting On July
I’m waiting on July
With emerald eyes that shine
I’m waiting on July
And don’t you even try, to steal my dear July
I count the days till her gaze is raised to mine

You’re waiting on her too?
With all that we’ve been through
I know her eyes are blue
And what’ve I got to do, to keep her eyes off you
You’ll never sow seeds in rows that grow and bloom

Look at that, you went and bought her flowers
Look at that, they went and wilted in the hours
That we’ve been waiting on July
Look at that, you went and wrote her a love song
Look at that, it’ only five pathetic lines long
I’d write five pages for July
July… the girl with blue (green) eyes

We’ve waited patiently
For your company
July, where can you be?
Or could you possibly, with your teal eyes deceived
Both of us, blind with lust we must concede

Spite, is what we felt tonight
When your brown eyes walked by
Beside some other guy
Track Name: Quiet Weight
The callous and the spiteful we’ll leave behind
With all their coy indifference so well defined
And they’ll sing their praise in bitter drawl
Celebrated distance, tired and small
Tired and small, we’ll leave them all behind

Raise your quiet weight, cast it by
Take your needless hate, let it die
Lift your clouded eyes from the ground
Cause I can’t hear your heartbeat’s stifled sound

If it’s witty turns of phrase you need to speak
Then wit alone and praise are all you’ll reap
And to feel the bitter pull of love undone
Is to know the words to say and hold your tongue
Brimming mind and empty lungs, what for

Raise your quiet weight, cast it by
Take your needless hate, let it die
Lift your clouded eyes from the ground
Cause I can’t keep your bitter heart around
Track Name: The Urgency
Lightning talk and feet in socks in snow
Spirit eyes and I’m quiet
Heavy hands and hearts of sand dissolve
Building sighs and I’m quiet

I am bursting at the seams
With what you give and what you take away
Pushing hard for more
With this year comes the urgency
And so we carve it in the sidewalk’s core

Limbs all low with green and white and gold
Hey Rose, let’s tear it down
This year so new, it’s long o’erdue, explode
Lord knows we’ll tear it down

The city heaves, you’re twenty, feed the roar!
Fire burns and we churn

I am bursting at the seams
Bursting with this urgency
Track Name: The Four-Hour Record Store Circuit
My stride is strong in this city
My eyes are locked on all I see ‘round me
My thoughts are fire escapes that set me free
From roof to roof I flee

My words are weak when I’m with you
They fail to even say what I can’t do
They twist and turn like streets and avenues
I’ll walk the blocks to you

Your words say words alone wont do
Our mouths can bring about sounds far more true
When closed are doors and darker is the hue
Of rooms I share with you

Our strides don’t match in this city
Our eyes are locked upon each other’s need
For fire escapes to perfect company
Not yet found in this city

And though the search for love is tough indeed
Let us not search perpetually