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This song came out of a Hebrew reading session with Daniel Stulac and Josh Gritter. We were reading the Akedah and I was struck by the detail that Abraham made Isaac carry the wood for his own pyre. It was a moment when a lot of the young men in my life were struggling with their fathers and I thought--we can probably throw Father Abraham under the bus on this one.


When daddy says carry the wood,
You carry the wood.
Threw out your back
To do what you could.
And I know, you hate that you swore to be good,
Carrying son.

When daddy says get in the car
You get in the car.
Follow him anywhere
No matter how far.
He tells you who are.

In Moriah
There’s a mythic destination
Where your father’s approval
Flows like gasoline.
And you’ll carry
The flame for your own execution
And the only thing that can save you now
Is if judgment comes like rain.

When daddy says carry the wood
You carry the wood.
You mother married him
She must have understood
That one day he’d take you away
One day he’d make you carry--


from The Awful Rowing EP, released September 11, 2015



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Hardworker Durham, North Carolina

Sus Long left Oakland, CA in 2013 (and duo Kit Carson, a collaboration with Ian James Walters) to move to Durham. That same year, she met bass and banjo player Michael Conner and the two started meeting up to play Ramones covers. The friends kept making friends with musical friends and this bluesy folk band has grown to include guitarist Danny Nowell, singer Alex Treyz, and drummer Dave Berka. ... more

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