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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

Hardworker is a five-piece rock band from Durham, NC. The band formed in 2015 when Sus Long and Mike Conner traded in their folk duo for something a bit louder with guitarist Danny Nowell and vocalist Alex Treyz.

The band’s debut LP Go Alone was produced by Alex Bingham and engineered by Mitch Easter at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville, North Carolina. It will be released in summer 2017.
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