Have Heart - Songs to Scream At the Sun CD - $10

Have Heart launched onto the worldwide hardcore scene in 2006 with the release of their debut full-length The Things We Carry. The world of hardcore was caught by surprise, and calling the album “breakthrough” would be an understatement. Reviews were nothing short of flawless, with Punknews.org saying, “It's impossible for words to do this album justice.” The album received multiple “Hardcore Album Of The Year” nods and extensive press recognition such as being named one of AP’s Bands To Know. The band went from a regional hardcore band with a passionate following to Boston’s worldwide hardcore torch-bearers that would play every continent except Africa and Antarctica, selling out shows everywhere with Bane, Ceremony, Verse, Madball, Terror and even playing 50,000 person festivals in Columbia with Coheed & Cambria. So the ultimate question is this-how do they follow up the last two years?

Songs To Scream At The Sun is the result of those two years. Lyrically and vocally, frontman Pat Flynn puts forward nothing short of ten intense and chilling songs-opening up personally in a way he only hinted at for The Things We Carry. As frontman Pat Flynn said, “Songs To Scream At The Sun is the coming of age story. It’s about the growing process of a young kid shaking the chains of selfishness, but it’s everything about what you lose and gain in that process of growing up.” The songs have an honest, yet poetic reflection that digs deep into the private lives that are shared by everyone-the deconstruction and dismantling of one’s life and the eventual rebuilding and rebirth. This is at times dark and depressing, but Flynn’s lyrics never lose hope in what allows people to get strength in these situations. And what’s so strong about the performance and lyrics, aside from the cliché of hardcore singers “meaning what they say” is that the perception of the lyrics-are they dark, depressing, positive, or hopeful?-is up to the listener to decide.

Songs To Scream At The Sun was recorded with Kurt Ballou of Converge at God City Studios. Combining Ballou’s signature grit and style of record with Have Heart’s style of music-it results in a dichotomy of clean, sharp drums and a variety of guitar tones and sounds that combined-does not hint at one particular or obvious influence. Musically, there are moments which are mid-tempo and melodic, there are moments that are classic hardcore anthems, and it’s balanced with times which are dark and atmospheric. It's an impressive accomplishment.

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