April

by Hope and Social

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Richard Harrison (@mr_spoon)
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Richard Harrison (@mr_spoon) Amazing album full of Yorkshire Brass, Yorkshire Quality...overblown tracks pumped full of passion, fun and patriotism to England and music for the fun of it. Your heart will burst with the sadness of April or the call to arms of Marching On Through. Favorite track: Pitching Far Too High.
Wind in the Willows
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Wind in the Willows I have no idea why "April" appears in my collection twice. It's either a BandcampFanpageBetaVersion bug. Or BandcampFanpage is such an advanced thing it has crept into my brain and found out how much I love this album. Amazing makes-you-smile-makes-you-feel-emotional-makes-you-sing-along-makes-you-dance Hope & Social wonderfulness. Favorite track: A Darkness Now is Coming.
Albert Freeman
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Albert Freeman Gorgeous stuff from Leeds' pioneers of making music in the digital age. Favorite track: April.
Steve Lawson
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Steve Lawson more uplifting awesomeness from Leeds' finest export :) Favorite track: A Darkness Now is Coming.
Jez Collins
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Jez Collins Rollocking indie/country/folk from the northern indy superstars. This album is gloriously upbeat that brings a smile to your face and within a couple of listens you'll be singing along! I love this group! Favorite track: Marching on Through.
David Warren
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David Warren I like a bit of brass band... Favorite track: A Darkness Now is Coming.
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    April CD release packaged in a beautiful WeWow gatefold CD wallet - seriously lovely. Purchase of the CD also includes immediate download of 10-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire and few goodies zipped up to boot!

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1.
02:10
This is where I long to be Among the springing greens Of April Roses blossom enraptures me Sets off the deepest green Of April And if I must go I know I'll go alone And if I must die Let it be the other side Of April Swift and swallow carry me Above the deepest sea And back to April Allow me now to feel some pride That's absent any time Aside from April And if I must go I know I'll go alone And if I must die Let it be the other side Of April
2.
All that I know now I'm pitching far too high I cannot behold The gilted angel's robe The guilted pierced soul I cannot behold And the heavens roll And the trumpets blow And the sun outside burns this uncertain soul All my learning stops Whilst trying to join the dots That pin-prick the night Sun streams its life through the glass Scriptures and sermons elapse Suddenly, I'm with you I'm old enough now to decide To leap out and loosen these ties But something is grounding me And it's something I like And the heavens roll And the trumpets blow And the sun outside burns this uncertain soul
3.
Caught in the wake Caught in the waves Of this city I know We get pushed on our way To wherever this sea Is forwarding me Ship or to shore City or stream English sunlight soothes me eyes Northern vowels revitalise Caught in the wake Caught in the waves Puffed up with pride For what I can't say So hold onto me As I'm pulled underneath The concrete and chrome Of this place we call home English sunlight soothes me eyes Northern vowels revitalise Springside green it wraps my sould I'm longing for a home I know Is this a place where our children grow? Is this a place where I'd lay my bones? Is this a place where I'd kiss the ground, Of hillside and seaside and satellite towns? Is this a place of the once were so proud? Is this a place where I'd laugh with the crowd? Is this a place where we can believe? Is this a place where we can still see, A word as a word and kiss as a kiss? Is this a place whose people I'd miss? Is this a place where we can believe? Is this a place where we can believe? Is this a place that we can call home? Is this a place that we can call home?
4.
Afternoons filled with gloom Air as thick as soup Skin I own filled with holes Lets in rain and cold Harden my heart to the selfish insensitive whims of the rain Harden my eyes to the tears of the harshest of northern terrain Swear these clouds are tumbling down Push my knees to ground Harden my heart to the selfish insensitive whims of the rain Harden my eyes to the tears of the harshest of northern terrain There's a melancholy there in the light Steals chemicals on which I rely So until the seasons change...Let's go out tonight Fly these words to fleeing birds Lift our feet away Harden my heart to the selfish insensitive whims of the rain Harden my eyes to the tears of the harshest of northern terrain There's a melancholy there in the light Steals chemicals on which I rely So until the seasons change...Let's go out tonight
5.
Head like a hollow, head like a hole I sit here waiting and weighing these bones, oh these bones You're sleeping oblivious to the mess in this mind Take warmth from your skin like the April sunshine, it's devine I'll follow you into... I'll follow you home I'll follow you into... Head like a hollow, missing the fun Scaring myself with a death that's to come, it's to come You tell me quite rightly to open these eyes Stare out the future with a childish surprise, I'm surprised I'll follow you into... I'll follow you home I'll follow you into... Wherever that we lay our hope is our home Wherever we go we won't go it alone Wherever we gather we'll sing from our souls Wherever we walk we won't walk it alone I'll follow you into... I'll follow you home I'll follow you into... Wherever that we lay our hope is our home Wherever we go we won't go it alone Wherever we gather we'll sing from our souls How can a man live a life all alone? Head like a hollow, head like a hole Smiling contented, the place of our home, of our home
6.
04:10
We're filling our days with sunshine and grace We're saying our prayers but we're keeping you there Where we can see your face James, you tested our faith James, we'll try not to hate James, we're old fashioned guys James, we'll take an eye for an eye I'll take an eye for an eye You didn't hurt us that much Compared to other lives you've touched I don't feel the need to look you in the eye Give us what's ours and let sleeping dogs die It's no good for the blood I always liked you too much James, you tested our faith James, we'll try not to hate James, we've got to let it lie James, you tested our faith James, we'll try not to hate
7.
I still believe in the lovers entwined I still believe in the nursery rhyme I still believe in the appeal on TV I still believe in the ministry But every now and again the ripples rock my boat I just throw up my arms and we get soaked I still believe in the power of a kiss I still believe in the birthday wish I still believe in the birds on the breeze I still believe in you and me But every now and again the ripples rock my boat I just throw up my arms and we get soaked Throw this clutter overboard Throw reasons not to out the door We'll count our blessings and lucky stars They'll soon outweigh these heavy hearts I still believe in the magic trick I still believe in our one bug hit But every now and again the ripples rock my boat I just throw up my arms and we get soaked Throw this clutter overboard Throw reasons not to out the door We'll count our blessings and lucky stars They'll soon outweigh these heavy hearts
8.
Hear me out sound for sound A darkness now is coming I'm allowed to let you down When the darkness now is coming So I will wrap my arms and my legs in holy lead I will wrap my heart in a bible that I know but I've not read With hearts and minds With healing time With holy light I will wrap my heart in this life Hear me out sound for sound When the darkness now is coming I've lost my faith in the human race And I count myself among them This pretty house is so run down But I have to hold my hands up I cannot name or lay the blame Cos it's partly my own f*ck-up So I will pump this knackered old heart with holy wine I'll relight this tried old mind with these good good friends of mine With hearts and minds With healing time With holy light I will wrap my heart in this life
9.
Come on you move like we move now Come on you roll like we roll Come on you shout when we say shout Pick up your sword and let's go Out to the east and the high high tide Out to the west where we grew Down to the south and our good good friends Up to the north of our home I've waited for years just to be here Watching the wheels as we go I've waited for years just to be here Now we're home Wherever we meet there'll be bars of angels We'll die with our hearts out in bloom We'll sing with the power of a million voices Now we're all marching on through I've waited for years just to be here Watching the wheels as we go I've waited for years just to be here Now we're home Day after day, year after year We'll be marching on through The roads and the towns Of the country we've found We'll be marching on through
10.
07:14
If I'm more use to you on fire Bring a match and we'll burn a pyre If I'm more use to you underground Dig a hole and we'll come on down Cos we're down, here for you Take a drive from the drizzling rain Over moors to the country lanes Where the seeds fly confetti thin Over petals of newborn skin And we're down, over you We'll roam around Through the roads and the fields and the towns We'll roam around In my arms you'll be safe you'll be sound I'll be there when your patience thins I'll be there when you're in the ring I'll be there through November rain I'll be there when Sweet Child comes again We'll roam around Through the roads and the fields and the towns We'll roam around In my arms you'll be safe you'll be sound Hold your chin up high Hold your chin up high Hold your chin up high Hold your chin up high So I can see your eyes...

about

April is our new album. It's a love album to Avril Lavergne but we can't spell.

April is our second full album, recorded once again in The Crypt, West Yorkshire between January and April 2010. It includes all the usual Hope and Social fayre and some added springtime beauty in the form of Garforth Brass Band, a string quartet, the "Come Dine With Us" bottle orchestra and the band's first full blown sax solo. From the wide-eyed positivity of opening track April to the hand on heart honesty of Marching on Through it's all in there. Plus it costs nothing to download so what have you got to lose!

We continue to sell all our standard releases for "pay what you want" (above the actual price of physical production). The album took 3 months and as usual paid the band nothing so please give whatever you can to help us keep the ship afloat. More than anything we want you to hear this music so if you're skint then either just get the download for free or pay the minimum. If you've just pushed into the 40% bracket and have a Rangerover then do the honorable thing!

NB. The minimum price and the shipping covers the cost of manufacturer and shipping your CD copy of April. Please pay whatever you feel is a fair price for the music on top of that!

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released April 19, 2010

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Hope and Social Leeds

In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E-Street Band...meets Arcade Fire...meets The Faces…meets Dexys Midnight Runners…meets Prefab Sprout…at a party...in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...

"a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" - Q magazine
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