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Sky McElroy Anthemic punk rock, and some of the handsomest and nicest dudes you'll ever meet. A triple threat. Favorite track: Cast Aways [A].
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    7" Vinyl record featuring Cast Aways (A) and Little Killer (B). Comes with full color lyric insert and download card.

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released June 11, 2013

Releases July 16 2013

John Garrison - Drums
Ryan Grillaert - Bass & Vocals
Sam Porter - Guitar & Vocals
John Shotwell - Guitar & Vocal

Recorded, mixed and mastered by
Ryan Gorgol at Cellar Door Studios
in April of 2013.
Cello performed by Alex Kruser
Cover Artwork by Ian Tomas
Vinyl Pressing produced by B.
Mehrabi & Co-produced by Anya
2013. Exclusively licensed for
distribution by BERSERK RECORDS.
All songs written and performed by THE HOWL.



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Track Name: Cast Aways [A]
This place is beautiful, I don’t know how to get back home.
It’s far enough away and fair enough for me to throw the odds into the wind.
And everything that meant anything before, suddenly meant so much more.
The sun rose over green-capped hills, but you don’t feel the sun anymore.

This place is difficult, it’s tearing you and I to shreds.
We’ve come an awfully long way just to shut our eyes and wait for low tide.
Skipping beats, measures and stones.

If I wanted to feel like I was cast away, I would have stayed back home in Chicago.
Where at least I know that my friends and my home are just a train away.

This place will burn.
Because cast aways set fire to the beaches to learn.

I’ve seen the west and the deserts where the oceans had been.
Your heartbeat, so crass and unapologetic.
Your hands, so dry and cold.

But waking up to the trash and smokestacks
doesn’t make me feel so sad about the river anymore.
You know, the sun don’t rise just west of here.

I can feel your january breath on my neck and it burns like summer.
If nothing golden stays
and we let it hang and fade
like medals, at least we’ve placed.

I don’t keep the voicemails so I can hear you call me ‘baby’.
But it’s proof that you once bled redder than you’d like to remember.
If the valves in our hearts are in binary code
while some of them open, others stay closed.
Some doors open when others stay closed.
I’m pressing broken numbers into subway pay-phones until your back home.
We’ve still got time.

Some days strike you down
I know some nights are spent alone.
When you’ve been thrown more curves than bones
and you’ve built more walls than homes.

A broken heart can break your spine sometimes.
Love & Pain are sometimes the same, alright?
Track Name: Little Killer [B]
Wish I had a seat to sit in, wish I had a hand to hold
I wish I had something to believe in, I wish I had a heart of gold
But I don’t.
I’ve got shaky hands with calloused fingers
But you know that I can make you quiver
This shakey voice can make your heart unfold

Shadows only follow the searching souls
Whisper the rules our tongues carved in stone over the telephone.
But I can only try to change your mind so many times
before I drop down from my knees to my stomach.

The city sleeps below me, The river’s juxtaposed.
I bleed for a woman who I cannot hold. She’s got a heart of gold.
I put my heart on hold for her.
And in a city of circles, these right angles are what’s keeping me alive.
I know I don’t have the strength to fight you but i’d be damned if I didn’t try.

Shadows only follow the searching soul
Whisper the rules our tongues carved in stone over the telephone.
But I can only try to change your mind so many times
before I drop down from my knees to my stomach.

And so I’m land locked between the past and present tense
So here’s a message in a tumbleweed tumbling straight for your doorstep.

Squeeze hope for the water its worth
but know that gasoline has the strength to put out your fire.
Because these sick, somber cities are miles and miles and miles and miles and miles.
When there should have been a train to take the pine out of happiness
a bus or a plane to put hope into hopelessness
I’m purging my gut, making room just to finish.
You know I’m shaking the earth just to find you.

I’m setting strong from the east to the west, the shadows fade away but I will rise again.
I am humble-chucking stars across a pride filled sky, I will give you a man to believe in.
and I know I can’t be the wool that keeps your head warm at night.
Little problems, Little lover. Someday we’ll get it right.

Just know that I never really meant to hurt you.
and know that I will always...