Born to Hurt/Make Me Lose Control is the new double-single from singer/songwriter Sam Russell & his doo-wop + synth-pop backing band The Harborrats. The songs are their first studio release in four years and the first taste of upcoming album The Wisconsin Polka. The two songs are being released in the wake of and as a reaction to the recent Presidential election. Says Sam:
“The forthcoming album and the themes contained within were conceived as a commentary on the divide in our nation made apparent by the election and now, the election’s results The song “Born to Hurt” was imagined at the time of its writing to be a depiction of the worst possible outcome of events, which have tragically now come to pass. It attempts to examine the need on both sides of the divide to have a voice heard without obsoleteness that can convey the desire for change, relevance and recognition..”
“Make Me Lose Control” is a cover of the 1988 ballad by Eric Carmen of “Hungry Eyes” and The Raspberries-fame. Recorded in one take having never played the song prior, Sam and band reinterpret the song as a late-night lament on the limitations and helplessness felt in the wake of failure and loss. with heavy Leonard Cohen (R.I.P.) and Suicide shadings.
The release of the two songs will be followed shortly by a crowdsourcing campaign to raise funds for the completion of the mixing and pressing stages of The Wisconsin Polka. Being born and raised in Kenosha, Wi and having lived in Seattle over the past decade, The Wisconsin Polka will depict Sam’s reconciliation of the attitudes, politics and people from his place of birth versus those that define his adult home and outlook.
The songs also carry on Sam’s tradition of utilizing a wide variety of musical influences based primarily in traditional folk, soul and rock n ’roll with the psychedelic-synth sounds of Allison’s keyboards providing a modern bent. “Born to Hurt” encapsulates Sam’s range in miniature by alternating between Jack White-like gospel-drenched rockabilly and Bowie-equse sci-fi-tinged orchestral-pop
Born to Hurt and Make Me Lose Control will be released in throwback “cassingle” format and available at finer record stores, as well as online downloading and streaming outlets. More songs from The Wisconsin Polka will be shared as they are finished throughout the coming weeks and months.
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Sam Russell & The Harboorats website: thebluemoonbible.com