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...I LEARNED HOW EP...

 Released June 15th on   

Grind Central Records (Digitally), and Double Lunch Productions (Physical Cassettes). 

 
 
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I Learned How

by Dagan Harding Band

Dagan Harding Band's (Feat. Gage McGuire and Chris Dimas of Surf Dads) second EP, I Learned How, is out on grind central records and double lunch productions was released June 15, 2018. Surf Dad's, contribute both musicality and tasteful guitar melodies as well as the driving drums that they have become known for. Jon Wolfond, also of the Grind Central Fam (blue youth) holds down impressive, colourful and thick bass lines on the EP but doesn’t over shadow the songs. Harding’s signature sound and matter of fact lyrics is refreshing, and the song arrangements and guitar style and upbeat tone complemented by memorable hooks will leave you wanting more. The album is out June 15, 2018 on all platforms. Physical Cassettes with digital download can be ordered at www.daganhardingband.bandcamp.com.

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I Learned How EP Lyrics

 

I Learned How Lyrics

 

Back in the late 90’s

We grabbed our skates and hit the streets

Without a care moving through the breeze

 

Then I found myself in a band

So I only could focus on that

Got a thousand show stamps on my hand

 

(Chorus)

The genres have broken down

I’m feeling lost in crowds

It takes one to know one now

So I guess that I learned how

 

I used to walk down to the pub

I knew everyone and they knew my stuff

Now I’m on the corner playing scrabble it sucks

 

I still make music cause I love it

I’ve have to fight hard to get to share it

My good friends they help me care for it

 

Chorus

How can I… I cannot complain.

 

Artistic Thievery

 

Did you get it from books

You stole a word and now I’m annoyed

Must’ve got it for free

Broke your leg on a legacy

 

Drew big minds together today

You know they’re calling to see

what do you want it to be

 

On the wall there’s a poster honey 

You know they’re coming to see

what do you want from me

Artistic Thievery

 

Did you get with looks

We tried to dance and got annoyed

Time will tell us for free

How he lost his sincerity

 

Thought police are everywhere baby

you know they coming for me

you know they’re coming to see

 

Took pictures of the city honey

The backdrop it says

Artistic thievery

 

Artistic Thievery

It’s all the same to me

 

Did you get it from inside

Or did you look into the night

It’ll come to you in disguise

Break you open

Feel the light

Artist Thievery

 

Honest Pen

 

The last time that I sat down

Who’d of thought that I could write

A single word without you

Trying to get inside my mind

 

And I’m glad you couldn’t

But it was overwhelming then

When I was younger

Now I’m honest with my pen

 

The last time that I sat down

Who’d of thought that I could fight

To figure out my way

And whats blocking out my sight

 

And I’m glad I made it

With the help of all my friends

Now that I’m older and more honest with my pen

 

I bet that you know

How far I will go

Just to figure it out

Now I’m honest with my pen

 

The last time that I sat down

Who’d of thought that I could write

A single word without you

Trying to block away my sight

 

And I’m glad you couldn’t

But it was overwhelming then

When I was younger

Now I’m honest with my pen

 

I bet that you know

How far I will go

Just to figure it out

Now I’m honest with my pen

 

To Be a Star

 

I am nothing but a bunch of cells

Like an army of ships without a single sale

 

I hope my legacy can be bigger than you and me

But there are no guarantees to be a star in this life

 

I am nothing but a bunch of cells

Collecting water off my pours like a barrel of pails

 

I hope my legacy can be bigger than you and me

But there are no guarantees to be a star in this life

 

Dive bar stools owned by millionaires where I sit make for good church pews from which we can stare

 

I hope my legacy can be bigger than you and me

But there are no guarantees to be a star in this life

 

I am nothing but a bunch of cells

When it’s this dark inside you can stay in here but you got to read braille

 

Nobody wants to die a young rock star

So we parody the ones that did and the ones that already are

 

I hope my legacy can be bigger than you and me

But there are no guarantees to be a star in this life

To be a star in this life

 

Pretty Textbook

 

If you’re into words, it’s about where you start

If you’re into numbers honey it’s about where you end up

She said you’re pretty textbook

 

If you’re into art to communicate

Then you’re into science, it’s to demonstrate

You’re pretty textbook

You’re pretty insane

I don’t know you but it’s not my name

 

I don’t have to take you out

 

If you’re into words, it’s about where you are

If you’re into meditation you will get very far 

You’re pretty textbook

You’re pretty and vain

I don’t know you and that’s not my game 

 

I don’t have to take you out

 

Making it better

 

This spinning rock of creationism

Evolves into boards of education

The blades of grass in the kid’s hand whistles

Under street signs and temples

The dark side of humanity has taken its toll like COO

Here we go

 

You’re making it better or you’re making it worse

You’re singing a melody or you’re yelling a curse

 

Conceptually you’re perfect for me

Like an image of gravity

The closer I get the less I see

The more I feel

The more I’m free

The dark side of humanity has taken its toll like COO

Here we go

 

You’re making it better or you’re making it worse

You’re singing a melody or you’re yelling a curse

 

 

 

 

 

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DAGAN HARDING Band BIO:

 

Dagan Harding Band's (Feat. Surf Dad's) second EP, I Learned How, is out on grind central records and double lunch productions June 15, 2018. Surf Dad's, contribute both musicality and tasteful guitar melodies as well as the driving drums that they have become known for.  Jon Wolfond, also of the Grind Central Fam (blue youth) holds down impressive, colourful and thick bass lines on the EP but don’t over shadow the songs. Dagan's matter of fact lyrics are surprisingly refreshing, and the song arrangements and guitar style and upbeat tone complemented by memorable hooks will leave you wanting more. The album is out June 15, 2018 on all platforms. Physical Cassettes with digital download can be ordered at www.daganhardingband.bandcamp.com.

 

Dagan Harding (DHB, Despistado, Lone Wolf Dreamer) is a Saskatchewan based singer, singer songwriter and producer. Based out of Regina Saskatchewan, Dagan has written, performed and recorded music in multiple collaborations since 2000, namely Regina’s Despistado (Jade Tree). He has also recently worked with members of the Grind Central family, namely members of Surf Dads and Blue Youth to produce his latest EP, I Learned How.

In past project Despistado, he played alongside Canadian artists including Sam Roberts DFA 1979 and Metric at SXSW, as well as touring the US supporting the Weakerthans. Despistado’s single A Stirstick’s Prediction was licensed to T-Mobile for commercial use in 2005 just before the band’s CBC Casby Award nomination. Other successes include playing SXSW in 2008, 2 pop Montreal performances, performances at NXNE and being named one of Chart Attack’s “Bands To Look Out For In 2007” (Geronimo).  In various past projects, he has also shared the stage with Pixies, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Peter Bjorn and John, Minus the Bear, Against Me!, The Constantines, City and Colour, Mother Mother, Tapes n’ Tapes, Feist and Wintersleep.

In past projects, Harding has shared the stage with Peter Bjorn and John, Sam Roberts, DFA 1979 and City and Colour to name a few. He composes and arranges mostly on guitar and turns his voice and words into melodic and boyishly screamed stories. He visits genres from 90s grunge and modern Indie pop. DHB's newest EP is available on all platforms as well as Cassette Tapes and digital downloads available at the bands bandcamp. 

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Harding’s EP I LEARNED HOW was out Friday June 15 via Grind Central and features co-producer, engineer and drummer Chris Dimas from Surf Dads and Bleeker on Drums, Jon Wolfond from Blue Youth on bass, and Gage McGuire of Surf Dads fame on guitar. The EP also features guest vocalist Nick Faye from Nick Faye and the Deputies, and Andrea Hedlund from the Regina Symphony Orchestra on Vocals and Violin.

All songs and lyrics Dagan Harding. 

Produced by Dagan Harding and Chris Dimas 

Mixed and Mastered by Chris Dimas 

Artwork Myles Bartel

Guitar, Vocals - Dagan Harding 

Drums - Chris Dimas 

Bass -Jon Wolfond 

Violin, Backing Vocals - Andrea Hedlund 

Guitar - Gage Mcguire 

Backing Vocals - Nick Faye

Photos: Chris Graham Photography
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Tour DATES

 

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“Featured on the seven-song set are spritely indie rock songs like ‘Naked Eye’ and
‘Pretty Expert’, which are packed with bright and buzzy guitars and Harding's sweet and
squeaky vocals. “ Gregory Adams, Album Stream - Exclaim!

 

“Dagan Harding has compiled together a new solo offering that draws deep from his
past work but manages to capture a whole new brand of magic. On Best Times the
guitars still chime as sharp as ever, while the vocals, combined with lyrics that are often
introspective and wryly poetic, contain elements of maturity. Thankfully, Harding hasn’t
lost an ounce of wonder.” Chris Morin, Ominocity

 

“The resulting eclectic and hook-laden tracks are reminiscent of At the Drive-In’s chaos
and poetry mashed with The Rolling Stones’ form and flair. It’s all about conflict.”
Devin Pacholik, The Leader-Post

 

Hey Folks, I'm writing to let you know a couple of really important things! Really quickly, I am going to have a new EP (I Learned How) coming out in June. I want to plant the seed RIGHT NOW so that you know and you pre order it and share it and support it. I'm really proud of it! Basically, you can expect some new material and some older tunes that have been re-worked. I also want to let you know that I finally have a permanent lineup (after years of playing with a flexible lineup), its great to have regular practices and writing sessions with the same group of pals. Chris Dimas from Surf Dad's, and Jon Wolfond are talents beyond measure and together we've already starting work on the next bunch of songs. Third bit of housekeeping is, along with the EP, I will also be releasing a bunch of electronic based music that I've been working on in my spare time for about year now. It will be released April 27, 2018 under the moniker Lone Wolf Dreamer. I think that's it for now, much love and be safe. Ciao! Dagan

 

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Its 915 A.M. Feb 4 and I'm about to leave to Winnipeg to play the first of 6 out of town concerts this month throughout AB, Man and Sk. I'm really excited to be hitting the road with some great people and to hopefully have some fantastic times. I remember when I was younger touring wasn't always my favourite thing to do but sort of just came with the package of being a musician. Now, I consider it a privilege and a bonus to do what I like to do and travel while doing it. Music and travelling are very different acts but can be a great recipe if you know how to balance your time and energy. Learning to enjoy them as two sides of the touring coin can be fun. New food, drinking new beer, meeting new people, going to new places and seeing some new music. All great things! We'll see what this months of shows has in store. / xo / Dagan 

Separate but relatedly, I made the following post on Facebook yesterday and it received some positive reaction so I decided to share here as well. Cheers. 

"Today marks two years since I have been Wolffe-Parkinson White Syndrome free. Grateful everyday to have a steady heart beat and excited to take on the things in 2016 that having WPW prevented me from taking on. So grateful to have the family support I did during those years and now (12 - 31) and so so grateful to have the new found freedom I now have. For those that don't know what its like to have your heart race at 180 beats a minute while you're sitting still in one spot, it is the scariest thing you can imagine. My body, mind and spirit has started to heal lately in ways I could never imagine possible during those years. The conditioning is now going away and I have felt what life can be like without having to suffer eradic heart racing and the fear and pain that goes along with it over the past 2 years. Thanks to everyone that has helped me in one way or another over the years, and I look forward to living many healthy years without this weird and oddly debilitating syndrome and the burden that it has put on loved ones and family. Also, in a strange way, I am grateful for lessons it has taught me about breathe, control, mental effectiveness, patience and having heightened body awareness. That on its own is pretty exciting in its own way and has allowed me to understand and achieve certain things. Mostly it has taught me how important breathe and meditation are to the vitality of the heart muscle and all it's electrical inner workings. I wouldn't trade my new normal heart rate for the old one though. This "cure" is a direct result of working with one of the best health specialists I could have asked for and the remarkable and astounding technological breakthroughs that have been made in recent heart medicine. It has allowed me to pursue my passions with even more dedication and conviction than I could bear or it was healthy to bear before and that has been the greatest gift of all. Thanks for reading and for the continued support. Rock on! Cheers."

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Thanks for the support! Dagan