Hopeful Paranoia

by Harris Face and the Restoration

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Harris Face and the Restoration are a steel guitar-driven, harmonica-sprinkled folk-rock band from Washington D.C. They are fronted by singer-songwriter Harris Face, who formed the band in the fall of 2012 to infuse his acoustic songwriting with a dose of rock n’ roll. The band has featured in DC at Rock & Roll Hotel, Iota, and Wonderland Ballroom, and in New York at the Sidewalk Cafe.

The ‘Hopeful Paranoia’ EP is a snapshot of the young band, meant to convey its own hopes, fears, and restless energy, its own storms and sunshine wrapped up in a bottle. The EP was produced by Miguel Urbiztondo (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven) and engineered by Alan Weatherhead (Hotel Lights) at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, VA. The resulting sound takes inspiration from alternative country rompers like Counting Crows and Dawes, as well as the honest acoustic songwriting of William Elliott Whitmore.

As a solo artist, Harris frequently has toured the Northeast and Midwest, played the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival, and opened for the Vespers and Brothers Lazaroff. In 2012 he released an introspective 8-track acoustic EP called ‘How the Story Goes.’

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released July 13, 2013

Harris Schwartzreich vocals, guitar, harmonica, Michael Sammartino drums, vocals Aaron Thaul guitar, Jason Mendelson bass, piano, organ, vocals, electric mandolin, Jackson Styron steel guitar, Julia Jay vocals, Miguel Urbiztondo percussion. Produced by Miguel Urbiztondo and engineered by Alan Weatherhead at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, VA. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, Canada. Album design by Andrew Sawyer. All songs written by Harris Schwartzreich (ASCAP).

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Track Name: The Squall
We are the shoreline
We aren’t ready
We’ll be swept back from the coast

This time is different
This time we all will die
Flooded, drowned, or burnt to toast

My favorite storm is the squall
Now rage and fury are beautiful

This is hopeful paranoia
This is a busted barricade
We hope our tears will form a wave

And it would be a goddamn miracle
If we were trapped inside for days
And we came out the world had changed

I’d be a freak if I tried
And bared my soul to the falling sky

None of this is real
You’ll never get your way
Our wills are no match for the fates

None of this is real
You’ll never get your way
Our wills are no match for the fates

I take my eyes off yours
Outside the window, winks the eye of the storm

None of this is real
You’ll never get your way
Our wills are no match for the fates

None of this is real
You’ll never get your way
Our wills are no match for the fates
Track Name: Harder Times
I can prove you’ll be alright, that things are things
That our souls remain the same
We wipe our eyes, and wipe our memories clean
No we didn’t mean to change

Stood behind the bleeding sun, at the funeral scene
Turned shovels upside down
Tossed words that don’t mean anything
But we need that sound, ‘cause

Harder times will break us
Darker days will fall
Can’t predict the weather
Do expect my call
I'm just checkin' in

Saw you sitting outside in the cold green light, as the wind picked up
The trees began to dance
Their favorite song is the thunderclap
And we need that rain, to

Wash away our pain
Wash away our pain

Been there and I understand the mess of the next few steps
Put a friendship on the line
I’ll help you pick the last few pieces up
We’ll make record time ‘cause

Harder times will break us
Darker days will fall
Can’t predict the weather
Do expect my call

Harder times will break us
Darker days will fall
Can’t predict the weather
Do expect my call
I'm just checkin in

Just checkin' in
Just checkin' in
Just checkin' in
Just checkin' in
Track Name: Stop Drop & Roll
I think about your smile
About the glow in your eyes
How I could make you laugh
How I could make you cry
I see a great divide
I feel like I could die
But I’ll come back to life
Come back to just another Sunday Night at Wonderland

Tell yourself the wounds don’t show
Tell yourself she’ll never know
Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll

It could’ve been for life
The thought it kills you inside
Now that it didn’t work out
Just have a drink and settle down
You reached a great divide
You’ll cross it when you die
You ask yourself, is this real life?
Or is this just another Sunday night at Wonderland

Tell yourself the wounds don’t show
Tell yourself she’ll never know
Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll

Tell yourself the wounds don’t show
Tell yourself she’ll never know
Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll

Oh, you’ve got me kickin’ up dirt
In the wake of a roadrunner, can’t keep pace
I’m gettin’ vertigo babe, you’re a hell of a girl to upstage
You can still save face

Oh it’s a kick in the face
But one we all have to take
Can’t we be normal again?
Why can’t we all be friends?
You see that great divide
We’ll cross it when we die
For now we’re still alive
Alive for just another Sunday night at Wonderland

Tell yourself the wounds don’t show
Tell yourself she’ll never know
Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll

Tell yourself the wounds don’t show
Tell yourself she’ll never know
Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll

Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll
Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll
Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll
Keep your cool, lay down low,
Stop, drop, and roll
Track Name: Chasing Ghosts
Hometown you broke my heart
You say you knew me well
You talked behind my back
Well you’re a quaint suburban hell
You’ve shown me no respect
You’ve tortured me and my friends till we fled straight west
Where your condescending hands won’t ever reach this far
You’ve turned my father’s father’s hardware store into some crazy Irish Bar
And here I stand your most ungrateful son

Hometown I hate you back!
You’re not the one
Hometown you held me back!
Swear I’m still fun
On the Jersey Turnpike south to Washington

In the darkest bar on the edge of town
That’s where we meet to plan our rounds, now
Have you noticed I’ve been chasing ghosts?
So don’t you wait for me alone

We’re the shadiest bunch, gathered round a dark black box
I pick the lock and the rain pours out, now
Have you noticed I’ve been chasing ghosts?
So don’t you wait for me alone

Before I meet ‘em they’re a purple shade
I let ‘em go when they’re safely grey, now
Have you noticed I’ve been chasing ghosts?
So don’t you wait for me alone

I fought the ghost of rock n’ roll
He swept my feet, I fell to the floor
I scrambled up in time to sing
Would you just lay me to rest? That’s all I need.

Have you noticed I’ve been chasing ghosts?
So don’t you wait for me alone
So don’t you wait for me alone
So don’t you wait for me alone
So don’t you wait for me alone
Track Name: Borrowed Time (with Julia Jay)
Dim down the lights now
Is this really me?
Blow out the candles
Is this really me?

Downstream from the night brigade I melt out of the pouring rain

Snafus surrounding
Is this really me?
Familiar surroundings
Is this really me?

How come every love of mine's just several weeks of borrowed time
You’ve got to be kidding me
If I had a dime for every love or lost affection I’d be rich and lonely

There are holes in your stories you just can’ be believed
You act cold you act distant, and history repeats

Every pointless confrontation
Every pause, excuse or explanation
If I had a dime for every time I drove you crazy I’d be rich and lonely

Crimson and clover I still believe
The worst is over, I still believe

Every time I run she flips the switch and light comes crashing in
You’ve got to be kidding me
If I had a dime for every time you proved me wrong
Well I’d be rich and lonely
Well I’d be rich and lonely

If I had a dime for every time you proved me wrong
Well I’d be rich and lonely
Track Name: Escalator Romance
I was flying down the stairs was
in a rush to nowhere new
She was gliding like an angel
up the stairs just passing threw

Well I think it’s getting warm in here

I was lonely, I was lucky,
when I stopped to say hello
I fell backwards up the stairs well,
I fell straight into her arms

Well I think it’s getting warm in here
Well I think it’s getting warm in here

This is my escalator romance
This is how I met someone new
Why would you take the stairs
When we can travel up in pairs, well
That’s how I fell in love with you
That’s how I fell in love with you

All these places, can’t remember
All these faces, can’t recall
I remember when I met you
Platforms moving, got your number

Well I think it’s getting warm in here
Well I think it’s getting warm in here

This is my escalator romance
This is how I met someone new
Why would you take the stairs
When we can travel up in pairs, well
That’s how I fell in love with you
That’s how I fell in love with you

I see lovers floating upwards
Face each other, holding on
Wonder how they met each other
It’s none of my business, it’s none of my business

Well I think it’s getting warm in here
Well I think it’s getting warm in here

This is my escalator romance
This is how I met someone new
Why would you take the stairs
When we can travel up in pairs, well
That’s how I fell in love with you
That’s how I fell in love with you