Seize the Year

by Hard Soul

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"Seize the Year" is more than a title. It's a mantra on how to live life as told through the eyes of Hard Soul front-man Johnny Salka. The follow-up to Hard Soul's 2012 debut EP "Love Eats the Young" which was a collection of songs that explored the meaning of love, yearning, loss and redemption, "Seize the Year" carries on the same tradition of exploring the human experience while delivering hard hitting music as the backdrop. Recorded during the summer and fall of 2012 at Four Legs Records in Washingtonville, NY "Seize the Year" features five new Hard Soul tunes crafted by lead vocalist and guitarist Johnny Salka that delve into his desire to first understand and then make his way in the world, and to show others how to do the same. While "Seize the Year" was recorded and ordered to be experienced as one piece of music, each song stands on their own, representing both the emphasis on the songwriting craft while delving into the different perspectives on how each person can reach out and grab hold of their life before it passes them by.

Hard Soul's 2nd EP 'Seize the Year' recorded at Four Legs Records in Washingtonville, NY. It was funded completely on Kickstarter from over 100 individual supporters who contributed funds in support of the EP's completion. See more about the Kickstarter project here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1083493881/hard-soul-seize-the-year-ep

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released February 26, 2013

Johnny Salka - Vocals / Electric Guitar / Acoustic Guitar / Lead Guitar
Eric Hoehn - Drums

Produced by Johnny Salka & Steven J. Goldman
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Steven J. Goldman

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Hard Soul Albany, New York

Upstate New York's own Hard Soul made their debut in late 2011, showcasing their own take of what songwriter-driven rock n’ roll music should be all about. Channeling the guitar & lyrical stylings of Thin Lizzy, the hooks of The Beatles, the emotion of Oasis, and the sheer volume and groove of Led Zeppelin, the band is bringing back classic rock with a modern-flare. ... more

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Track Name: Seize the Year
Year is young
But I got no time to mess around
Now I'm strong
From all the mistakes of yesterdays
No time to frown
I'll make my way just any way
On my feet, off this seat
Why can't you see it's my destiny?

You'll never understand the world that's building in my head
The time it takes, it's very clear, is something that you make
So seize the year

Goodbye love
The time for us has passed to be
I'm on the road to the city
To see the DJ just past Columbia Street
Got my tape
I'm tellin' you it's a number one
Toe tappin' feet, DJ liked the beat
Said it's time to set your music free

You'll never understand the world that's building in my head
The time it takes, it's very clear, is something that you make
So seize the year

SOLO - Salka

You'll never understand the world that's building in my head
The time it takes, it's very clear, is something that you make
You'll never understand
You'll never understand
You'll never understand the world that's building in my head
So seize the year
So seize the year
So seize the year

You'll never understand the world that's building in my head
The time it takes, it's very clear, is something that you make
Track Name: Conquered the World
I came, I saw, I conquered the world
Atop the mountain, my banner unfurled
Close to the sun, my skin it warms
I came, I saw, and I conquered the world

Lines on my face
A heavy crown
My bones that ache
The toll it takes
Time won't slow down for anyone
Especially not me

So untouchable, a sight to behold
Clad in armor, not an inch exposed
But now the creeping feeling of getting old
All that's left after you conquer the world

Lines on my face
A heavy crown
My bones that ache
The toll it takes
Time won't slow down for anyone
Especially not me

Just another day, just another day with the world in my hands
And I'll waste away, and I'll waste away, blown aside like the sand
And I'm feeling, and I'm feeling like I'm slipping away

Lines on my face
A heavy crown
My bones that ache
The toll it takes
Time won't slow down for anyone
Especially not me
Yeah
Track Name: Passes You By
They'll break your heart, so never fall in love
You're getting wiser, so listen up
The walls you build, they will tear them down
So don't be there to catch them
Let them catch their own reflection

And you'll waste away
Oh oh oh

And you'll waste away
When your dreams fall aside
Reach out and grab a hold of your life
Before it passes you by

You'll be alone, it's just how it has to be
Just a warning, times will be tough
So clear your head, shake the cobwebs from your mind
Tolerate no distractions
No selfish satisfactions

And you'll waste away
Oh oh oh

And you'll waste away
When your dreams fall aside
Reach out and grab a hold of your life
Before it passes you by

SOLO

They broke your heart, we didn't make it up
You're finally getting wiser, but listen up
The walls you built, they tore them down
Just don't be there to catch them
See them in rear views reflection

And you'll waste away
Oh oh oh
And you'll waste away
Oh oh oh
And you'll waste away
Oh oh oh

And you'll waste away
When your dreams fall aside
Reach out and grab a hold of your life
Before it passes you by
And you'll waste away
When your dreams fall aside
Reach out and grab a hold of your life
Before it passes you by
And you'll waste away
Track Name: Falling Faster
This was the moment
In the palm of his hands
But it wasn't meant to be
The smoke had lifted off the road up ahead
His perceived victory

It was his pride
Welled up inside
A lie, a grand illusion
We watched him die
& never cried
An end that finally suits him

Falling faster
Falling faster
Falling faster

Never the kingmaker
Always the clown
Self-inflated sincerity
Pressing the flesh, it's respect that he craves
Paranoia, can't shake free

It was his pride
Welled up inside
A lie, a grand illusion
We watched him die
& never cried
An end that finally suits him

Falling faster
Falling faster
Falling faster

SOLO

Falling faster
Falling faster
Falling faster
Track Name: Not Alone
Once again I find myself
Lost for action, not for words
Talking circles, rambling on and on
And on, and on and on

And it makes me sad - so sad
To feel left behind again
As if I'm glad - so glad
To be left out in the rain

But I'm not alone
But I'm not alone
I'm not alone, I'm not alone

Once again I'm feeling sorry
For myself, no sense at all
Imagined glances, no second chances
Not today or any other day

And it makes me sad - so sad
To feel left behind again
As if I'm glad - so glad
To be left out in the rain

But I'm not alone
But I'm not alone

Won't do this again, my heart can't take it
Just one more blow, how could you know?

But I'm not alone
But I'm not alone

Won't do this again, my heart can't take it
Just one more blow, how could you know?
Just one more blow, how could you know?
Just one more chance, before you go