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Mel in Austin I am already biased because my cousin Ty is a part of this dynamic duo! I also had the pleasure of meeting Diana when they first performed at SXSW in 2013. I'm not good at writing reviews; however, I have nothing but good things to say about the HC's music. Both singers' voices are powerful and lend themselves to a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional folk rock. I am so proud to have a family member with such great talent. I wish you guys the best!
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This EP was recorded at Sonic Factory Studios in Des Moines, Iowa. Engineering, mixing, and mastering done by Skyler Van Walbeek.
Photos taken by Lizzie White

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released June 10, 2011

Ty Wistrand, Diana Garles

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The Host Country Iowa

The Host Country was born in 2011 while Ty Wistrand (guitar/vox) and Diana Weishaar (keys/vox) were both attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. They started playing as a duo, and after releasing their first full length record Walk Away (released in 2014, Midday Studios), the pair pulled in friends Tom Rue (bass) and Ethan Weishaar (drums) to serve as the rhythm section. ... more

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Track Name: Tightrope Walker
Like a tightrope walker above New York City
Prays with every gust of wind that blows across his face and hands
I too am hoping you can keep me steady
'Cause I can ill afford to be tripping over my two feet again
Please say you're in
I need you now
Please help me out

Like a Tightrope Walker who has done the unthinkable and looked on down to the ground to all the ants that run around
I too am looking at the sheer indescribable
And I don't know how I got here but I could really use you dear somehow
Please help me now
Just once again
Please be my friend

'Cause if you do
Then I'll say
And you'll know that it's true
Baby I love you

Like a tightrope walker in the moments before his first step
That puts his life out on the line knowing well that he might die
I too am nervous for the plunge that I might take
And if this is the life for me and if I feel I really can succeed
Who could I be
Oh if you know
Please tell me so

'Cause if you do
Then I'll say
And you'll know that it's true
Baby I love you
Track Name: Samson
Tear it all down now Samson
Tear it all down to the ground
You thought you were strong, thought you could carry on
So tear that motherfucker on down

Cut your hair loose from your crown
Let it all fall to the floor
You thought you were safe, thought you'd left no trace
But your grip aint so tight anymore

Dust to dust and lust to lust
Watch it all crash down, watch it all
Watch it all crash down, watch it all
Watch it all crash down, on top of your head
What did you expect instead

Lay with your woman now Samson
Let her make love tonight
It was best it seems not to shatter her dreams
But do you have the strength left to fight

Will you arise from the rubble
And display a heart that is unscathed
Delilah is dead, there's a price on your head
Have you ever felt more ashamed

Dust to dust and lust to lust
Watch it all crash down, watch it all
Watch it all crash down, watch it all
Watch it all crash down, on top of your head
What did you expect instead

Tear it all down now Samson
Tear it all down to the ground
You thought you were God, but you're just a fraud
So tear that motherfucker on,
tear that motherfucker on,
tear that motherfucker on down
Track Name: Reasons & Rhymes
You still can't nullify my love no matter how hard you try
(Darlin', turn your head around)
You've conjured up your alibis, darlin' what are you afraid of
(Before you fall to the ground)
You've got your reasons and your rhymes, I wish you didn't need them
(Don't look back at me in vain)
I'm going out upon a limb hoping you come to terms this time
(Unless you want to feel the pain)

You've got a mind that varies baby
You've got some baggage to carry
And I can't help you through it, no
You must learn your own way to do it
You've got a soul that's searchin' darlin'
You've got some hearts to be harmin'
So good luck go get to it, oh
I no longer care to pursue it

You can't know where I'm coming from no matter how hard you try
(Darlin', what did I do wrong)
You're asking for a reason why, darlin' they'd only leave you broken
(How could your feelings just be gone)
I just can't stick around this time, my heart is saying go
(Darlin', come on back to me)
Just trust that I still love you though, boy you know that is no lie
(before your love's out of reach)

You've got a mind that varies baby
You've got some baggage to carry
And I can't help you through it, no
You must learn your own way to do it
You've got a soul that's searchin' darlin'
You've got some hearts to be harmin'
So good luck go get to it, oh
I no longer care to pursue it
Track Name: Wine & Roses
They weren't looking for much cause their hearts were still hurting
Just some physical touch to help wash away
All those nights they were lonely, abandoned, and flirting
with ideas of putting an end to their pain

Her boyfriend had left her after revealing
a year and a half of infidelity
His girlfriend skipped town without so much as a goodbye
just a note that proclaimed there's so much more I can be

So you bring the wine, you bring the roses
You'll get us drunk, we'll play the game
I'll pretend to love you so that I can touch you
and you'll do your best to remember my name

Their meetings were brief and there was no mistaking
what lied beneath their exterior walls
Oh, the transparent quaking as they claimed they had moved on
Was ignored by the other for lack of their own resolve

And it seemed like they suffered from a lack of compassion
But their minds would just wander where they wanted to be
They weren't there for each other, they were just taking action
To trade in for a moment their burdens for peace

So you bring the wine, you bring the roses
You'll get us drunk, we'll play the game
I'll pretend to love you so that I can touch you
and you'll do your best to remember my name

The poisonous vine, thorns near the petal
What's yours is mine, it's all the same
I'll pretend to love you so that I can touch you
and you'll do your best to remember my name

So you bring the wine, you bring the roses
You'll get us drunk, we'll play the game
I'll pretend to love you so that I can touch you
and you'll do your best to remember my name
Track Name: In The Running
Louis Auguste lived in the Frenchlands
He was in line to be the king
As it was required in the business
He took Marie to be his Queen
They rules the whole country together
Til the country rules them back
nearing the end of the revolution
Well the king said as his voice began to crack

Oh French beauty, dont you cry none of those tears
One day they'll pen us in history, we'll live for eternity

Oh life sure is funny
And death baby its cunning
But we're still in the running
Together we will be alright

Takin' things back to the time of Tudors
When Henry rules the world
He stood so tall against the church
But he laid so long with many a girl
He got himself in a situation
Where he needed to make life
So one, after one, after another
He put his fate on all his wives

Oh dear Annie, I'm afraid you have lost your head
Cause you made a fool of me, but I need a boy instead

Oh life sure is funny
And death baby its cunning
But we're still in the running
But I guarantee you that chivalry is dead

Salem was known for all its witches
Who were tried and judged to die
How many of those poor old women
Died because of lies
For in the new world in the time of the Puritans
Adultery was a sin
So one, after one, after another
Witches were spotted by the worst of men

Oh Johnny Edwards, don't you go preach from your mount
Cause your brimstone has burned the lives of good women

Oh life sure is funny
And death baby its cunning
But we're still in the running
Even though many people cheat to get ahead