The Host Country

by The Host Country

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7 USD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    12" vinyl version of our 2017 album, complete with lyrics. Pressed on classic black. Original artwork by Andy Pestotnik & Erika Bjorklund.

    ***If you do not need this item to be shipped, please contact us directly at thehostcountry@gmail.com for purchase OR come to our shows for a copy!***

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Host Country via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days
    1 remaining

      $20 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Compact disc with lyric insert. Original artwork by Andy Pestotnik & Erika Bjorklund.

    ***If you do not need this item to be shipped, please contact us directly at thehostcountry@gmail.com for purchase OR come to our release shows for a copy!***

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Host Country via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days

      $7 USD or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    Based on the album art by Andy Pestotnik & Erika Bjorklund, and printing courtesy of Andy Schmidt (Starman Press). Available in heather grey, pale yellow, heather green, and light blue.

    ***If you do not need this item to be shipped, please contact us directly at thehostcountry@gmail.com for purchase OR come to our release shows for one!***
    ships out within 5 days
    7 remaining

      $10 USD or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    Based on the album art by Andy Pestotnik & Erika Bjorklund, and printing courtesy of Andy Schmidt (Starman Press). Available in heather grey, pale yellow, heather green, and light blue. LIMITED EDITION! ONCE THESE ARE GONE, THEY'RE GONE!

    ***If you do not need this item to be shipped, please contact us directly at thehostcountry@gmail.com for purchase OR come to our release shows for one!***
    ships out within 5 days
    2 remaining

      $10 USD or more 

     

1.
How The Four Winds Blow Staring at the ceiling for the third hour on end And only four to go before the work week’s here again Running through these questions and harboring these doubts Fending all self pity, but I’m feeling down and out Feeling down and out I don’t know how hard the four winds blow Through the northern pines But I’ll grab hold and let it all unfold Leave this life behind A Friday night of excess, a paycheck quarter gone A Saturday spent strung out wondering where it all went wrong And all I want is happiness, my soul to feel at peace My friends to still think of me, oh to do just as I please Do just as I please I don’t know how hard the four winds blow Across the seven seas But I’ll grab hold and let it all unfold Set my mind at ease I don’t know how hard the four winds blow Through the northern pines But I’ll grab hold and let it all unfold Leave this life behind I don’t know how hard the four winds blow Across the seven seas But I’ll grab hold and let it all unfold Set my mind at ease
2.
Slow Down 04:15
Slow Down If we are young now, what were we then Hold on while you’re flying on that rope swing thin We were going 80, maybe 85 on that highway Way way down, round and round, up we go If we are cold now, what were we then Slow down while you’re gliding on that ice worn thin We were going 80, maybe 85 on that highway Way way down, round and round, up we go If we just hold out, what happens then Forget all about what happens next yeah We were going 80, maybe 85 on that highway Way way down, round and round, up we go There’s a reason that the lines change when you grow Do you see me walking mine how do you know We were going 80, maybe 85 on that highway Way way down, round and round, up we go We were going 80, maybe 85 Slow down now
3.
Wake Up, Hazy Wake up, Hazy, baby Oh where is it that you’ve been lately? Running out of my head To say I haven’t missed you Oh honey that is so untrue Feels like I’ve been dead All the rain clouds roll away Those are storms for yesterday Brighter times are around the bend Baby I’m on the mend Wake up, Hazy, sweetie You stole away with my heart completely Pumping all of my blood To think you used to love me And now have you say I just got ugly Can’t hold back the flood (chorus) So I’ll soldier on Til I’ve righted all that’s wrong Til I’ve righted all that’s wrong I’m gonna carry on Til all…. (chorus)
4.
Fare Thee Well Is this the way you always pictured it to be When did the stars in your eyes die New variations on the same old theme It shouldn’t come as a surprise One day you think you’re firmly planted to the ground And you will never need a hand Then so sudden it creeps up without a sound And you’re staring down at sinking sand So before we go and I never get the chance to say to all I’ve come to know listen now to me carefully Fare thee well to all those I love peace be the journey for you now I’d love to say I’ll see you up above But I feel the heat upon my brow And so you think that you can drown it all away The flood will be nothing but kind All it brings is death and decay And magnifies the darkness in your mind Pretty soon you find you’re only staring back The future holds no lasting view You’re so desperate to make up for what you lack That you forget what it is to be you (pre-chorus x2) (chorus)
5.
Mama 05:01
Mama Mama I’ve been here too long For anything to now go wrong No one’s gonna go while I’m away I’ve been here eleven years Alleviating all my fears So I think here’s exactly where I’ll stay It’s just the way I am Always making the stupidest plans It’s just the way I deal It’s better than feeling what’s real Mama I can’t draw the well It’s been that way for quite a spell It froze up when I stayed upon the plains But I don’t have a need to cry Cause no one close will ever die We’ll never have to feel that kind of pain (chorus) Mama you won’t get my call Cause if I don’t hear words at all No set of them can start my downward fall Let’s all just keep this place in time Is wishful thinking such a crime I wish it out of hope and love for all (chorus)
6.
May Song 04:03
May Song Like a breeze you came down to cool my brow Like the sun you came along and to warm my frown You’re my May song, you’re my every day You’re my daylight and my night song Little bird, you know, you know me well Like the land that’s always green when you’re around Like the rain that soothes and renews the hungry ground (chorus) You felled my heart, showed me the way To love who we are, and from where we came Little bird, you know, you know me well Like the leaves you make me feel free high on the bough Oh and the birds, my little birds, you sing with me this vow Sing with me now (chorus)
7.
Family 04:27
Family Brother, it’s been awhile since I’ve called you, since you have called me What have we come to Sister, why do you cry, you don’t have to if you don’t want to this time no Mother, your chin’s held high, but that’s only to keep from folding What are you holding Father, you’re looking tired, but that’s okay you can let go your pride I’m wise beyond my years I’m years from being wise You say it’s all my fault I’d say you’re telling lies but Maybe we can do this together (I’ve got this feeling, it has me reeling, I had this feeling I’ve been holding to forever) Maybe we can do this together (I’ve got this feeling we can do this together) Brother, I bet you’ve tried to hold onto what I held onto Is that what haunts you Sister, I’ve seen you smile when you want to, let’s make a choice to this time I’m wise beyond my years I’m years from being wise You say I’m being hard I’d say you’re slipping by but (chorus) I’ve been waiting on you, you’ve been waiting for me too I’ll keep waiting on you, you keep waiting for me too I’m wet behind the ears But I’m not drying any tears There’s storms we have to weather But we’re bound and we’re tethered (chorus)
8.
Train 06:17
Train The train rolls through at half past two But this time I can’t be sure I’ll be alright I feel pinned down and I feel scared That my dreams will pass away in the dead of night So I listen close to the words that are spoke But I don’t find any comfort in their weight And my bones shake at the thought Of not achieving anything before the gate And the rain falls down it tries to calm me now But all it does is wash away the day Sometimes these fears well they feel so strong That neither train nor rain can carry them away And the whistle warns of its presence here And the rumbling, oh well it dirties my floor And my head is so exhausted from the wondering Where I’ll end up when I chance to hop aboard And just as I feel that I’m at my worst A thought rolls in like thunder to my mind There’s always a second time around Another chance to free yourself from the ties that bind And so the train grows small as it carries off its haul Just as I place my head upon the bed And although this time I stayed behind I can always catch the next train out instead And I dreamt of all the lands where the tracks were laid by hands And I dreamt of all that coal burned to the sky And I know if these things can both be free Then the same truths must for me also apply And the whistle warns of its presence here And the rumbling, oh well it dirties my floor And my head is so excited from the wondering Where I’ll end up when I’m brave enough to board And the whistle cries it’s alright now And the rumbling, oh well it shakes away the pain And my spirits are so high from the wondering Where I’ll end up when I hop aboard that train
9.
Waiting for You You built those treasures up to store away In favor of what seemed the best But now they’re rusted and they’re lonely Hiding somewhere in your chest And you would never utter of it Because you’re selfless to the core But all that redness in your eyes Tells what you’re really longing for And oh, you know it’s time to go (don’t you know the time has come) The lights here don’t burn bright enough for the darkness in your soul And well, now while you’re waiting round (don’t get caught waiting around) There’s a jungle out there waiting just for you And so you put it all on hold While the tree grows taller from the ground But late at night you know you hear them You hear those dreams still a-crying out And you still work the day to day And the accolades you’ve begun to win But all you ever really wanted Was to be a starving artist who was struggling to break in (chorus) Oh, do you feel it now Feel it burn in you now, a hole Burned in you now, a hole Well fill it up now, fill it up til it’s gone away No more leave it to another day Gotta find another way, not idly by, it’s time to say Where you are is who you are While the flame burns on, don’t wait too long (chorus)
10.
Peaceful God 04:11
Peaceful God Trying to find the words to say How it is I feel but it keeps changing There are fireworks inside my head And memories of things I still regret You’re down the line and you’re down on luck I’m up here letting bottles do my praying I’m clawing my way through the fog But the more I fight the more I’m feeling lost Wondering how many times I’ll see you Wondering how many tears we’ll cry Wondering how a peaceful God could let this happen Wondering when I’ll have to say goodbye There’s thunder rolling at my door But in my heart is where the real storm’s raging What good is good if it don’t do none And what good is he if he cannot save the right ones A hall light flickers off and on And for every dusk a new sun comes a-raising The ending’s lit up all too clear But it doesn’t help to take away the fear (chorus) And I wanna scream til my voice is gone I wanna scream til I’m coughing up my blood And I wanna scream til my whole body is numb But that could never be enough (chorus)
11.
Voyager 05:29
Voyager Well I tasted a kiss on my first lover’s lips But like all things the moment can’t last And the seconds and thirds are just scraps for the birds The newness is doomed to the past And you’re nearing the end at the dying of winds And you know now there’s no turning back But the vastness so sheer makes it perfectly clear There’s so much that we don’t know we lack So godspeed to you, oh Voyager Go now and throw wide the door For somewhere out there must lie answers to share Please find what we’re searching for I was nine years from birth when you hurtled from earth To undertake this heavenly trek And now 35 on and several billion miles gone I come to pay my respect Cause well who would have thought that the knowledge you sought Would make us feel so small But now that it's nigh, oh it makes me want to cry Accepting the scope of it all So godspeed to you oh Voyager Please give us something to see Somewhere in the dark past our system of stars Find us a reason to be

about

Self-titled 2017 release

Original artwork by Andy Pestotnik & Erika Bjorklund

credits

released September 8, 2017

Diana Weishaar (keys, vocals)
Ty Wistrand (guitars, vocals)
Tom Rue (bass)
Ethan Weishaar (drums)

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

The Host Country Des Moines, Iowa

The Host Country is Ty Wistrand (guitar/vox), Diana Weishaar (keys/vox), Tom Rue (bass), Ethan Weishaar (drums), and Michael Lovan (guitar). We are an exploration of sounds; a fusion of folk, rock, blues, a mix of hard and soft. We hope you enjoy our music. ... more

contact / help

Contact The Host Country

Streaming and
Download help

Report this album or account

If you like The Host Country, you may also like: