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ori Really nice EP, reminiscent of Uchu Conbini whilst having emo elements too. Favorite track: Diastole.
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Attila Varga Loved right as I heard it. Wonderful sound and great lyrics Favorite track: Books On Tape.
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Paolo Pace This album was a great listen! I had to buy it after hearing Books On Tape. Intricate and unsuspecting, it always kept me on my toes wondering what would happen next. Stoked to hear more! Favorite track: Books On Tape.
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Travis Larson Been an avid fan since the Tommy Alto days. Keep up the incredible work and amazing fan feedback, guys!
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"An intricate tapestry of thought-provoking lyricism with complex drums and guitar." —Shakefire

"A mesh of indie rock and math-pop. [...] a vibe of a more hardcore version of The 1975. It’s awesome." —PopWrapped

"Hawking steps in [...] with their own alternative math-pop sound, constantly changing grooves and catchy vocal hooks." —Baeble Music

"Too musically academic for punk rock, but a little too punk for indie. Atmospheric guitar rock that is just different enough to distinguish it from any crowd, but familiar enough to satisfy a variety of audiences."—Ghettoblaster Magazine


released July 14, 2015

All tracks composed and performed by Hawking. All tracks written by Tom Vanderkam, except track 2 by Hawking. Recorded, produced and mixed by Tom Vanderkam and Chris Young. Mastered by Brock McFarlane. Cover photography by Brian Vanden Brink. Cover design by Michelle Pass and Ben Klassen.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.


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Track Name: Safe and Sound
Wake up, everything hurts
Pray for something worse
Wait up, you’re moving too fast
These memories are chasing after me

So put your blindfolds on
I promise this won’t take long
Don’t try to cut me down
I’m feeling safe and sound

Wake up, open my eyes
Pray for a different life
Wait up, I’m falling behind
This disease is standing over me

Don’t ask me the way I’ve been
I’ve felt the same since you left me here
You were the best that I could do
I just wasn’t good enough for you

So put your blindfolds on
‘Cause I’m already gone
I hope you feel nothing now
I’m feeling safe and sound
Track Name: Cold Hands
Young girl waiting
Body aching
Young man broken
Cold hands open

Save your breath
Wrap your fingers around my neck
Pull me closer
Save your breath
Wrap your fingers around my neck
Kill me faster

Feel my heartbeat
Skin and silk sheets
Nails skin deep
Scars will haunt me

Save your breath
Help me feel like there’s something left
Pull me closer
Save your breath
Turn the lights out and don’t hold back
Kill me faster

Two cold hands
Track Name: Books On Tape
With memories of throwing rocks
From floorboards of floating docks
Time stops
I’m trying not to cry
As I sit by an open fire
Tongue tied

So take some time
To make it feel alright
These books on tape will ruin my mind
Let’s talk about wasting time
I’ve done it my whole life
These books on tape will ruin my

It ties me up in knots
To imagine you getting lost
In his arms
I’m re-arranging the thoughts in my head
I swore that by now I’d already be dead
But not yet

So take some time
To make it feel alright
These books on tape will ruin my mind
This talk of my
Frustration with wasting time
These books on tape will ruin my
Track Name: Diastole
Pull out all your loose teeth and crawl back to bed
Sweaty palms and fire alarms, there’s no way out
A pretty face is just what it takes to say “I don’t need this”
Painted lips asking for a kiss
I’ve been way too hard on you

But I don’t mind when you tell me how you feel
About my decisions and my skin
But you’ve been absent far too long
So don’t try to be a part of this

I have to remind myself to breathe, as with a sinking feeling in the pit of my chest, I remember that I am an accidental mess of sinew and bone, recapitulating contempt and presenting the possibility that our insecurities and weaknesses should be preserved like a shriveled corpse in formaldehyde. And oh how fortunate it is that your greedy lips have pried the last few ounces of self-pity from my dead fingers, so that until my soul’s last sentient moment, I can have the distinct privilege of feeling absolutely nothing.

I’m a disappointment
My whole life’s been worthless
Track Name: Systole
So can we survive the fire tonight
I’ll beg you to let me in
There’s something bleak beneath me
I swear to tell nothing but the truth from now on
Can you believe me?

A list of words you’ve never heard
An alphabet of numbers and uncommon verbs

She says “maybe this is it,
I’m hiding in my skin
And I can’t take your word”

This is a war

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