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GRACEFUL RAGE

by Harmony Woods

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1.
drove by the agency your parents work at still somehow shaking a year in between and i begged that maybe the problem wasn’t just me song on the radio sounds just like he’s saying your name and i screamed from the passenger seat and i prayed that one day you’d realize what you did to me crying in your parents’ house your little sister looks confused you’re wondering how everybody you loved could suddenly turn on you i’m tired of being led to believe things aren’t what they seem when they’re standing right in front of me you may not realize it yet but i wish you the best yeah, everything’s fucked good luck voice on the other end cries like i did through a screen still deflecting two years in between then i knew for the first time the problem was never me they just can’t understand their heads are in a whirl saying, “everything could’ve been perfect if he didn’t hurt those girls” yeah, they had to eventually cause you can’t rewrite reality i’m tired of being led to believe things aren’t what they seem when they’re standing right in front of me you may not realize it yet but i wish you the best yeah, everything’s fucked good luck
2.
Rittenhouse 03:12
meet me at our bench in rittenhouse square i’ll bring a trembling hand gripping a coffee cup, dripping everywhere blistering my fingers with the palest shade of shit three creams, no sugars, the only way you take it you ask what this is all about “why did you ask me to come out this early in the morning?” i humor a forewarning i’m staring at the ground even the pigeons are cringing now i take a deep breath and muster out, “i’m late in every sense of the word i’m sick and it’s not stopping something inside is growing i figured it’s about time that you heard” you’re staring at the ground even the pigeons are cringing now no language to be found even the pigeons are cringing now i’m despondent, i’m impatient i inflict the final blow “it’s okay, i’m getting rid of it, i just thought that you should know” we’re frozen on our bench in rittenhouse square
3.
Easy 04:57
you keep your secrets in a sunken chest i keep mine in a mattress stains the former tenants made learning to play their freshman games said “you make it so easy” like taking candy from a freshly eighteen i thought i knew you do you think you knew me? i should be mad at you for what you did i’m mostly sad for you instead but if you ever lay a finger on another girl again you’ll be dead to me you make it so easy we shared our secrets horizontally you keep mine and you keep me things i never would’ve done had i not been the only one you know i’ve spent the last 3 years on the verge of sinking unsure of what’s been keeping me afloat in that bed was where you showed you’ve been laying in a pond of your own how you could drown someone the same way, i’ll never know i should be mad at you for what you did i’m mostly sad for you instead but if you ever lay a finger on another girl again you’ll be dead to me you make it so easy the ripples make it hard to sit up cause part of me still longs for your touch part of me still loves the person you were in that room but that was only part of you i should be mad at you for what you did i’m mostly sad for you instead but if you ever lay a finger on another girl again you’ll be dead to me you make it so easy
4.
End 04:32
there’s nothing magical about a goodbye kiss it’s not so logical when there’s someone else you miss she’s on a bus ride home, she doesn’t know it, but she’s waiting for you darling, i hope she loves you more than i do you couldn’t say you loved me without rolling your eyes but i still saw in you a new start, a sunrise you should have never said those words, we both know it wasn’t true darling, i hope you’re smiling more than i do god damn those pisces eyes the same damn shade as mine i don’t need you i’ll keep saying it until it comes true
5.
fishtown row homes, exposed brick wall tell me again how it’s always all my fault screaming at me from an empty room you know i could never trust you you tell me i’m not trying hard enough they tell me your resentment will fade you tell me i’m not doing good enough but i’m doing better than you were at my age you’re screaming from an empty room what will you do when no one’s left to yell back at you? replaying voicemails from freshman year broadcast them for the world to hear a woman’s voice still ringing through the land all because she didn’t want to hold your hand you tell me i’m not trying hard enough they tell me your resentment will fade you tell me i’m not doing good enough but i’m doing better than you were at my age you’re screaming from an empty room what will you do when no one’s left to yell back at you? you’re screaming from an empty room no one’s left to yell back at you
6.
isn’t it fun picking out all the girls you wanna fuck? bell hooks on your nightstand dodge your girl’s messages again your city’s not as bright as you think demons hidden inside all the buildings haunted by the past, but you just push it back time to watch those skeletons fall this is your wrecking ball isn’t it fun talking shit about me to everyone? city year on your resume doesn’t change all the pain you gave away your city’s not as bright as you think demons hidden inside all the buildings haunted by the past, but you just push it back time to watch those skeletons fall this is your wrecking ball keep writing those records about how you know best like you’re a walking fucking copy of infinite jest but i’m done playing along not singing along anymore cause you’re not the person the world pretends you are your city’s not as bright as you think demons hidden inside all the buildings haunted by the past, but you just push it back time to watch those skeletons fall your city’s not as bright as you think your tenants are evacuating not sure where they’ll end up, they’ve gotta take the plunge and find a life free of your faults this is your wrecking ball
7.
i told you i wanted to kill myself you took that as meaning something else a clever way to get you to stay a toxic maneuver to quell my heartbreak i saw you as my companion you saw me as your biggest fear you thought i wanted something cause i said i didn’t wanna be here now i’ll keep my mouth shut, baby save it for the ones who love me graceful rage is all that suits me these days i hope you’re happy now telling everyone you love i’m crazy it’s okay, i understand but have you talked to someone lately? now i’ll keep my mouth shut, baby save it for the ones who love me graceful rage is all that suits me these days not a whisper from me, baby i’ll take the medicine you gave me graceful rage is all that suits me these days what if i trusted you? what if i was scared? what if i told you because a part of me still wanted to be here?
8.
I Can't 05:40
look at us who would’ve ever thought i would leave your city for good the two of us i can count on one hand the times you’ve reached out since then all the times that you told them that i was insane i never met your little sister, but i remember her name what caused your sudden change in perspective? a true change of heart, or fear of consequences? you’ve delivered your message a real stellar work not at all like the others those miserable jerks you’re saying everything i’ve ever wanted to hear but only after being told to it’s never been more clear i can’t forgive you i’ve learned how to live without your judgment and shame can’t believe there was a time where i thought i lost something left my molted layers and uncovered my wings i’m in love with myself now can you say the same? you’ve delivered your message a real stellar work not at all like the others those bastards and jerks you’re saying everything i’ve ever wanted to hear it didn’t have to be like this but now it’s never been more clear i can’t forgive you the whole world has bent to your will for so long you’ve never been the bad guy you’ve never been wrong crack my worth like a code you thought it’d be easy the right sequence of words your war strategy well i changed the locks, it’s been so long i forget when you will never hurt me again i can’t forgive you

about

Harmony Woods has always been about dynamics. When this Philly project began a regional rail stop away, Sofia Verbilla wrote songs about the ways people see each other on either end of disaster. Across two records that spoke to the quietest of bleeding hearts, Verbilla expanded on processing grief, trauma, and other aftermaths while her band climbed and collapsed around her, turning ordinary circumstances into visceral reflections.

GRACEFUL RAGE—the band’s third LP—basks in the sheer magnitude of letting revelations and recoveries blossom on their own terms. Produced by Bartees Strange, it’s an extension of trademarks and an exploration of new ground. Verbilla often lets moments stack and shiver like a wobbly house of cards, and the sparse vocal-led freeze of opener “Good Luck Rd.” continues that trusted thread. But it’s in the explosive nuance of tracks like “God’s Gift to Women,” a smoky and jagged pop-punk sneer, where Harmony Woods jets far from their most comfortable alcoves. What’s found in this growth is resolve and power, snug behind a radio-ready punch.

Across stopovers in pop-country’s swaying embrace (“Rittenhouse”), tear-stained calls for absolution (“Easy”), and the lockstep of booming percussion (“Holding You to You”), GRACEFUL RAGE regains footholds on forgotten pathways, shouldering the pain but destroying the doubt that smolders in its wake. It’s Harmony Woods at their most aware and assured, where towering relief and welcome confidence have finally converged. - James Cassar

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released March 12, 2021

Recorded at 38 North in Falls Church, VA and Café Lorraine in Philadelphia, PA
Produced and mixed by Bartees Strange
Mix Assistant - Graham Richman
Engineered by John Brooks
Mastered by Calvin Lauber

All songs written by Sofia Verbilla
Vocals/Guitar/Piano - Sofia Verbilla
Bass - Josh Cyr
Drums - David Juro
Additional Guitar - Bartees Strange

Cello - Kate Rears
Horns - Brian Turnmire
Lap Steel - Graham Richman

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