lift the mist demo

by hawak

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tshima Met Tomm years ago when he toured with his band Matsuri and Moldar and drove across the whole country ending up staying at my mom's house in Delaware for a night. Life-changing experience both from meeting all of those dudes and witnessing their music. I will forever support anything any of them do. Super stoked to hear something new, quick and raw. <3 Favorite track: unseen.
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Tomm Nguyen - Guitar / Vocals
Jonathan Ruiz - Bass / Vocals
Josh Mendoza - Drums

All music and lyrics written by Hawak. Recorded January 29 and June 25, 2018, at the OMC, Oakland, California.


released July 1, 2018

Thank You
Planet Earth, Our Families, Chris Gough, Andrew Yeung, Mark Chen, Erick Saenz, Conrad “Badman” Nichols, Josh Küntz, Calbert Tung, Danny Tran, Matt Gomez, Carlos Cruz, xKylex, Emily Grape, Zachary Alexander, Karina Jaimes, All Animal Companions, Cali Weed, MT-2 Metal Zone, OMC, Leer, Left Astray, Windbreaker, Glowing Brain, Nuvolascura, Ostraca, Eyelet, Coherence, The San Jose Family, All P.O.C. and Allies across the World.

To everyone out there destroying the patriarchy, dismantling oppressive policies, standing up for those without a voice, and being good to one another, your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for your hard work.


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ben truong
jon ruiz
josh mendoza
tomm nguyen

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Track Name: unseen

isolated / unclean / unfamiliar / unseen

isolated and captive outcast
presence I tried to have
stand alone stand aside
your norms are not mine
Track Name: overthinking anxiousness (a spirit in the room)
trapped in my thoughts i’m held
hostage in body I dwell

do you know the feeling of being divided by imaginary lines?
Track Name: realign
an ocean’s length that separates
shores of past disintegrate
treading tradition to see
if a path clears

a light behind me disappears
gasp of breath in the face of fear
treading tradition to see a path
but i can’t see past my hands

drifting aimless with arms outstretched
tangled vines take hold of my neck

i find
a place
can call home

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