Gerry Hannah | Coming Home

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Coming Home

by Gerry Hannah

New solo album by one of the original members of the legendary Vancouver punk band the Subhumans, who was also involved with a group of political activists known as Direct Action (the Squamish Five).
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. You Can Take It from Me
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2. Rejuvenation
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3. Same Old Song Again
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4. In the Final Days
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5. Half Life
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6. Living With the Lies
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7. Lost in the Night
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8. Sure Looks That Way
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9. Awake Again
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10. The Woman Reborn
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11. Holy American Empire
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12. Like a Fire
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13. Winding Ribbon of Dreams
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14. The Madness
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About Gerry Hannah:

Many people may know of Gerry Hannah through his 25 year on again/off again involvement with the seminal Vancouver punk rock band the Subhumans. As one of the founding members of that group, he played bass guitar, sang background vocals and penned, arguably, some of the most memorable punk anthems written in North America.

Others may know of him through his brief involvement with an urban guerilla group known as Direct Action. This was the group of Canadian political activists commonly known as the Squamish Five that decided to try to stop regressive political and environmental policy through, well, direct action. The group was eventually arrested and Gerry was sentenced to ten years in prison for his part in the group’s activities.

But all along, Gerry has also been playing guitar, singing and writing songs behind the scenes and has just finished a new solo album. The new album, titled Coming Home, chronicles the emotional history of being a revolutionary living underground, a political prisoner languishing behind bars and a sensitive, insightful, (if often despondent) observer of our current human condition.

Coming Home consists of 14 original songs ranging from up beat country/folk songs reminiscent of the Waterboys or Bob Dylan, to dark alt/rock dirges vaguely similar to the sound of Joy Division or The Velvet Underground. The album becomes available in stores and online December 2.

About "Coming Home" in Gerry's words:

On January 20, 1983, four friends and I were arrested on Highway 99 near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. We were members of an armed revolutionary group called Direct Action, which had carried out a series of bombings and other acts of sabotage with the ultimate aim of stopping the destruction of the environment and ending the nuclear arms race. After a lengthy trial, I was sentenced to 10 years in prison and my girlfriend at the time, Julie Belmas, was sentenced to 20 years. I was sent to Matsqui federal prison in Abbotsford BC and Julie was sent to Kingston Prison for Women in Kingston, ON.

Prior to becoming involved in Direct Action, I had been the bass player in a Vancouver punk-rock band called the Subhumans. After leaving the Subhumans in 1981, I began to write songs on acoustic guitar in a decidedly more folk vein. While locked up in Matsqui, I wrote some more songs and recorded a cassette tape on a portable 4–track cassette recorder. The tape, titled Songs From Underground, was eventually released on the outside in 1985.

Due to the limited resources I had while in prison in terms of instrumentation, recording and production capabilities, I had always hoped that I might someday be able to re-record the songs. As a result, 7 of the 14 songs that appear on Coming Home originally appeared on Songs From Underground. Of the remaining 7 songs, a few of them were written during the last few years of my imprisonment and the rest were written since my release. In a way, the songs on Coming Home represent an emotional history for me: a snapshot of how I was feeling and what I was thinking back then and to a lesser extent, since then as well.




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