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by Hopelifter

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Watership 03:00
Anthem 01:38
Resistance 02:10
Cleaner 02:36
Freedom 02:17
Angel Heart 01:50


"A flawless piece of music. Hopelifter are a lost gem from an era when skateboarding and harcore were an undivided force. Drop in, shred, bang your fucking head."

—Eben Sterling (Thrasher Magazine)

"We all assumed Hopelifter were going to be huge: a perfect marriage of hardcore aggression and punk melody. Andrew was already East Bay punk royalty, but his genius was recruiting the kids from The Suffering for what became Hopelifter. I had the pleasure of playing with Casey (briefly) and Ryan in The Hills Have Eyes, and those dudes were operating on another level. It rules that this material is finally getting the respect it deserves! "

—Ian Miller (Redemption 87, Kowloon Walled City)

Hopelifter came and went in a flash. Fronted by vocalist Andrew Champion (Screw 32, Dance Hall Crashers), the Santa Cruz-based band blended an expert interpretation of West Coast skaterock, East Coast hardcore, and post punk—the collective mix delivered with ferocity and urgency over blitz-speed blast beats, harmonies, and, according to Hitlist Magazine, “the most innovative guitar work in Northern California.”

No ProTools, AutoTune, click tracks, loops, samples, or effects were employed by the band while creating their short-lived magic. Anthem was recorded and mixed in two days, just three weeks after Andrew‘s first practice. With a buzz brewing, Hopelifter quickly rehearsed North of the 36, tracking that batch of songs one month later. The band then jumped in the van for a seemingly endless nationwide tour, relentlessly performing every night of the entire Summer and Fall—at grand music halls with the likes of Strung Out & The Experience, or in Jersey basements, or at an abandoned elementary school in rural Illinois. Each show was a celebration of punk rock’s unifying forces, and an adventure: “Oh, we never sleep here. It’s haunted.”

And then, that’s it. A roaring melodic fireball of music—pummeling, beautiful, and chaotic all at once—exploded in starlight like so many others. Nine months out of the year 2000, 11 songs, a couple hundred shows. That’s it. Sort of.

Adding another item to the list of things you didn’t see coming in life, the entirety of Hopelifter’s catalog is now reissued for the first time on 45rpm vinyl. The band enlisted Andy Ernst (Green Day, AFI) to remaster his original recordings, and Monica Schlaug, graphic artist for The Anthem EP, to redesign album art that represents both titles.

The resulting rediscovery is of a lost but valid musical message, carved in the language of punk rock, floating adrift for more than two decades, finally recovered and injected into your ears. It's perhaps the finest hardcore album you've never heard. Enjoy.


released September 2, 2022


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