Working Hard Up Here

from by Brian Church

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The main riff comes from an unfinished jam the Providence band Subramayan recorded in 1997. I always wanted to turn it into a real song for Tristan Da Cunha and I eventually wrote some words and a melody. TdC actually did work on it at one practice in the summer of 2010. It was Steve Budney who suggested the off-kilter timing. However, we got busy finishing up other songs for the Compass album and a year later, the band was done.
As far as the chorus goes, I didn't actually have "the man" myself but I certainly could hear him screaming at his classes across the courtyard at Somerville High in the early 90's. And I definitely knew all the stories about him. The song is not really about him though. One of his catchphrases ended up as the title of the song.


from Then That Soon I See, released July 31, 2017




Brian Church

Brian Church was born in Somerville, NJ. He lives outside of Boston, MA. He played bass and sang in Tristan Da Cunha. He sings classical music around Boston also. He is married and has two sons.

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