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IIa is the second Slug Comparison recording, and the first of a series of EPs. (Yes, the next one will be called IIb)

Timeless thanks to Sam Levin for learning all my parts and writing some fantastic solos. Thanks also to Doug Fury at Fortissimo Sound, Randall Stoll, and Mike Young. It was a privilege working with all of you. Matt McCallum (wherever you are), thanks for those jams ten years ago that led to "Becoming." And thanks to all friends, family, and faraway strangers who've helped keep my inspiration and motivation alive.

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released May 27, 2017

MUSICIANS:
Sam Levin: guitar
Mike Young: bass
Randall Stoll: drums
Doug Harrison: vocals, synth programming
Produced by Doug Fury and Doug Harrison at Fortissimo Sound in Vancouver
Mastered by Doug Fury at Fortissimo Sound in Vancouver

All lyrics written by Doug Harrison
All songs written by Doug Harrison except “Becoming,” written by Doug Harrison and Matt McCallum

Slug drawings by The LRZ

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Slug Comparison Victoria, British Columbia

After five albums with Canadian progressive rock band FEN, vocalist/guitarist Doug Harrison launched a solo project called Slug Comparison. So far the project has released one full-length album and one EP. Many more to come.

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Track Name: Let Some Light
been trying to let some light
creep out and make its way to the world
I have so much more contained

been living with love a long long time
but keeping my face the way it hung before
I have so much more within

but it’s waiting underneath this mighty stone
that I dragged inside many years ago
I was young then, imagination wrapped in thorns
what light I had wished it was never born

for too long I’ve let myself
twist up in darkness all of the shine
as if happiness were shame

a halloween joke is what I’ll be
if I carry on dressing myself in illusions of tragedy
when there’s so much light within

but it’s waiting underneath this mighty stone
that I dragged inside many years ago
I was young then, imagination wrapped in thorns
what light I had wished it was never born

feeling sick of the dark, sick of this heavy cloak
got to undo the black, the pressure isn’t going away
I’ve been living with love, feeling so glowingly wonderful much of the time
the burden of this light must be exposed

been trying to let some light
creep out and make its way to the world
I have so much more contained

been living with love a long long time
but keeping my face the way it hung before
I have so much more within

but it’s waiting underneath this mighty stone
that I dragged inside many years ago
I was young then, imagination wrapped in thorns
what light I had wished it was never born
Track Name: Exactly What to Do
I wake up and stretch my hands in bed
hum a few lines for the day ahead
boot up my drive, what a lovely whir
I’ve stumbled on a life I can fully endure

I’m out of work, it’s an incredible high
all day creating my own musical ride
wake up each morning loving living the dream
I know exactly what to do

patchwork demo building on my screen
stacking up waves is the greatest thing
guitar on my lap, mic is in the air
hours slip away and I'm so unaware

I’m out of work, it’s an incredible high
all day creating my own musical ride
wake up each morning loving living the dream
I know exactly what to do

I spend my day adrift in song
to a desk I’m chained, but moving along

five pm flat out on my bed
coming back down, heavy spirit fed
got up so high, thought I might transcend
I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll do it again
Track Name: Becoming
when I try to sleep it takes so long
and I’ve been losing hair and finding them around
you would think that change would make me strong
guess I’m proving that the wisdom isn’t sound

I had hoped my stomach would leave me alone
but it’s taunting me still, months on
haven’t learned to deny the nerves that give rise
to all these feelings of dread

I will break or I will grow
but in this state I don’t know
how long I can force myself to go

there were days when I could rest my mind
got along with life and hoped it carried on
there were evenings when I felt just fine
didn’t feel the need to slow my breathing down

now I’m contemplating yoga or some coloured pill
never grasped at either one of them before
it’s a struggle each night to put brooding aside
every worst case locked in my head

I will break or I will grow
but in this state I don’t know, day to day
do I abandon this or dig in to stay
trembling heart, guts opposed, it’s a mystery
how long I can force myself to go

I will break or I will grow
but in this state I don’t know
let me break or let me grow
one good day is almost cruel in a way
giving hope that anxiety will fade
trembling heart, guts opposed, it’s a mystery
how long I can force myself to go