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Listen: Hodera Shares “North Dakota” // New LP Out 10/20 via Take This To Heart

Mike Mehalick August 25, 2017 News No Comments


It’s been almost excactly two years since we reviewed Hodera’s excellent last album, United By Birdcalls. Now, the NJ-rockers are back with a new record, First Things First, their first on Take This To Heart Records.

The album is led by the single “North Dakota,” a lyrically driven, soaring piece that finds Matthew Smith weaving his narratives at breakneck speed as the track swells to a golden-hued, waves crashing chorus.

“It was April of 2015. We were on the back end of a month long tour and we were staying with my friend Kaylie in Bloomington, IN,” says Smith, “In the morning, Alek and I were playing music on the front porch and he showed me this Chorus he wrote. After we got home from the tour I had a vivid dream that me and my friend Kalie were in North Dakota and I woke up feeling inspired and wrote the verses that, paired with Alek’s Chorus, would form the song.”

Stream Hodera’s “North Dakota” below and be sure to pre-order First Things First out October 20th via Take This To Heart Records.

Hodera Tour Dates:

Sep 08 – Trenton, NJ – TCNJ #
Sep 27 – Philadelphia, PA – The Voltage Lounge $
Oct 31 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Nov 03 – Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
Nov 05 – Boston, MA – Patterson Creations
Nov 06 – Milford, NH – Union Coffee
Nov 07 – Westfield, MA – Shenanigans
Nov 08 – New Haven, CT – The Cave
Nov 09 – Mount Joy, PA – Bube’s Brewery
Nov 10 – Columbus, OH – Donatos Pizza
Nov 11 – Akron, OH – Oakdale House
Nov 15 – Chicago, IL – Camp Us
Nov 16 – Champaign, IL – Blips n Chitz
Nov 17 – Nashville, TN – Rockettown
Nov 19 – Ringgold, GA – Cloud Springs Deli
Nov 20 – Columbus, GA – The Estate
Nov 21 – Daytona, FL – Tir Na Nog
Nov 22 – Boca Raton, FL – Nakava Kava Bar
Nov 24 – St. Petersburg, FL – Lucky You Tattoo
Nov 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain Dogs
Nov 26 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Atlas Taphouse
Nov 28 – Charlotte, NC – The Snug Harbor
Nov 29 – Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony
Nov 30 – Richmond, VA – TBA
Dec 01 – Baltimore, MD – Sidebar
Dec 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits
Dec 03 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall

# w/ Microwave
$ w/ Dryjacket

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Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to a variety of outlets. Follow him @mmehalick

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