Hand It Over

by Neck

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Hand it Over is the debut of Boston-based duo Neck. Incorporating elements of alternative folk and electronic music, Neck breathes a crisp air of new life into the respective styles. In addition to effortless vocal control throughout the EP, Kira McSpice demonstrates a creative approach to guitar-driven composition, embellished by Bailey’s contrapuntal bass melodies and complementary synthesizer work. The group makes potent yet tasteful use of the oft-forgotten Suzuki Omnichord as well as ornately placed field recordings and samples. The addition of the duos strikingly airtight string arrangements forms a key musical signature throughout their work.

These songs each have their own deeply personal meanings to both members, elegant yet strung together by their grim subject matter. “Puzzle Factory” reflects on the experience of institutionalization and the issues of treatment and stigmas associated with mental health. Haunting echoes of footsteps and unfamiliar foley create the psychological landscape of an institutionalized patient, resolving with a peaceful yet uneasy melancholy of the ending looped phrase. “Baited” takes the perspective of being drugged without consent, slowly building & gradually decaying into a densely layered nightmare.

Recorded just a few months after the band’s formation, Hand it Over serves as an introduction to the group’s capabilities while also presenting a sense of musical maturity. 20% of proceeds from all album sales and 100% of proceeds from single “Puzzle Factory” will benefit the Brain & Behavior Foundation, an organization providing grants and resources to vital mental health research projects & advocacy programs.

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Kira on “Puzzle Factory”:

Uncle Jimmy was a patient in what he called the “puzzle factory” I asked him why he called it that, he told me in the last puzzle factory he stayed at one of the patients there had called it that. He said maybe it’s because we do a lot of puzzles there. Or maybe it’s because they are trying to put all the puzzle pieces together to figure out what it is we have. During my stay there I wrote down things other patients had said and put pieces of the quotes together to make this song. It ended up being a testament to the treatment we received.

The words recorded came from individuals with different diagnoses, different genes, different backgrounds, and different ways of thinking and coping. Medication was the main form of treatment we received while we were there, we were not allowed to go outside and there was no one-on-one therapy. We spent a majority of our time with each other.

We mostly talked about what the doctors thought our diagnoses were and how they were treating us. We talked about how our illnesses had ruined many of our relationships with our friends and families. We talked about how misunderstood we felt- even to each other and about how isolated each of us felt.

This song is dedicated to them and to all those who struggle with mental illness, the stigma surrounding it, and receiving treatment. Proceeds go to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for grants to aid in the research of mental illness.

-Kira

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released April 18, 2018

JSD021

All Songs Written and Performed by Neck

Kira McSpice - Guitar, Vocals, Omnichord, Cello
Bailey Hein - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synths, Samples, Violin

Recorded, Engineered, Mixed, & Produced by T.Skoglund
Mastered by The Fathers at JASS East

Artwork by Bailey Hein

Special thanks to: The Fathers at JASS, Benjamin, The Cloud Club, Kit Castagne, Tristan Allen, Will Clark, and everyone who has helped and supported us through this process

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Track Name: Ecliptic
night life
the only time
fuck
fuck the dead end sign
shit-head father
wait
don’t go
don’t go don’t go I’ll wait outside
and talk
and memorize
and memorize
a circle with no way
out of here
and never pass
and never pass
each other
Track Name: Puzzle Factory
The birds call through the darkness and it reaches to my cell

Keep fingering the pills out of their bottles till they’re gone

We’re hollow-eyed in the dark halls with no windows to look out

They’re watching all our mind-games and they’re writing them all down


They laugh at how my mind knows that I’ve heard my mother’s call

When my heaven is above me and it swindles the poor dawn

Which shines so whitely without a cup of instant smile

He’ll get his oh his blood in blood out for the cause


I tremble while my mind aches but they tell me it does good

The serum in my body unlike water moves me slow

It holds me till I’m under its spell and its control

And then I start to wonder why I can’t hear those birds no more
Track Name: Hold
It gets dark
away from
away away away away
and more
or less every day
another nother nother nother night
another nother night

Mire in the holy water
who’s laying on the alter?
and my neck has not been carved of sacred wood
made of flesh and ether neath the hanging sun
lay still

it gets dark across from
there’s blood and dirt and grime and lust
and song is one that I will keep
another nother nother nother night
another nother night

check your every little thought
leave it there for it to rot
and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh
to love and hold and hide
to love and hold and hide
love and hold and hold and hold and hate

you will wait
tie three knots
moon is full
moon is full

grieved her heart
spoke the words
never hold
never hold

Mire in the holy water
who’s laying on the alter?
and my neck has not been carved of sacred wood
made of flesh and ether neath the hanging sun
Track Name: Baited
In the hollow of the counter
manifest a silent demand
fell on the floor the rest forgotten
pleasure stained his empty hand

you feed the fast, the breath that’s baited
its gone and travelled to some glass
the brief motion, the hand moved under
a gesture towards some other past

you didn’t ask me what I came for
I didn’t know which way to fold
waited on by hands that lift up
and grab and grab and feel too cold

arrest these eyes that wander
return them to your captor
take a handful I will harm none
your soft will is no other’s

arrest these eyes that wander
return them to your captor
take a handful I will harm none
your soft will is no other’s

you didn't ask me for it
you’d like to see me dying on the floor

you didn’t ask me for it
you’d like to see me dying on the floor

you didn’t pay for it
I’d like to see you dying on the floor
Track Name: Hand It Over
am I strong enough?
am I ready for?
is my hand enough?
all the ways and the costs

am I resolute?
am I liable?
hand it over
hand it over

will you warn me if I go?
are the sunsets over now?
and it appears in the window
and I become every inch of
in the graveyard tell me now
either willing or forgotten
and I can’t tell
if the hum on the wall is
bored or not
and I can’t place it
shaved my bones oh what’s enough
feel it there both sides at once
and days played out
I’m sorry for
the weight of all days on earth

-Contains excepts from poetry written by William Clark-

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