The Hard Way

by Steve Mahoney

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Whilst in Boston just before coming home at Christmas 2007, I bought this multitrack recording unit. I had grand ideas about recording myself and saving the money as I was writing an albums worth of songs every 3-6 months. I had also come back from the US having racked up a massive bill due to such excesses. I remember falling down stone stairs underneath this record unit, suitcase and guitar.. and never using the record unit.. i'm just not tech savvy enough!
So I returned to the London Boomtown studio in January 2009 with some new songs i'd written since 'Roadtrip II'.
Once again I had done a year working in a 'field based' sales job which I hated, and had saved up to once again hit the road.. but this time 'travelling'.. you know that thing people in flip-flops do after university to discover themselves?
I had new grand ideas about 2009 being the year where I did everything.. and these songs amongst others were the ones I wanted to record before I left, where I was trying to write about different subjects; friends, careers, all that jazz.
'The Hard Way' had developed from a de-tuned guitar show off piece I was playing as part of 'She's So Cold'. '2009' was written on New Years Eve 2008 whilst listbning to some 80's Neil Young. 'Dark Days are Gone' was recorded for Roadtrip II.. but that already had a good closer..
The cover was taken whilst driving back from Brighton one weekend.. where the weather suddenly turned.. I drove 25 MPH practically the whole way & it was downright dangerous really! x

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released February 28, 2009

Recorded at Boomtown Studio, Acton London in January 2009.

Recorded & engineered by Simon Wilkinson

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Steve Mahoney London, UK

Steve Mahoney is a talented singer-songwriter and musician from London.
He has been performing as an integral part of both the London & New York City folk scenes for a number of years, in which time he has played legendary venues all over the world and released 3 solo albums. ... more

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