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Having recently relocated from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, The Herms add true grit and originality to the sun-fried, post-punk scene of Southern California. The Herms bring a frenetic, schizophrenic charm to the lo-fi reemergence.

The Herms’ new album, “Welcome All Tourists”, begins with ‘Parades’, a surfy ‘House of The Rising Sun’ set in the blood-soaked sands of sunny Los Angeles. Thus the journey begins as The Herms create a new world of weird scenes, characters & environmental altitudes/attitudes that dive into the altered dimensions of Son of Sam's master demon, General Jack of the Cosmos, with ‘General Jack’. From the anthemic ‘Ready/Set 94’, to the bipolar quiet/loud monster breaths in ‘Bezlo’, the bossa nova ‘Sounds Below’ evoking The Kinks & Arctic Monkeys, to the western expansion of 'Get On (part II)' conjuring themes of Westworld if it were set on Hollywood Blvd. Finally, the modular comedown of 'Autopos' rounds things out just right as the sun sets.

As John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees puts it: “No one sounds like The Herms. No one sounds like Matt Lutz.”

To add to the creative maelstrom, we will be releasing an iOS ’HERMS’ App with five original video games inspired by songs from the album. Each game, with the oddity of characters and storylines, is a unique visual representation to accompany the sounds from "Welcome All Tourists." Tracks include 'Bezlo' 'Get On (part II)', 'Chair and the Submarine' 'Nightcave' and 'Autopos'. Beat all five and the app unlocks a secret song.  Get your game on…Ready/Set ’94!!!”

-Avaiable on “Heart of the Sunrise” colored Vinyl , CD, digitally and the iOS "HERMS" App (coming soon)

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released April 1, 2016

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Having recently relocated from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, The Herms add true grit and originality to the sun-fried, post- punk scene of Southern California. Born in the co-ops of Berkeley, nurtured in the streets of San Francisco, and finally finding residence on the East side of LA, The Herms bring a frenetic, schizophrenic charm to the lo-fi reemergence. ... more

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Track Name: Ready/Set '94
READY/SET ‘94

Red red ready roll
Move into the second floor
Any second comes a gate
Can’t jump it anymore
Room’s tapped anyway
Gra gra gra gra grab my gun
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ready set 94

Everybody waits and it takes so long
Everybody sees that it takes so long
Everybody runs and it takes so long
Everybody waits and it takes so

Man said come again
Cut into the center floor
Pennies on the motorboat
Blood’s in the motorcar
Room’s tapped anyway
Gra gra gra gra grab my gun
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ready set 94

Everybody waits and it takes so long
Everybody sees that it takes so long
Everybody runs and it takes so long
Everybody waits and it takes so…
Track Name: General Jack
GENERAL JACK

General Jack of the Cosmos
Tells me what to do
If he barks your name at me
I have to come for you

All the cops spinning out because
They don’t know who I am
But if you see me prowling around your street
Call me Son of Sam

I write in signs of sorrow
From the underground
In the dark that crawls along
Have to put you down

All the fellas freaking out because
They don’t know who I am
But if you see me prowling around your street
Call me Son of Sam

All the ladies going crazy because
They don’t know who I am
But if you see me prowling around your street
Call me Son of Sam
Track Name: Cold Residence
COLD RESIDENCE

Take me to the cold residence
Where I’ll stay in my presentless
Take me to the cold residence
Where I’ll stay, where I’ll stay
Breathe out

She’s on fire but she’s not cool
She left town with a fool
Take me to the cold residence
Where I’ll stay, where I’ll stay
Breathe out
Track Name: Sounds Below
SOUNDS BELOW

Are you happy like this?
Do you know where life takes you, love?
Are you losing your way
to the sounds below?

The synthesizer plays it hard
While the rest of us go down below

Because you’re losing face
With the ones you know
Is it real or just a game you play?

Because you’re losing face
To the sounds below
Is it real or just a day to waste?

Are you writing, my love?
Have you found a new melody?
Does it kill you to know
That I won’t come back?

The synthesizer plays it hard
While the rest of us go down below

Because you’re losing face
With the ones you know
Is it real or just a game you play?

Because you’re losing face
To the sounds below
Does it kill or just a day to waste?
Track Name: Get On (part II)
GET ON (part 2)

I sat across from the dead man
His eyes were red, bleeding holes
And as the wind picked up around him
He said, “I’m here to claim your soul”

There ain’t no sunshine
There ain’t no sunshine
Where I’m gonna go
There ain’t no sunshine
It’s just the night blinding me
Rolling down this road

Well, the folks in the bar cleared around me
As I glared at the man
He said, “You have any final last words
Before I give my command?”

There ain’t no sunshine
There ain’t no sunshine
Where I’m gonna go
There ain’t no sunshine
It’s just the night blinding me
Rolling down this road

I felt my body growing cold and tight
My hat hanging low
But with my dying breath
I came across that table
Drove my knife into his skull

There ain’t no sunshine
There ain’t no sunshine
Where I’m gonna go
There ain’t no sunshine
It’s just the night blinding me
Rolling down this road

There ain’t no sunshine
There ain’t no sunshine
Where I’m gonna go
Hey hey hey sunshine
And this is the last sight
I will ever know
Track Name: Chair and the Submarine
CHAIR AND THE SUBMARINE

She finally straps him to a chair
So he won’t bleed out everywhere
But now it’s time, now it’s time
Always time to decide
Never will know who lives or dies

Oh, if you want it
Oh, if you want it so strange
Oh, if you want it
Oh, if you want it to take

He feels he’s on a submarine
Always had the same old dream
But if he wakes, then he wakes
Doesn’t want to wake for sure
Will only seek another cure

Oh, if you want it
Oh, if you want it so strange
Oh, if you want it
Oh, if you want it to take
Track Name: Nightcave
NIGHTCAVE

Ah ah said the night
Ah ah filled with fright
Track Name: A Light Away
A LIGHT AWAY

We gave our hearts
That was easier
Than we thought
As the day seemed so
Silent, silent

But my love is a light away
My heart never lied
My love is a light away
My heart never lied

We gave our minds
That was crazier
Than we thought
As the night seemed so
Silent, silent

But my love is a light away
My heart never lied
My love is a light away
My heart never lied

You tell me that I run away
You tell me that it’s always in your eyes

But my love is a light away
My heart never lied
My love is a light away
My love never dies

You tell me that I’m wrong away
You tell me that it’s always in your heart
Track Name: Hereafter
HEREAFTER

Looking up to the sinking of the sun
Holiday and we’ll all come undone

Life to me is just a dream
In a dark hotel
And every night we’ll meet
Hereafter

No more days and only of the night
Holiday and we all need to die

Life to me is just a dream
So there’s no need to despair
And every night we’ll meet
Hereafter

Looking up and there’s no sun
Holiday and we’ve all come undone

Life to me is just a dream
In a dark hotel
And every night we’ll meet
Hereafter

And every night we’ll meet
Into an always dream
And every night we’ll meet