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#1 Posted : 16 December 2019 03:50:00(UTC)
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Tracklist
1. Hard (Album Version)
2. Hard (LosOscuros Radio Edit)

Artist: Weekend
Title: Hard
Genre(s): Pop, Electropop, Synthpop
Length: 6:43
Writers: D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton
Producers: Riley Hamilton
Label: Five Pesky Kids
From The Album: Welcome to the Real World

Hard is a song recorded by Australian-British-Irish boy band Weekend. The track was released as the fourth single from "Welcome to the Real World" on December 15th 2019. Two versions of the song were released: the music video version which is set to appear on the album and the heavily edited radio edit. The song was written by two members of the band; Dustyn Blue-Conners and Riley Hamilton. Hamilton also produced the song in its entirety, marking his first time achieving such a feat. He also co-produced previous track "LDN Dusk". "Hard" is noted for its experimentation: featuring heavily sexual lyrics for the band, standing at almost seven minutes in length and combining 80's synths, 90's Balearic guitar and dance beats with a futuristic soundscape. The song can be described as a trance-inspired mid tempo track, marrying pieces of techno and rave music with pop ballad elements. It follows the common verse-chorus form, but includes a number of instrumental solos from Blue-Conners' electric guitar. Dustyn sings a middle 8 which is also repeated as an outro, concluding the song. "Hard" is a story about undying love and making sure to constantly support and raise each other up. The track is also heavily filled with sexually suggestive lyrics, their most explicit to date.

Following on from the completion of the track "LDN Dusk", Weekend wanted another song in a similar synthpop vein but "bigger" and "riskier". Hamilton and Blue discussed several possibilities over a working lunch and began to pen ideas down. Knowing that they were going down a more pop oriented route with the track, Dustyn knew that he wanted the title or at least some of the lyrical content to juxtapose the sonics of the song. The original concept was titled "Love Me Hard" before being shortened to just "Hard", sounding more blunt. With the idea of creating an "epic" song, Hamilton and Blue-Conners agreed not to erase any ideas they had written down and came up with several different verses, hooks, middle 8's and even entirely different melodies. The band recorded every single piece individually. Hamilton would then take everything and piece together the song in the studio; mixing, arranging and producing the entire track. Once the bulk of it was made, the group then re-recorded some of the choruses and backing vocals as a five-part harmony so that the song sounded like less of a "patchwork".

Billy Holmes wrote:
"Riley did and amazing job on the production and the writing is...quite something. It's so sexy and raw yet it's clever and tender all at the same time. It's not smutty at all but it definitely gets the mind going. Dustyn and Riley are amazing writers. Definitely the best out of all of us. I think that this is one of our finest moments. Everyone who has heard the track has been floored by it. It's a mammoth song. I think what stands out is the honesty, the rawness and the vulnerability. In the lyrics, we're laying it all out on the table. We're being soppy gits and confessing our undying love and then the production is very emotive. The electric guitar twangs just give it that something special. It's one of those "dancing with tears in your eyes" kind of productions. When Riley was producing it, he said he was thinking about "Believe" by Cher. It's a song I can't stand but Riley really took the best elements of that and came through. It does have that 90's trance, futuristic soundscape that seems otherworldly yet so close to home at the same time. It's a glorious, soaring song and it just amps up the longer it goes on. I definitely see it as a career highlight."




Hard

All
Billy
Dustyn
Oscar
Riley
Scott

[Electric guitar intro]

Even when we're laying there speechless
I can hear you calling to me loud and clear
We've dropped the shields, there's no pretence
We're out riding free with no fears
Got a love that transcends all language
Can navigate through the stormiest weather
Exploring deep, finding new ways of understanding
Some honey always makes things better


And no, I'm not afraid to come undone
When there's bumps in the road, I know you won't run
Yeah, I'm not scared of any leap or fall
When I'm bound to you, I come back above it all
In your arms, I'm never scared of the dark
'Cause you lo-lo-lo-lo-love me hard


[Electric guitar solo]

There's no start, there's no ending
No man and no army can stand in the way
Found paradise but we'll keep on searching
Seeking new treasures in a foreign place


Locking of lips always so in sync
Rolling on petals, feeling strokes of pink
Just one look and I know what you're about

We can find beauty in the simple things
Or turn up the gears and pull at the strings
Don't worry if the words don't come out


I know you're not afraid to come undone
When there's bumps in the road, you know I won't run
Yeah, you're not scared of any leap or fall
When you're bound to me, you'll come back above it all
In my arms, you're never scared of the dark
'Cause I lo-lo-lo-lo-love you hard


[Electric guitar solo]

No need to panic when the sun goes down
Still intertwined, still feeling the touch


Locking of lips always so in sync
Rolling on petals, feeling strokes of pink
Just one look and I know what you're about

We can find beauty in the simple things
Or turn up the gears and pull at the strings
Don't worry if the words don't come out


And no, I'm not afraid to come undone
When there's bumps in the road, I know you won't run
Yeah, I'm not scared of any leap or fall
When I'm bound to you, I come back above it all
In your arms, I'm never scared of the dark
'Cause you lo-lo-lo-lo-love me hard


You're always there waiting and your arms unfold
Ready for me to bathe in all the gold
We go deeper, this is more than just physical
My heartbeat is racing 'cause you love me to the bone
You're always there waiting and your arms unfold
Ready for me to bathe in all the gold
We go deeper, this is more than just physical
My heartbeat is racing 'cause you love me to the bone


[Electric guitar solo]

And no, I'm not afraid to come undone
When there's bumps in the road, I know you won't run
Yeah, I'm not scared of any leap or fall
When I'm bound to you, I come back above it all
In your arms, I'm never scared of the dark
'Cause you lo-lo-lo-lo-love me hard


I know you're not afraid to come undone
When there's bumps in the road, you know I won't run
Yeah, you're not scared of any leap or fall
When you're bound to me, you'll come back above it all
In my arms, you're never scared of the dark
'Cause I lo-lo-lo-lo-love you hard


You're always there waiting and your arms unfold
Ready for me to bathe in all the gold
We go deeper, this is more than just physical
My heartbeat is racing 'cause you love me to the bone
You're always there waiting and your arms unfold
Ready for me to bathe in all the gold
We go deeper, this is more than just physical
My heartbeat is racing 'cause you love me to the bone


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Artist: Weekend
Title: Hard
Genre(s): Pop, Electropop, Synthpop
Length: 3:49
Writers: D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton
Producers: Riley Hamilton, LosOscuros

A second version of "Hard" was also released on December 15th 2019. Production team LosOscuros, who work almost exclusively with the band, reworked the song for airplay, making the sprawling 6:43 track more palatable for radio stations. The "LosOscuros Radio Edit" shaves almost three whole minutes off of the track, cutting "Hard" down to 3:49. The radio edit omits the solo guitar segments, shortens the intro, splits the pre-chorus, rearranges vocal distribution, has all five members singing the chorus and removes Dustyn's bridge entirely - keeping it solely as an outro. This version also features heavy vocoder on the the boys' vocals and contains a more prominent bass, giving the song a more "pop" oriented feel.

Hard (Los Oscuros Radio Edit)

All
Billy
Dustyn
Oscar
Riley
Scott

Even when we're laying there speechless
I can hear you calling to me loud and clear
We've dropped the shields, there's no pretence
We're out riding free with no fears

Got a love that transcends all language
Can navigate through the stormiest weather
Exploring deep, finding new ways of understanding
Some honey always makes things better


And no, I'm not afraid to come undone
When there's bumps in the road, I know you won't run
Yeah, I'm not scared of any leap or fall
When I'm bound to you, I come back above it all
In your arms, I'm never scared of the dark
'Cause you lo-lo-lo-lo-love me hard


There's no start, there's no ending
No man and no army can stand in the way

Found paradise but we'll keep on searching
Seeking new treasures in a foreign place


Locking of lips always so in sync
Rolling on petals, feeling strokes of pink

Just one look and I know what you're about

I know you're not afraid to come undone
When there's bumps in the road, you know I won't run
Yeah, you're not scared of any leap or fall
When you're bound to me, you'll come back above it all
In my arms, you're never scared of the dark
'Cause I lo-lo-lo-lo-love you hard


No need to panic when the sun goes down
Still intertwined, still feeling the touch


We can find beauty in the simple things
Or turn up the gears and pull at the strings

Don't worry if the words don't come out

And no, I'm not afraid to come undone
When there's bumps in the road, I know you won't run
Yeah, I'm not scared of any leap or fall
When I'm bound to you, I come back above it all
In your arms, I'm never scared of the dark
'Cause you lo-lo-lo-lo-love me hard


You're always there waiting and your arms unfold
Ready for me to bathe in all the gold
We go deeper, this is more than just physical
My heartbeat is racing 'cause you love me to the bone
You're always there waiting and your arms unfold
Ready for me to bathe in all the gold
We go deeper, this is more than just physical
My heartbeat is racing 'cause you love me to the bone


Can Be Compared To:
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WEEKEND // JOSHUA GRIMMIE // ANDREA // PUBLIC WARNING // LINCOLN
DENEIL // MERCEDES // VICTORIA BLACK // MICHELLE GREEN // CHICAGO NOBODY
REUBEN // CHRISTOPHER HUDSON // BLAKE // JOHNNY CARTER
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