Hard Fabric's "Lost In the Couch Cushions" is Celebratory Nostalgia at its Finest
Earlier this month, Atlanta-based folk punk group Hard Fabric released Lost in the Couch Cushions in celebration of their two year band anniversary. The compilation LP is a nostalgic hodgepodge of covers and old, unreleased songs. It’s a call-back to not only the history of Hard Fabric, but the journey of the man behind the band and its only permanent member, Brendan Roberts.
For the sake of transparency, it's probably worth mentioning that I used to be a member of Hard Fabric. However, my time in the band was brief. With that said, I’d like to take a moment to share my piece of the Hard Fabric story. It’s a small part of a bigger puzzle, but it’s important in the context of this eight track toe-tapper.
It all started two years ago on floral couch in a small Statesboro apartment. One August night in 2016, Roberts invited me over to his place. We chatted back and forth about life, music, and the old hand-me-down floral couch we were sitting on. Out of nowhere, the guy whips out a weathered baritone ukulele covered from bridge to neck in band stickers. He said something along the lines of, “can I get your opinion on this song,” and then proceeded to sing a tune that almost brought me to tears. By his birthday, on September tenth, I found myself playing guitar and harmonica with him in his living room for somewhere between 8 to 15 people. That night marked the birth of Hard Fabric.
Cut to early September 2018. Roberts finds himself gathering old phone recordings and unreleased material, searching for anything nostalgic and worthy of celebrating. He narrows it down to just eight tracks, calls it “Lost in the Couch Cushions”, and slaps it on the internet on September tenth, exactly two years after it all started.
The thing that makes this ukulele-slinging folk punk artist’s work special is modest instrumentation and lyrical sincerity, and each song on “Lost in the Couch Cushions,” is a perfect example of these qualities. The first half of the LP features originals, including everyone’s favorite Waffle House tribute song, “Waffle Home”. The second half is made up of four heartfelt covers, some of which may take you by surprise. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that if you grew up watching SpongeBob Squarepants, you’ll get a kick out of the sixth track...
All and all, Lost in the Couch Cushions is a laid-back and casual listening experience. It’s something you’d put on as you walk down the sidewalk on some sunny Fall afternoon. And you don’t have to be a die-hard fan to dig this release. If you’re looking for something warm to brighten up your day, this is the record for you.
Cover art by Brendan Roberts.