Remember duets? Of course you do. “I Got You”, “Islands In The Stream”, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart”, Wendy O Williams and Lemmy blasting through “Stand By Your Man”. Duets ruled the airwaves and remain karaoke classics to this day.
Yeah Right! is proud to offer up for your approval Nothing Left To Lose, a 2 song 7” of duets by Suzi Moon and Billy Hopeless.
Suzi Moon, hailed by Vive Le Rock Magazine as “the new Queen of punk” first met Billy Hopeless back when her band Civet were touring and crossed paths with The Black Halos. They immediately hit it off. Suzi explains, “I’ve been a fan of Billy Hopeless / The Black Halos since I was 16. Working with him has been on my bucket list for a long, long time. We suffer the same kinda rock n roll affliction that makes us different than other folks. There’s a mutual respect between us that comes from being frontmen. I greatly admire his work.”
Billy reached out over social media about a duet project and Suzi got to work writing a song that would feature both of their strengths as lead singers. That song is “Love Is A Stranger”, described by Suzi as a gut-wrenching “pirate ghost waltz” (Moon is on the Pirate’s Press label, after all) about unrequited love. Featuring a spooky organ played by Moon guitarist Drew Champion, it’s one of her favorite recordings thus far.
“Communicado”, the B side is a little more upbeat and playful and was written by Billy. Backed here by the Let Me Downs from Tacoma, it’s a short but sweet catchy blast of pop aware punk.
The limited edition 7” is out May 1st on white vinyl through Yeah Right!
- LOVE IS A STRANGER
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I first met Suzi back when she was in the band Civet, I knew she was trouble so we immediately hit it off. Now years many later we’re back pulling a heist together and I recruited the Let Me Downs from Tacoma which includes Pat Hall, who once ran with my Black Halos gang to back me up. Hands up if you live real punk rock and roll !
I’ve been a fan of Billy Hopeless / The Black Halos since I was 16. Working with him has been on my bucket list for a long, long time. We suffer the same kinda rock n roll affliction that makes us different than other folks. There’s a mutual respect between us that comes from being frontmen. I greatly admire his work.
When Billy messaged me on Facebook in 2021 about doing a duet project, I immediately responded HELL YEAH! and got to work on writing a song that would feature both our strengths as lead singers.
Love Is A Stranger is a gut-wrenching “pirate ghost waltz” about unrequited love. Billy’s unmistakable snarl & growl perfectly compliments my aching wail. It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever recorded. Drew Champion, who plays lead guitar for Suzi Moon, contributed a haunting guitar solo and some 60s Animals-esque spooky organ, which really brings the song to another level. Drums were recorded by Sean Peterson, also from the Suzi Moon crew, & he just absolutely nailed it.
Duets are such an interesting task. When it came to recording vocals for Billy’s song Communicado, I worked really hard to harmonize with him & give the song a bit of playfulness versus the sombre tone of my track. It was a joy to sing on, and it gets stuck in my head all the time!
Both songs work so well together, I can’t wait for fans to get a hold of the 7”. I’m so thankful to Yeah Right! for getting behind this project and giving us a home for “Nothing Left To Lose”!
Love Is A Stranger written by Suzi Moon. Recorded by Jason Hiner at Lady Of Noise Studios Vocals: Suzi Moon and Billy Hopeless.
Guitar: Suzi Moon
Lead Guitar, Bass, Organ: Drew Champion Drums: Sean Peterson
Communicado written by Billy Hopeless. Recorded by Ty McDonald at Whine Cellar Productions. Vocals: Billy Hopeless and Suzi Moon.
Guitar: Pat Hall Bass: Paul Levesque
Drums: Garrett Guadiana
Both songs mixed by Eric J. Brietenbach and mastered by Ryan Dahle.
Genre: Punk, Pirate Ghost Waltz
RIYL: Suzi Moon, The Black Halos, karaoke, duets
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