I can’t believe that a band wrote a record as good as “The Things We Carry” in the year 2006. I don’t know why I say that, I just hadn’t felt the energy of a classic in such a long time. I still listen to this album once or twice a month, especially when I’m on a run or something like that. It’s even more impressive that they took such a huge step from the What Counts EP to TTWC LP. The LP really blows their previous stuff away. Pat’s lyrics and vocals matured to a point on the first LP that was just perfect. I think I love his voice so much because I think that’s exactly what I always wanted my voice to sound like when I was doing The Damage Done. I love that it’s energetic, you feel like you’re at a show. And it’s angry as fuck, but with feeling, without just sounding like a gruff metal dude or somthing. You can feel the lyrics actually represented by the inflection of anger/pain in the vocals, as opposed to some dudes that just have kind of a “locked-in notch” in their throat where everything they scream has the same general sound. Not to mention, this is all duplicated when he’s singing live at a show. You can tell that there’s thought flowing through is mind as he’s singing those words, it’s not just practice and routine that tends to happen over time with performing night after night. Lyrically, he’s not afraid to be emotional regarding his love and respect for his father, or write lyrics tackling deeper emotional issues in our society like “We confuse our love with lust….. Remember what love is?” I can’t imagine most younger hardcore bands singing about things like this. Musically, I love that it’s got a heavy tone to it when compared to a classic “youth crew” type sound, but still super energetic.
You can tell from all of the writing above that I love “The Things We Carry” LP, so let’s talk about that LP. The top row is all 1st pressing (including test pressing), the bottom row is 2nd through current pressings. The only thing missing is the record release copy. I couldn’t fit it nicely into the picture, so it’s shown in a different photo below. I also owned a 4th pressing test pressing out of 20 copies (when they did the black and red vinyl pressings), but I sold it before taking this photo. You can see it in the big photo at the top, on the 3rd row with the black and red copies. I acutally took that big photo before I sold some of my Have Heart tests.
They did 100 record release copies that had a bunch of hearts spray painted into an X on the front of the cover, haha. Some record release copies had blue/yellow vinyl, some had the brown/orange vinyl.
I love the artwork of this LP. A lot of people talked shit about it when it came out, I guess because it wasn’t very “hardcore”. But I disagree wholeheartedly. I think it looks super cool, and the 1st pressing vinyl colors were picked well too. Up above you can see the inside of the gatefold layout, depicting the scene as the sun rises and sets.
They kept the gatefold layout for the 2nd and 3rd pressing of 1,000 each, but this time with some weirder mixed colors for the vinyl. 2nd press is shown on the bottom left – yellow with green splatter. The bottom right is 3rd pressing tri-color yellow/white/green.
With the 4th pressing, some good and some bad happened. Bad: they went away from the gatefold layout because it was too expensive to keep producing those, and they made it a regular jacket with insert (shown above). Boooo! Good: they switched pressing plants back to the U.S. and started doing straightforward vinyl colors like transparent red and transparent gold – no more crazy stuff. Because of the new pressing plant, they had to make new test pressings (out of 20 copies), which I mentioned before. You can see it on the 3rd row of the big photo at the very top of this post. With the 4th pressing they did 100 copies on black vinyl (the only version of this album on black, other than test pressings), and 1,000 on red vinyl. The 5th pressing was 1,000 on gold vinyl.
Here is a photo of the 4th pressing test pressing that I sold a while back, #6/20. I had the guy who bought the test email me a photo! They re-made test pressings when they switched to United Record Pressing and pressed the 4th pressing red and black vinyl.
This is a tour poster for the Have Heart, Go It Alone, Sinking Ships West Coast Tour in 2006. This same design was used on a t-shirt that I used to own, but I sold it because it was too small. This poster hangs on the wall in my living room because I like the design and the colors match the rest of the decor of my living room really well. haha, Yes, I’m a dork.
I really like that they kept the vinyl colors simple on this release, following appropriately with the artwork: Green grass, Blue sky, Yellow or Orange sun, White border, with no mixed weird colors, etc. It looks really nice when layed out. I also owned a test pressing of this album, mine was #6/18, but I sold it a while back. You can see it pictured in the big photo at the top, in the upper right hand corner, since I took that photo prior to selling a bunch of HH tests. The clear vinyl is a “friend’s press” out of only 100 copies. The rest of the 1st pressing was 531 on yellow, 1,000 on white, 1,395 on solid blue. A number of the solid blue copies were also used for the Sound And Fury 2008 and Record Release, both spray painted covers. I actually never picked up either of those, just wasn’t all that interested in a spray painted variation. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th pressings are green, transparent blue, and orange vinyl, all out of 1,000 copies each. I noticed something random while taking this photo – the 2nd pressing on green vinyl is the only one that has slightly different label art. Notice it has a white border around the label, whereas all the rest have the blue bleeding all the way to the edge? Weird.
The layout for this record is a nice clean layout with a bunch of perspective photos. The first pressing had a big gatefold layout, but later pressings switched to a regular LP jacket with insert, shown below.
This was a 7″ single that came out a month or two before the “Songs To Scream At The Sun” LP. It features 2 songs off the LP. The photo on the cover of this 7″ was used on the inner layout of the LP, as you can see in the “Songs” LP photos earlier. There were 500 on black, 1,000 on yellow. Also in this photo is a test pressing – mine is #7/25.
This photos shows the full outside and inside layout. The inside has a written explanation by vocalist Pat Flynn regarding the personal lyrics of the song “Hard Bark On The Family Tree”. It’s about his relationship with his father and grandfather, and how family history and baggage has played out over multiple generations – sometimes in unpredictable ways. I really like it when bands expose themselves to the world like this… It can really help make the music and lyrics that much more powerful and relevant.
The “10.17.09” LP is a live recording of Have Heart’s last show. This show looks like it was bonkers. I know that over 1,200 people paid at the door, so this was a huge hardcore show! It just goes to show the impact that Have Heart had on the late 2000’s era of hardcore. The green vinyl was the “friend’s pressing” out of only 100 copies. The others are 1st pressing red vinyl out of 600, white vinyl out of 1,000, and blue vinyl out of 1,000. There was also a clear vinyl out of 300, but for some reason I never owned that one. I did own a test pressing of this LP, out of 20 copies, but I sold it before taking this photo. However, the test pressing is shown in the big photo at the top in the 5th row below the TTWC LP (I took that photo before I sold a bunch of my Have Heart tests). Note: I screwed up when I took the big picture and realized I forgot to show the LP cover of the last show LP! Whoops! Anyway, it’s that 5th/last row of LP’s on the left.
Have Heart – the 7″s… As far as the 7″s go, I know there has been a billion pressings of these damned things. I’ve owned other copies over the years, but sold all of them off until I only had 1st pressing copies. Just too many to really care about. So you’ll see test pressings of the 1st pressings, a couple color copies from the 1st pressing, and then only one copy of any cool additional covers that I decided to keep.
There were just too many pressings of the What Counts 7″ to try to collect them, so I sold everything I had, other than the entire 1st pressing shown above. The top row is obviously the test pressing. Bottom row is 200 on pink, 200 black, and 400 yellow. That pressing info came directly off the Thinkfast Records discography. But it’s never made sense to me that the 1st pressing could be out of 800 since vinyl pressings are almost always done in batches of 500 or 1,000. So I don’t know what’s up with that.
Here’s one cool cover of the “What Counts” EP that I owned at one time, but sold on eBay a while back. It’s an Insted – “Bonds Of Friendship” rip-off cover, duh! I bought this on their “Tour of Bro-Ship” tour. I think I actually picked it up at Sink With Cali? I can’t remember for sure.
There are an unbelievable amount of versions of this thing. I wonder if there’s over 100? There seriously might be, I’m not joking. What you see here are 1st pressing pink vinyl out of 100 and black vinyl out of 335, as well as an original test pressing from the 1st press. The clear vinyl version was sold at Positive Numbers Festival 2005 with a limited cover. The “live” cover was used on later re-pressings of this 7″.
This is an original test pressing from the 1st press. You can tell because it has the big hole in the center of the vinyl. The test pressings made for the 2nd press had a smaller hole. I owned one of those too, but I sold it about a year ago.
Have Heart – “Live At Sound And Fury” 7″I don’t own it anymore, but I did own a test pressing of the Bridge Nine bonus 7″ “Live At Sound And Fury”, mine was #2/15. I had the guy who bought it email me a photo. It does appear in the big photo at the top, since I took that photo before I started selling more stuff. Next to the posi #’s crest cover, you’ll see a random test pressing – that’s it. I don’t think I even own a regular copy of this 7″ anymore, so no copy to show here.
Have Heart’s Sound And Fury Fest 2007 shirt. It’s a parody of the Bracewar shirt from the previous year at Sound And Fury 2006 that read, “Bracewar fucks on the first date” in the same huge “all over print” font, haha.
My Have Heart collection, at its peak:
- Have Heart – Demo (TEST PRESS, 1st press big hole, out of 13, Bottled Up Records)
- Have Heart – Demo (TEST PRESS, 2nd press little hole, out of 13, Bottled Up Records)
- Have Heart – Demo 7″ (PINK, 1st press, out of 100)
- Have Heart – Demo 7″ (BLACK, 1st press, out of 335)
- Have Heart – Demo 7″ (CLEAR, w/Posi Fest 2005 cover and stamped labels)
- Have Heart – Demo 7″ (BLUE, 2nd press, live pic cover)
- Have Heart – What Counts (TEST PRESS, out of 13, Think Fast Records)
- Have Heart – What Counts (PINK, 1st press, out of 200)
- Have Heart – What Counts (BLACK, 1st press navy print on labels, out of 200)
- Have Heart – What Counts (GOLD, 1st press, out of 400)
- Have Heart – What Counts (WHITE, 3rd press, w/Insted “Bonds Of Bro-ship” cover, #14/150)
- Have Heart – You Can’t Go Home Again (TEST PRESS, #7/25)
- Have Heart – You Can’t Go Home Again (BLACK, out of 500)
- Have Heart – You Can’t Go Home Again (YELLOW, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – Live At Sound And Fury 7″ (TEST PRESS, out of 20)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (TEST PRESS, #10/15)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (BLUE/YELLOW swirl, Record Release cover 08.27.2006 EOSJ, out of 40)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (BLUE/YELLOW swirl, 1st press, out of 260)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (BROWN/YELLOW swirl, 1st press, out of 640)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (YELLOW/GREEN splatter, 2nd press, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (YELLOW/GREEN/WHITE SPLIT, 3rd press, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (TEST PRESS, 4th press, out of 20)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (BLACK, 4th press, gatefold jacket, out of 100)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (RED, 4th press, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry (GOLD, 5th press, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – Songs To Scream At The Sun (TEST PRESS, #6/18)
- Have Heart – Songs To Scream At The Sun (CLEAR, 1st press, out of 112)
- Have Heart – Songs To Scream At The Sun (YELLOW, 1st press, out of 531)
- Have Heart – Songs To Scream At The Sun (WHITE, 1st press, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – Songs To Scream At The Sun (SOLID BLUE, 1st press, out of 1395)
- Have Heart – Songs To Scream At The Sun (GREEN, 2nd press, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – Songs To Scream At The Sun (CLEAR BLUE, 3rd press, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – Songs To Scream At The Sun (ORANGE, 4th press, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – 10.17.09 (TEST PRESS, out of 20)
- Have Heart – 10.17.09 (GREEN, out of 100)
- Have Heart – 10.17.09 (RED, out of 600)
- Have Heart – 10.17.09 (WHITE, out of 1000)
- Have Heart – 10.17.09 (BLUE, out of 1000)