CROSSING THE LINE:
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put it out there for everyone to hear?‚ÄĚ On meeting Young in Columbus, Hisle says, ‚ÄúI was really nervous. I walk in the door, and he just gives me this scowl. Neil said, ‚ÄėI heard you got this song.‚Äô He fucking listens to the whole song with headphones on and just mad dogs me. Then he takes them off and goes, ‚ÄėLet‚Äôs jam it, dude.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Hisle grins and says, ‚ÄúHe was cool as shit.‚ÄĚ Hisle was on stage for the first half of the show. In January 2008, Hisle played The Sundance Film Festival with Graham Nash and Young. What did the troops think? ‚ÄúI got some jabs about being a hippie,‚ÄĚ Hisle says. ‚ÄúWhatever. They still love me, and they‚Äôre all proud of me.‚ÄĚ From others, though, he says, ‚ÄúI get some pretty low blows ‚ÄĒ treason, blah, blah, but that‚Äôs someone‚Äôs opinion. I keep crossing the line with lyrics. I get shit for it
Recently, Young‚Äôs label, Vapor Records, announced that they‚Äôll distribute Lost in Holland‚Äôs albums. The new one, The Last Great Loss, is in the recording stages.
Attacking loss and trauma, last year‚Äôs Hearts and Minds is straight-shooting and natural; Hisle‚Äôs voice leaves the throat with a slight Springsteen rasp. Hisle can be quiet and he can punch it out, but it‚Äôs not claiming to be perfectly slick. Rather, he sounds instinctively gritty with frequent turns from emotionally strong to subtly reflective. Particularly moving, ‚ÄúPurple Hearts‚ÄĚ mixes quiet vocals with an ironically raging message: ‚ÄúA box to fill a grave/And statues for the ones we could‚Äôve saved.‚ÄĚ Calling for a peaceful return from aching lands, Hisle‚Äôs softer delivery meets hard-hitting lyrics, drilling his message to heart.
And his message? Hisle‚Äôs brows knit together, newly alive. He responds, ‚ÄúNo matter what the fucking reason for this fight, it‚Äôs going to result in pain, loss, death of thousands. It‚Äôs horrible. I don‚Äôt wish it upon anyone else. I know these things, I‚Äôve done these things, I‚Äôve seen these things. Let me tell you about it so you can reflect and relate and maybe learn something. If I were to change one person‚Äôs mind, I‚Äôd feel like it was all worth it.‚ÄĚ For the next two years, he could be called back to war at any moment. But he says he‚Äôs not worried. Suddenly, his shadowy eyes become fully visible, free from the dark camouflage. Sitting back in his new black chair, lost and found in the new sound room, it‚Äôs clear that Hisle is truly at home. ¬©