The Empress EP

by Love Handles

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    This is a benefit release for Courage Connection. Please pay what you can!

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The Empress EP is the first release from Love Handles, an indie feminist rock band out of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

While predominantly a cover band, Love Handles created their first original song, "The Empress," to sing out about unhealthy relationships, healing from trauma, consent culture, and self-empowerment.

All proceeds from this release will go directly to Courage Connection, the Champaign-Urbana local domestic violence organization, which has been hit extra hard from the state of Illinois budget crisis. Please give what you can, and visit www.courageconnection.org for more information.

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released June 23, 2017

All songs performed by Love Handles

Tracks 1-3 performed April 8 and 15, 2017 at the Blue Box Studio in Sadorus, IL
Track 4 performed July 24, 2016 at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Recorded by Sven

Tracks 1 and 2 mixed by Sven
Track 3 remixed by DJ Vanille
Track 4 recorded live by Kelsey Sharp

Love Handles features a group of rotating musicians who identify as feminist and social justice-oriented. Musicians for this release include:

Joey Buttlar - drums
Jack Kelly - bass
Molly McLay - vocals
Alex Nelson - guitar
Thyra Sandstrom - bass
Maha Tolba - vocals

Artwork by Analise Atchison
Digitization of art by Skot Wiedmann

Tracks 2 and 4 covered by permission from respective publishers


THANK YOUS:

To Sven, for your gracious support, awesome recording and mixing skills, and your fervent belief in our work and promoting good music and good causes in C-U.

To Analise, who was asked to create the image of "The Empress" before anyone knew what it really meant or who she really was, and to Jill for the tarot reading / inspiration.

To our very own DJ Vanille for reimagining our song in incredible ways that expand what our music means to us, and to the members of Tara Terra (Emily Blue, Colin Althaus, Nick Soria, and of course our Joey) for adding onto our song with us.

To anyone who's ever played with Love Handles: Aashika Anantharaman, Kimi Arquines, Joey Buttlar, Sarah Coleman, Jennifer Corbin, Brandon Evilla, Kyle Fleming, Jack Kelly, Bill Kirby, A'Keisha Lee, Lauren Lowrie, Molly McLay, Alex Nelson, Thyra Sandstrom, Maha Tolba, Skot Wiedmann. And to our loved ones, friends, families, and anyone who's ever come to or invited us to perform in a show.

To the University of Illinois Women's Resources Center, for giving us a home as we've learned to support survivors and end rape culture, and to R.A.C.E.S. and Courage Connection, for doing this work in our community even when resources are very scarce.

And to anyone who has ever felt trapped, scared, unable to move -- to anyone whose experience with another human has left them seemingly broken -- you are not alone. You are the person you have been waiting for. You are everything and you are enough. You are what you need.

"The Empress" is for you.

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Love Handles Champaign, Illinois

Love Handles is an indie feminist rock band out of Champaign-Urbana, IL. They are a group of rotating musicians who identify as feminist and social justice-oriented, founded in 2015 by sexual assault prevention educators Molly McLay and Alex Nelson.

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Track Name: The Empress
She opens me up
My hands on my heart
My feet on the floor
The empress inside
I am her, I am her

He locked me up
He kept me in
I didn’t know
How I could live
I felt so lost
I wasn’t me
I felt so low
I wasn’t free

He broke all my trust
Left me bare on the floor
My heart a wreckage
Until I found her

She opens me up
My hands on my heart
My feet on the floor
The empress inside
I am her, I am her

I stand before
The water flows
I wanted more
I am alone
It covers me
So deep inside
I see myself
I will survive

The shame and the pain
Are leaving me now
She comes to rebuild
I find her somehow

She opens me up
My hands on my heart
My feet on the floor
The empress inside
I am her, I am her

She opens me up
My hands on my heart
My feet on the floor
The empress inside
I am her, I am her

So many of us bound to our bodies
To a life of saying yes
To always acquiesce
Can I ever choose?
Can I ever love?
Oh when will the yes be mine?

She opens me up
My hands on my heart
My feet on the floor
The empress inside
I am her, I am her

She opens me up
My hands on my heart
My feet on the floor
The empress inside
I am her, I am her

Today I choose
Today I choose joy
Today I choose
Today I choose love
Today I choose
Today I choose joy
Today I choose
Today I choose love

I say yes I say yes
I say yes I say yes
I say yes I say yes
I say yes I say yes
I say yes I say yes
I say yes I say yes
I say yes I say yes
I say yes I say yes