01. Universal Language
03. Talk Too Much
04. I See It In Us
05. Sacred Heart
06. Innocent Kids
09. This Time
12. Phone Song
14. Wake Up
15. Thicker Than Water
16. Bonus Track
Thicker Than Water
Classic elements of East Coast hardcore and West Coast melody resonate through H20's Epitaph debut, Thicker Than Water. The band's experience's in both scenes, touring with bands from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to Sick Of It All, Social Distortion and Rancid, fuse seamlessly on this record. A collection of sincere, in-your-face songs about personal responsibility, positivity and loyalty are highlighted in songs like "Wake Up," "Everready" and the title track. A must-have for hardcore fans on either coast and everywhere in between.
Thicker Than Water
Friend- music and lyrics by Marginal Man.
Management- Vaughn Lewis for Strong Management.
Booking- Tim Borror for Artist & Audience Entertainment, Inc.
A& R- Kathy Koehler and Dave Hansen
Legal Stuff- Richard Grabel Esq.
Produced by H2O and Larry Buksbaum with Dean Rispler.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Larry Buksbaum.
Recorded at Brielle Studions, NYC 6/21/97-6/27/97.
Mixed at Sound on Sound, NYC 7/5/97-7/7/97.
All songs written by H2O except where noted.
All lyrics by Toby Morse, Rusty Pistachio, and Todd Morse except where noted. Assistants, Stan the Man, Carlos, and Zach Wind.
Helpful hints: Dicky Barrett, Lars Frederiksen, and Joe Gittleman.
Pre-Production at Lomo Studios, NYC.
Cover art by Scott Silvia, 222 Tattoos, San Francisco.
Photography by BJ Papas.
Layout/Design by Famous Nick.
H2O uses GHS strings because they work. Todd Friend uses Vater Sticks because he likes to. H2O wears Vans and Converse sneakers because they give them to us for free and because they make the finest quality of the coolest shoes for us to represent in. WORD!!!
Thank You. Thanks to the following people that we either forgot to thank on the first record, who we have met or played with since the first record and who have believed in us and supported us since the beginning, you know who you are!
ABC, Allison, Amber Represent, Ami Bennet, Andrea Fenner, Andrew (Converse Man), Angel & Nicole (R.E.D.), Ann (TX), Anne R. Key (Eat a Non PC Dick), Anthony Communali, Archie (S.I.B.), Armando Brodas, Artie & Michelle at the Common Ground, Artie Sheppard, Average Joe (Hellbender), Avex & Addict Records, B.I.G. (R.I.P.), BJ Papas, Barry (MMB), Bekke Alcantra, Big Ben (N.J.), Benn Carr, Beto, Bill Wilson & Blackout!, Billy Milano, Blackie (Tubesville), Bodega Skateboards, Boston Mike, Brad Palkevich (Thanks once again), Bradley, Brady, Brandon Finley, Brandy, Shane, Charlesanne, & Satan's Cheerleaders, Brian Poss, Buddy, Bundy, Buscrash Fanzie, Bware, C.I.H., Cammile, Carl Gunhouse, Carl Porcaro, CBGB's, Chad & Melanie, Chaka, Cherise (FLA Prod.), Chicago Kids, Chicki, Chico, Chiser, Chris (Mojo), Chris Evans, Chris Garver, Chris Gerhardt, Chris Long, Chris Wynne (In Effect), Clay Wiers, Colby, Colleen (Devil Doll), Collins Family, Continental, Crabtree, Craig (MMB), Craig Ahead, Creepy Crawl, Crystal, C.T.Y.C., D.J., Dan Gross, Dana & XboundX, Danny Singer, Dave Hansen, Dave Neaboe, Dave Rispler, Deb & Paul (Beauty Bar), Dedretaroe, Deep, Dekay One, Dennis Brokenborough, Derek Greene, Devil, Diana Zuluaga, Dicky Barrett, Dirty Matty, DMS Family, Don Palmer, Dwight (Dogmatic Productions), English Nick, Epitaph & Staff, Eric Rice a.k.a. Smokey (Good luck with everything), Fitsjoy, 40 oz. Frank, Frank Villalona, Franklin & Shelter, Fred Feldman, Freddy Cricien, Fridge Magazine, Gary (Philly), Gavin Vanvlack, Gene (Sam Ash), Generation Records, Gina Davis, Ginseng, Guillotine, Hanz Hadelt, Hard Carl, Hardgrove Café, Higgins, Hikaru & Bounty Killer (Japan), Howie Abrams, Hoya, Iann Robinson, Ijt Records, Inti, ISKON, Jack Flanagan, Jake (Which?), James Broderick, Jarboe, Jason Diamond, Jere Jersey (Orphan Records), Jessica, Jill Crenshaw, Jim Guerinot (Timebomb), Jim Testa, Jimmy G., Jimmy Perry, Jinx Proof Tattoos (D.C.), Joe and Pete (Manny's), Joe (Monitor), John and Jessica Reed, John Chatalin, John Connor, John Dawkes (Vater), John Joseph, John McKaig, Johnny Vegas, Jorge, Josh Diamond, K.A.C., K.O., Karl Buechner, Kate's Joint, Kathy Koehler, Katone, Kenny Gabor, Kenny Inouye, Kevin Long, Kevin (S.F.T.), Kevin Lenear, Kevin McCormick, Kevin Smith, Kevone!, Kid Sid, Knobby, Kristin Bauchman, Lane and Crew, Larry Y Erin Frederickson, Lash, Le. Leah & Virginia (Thanks for your endless support!), Linas (D.C. Jedi Crew), Lenny Bednarz, (N.Y.), Lou Koller, Marckie (Good looking' out), Mailbox Etc. crew, Miami, Marc (M.A.D. Crew), Marc DeBacker, Marianne Flemming, Mark Holloway, Mark Neuman, Mark Roman and Stardust staff, Mark Ryan, Martha Tang, Martin, SXE, Matt Freeman, Matt Henderson, Matt Pinfield, Matty Boy, Melissa Corales, Met (Chord magazine(, Micki (Japan), Midori (Japan), Mighty Mighty Bosstones Crew, Mike D.C., Mike Niedermeier, Mike Scorsese, Mikeski, Minus, Mitch SXE (Japan), Monkey Butt Sex Show, Monopoly, MQUE, Mr. Brett, Ms. Kathy, Narc, Nate Albert, Neeraj, Nick & the Chicago Tatooing Company, Nick the Knife, Noelle, NY Adorned, OBHC, Ohno, Ollie, Pablo, Paul (Beertruck), Paul Bearer, Pete Koller, Raekwon The Chef & Wu Tang, Ralph & Melissa Roturra (Australia), Randy Nichols, Ratbones, Raven, Ray Greene, Raybeez, Rick Healy, Rob Mertz & Mark Wheil (Zorlac), Roger Miret, Roree, Roy Mayorga, Royal Barber Shop, Russ Underdog, Sandee Borgman, Scott (Pearl St.), Scott Harrison, Scott Silvia (222 Tattoos, S.F.), Sean Kilkenny, Sean McMillan, Sebastian, Shawn (Truents), Shawn Brown, Shawna K., Sherro, Sire, Slash, Sob, Social D. Road Crew, Stackhouse Crew, Stacy Horne, Steve Caballero, Steve Poss (Good looking out, always), Steve Reddy, Vinny Stigma, Stressy Jesse, Sweet Pete and the Boston Straight Edge, Tara Perez, Tasha, Ted Harris, Terror, The Blakes, The kids with the H2O Tattoos (NY to Cali), the Knicks, The Lewis Family, The Mauro Family, The Singer Family, The Trocadero, Tim & Kristin, Tim Borror (can't book a tour) & A&A Staff, Tim Corun, Todd Youth, Tom Furey, Tom Coats, Tony Dorian, Tony Morrell, Tony Rat, Tooz, Tracy Morse, Trevor (NLM), Trevor Ryecraft, Tucci (Underground Sound), 2-Hips, Uncle Al, U.S. Clams, U.S. Thugs (East/West Coast), Vicki (DC), Vinnie Valenzuela, Vinny (Eyeball), Walter, WARP Magazine Japan, WSOU, Agnostic Front, Backdrop Bomb, Bodyjar, Bouncing Souls, Bucci, Built to Last, CIV, Cokehead Hipsters, Courage to Care, Crown of Thornz, D Generation, Dancehall Crashers, DBX, Dog Eat Dog, Dogfight, Downset, Earth Crisis, Ensign, F Minus, Fahrenheit 451, Floorpunch, Fury Of V, Garlic Boys, Kill Your Idols, Killing Time, Lag Wagon, Lounge, Madball, Mark My Words, Maximum Penalty, Merauder, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mindshare, Misfits, Muddfoot, Murphy's Law, Nine Lives, No Redeeming Social Value, OS101, Pennywise, Pietasters, Powerhouse, Pry, Rancid, Redemption '87, 7 Seconds, Shutdown, Sick Of It All, Skarhead, Snapcase, Social Distortion, Straight Faced, Suicide Machines, Sweet Sixteen, Swinging Utters, Throwdown, Toe To Toe, 25TaLife, Vision Of Disorder, Warzone, And Finally thanks to Agnostic Front, Descendents, and the Misfits for coming back. Thanks to the following scenes for making us feel at home: NY, NYC, LIHC, ST. Louis, DC, PA, CT, NJ, CA,UT, ILL, KC, Japan, Australia and Hawaii. Congrats to the newlyweds: Roger & Denise Miret, Paul & Natasha Sabert, Anthony & Allison Civorelli, Danny (OZ) & Kathy, Armand & Brina Majidi, John Mark & Jenny Bechtel, Nick & Maureen Solaris.
All the kids that we met on tour, kids that gave us their demos, all the kids who write us and the kids who paid the high ticket prices, dealt with bouncers and barricades and the idiots in the crowd just to support us, we appreciate it.
Personal Thanks Goes To The Following:
ADAM: Thanks to My Family, Wendy Schnaars for giving me a chance and for being perfect. Also to Toby, Todd, TF & Rusty for asking me to join H2O and for helping me become a civilized man.
TODD: Mom, Brenda Price & my cats: Scratchy & Sophie.
TOBY: Would like to thank my beautiful, wonderful, loving and supporting wife Kimberly Ann Moon Lula Morse. Also Linda Morse, Ezec. Chrisipline, CIV and Lars. Thanks to all of you for sticking up for me, standing by me, supporting me physically, mentally & financially. Also for believing in me always. I love you all individually in my own special ways.
TF: Thanks to my family, Jesse Mauro, Tobes, Todd, and Russ for their friendship over the years. Adam and all my friends for their support and laughs.
RUSTY: Would like to thank Rick & Mom, Leslie Ewing, Dad P., Lisea and Ramona, Oliver, Ivy, Myra & Ken. Kurt & Alice Matzdorf, Michelle, Rachael, Chris, Michelle P., Dennis & Darren (I love you all). Todd Morse for teaching me how to listen, play and appreciate punk and hardcore way back in the country in 1984-85. Also NO thanks to my dogmatic prick of a professor, James Bennett, Thanks for Nothing! Where's your crown King Nothing?
H2O: would like to thank the Bosstones and U2 for guiding light and ultimate inspiration.
H2O would also like to thank the strongest black man that walks this earth, Vaughn Lewis, for taking a chance, quitting his great job, coming on the road, stressing out, going grey & bald for us! Thank you.
Thanks for your thoughts, time, inspiration, dedication, sincerity & for believing in us.
Love Adam, Toby, TF & Rusty
P.S.: Oh yeah, we found you 1st, everybody else get off his dick! (HA, HA)
All Backups done by H2O choir Dean Rispler, Cokehead Hipsters, Tim Borror, Chrisipline, Ian Robinson, Josh Diamond, Dwight Synan and Stan the Man
Check us out online at www.h2ogo.com
This record is dedicated to the memory of Yasunori Suyama your presence will be missed dearly, R.I.P.
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US Rel. Date: 10/07/1997
EU Rel. Date: 09/23/1997
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