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Last Hero Standing

by Kieran Strange

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released May 5, 2015

Last Hero Standing & all tracks are (c) KIERAN STRANGE, 2015.
Record Label: Shameless Sound Records Inc.

Produced by BEN KAPLAN at Kaplankrunch Studios (Vancouver, BC).
Mixed, engineered, and programmed by BEN KAPLAN.
Mastered by JESSE CANNON (New York, NY).

TRACKS 1, 2, and 4 written and composed by Kieran Strange (SOCAN/ASCAP) and Steve Kravac (SOCAN/BMI). TRACK 3 written and composed by Kieran Strange (SOCAN/ASCAP), Ron Irving (SOCAN/ASCAP), and Sue Irving (SOCAN/BMI).

Drums played by Steve Kravac. Drums and Vocals engineered by Steve Kravac at Hell's Half Acre Studio (Los Angeles, CA). Guitars, Bass, and Keys engineered and played by Ben Kaplan at Kaplankrunch Studios @ Fader Mountain Sound (Vancouver, BC).

Management by Surprisingly Clever (Vancouver/LA/Manchester).
Tour Booking by SIN Agency (Toronto, ON).
Convention Booking by POC Booking (Denver, CO).
Vocal Coaching by Judith Rabinovitch (Vancouver, BC).
Photography by SHIMON Photo (Vancouver, BC).
Styling and Sharp Wit by Kat Morris (Vancouver, BC).
Graphic Design and Logos by Kieran Strange.



{Each name here represents hours and what could be pages of examples of how these folks have been there for me, helped me, cried for me, held my hand, believed in me, inspired me, and challenged me to be a better person. Thank you. I can't say it enough.}

Judith Rabinovitch, for being the friend and mentor I needed and for never, ever giving up on me. Steve Kravac, for peering into the darkest little corners of my soul and helping me find myself in these songs. Mr Big and the Group of 7, Rich Howland, Ron & Sue Irving, Kat & Aaron Morris, Bill Buckingham, Sandy & Don Graham, Dusty Exner (SIN Agency), Jinnie McManus (POC Booking), Ben Kaplan, Dale Peters, Jesse Cannon, Garth Richardson, Professor Shyguy, Apryl Peredo, Melanie Kaye, Michelle Cote, Wayne Elliott, Amber Noble, Shimon Karmel, Jill Pelletier, Rick Watson - seriously, I'd not be on this amazing journey if it weren't for your faith in me.

Amy Gilleland & Kit "KitFit" Watson - love you both for pushing me and keeping me strong. Ant - my cousin, tour manager, fellow Canuck, and li'l ray of bloody sunshine. Ryan & Treavor, AKA Chirii Bunny and Grumpy Sheep - two of the most talented, creative, and inspiring people I know. Kris Schmidt & Beth White, my BFFs <3. All of the staff, volunteers, and attendees at San Japan, Youmacon, Kumoricon, and Otafest (Jay!!! Levi, Ken, Dave, Tori, Amanda, Joe, Derrick | Queen V, Barbara, Owen, Morgan, Kathy, Amanda, Bird, Willow, Mary, Loveless | Sam, Kate, Caitie & Elyssa, Sammy, Spider, Sierra, Aly, Krall | Gareth, Shelby, Jei, Dylan, Dan, Nancy, Justin, Andrew, Shawn, Paul, Steph, Jenny, Ayla, Shaun, Cody, Mike, *inhales air*). Some of my fellow nerdlettes: Lauren Landa, Jon St. John, Sarah Sullivan, Erik Kimerer, Josh Grelle, Matthew Mercer, Patrick Seitz & Kris, David Eddings, Tyson Rineheart, Ken Pontac, Tom Wayland, Chris Ayres, David Vincent, Matt Sernaker, Kroze, Bo, Patrick, Martin Billany, Jackie Florian of 91.8 The Fan, Curtis Arnott, Sammy "MissFire" Oleary & Sean Fleck, Basch, Nova Vanderwoolf & Twin Foolz, Brian Hughes, Tyler James Nicol, Travis D. Stewart, Vicky Lau, Gladzy Kei, Vanessa Nanette, Jessika Dawn, Andy Ryuu & Alex, Kieran Wong.

Layla Rees <3. Mary & Darren "Daz" Haustead. Bradley Strange & Parker Freddie Strange. Christina Laura, the best sister in the entire world. Charlotte, Jorden, Shawnee, & the Blackwells. Jeff, Lyla, & the Chattertons. Nicole & Adamm Double-Em, and the future little one. Tammy (Canucks mom!) and Randy. Michelle Versteeg & Jourbo Dewey. Rich Duggan & Steve Falk. Medea L., Joanna D., Alicia Z., Danielle E., and Denisa D. <3. April & Justin, Luc & Kitty, Charke, Philmonster, Wayne C., Ron P., Jordan H., Mike S., Adam E., Angie D., Dan L., Brendan H., Lawrence G., Tyler B., Reece B., Allie M., and Randee & Aaron.

Tak, Lensei, Kensuke, Sean, & Kat-chan - my super sugoi guys <3. Shiraz, Paul, Kyle, Spencer, Eddie Lam Halen, Dave K., David I., Audrey A., Kirk, and everyone else I've ever rocked out with. Yoku Masaki, Lydia M., Tynisa & James, Jim C., Danika P., Karley & Kayla W., Hollie H., Mandi H., Christine M., Erika L., Amanda B., Mindy F., Kaitlyn M., Momo B., Justine & Josh, and Dez, April, & Shannon. The Vancouver Vipertooths and Clackamas Cruciatus. The Jonnies. Within Rust, This Side of Town, Kill Matilda, Lisa Nicole, Joey Clarkson, Survivors of the PC, Random Gibberish, Time Crash, Jenavive. Trembling Void Studios, Amy Fox, Kat Caudle, Jem Gerrard, and "The Switch" fam! Troy Samson. Steve McClintock, Tessa Delee, Greg Neher, Katie H. & Phil P., Reuben P., Devin O'Brien, Steve Auerbach, Sabie D., Cody R., Sierra R., Tanya L., Bailey Rae, Jenn & Joe, Terra & Drew, Jenguin, Chris-Sian, Jared H., and Matt & Hunter. Sara Urbauer & Sophia. Sarah "Uggy" Mapley, who encouraged my bad behaviour. Lynne & Paul, who encouraged my oddness (and flared jeans!).

For all your support: Tasty Peach Studios, Drklght Clothing, Mythril Wigs, Mitmunk, & LOGiiX. <3

For all your snuggles: Pippin, Tesla, Sherlock, Bowie, Moe, Fletcher, Smartie, Orka, Splat, Pork Chops, J'ar, Skittles, and Trousers. And of course, Jasper. <3

In loving memory of Kevin Mapley, Brian David James, and Bucky. <3

To all my friends in England, Calgary, across Texas, Portland, Detroit, Chicago, and the GVRD - I miss you guys every single day!

And last but DEFINITELY not least, the biggest of thanks to all of you. Yes, YOU LOT. The people who have purchased this EP, spread the word, and continue to support me on this journey - thank you from the bottom of my foggy little British heart. Stay #Strangers and #BeReckless til the end of your days, and then make sure you go out with a bang.

Kiery xo


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Kieran Strange Vancouver, British Columbia

He’s been compared to David Bowie, Tony Stark, Ramona Flowers, Hawkeye, and Tank Girl! – but IRL, he’s Kieran Strange, a powerful young artist blending pop sensibilities, dynamic guitars, and high-energy live rock shows into his own brand of geeky British pop-punk.

At the tender age of seventeen, he left his small English fishing village to write songs about rebellion, relationships, and RPGs.
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Track Name: Reckless
Listen up now, ladies and louts
Settle down, take a seat in the crowd
And I'll present my limit
Of all the ghosts and the games
And the bullshit within it

You worked so hard to convince us
That I was the witch and you were the princess
Did I smash through your castle of glass?
Expose the lies in your heart
And the jealous remarks?

Nobody knows all the trouble that you've seen
Nobody knows but me

You're just a player on a station
(I'm reckless, so reckless)
You're just a junkie for attention
(I'm reckless, so reckless)
You had your hand upon a wrecking ball
You know I won't just let you wreck it all
'Cuz I'm reckless, I'm reckless
And you'll wreck less now I'm onto you

Oh poor darling, you might have said
That you had me right on the edge
But you've never known a girl like me
Who can defend to the end
All the things she believes

I'm moving on, I'll leave you behind
You'll awaken in my wake just to find
You lost the war you started
While you were high on a lie
At your pity party

Nobody knows all the trouble that you've seen
Nobody knows but me


Some good things are never meant to last
More than a year, which is over way too fast
And the best have lasted even less
So you were just okay, I guess

You were just okay I guess~
I could fly past the speed of sound
Run a hundred miles in a single bound
Never thought to wonder why
Never had found an enemy
Who had any chance of defeating me
There were quite a few who tried

Used to be unstoppable
Doing the impossible

But now you're, now you're gone
I don't feel INVINCIBLE
Yeah now you're, now you're gone

Now these nights, yeah, I'm on my own
Staring at the face of oblivion
I've never felt so weak
Out of love, or out of hope
Pain is the catalyst that keeps us afloat
When things are looking bleak

Used to be unstoppable
Doing the impossible


I'm the final hero standing
There's nothing but the sound
Of nobody around
I'm the final hero standing
My friends have all disbanded
They're crashing to the ground

I could fly past the speed of sound
Run a hundred miles in a single bound
Now I know the reason why

We could be unstoppable
Doing the impossible
Track Name: The Best You Never Had
I, I thought we had a deal
Were gonna keep our friendship real
'Cuz at the start we swore
We needed nothing more

I kicked your ass at PVP
Your horror movies lost me sleep
Talking trash, so juvenile
You'd do anything to make me smile

You, you were the best friend
I could've ever asked for
But in the end your goal
Has always been to score

I, I, I just dodged a bullet
My heart, heart, heart just wasn't in it
You closed your eyes and tried to kiss me
Crushed my trust, and now you're history
I, I, I'm so disappointed
My heart, heart, heart is so disjointed
You won't make me yours, yeah, I'll be damned
I'll be the best you never had

Now, I can see the truth
Your real colours have leaked through
An ugly shade of greed
Where your heart should be

I miss the guy I thought I knew
You're a fake, a flake, and a user too
So shallow, you can't understand
So grow up, boy, if you think you can

You, you were the best friend
I could've ever asked for
But in the end your goal
Has always been to score


I never saw this coming
Didn't know what you were doing
Now I'm out of sight and out of mind
I should've seen this coming
Should've known what you were doing
I laughed so hard I cried
Track Name: Teeth
Heaven is fading into Hell
The double life and the lies we tell
One day will they understand
And smile back when we're holding hands?

I build this fortress to keep you safe
But now I know living half a life
Is not a life, I'm done with being afraid

I don't care, I'll open up my mouth and show my teeth
Sing about the things that I believe
I don't care, I'll open up my mouth and show my teeth
Maybe then we'll both be free?

Soldiers in a shallow war
Digging trenches we can't ignore
'Cuz darling, yeah darling you're my fate
A spark of love in a world of hate
(And I don't care what they say now)

I build this armour to keep you safe
But now I know living half a life
Is not a life, I'm done with being afraid


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