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Why Work Harder Than You Have To

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Why Work Harder Than You Have To
📅 Released22 March 2019
⏳ Length14:05
🏷️ LabelMint 400 Records
🤑 ProducerPaul Ritchie, Pat Noon
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Why Work Harder Than You Have To

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Why Work Harder Than You Have To is the fourth compilation EP from the American rock band Yawn Mower.


The five-track EP was released with Mint 400 Records on 22 March 2019, and features renditions of songs by They Might Be Giants, Beck, the Promise Ring, the Presidents of the United States and Tom Petty. It was recorded by Pat Noon at Trax East, with drum engineering on all tracks, except "You Don't Know How it Feels" by Paul Ritchie at Insidious Sound. It was mastered by Bill Azimuth at Azimuth Mastering.[1] Album photography is Dana Yurcisin. Additional musicians on Why Work Harder Than You Have To are trumpeter Dan Melius, and melodicaist and keyboardist Rudy Meier.


A review in The Aquarian Weekly writes "once again, the band takes original ass-kicking composition[s] and churns out their own extraordinary version[s]." They cite their favorite rendition as "Lump," saying the "guitars growl and resonate as drums pummel the verse and chorus non-stop. Mike Chick has always had an eye for the extraordinary and a flair for the creative, which is demonstrated here with these songs."[2] CoolDad Music notes "the attention to detail on all of the songs reveals a level of effort you might not expect given the EP's title."[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Doctor Worm"They Might Be Giants2:50
3."The Jersey Shore"The Promise Ring2:23
4."Lump"The Presidents of the United States2:05
5."You Don't Know How it Feels"Tom Petty4:24
Total length:14:05


  • Mike Chick – vocals and baritone guitar
  • Biff Swenson – drums, percussion and vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Rudy Meier – melodica and keys
  • Dan Melius – trumpet


  • Appio, Jim (29 March 2019), "New (ish) Stuff from Lots of Friends: Sharkmuffin, Lyons, Yawn Mower, Lowlight, Dentist", CoolDad Music, retrieved 31 March 2019
  • Pirate! Staff (2019), "Yawn Mower Why Work Harder Than You Have To", Pirate!, retrieved 31 March 2019
  • Pfeiffer, John (27 March 2019), "Shoreworld: Yawn Mower–Why Work Harder Than You Have To", The Aquarian Weekly, retrieved 31 March 2019