The Noise Around The Mean

by The Fires Of

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Tom Brennan Driving, energetic, tuneful pop music with some good harmonies. Shame it's not in more bandcamp collections. Favorite track: Memories In Flight.
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released February 14, 2012

The new EP from The Fires Of.

Produced by Chris Cobain.

Thanks to Larry and Woodsy for playing like demons, Brian for housing us in his studio, Dave Engle for adding some class to the proceedings and Michael Kulas for his invaluable pre-production work.

CD release: Lee's Palace, February 18, 2012.

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The Fires Of Toronto, Ontario

WARNING: Prolonged musical exposure to this Canadian indie-pop band/collective may cause addiction. Treat withdrawal with Tracks 1 through 10. Rinse. Repeat.

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Track Name: Memories In Flight
I recall the firelight. Taking walks into the night holding tight onto your hand, you let me fall and helped me stand. You told me stories. I believed them all. You gave me strength. You gave me wherewithal. I forget what made you laugh reading out his epitaph, but clear as endless summer skies, still I see your smiling eyes. Walking on, I lost you in the trees. All these dreams and all these memories have cut me down and brought me to my knees. Fly away take wing tonight and day in the moonlight, my memories in flight. Feel as though I’m in a dream. Nothing is quite what it seems. Familiar rooms, familiar halls, familiar paintings on the walls. Empty now, just echoes of the past. Fall away, the days go by so fast. Impermanence, nothing seems to last. Fly away take wing tonight and day in the moonlight, my memories in flight. Houses lined up row on row seems so very long ago. You told me truths. You told me lies. Tell me what it means to die. Don’t you know I’m not prepared for this? I cannot fill this gnawing emptiness. I miss your smile. I miss your goodbye kiss. Fly away take wing tonight and day in the moonlight away take wing tonight and day in the moonlight away take wing tonight and day in the moonlight, my memories in flight.
Track Name: I Can't Sleep
I can’t sleep. You’re lying next to me radiating heat and breathing so sweet, but I can’t sleep. I can’t turn off the light; can’t give up the fight; can’t forgive tonight. All the words I said re-run in my head – the torture of regret in my bed. I can’t sleep. I’m in a different world – a very different girl, straightening my curls. I can’t sleep. I wish I was right, but I see the light. How long is this night? All the words I said re-run in my head – the torture of regret in my bed. Over and over, I turn these thoughts, these ideas of should. Wond’ring if we’ll ever learn what we have is as good. Hoping and waiting on dreams that will never be or so it would seem. I’m so tired but I can’t sleep. I can’t sleep. I can’t sleep. All the words I said re-run in my head – the torture of regret in my bed, in my bed, in my bed. All the words I said re-run in my head – the torture of regret in my bed. There you dream; the picture of peace; wordless whispering; let the battle be. And all the words I said, they’re melting from my head. I start to forget.
Track Name: One Decent Thing
Every time I forget I did one decent thing, you could just sigh and play that song again. Like every time I forget music means anything, remind me how it saved your life in high school. Every time I forget, every time I forget remind me. Remind me that, one day, when the wheels fall off and the weeds crawl up through the parking lots where we parked our hearts ‘til we almost forgot and we’re face to face with the heroes we’re not, I hope we count among the decent things we’ve got. Na na na na. Na na na na. Na na na Naaaaaaa. All this water spills and it flows downhill between the floor and the ceiling below, like some of the secrets only you and I know. And if that’s as good as it gets, just one decent thing at a time, I’ll remember yours, if you remember mine. Every time I forget, every time I forget remind me. Remind me that, one day, when the wheels fall off and the weeds crawl up through the parking lots where we parked our hearts ‘til we almost forgot and we’re face to face with the heroes we’re not, I hope we count among the decent things we’ve got. Na na na na. ‘Cause we don’t choose the fate of the Earth, but maybe we can decide that we won’t eat dirt and leave something decent for the ones we love. The ones we love, the ones we love and the ones we tried to, maybe we tried hard enough, to you, I say, “Goodbye my dears, and good luck. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye and good luck!”
Track Name: Sleeping In
Curtains closed and shades drawn. Morning light is bleeding through, breaking in over you. Jumbled dreams are fading. Mumbled thoughts are breaking through. Waking up next to you. Breathing softly on me. Electric contact, skin to skin. Bleed my heart into you. Whisper, “time to wake up.” Mouthing words against your cheek. Waking up next to you. Sleeping in is all I want to do. Blankets drawn up tightly, wrapped around me to stay warm, reaching arms out for you. Empty space accuses. All these moments fade from view waking up next to you. Sleeping in is all I want to do, waking up next to you.
Track Name: Somebody Tell Me I'm Dreaming
What did I do to make you act so cold? Were the dreams we had so oversold? I never understood your point of view. What did I do? What did I do that made you act so cruel? To have set me up and then strung up the fool with thoughtless words, you tore me through and through. What did I do? Somebody tell me, somebody tell me, somebody tell me I’m dreaming. What did I do that was so cavalier, that now you think of me as insincere? When everything I say you misconstrue, what should I do? Somebody tell me, somebody tell me, somebody tell me I’m dreaming. Wondering when I’ll wake up. What did I do that made you run so far? You’ve spun your orbit ‘round a brighter star. I never dreamed that you would follow through. What did I do? Somebody tell me, somebody tell me, somebody tell me I’m dreaming. Sing to me. Wondering when I’ll wake up.