Field Recordings LP

by Blackbirds FC

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1.
Drama Queens 04:08
Drama Queens J.Gronow Verse 1 Speak softly, don’t wake no-one There’s no-one here but even so I hate the way we talk so loud You’re angry, I’ve picked that up I’m so astute and now you’re off you reach the car before you stop, and say Chorus Why? Please tell me why? Why do we have to be such drama queens all the time? Babe, you and I, don’t you know I believe we enjoy the heat of the fight And that’s alright if it’s alright Verse 2 Some couples, enjoy their time together but how can I? When all we do is start these fights Its hopeless, we know that much We know a lot of stupid stuff I know it’s tearing out my heart, so I say Chorus Why? Please tell me why? Why do we have to be such drama queens all the time? Babe you and I, don’t you know I believe we enjoy the heat of the fight. Bridge And that’s alright if it’s alright Yeah that’s alright if it’s alright Verse 3 Let’s stand up, just you and I Let’s try to leave ourselves behind And all this weight we carry round Cos we’re dying, we’re fading out With every slap, with every barb It doesn’t have to be that hard, and I say Repeat Chorus and Bridge
2.
Ride 03:03
Ride J.Gronow Verse 1 There’s a king tide on your birthday that will flood the coastal plain May the road rise up to meet you as you run to get away And safely up on the higher ground, you’ll watch the waves roll in You can put your arms around me and pull me closer to your skin Chorus Ride on Baby, Baby Ride On X 2 Verse 2 I know you were forsaken by the one you truly loved And cold grey hearts get broken up like battle ships after the war Don’t let the devil take your sweetness and turn it into bile How long you going to blame yourself for what you can’t control? Repeat Chorus Verse 3 The space that’s here between us Is like a thunder cloud You can feel the charge is building just waiting for a spark Two halves of one soul searching, for the other to be whole Sometimes it just seems pointless like four fingers on a glove RPT Chorus
3.
Armour 03:53
Armour J.Gronow Verse 1 You are the chink in my armour You are the rust in my steel You were the edge of the map The wide-open sea You were the hungry eyes The hit of the century You’re the chink in my armour The rust in my steel Verse 2 I was lonely without you But I was lonely when you were here Oh, my dark hearted lover Where have you been? I was lost for long time When I thought I was free You’re the chink in my armour A wound that won’t heal Verse 3 I feel the sun in my hair and the cool ocean breeze My heart should sing out In sweet harmony But ah when you held me You were the lock and the key And It’s been search and destroy here, ever since Verse 4 How do you lie down baby? Lie down with him Like some premiership quarter That I just couldn’t win I was crazy to think that I was part of your deal You’re the chink in my armour You’re the rust in my steel
4.
Home Is Never Really Far Away J.Gronow Verse 1. We’ve all been asleep too long, wake up to a siren song Home is never really far away Summer came and days grew up, you burnt yourself out in the sun Your shoulders blistered up and peeled away Chorus With your legs and your arms And all your other reckless charms Anything you want well you just say Verse 2. Cos, I ain’t leaving no time soon, I wonder what you’re going to do When you realise I’m here to stay The song’s pastiche, all this I know. Dinosaur Junior and Buffalo Tom Ahh, you took my other words away Repeat Chorus Verse 3. These right now are desperate times, morons grinning asinine Bandit laws that take your soul away The devil take them and their kind Their stupid hair and feeble minds Their legions of the dead and the dismayed. Verse 4. Cos we’ve all been asleep too long, a wakeup call is what we want Home is never really far away Home is never really far away
5.
Truck 03:01
Truck J.Gronow V1 I’m going to steal us a great big truck I’m going to come around, take you in my arms and steal you off We’re going to ride off into the sun They want to chase us down, only thing they’ll see will be our dust Chase our dust Chase our dust V2 With dirt on the floor and a ceiling of sun We’re going to make our camp Someplace out there far from normal stuff We’re going to do whatever we want Under a setting sun You and I will make a mighty love A might love…. Bridge Thinking of all the things we can do without All of the stuff that we don’t read right now All of the places here that we used to go I don’t miss anything for a second now Cos you should have, you should have, you should have, anything you want honey Cos you should have, you should have, you should have, anything you want honey V3 I’m going to steal us a great big truck I’m going to come around Take you in my arms and steal you off…
6.
No Woman 03:43
7.
200 Waves 03:31
200 Waves J.Gronow Verse 1 Come closer, it’s so dark in here I can’t hear a single word, you make yourself so clear Understand me, there’s no turning back We are an army on the dance floor, hearts set to attack Chorus I got a wave of love, falling on me, 200 waves of love One little taste of ecstasy, 200 waves of love Verse 2 This is perfect, this is how it should be You make the time run slow, you make the compass swing And your eyes, your eyes are like waves. Sometimes I cannot understand a thing you say Can you tell me if I got you wrong? RPT Chorus Bridge Yeah, I’m so real Come to me now Yes, I’m so…real Verse 3 Now we’re leaving, salt on our skin Tumbling down revolver stairs into the dawn again Are you the riptide, are you the smoke in the wind? God, I feel so tired, you could plug me in And I wonder will it ever stop? Repeat Chorus
8.
Everything J.Gronow Verse 1 Everything is going to change Everything is going to change All the games we played Everything is going to change Verse 2 You left me dying here today I know there but I can’t find the vein We act without delay Everything is going to change Chorus As day falls into night, and night becomes each day Will you try to stop the sun, and hold on to its rays Just let it slide and fall away Everything is going to change Verse 3 I’ve got nothing else to say I don’t know what I had to begin with to say anyway The signs cannot contain Everything is going to change Repeat Chorus
9.
Holding Pattern G Hearnden I’m going to find my way back home I’m going to find my way back home tonight I’ve been sinking in mud and falling so fast Drowning in waves too big for me to ride Running too slow and trying too hard Feeling too much to find a clear way out But I can I can ride it out I’m going to find my way back home I’m going to find my way back home to you tonight Digging too deep, flying too high Holding my breath can’t let this chance go by But I can I can ride it out See the swell, it’s growing fast I’ve got to make it Paddling well, kicking hard I’m going to catch it On my feet, I disappear and pray that I can make it out I’m going to find my way back home I’m going to find my way back home to you tonight And I can, I can ride it out
10.
The Last House at Summerlands J.Gronow Verse 1 I have spent the day, on an orange bed with you, and its OK The blinds are open for the view, and we’re flashing all the tourists as they pass, through We don’t need anyone We make our own fun We are wasting time, in this, sun - shine Verse 2 Here we are again, at the last house at Summerlands Parade This place, is the last survivor, a shrine to 1985 and bad, taste They’re going to pull it down It’s for the penguins now All the time’s run out For this, tiny house Middle 8: Asbestos lines the walls and floors Cheap veneer on sliding doors The curtains are a lurid yellow The shelves are full of strange mementos This place is the last connection To how we lost a thousand weekends (good bye, good bye) Verse 3 When night falls, we light the fire and huddle close together in the cold As the house begs mercy from the wind, you tell me all the mysteries you know And in the morning sun When the wreckers come We’ll make a desperate stand Last night at Summerlands
11.
I Couldn’t Win by Bruce Begley and Andrea Croft Verse 1 I tried to call your name It didn’t sound the same Suddenly all my strength was gone Verse 2 Felt just like yesterday You were in my embrace Now you’re a thousand miles away Chorus I couldn’t win I couldn’t win, your love I couldn’t win, your love Verse 3 As sure as the stars are shining And all of these years declining So my hope is fading away Repeat Chorus X 2
12.
Jimmy’s Lullaby - J Gronow Verse 1 Is your heart, broke? Then follow my advice Take comfort in the majesty and grace Of the messenger of love Chorus Oh, I know you’re tired Come here, Rest those eyes Lay down and surrender Forgive yourself, to Jimmy’s lullaby Verse 2 Peace, will come to you Maybe not tonight But some time, in the dark uncertain future There will be a light Repeat Chorus

about

BLACKBIRDS FC Field Recordings

‘The music of Blackbirds FC weaves a very beautiful path between the likes of Tom Petty, the Go Betweens, Iron and Wine and Gillian Welch. An absolutely fantastic album’
PAUL GOUGH 1/2/3/4

‘In the top 10 album releases of 2019’
JO ROBERTS RHYTHMS MAGAZINE

‘Digging the gorgeous sounds on this’
STUART COUPE

‘A great song lives beyond your time and mine. You can find 12 of them on Field Recordings, a record to treasure when many of this year’s next big things are forgotten’
NOEL MENGEL MUSIC TRUST E-ZINE

Featuring members of The Hollowmen, Helvelln, the Vanda’s and Flicker, Blackbirds FC play their own brand of alternative country rock inspired by the Go Betweens, Beck and Wilco.

Originally an acoustic folk outfit operating on the no drummer/ no drama principle, in 2018 Blackbirds recorded a demo that attracted the attention of Scott Thurling from Popboomerang who released it as the Life Sciences EP later that year.

The EP broke the ice for the band and garnered airplay on 3PBS, 3RRR, 2SER, Radio FBI, Indigo Fm, Three D Fm, Main Fm, 3MDR as well as warm reviews from blogs such as Come Here Floyd and MP3 Hugger.
After releasing the EP, the band picked up a new rhythm section with Julien Chick (bass) and Phil Campbell (drums) and set about refining arrangements, demoing songs and saving money for the big push.

That came in September 2019 when the band released their first album Field Recordings. Produced by Cameron McKenzie
(Horsehead, Mark Seymour) Field Recordings offers 12 new songs in the band’s finest effort to date and builds on the EP’s success.

Launched at a sold-out gig at St Kilda’s Memo Music hall in September 2019, Field Recordings has been played around the nation on stations such as 3RRR, 3PBS, 2SER, 2BBB, and Three D Fm as well as getting international coverage through syndicated shows such as the Music Authority.

The critical response has also been encouraging with strong endorsements from writers such as Jo Roberts, Noel Mengel, Stuart Coupe and Paul Gough.

Encouraged by Field Recordings’ warm response, the band are currently working on pre-production for a follow up album to be released later in 2021.

credits

released September 1, 2019

Blackbirds FC are:
Gina Hearnden – vocals, guitar;
Jeremy Gronow – vocals, guitar;
Bec Long – Cello;
John Jackson – Violin;
Julien Chick – Bass; and,
Phil Campbell – Drums.

Special Guests:
Edie McAsey - backing vocals
Cam McKenzie - Electric guitar

Recorded February - May 2019.

Produced by Cameron McKenzie
Mastered By Adam Dempsey

Artwork by Phil Campbell
Cover image by David Marks

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BLACKBIRDS FC

Featuring members of The Hollowmen, Helvelln, the Vanda’s and Flicker, Blackbirds FC play their own brand of alternative country rock inspired by the Go-Betweens, The Church and Wilco. 

Formed in 2017, the band released the EP Life Sciences in 2018 and their debut album Field Recordings in 2019.

After a quiet 2020, the band are working on their second album.
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