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Between the Richness

by Fiddlehead

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anabolic squirrel catchy hooks, well played always is a recipe for repeated listenings. Add to it thoughtful song topics and you have a diamond in the rockin' rough. Favorite track: Life Notice.
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tylerxmartin After Springtime and Blind, I didn't think it was possible that Fiddlehead could make anything that would come close. But pleased to say, this album is an incredible follow up. The album opens up beautifully with Grief Motif and the Years segueing into one another, and ends off fantastically with Heart To Heart. Favorite track: Grief Motif.
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Dylan Crittenden Down University is such a great song.. the last time I felt an overwhelming feeling of appreciation for an album was Title Fight’s SHED. This album is probably the best of 2021 for me.
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1.
Grief Motif 01:12
Wake up and fall apart. Wig out and fall apart. Sleep in and fall apart. Stay down and fall apart. Feel good and fall apart. Forever fall apart.   I still fall apart.   But I still have your heart.
2.
The Years 02:05
I think I found my way out, (“Get out, Go on.”) Up from the true-blue way-down. (“Move it, Move on.”) All with this Joy-Boy / True Love. (“Hold up, Hold on.”)   And all the years have changed. Ten folded like a day. Old Death’s dulling sting To new life blooming.   Oh what would you think of me?   Nothing can change the pain and I don’t want it to. The sting of blinding spring is what’s left of you. But, “Get up! Get out! Go on!” are all the signs I see.   Oh what would you think of me…   “You have to find your way out. (Get out. Go on.) You know what I think now… (Move out. But hold on) With all the years you changed: Ten-faced every day. Old Death’s dulling sting To new life blooming.”   Nothing can change the pain and I don’t want it to. “Nothing can change the pain and I don’t want it to.” Nothing can change the pain and I don’t want it to. “Nothing can change the pain and I don’t want it to.”
3.
Come home & fail with me to see that we are  wrong to try & try for love we’ve had since we were young. Back to acne-high-school-drama: cataclysmic sweethearts. All throughout twenty-something soap-operas: failed to be peacefully apart.   Come back for our millionth try. Come back one more million times.   What’s love if not a war for peace that never ends? The casualty is if we end up just as friends alone and low at home, alone.   Come back for our millionth try. Come back one more million times.   How do I say goodbye to a love I’ve loved so wild a million times?   Come home & fail with me to see that we are wrong  to try & try for love we’ve had since we were young.
4.
Eternal You 02:28
In high school we were losing except in autumn-At-the-Drive-In-rides. Now winning in my adulthood with memories and October light.   Time’s when I’m sinking are Time’s when I believe in Time’s I can turn to you. Time’s when I’m sinking are Time’s when I’m thinking of our eternal youth.   We can’t stop the changing nor the aging, and raging tides of life.   Time’s when I’m sinking are Time’s when I believe in Time’s I can turn to you. Time’s when I’m sinking are Time’s when I’m thinking of our eternal youth and you.
5.
Loverman 02:13
 “Loverman, count the ways you love her, man… In Ireland, on your knees and show you can. Loverman, Yarmouth’s where you hold her hand, On the sand and walk into forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and….   She’s a Charlie Parker love song. A Jesus, forever righting all your wrongs. And you’ve got a Big Bad Larry Brown Love. So walk on forever after her car.   Loverman,  love her, man. Loverman,  love her, man.”
6.
“You try, yet you feel unsure of yourself and lie on the “failure floor.” Don’t you feel so down?   Are you out? I know you are down, but are you out?   Hyde Park! – Precious Blood! – Latin School! – USMA! Emmanuel! – BC! – Columbia! – Graduate! No one cares. It’s just a name. You are more than a degree.   Rising pressure and stress to measure up to standards set so high in your mind.   Are you out? I know you are down, but are you out? Out of hope? Are you out of hope? Out of drive? Are you out of drive? Out of love? Are you out of love with this life?   Hyde Park! – Precious Blood! – Latin School! – USMA! Emmanuel! – BC! – Columbia! – Graduate! No one cares. It’s just a name. You are more than a degree.  I don’t care what you make $$$. It’s who you love and what you gave. Up from your bed… Back in your way… Out of your head…   Are you out? I know you are down, but are you out? Are you down? Are you out?”
7.
Help me find a better way to lose  old friends with better things to do,  family who doesn’t have the time,  hope, and my collapsing mind.    You said you’d help me get my mind right.   Get me get mine, right?   Such small towns have a way to slow you down, Have you watch the paint dry, And wait for sunrise.   You said you’d help me get my mind right.   You’ve got a lot, Pat, of life left. You’re not hopeless.  Make up the mind to find your motion.
8.
Life Notice 02:27
“Lucy / (You see me…)   In my own path,  at the top of class,  in the highest rank,  and smiles on my face?   At the start of life in the shining light: see me. In the dark of night keeping life so bright: see me. Praying for ambulance cars: see me. In your heart, in your mother’s arm’s: see me.”   Gloriam mortuis. Gloriam vita.
9.
Joyboy 02:13
Sadman, hold your hands behind your back like you always do. Sadman, turn your head, look towards the white and away from blue. I’ve got some light to offer you…   My Joyboy calls to you, a son so great and grand to view. Your Joyboy calls to you, between the richness of white and blue.    Sadman, in distant land, is after life a land of blue? Sadman, if you’re scared to be left behind, don’t worry too, This little light’s named after you.   My Joyboy calls to you, a son so great and grand to view. Your Joyboy calls to you, between the richness of white and blue.  Smile while we carry your fire.
10.
When I go into darkness, and the world makes no sense… Look on out to the oceans and see the seas all shoreless…   Hear my voices calling out to you up in the moonlight, cold and blue.  I’ll be the silence ringing through and through and through. You can find me in the autumn trees.  I’ll be the sound of shaking leaves falling all from a breeze that pleas and pleas and pleas:   When daylight is too dark and night’s last way too long, look into your heart and find me.   To a love that well which we must leave ere long, To a love that forever lives on but is gone… You can find me in the springtime afternoon. I’ll be the sunlight on your face and blinding you.   When daylight is too dark and night’s last way too long, look into your heart and find me.   When moon cracks in two, and sun freezes to blue, and winter burns up dry with fireclouds for a sky, and night’s without its stars – know you’ll still have my heart.

about

Fiddlehead wasn’t supposed to make a second record. But, if we’re being totally honest, they weren’t supposed to make their first record either. Formed in what singer Pat Flynn describes as “a deeply, deeply, laughably depressing part of my life,” Fiddlehead was born with modest intentions. Flynn and his then-roommate, guitarist Alex Dow, decided to work on some songs, and with Basement having just broken up, guitarist Alex Henery entered the fold. Drummer Shawn Costa and bassist Adam Gonsalves—who has since been replaced by Casey Nealon—linked up with them and, all together, they wrote what would become the Out Of The Bloom EP. Those five songs established what Fiddlehead would be, a band that merged elements of post-hardcore, post-punk, and classic ‘80s emo into something that felt distinctly theirs. 

After the release of their debut album Springtime & Blind, the band did some weekend-long tours, and saw that their music was hitting people harder than they ever expected. “Kids were singing along in a very desperate way and we realized it wasn’t just resonating with us, it was resonating with these people in a really meaningful way,” says Flynn. Springtime & Blind was a hit for many reasons, but chief among them was Flynn’s open-hearted exploration of his father’s passing, which saw him use his lyrics as a means of relating to and understanding his mother’s grief. So when it came time for Fiddlehead to work on a second record, people weren’t just curious what the songs would sound like, they were curious what they’d even be about. 

Opening with “Grief Motif,” Between The Richness effectively picks up where Springtime & Blind left off, as Flynn dives headfirst into that same subject matter. But astute listeners will notice a major difference this time: Flynn is singing about himself. “These massive things happened in my life between the first record and this record. It just so happened that I ended up getting married, I had a child, and it was around the 10-year anniversary of my father’s passing. So what if I want to write another record about how I feel about the loss of my father? Will people be like, ‘Pick another topic, dude.’ So, the opening track is called ‘Grief Motif’ because it’s the idea that this is an eternal struggle that will never go away. Take it or leave it, but it will be part of this dude as long as he’s got a pen in the hand.”

Between The Richness explodes with an energy that usurps that of Springtime & Blind. The guitar riffs of Dow and Henery are their most anthemic and combustive yet, making songs like “The Years,” “Get My Mind Right,” and “Down University” not just serve as the backbone for Flynn’s personal ruminations, but empathetic, emotional musical stabs that hit the listener just as hard. Meanwhile, Costa and Nealon give the songs a propulsive heft, allowing a track like “Million Times” to dart into unexpected territories without ever feeling alien. 

But at the center if it all is Flynn. He’s a different person than he was on Springtime & Blind, because he’s now a father himself. And that experience colors the journey he goes on throughout the album. “We started writing this record two weeks after my son was born, and I think it’s a really great way for him when he’s older—and when I’m gone—to say, ‘My father wrote this in the first year of my life. What does that mean?’ Lyrically, I tried to show that there were a lot of profound moments in my life, and in the last song, I tried to write what was explicitly a letter to him.” 

That last song, “Heart To Heart,” is emotionally wrenching, as Flynn explains to his son what it means to experience profound joy and life-altering loss all at once. “The name of the record is called Between The Richness because it’s important to me to explore the weird feeling of happiness and sadness, because that’s just where I am right now,” says Flynn. “My son’s name is Richard and my father’s name is Richard, so it’s literally between the two of them, but it’s the richness of life and the richness of death. It was important for me to capture that perfectly paradoxical feeling; That was the problem I was trying to solve on this record. And I don’t think I solved it, but I definitely feel less stressed out and befuddled by that weird clashing of happiness and sadness.”

credits

released May 21, 2021

Engineered by Chris Teti at Q Division in Somerville, MA
Assistant Engineering by Matthew Alexander
Mixed by Chris Teti at Silver Bullet Studios in Burlington, CT
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio

All songs written by Fiddlehead. All lyrics by Pat Flynn

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