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Springtime and Blind

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1.
Spousal Loss 02:15
You lie awake to pass the time Lose all your love? Want some of mine? Let down again by the hands of God? Got none to hold? I’ll give you mine, And my soul. It’s hard to break this gloom when hearts break in two And hid away, to keep safe from the light of day. Can’t feel the pass of time, Or any warmth above, Or the sun’s light, Then here’s a son’s love: All your loss of love just leave it on me.
2.
Poem You 02:08
Talk to your ghost. Sleep with your clothes. I’ll take whatever’s left In the waste of you death. But in case you come I left the light on Bright enough to see from stars Find me in the bedroom corner Writing verses of shattered hearts To ease missing you,  And the stinging too, Of seeing blue poem you Come home, lights on, Cause I’m missing you, And it’s stinging too To see a blue poem you Come home, the lights on
3.
USMA 02:18
Stand in wind, U.S.M.A Above a grave with your name I stay. I shake. I age, and I wait For the hands I used to call my home. Lean on trees just like a shoulder See you in young West Point soldiers. Yeah I’ll wait right here as I get older Cause the weight’s right here all on my shoulders… The weight of love: Forever gone, like the chest I leaned on and on and on and on and on… But I’ll wait on your shoulders Wait right here as I get older cause the weights right here All on my shoulders
4.
Tidal Waves 02:08
Death strikes at night when I’m low: my soul, hollow. Light of: long gone and unknown, undone, unwhole Memories of your face like tidal waves Of your non stop pounding love Now in a race to the grave  To embrace the one I truly loved. Don’t think I can know you. My blue, cold gloom Has me forever consumed with doom in my room Memories of your face like tidal waves Of your non stop pounding love Now in a race to the grave  To embrace the one I truly loved. It’s to relate when you’re on your own It’s to awake when you do it alone Its hard to believe, when the day is long And the one you love is forever gone It’s had to relate  It’s hard to believe  It’s hard to re-love I’ll come out if you’ll come home. Come out, come out.
5.
Head Hands 02:13
How long will I feel this way? How long will I think this way? How long will I sleep this way? Turn in moonlight. Burn in sunlight. How long will I kneel? How long? Until I hear you: Fire October Ire November Ice December  Pain on Monday through Sunday and over and over With my head in my hands
6.
Rejoice 01:47
Rejoice - But how long? Rejoice - But how come?
7.
Lay Low 02:46
In a wasteland of adolescence  I can feel the grievance  Of a youth spent on the wrong kid Who never knew the meaning To live a life in the now, or Hold on to friends, somehow  Now shivering. Now singing About the chill of youth leaving So- Lay low: when they seem cold Lay low: when you see them go Lay Low: to their fields of gold Watch your kids grow - see them leave home In a breeze without ease, feel your throat choke Watch your friends go - see your hair grow Black to grey in a day and see yourself old Its too much for me  I gotta lay low
8.
My World 02:36
All you colored shirts hang just as you had left And you office door’s closed, just as you had said. All your Dylan tapes stay unplayed and go untouched And your poetry books are closed and collecting dust. “Throw it away”, so they tell me, “to help with the hurt”. Not for my world. Their grass dries, and moons rise, and clocks tick, and sun’s lit, On this earth, not my world.
9.
04/17/70 02:27
Jane Barry Flynn, on March 17th, 2017 - retelling the Story of Richard Joseph Flynn’s return to the United States From active duty in the Vietnam War on April 17th of 1970.
10.
Wake up with pillows Try work. Drive home. May everything you lose come to find you In sunlight, moonlight, this life, next life. In the dark night, when the long life,  Comes to grip tight, may it all fid you - A love that was blind and love without time - May it all find you In sunlight, moonlight, this life, next life.

about

Fiddlehead’s debut LP Springtime and Blind is an exploration of grief both introspective and through the insight of others. Following the release of their Out of the Bloom EP on Lockin Out Records, the Boston-based band have created a debut LP that shares an anguishing, relatable story of love and loss through the catharsis of spirited, loud indie rock. Consisting of guitarist Alex Henery (also of Basement), vocalist Patrick Flynn and drummer Shawn Costa (both of Have Heart), Fiddlehead explore musical styles different from their other projects while bringing a familiar energetic and emotional core to the collaboration.

Springtime and Blind stemmed from Pat’s loss of his father. Flynn looks at how his mother coped with the situation- losing her spouse, her center of gravity -writing the lyrics as an emotional catharsis for both of them. Like the pain both he and his mother experienced, “a wild grief so well hidden,” the songs on this album hide the pain of loss beneath a layer of punchy, energetic instrumentals.

“USMA,” one of the singles released off of the record, exemplifies this with its upbeat drumming and melodic guitar riff. As the title explains, the song is about the United States Military Academy where Flynn’s father was buried. It is a refreshingly energetic song from the album, that explores love not only for a person, but for a beautiful place and how that place grows up with you.

The first single to be released from Springtime and Blind, “Lay Low,” opens with a slow guitar riff that seemingly explodes with the first beat of the drum. “Lay Low” pushes Flynn’s vocals to their breaking point as he cries out. Flynn has self-described the song as the concept that “life continues on,” even when it seems to be too difficult to handle. It’s an overwhelming sense of change that brings with it the feeling of dread, a feeling that as the song says is “too much for me.”

At the center of the album is “Poem You,” a boldly personal song. Embedded between the vulnerable “I’ll see you again” of the chorus is a rather-loaded sound clip of Flynn’s father speaking on voicemail; “I’ll get back to you as soon as I can” the electronic voice seems to reply. The final track of the album, “Widow in the Sunlight” finishes the album on a lighter note. The line “sunlight, moonlight, this life, next life” evolves into a mantra throughout the song - a cyclical look at things constantly fluctuating but perhaps eventually improving. There’s a taste of hope for what the next life brings, a feeling of reunion.

While the process of writing and recording helped Flynn cope with his personal loss there’s no doubt it carries a universal message that can help ease others’ loneliness. A contrast to itself, Springtime and Blind is a multidimensional and relatable journey through its cathartic message and spirited instrumentals.

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released April 13, 2018

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Shawn Costa
Alex Dow
Pat Flynn
C Nealon
Alex Henery

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