Heart Beat EP

by Fragile Creatures

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Heart Beat EP is the first fully independent release from Fragile Creatures. Having been frustrated by the time it took to get our debut album released - it came out two years after we finished recording sessions - we were keen to get to work on a follow-up straight away, having already written plenty of new material. James and I bought some recording equipment, and started experimenting with recording demos in our rehearsal room. About a year and a half into these experiments we started to get some really promising results. I started to think we had a shot at recording ourselves to a standard that was worthy of release... but I wasn't sure how to actually release stuff - did we need a publisher? A new label?

I decided to go back to college, studying an MA in the Music Industry at Brighton's new independent music college, WaterBear, while we finished off the recordings. As I learnt more and more about the industry, and how drastically things had changed since the internet moved all the goalposts, I became more and more interested in working as a fully independent act. I was doing so much of the label administrative work, booking the shows and running all the social media anyway... now that we could record ourselves too a record label seems redundant.

For this release we picked 4 songs from the 14 we've recorded, to finish off and release as an EP, as a way of testing the water with this new independent approach. The songs are all loosely themed about different kinds of love, and the act of making it and now releasing it is having the affect of resuscitating the band... getting our collective hearts ticking creatively again!

It's been a lot of fun working on this project, one I expect will only get more exciting as we progress into finishing the rest of the songs off for a follow-up album. I think the songs are some of the best we've ever written. It's also been incredible to work this freely: earlier this week we finished the mix of Can You? and 24 hours later it was being played on the local BBC Introducing Show! Next week we'll be sharing the music video we already filmed for it - all done with an almost zero budget. I hope you like the stuff, and want to join us for the rest of this adventure!

Thanks for listening,

Adam Kidd
31/3/2019

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released May 3, 2019

Adam Kidd – composer, vocals, guitar, production
Aaron K. Neville – composer (1-2), vocals, keyboards
James Crump – drums, percussion, engineer
Tom Alty – guitar, vocals
Adam Whittles – bass guitar, vocals

Toby Moran – mix, master

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Combining rock, grunge, pop and catchy melodies, Fragile Creatures evoke the spirit of great musical innovators of the past, from Bowie to Blur and beyond. Resistant to the formulaic, going wherever the musical muse takes them. Let yourself get swept up and join the adventure. ... more

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Track Name: Heartstrings
You turned me up when I was down
I held my volume down low
Could hardly make a sound
Was out of touch and out of key
Tugged on my old heartstrings
And now I'm all tuned up

You gave me your heartbeat
You tugged on my heartstrings
Not just any love song
Dancing to it all night long

Was off the click m-m-my mind to slow
Keeping up with any rhythm was out of my control
You sped me up to your tempo
Aligning every beat
Quantizing me to your soul

You gave me your heartbeat
You tugged on my heartstrings
Not just any love song
Dancing to it all night long
All night long

When I was young I felt I didn't have a voice to sing
No harmony I always end up listening
And when we talk you feel you strike a chord with me
But honestly I only felt discordancy

You gave me your heartbeat
You tugged on my heartstrings
Not just any love song
Dancing to it all night long

Well I know another way
Show me positivity
Not just any love song
Been dancing to it all night long
All night long

You gave me your heartbeat
You tugged on my heartstrings
Not just any love song
Been dancing to it all night

Well I know another way
Show me positivity
Not just any love song
Been dancing to it all night
Track Name: Can You?
Can you?
Get an invite to the party
Can you?
Pass for glitterati
Can you?
Wear their clothes, act like no one knows,
You're dressed in lies from your head down to your toes

You can talk but can you listen?
You say all the glistens is not gold
Can you tell me truly that your idea of beauty
Ain't turning up in the emperor's new clothes?
Can you?
See me on the TV
Can you?
Believe they've made it into a movie?
Can you?
Watch my show, now everybody knows
I'm real I've got a brand and a cologne

You can talk but can you listen?
They say all the glistens is not gold
Can you tell me truly that your idea of beauty
Ain't turning up in the emperor's new clothes?
Can you?

You can talk, talk, talk, but can you listen?
They say all the glistens is not gold
Can you tell me truly that your idea of beauty
Ain't just stealing Atahualpa's gold?

That Spanish gold it can't help you now
Cos this is just a lie you stole
Can you tell me truly your quest for fame and booty
Ain't just digging you a deeper hole?
Can you?
Track Name: Little Man
Hey little man with the big ideas
Tell me where did you hide your fears
Do you wake every single day
Believing the world can be changed?

They cut a hole in the atmosphere
And now they can't stop selling our future
Share the world

Little man found it hard to breathe
This was back in the 80s
Little man kept on planting trees
He was dying but he still believed

They cut a hole in the atmosphere
And now they can't stop selling our future
You say you love your children
But you're saving up for your own retirement
Share the world

Hit rock bottom
Grab a bottle
Don't change nothing?
Grab another
You keep saying
That it's not your fault
So why are you so sad?
You can't sleep at night, night

They cut a hole in the atmosphere
And now they can't stop selling our future
You say you love your children
But you're saving up for your own retirement
Share the world, world
Track Name: Falling
You caught the last train out of here
Cashed in and disappeared
There won't be a next time
And it's too late to apologise any more

Was it the worst lie you ever told?
To stay quiet while the trail went cold
I'd destroy the evidence, if I were you,
Pointing to your negligence, while you still can

Falling out of love again
Went to the doctor to ask for a cure
He just said, "Others are suffering more
But these little white pills will make you smile some more
Just never stop taking them
Or you'll fall to the floor
Much worse than ever before"

When the cold light of day slips in
And the old wounds begin to heal
I don't know what it was for
Once skin and bone, now charred remains on the floor

Falling out of love again
Went to the police to report a crime
They just say, "We've got others in mind"

Falling out of love again
Went to the priest to pray for my soul
He just said, "I've got nothing more"

Falling out of love again
Back to the doctor to settle the score
We've seen it before
Kamikaze's all fall
For love we can't afford
A love we can't afford

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