Fowler's Bluff

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Florida is a screwed-up place. Not quite the South proper. Not quite cosmopolitan. Not quite the next punk-rock Mecca. But despite the sprawl and the identity crisis and the News of the Weird headlines, there is beauty here, and the six-song debut EP from Fowler’s Bluff is both a reflection upon and a celebration of the Sunshine State’s organic contrarianism.

Recorded in six different locations with a host of producers and engineers, Fowler’s Bluff reflects the schizoid nature of Florida culture as well as the disparate interests and influences of its creators. From rhythmic edge-of-jazz post-hardcore to swampy, melodic southern stomp, this is the sound of all of Florida’s myriad scenes and aesthetics, filtered through the perspectives of four musicians who care less about labels than they do about expressing themselves.

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released 23 August 2013

All songs by Fowler’s Bluff:

Todd Rider McBride – vocals, bass
Michael Todd – vocals, keyboard
George Eckerle – guitars
Chad Mairn – drums, backing vocals

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Fowler's Bluff St. Petersburg, Florida

Swampy Psychedelic Southern Rock

“What Dischord Records’ version of J.J. Grey & Mofro might sound like.” - Scott Harrell, Creative Loafing

"Their songs' soundscapes are as expansive as the surrounding gulf..." -- Aaron Lepley TBT

"dark, dynamic and complex at times yet simple and joyous at other times -- a musical soup reminiscent of their Suwannee River namesake." -- Jon Wes
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Track Name: Tall Glass
4am, load the boards into the van
Set course for, the coast just south of the bend
‘cause we’ll never, see surf like this again

Southeast swell, glass lines a mile long
We’ll ride them, while in our heads we’ll sing this song
‘cause we’ll never, see surf this high again

Time won’t wait for me
Time won’t wait for me

They’ll flip you over, as you head out into them
Just past the break now, you’ll turn your board to drop-in
They’ll pick you up and throw you down their face then this ride will begin

Time won’t wait for me
My board cuts a line across the sea
Right here off the coast of Belize
This surf won’t wait for me
Track Name: Wom3n
Well I'm gonna get mine
and your gonna get yours
and I'm gonna quit my
my bitchin' and moanin'
'cause I'm goin' bye-bye
yeah, I'm gonna go-go
yeah I'm bye-bye
I'm going bye-bye

woman, woman, woman
why did you leave me?
woman, woman, woman
where the hell did you need to be?
woman, woman, woman
it's like you're tryin' to break me
woman, woman, woman

you've opened your mouth now
so we hear your words and
we don't like what's comin' out now
no no we don't speak Polynesian
so we're goin' bye-bye
oh yeah I'm takin' 'em with me
yeah we goin' bye-bye
we're going bye-bye

woman, woman, woman
why did you leave me?
woman, woman, woman
where the hell did you need to be?
woman, woman, woman
it's like you're tryin' to break me
woman, woman, woman
Track Name: Monte Carlo
On and on and on and on and
On and on and on and on and
On and on and on and on and
On and on and on

White suit black leather
This time has come again
Fire up her engine
Eight firin’ pistons
California mountains
So fast that scenes will blend
I almost find the bottom
But I’ll live through this again

On and on and on and on and
On and on and on and on and
On and on and on and on and
On and on and on

Black paint, metal, glass and chrome
It’s an ungraceful blend
Wheels that swerve right slidin’
These brakes they cannot mend
My angry feelins, someone now must pay
I race deep past this night, and outrun my aliens

As I sail over , I sail over the canyon
I think to myself, think to myself “what have you done?”
It came loose, came loose this time
It came loose, came loose this time
The rubber let go of the road
The rubber let go of the road

As I sail away, sail away to these aliens
As I float up, float up into these heavens
It came loose, came loose this time
It came loose, came loose this time
The road has let us go
The road has let us go
Track Name: Swell
I’ve got green on both sides of my mind, as I ride down this river
And all I can do is write this song for you in my mind, all day
While the sturgeon are jumpin’ right here, near the plume of the spring
I realize I’ve had it figured out all of this time

I fall in it again
Down to no apparent end
And I need it to go away
I fall in it again
Down to no apparent end
And I need it to go, away

I stand down on the bank with my back, to all of my problems
As I stare and look for the answer right there in the green of the trees
Ice-cold and clear-blue they blow, right past my face
I realize I’ve had it figured out all of this time

I fall in it again
Down to no apparent end
And I need it to go away
I fall in it again
Down to no apparent end
And I need it to go, away
Track Name: Ambivalent
Fell from a tree cast out from the garden of love...
Today's no different - than the day before
Perched right here on life's - plateau
It seems I've seen this scene somewhere before

Don't waste...your time...living... Someone else's life
Don't waste...your time...living... Someone else's...life

Wake each day somewhat ambivalent
Life is good, but there's more than this
What matters most is what's most important to you
I could use some help right now 'cause I don't have a clue

Make up your mind...Ambivalence is not a crime
but you'll still...do time- a prisoner inside your own mind

Sky cracks light renewing hope for the day
You can't wish things were different- doesn't work that way
The time is now - to do what's right
You've clipped my wings- but I'll still fly

Make up your mind...Ambivalence is not a crime
but you'll still, do time...a prisoner inside your own mind

Don't waste...your time...living... Someone else's life
Don't waste...your time...living... Someone else's...life
Track Name: Life as a Joke
I know your song
starts out in a b flat
the house where you live is in the side of a hill
and we all like that
I notice your boat hasn't left the dock in over 8 days
you've got us worried that you might be drinking too much

and I don't know why, you are so sad
because the fishin’ it ain't all that bad
I guess I know why, why you are broke
because you think that life is a joke

when you returned from the war no one saw you
for over a month
suppose you saw some things over there that we
just would not believe
but then your time away seemed to help you
get your head straight
now you're missin’ again and I fear it may be too late

Life as a joke
Life as a joke
Life as a joke
Life is a joke