Counting Heartbeats

Counting Heartbeats

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Biography

Counting Heartbeats // lights

Furious energy, subtle texture, politeness: all are virtues of Counting Heartbeats. While some rock and roll acts wallow in self-deprecation and angry melodies, Counting Heartbeats invite everyone to dance, shake, sing and/or scream along and be excellent to one another. Maybe even give a few high fives: A lot of high fives.

The current lineup includes Timothy Stuart (drums), Kurtis Hurrie (bass guitar), Jeni “Chuck” Norris (guitars/keys/vocals), Aidan Knight (guitars/vocals), and Joshua Sparrow (guitars/keys/vocals). Fresh from releasing a debut full-length album “Lights”, which enlisted a cast of over 50 assorted musicians and performers including producer/engineer Adam Sutherland (of 604 recording artists Armchair Cynics), the Beat family is set on exceeding the expectations of how a rock band should create and perform music they feel passionately about. With boundless energy and sincerity, the Counting Heartbeats stage show takes cues from The Blood Brothers, At The Drive-In, mewithoutYou, and countless other “all or nothing” performers. “It must be a blast to play in Counting Heartbeats.?The five band members act like rowdy frat boys together and on stage, and they play music like the apocalypse is around the corner”, – Patrick Blennerhassent (BlackPress).

Their debut full length “Lights” isn’t a hasty listen, nor a monotonous one. From the heavy hooks and indie rock standouts, to the processed beats and overlaid Casio organ interludes, the album delivers an uncompromising look into what Counting Heartbeats has to offer. That vision has been winning over audiences all across Western Canada, including critics at showcases for Much Music and New Music West. “They confused, they challenged and, to sum up, they were totally awesome”, Trevor Hargreaves (Chartattack.com) says of the New Music West performance.

Drawing from a range of diverse influence (from Constantines to He Is Legend to Daniel Lanois to The Bloc Party) all 14 tracks have opposites pulling them in all the right directions: from frenetic, shout along choruses in “Those Weren’t Flowers They Gave You Honey, They Were Tiny Yellow Bombs!” to reclusive, quieter verses in “La Danse” and “Of You and I”.

Furious energy, subtle texture, politeness: virtues of Counting Heartbeats, hopefully shared on a stage or a radio near you soon.

Lyrics

Those Weren't Flowers They Gave You Honey, They Were Tiny Yellow Bombs!

Written By: Joshua Van Leeuwen

=1st Verse=

I’ve danced so many days
I’ve danced away those midnight hours
Still these ghosts trip up my feet

My tune is resolute
But my voice is wearing thin
I think it’s time I join a choir

=Pre-chorus=

Chant em’ on down
Shout em’ on down

Whoa-oh oh!

Shout em’ on down
Chant em’ on down
And together, with one voice we’ll stand and proclaim!

=Chorus=

That this time, this time
The walls are coming down
This time, yeah this time
The walls are coming down

=2nd Verse=

The bouquet waxed poetic on love
But from the dahlias a smoke did rise
Oh no my dear they got you once again

Yellow bombs with wicks for stems
Burning down to your demise
Oh now I think it’s time you joined a choir

=Bridge=

Stand up as one and sing with all you’ve got.

La Danse

Written By: Joshua Sparrow

-Dance with me, dance with me dear
We’ll dance on trials, hardships and our fear
-Sing to me, sing to me my dear
We’ll make our melody grand

Colors fade to grey
“That’s just the way it is,” so I am told
But you and I will prove them wrong
We’ll light up the canvas with eyes on each other
Dance with me, you look so beautiful tonight

-Lead us on, lead us on from here
Our wisdom’s young, let your grace be near
-Sing to us, sing to us
And drown out the discord within

Colors fade to grey
“That’s just the way it is,” so I am told
But you and I have proved them wrong
We’ll light up the canvas with eyes on each other
Dance with me, you look so beautiful tonight

Without a care in the world
We’ll dance all night
And for all our years here
We’ll share our lives

Lend It Bullets

Written By: Joshua Sparrow

Oh no, not again!
You've left yourself behind.
Forgotten in a pile of empty luggage
lost in the airport. Well what's it been; two weeks, six months, a few years since dissonant words rang fluent and clear? I don't know about you, I am getting tired of this tune. Let's stop the tape right here...

And all our rescued hearts will wander no more. All our tarnished souls will be restored. We'll find ourselves rallying around this cause: justice, truth and hope.

We've got one, one shot left.
We've got our chance at change now.

No! Our voice won't go away, it stays the same: justice, truth and hope.
When we walk along redemption road all of the orphans will find a home. The broken and torn will feel no shame, it will be quite a site to see

And all our rescued hearts will wander no more. All our tarnished souls will be restored. Though we stumble and fall we still walk on, we still walk on and on.

Discography

1. The Bullets & Mathematics EP (released may 2005)
2. Lights LP (released may 2006)

Set List

A typical Counting Heartbeats set is between 35-45 minutes. We have enough material to play for an hour and a half. We have three sets that we currently play: a 45 minute set consisting of our more upbeat material, a 35 minute set consisting of our more mellow, atmospheric material and a 55 minute set that incorporates songs from both of the forementioned setlists.