double-breasted

double-breasted

BandAlternativeRock

Harp, cello, drums, and vocals join to create a musical phenomenon that will at once captivate and leave you wanting more. Together we fuse rock, pop and classical genres into one sonic experience.

Biography

The self-proclaimed couture rock group double-breasted consists of three unique members with three very distinct instruments Kristy Chmura (harp, vocals), Ardith Collins (cello, vocals), and Josh Bicknell (percussion, vocals). The three met while earning their Bachelors of Music at The College of New Jersey and soon embarked on a journey to marry their classical training with the pop/rock music that was also close to their hearts.

While Kristy initially dreamed of playing coffee houses, Ardith and Josh wanted to crash the independent music scene at traditional rock clubs. Ironically, many of double-breasted's songs are appropriate for both locations. All three members compose and sing, bringing a certain variety to their songs that is rarely found in current pop groups. "You Never Said Goodbye" is a heartfelt lament of a friend lost, without closure. It begins with the harp and cello in counterpoint beneath Kristy's vocal lament and ends in a frustrated rupture of emotion. In the softer ballad, "Clocks", Ardith expresses grief from the passing of time and friendships. Kristy's harp is the tolling bell, while the anguished cello sighs under a distraught chorus. "Lullabye" is one of double-breasted's quietest songs, featuring Josh's lead vocal over a harp ostinato and swelling cello lines.

On stage, double-breasted is not only a sight Kristy's beautiful 6-foot, 46 string harp and Ardith's striking flamed-back cello surround Josh's drum set they are also a synergy of musical power and beauty in harmony. The harp parts have been compared to a finger-picked lead guitar, but can also strike chords with the strength of a piano. The cello provides much of the low-end, but is also used as a lead instrument much like an electric guitar from a traditional rock group. The drums and percussion fill out the spectrum, providing a dynamic range and pulse to the music. Double-breasted have played the stages of NJ/NY rock venues such as Maxwell's, Arlene's Grocery, The Court Tavern, and The Cutting Room; more intimate acoustic venues such as The Goldhawk, Cafe Meow, and Here's to The Arts; and local music festivals, such as the Black River Music and Art Fest. They have also peformed as part of NJPAC's Prelude Concert Series for the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the national tour of RENT at the prestigious New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.

After a hiatus during 2003 - 2005, double-breasted reappeared in 2006, more creative than ever. They have been busy writing, performing, and recording new material. Their first full-length album, Who Will Love You? was released in late 2008 and is currently available for purchase.

Lyrics

You Never Said Goodbye

Written By: Kristy Chmura

Go on, just laugh, this bitterness will pass love...
Go on, just smile, the pain will last a little while...
a while...

I'm told that life gets better
I'm told I'll find my way soon
I'm told my heart knows better
I'm told I cry because of you...
I do...

Go on, just laugh, this awkwardness will pass,
Go on...
I'll hide within a smile
for a while...

I saw you walk through that door
I thought we'd never meet again
My heart fell right through the floor
You really caught me by surprise

Oh life is full of many fun surprises
Life is so full
It's full of many fun surprises
Life is so full
It's full of many fun
Surprise!

Won't you look me in the eye
Oh please look me in the eyes
and realize...
Realize...
Reailze you never said goodbye!

Go on just lie,
the truth's still written in your eyes
Go on, walk by
I know we won't see eye to eye
eye..
I...
I never told you before
I never told you, you were wrong
I should have scold you before
I wish I screamed it in your face
I'll never have that chance now
the chance to put things in their place

I'll never have that chance now
I'll never...
I'll never have that chance...
I never...
I never could move on
You never...
You never said goodbye!
You never said goodbye!
You never said goodbye!
Goodbye!!!

oh, you never said goodbye...

Alone

Written By: Kristy Chmura

As I sit, and stare across the table
at my half empty glass...
Untamed thoughts take hold of my mind
How slowly, yet quickly the time has passed
me by...

Chorus:
I'm alone right now
I'm my own company
I'm alone right now
the only one who cares,
is me...
I'm alone right now
I'm my own...
On my own...
I'm alone

As I sit and play my piano
I hear someone sit in my chair
The sound of one body listening to me
I turn around
but there's no one there
it's just me...

Chorus:
I'm alone right now
I'm my own company
I'm alone right now
the only one who cares,
is me...
I'm alone right now
I'm my own...
On my own...
I'm alone

-Instrumental-

I'm in a whole
different world now...
an altered state of mind
The only drug is my solitude,
and I'm lost deep inside...
I can't escape from my head

Chorus
I'm alone right now
I'm my own company
I'm alone right now
the only one who cares,
is me...
I'm alone right now
I'm my own...
On my own...
I'm alone

alone...

Animals

Written By: Kristy Chmura

I think that you should go away right now
This time it's tough
and I can't figure me out...
figure me out...

I used to laugh at things so easily
I miss those days
I was so carefree...
so carefree

Chorus:
Don't feed the animals
Don't stand too close
stay behind the line
Don't think I'm letting go...
Don't be a ghost
please stay by my side
this time...
and help me get through this night.

Well maybe I should go away this time
and find a place where I can clear my mind...
clear my mind
I never thought you'd see this side of me...
so dark and cold
and full of jealousy
it's not who I want to be
No!

Don't feed the animals
Don't stand too close,
stay behind the line.
Don't think I'm letting go...
Don't be a ghost,
please stay by my side
this time...
and help me get through this night.

Ohh I must have watched you from this cage at least a thousand times.
I never came in first
I always felt so left behind
I'm on the inside looking out
I can't escape these binds
If I don't get set free I just might...
Please set me free!

Don't feed the animals
Don't stand too close
stay behind the line
Don't think I'm letting go...
Don't be a ghost
please stay by my side
this time...
and help me get through this night.

Help me get through this...

Discography

We recently performed live on Philadelphia's Radio 104.5 FM, Live at 5 series; our studio performances have aired four times since then on the station's New New Music program. Video of this performance is also available for viewing on streettalkin.com and has been featured on www.radio1045.com on the front page of the station's site.
We also have been streamed on Blowupradio.com and played on Rutgers University's Radio station, WRSU.

Set List

We typically play 15 songs, as we are usually asked to keep a set to about 45 minutes.

Our current Repertoire is:
My Picture
Waiting
Alone
I See You
Animals
The Truth
You Never Said Goodbye
Black Mary
Clocks
Can't Say Why
Autumn Leaves (original)
Pity
Lullabye
Mirror

Unresolved
Unrequited
Alto Cinco
Janus
The Ketchup Song
Song IV
You

Extraordinary
Sleepy
Star Crunch
Cereal Cheater

We have covered:
The Eurythmic's Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Neil Young's Harvest
Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence
Tiny Lights' Flowers Thru the Air
Jewel's Foolish Games
Patty Griffins' Mary
Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side