Fermata

Fermata

BandAlternativeRock

Our songs are theatrical, artistic creations that tell stories and bring the characters within them to life. The vivid and arresting brush-strokes of our music complement the narrative of the lyrics. We seek to inspire both thought and emotion, new layers and dimensions unfold with each listen.

Biography

Fermata is a rock band from Madison, Wisconsin that defies easy definition and brings a sincerity and tone of musicianship that is all too rare in the music world today. The band formed over the course of several years and is anchored by the vibrant and literary songwriting of Jon Koschoreck and Sara Weiland’s expressive and sultry vocals. The band was completed with the addition of the solid and innovative drumming of Noah Buckley-Farlee. While band members personally draw inspiration from a broad cross-section of musical genres and styles including but not limited to indie rock, progressive rock and pop, Fermata’s own sound and vision is independent and not married to any one influence.
There is a striking uniqueness to Fermata’s musical approach that is not often heard in popular music today. The band approaches each song as its own entity, a one-act play if you will, that pulses into the mind and the heart of all who listen. Sara’s undeniable stage presence was developed through her background in theater, and it commands the audience’s attention as she wholeheartedly becomes the ‘characters’ in each song.
Fermata’s lyrical topics range from fictitious crimes of passion to the real world struggles of love and loss that all of us face, but they are not limited by glib or cookie-cutter notions of heartbreak or violence that pervade much of music today. The lyrics are never banal, the melodies are never static, and the energy is always present, rushing towards a precipice of emotion. The sum of these parts cannot be denied, whether it is a bluntly sensational live performance or a more nuanced audio recording.
Since breaking out into the Madison music scene only in the spring of 2005, Fermata has played a large number of shows to numerous and very enthusiastic audiences. Quickly growing endeavors in the wider Midwest region, increasing radio play, and more media attention highlight the speed with which Fermata has attracted a following. Connoisseurs of music understand that this is a band that takes its music and its listeners very seriously.
The band is very excited about the upcoming release of their sophomore release, following the positive reception of 2006’s “Through the Distance and the Dark.” Fermata’s 2007 self-titled EP is a more mature endeavor that further fleshes out the band’s musical mission statement: to stand amongst the few who long to reenergize listeners and remind them why we all listen to music in the first place — to feel.

Lyrics

Silent City

Written By: Fermata

The lightening flickers in the distance- it may as well rain.
Then at least it would be easier to sleep.
An eerie mist looms in this eerily silent big city
And it’s sinking into my skin- into my skin.

When night comes it holds me in its sweet embrace
Translucent memories,
They take hold of me as I walk these lonely streets.

The wind it carries me along, now it’s getting cold
It’s piercing me down to my heart.
I long to be home in my safe warm be but I know
I’d still open the window to let in the rain.

When night comes it holds me in its sweet embrace
Translucent memories,
They take hold of me as I walk these lonely streets.

Now it seems so calm, but I can hear voices all around
Of those who hunt for innocence.
But they won’t find it in me.

When night comes it holds me in its sweet embrace
Translucent memories,
They take hold of me as I walk these lonely streets.

The Black Key

Written By: Fermata

A trip for the wild eyed

When it’s all that’s left of us
And it’s covered up in dust,
Long lost long ago.
We fell first for love,
Then on our backs,
Those leaps of faith from Halifax
Led to shattered ankles
On railways tracks all facing north…

Are you slow to recognize,
Just how much you are despised?
Stars are bombs falling from the sky
And there is no end in sight.
I want to cut you down to size,
Hope you choke on the lies,
As you hide in the countryside,
Americans are ready to die.

A trip for the faint of heart

You’re made of a promise I can’t keep
A white light, blinding.
And my hope creates a hell,
But I wear it well.

Are you slow to recognize,
Just how much you are despised?
Stars are bombs falling from the sky
And there is no end in sight.
I want to cut you down to size,
Hope you choke on the lies,
As you hide in the countryside,
Americans are willing to die.

He just wanted to come home.
You lied to us, we should have known.
We just wanted to come home.
You lied to us, we should have known.

Are you slow to recognize,
Just how much you are despised?
Stars are bombs falling from the sky
And there is no end in sight.

Zura

Written By: Fermata

She said she’d never live the day to
Days just seem to stream
Together, they could get out of this small town.
You can’t live down the past when it breathes the present tense.

It was a hot Missouri July night,
The sweat and the fireflies,
All night the town looked for them.
They were nowhere to be found.
And when it rains, you can’t tell the difference,
Because their footprints became the stains of a growing resilience.

His daddy said he’d never be more than what he’s holding a part
Times running out
Get out while you can.
He’s already got a hold on you said you’ll never be a man.

It was a hot Missouri July night,
The sweat and the fireflies,
All night the town looked for them.
They were nowhere to be found.
And when it rains, you can’t tell the difference,
Because their footprints became the stains of a growing resilience.

Don’t hold me… Don’t hold me… Don’t hold me… Back.

It was a hot Missouri July night,
The sweat and the fireflies,
All night the town looked for them.
They were nowhere to be found.
And when it rains, you can’t tell the difference,
Because their footprints became the stains of a growing resilience.

It was a hot Missouri July night,
The sweat and the fireflies,
All night the town looked for them.
They were nowhere to be found.
And when it rains, you can’t tell the difference,
Because their footprints became the stains of a growing resilience.

It was a hot Missouri July night,
The sweat and the fireflies,
All night the town looked for them.
They were nowhere to be found.

Discography

2007 EP
2006 EP - "Through the Distance and the Dark"

Set List

Our sets are usually 45 minutes to an hour, 10-12 songs. We play all original songs, though we have some covers prepared. Example song list:
1. Zura
2. The Black Key
3. Silent City
4. Das Tanzlied
5. Crowning Glory
6. What of You
7. On a Clear
8. Oklahoma
9. The Woodsman
10. Talking Through Walls
11. Widow
12. Ruby
Encores:
13. Clandestine
14. Enemy