Ferocious Bubbles

Ferocious Bubbles


Ferocious Bubbles play original music that would fall into the indie-rock genre. "Save Yourself and Run Away" has been described as "a relentless, reverb-heavy, melancholy and raggedy-pretty journey across a sad landscape."


If it's true that, as Elvis Costello once famously opined, writing about music is like dancing about architecture then describing the music of Ferocious Bubbles may resemble an arc that begins with Isadora Duncan and ends with Merce Cunningham. It's a music that even at its most spare is beautiful and fluid, never afraid of abstraction, incident, or the ability to change. At its essence is a vital buoyancy that, despite singer / songwriter Pete Szelenbaum's tendency to stay grounded, pulls everything skyward. There are no fixed points, even when things seem irrevocably stuck.

There are several songs in the Ferocious Bubbles oeuvre that long for something off in the distance, but never before has the band released an album so occupied with the notion of escape. That being said, one might imagine the Ferocious Bubbles' latest album, Save Yourself and Run Away as the soundtrack of the modern dance equivalent of Waiting For Godot. Listen close and you'll hear the nervous shuffle that comes before making a move towards the unknown: Ecstasy, fear, calm, darkness, acceptance, it's all there. But despite the rush of "Airport" "Skywaves" or the soaring title track, the protagonists of Save Yourself and Run Away are on the verge of movement but never quite make a leap.

Or so our ears tell us: Perhaps it's only through that "Hopeless sense of hope that only the hopeless would know" described to us in Save Yourself and Run Away's meditative centerpiece, "St. Jude", that we know there is life after the track fades... That we know someone has made a move somewhere.
Ferocious Bubbles began with Pete Szelenbaum's head full of songs and a four-track recorder. Though he had been writing songs for some time, it wasn't until 1999 that a revolving cast of friends and admirers lent their considerable talents to fleshing these songs out live and in the studio, resulting in a self-titled E.P. With its sweet lyrics, inventive production, and brevity, the eponymous title said it all: the Ferocious Bubbles were aggressively sublime.

The feeling that Ferocious Bubbles were something of a community affair was furthered with Absence is a Strange Something ' the band's first full-length album. It was during this time that a Ferocious Bubbles show might feature more than half a dozen musicians, including a miniature string section. As luck would have it, that revolving door policy eventually led to the current line up of Szelenbaum on an overdriven acoustic guitar, guitarist Nick Punch, bassist Vic Donati, drummer Randall Shurbet, and multi-instrumentalist Ken Moore.

It's this current line-up that recorded Save Yourself and Run Away and, perhaps not so surprisingly, represents the group's most powerful amalgam to date. In a live setting the band breathes powerful new life into even the album's most delicate compositions, if you think the album version of "St. Jude" is breathtaking, it's live counterpart may move you to tears.

Pete once told Fleabomb.com "I like making songs because the final product, even though you can record onto tape or CD, it's nothing you can see or hold. It's nothing tangible, and it's subject to repeated interpretation every time you play it. There's something really liberating about knowing that something will never be the same way twice." With the band already collectively writing and recording a new album, one may only guess as to where Ferocious Bubbles may lead us next. What we can be sure of is that moves are being made and the destination is sure to be somewhere beautiful.

Ferocious Bubbles are currently playing the Southeast region in support of Save Yourself and Run Away. The band has shared the stage with bands such as Elf Power, Stone Jack Jones, Annuals and Tapes n' Tapes. Members have contributed and collaborated with other such artists as Crane Orchard, Ponieheart, Will Oldham and Barking Tribe (Rykodisc).


Orange Line

Written By: Pete Szelenbaum

Abandoned telephone poles
Messages from ghosts
Railroad tracks for wandering souls

Girls writing poems
Boys throwing stones
Rabbits running into their holes

Going Places

Written By: Pete Szelenbaum

We have trouble sometimes
We have trouble all the time
We have trouble defining
Defining that thin line

That line that separates
True love from true hate
That line that divides
The ridiculous and the sublime

I'm going here
She's going there
We're going everywhere and nowhere at once

Nowhere at once
I'lll say to you
Nowhere at once
You'll say to me too

Now the line is blurred
And soon it will be erased
One hand is reaching out
While the other one is pulling away


Written By: Pete Szelenbaum

Enter the building that you've been assigned
The feeling is chilling as each nerve unwinds
Look through the window and walk through the door
Under the pillow is a tooth for the whore

Hide your body in a garden of blood
All the flowers say love is just blood

Thirteen flights of stairs to ascend
Love fills the knife of it's best friend revenge....

No acts of kindness and no saving grace

In places of waiting where panic will flood
Tides ebb and flow

Love is just blood


Eponymous EP, Absence Is A Strange Smething LP, Save Yourself And Run Away LP

Set List

We usually play a 45 minute set with no covers.