Fiftymen

Fiftymen

 Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaRock

FIFTYMEN are renowned for playing straight up country infused with a shot of rock n’ roll. The dynamic six-piece formed in the latter stages of 1999. Since then, they have developed a fiercely loyal audience and media fans based on the success of their three albums.

Biography

Team:
Manager: Nadine Gelineau
Publicist: Kelly Symes
Publisher (Self-Published, administrated through EBA)
Label: MB3 (Managed by Robyn Mitchell)
Distributor: Fontana

Welcome to the world of Fiftymen. It's a place where the twangs of whisky-soaked country spirits sidle up to rock and roll recklessness, and the story-telling traditions of honest roots music are belted out with a dose of brash punk rock irreverence. At once uncommon yet familiar, this sonic landscape is littered with empty bottles and hard luck tales, recalling something in our bones tapped into the finely dusted dreams of North American folklore.

With two well received-albums, After Darkfall and Balances and Sums, already in their frayed back pocket, November 2013 saw Fiftymen release their eponymous third album. In the words of lead vocalist J.J. Hardill, the new collection is a distillation of more than a decade of playing together, and all the musical growth that implies; all of the varied influences that we've ingested over that period and in the lifetime before.

Their single "Wedding Band" is a raucous celebratory tune stuffed with full-throttle blues licks. The album is often a more patient affair. While it includes more of the uptempo riffing teased on "Wedding Band," songs like "Laureen" and the "I Always Get What I Want" rely more on honky-tonk than rock and roll, telling mournful tales of addiction, yearning, and loss. Occasionally, Fiftymen branch out into more psychedelic sounds, as on "That Look On Your Face," which sounds like a lost nugget from the Summer of Love/Haight-Ashbury scene in the 60s.

Whether rocking out or imparting their many wisdoms, Fiftymen demonstrate ample songwriting chops and the kind of patience and mastery of subtlety that only comes with years of experience. Having already shared the stage with rising stars and legends alike such as Jim Cuddy, Gord Downie and Kathleen Edwards, at major festivals including Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest and the Tribute to Gram Parsons, Fiftymen have garnered serious respect from bands and fans alike by consistently delivering, sweat-drenched, jaw-dropping performances that have prompted apt comparisons to The Replacements, Wilco, Kings of Leon, and The Band. 

All in all, Fiftymen is authentic Fiftymen: one foot in the backwoods, the other in the back alley behind some gritty punk dive.

Lyrics

Fast Lane

Written By: Todd Gibbon and Jeff Hardill

I don't mean to blame you for everything.
I know it was partly my fault.
Remember a time when you used to shine me on.

Headlights are cutting through the song in my head.
She can't be trusted...I'd rather be dead
Than stuck out here alone without you.

(CHORUS)
And you think she'd remember.
I guess it's easier to
Forget what you had once you lost it.
Forget what you had once you lost it.
And now it's gone.

Now here is my problem with yesterday.
You'd pay no heed to my needs.
You'd nod your head, and then you'd shine me on.

I ain't seen a cop car in five hundred miles.
Tank full of gas. Thunder Bay in a while.
I might make the Fast Lane for last call.

(CHORUS)
(SOLO)

Last night when we turned out the lights
You turned your cold back to me.
Not even a kiss. You didn't bother to shine me on.

I'm going to see if that waitress can remember my name.
She's no good with faces: they all look the same.
Her shift ends at half past two.

(CHORUS)

Wedding Band

Written By: Todd Gibbon

verse
Molly came down to the country
lookin' for a wedding band
she didn't find what she had in mind
a little gold for her tiny hand

She got lucky in Memphis
with a roadie for the Rolling Stones
hotel motel hitchin' by the side of the road

chorus
Baby no mind if you can't get along
cause I'll be right there waiting to
walk you home

verse
Molly came down to the country
lookin' for a heart to steal
she got hooked up with some guy
who used to drive for the Steelers Wheel

heading on down to Memphis town
that pretty little woman got herself shot down
he don't want her
she don't want her

chorus
Baby no mind if you can't get along
cause I'll be right there waiting to
walk you home

verse
Molly came down to the country
lookin' for a wedding band
she didn't find what she had in mind
a little gold for her tiny hand

heading on down to Memphis town
that pretty little woman got herself shot down
he don't want her
she don't want her

chorus
Baby no mind if you can't get along
cause I'll be right there waiting to
walk you home

Shake It

Written By: Todd Gibbon

verse
Something in the cornfield
lighting up the sky
fireflies are jumpin'
that beat just drives her wild

chorus
She's gotta move
shake it like it's on fire
she's got soul and rhythm
she's got wild desire

verse
Farmer on his field
scarecrow on his knees
Willie and the Poorboys
they rock that cornbread scene

chorus
She's gotta move
shake it like it's on fire
she's got soul and rhythm
she's got wild desire

verse
Shakin in the ground
shakin in her feet
shakin up and down her spine
that rockabilly beat

chorus
She's gotta move
shake it like it's on fire
she's got soul and rhythm
she's got wild desire

I Always Get What I Want

Written By: Todd Gibbon / Jeff Hardill

I ALWAYS GET WHAT I WANT

First I hit the bottle. Then I hit the bottom.
I really hit the throttle. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
Well you know that I had 'em. " Right up those stairs",
said the madam." And through the red curtain."
There's one thing for certain:

CHORUS:
I always get what I want. It's just not always what I need.
I always get what I want. It's just not always what I need.

I've been drunk as much as sober. Pretending all the time.
Coiled like a cobra. Acting like I'm fine.
But I'm a bad actor. I'm not fit for this part.
I guess you gotta factor in the fact I've got a broken heart.

(CHORUS)
(SOLO)

It's time to tighten up my buckle, and mend this hole in my bucket.
Heal these scrapes on my knuckles. Although I'd pretty much said "fuck it".
Because it's thousands not dozens. And it's most not some.
I'm not that good with numbers, but I'm not that dumb.

(CHORUS)
I need it all. Yeah, I need it all.
Yeah, I need it all. Yeah, I need it all.

Look On Your Face

Written By: Todd Gibbon / Jeff Hardill

THAT LOOK ON YOUR FACE

You got me shaking, baby. You've got me on my knees.
I'm here for the taking, baby. Oh, baby why you such a tease?
You got that magpie eye. And you got the looks that kill.
My sweet talk do not fly. But I think I've figured out what will.

(CHORUS)
Oh, baby baby I just want to see that look on your face.

You whisper in my ear, and lead me to the bed.
I can't believe what I hear: you must be playing with my head.
You got me in your hands, and I beg you not to stop.
There's only so much I can stand before I blow my top.

(CHORUS)
Oh, baby baby I just want to see that look on your face.
Oh, baby baby can't you feel my heart beginning to race.

SOLO

You got me shaking, baby. You got me on my knees.
I'm here for the taking, baby. Oh, baby why you such a tease?
You got me in your heart, and I've been there right from the start.
I can't believe that this is true. The only one for me is you.

(CHORUS)

Discography

After Darkfall (2002) (Independent)
Balances and Sums (2005) (Independent)
Fiftymen (2013) (MB3/Fontana)

Set List

Can't Walk Away
Black River
For The Sake Of My Pride
Jimmy Turner
New Mexico
Don't Cry
Whiskey & Lulu
Gracefield
I Always Get What I Want
That Look On Your Face
Twenty-Two Minutes
Shake It
Fastlane
Try To Hide
After Darkfall