Fireships

Fireships

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Fireships is Andrew Vladeck’s incarnation of songs that patrol the foggy edges of American music: mixing fire and water, tenacity and dreaminess, electrified folk guitar stylings, with a marching band approaching at a distance. It’s is a sound that spans decades in the course of a song, with lyrics that shine with sparkle and grit.

Biography

Andrew Vladeck conceived his Fireships persona as he was writing songs that he wanted to function as fireships – “using fire and water to fight darkness with light.”  His classic yet keenly modern songwriting has caught people’s attention. The New York Music Daily, in their Best of 2015 issue, call it “imaginatively arranged Americana rock and chamber pop with a fearlessly aware, Dylanesque, populist lyricism.” He enlisted musician friends to help fill the sails on a guitar-driven alt-folk record where songs required more hands. Vladeck’s finger-plucked guitar of American Folk and West African influence recalls Lou Reed, Paul Simon’s Graceland, and Deer Tick. Several cuts from Fireships’ debut have won awards in the Great American Song Contest, and the Independent Music Awards. Fireships has received attention from The Huffington Post, Guitar World, Daytrotter, The Big Takeover and others, and cracked the CMJ and FMQB charts. Now Vladeck is preparing the next phase with an EP in the works, and setting sails for Europe in support of Okta Logue this May.

Lyrics

Countdown Time

Written By: Andew Vladeck and Adam Levy

It’s six in the morning and I’ve caught a buzz
Some drink from heartache and some drink because
The pressures of the job got me reaching for a cup
No one can be certain we won’t be breaking up

I’m a man on a mission, I need steady nerves
I know the earth ain’t flat, I’ve seen its curves
Give me one for the road, one more for the climb
I’m a man on a mission, and it’s Countdown Time

I’ve got motion sickness, I could really use a nurse
The cabin spins around me, behind me spins the earth
Kill the rocket boosters, we’re on cruise control
We’ll make a tiki bar out of the console

We all shared a dream, once upon a time
Raise one small shot for man, one giant toast to all mankind

Then I see flashing lights, behind me is a cop
He asks if I’ve been drinking, and why I didn’t stop
He says step out of the car, son, and show me some ID
But it’s hard to walk a straight line in zero gravity

I’m a man on a mission, I need steady nerves
I know the earth ain’t flat, I’ve seen its curves
Give me one for the road, one more for the climb
I’m a man on a mission, and it’s Countdown Time

Long Shadow

Written By: Andrew Vladeck

I went away to get my blood changed
Had my wires rearranged
You might think I’m acting strange
It’s just me acting tough
I fired a shot right through the floor
The circus ran straight for the door
You ask me what I did that for
I guess I had enough

Flying cars and ricochets
Not a soul escapes unscathed
You might think those were the days
They’re best left to the past
Bodyguards in the hall playing chess
How I survived is anyone’s guess
But when you’re a cat with one life left
You learn to move real fast

A long shadow - follows me around
A long shadow - after the sun goes down
What I gotta do to prove to you
If you only knew how I made it through
This long shadow

Blinds are drawn and the deadbolt clicks
Those dirty dogs’ll rip you to bits
All that funky junkie shit
You just ask my mates
I still got my ring and my broken tooth
I can take your piss and spit the truth
The dope and the cops may have served some use
That’s open to debate
The wind in the trees sounds like a car
The headlight sun ain’t very far
You gonna stay right where you are
Or hitch a ride

A long shadow - follows me around
A long shadow - after the sun goes down
What I gotta do to prove to you
If you only knew how I made it through
This long shadow

Gush

Written By: Andrew Vladeck

It always starts this way
A splendid repartee
I’m dazzled by the cunning things you’ve said
You’re clever, sharp, astute
I’m stunned, awestruck and mute
Romantic notions cloud my head
I’m drunk on conversation
My mental machinations
Make it hard to hear
I try to concentrate
But in my altered state
My muddled mind ain’t very clear

It’s not that I’m ignoring you
It’s not that I’ve better things to do
I’m afraid you might think me rude
‘Cause my mind turns to mush
Girl, you make my foolish heart gush

Lulled by your dulcet voice
I haven’t any choice
To a dreamland I am sent
I shake to attention
To figure which direction
The conversation we were having went
But then I get distracted by
Your long eyelashes
Like a butterfly
You see me blankly grinnin’
You lost me at the beginnin’
To deny that would be a lie

It’s not that I’m ignoring you
It’s not that I’ve better things to do
I’m afraid you might think me rude
‘Cause my mind turns to mush
Girl, you make my foolish heart gush

Instrumental

It’s not that I’m ignoring you
It’s not that I’ve better things to do
I’m afraid you might think me rude
‘Cause my mind turns to mush
In vain I watch your pretty mouth
In vain I watch your pretty mouth
In vain I watch your pretty mouth – and I gush

Come Back to Me

Written By: andrew vladeck

I run my fingers through
the knotted grass of Prospect Park
Down the path where we lost
ourselves after dark
I see your silver smile
as morning sparkles through the leaves
With dirt under your fingernails
and grass stains on your knees
Come back to me, come back to me.

I see your slender fingers
as you twist the pocketknife
The silver dagger dances
in the full moon’s shiny light
You push me against a willow
and you sweetly swear to me
As you reach over my head
and carve our names up in that tree
Come back to me, come back to me.

No it just don’t feel right - I’d wait all night
I’ve waited all my, waited all my life

The Williamsburgh Bank Tower
off 4th Avenue
You see me climb to the top
and wonder what I’m gonna do
Yeah all your neighbors see me waving
high above your block
As I take out a wrench
and turn the time back on the clock
Come back to me, come back to me.

As long as our names are carved
way up in that tree
You’ll always have a piece of me

Cause it just don’t feel right -
I’d wait all night
I’ve waited all my, waited all my life

Come back to me,
come back to me,
come back to me
Cause I can’t help coming back to you

Discography

Fireships (2014)