Foxtrot November

Foxtrot November

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandAlternativePop

The best of U2 meets the best of Coldplay. Intense emotion blends with refreshingly provacative lyrics all wrapped up in a wide array of perfectly colored and powerful sounds. Foxtrot is on the road in support of their second studio album, "The Beautiful Out of Control, unleashed in Nov. 2008

Biography

_”It was Fall in Atlanta when I left, it was Spring in Johannesburg two days later when I arrived. In the middle of a 19 hour flight, a gentleman with a South African accent leaned over and said a few words to me that I will never forget. He said that once you go to Africa it gets under your skin and becomes a part of you. I would agree. The way I look at the world is different now after being static for so long. Seeing some of the best and worst of humanity will do that to a person. I also thought the new record I was working on was finished before I left… I was so wrong.” -Paul Nicolas

_In 2004, the 23-year-old songwriter Paul Nicolas began creating a record that would forever be unique. The resulting record, Rush the Clock, was released in the summer of 2004. Loosely classified as alternative / rock, the 11 tracks bring together a wide array of styles, influences, sounds, and emotions into an exceptionally cohesive album that is both innovative in its approach to songwriting as well as its appeal to a mainstream audience. Paul Nicolas’ distinctively clean voice, wide vocal range, and provocative lyrics cut through the intricate instrumentation to produce thoughtful, yet powerful emotions. “This record is a snapshot of the thoughts and feelings at this point in my life. It represents the struggle of an up and coming musician trying to blaze his own path and establish an identity in a world wrought with conformism and superficiality.” This is best exemplified by the edgy and driving single, “Your Holiday”.

_As soon as mixing on the final tracks began, Paul Nicolas began meeting up with friends from past musical ensembles. Chris Bartholomay (Percussion), Brandon Smith (Guitars / Vocals), and Christopher Piland (Bass) all joined Foxtrot November in the Fall of 2004. Chris, Paul, and Brandon participated in various drum lines throughout the Southeast and kept running into each other over the years. A few calls were made, and they both joined the group followed by Christopher Piland.

_Foxtrot November began touring in 2004 and began earning critical acclaim from many notable industry insiders for Rush the Clock. Two tracks, “Release Me” and “Islands in the Sun”, earned honorary recognition at the Billboard World Song Contest in 2005. The band was also invited by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in July 2005 to participate in an industry showcase for up and coming songwriters in New York City. In 2006, Paul Nicolas was invited again by the Hall of Fame to receive an award for contributing to the “Best of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Compilation”.

_After months and months spent on the road touring the country, the band went back into the studio in early 2006 to start working on their sophomore album, The Beautiful Out of Control, scheduled for release in early Spring 2008. Asked how this record differs from the debut release, Paul Nicolas replied, “This record again takes us off the footpath of the familiar. I’ve gone through some of the best and worst things that life has to offer while dodging bullets. I’ve also drawn a lot of energy and emotion from the human condition that I experienced in Africa. It’s simultaneously like nothing and everything that I’ve seen in the western world. A lot of my mixed emotions about the experience have worked their way into the new songs”.

_”This record is fast, edgy, accessible, and is going to turn even more heads. The songs are leaner and drive the point home to the listener. That’s what life is about to me. We should be constantly trying to cut through the static and white noise that’s going on in the world and in ourselves to get right to the essence of living, which is experience; to get to the beautiful out of control that’s always in us. It’s about letting go. At the same time, we’re writing about a wide variety of topics and mixing them in with a vast palette of colors and textures. Sonically and emotionally, the songs have a ton of layers and are very three dimensional. I think listeners are really going to be drawn into this world and lose themselves in there with us. This record is it. This is me.”

::: About the Production of The Beautiful Out of Control:

_The sophomore album from Foxtrot November was recorded at a number of production studios in and around Atlanta including: TG and L5P Studio, Studio D, Creekside Productions, Glen Schick Mastering, and Nickel and Dime Studios. Lending a hand to the final phase of production are:

_Two-time Grammy winning Producer Don McCollister (Credits: The B52’s, Indigo Girls, Sister Hazel, Pat Monahan of Train, Shawn Mullins, Johnny Colt of the Black Crowes, and others)

_Matt Mangano (Bass, Credits: Shawn Mullins, John Mayer, Clay Cook, Wisechild)

_Gerry Hansen (Percussionist/Engineer, Credits: Shawn Mullins, John Mayer, Clay Cook)

_Glen Schick, Mastering engineer with 12 platinum credits

Lyrics

What if We Don't Carry On

Written By: Paul Nicolas

when you feel like all is lost
when you've got no faith at all
what if we don't carry on
what if we don't carry on
for ourselves
what is there to lose

and you lost your place inside
cause the only thing you had was pride
and your eyes were shining brightly
and you know that she forgave your life

when you feel like all is lost
when you know that hope is gone
what if we don't carry on
what if we don't carry on
for ourselves
what are we to lose

you lose yourself and then you’ll pay
two hands that simply gave away
cause your smile was so forgiving
when your only crime was living

when you feel like all is lost
when you know that hope is gone
what if we don't carry on
what if we don't carry on
oh no
what have we to lose

when you feel like all is lost
when you know that hope is gone
what if we don't carry on
what if we don't carry on

What if we don’t carry on
(you lose yourself out there)
What if we don’t carry on
(you lose yourself out there)
what if we don't carry on (you’re telling me not to go)
what if we don't carry on (you’re telling me not to go)

what are we to lose

She Only Says

Written By: Paul Nicolas

You see one day I’m gone, This love undone
I can’t sleep while those dreams pass me by
All the sounds they chain me to the ground I know
Do you believe my desire will come to life

I’m restless now
I’ve lost control
I want some more
I’ve got this temper
Too Insecure
But still she only says

All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake with me

When I can’t take it anymore
She runs to me
This beacon of light
Shining forth to bring me up
when you’re believing all those things
Running from your mouth
You’re pressed up against the glass
Waiting for it to pass now

I’m restless now
I’ve lost control
I want some more
I’ve got this temper
Too insecure
But still she only says

All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake with me

In the morning we rise before the sun
I look high
To see what’s out there in the sky
It’s not fair
Still I try
I won’t turn my back on the one who showed me grace

All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake
All I want is you to wake with me

I’m restless now
I’ve lost control
I want some more
I’ve got this temper too insecure

Reach Up

Written By: Paul Nicolas

Heartbroken lying on the floor for centuries
It feels like forever crashing down
I think of you and all the things that strung you out

Now you see it clear
It’s too late
To disappear
So hard to find the way you go

Reach up
It’s her against the world
When time is lost and all she wants is gone

Terrible are all the things I’ve done to you
I think about the silence that you’re swimming in
I think of you lying on the floor and crying

In a house that never sleeps
You face again
A soul you can’t let go
You’re tired and cold

Reach up
It’s her against the world
When time is lost and all she wants is gone tonight
When all is gone your mind has lost control

Whispers from my fingertips
Will never play upon your lips
And every star above the ground
Rains around
I never knew the wonders that I found in you
You never knew the colors that you found in me
But hey love
Buy hey love

When your life is gone you rise above the rest

Reach up
It’s her against the world
It’s her against the world
It’s her against the world

When your life is gone you rise above the rest
When your life is gone you rise above the rest

These Hands

Written By: Paul Nicolas

Why

Learn how to deal with disappointment
All these things you know you’ll never be
Well I’m on my knees and looking down
Help me if you can to hit the ground

God won’t you take these hands from me (I know I know)
When they’re gone I’ll be so free (I know I know)
I’m holding on to what I see
What I see ain’t there
Nothing left inside for me to bleed (I know I know)
Nothing left inside for me to bleed

The height of pain will breed desire
You might travel through your world and not believe
Well I feel like I deserve the sky
Never had the chance to make it mine

God won’t you take these hands from me (I know I know)
When they’re gone I’ll be so free (I know I know)
I’m holding on to what I see
What I see ain’t there
Nothing left inside for me to bleed (I know I know)
Nothing left inside for me to bleed

God won’t you take these hands from me (I know I know)
When they’re gone I’ll be so free (I know I know)
I’m holding on to what I see
What I see ain’t there
What I see won’t die
Why

God won’t you take these hands from me (I know I know)
When they’re gone I’ll be so free (I know I know)
I’m holding on to what I see
What I see ain’t there
Nothing left inside for me to bleed (I know I know)
Nothing left inside for me to bleed

Discography

"Rush the Clock"

- Released 2004
- All tracks streaming on www.foxtrotnovember.com

1) The Kindness of Faith
2) Release Me
3) 6 Ft. Round
4) Your Holiday
5) Islands in the Sun
6) Tied
7) Twilight Hour
8) There You Were
9) Running
10) With the Dreamers
11) Valediction

"The Beautiful Out of Control"

- Released November, 2008

1) She Only Says
2) Reach Up
3) What if We Don't Carry On
4) These Hands
5) Walking in a Show
6) Cry for You
7) Let's Be Normal
8) The Shadows Drowning Me
9) Freedom I Say (Lost on You)
10) Tearing Your Soul in Two
11) Hopefully the Last Song

Foxtrotnovember.com also streams 1 b-side and 2 alternate edits:

1) Blinded By (B-side)
2) Tied (Long Edit)
3) There You Were (Long Edit)

An EP was released prior to the album entitled: "Don't Let Them Kill Us". This EP featured 4 tracks:

1) Your Holiday
2) Release Me
3) The Kindness of Faith
4) With the Dreamers

Set List

:::ORIGINAL SHOW SET LIST

Set lists can vary in size from 45 min - 2 hours. All sets focus primarily on the 11 songs released on the Sophomore album, "The Beautiful Out of Control" and the debut studio release, "Rush the Clock". Generally, there is one cover song depending on the set length.