FREEDOM OR DEATH

FREEDOM OR DEATH

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAlternativeFolk

"Otis Redding meets Radiohead" - at least that is what the critics have described them as. Picked by the Wall Street Journal as a top band to see at the 2010 CMJ Festival in NY, Freedom Or Death's sound spans from Electronica to Folk - Check out why the critics are buzzing about this Toronto band!

Biography

In the 1820's during the Greek War of Independence "Freedom or Death" became the war cry for the people of Greece. Their passion, belief and desires were so strong, that they accepted no substitute. The Toronto based duo adopted that name, as it’s their mantra when it comes to their music. “We want to have the freedom to make the music and the artistic choices that we want. If we can’t have that freedom, we’d rather not put anything out, which is the death of our art” says Fernandez, one half of the production and song writing unit. Freedom Or Death’s sound is based in everything, acoustic folk, electronica, traditional rock, hip-hop rhythms yet always rooted in lyrics with substance. “We didn’t want to get caged into any kind of pigeonhole,” Sway says. “That’s our freedom, to make the music however it comes out. We have two different sensibilities to making music that clash, but it’s how we actually reconcile them that’s interesting.”

With the release of their self titled EP, they’re creating and making music their way. Freedom Or Death assumed all creative control; every song was written, produced, recorded and performed by the duo. Yet while they have proven they’re self contained there is a strong desire to work with like-minded artists. “We are more interested in working with a collective of artists, rather than being a silo unto ourselves,” Fernandez says. “Our artwork is being done by artists that inspire us, our videos are being shot by directors that we want to work with.”

With a strong and steady creative process, stopping is the last point on Freedom Or Death’s agenda, they plan on touring, as well as another EP in the near future. As long as the band’s ideals of their art come first and commerce taking a back seat hold true, they will continue to make the music they want to make for as long as they desire.

"There's a palpable ache at the heart (of the) Toronto duo that'll be instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever felt like they were moving in slow motion while a crush of strangers rushes past you. … they can make an electronic keyboard feel as organic as a plank of oak."
- John Sakamoto, Toronto Star, Anti Hit List, 2010

"Music...mature and thoroughly satisfying. Wise is the executive who signs and nurtures them." – Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal, 2010

"Don't be surprised to see the major label's sniffing around as it would take more than a defection to put them off this scent, but one thing is certain – whilst they are shackle free they've produced a consistently impressive set of mellifluous songs, so any label would be a fool to mess with them." – The Recommender, 2010

"Lost In Dances…This is just another time when losing yourself temporarily is the right decision." - AUX TV, 2010

"A Toronto based electro/soul duo made up of a couple of refugees from the music industry. Watch these guys." - Alan Cross "Explore Music"

Lyrics

This Crowded Room

Written By: Fernandez/Clarke

This Crowded Room

Soon, your eyes will swallow you
Just like a song
You don’t know up from down
Oh how’s the sound supposed to be?
This crowded room is liable to fall

Just maybe though
With good intensions
We’ll break the silence

Say it’s valuable
My tired soul
Can’t carry what it’s worth, I know, I know
If fashion ceased, naked we’d be
And maybe we’d deny it all again

Just maybe though
With good intensions
We’ll break the silence

Take what you wanted
I’ll find another way
I didn’t notice
Your hand was gonna stay

Lost In Dances

Written By: Fernandez/Clarke

Lost In Dances

She won’t believe, what I say anymore
What is deceive? It’s just the start of a war

I had my chances and went for mine
I had my chances and toed the line

Now don’t you feel so
Now don’t you feel so lost
Lost in your dances?

Now don’t you feel so
Now don’t you feel so caught
Caught in your dances?

We know it’s mine, I say it kind
But she won’t let it go
The art time, I’ll take me lips off the floor

I had my chances and went for mine
I had my chances and toed the line

Now don’t you feel so
Now don’t you feel so lost
Lost in your dances?

Now don’t you feel so
Now don’t you feel so caught
Caught in your dances?

Soldier

Written By: Fernandez/Clarke

Soldier

Fall from fires
Stare at the moon and hold on for your lives
Go on, I'm wired
Eat what you can it's obvious you lie
Monsters against their monsters
Papers forgotten tale
Need to replace the author
When violence doesn't sell

Why are you trying to start a war?
Why are you trying to start a war?

Collect your thoughts in canisters
Project your means and call it love for freedom (oh freedom)
To know the thoughts of enemies
The king all his majesties walk east
Monsters against their monsters
Papers forgotten tale
Need to replace the author
When violence doesn't sell

Why are you trying to start a war?
Why are you trying to start a war?
Why are you trying to start a war?
Why are you trying to start a war?

Battle by the floors of inward
Dying for a way to go
Time for reason
Needing less a little more
See another way to go on
Tired in the night
Move your thoughts a little more
Move your thoughts a little more

Die you so, so, so, in love (repeat)

Back For More

Written By: Fernandez/Clarke

Back For More

Smile don’t cry for me demons
Decide, don’t shy from where you wanna go
Give, take it’s all within reason
Decide, don’t shy from where you wanna go

Coming closer
Coming closer
Ooh…

Farewell friends for all seasons
Don’t die, don’t shy from where you wanna go
Beg, borrow, kneel for treasons
Don’t die, don’t shy from where you wanna go

Coming closer
Coming closer
Ooh…

No, no, no, no, no, no. no…

You’re on my payroll
You’re on my time
You’re on my payroll
You’re on my line
You’re on my payroll

Discography

FREEDOM OR DEATH - SELF TITLED (EP) - JUNE 2010
FREEDOM OR DEATH - EGO (EP) - APRIL 2011

Set List

25- 40 Minutes (Depending on Requirements)
1. Inside
2. Soldier
3. Meter Maid
4. Sober
5. Lost In Dances
6. This Crowded Room

*Extra Songs
Hamburg
If I Ruled The World