Friday In America

Friday In America

 Rochester, New York, USA

FIA's influences span The Band to The Roots, and the result is their menagerie of styles which include rock, folk, americana, reggae and hip hop. The band is highlighted by strong songwriting with creative lyrics and infectious hooks. And their genre-jumping live shows keep people dancing.


With a range of influences spanning from The Band to The Roots, Friday in America fuse elements of folk, rock, reggae, and hip hop. The result is a menagerie of musical styles - from the heavy rock and funk arrangements of songs like "Hitman" to the stripped-down folk of "Water". In 2011, the band released their first full length album "Cut the Brakes", and had the track "Water" featured in the closing scene of the AFI-Fest award-winning film The Hammer, which told the true story of deaf UFC fighter Matt Hamill. The album's rock and folk arrangements have garnered comparisons to artists like Jack Johnson and Bruce Springsteen, and have received regular rotation on shows like Scott Regan's "Open Tunings" (NPR). The band's love of all music and their ability to write and play across numerous mediums makes for a unique concert experience. They have opened for acts like Max Creek, Ekoostik Hookah, and the Ryan Montbleau Band, and are constantly fusing their disparate influences in a groove-oriented framework.


Grain of Salt

Written By: Broderick

Grain of Salt

When the menu doesn’t suit you, you gesture toward the maitre’d
Disheveled, he stumbles through the specials, ‘cause he doesn’t know you’re blaming me
Spare me the paintings of bare trees, you say represent your mood
I think it’s time I told you I was lying when I said you’re cool

I gotta go, gotta go, baby now I know
You’re just a postcard of a place that I’ll never go

So take it all with a grain of salt
I just called to say it aint your fault
And I’ll be alright now on my own
Who’s to blame when things go wrong
I don’t know I just sing my songs
Worse things can happen to you

Don’t tell me that you’ve lost all control when I know that you’re holding on
I know a better way to go and I know that it wont be long
I know what I said when I said what I said on your fancy phone
But just because I’m a loner girl don’t mean I wanna die alone

Repeat Bridge

Repeat Chorus

Don’t stop don’t think don’t turn around
No regrets, don’t ya go sleepless, I’ll see ya around

Take it all with a grain of salt
I just called to say it ain’t your fault
and I’ll be alright now on my own
Your lifes a scene from a movie screen
When you talk about your dreams you quote James Dean
Cause youre afraid of the unknown
But whos to blame when things go wrong
I don’t know I just sing my song
and while away the afternoon
But your whole life you never rolled the dice
If I told you once I told you twice
Worse things can happen to you


Written By: Broderick


When I close my eyes, I see ahead
What I held inside, until I bled
But Mama don’t feel bad because I bleed
You already gave me all I need

You’re like water girl to my soul
I’m water girl, I lose control
I’m water Ma, I’ll break though that wall
I’m water Ma, I run, I fall

We ain’t no different, when we’re all scared
Life is just a fight and fights ain’t fair
But mama don’t feel bad I’ll be alright
Mama don’t feel bad because I’ll fight

Repeat Chorus

Oh you know, I got so much on my mind
But my heart, it runs on its own time
It’s a lonely walk through a crowd so unkind
But in the dark is where the stars realign

Repeat Chorus


Written By: Broderick


Hillary, you got me going crazy
Hillary, I see you on the streets at night

You were so cool, when you would slip past the queue
And tell them you’re the DJ
And the bouncers expression, when he’d say “where are your records?”
And you’d say, “baby doll, here on my key chain”

You’d say “life’s just a game...”
“it’s all just the same...”
“Life’s just a game that I’m good at...”

Repeat Chorus

You knew all the spots, the bodegas and shops,
and the places to go after dark
and the dealers and thugs, but baby who still buys drugs
in Washington Square Park?

You’d say “relax, it’s the spot...”
“they pay off the cops...”
“relax I’ve got this I’ve done it before...”

Repeat Chorus

I remember when we first met, you said you liked A Tribe Called Quest
And I said “who’s she?”
But you ain’t Queen Jane or Penny Lane, you’re a Jersey Girl I know your name
You’re a broken wave that thinks it’s still out at sea

But when the rain lets up and the thunder slows
I’ll play an old soul song from Muscle Shoals
look out my window and I’ll see your face

Repeat chorus


Written By: Broderick/Rossi


The catacombs that you call home
They’e old and faded they’re overgrown
And the only thing I ever known how to do was move

There’s a box beneath my bed
The key unlocks, it’s sheathed in lead
That is how I keep my head, I wasn’t born to lose

I’m a hitman, a miracle of science
My worn and torn reflection, it forms my poor alliance
I’m a soldier for hire, man on a wire, a cold-blooded killer, set the river on fire
I’m a hitman, hitman on the run

In an age of rage and dread
You turn the page, you make your bets
Your silver spoons are bathed in red like a morning moon

And in the halls the chambermaids
Change the shades with razor blades
This is how you fade away, I wasn’t born to lose

Repeat Chorus

Six and Counting

Written By: Rossi

Six and Counting

It's been so long since I've shouted out
Let loose a scream then I drowned you out
Take all the air I breathe inside
Take a deep breath, how do you feel now?

The day starts to crumble as I watch in pain
From a nearby seat on a nearby plane
If we crash and burn I think I'll wait
Just take this food here from off my plate

There's a body washed on the shore
You took a bite out then you ask me for more, more, more
A couple years older and I thought I was yours
You give and you take then you ask me for more, more more

Now you know that I've found you out
Step from the light and into the dark
Some things are mystery I tend to forget
Don't have all the answers I want just yet

Repeat Chorus


2011 - "Cut the Brakes" self-released album


"Water" - featured in motion picture 'The Hammer'. Featured on WRUR, WBER, WEQX.

"Hitman" - WRUR, WBZA

"Don't Fight the Wind" - WRUR