Harriet Street

Harriet Street

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"The lyrics are on a level of their own...set apart with bold, sometimes bitter intricacy, aligned just so to bring every word alive. And yet, these lyrics live in the shadows of fantastic music that is so well coordinated that you can't escape from listening to it." - Independent Clauses

Biography

Harriet Street burst onto the scene in 2005 with a deep breath and a wail. Fronted by singer/songwriter Brian Cassagnol, the Boston quartet’s lush musical textures expertly blend crashing guitars, soaring strings, and desperate, resonant vocals on dense rhythmic backdrops.

Within months of forming, Harriet Street drew immediate acclaim and found themselves at the center of attention: a showcasing artist at the NEMO Boston Music Festival (chosen by the Boston Herald as one of the "conference highlights"), the newest addition to NYC’s 2 Generations Management roster, a licensing deal through leading agency EMOTO Music, radio play on major stations in Boston, Providence and NYC, and sold out shows at ever larger venues.

The birth of Harriet Street goes back to 2004 when frontman Brian Cassagnol and bassist Andrew Morgan were discovered by drummer Ed Toth from Vertical Horizon. These three immediately set upon writing and revising the songs that would comprise their debut album Cold and Comfortable, which was co-produced by Toth and Cassagnol.

In Spring 2005, shortly after completing the record, Toth parted ways to tour with the Doobie Brothers, and in stepped drummer Jeff Steinback. A few months later the band stumbled upon lead guitarist Kevin McHugh. Says Cassagnol, “It was tremendously important to us that we find inspired and passionate musicians to complete the group, but we never could have dreamed we’d find those things in two people we like and respect so much as Jeff and Kevin…they are as much our brothers as our bandmates.”

Even the harshest critics agree that when Harriet Street takes the stage there is a chemistry, a charisma, and an edge which demand the complete and undivided attention of every person in the room. Cold and Comfortable was released in July 2005 and these four brothers continue to tour relentlessly to find out what will be in store for them next. One thing is for sure: each breath will be deeper than the last, and eventually the wailing will be impossible to ignore.

Lyrics

The Perfect Ending

Written By: Harriet Street

So how does this start?
I already forget.
You spoke, then my heart
leapt out of my chest
and landed at the foot of your throne.
You handed it back
right along with your own.

We parted our ways
with a kiss on the cheek.
I spoke to the skies
but I hardly could speak.
I wanted to follow you free
but my soles had become
part of the concrete.

You took her from me.
How could this be?

I wanted to tell you
but you had gone too far.
I wanted to tell you,
but everything's lost.

So how did this end?
I already forgot,
but I'm sure that it's beautiful
just like you are.
I wanted to stay on your arm
but you'd gone too far
and I'd never belong.

You took her from me.
How could this be?

I wanted to tell you,
but you had already gone.
There must be some
other way, other chance,
other choice for romance.
And the lines that I always throw
could have worked so well.
You would call my name.

Night In Your Chest

Written By: Brian Cassagnol

Another long walk home on pavement cracked with bitter cold
and you keep looking back for me.
So tell me, how does this night feel as it burns in your chest (again)?

The plays, the words, the ends, the means
you used to have your way with me.
Oh, now I'm sorry
for all the stupid things you've said
the girls you've gotten in your bed
Oh no, I won't go

Another short walk back on winding roads that lose you fast
and time is running out for you.
So tell me, how does this knife feel as it turns in your back?

The plays, the words, the ends, the means
you used to have your way with me.
Oh, now you're sorry?
For all the stupid things you've said
the girls you've gotten in your bed
Oh no, I won't go
From push to shove and back again
I don't believe you didn't bend
when I said I'd let this go.
I'll take my pride and walk away
and leave you to your own decay
and you'll say I never cared for you or your love.

Playing With Fire In August

Written By: Brian Cassagnol

Moving so slowly
we nearly forget
that this high must end.
Time won't bend.

If we wait patiently
we could unlearn
this old lesson's truth
from our youth,
and find ourselves here again.

Taking in every breath
carefully making the most of each,
dare not speak.

Clenching our fists to hide
trembling fingers
and longing eyes.
What's inside?
Find ourselves here
feeling so clear.

Nothing could stop what we turned on
playing with fire in august.
Now we just watch and the flames
remind us of when we first kissed.

Mirroring every move,
using our hands
to say something new
and make it true.

Even though we only have
minutes on a lonely hand,
take your time,
make it right.
Find ourselves here.

Nothing could stop what we turned on
playing with fire in august.
Now we just watch and the flames
remind us of when we first found out.

Patience is all that divides
sparks from the brighter lights.
Soon we will only see
the colorless burning sea.



The Sequel

Written By: Brian Cassagnol

I walked for miles
to sort this mess out
but it was no use.
You were my favorite.

It happened again,
I had to pretend this was my fault
knowing nothing I've done
triggered the gun when you went off.
I hope you wouldn't regret
burning this bridge when the time comes
you run out of the road
you said you don't take for granted.

I choose my words
with unmatched patience
to make you wish
you were my favorite.

You're haunted by voices inside,
it's been a lifetime asking why nothing is right.
Spend your time trying to fight.
This should be easy, so you try saying goodbye.

Swear Words

Written By: Brian Cassagnol

I swear to god
or someone stronger
I'm going crazy.
The voices in my head
all have dirty mouths
that never quiet down.
I'm long overdue
for silence.

I can't believe in my beliefs
as long as I feel so lost
whenever I'm alone.
As soon as she's gone I get it all wrong
and everything goes so dark.

I've walked around
this vicious circle
so many times now.
This might be hell
or something stronger.
I'm going crazy.
I'm long overdue
for silence.

Out along the way
I will find myself
a place to call my own
and I will shine again.

I can't believe in my beliefs
as long as I feel so lost
whenever I'm alone.
As soon as she's gone I get it all wrong
and everything goes so dark,
the darkness holds me down.
Now that she's here
it's all coming clear,
everything's perfect.
She looks so pretty.

Discography

Cold and Comfortable - July 2005

Set List

Set list - set lengths can vary from 40-90 minutes and typically include selections from the following songs:

The Perfect Ending
Weary Fountain Pen
Breathtaking and Strange
Lost In The Thought Of The Things You Would Say
New York Song
Night In Your Chest
Turning Up Roses
Lullaby
Too Much to Swallow
Don't Let Me Down (Beatles)
Swear Words
The Patient