High Waters

High Waters

 Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
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High Waters are a Canadian indie quartet established in 2009. They create a unique brand of panoramic rock. Using crisp, soaring vocals, expressive lead guitar, lush harmonies and synths, playful bass, and a driving percussive force, their intricate arrangements, laced with ethereal sounds, grow until they reach a swelling climax, creating a surge of rock, soul, and electronic music that commands attention.

Biography

High Waters are a Canadian indie quartet comprised of Derek Connely (lyrics/vocals/guitars/synths), Martin Villeneuve (guitars/vocals/effects/synths), Troy Huizinga (bass/vocals/guitars/percussion), and Matt Speedy (drums/percussion). Established in 2009, and currently based in Ottawa, ON, they record and perform a unique brand of panoramic rock. Using crisp, soaring vocals, expressive lead guitar, lush harmonies and synths, playful bass, and a driving percussive force, their intricate arrangements, laced with ethereal sounds, grow until they reach a swelling climax, creating a surge of rock, soul, and electronic music that commands attention.

Lyrics

Up to the Sea

Written By: Derek Connely

all of our stories
in all their glory
crash beneath the undertow
the storm is upon me
i beg for its mercy
don't leave me with no place to go

what a shame it would be
if i blamed it on the sea
what a shame it would be
if i left it up to the sea

at high tide our blood boils
our heartstrings uncoil
i feel the tension in my bones
cast off and cut down
i'm being tossed around
i wish the waves would take me home

what a shame it would be
if i blamed it on the sea
what a shame it would be
if i left it up to the sea

terribly untamed
the beast is bound to break
a bone or two

what a shame it would be
if i blamed it on the sea
what a shame it would be
if i left it up to the sea

what a shame it would be
if i blamed it on the sea
what a shame it would be
if i blamed it on the sea

Mercury

Written By: Derek Connely

state of the art
carbon copy drone
same as the next
clone of a clone
we are building our hive

unknown command
didn't recognize
am i obsolete?
a faulty design
fallen by the wayside

throw me away
off to the pound
but don't pull the plug
please don't shut me down
i am not prepared to die
this machine is alive

are we living beings
or ghosts inside machines?

day in, day out
push and pull to reach the top
put your money to your mouth
dog eat dog or feed the lot
jump the line, not the gun
bite the bullet, take the shot
don't look back, what's done is done
you can never beat the clock

are we living beings
or ghosts inside machines?

beat about the burning bush
fan the fire but i'm no liar
sure as hell there's more to tell
than the sum of all you see
what you read between the lines
sure is no concern of mine
but in the vault i feel unsafe
bound to make a big escape

are we living beings
or ghosts inside machines?
fading batteries
with blood like mercury

Quiet Guest

Written By: Derek Connely

shadow at my door
tall and still
standing over me with a chill
holding me
against my own will

there's a quiet guest
on my chest

stranger in the room
show your face
is it blood you want for the taste?
spare me, heavy ghost
leave this place

still i try my best
to get some rest
with a quiet guest on my chest

i am home
heard you knock
tie my bones, key and lock
hide my tongue
words are lost
i am home in the dark

i am home
heard you knock
tie my bones, key and lock
hide my tongue
words are lost
i am home

in the dark

Obsidian

Written By: Derek Connely

i am the miner
who dug too deep
but i won't break you
or cart you away

i am the collector of gems
precious
but i won't tumble you
or grind you down

i am the jeweller
who cuts you in two
but i'll make you whole
obsidian of mine
mine

i can't hold you yet
you're still smouldering
i can't touch you yet
you're still red
you're still red

coming down
the snow takes the edge off
not a sound
paralyzes you

you'll turn black
and i'll be ready
so get on with it
petrify me too

Time and Again

Written By: Derek Connely

call me a moth
i'm a light junkie
terminal thrills crisp my core
i feel the rush
burning alive

in your final hour
kissed by night's moonbeams
you lay still
to peacefully embrace the coming hush
burning alive
cause nobody dies

when the light in your eyes
has come and gone
that light carries on

when the light in your eyes
has come and gone
that light carries on
time and again
that light carries on

time and again
time and again

Holden

Written By: Derek Connely

i had a plan
but it didn't involve that
no, i don't recall
pulling rabbits from hats
once in a while
i forget just where i'm at
and what it takes to get by
in such a cold place

dear brother allie
i wrote poems on my glove
just like you did
can you hear them from above?
sister phoebe
i pray you feel my love
and how it's deep
when i go, please don't weep

i had a plan
but i swear it wasn't that
now i'm on my way
so let's call it tit for tat
once in a while
i forget just where i'm at
where i've gone
where i'm going

The Greys

Written By: Derek Connely

they found a way into your cortex
hollowed you out
and did you in
an anatomic excavation they won't quit
till they reach the bottom of the pit
how could you know?

the heavy information flow
is weighing on you
can't seem to think it through
they stuffed your ears
and sealed your eyes shut
to keep it all in
to keep it in
how could you know?

they're taking over now
it's time to wipe them out
before you cease to exist
figure it out

your steady hand is not so sure anymore
don't know where to draw the line
keep it to yourself and you'll avoid a mess
they say its for the best
it's for the best
how could you know?

they're taking over now
it's time to wipe them out
before you you cease to exist
figure it out
figure it out
figure it out

Rip

Written By: Derek Connely

have you ever been lost
deep in a never-ending dream
wondering
how the days feel like years
are you fast asleep?

i took a wrong turn
high up the catskill mountains' crease
a hollow moon shines
down on me
and i'm fast asleep

in empty rooms
my life resumes
from an awful night's disease
there's no one home
to pick up the phone
but thank you for the keys

if i take another leave
to sleep the wars away
will you come along with me?
we'll extend the holiday

have you woken up
just to realize
that you don't know your own name
has everything fallen out of orbit?
when you try to keep a straight face
is it worth it anymore?
when the war is over
wake me up

if i take another leave
to sleep the wars away
will you come along with me?
we'll extend the holiday

if i take another leave
to sleep the wars away
will you come along with me?
we'll extend the holiday

Drop by Drop

Written By: Derek Connely

it's raining.

when it pours
you are waterproof
all your pores are waterproof
is it your veins that fill with truth?
are you jaded or just aloof?
too many blows below the belt
too many hands so poorly dealt
too many words were said
none of which were ever felt

they roll off me the way you do

drop by drop
by drop by drop

i am the wind
i don't ever feel a single thing
like a stone upon a pond
i am skip- skip- skipping not to sink
one by one
i let my senses slip away
and i turn the other cheek
so have another go, why don't you?

they roll off me the way you do
they roll off me the way you do

drop by drop
by drop by drop

they roll off me the way you do
they roll off me the way you do

drop by drop
by drop by drop
drop by drop
by drop by
drop

Isabelle

Written By: Derek Connely

here come the dog days
good intentions gone astray
i've always wondered
of her secrets that burn away
blistering beams
blistering beams

lost in her old ways
waiting every hour of every day
the visions come in numbers
can't seem to keep them all at bay
blustering screams
blustering screams
they flood the room

isabelle, show no concern
isabelle, it's not your turn

such a stark, dark dawn
the leaves have long since turned
books and bones have all been burned
ashes will forever yearn
for clusters of dreams
clusters of dreams
clusters of dreams
that died too soon
that died too soon

show no concern
isabelle, it's not your turn
isabelle, show no concern
isabelle, it's not your turn

Heavy Bells

Written By: Derek Connely

dance with death
game of chance
i hold my breath
shaking hands

take me as i am
there's a fire roaring red
slowly consuming
the voice in my head

in the grind
i feel the swell
my tired mind
is the work of my own spell

maybe as a man
i expire with the dead
but if i'm a ghost
i'll live on

where the heavy bells ring

in the end
when i die
won't you lend two coins
for my eyes

take me as i am
there's a fire roaring red
slowly consuming
the voice in my head

i tried
i tried to dwell
under heaven
over hell

maybe as a man
i expire with the dead
but if i'm a ghost
i'll live on

where the heavy bells ring
where the heavy bells ring

The Act

Written By: Derek Connely

i'm leaving out the state
of personal affairs
but i am getting sore
from you splitting all your hairs
now you put on a show
causing a scene
i just need you to know
we're far beyond repair

they take a toll on me
the others
the others
why don't you take a seat
with the others

drop the act, why don't you?

in your house of cards
he took a final bow
the spotlight kissed his face
and beams fell all around
there was havoc at the gate
quiet on the set
now its far too late
it's all come crashing down

they take a toll on me
the others
the others
why don't you take a seat
with the others

drop the act, why don't you?

drop the act, why don't you?
drop the act, why don't you?

your time is up.

Discography

Goodnight Mara (LP) - September 19, 2015

  1. Up to the Sea (03:35)
  2. Mercury (05:30)
  3. Quiet Guest (05:41)
  4. Obsidian (04:40)
  5. Time and Again (04:22)
  6. Holden (04:09)
  7. The Greys (05:11)
  8. Rip (05:28)
  9. Drop by Drop (03:39)
  10. Isabelle (03:47)
  11. Heavy Bells (07:12)
  12. The Act (05:26)

Gather Wish Remixes
(EP) - December 22, 2013
  1. Decrepit (glitch remix by Omar Rivero) (04:27)
  2. Transference (lokey's transcending remix) (04:25)
  3. The Astrologist (Dialoog's remagnetization) (04:39)
  4. Haunted House (Radioactive Bishop remix) (04:13)
  5. Scribbles (Creta remix) (03:59)
  6. The Astrologist (CITELUXE remix) (06:55)

Gather Wish
(EP) - June 28, 2012
  1. Life in 2D (01:28)
  2. The Astrologist (05:53)
  3. Scribbles (02:54)
  4. Transference (03:32)
  5. Haunted House (04:29)
  6. Decrepit (04:40)