Magic Firewater

Magic Firewater

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We are a rock and roll band with diverse, quirky music and respectable musicianship who put on an energetic, unique live show, frequently surprising audiences with our entertaining approach towards performing and their catchy music.

Biography

Friends and guitarists Ryan St. John and Paco Higdon decided to form a band in 2007 with a drum machine. However, when the drum machine was placed in front of the drum set, it proved to be unresponsive. Ryan's cousin Steven Nagle and Paco's brother James Higdon were then added on drums and bass, respectively, to form Magic Firewater. Since the band's first show on May 17, 2008, in Ryan's backyard, the band has gone on to play many venues in Michigan, including Modern Skate and Surf, AJ's Cafe, multiple parks in Birmingham, the Eagle Theater, and Clutch Cargo's.

Lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist Paco Higdon is known for his clever lyrics, blistering guitar solos, and tuxedo T-shirts. Ryan St. John, the band's rhythm guitarist, often provides impressive vocal harmonies while enriching the band's sound with his complimentary lead and rhythm parts. Bass player James Higdon fills the stage with his groovy bass lines, gritty tone, and background vocals. Drummer Steve Nagle keeps it all together with his impressively technical beats and fills.

All four members are fans of bands all over the rock and roll spectrum and are incredibly goofy, morphing the band into a hodgepodge of diversely fun music, wit, and unpredictable stage presence that listeners have had difficulty comparing to any particular artists. Audiences never forget elements of a Magic Firewater live show, including their solid musicianship, improvised banter, and their tendency to never play a song the same way twice. Magic Firewater is always willing to play to audiences of any size and never fails to entertain.

Lyrics

Leonidas

Written By: Paco Higdon

Well today's the day
When we fix what's not okay
And I feel like I'm gonna be the one
But in the end the good guys never win
Good guys never win

Once succeeds, another fails
Who will choose which one prevails?
Can the mindless take a side?
What allows them to decide?

Wait! I can't give this up just yet
Though I'm just a minor threat
I should look at the bright side for a change
But now I see that everything is black
Everything is black

I don't really think it's fair
To criticize the cross I bear
Satisfied but wanting more
Never had the chance before

Before

Once succeeds, another fails
Who will choose which one prevails?
Can the mindless take a side?
What allows them to decide?

Title Wave

Written By: Paco Higdon, Steve Nagle, Ryan St. John

Title Wave Coming After Me
Blocking My Eyes Unable to See
What's in gonna be?
One and one don't make three.
How much longer now?
Know why but I sure don't know how
Easy man, don't have a cow
The future is here, so just say wow, hey!

Imaginary title wave
Am I glad to see you
Lord, drown me if you can
Just don't you kill me
Don't wanna go far away
Too far for a guy like me
It'll all be over soon
Please just take me

My clothes are soaking wet
My eyeballs seem to sweat
And I'm gonna bet
That I never forget
How this started out
Taking the longest route
Nobody can hear me shout
Plus I don't really know what this is all about, hey!

Title wave coming after me
Title wave coming after you
Title wave coming after me
Title wave coming after you
Title wave coming after you
Title wave coming after you
Title wave coming after you
And you, and you, and you and you and you and you

Imaginary title wave
Am I glad to see you
Lord, drown me if you can
Just don't you kill me
Don't wanna go far away
Too far for a guy like me
It'll all be over soon
Please just take me

Awkward

Written By: Paco Higdon

They see me coming, they roll their eyes, say here he comes
They put one hand on the other and they twiddle their thumbs
And I think I know the reason why
Cuz I'm a really awkward guy
I got nothing to hide
I never go outside

Well I'm awkward on the dance floor
Yes I'm awkward all the way
And I'm nervous around women
And guys scare me away
I have no friends to help me
And I think that it's because
I ruin conversation and murder buzz

No matter what I say it seems to come out wrong
The things I do make it hard for me to get along
Oh I wish that people would like me
Are there other people like me, they're hard to find
If we share a mind

Well I'm awkward on the dance floor
Yes I'm awkward all the way
And I'm nervous around women
And guys scare me away
I have no friends to help me
And I think that it's because
I ruin conversation and murder buzz

I can't help it if I'm awkward
I can't help it if I'm awkward
I can't help it if I'm awkward
I can't help it if I'm awkward

Well I'm awkward on the dance floor
Yes I'm awkward all the way
And I'm nervous around women
And guys scare me away
I have no friends to help me
And I think that it's because
I ruin conversation and murder buzz

Procyon

Written By: Paco Higdon

Have you ever tried crying without eyes?
Believe me it's no simple task
Your feelings can sense fear
To you this comes as no surprise
Please trust me, I don't have to ask
I should get out of here

Hide
Far away
Thoughts of pain
Swirling
Around and around and around and around me
Around and around and around and around me
Around and around and around and around me
Around

I looked for you on Procyon
but it's not the brightest in the sky
My mirrors are broken I can't see behind me
Accuse you for theft cuz I can't seem to find me
Ooo-oooh
My mirrors are broken I can't see behind me
Accuse you for theft cuz I can't seem to find me

It's time to find a hideaway
But privacy is down and out
It's very sad but true
Hopefully there's another way
for me to sit and think this out
This place will have to do

I looked for you on Procyon
but it's not the brightest in the sky
My mirrors are broken I can't see behind me
Accuse you for theft cuz I can't seem to find me

Perplextacy

Written By: Paco Higdon

I respect you most of the time
The other times are in vain
This end is your side, this one is mine
Separated by pain

We'll head down to where people last saw you
We'll laugh and we don't know why
If you think this log's too thick to saw through
Just look at the skull on this guy
Perplextacy, what's in it for me?
Feel's good but leaves me confused
Do people still want me around?
I take what I want, doesn't matter what I lose

Things are looking up for a change
A feeling to call my own
Once things are rearranged
The spirit will be welcome home

Some people have different views on time
Though they share the same night and day
I'm going through desperate measures just to get what's mine
Which ain't amazing as they say
What's in it for me? Perplextacy
Feel's good but leaves me confused
Do people still want me around?
I take what I want, doesn't matter what I lose

This and that it's a tug of war
This and that it's a tug of war
This and that it's a tug of war
This and that it's a tug of war

I respect you most of the time
The other times are in vain
This end is your side, this one is mine
Separated by pain

We'll head down to where people last saw you
We'll laugh and we don't know why
If you think this log's too thick to saw through
Just look at the skull on this guy
Perplextacy, what's in it for me?
Feel's good but leaves me confused
Do people still want me around?
I take what I want, doesn't matter what I lose

Discography

None as of yet.

Set List

Leonidas
Grocery List of Assorted Problems
Awkward
Procyon
Introduction Jam
Rolling in the Deep (Adele cover)
Perplextacy
Plead Insanity
Title Wave