The Contact

The Contact

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
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The pounding drums of Dave Grohl with the finesse of Stuart Copeland, the melodically sensible piano of Keane with the twips, twirps and soundscapes of Brian Eno, and the gritty guitars of Muse combined with the sensibility of Radiohead ... the music of The Contact lies somewhere within this world.

Biography

Praised by critics and fans alike for their gut-punching thick Foo Fighters style guitars combined with a Radiohead-esque melancholy and an Indie rock flare, The Contact has built a musical niche for themselves somewhere between The Smashing Pumpkins, Muse and Keane. This sound, along with songwriting that is at once spiritual, gritty and filled with metaphor, have helped The Contact find a space for themselves in Canada’s competitive music scene.

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Contact is composed of Geoffrey Fifield on vocals and guitar, Tim Fifield on bass, drummer Chris Gilks and keyboardist Jordan Allen.

The band finished recording and mixing their third studio project ‘Canvas Tears’ (released June 2007) produced by Grammy winner Quinlan and engineered by Lil Thomas. “We’ve been self-producing for years, so we really needed someone not to ‘tell’ us what to do, but to collaborate on our ideas and let them fly,” Geoffrey notes. “Quinlan’s a great listener with a very open mind." After two months laboring between The Sonic Temple in Halifax and The Fiction Room Studio in Columbus Ohio, the CD was mixed by Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Chantal Kreviazuk, Soul Asylum) in New York City and Mastered by Dave Collins (The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Soundgarden) in Los Angeles. The Contact came away with an album that blends all their collective influences over a bakers dozen tracks with a recorded sound that exceeds everything they’ve ever committed to tape. “During a recording session, we hit the climax of ‘Anthem of a Refugee,’ and it all came together for me,” Geoffrey recalls. “The realization that all of these people - musicians, producers, mixers, are working as one to create something far beyond the sum of all the parts is incredibly moving and humbling." But even with an album that is sure to open up many eyes, ears, and hearts while The Contact spreads the love to more and more audiences, they have no plans to treat the road any differently. With extensive tours, crowds can’t help but be intrigued by the gripping stage show. “We just want to keep touring and getting better as a band," Jordan concludes, “A year ago we didn’t think we would be in the position we are in. We just want to keep breaking the boundaries of what we are as a band and push ourselves to the limit.” And so just as it had been when he stepped into the front man role, the sparkle returns to Geoffrey’s eye, even brighter than before, but this time showing so much more than mere potential of a young band, more than the excitement of what "could be.” This time there is a new confidence brewing; an excitement that is not only explosive but silently assuring that their voice will be heard.

Lyrics

Black Sea

Written By: The Contact

Hear the voice with our hearts
So close and so far
We will march through the ocean tide
Walk as a bride
Hear this dangerous beat
Bring bones to their feet
We will not fear the ocean tide
Breathe in the deep

Outside, out free
Marching through a black sea
We fight in one direction
Inside liberty
Breathing in a black sea
Alive with your infection

Touch lips with your coal
From the foot of your throne
It will melt through the cords we tie
We speak, "Here am I",
Send dangerous feet
Through the enemy's sea
We will reign on the other side
We will know peace

We will pass through alive!
We will pass through alive!

Hear this dangerous march
Inside dangerous hearts
We will march to the other side
Seek and find our love...

Canvas Tears

Written By: The Contact

Caught a river
Inside my sleeping
Is this real or
Am I still dreaming?

There is a war outside me
The canvas tears inside me

Caught a dark star
Inside my waking now
Is there something
To break this system down?

There is a war outside me
The canvas tears inside me
There is a war inside me

The canvas tears...

We need to march through
The fight that we're tied to

The canvas tears...

Living with a war above my shoulders
Living with a war above my shoulders
Living with a war...
Living with a war...
Living with a war...
Living with a war above my shoulders

Where Do We Go?

Written By: The Contact

Lost in a world where direction is purchased
Lost in a time that covets the worthless
Puzzles and pictures of desert distraction
Struggles inside us that cry for reaction

Love in a world where direction is fading
Love in a time when the angels are claiming
Hope in the sky that will soon rearrange us
Hope for the ones who are waiting for changes

From this exile
From this exile
Where do we go?
Where do we go?

Push through the wall that is built to restrain us
Push through the sea that's divided to save us
Search for the tears that descend to ordain us
Fight for the songs that descend to sustain us

From this exile
From this exile
Where do we go?
Where do we go?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Could This Be

Written By: The Contact

Tell me you're closer than yesterday
Do I have a reason to stay awake?

Could this be
The end of the hiding?
Tell me
Could this be
The end of the hiding?
The end of the waiting?

Tell me these seasons I complicate
Won't give you reason to hesitate

In my waiting
With eyes forsaken
Streams overtake me
Tears of reunion
Tears of reunion
Falling down...

Down and down and down and down again
Down and down and down and down again
Could this be the end of the hiding?
Down and down and down and down again
Down and down and down and down again
Could this be the end of the hiding?
The end of the waiting?
Could this be...

My Divine

Written By: The Contact

There must be a crush
Some gravity with us
How can these worlds touch
Through water and through blood

So...
I will search the sky
Cry for my Divine

Remind me of the start
Before I fell apart
In the garden and in heart
I fight with this birthmark

So...
I will search the sky
Cry for my Divine
I will leave my ground
Climb through this design

Open up a doorway
Open up a doorway
Open up your floodgate
Open up your flood...

And I will search the sky
Cry for my Divine
And I will leave my ground
Climb through this design

Open up a doorway...

Anthem Of A Refugee

Written By: The Contact

Must be out of my mind
At least I need to flee
Escape the man
The words inside that poison me
Must be out of control
From the war my nature brings
My heart's prepared
I can't refrain so I will sing

The anthem of a refugee
The anthem of a refugee

Shelter, Refuge
I need this, I need you
Safety, Rescue
I need this, I need you
Must be out of control
And under your wing
Your voice inside
I can't contain so I will sing

The anthem of a refugee
The anthem of a refugee
Sing loud
The anthem of My...

The anthem of a refugee
The anthem of a refugee
Sing loud
The anthem of My Refuge

Wake Up

Written By: Geoffrey Fifield

Wake up, I need you to wake up
My heart only breaks up
When you're not here
Come out, I need you to come out
My cells need a break out
Break out of here

These stones, hear them cry
Light will come, shadows hide
Hearts will wake, tears will dry

So far, we've come so far
Now we need some new hearts
To bring us home
To bring us...

Hear these stones, hear them cry
Light will come, shadows hide
Hearts will wake, tears will dry
Love will break open wide
Hear these stones, hear them cry
Light will come, shadows hide
Hearts will wake, tears will dry

Oh generation prepare to rise
Let all creation declare this light!

Hearts will wake, tears will dry
Love will break open wide...

Wake up, I need you to wake up
My heart only breaks up
When you're not here

Wait For Light

Written By: Geoffrey Fifield

This day I know the sun will rise
This day will flood the holes with light
This sun will set the coast on fire
So we wait until the night expires

Until this day with eyes unveiled
And hearts prepared
We wait on shore

This day will break the darkest clouds
Release the burning hearts from underground
Will climb the hills and break our fortresses
This light will spread from east to west

Until this day with eyes unveiled
And hearts prepared
We wait on shore
We wait outside
We wait for light

How long will we number the tides?
How long until you redress your bride?
We'll wait for the sun
We'll wait through the night
We'll wait through the night

Until this day with eyes unveiled
And hearts prepared
We wait on shore
We wait outside
We wait for light
We wait for light
We wait for light

Discography

Self Titled CD Released February 2003
Paralyzed From The Soul Up July 2005
Live and Unplugged January 2006
Canvas Tears June 2007

Set List

The Contact performs all original songs. The current set is approximately 70 minutes.

Canvas Tears
Anthem of a Refugee
Wait for Light
Major Tom (Peter Schilling)
Daylight
Wake Up
Could this be the end of the Hiding?
If I Fall
My Divine
Where do we go?
Easy to Die, Hard to Live
Return to the Sea
The Stranger
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Black Sea