The Strange Familiar

The Strange Familiar

 Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

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Biography

The Strange Familiar, led by Kira Leyden (vocalist, keyboard) and Jeff Andrea (lead guitarist) garnered early critical success with their Top 10 iTunes hit "Courage Is" (featured as the promo theme on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Ashlee Simpson's hit song Invisible. Kira & Jeff, having met in grade school in Akron, OH, started writing together when they were both only 14 years old and have been collaborating ever since, crafting the band's captivating sound and creating the kind of timeless music that long careers are built on. Completing the lineup are friends and fellow Ohio-bred musicians Nicholas Sainato (drums) and Frank Freeman (bass).

Their songs have also been featured on The CW's mega hit series The Vampire Diaries, ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, ABC's Brothers and Sisters, NBC's The Biggest Loser, Teen Nick's Degrassi, and the Lifetime Movie Network's The 19th Wife, to name a few.

TSF's new album, Chasing Shadows, shows off the band's ability to write inspiring, heartfelt songs that connect with their audience on a deep emotional level. Entertainment-Focus Magazine raves: "The album fuses pop and rock with singer-songwriter sensibilities. Feeling both intimate and epic, the album is one of the finest collections weve heard in some time."

Chasing Shadows was produced / mixed by Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews, Madonna, Everclear). Their first single, "Being Me" is a declaration of independence, more confident than self-effacing, with a smoky acoustic groove leading up to a jubilant chorus that shows off Leyden's soulful upper register. The accompanying video, which is heavily featured on MTVu and Music choice, follows Leyden as she saunters down Hollywood Boulevard and physically peels away layers of jackets, dresses, wigs, ties and make-up to reveal the low-key, Midwest persona she truly embodies.Their song "Redemption", one of the most powerful songs on the album, carries a message that no matter how difficult or dark life becomes, there is always hope.

Having recently performed at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX the band is gearing up for their first national tour in support of Chasing Shadows.

Lyrics

Being Me

Written By: Kira Leyden, Jeff Andrea

I'm not a tough girl
Never been much of a rough girl
I don't like to be mean
Guess that's a Midwestern theme
Don't have a single tattoo
Always got straight A's in school
And yeah, I sing in the choir
Never made a good liar
And I've been turned down
By every bigwig in town
But I'm not one to quit
This story ain't over yet

Oh, I’ll never belt it like Janis Joplin
And I'll never kiss Katy Perry
I may never sing a duet with Gaga
And I'll never be as cool as The Black Keys
I can’t be something I’m not
But I’m just fine
Being Me

I grew up listening to Vedder
And it don't get much Better, Man
I wish it could be
Nineteen - Ninety - Three
I'll never fly like a G6
I don't want to be too rich, be a billionaire
I guess I don't really care
‘Bout being up in the club
I’d rather hang in a pub
Where everyone knows my name
I guess that's lame

Oh, I’ll never belt it like Janis Joplin
And I'll never kiss Katy Perry
I may never sing a duet with Gaga
And you probably won’t hear this song on Glee
I can't be something I'm not
But I'm just fine
Being Me

What happened to music?
What happened to meaning something more than
Money, sex and controversy?
I can’t be something I’m not
But I’m just fine
Being Me

It's Easier To Walk Away

Written By: Kira Leyden, Jeff Andrea

It started with a kiss
It ended with my fist
And that's how it's always been
We never mean to fight
We're making up all night
Is this a sinking ship?

But nobody has to go
Nobody has to go
Nobody has to go home tonight

It's easier to walk away
And tell me you don't love me anymore
It's easier to walk away
And tell me you don't love me anymore
Oh, oh, but I know you love me still

We all want love to be
An endless fantasy
But this is real life
We lose the butterflies
It takes work to survive
So don’t you give up on me

Nobody has to go
Nobody has to go
Nobody has to go home tonight

It's easier to walk away
And tell me you don't love me anymore
It's easier to walk away
And tell me you don't love me anymore
Oh, Oh I know you love me
I know you love me still

Nobody has to go
Nobody has to go
Nobody has to go

Home is where you make it
Home is where you take it with you
Home is where your heart is
I will always be a part of you

Nobody has to go
Nobody has to go
Nobody has to go home tonight

Chorus

Shelter

Written By: Kira Leyden, Jeff Andrea, Matt Bronleewe

There is a sadness in my bones
And I cannot let go of the sadness
There is a silence and it’s leading me into madness
You keep me from sinking down
Down too low
I’m paralyzed
And I need you close to

Shelter me from the cold starless night
Shelter me from the ghosts in my mind
I feel alive when I am in your arms
You set me free
Shelter me

I have been torn and twisted
Lost in a fog, I drifted
I’m drowning in my wounds
Can’t breathe, suffocated
All my armor’s fallen now
Pieces laid on the ground
I am naked
And I need you now to

Shelter me from the cold starless night
Shelter me from the ghosts in my mind
I feel alive when I am in your arms
You set me free
Shelter me

You showed me how
To knock it down
The mountain standing in front of me
And you showed me how
To crawl back out of who I didn’t want to be
Oh I need you here to

Shelter me from the cold starless night
Shelter me from the ghosts in my mind
I feel alive when I am in your arms
You set me free
You set me free
You set me free
Shelter me

Redemption

Written By: Kira Leyden, Jeff Andrea, Nicholas Sainato

The night is slowly closing
But my eyes are slowly opened
And I see that somewhere in you
There is a good heart
There is a good soul

For everyone lost in the silence
For every one missing piece
For every will that is broken
No matter how dark it may be
There is redemption

I feel the threat of thunder
But this rain can't last forever
The light chases the dark
Where there's a good heart
There is a good soul

For everyone lost in the silence
For every one missing piece
For every will that is broken
No matter how dark it may be
There is redemption
There is redemption

Oh oh oh

For everyone lost in the silence
There is redemption

For everyone lost in the silence
For every one missing piece
For every will that is broken
No matter how dark it may be
There is redemption
There is redemption

Run Away Heart

Written By: Kira Leyden, Jeff Andrea

Hold on so tight, but I have to let go
It hurts to send you out there on your own
You can't stay here anymore
You've outgrown this place
I can see it on your face

Run away heart
Keep on running
Keep on running
Run away heart
Don't you ever worry about me
Run away my heart
And don't you ever look back
Cause you're gonna go far

You'll never fly if I'm holding you back
Be more than me, there is nothing you lack
I'll count all the seconds you're gone
But I won't hold my breath
I know this is for the best

Run away heart
Keep on running
Keep on running
Run away heart
Don't you ever worry about me
Run away my heart
And don't you ever look back
Cause you're gonna go far
You’re gonna go far

Oh you’re gonna go far

Run away heart
Keep on running
Keep on running
Run away heart
Don't you ever worry about me
Run away my heart
And don't you ever look back

Echoes

Written By: Kira Leyden, Jeff Andrea

I wait, and though nothing lasts
Time can’t seem to go by too fast
I pray for the days to pass
The walls that surround my skin
Won’t keep the pain from seeping in
I sleep, but a dream is a fleeting thing

I’ll hold my breath
I will pretend
That everything is fine

I’ll be waiting
On this moment of mine
I was lost without you
I’ll be falling
Into your arms tonight
And it’s alright

My world is empty now
But my heart’s still beating somehow
In time with the echoes you left behind

I’ll hold my breath
And I’ll pretend
That everything is fine

I’ll be waiting
On this moment of mine
I was lost without you
I’ll be falling
Into your arms tonight
It’s alright

I want you to know
I won’t let you go
I’ll keep holding on
And I won’t let you fall
Not after all
I’ve was lost without you

I’ll be waiting
On this moment of mine
I was lost without you
I’ll be falling
Into your arms tonight
It’s alright
I was lost without you
Oh I’ll be fine

Discography

Chasing Shadows (Krian Music Group, April 2012)