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MP3 Across the Fields - The Art of Falling Apart

Take the intricacy and complexity of classic weirdo hard rock bands like Rush and Voivod, then add some of punk''s hyperspasmodic schizophrenia, and you''ll have a legitimate math rock contender

10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Progressive Rock, ROCK: Hard Rock

Song Descriptions

The Art of Falling Apart

The Art of Falling Apart was written sometime around April 2004. The music kind of
naturally flowed out in practice as most of our material seems to. Lyrically, the song is about a friend of mine who I thought was having a problem coming to terms with who he was and sometimes in life we need to break down who we appear to be in order to get to who we really are, hence the idea of falling apart.

Love (At What Cost)

Love (At What Cost) was written, I think, in April 2004 as well. Most of the material on the e.p was written in April and May of 2004. The music was interesting to put together and was written fairly quickly. It took a bit of time to get the parts to naturally work together, but once it was together we were very pleased. Lyrically, this song was written about the idea of a romance gone very wrong. The main character in the song is a very distraught guy who proceeds to take the breakup of his relationship harder than most. These events caused him to become extremely obsessive and in turn, develop some nasty psychosis. You can judge for yourself what the outcome might be.

Rising Tide

Rising Tide is yet another song written in this period. Musically, this one took a minute to put together. I came in with the opening part of the verse and Drew kind of ran with that and came up with the breaks in the verses and most of the chorus. I pieced together the bridge and the song just had to be arranged. Lyrically, this song was about a mutual friend of the band who was in a very sick relationship. He was letting this girl over take his entire life and seemingly losing his identity. The "Beast" is a direct reference to his girlfriend. On a side note, he wound up marrying her and none of us have spoken to him since February.

By the Graveyard

By the Graveyard was one of the earliest songs of Across the Fields. I wrote the nucleus of the music and was changed pretty drastically over the course of time, just rhythms were changed, song structure pretty much stayed the same. Lyrically, Drew gets the credit for the chorus. He wrote it and I proceeded to write the verses and bridge around it. Lyrically, the song is pretty straight forward in its meaning. The "Graveyard" referred to in the chorus was right across from our original practice space.

Waste of Time

Waste of Time was the last song written in the April-May period. This song was evolved out of a scrapped song we had from earlier days called "The End". The song for all intents and purposes was a nightmare to play because our previous drummer could never play it right. So, it was scrapped. But later on, we kinda started playing around with the parts and reworked it into Waste of Time. The only part that really survived was the verses. Drew and I were listening to a lot of Iron Maiden at the time and a band called Coheed and Cambria and I think that has a lot to do with the very metal feel to the song.
Lyrically, I wrote it about what I felt might be a waste of my time. I was feeling at the time that maybe all the work I had done over the years just may be adding up to nothing. I think as musicians we all go through that so I felt the need to express at the time we were writing that song.

Todd Harris
Oct 18, 2004

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