Moving On

by Chicken-Like Birds

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The “Moving On” EP highlights the step towards a more professional sound while still keeping the rawness that Chicken-Like Birds wanted. With drummer Liam MacDonald complementing the Birds’, along with guest keyboardist Chris Gestrin, Violist John Kastelic, and producer Winston Hauschild himself providing some subtle padding, the birds have provided a fuller sound to their previous bare bones approach. There are parallels to the title of the EP throughout. Hard Times is a direct correlation, with the lyrics “It’s time to move on, to something new.” The quirky rag “In the City” is Ari trying to convince you to move to the metropolis. It contains some Vancouver related lines such as “You can furnish your place, with the treasures from the alleyway.” If you look around Jas & Ari’s place in Salmon Arm there are a few items they still use that are from Vancouver’s back alley goldmines. Easy Way Out is moving on from a relationship gone sour and Ball of Thread is Jas & Ari’s own friendship in a nutshell and moving ahead together.

This album has been supported by Creative BC!

Creative BC is an independent society created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC’s creative sector (motion picture; digital and interactive media; music and sound recording; and magazine and book publishing industries). The society delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC’s creative economy. These include development funding and export marketing support for the creative industries; administration of the provincial government’s tax credit programs for motion picture; and motion picture production services to attract inward investment, sustain and market BC as a destination for domestic and international production. The society acts as an industry catalyst and ambassador to help BC’s creative sector reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.

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released March 14, 2017

Jasmin Frederickson - vocals and standup bass
Ari Lantela - vocals, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, cornet
Liam MacDonald - drumkit
Chris Gestrin - keyboard
John Kastelic - viola, violin
Winston Hauschild - producer, keys, organetta

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Chicken-Like Birds Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Ari and Jasmin bring forth the old-time-new-time country blues and ragtime, a smidge of intentional sloppiness, a foot stomp or two, and often humorous lyrics with a bit of sugary sweetness in there for good measure. They are always striving to push the limits of what they can do, bringing their quirkiness and passion to the stage for a fun and interactive show that is never quite the same twice. ... more

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Track Name: Tennessee Hill
Up on top of Tennessee Hill
There is a spot that is quiet and still
And if you're lucky you might just see
The loveliest of all the ladies

In the sun and in the fall
I like those ladies the best of all
I like to watch them dancing in the breeze
Well it's a joyous thing to see

Ooooh... them sweet ladies.

Ooooh.. up on Tennessee Hill...

One by one they all fall down
We gonna dress them up and pass them around
They bring magic to the eyes
Of everyone who passes them by

Ooooh... them sweet ladies

Ooooh.. up on Tennessee Hill...

Coughing laughing and taking names
I love to see those ladies goin up in flames

Ooooh... them sweet ladies

Ooooh.. up on Tennessee Hill...
Track Name: Hard Times
I can recall that summer when the land failed to provide
and my dad came home with the weight of the world dragging behind
He had seen the sun beat that earth and he witnessed it's final goodbye
and all the hard work in the world wouldn't change our fate this time

It's time we move on, to something new

It was my grandparents on my fathers side who had settled down on this land
That was after a similar tale of a serious change of plans
From on the other side of a great big sea they lived so meagerly
But a spark took hold on their dry stack of wood, it talked of the land of the free

It's time we move on to something new
It's time we move on...

(chorus)
We can get through this
Cus we have been through worse
and the worst is likely yet to come
But the hard times make us stronger still

My dad he was born with grease on his elbows
he could fix just about anything
and when stuck between a rock and a place that is hard
my dad he sure knew how to dig
So we moved in to town he started fixing up cars, times were hard yah times were tough
But momma always had a knack for turning a little into enough

It's time we hold on, and see it through
It's time we hold on...

(chorus)

It's just dusty fields, just hardened ground
There's nothing left here, just look around
Thousands of miles, and an unknown land
Couldn't be worse, than the life we have.

Now he's an old man and my mom has passed and the days resemble grains of sand
Like those dusty fields on our old land, his best crops have seen their last
He grew to be stubborn he wouldn't move away, refused fussing over in his old age
But he took a fall and thank God he called and I came straight away

This time is was me that did say

(Chorus)
Track Name: In The City
Are you tired of back breaking labour in the fields?
Worried about your crops bringing maximum yields?
Wouldn't you rather spend hot days in air conditioning?
You should become a suburbanite!
You'll have a clean and prosperous life
with all the convenient trinkets to save time
so you can pursue all your leisurely pleasures.

You can get what you need in the city,
whatever you want is within a moments notice
All the food you could ask for,
available at the grocery store
Vegetables stacked up nicely,
fruit waxed and shiny for your convenience

There are so many options for you
Contribute to the betterment of society
You could pursue higher academics
Become a doctor, a lawyer
Sure it can be hard work
But it's more rewarding in the end
You may have debt at first
But you'll be laughing when all that money comes in

You can get what you need in the city,
whatever you want is within a moments notice
Spend your money on a new touchless kitchen faucet
Remember, you always deserve better,
never should you settle for less

Feelin down on your luck?
Try this miraculous concoction!
Made with patented secret proprietary ingredients
It'll kickstart your career from dumpster diver to high-lifer
You'll be getting that promotion you've always wanted
And so many bonuses, you won't know what to do with them
Believe you me, you me, you me...
Cause I ain't no snake-oil salesman

You can get what need in the city,
whatever you want within a moments notice
Truth be told, no salesman has a cure for what ails ya
But lo and behold
you can mask your troubles at the local watering hole!

Looks like you've exhausted all your options
But there might be one you haven't thought of
Have you considered communal living?
Grow your own food, and help tend the garden
You don't pay rent, all we expect
Is your elbow grease and sweat

You can get what you need in the city,
whatever you want within a moments notice
You can furnish your place with treasures from the alleyway
Build community on a shoestring,
and live by your own means.
Track Name: Easy Way Out
I've been looking for an easy way out
Been trying to slip between the bone dry mudcracks
I wish that I could just steal away to the burnt black forest
blend into the night-sky background
But life keeps on dragging me back

hmmm hmmmmm hmmm....

Been hiding away in plain sight
I'm your grandfather clock just a-tickin away on the wall
I'm an old used knife, buried deep in the drawer
everyday gettin more and more dull
How long can this last?

Hmmm hmmmmm.....

We know it aint right but we keep it all inside
Need to just communicate instead it all just culminates
I'm seriously irritated, feeling unappreciated
Stuck inside the Hindenburg just waiting for to crash and burn

This house is full of landmines and quicksand
Been getting good at disarming the traps, I've learned to tame the dragon
Been waking up to alarms going off inside of the night
black smoke coming in through the doorway
Seems my escape routes are blocked

We know it aint right but we keep it all inside
Need to just communicate instead it all just culminates
I'm seriously irritated, feeling unappreciated
Stuck inside the Hindenburg just waiting for to crash and burn

I've been looking for an easy way out
but the only way out is through the fire.
Track Name: Ball of Thread
I am a ball of thread and you're at the end, barely hanging on

I am a ball of thread and you're at the end, barely hanging on
I am a tangled mess but you'd never guess I just keep on hanging on

All of the lengths I go to put up with your bossy attitude
All of the times I've said that this is the end, well it never seems to stop

I don't know what I'd do if looked back and didn't see you
I am willing to admit that on you, I do depend.

Just like your worn out sweater that keeps getting better, you just keep on hanging on
Just like an old pair of shoes that look good on you, you just keep on hanging on

You're a ball of thread and I'm at the end, I hang on for dear life
Though the strings have frayed, the knots have stayed, and tightened over time

I don't know what I'd do if looked back and didn't see you
I am willing to admit that on you, I do depend.

Did you ever think that
We would be so easily attached
Where I end then you begin
Future looks bright with you my friend

Cause I am a ball of thread
Barely hanging on