Each to Each

by Varnish

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Songs about the hopes we cling to and the regrets that cling to us. Rooted in rain-soaked cities and dry mouths, Varnish want to stand by you when the lights go out and occasionally point out the stars.

Five true stories about imperfect, occasionally violently broken love and survival, each with at least a glimmer of the hope that pulled Amber through when she was in the middle of it. (Of course, sometimes, you have to squint to catch that glimmer...or give up just a little...)

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released December 16, 2014

Amber Bird: Vocals
Jason Cope: Guitar, Keys
Johnny Straube: Bass
Ben Crosby: Drums

All lyrics by A. Bird
All music by Varnish
Produced, mixed, and recorded by Mark Clem
Recorded at London Bridge Studios and Soul Kitchen Studios
Mixed at Soul Kitchen Studios
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering, Seattle, WA

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Varnish Seattle, Washington

Varnish is steeped in the influence of dark, jangled pop via post-punk UK music that was dressed to kill and to do it fabulously, as well as "pre-punk" NYC bands that set the stage for the modern and alternative rock scenes that came next. Music where confusion becomes clarity and the extremes of human emotion are separated by a precariously thin tightrope, all backlit by a beautiful dissonance. ... more

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Track Name: Believe It
Believe It
(Lyrics by Amber Bird, Music by Varnish)

You know all my pieces
You believe it
You know why I'm leaving
You believe it
You know she hides reptiles
You believe it
You know why I don’t smile
You believe it

Home is where they test your limits
Why resist? Let's just begin it
Take me in and ruin my image

You know where my heart is
You believe it
You know I can’t stop this
You believe it
You know dad was famous
You believe it
You know they all hate us
You believe it

Home is where they test your limits
And I wish you’d just begin it
Take a chance and ruin our image

You know I will fight this
You know this is worth risk
You know I'm past human
You know that we won’t win
You know why my hands slip
You know this is worth risk
You believe it
You believe it

You know hope is toxic
You believe it
You know I can’t stop this
You believe it
You know where I'm sleeping
You believe it
You know why I'm leaving
You believe it

Home is where they test your limits
Worth the chance; one kiss begins it
Take my hand and ruin your image
Home is where they test your limits
Can’t remember what begins it
Take you in and ruin your image

You know this is worth risk
You believe it
You know this is worth risk
You believe it
You believe it
You believe it
Believe it
Track Name: Not Complaining
Not Complaining
(Lyrics by Amber Bird, Music by Varnish)

I'm not complaining
It’s as much hope as fear
And when I can’t stop raining
You’ll keep me near

You find your way into everything
The clothes I choose and songs I sing
And you were meant to last one life
Instead I find you every night

I'm not complaining
It’s as much high as low
And when I can’t stop raining
You’ve still got hold

You slip yourself around everyone
Behind my eyes, back of my tongue
And you would never breathe my air
Instead I find you’re always there

You’re first to stay while the others slip
You pulled me back and made me stick
And you weren’t one to be possessed
Instead I find you’ve pierced my breast

I'm not complaining
It’s as much feast as fast
And when I can’t stop raining
You’ll be my last
Track Name: Bruise Me
Bruise Me
(Lyrics by Amber Bird, Music by Varnish)

You should have been a final kiss
I should have wallowed in your bliss
Anticipated fireworks
Left out instead to scratch the dirt

I dig for promise, dig for hope
Press through the earth, kaleidoscope
You never move, I can’t stand still
And pieces fall beyond my will

This is where I meant to stay
This is where I’ll die someday

I have no choice but cling to you
And lose my dreams, my skin is blue
You suffocate and suffer me
This bruise the band that sets me free

This is where I meant to stay
This is where I’ll die someday
This is where I meant to stay
This is where I’ll suffocate
Suffocate and suffer me
Bruise me
Bruise me
Set me free
Bruise me
Bruise me
Bruise me
Track Name: Slipping
Slipping
(Lyrics by Amber Bird, Music by Varnish)

I don’t understand your words anymore
How they slide past my ears and sink through the floor
I grasp them with fingers on nothing but air
If I read them I'd know how to keep myself here

Just a moment
I'll forget
Just a moment
And I'll slip
Just a moment
To lose grip
Just a moment
And I’ll slip

I don’t remember my face anymore
What colour my eyes when I met you before
I slide them unfocused and stare into space
If I don’t blink I'd know how to stick to this place

Just a moment
I'll forget
Just a moment
And I'll slip
Just a moment
To unhinge
Just a moment
And I'll slip

I envy the fragment who’ll slide in behind
If I'm shaking I'll know how to keep it all mine

I don’t inhabit this skin anymore
Who wears it tomorrow is who you’ll adore
I envy the fragment who’ll slide in behind
If I'm shaking I'll know how to keep it all mine

Just a moment
I'll forget
I'm scrabbling at ice
Slide life to life
Just a moment
And I'll slip

I don’t understand your words anymore
How they slide past my ears and sink through the floor
I grasp them with fingers on nothing but air
If I read them I'd know how to keep myself here

Just a moment
I'll forget
Just a moment
And I'll slip
Just a moment
To lose grip
Just a moment
And I’ll slip
Track Name: Tied to My Chair
Tied to My Chair
(Lyrics by Amber Bird, Music by Varnish)

I am the gun on the dance floor
Muzzle in ribs, pushed out the door
Don’t really care where I've seen you before
Tied to my chair, pressing for more

I don’t need you
I've already got them
I don’t need you
Come on in

I am the bug in your system
Buttons to press, data condemned
Don’t really care what you think about them
Tied to my chair, kissing my hem

I don’t need you
I've already got them
I don’t need you
Come on in

I am the polygraph question
Liar and thief, hide this mess then
Don’t really care that you’re a projection
Tied to my chair, insurrection

I don’t need you
I've already got them
I don’t need you
Come on in

I am the nails on your backbone
Staking my claim, setting the tone
Don’t really care about dying alone
Tied to my chair, dragging the moan

I don’t need you
I've already got them
I don’t need you
Come on in

I am the needle, the promise, the end
Coming upstairs, finding your friend
Don’t really care when i make your thumbs bend
Tied to my chair, screaming pretend

I don’t need you
I've already got them
I don’t need you
Come in come in come in
My gran would be so proud
My boys want you around
My guard is finally down
Come in come in come in
I don’t need you
Let’s crash networks
I don’t need you
Deal with my quirks
I don’t need you
Tied to my chair
Tied to my chair