New Single "Nobody Lives Forever" Available Everywhere!

Our latest single, Nobody Lives Forever, premiered last week on Impose Magazine and is available anywhere you listen to music!

Nobody Lives Forever is a song about fear and the ways in which it can keep us divided, if not remedied with love.

Over the past few months, in a country that lately seems to be run by fear, we’ve seen policies that target immigrants, women, the disabled, the poor…basically everyone but the rich, white male. At its core, these policies are merely tokens of fear [fear of change, of loss of power, of “the other”]. It’s up to us to resist this fear. This song is about recognizing that, despite our sometimes frightening world, we have each other and together we are powerful. Hope you enjoy!

Nobody Lives Forever 

Monsters sleep beneath our beds / hear the thoughts inside our heads / Do you want to spend the night? / Protect me from my own damn mind 

Fear of time, fear of failure / because nobody lives forever / Ride the carousel, keep on turning / Don’t know when it stops, but your learning

Fear of darkness, fear of strangers / stay within our lines, avoid the other / There’s a reason why, why we fight these wars / cause we’re terrified

Terrified of everything unknown / ut did you know that darling you’re not alone?

 

 

Listen on: Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, HypeM

CELL PHONE - Out Now!

Our new single CELL PHONE is out now! You can listen on Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes! All Bandcamp sales go to Planned Parenthood { fitting for a song about misogyny on the internet <3 }! 

Check out the song premier on Galore Magazine, where I got to do a really fun photo shoot and Q&A about my music, lyrics, and political views!

Galore Mag - Photos by Tyler Nevitt

Cell Phone

I'm trying to break my cell phone / So I don't have to take your call / I'm trying to break my cell phone / tell my if I succeed will I destroy my brains and bones?

I'm looking for your flesh and blood / I just want somebody to love / and just because we're digital please don't fail to see me / cause I'm looking for your flesh and blood 

Have we forgotten to bleed?

I'm trying to break my cell phone / words fly at speed of light so you don't have to be alone

I'm looking for your flesh and blood / I just want somebody to love / and just because we're digital please don't fail to see me / cause I'm looking for your flesh and blood 

Have we forgotten to bleed?

bury it

I know you think that you are the right one / you hope I regret all that I have done / but your virtue's strong as the thinning ice hun / I can see clearly, I will outrun

And it's not ok / this is the price we pay

To bury it in the yard, bury it in the yard /And it will last forever / bury it in the yard, bury it in the yard / I swear I thought you understood / You said you'd do the best you could / And now you should. 

Send me a letter to say you're sorry / I see it all now, you are not for me

And it's not ok / this is the price we pay

To bury it in the yard, bury it in the yard /And it will last forever / bury it in the yard, bury it in the yard / I swear I thought you understood / You said you'd do the best you could / And now you should. 

 

A song for Mike Pence. #IStandWithPP 

Watch the first verse on our Instagram @Birchmusicnyc 

Where Have We Been

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where have we been?  i've woken up. but what was I before?

they say you can  only understand  when there's suffering at your front door.

but where was i when the bell was rung and the cracks they crept upon the floor? 

how can it be, entire generations shut themselves off at their core?

 

Nothing scares me anymore.

 

he's turning numb a micro mind

take what you need and turn a blind eye.

but he forgets to get in line...

and everything on this fucking planet needs roots to survive. 

 

Nothing scares me anymore.

Institution - working lyrics

“Then, however, women could find themselves labelled insane and locked up in madhouses for a range of conditions – from postnatal depression to alcoholism or senile dementia, and even for social transgressions such as infidelity (‘moral insanity’).”
— Daily Mail

Stuck inside in 1925 / She sat and thought there must be more to life / She chose a way / the path was always there but it wasn't hers to take / he made the call, silenced his prey / but pendulums will sway

Her omission penalized in his bylaw / Opposition identified as hysteria / when we know it was all his fault

He took her down to the institution / before she starts a revolution / you took her body but you can't take her mind / Down to the institution / before she starts a revolution / you took her story so i'm gonna show you mine

I feel her hands they're pushing on my back / Indifferent to everything I lack / I choose a way / the path was always there and now it's mine to take / So I'll be blunt, get the fuck out of my way / the pendulum has swayed

Her omission penalized in his bylaw / Opposition identified as hysteria / when we know it was all his fault

He took her down to the institution / before she starts a revolution / you took her body but you can't take her mind / Down to the institution / before she starts a revolution / you took her story so i'm gonna show you mine

 

On International Women’s Day 

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A day to honor the women that came before us and to shed light on the issues we still face. 

Because there are still issues. 

This year, we Americans are living under a government that has made many of us feel unsupported, has made many of us feel unsafe, and has actively tried to turn back the clock on women’s rights, as well as trans rights, immigrant rights…human rights. 

But there is still hope. 

In Rebecca Solnit’s book Men Explain Things To Me, she writes, “In the myth of Pandora, the usual emphasis is on the dangerous curiosity of the woman who opened the jar… and thereby let all the ills out into the world…But what’s interesting to me right now is that…the forces Pandora lets out don’t go back into the bottle…There’s no going back. You can abolish the reproductive rights women gained in 1973, with Roe v. Wade…But you can’t so easily abolish the idea that women have certain inalienable rights.”

This is what keeps me going. 

They can legislate the shit out of my vagina. But they can’t take away the IDEA that I should be able to make my own choices about my own body. Just like they can’t take away the IDEA that women deserve equal pay for equal work. Or the IDEA that women should be able to go to work, go to college, or simply walk down the street without fear of sexual harassment. OR the IDEA that maybe we should stop teaching our girls how to avoid sexual assault (dress conservatively/watch their alcohol consumption/carry mace) and instead teach our boys not to rape. 

These ideas have already come out of the box. You can’t put them back in. 

That’s why, at the end of the day, these ideas will win. 

And so we persist. 

With love and solidarity

-Birch

We have been taught to take up as little space as possible. How rebellious to be a woman and do the opposite.

Art by Jessica Chen 

Art by Jessica Chen 

 

The process of creating music takes a lot of time. You write the thing, then you rewrite the thing, then you record, mix, master, then you wait because you’re scared to show it or because you want to do it through the right avenues at the perfect time (even though there is never a perfect time to expose your insides), and then finally the songs come out, single by single, because that’s how it’s done now. 

 

The problem with this process is that you have to wait to express yourself. You have to wait to share your thoughts, and in doing so you start to forget how you got from point A to point B. I don’t want to forget.

I’m writing my first full length album and I want to chronicle the process in this blog. I want to write about the themes that I am grappling with in these songs so that I can look back and see the progression. I know that I could easily do this privately, in a journal, like I always have. But this album is about the evolution of the female in western culture, specifically America. The more I read and think about this topic, the more I realize that to be a woman and to express one’s thoughts and ideas publicly is an act of political disobedience. 

So I start here. By taking up just a little bit of space. 

Here you will find new lyric ideas, thoughts, quotes from wiser folk, and art. Check in as you wish! 

 

-Birch