Hanabi // Starcrossing

by FOXP2

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FOXP2's (formerly Mischief the Cat) debut Dual-A side single "HANABI // STARCROSSING" introduces the band's signature energetic and upbeat style, and showcases their musicianship and lyrical prowess in full.

The inclusion of both English and Japanese versions of the songs displays the band's Japanese rock influences, and is part of their exploration of language through music - and music as language.

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"Music with a Japanese metal sort of vibe isn’t hugely regarded as heartstring tugging, but [FOXP2]'s ability to combine emotional instrumentation with boyish vocals singing awe-inspiring lyrics works wonders for going against the norm ..."

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released March 23, 2016

Music: FOXP2
Lyrics: Josh Julian
Guitar and Vocals: Josh Julian
Bass: Scott Stattmann

(Drums performed by Brodie Julian
Recorded and mixed at Blackhaus Studios, Adelaide

Artwork by Jaimie Wearne
Graphic Design by Callum Gossland
Japanese Translation by Yoshiko Takahashi)

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FOXP2 Adelaide, Australia

Forkhead box P2 – or FOXP2, for short – is a gene required for proper development of speech and language regions of the human brain. The existence of the FOXP2 gene suggests that our human urge to communicate with one another is innate. FOXP2 is also a two-piece rock band from South Australia that explore their fascination with communication through music, a language in of itself. ... more

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Track Name: Hanabi
Misery loves company, so is this seat taken?
Or do you believe absence makes the heart grow fonder?
Oh, I fondly remember who you were,
As we stare absently towards the sky

Starlight drowns in skyscraper seas,
Sleepless nights sing to me,
To us, through the neon dust,
of what comfort used to be.

But blink and you'll miss me, don't try and look away,
Oh, step out of the dark.
Don't try to think to much, just sit with me and enjoy the fireworks,
It hurts, I know, but you're not alone,
Let me guide you home.

You have to understand, this is a world out of my hands,
Hands that stretch towards you the way they would if I were blind,
I refuse to let this end when I'm just getting started,
Stretching out towards you as if you were morning light.

Oh, there's nothing left to hide,
Oh, beneath the fire-flowers that set the world alight,
At night, it's alright, beneath these exploding skies,
We remember how it felt,
Back when we tried to split our lives like cells.

But blink and you'll miss me, don't try and look away,
Oh, step out of the dark.
Don't try to think to much, just sit with me and enjoy the fireworks,
It hurts, I know, but you're not alone,
Let me guide you home.

Let's go home.
Track Name: Starcrossing
They say when you can't find sleep,
It's 'cause you're awake in someone else's dreams,
How lonely it is that I sleep soundly all the time,
Forgive me if that keeps you up all night.
Forgive me.

I bite my lips and watch the colour drain from yours,
As you avert your stone gaze to the floor,
Don't be afraid to stare me straight in the eyes,
At least you'll be the last thing I see as…

I'm frozen forever,
In stone, in time, in your eyes,
And over and over and over again,
My mind wanders to you like it's going home.

I've stopped screaming and shouting to the starry skies above,
Promises shouted in this way fall back down on me like rain,
And when push comes to shove, I'll pull you closer than I ever dared before,
And even though they fall, the stars don't scare me at all.

Night’s always falling somewhere in the world,
Just as it's daybreak somewhere else,
But we could be where the night lasts for all of time,
And I'd still see you in the same light.
Forgive me.

I've stopped screaming and shouting to the starry sky above,
Promises shouted in this way fall back down on me like rain,
Like rain…
I’ve stopped screaming…
And when push comes to shove, I'll pull you closer than I ever dared before,
And even though they fall, the stars don't scare me at all.

Forgive me.
Track Name: 花火 (Hanabi Japanese ver.)
隣にいていい?僕ら似てるね。
「離れてよう」なんて言わないでよ。
Oh~君に思いを馳せて夜空見上げ溜息。

星明り霞んでる。
ネオンが眩しい。
ねえ、安らぎはこの町にあるの?

もう目離さないで、僕を見てよ。
暗い過去にgoodbye。
悩まなくていい、花火でも見よう。
傷はうずくけど僕が守る、誰よりも。

手に負えない、ままならぬ浮世。
けど君だけは諦めたくない。
いつも手さぐり。どこにいるの?
近くにいたい、大切な君の。

全て打ちあけるよ。
空に輝く花が咲いているね。
二人、花舞うこの空の下
思い出すよ、心折れそうな苦い日々を。

もう目離さないで僕を見てよ。
暗い過去にgoodbye。
悩まなくていい、花火でも見よう。
傷はうずくけど僕が守る、誰よりも。
君を。
Track Name: スタークロッシング (Starcrossing Japanese ver.)
誰かの夢に出てると寝つけないんだって。
君がもしも寝不足だったら、
それはきっと僕のせい。
きっと。

その色あせた唇も、
そのうつむいた瞳も、
君を、君だけを見たいから
目逸らさずこっち向いてよ。

もうこのままで、
どうか時よ止まれ。
何度も何度も何度でも、
この想い君に届け。

行き場のない想い叫ぶ度に
虚しく降りかかるこの声。僕自身に。
もう言葉はいらない。君を抱きしめるよ。
傍にいるよ。満天の星降る夜。

朝が訪れ、君との時間も終わる。
闇がずっと続けばいいのに。
夢の中君とずっと、
ずっと…

行き場のない想い叫ぶ度に
虚しく降りかかるこの声。僕自身へ。僕へ…
想い届け…
もう言葉はいらない。君を抱きしめるよ。
星降る夜。また今日も夢の中。
夢で…