The Gates of Heaven

by Fordham Road

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We would like to thank: Sayak Das, Matt Bolton, Jake Sierzega, Josh Parra, Amanda McCarthy, Andy Kiniry, Tori Ano, Justin Arena, Snide Molly, Molly Geraghty, Connor McCoy, Samuel Marks, Tim Loten, Molly Pope, Zach Rosten, Michael Roffo, Savannah Smith, Stan & Amy Shubsda, Molly Shubsda, Peyton Shubsda, Adam Shubsda, Gregg & Mayell Veech, Peter & Alyssa Veech, Alex Veech, Zoe Veech, Mark & Lee Ann McCarthy, Debbie Scaduto, Robert McCarthy, Patricia Duffey, Caleb Stein, Garrett Edison, Joe Rasbold, Kevin Ray, Justin Fogarty, Lydia Roe, Ka Neunhoffer, Tristian Medjo, Mackenzie Oprean, Avery Lazes, Adiana Delavega, Steven Island, Chrissy Gerace, Brandon Phan, Richard Collier, Ian McFarland, Chris Cyrus, Max Logue, Hope for the Day, Young Performers Club, Self Portraits, The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub, and all of our family and friends who have supported us. This EP would not have been possible without all of you.

Front Cover Artwork Credit: Cameron Francisco & Justin Arena

In loving memory of Jae Min Kang. We are dedicating this EP to him and his family

We would also like to dedicate this EP to: Patrick Shubsda, Luigi Farina, Marion & Frank Scaduto, JMT, Adam Rarela and Haylee Fouquet

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released February 7, 2017

Tom Shubsda - Executive Producer, Drums
Kristian Veech - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards & Synthesizers, Engineering and & Production
Mark McCarthy - Lead guitar, Trombone
Joe Everett - Bass guitar
Gianluca Farina - Trumpet


Features:

Amanda McCarthy - Vocals on "Niagara Falls"
Sayak Das - Spoken Word Performance on "Hope"

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Fordham Road Boston, Massachusetts

We are a Progressive Rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that is influenced by bands such as Rush, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Kansas.
We aim to continue to break down genre barriers and we also strive to create a hopeful and loving community at our live shows. We believe that music should be used to heal and hope that our message resonates with our audience and beyond.
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Track Name: Niagara Falls
Going home to places you've never been
I opened up my doors to let you in
I saw you and felt excited
but in the end I was distracted
I faded away form you
to look at someone new

You Fall in love with ideas held in heart
You might just see your life fall apart
you have someone close turn into a ghost
This is what you'll miss the most

I feel myself turn inside out
When water well you never let me drown
I see rainbows are fading in this new world I am creating
You were my pot of gold
The one thing I don't have anymore

You Fall in love with ideas held in heart
You might just see your life fall apart
you have someone close turn into a ghost
This is what you'll miss the most

If I could see through your eyes
Little things I looked over
On the day that you were gone
I was looking back
I was looking back forever

You Fall in love with ideas held in heart
You might just see your life fall apart
you have someone close turn into a ghost
This is what you get when you fall in love
Before you go breaking your heart
Don't let your life fall apart
Take the ones you love and hold them close
This is what you'll miss the most
Track Name: The Gates of Heaven
I. The Gates

Lights seep into my dreams
I see the world fall beneath me
I’m going to a place
I’ve never been before
Above the clouds I’m floating
And now the sky is glowing
Approaching golden gates
I’m knocking at the door

Standing before the glowing light
I can’t believe the face I see
A familiar spirit speaks
From the other side
His words echo deep within me
Songs that I could never hear him sing
His presence is the voice
That’s knocking at my door

Questions flying through the sky
Asking do I live or die
But either way
I’m left behind
His spirit stares into my heart
But it’s love that’s tearing me apart
Who do I leave behind
When I close the door


II. Losing you

Driving down a long road
Blinded by falling snow
We take a turn
Where I didn’t want to go
Direct hit from the side
For a second I am blind
I wake up to find
Her body’s getting cold

Looking into her eyes
I say one last goodbye
Leaning back into
A sleep without an end
My soul freezes inside me
Why did I just see
Another tragic goodbye
Her spirit’s taking flight


III. Losing Myself

See the storm pass through the sky
As cars crash in blinding white
Knocked into a panic
In the middle of the night
Broken bones but beating hearts
Except for one that got hit too hard
Knocked into a slumber
Where my soul departs

Souls float on in sinking hearts
Pain will drown us as currents drift apart
Storms will pass as you grow older
I’m just glad that your story isn’t over

Don’t miss me when I’m gone
‘cause I want you to stay
I’ll be with you forever
When I’m carried away
I see you live your life
And I’ll be alright
Floating on a cloud
While you stare at the stars at night

Darkness blinds the eyes that see
A world that turns without me
Candles burn and emotions turn
To sadness no one should live through
Holding hands and beating hearts
We realize we are all parts
Of each other so keep holding on
To gifts life gives you

Souls float on in sinking hearts
Pain will drown us as currents drift apart
Storms will pass as you grow older
I’m just glad that your story isn’t over

Don’t miss me when I’m gone
Because I want you to stay
I’ll be with you forever
When I’m carried away
I see you live your life
And I’ll be alright
Floating on a cloud
While you stare at the stars at night


IV. Coming Home

Staring into the glowing light
I have made up my mind
I see the spirit stare
Into my soul
I tell him that I’ll come home soon
I swear that I’ll remember you
And when I return
I’ll knock on your door
Track Name: Hope
As we prepare to say our last goodbyes
Monsoons form and fall from the sky
We flood our hearts when souls sail away
But hands to hold are here to stay

Beyond our minds, within our hearts
We realize we’re never far apart
From wherever we came from
It’s what we can’t see
It transcends all of our beliefs
One small spec in the universe
One giant leap for us to observe

The earth is just a spec in time
Blink your eye and new stars shine
We will spin and we will turn
And with each other we will learn…

Beyond our minds, within our hearts
We realize we’re never far apart
From wherever we came from
It’s what we can’t see
It transcends all of our beliefs
One small spec in the universe
One giant leap for us to observe

We exist on this earth for mere seconds in comparison to the length of time our planet has been spinning. Each star in the universe has burned longer than human history, each planet in our solar system spins faster than the daily chaos that we surround ourselves with. We fail to realize how small we are in comparison to the universe, and that leads to a failure in coming together to help each other.

We obsess over our own ideas about politics, materials, and careers. We put each other through hell because of the Gods we believe in. But we need to understand that our limited time of existence should be used to love, it should be used to heal, it should be used to appreciate all we are given, because you never really understand what you have until it’s gone.

We will all go through times of suffering, where we believe that the world has turned against us, where we wake up fearing our own heartbeat, and fearing for the lives of others. Learning to love each other is essential to our survival. We need to take the hands of the people we are told to shy away from, because collectively, we can create hope.