William Fitzsimmons Shares video for ‘A Part’

April 6, 2016


William Fitzsimmons

Shares video for ‘A Part’
Taken from ‘Charleroi: Pittsburgh Volume 2’ EP out now on Grönland Records
London and Brighton shows this month

To celebrate the release of his new EP ‘Charleroi: Pittsburgh Volume 2’, William Fitzsimmonshas shared the video for ‘A Part’.

“I’ve spent the last four years, and couple albums, trying to figure out what the hell it means to be connected to someone or something. To be close, intimate, family, bonded, intertwined. To be with, beside, linked, and inseparable. And conversely, what it means to be torn a part from someone or something, even if you never knew you were once together. The song “A Part” is a kind of culmination of that process. It’s a bit of hand-wringing and anger about not being able to find the peace I thought I was going to. I suppose it’s about admitting that you’re nowhere closer to an end than you were at the outset.

“For the video for “A Part,” we wanted to show that journey in a physical way. Looking for something indefatigably but never finding it. And maybe knowing the whole time it was too late to find it in the first place. We wanted to communicate the feeling of emptiness that results from accepting that it’s too late to change something you desperately want to. It’s a calm, but angry resignation to an unsatisfied rest.”

Watch ‘A Part’ here

William Fitzsimmons will play two UK shows later this month at London‘s St Giles-in-the-Fields on 21st April and Brighton‘s Komedia on 22nd April.

The EP details the second half of the Pittsburgh story, as William explains: “The Pittsburgh album was about the grandmother I knew. Charleroi is about the one I never did.

“My father was born to a woman who would have 5 children, none of whom she raised. Some were taken into custody by the state of Pennsylvania. Others were placed for adoption. My father, as an infant, was returned to the hospital dangerously sick with whooping cough. He was left there for several months. No one from his family would ever return for him. Finally, many months later, a kind doctor would adopt my father. Never knowing his birth family, or why he was left, it was assumed that mystery would remain forever. And thus this story was written upon my father, and from my father, written upon me.

“In 2015, after over 60 years of wondering and waiting, the family was finally found. My grandmother having deceived the remainder of the family by telling them the baby died at the hospital, he was never sought out. Sadly, his mother passed away several years before having a chance to ever see her lost son again…or ever meet the sons that came from him.

“In the last two years I have lost both of my grandmothers. One died only last year, the other nearly thirty years ago. Yet both losses are fresh. One was a steadfast presence in my life from the moment I was born, the other a ghostly figure of a long forgotten story. Yet both have in a way always been there, one in her presence the other, her absence.

“Loss, painful though it is, offers a unique and potent opportunity for the kind of emotional clarity that only comes a few times during our lives. It forgets that which doesn’t matter and fans the flame for what does. It burns us with the names of those who gave their good years so that we might have our own.

“I never had the opportunity to meet or know my grandmother Thelma. In writing these pieces I hope to do so in some small way. She was from Charleroi, Pennsylvania. These songs are about her.”

Tour dates:
21st April – St Giles-in-the-Fields, London (Tickets)
22nd April – Komedia, Brighton (Sold Out)


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