Home Street Bleeding
Now with the end of Lockdown in sight, Armstrong return once again with an all new sound “Home Street Bleeding”. Tom had the rest of the band on his back about writing the lyrics for this song idea that he missed the deadline for, and had been postponing for a while, at the same time he was trying to make other decisions in his life that were going to impact him and his girlfriend that he had been delaying too. “I was ill, bedridden and feeling sorry for myself… I just started thinking about how they were being held back and having their time wasted, all because I couldn’t get my act together, and that I was the reason that they weren’t moving forward in their life, they were just left to ‘bleed out’ on their ‘home street’.”
"This song masterfully mixes frustration, sadness, hopelessness, and hope to leave you with a melody that will pick you up when life knocks you down. I think this is Armstrong's best work yet."
“Bear" is about the lifelong friendship between Tom’s Dad and Bear, who was diagnosed with leukaemia. The song captures the emotional anguish of discovering Bear's illness, reminiscing their youth and precious friendship. "Bear" encapsulates the determination of a friend, doing whatever is needed to help someone you care about. Tom's Dad took up a strict lifestyle for months so that if it was needed, he could give Bear bone marrow, hence the core lyric: "Take all you need to keep on, 'cause I need you more than my bones".