Carmen Townsend

Carmen Townsend

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

A live wire rocker combines remarkable vocal talent(reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Bjork) with gunning riffs, an empowering live show and a Zeppelinesque vibe. Ms. Townsend supported rock legends Heart on their Cross Canada Tour and is currently nominated for 5 Music Nova Scotia Awards.

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Biography

You can call Carmen Townsend's music many things, but reserved isn't one of them. As polite as she may be in person, within Townsend lives a voice much louder than she lets on in conversation. It's one that manifests itself onstage through her raucous live sets, full of an intensity that has been building throughout Townsend's career as a musician.

As an artist, Townsend knows how to keep listeners on their toes. "There's a whole lot of energy with us onstage," says Townsend in her charming and pleasant drawl. "I'd rather be onstage playing live than anything. I feed off of that raw energy. I often get compared to other female singer songwriters, but if these people came to see me play, they'd think otherwise. It's a three-piece rock band, with a ton of low end and a lot of hair flying everywhere."

In short, there's a lot that the world of music has to learn about Carmen Townsend. Born and raised in Cape Breton Island on the Atlantic Coast of Canada, Townsend has been making music her whole life. Now it's time for Townsend to take center stage and share her voice with the world. Opening with the rollicking groove of "River Rat," Waitin' and Seein' immediately strikes a chord on two levels: Townsend's sound is a vast one, with stretching riffs that give birth to a fierce sonic motion. What's more, Waitin' and Seein' is augmented by Townsend's voice, an earthy howl that is at once immediate yet enduring.

"Melody is very easy for me to do," says Townsend. "I used to record myself on a tape recorder in my bedroom, still being too shy to share my songs. I took a lot of inspiration vocally from Joni Mitchell. She really uses her voice like an instrument."

Melodies abound on Waitin' and Seein', truly exposing Townsend's depth as a songwriter. Her soft side is exposed through an array of acoustic-leaning tracks, from the rumble of "Sweet Little Bird" to the transcendental charm of "All That Was Left."

"When I first started this project, I wanted it to be a rock band. I knew I had tapped into something that no one else around me was doing. There weren't enough female-fronted rock bands. I've also done some acoustic shows where I've stepped up to the microphone and thought 'Wow,' I'd kind of forgot how to do this by myself. I can do both, and that's what we wanted to do with the record: make sure every song stood on its own."

Over time Carmen has drawn influences from musical greats such as Nirvana, Neil Young and Blind Melon. But, comparing Townsend to other artists would be a waste of time. Hers is a unique path, and her voice is one that rises and guides you throughout Waitin' and Seein'. It's one that taunts and teases on "Without My Love" and finds anthemic heights throughout the stomp of "Start All Over."

"I came from a very isolated rural community. For me, it was either spin records or go into the woods and run around. I've always been obsessed with records, eight-tracks and classic rock," says Townsend, giving insight into her upbringing as a musician. "Music has always been a part of my life, but after touring around with all kinds of bands and just being in the background, I decided that things were looking up enough for me to do things on my own. Sing my songs for people."

Make no mistake. Music is a way of life for Carmen Townsend. Now is the time for the world to hear her voice. Brace yourself. It's louder than you think.

Lyrics

River Rat

Written By: Carmen Townsend

GIVE ME NIGHT, YEAH!
WAY HIGH UP ON THE HILLSIDE
AWAKE
WILD
AS SURE AS THE SUN
FULL OF THE MOON
OOOOOOO
THE BEAUTY THAT’S BORN EVERYTIME
GIVE ME THE RIVER
ON
OOOOO
KEEPIN’ ON

DOUBTS GOT IT OUT FOR ME NOW
LIKE I SOLD HIM OUT
BUT WITHOUT THE CRACKS THERE IS NO LIGHT
GIVE ME THE RIVER
ON
OOOOO
KEEPIN’ ON

JUST IN TIME, YEAH
THEY’RE ALL TURNIN’ ON YOU SIDEWAYS
TEARIN’ UP ON THE INSIDE
STRUNG OUT ON YOUR HEART
GIVE ME THE STARS
IS THAT ALL YOU’VE GOT
AND WITHOUT THE SONG THERE IS NO LIGHT
GIVE ME THE RIVER
ON
OOOOO
KEEPIN ON
DOUBTS GOT IT OUT FOR ME NOW
LIKE I SOLD HIM OUT
AN WITHOUT THE CRACKS THERE IS NO LIGHT
GIVE ME THE RIVER
ON
OOOOO
KEEPIN ON

LET’S TAKE THIS, LET’S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE X2

Waitin' and Seein'

Written By: Carmen Townsend

DO YOU KNOW YOU COULD
FIND ME ANYTIME YOU WANTED?
BABY SOMETHINGS RIGHT HERE
HEART IS MY FACE
HEADS IN EIGHT PLACES
YOU KNOW YOU COULD
FIND ME ANYTIME

HOW ABOUT NOW?

LIVING OFF GUARD
CAUGHT IN BETWEEN
TRYING TOO HARD
WAITIN AND SEEIN
HEART IS MY FACE
HEADS IN EIGHT PLACES AGAIN
BONES ACHE MISTAKES
WE MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE

CAUSE WE’RE ALL IN THE EYES
SO LOUD
AND WE’RE SCARED TO FALL IN CAUSE WE FELL OUT.

I WISH I COULD
FIND YOU ANYTIME I WANTED
BABY SOMETHINGS WRONG HERE
HEART IS MY FACE
HEADS IN EIGHT PLACES AGAIN
I WISH I COULD FIND YOU ANYTIME

YES WE’RE ALL IN THE EYES SO LOUD
AND WE SCARED TO FALL IN CAUSE WE FELL OUT

Without My Love

Written By: Carmen Townsend

Without My Love – Lyrics

Just one more shot
Give’r a go
Still busted broke there’s no bankin on this
Heart of gold
But she’s rarely on my side
If she could be as loyal as the low fuel light
As loyal as the
Low low low

So you left me here!
And you left me right on time
Boy your togethers not forever
It’s just a little while
So the sunlight gets me high
Its plain to see boy
The trouble is
The trouble starts with me
The trouble,the trouble.

At least this time i’ve never been more right
About that time I’ve never been more wrong
Oh no
You let me go and I doubt you’ll get along
Without my love there’s nothing in your heart

That milk and honey land you dreamed
Was closer
Than its ever been

At least this time I’ve never been more right
About that time I’ve never been more wrong
Oh no
You let me go and I doubt you’ll get along
Without my love there’s nothing in your heart

Discography

Q Butterscotch Palace - CD
Schek- Seven Songs From Here- CD
Stay Tuned- Solo EP
Let's Take This Outside - Solo Ep
Waitin' and Seein' - January 2011

Set List

River Rat
Open Sea
Hands and Mouths
Waitin' and Seein'
Sweet Little Bird
Without My Love
Parachutes
All That Was Left
So Soon
Barrachois High
Exit 3
South Branch
'Til the Mornin'
Lovely Day
Lonely
Battle Royal
Start All Over
Untitled
South Branch
Nothing Lasts Forever

=Cover tunes=

Plenty More - Squirrel Nut Zippers
Karma Police - Radiohead
Meet Me in the Morning - Bob Dylan
Brand New Key - Melanie
Everybody Knows this is Nowhere - Neil Young
Decadur - Sufjan Stevens
Blind Melon
Tom Petty
The White Stripes
Nirvana
Sinead O'Connor