Escaping Pavement

Escaping Pavement

 
3325 Inman Street, Ferndale, Michigan, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Americana on the rocks with a splash of folk. Sounds like The Civil Wars and The Band of Heathens rolled into one...Have you Escaped the Pavement lately?

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Biography

Escaping Pavement is a Detroit, Michigan-based quartet that masterfully blends and blurs the lines of country, folk, americana, and rock, garnering favorable comparisons to artists as diverse as The Band, The Black Crowes, Chris Robinson, tastemaker/producer T Bone Burnett, The Civil Wars, The Band of Heathens, The Wood Brothers, and Emmylou Harris. Their unique joint frontperson arrangement, with Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz sharing equally in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing, allows for astounding musical interplay.The bands debut album, UpRooted, represents a coming home to Americana from a 10-year long freewheeling musical quest.

UpRooted is refined and rustic, a celebration of American music thrown by musicians with the chops and character-making life experiences to do it right. If you listen to the lyrics of every song on the record, you can bring it all back to being uprooted in some way, Aaron says. It comes down to change, someones life changing in a way thats out of their hands, like loss, or someone wanting to change themselves. Being uprooted in life happens to everyone, Emily says.

On the pastoral Winter Homecoming Aaron sings with sweetly soulful longing about the painful complexity of moving on. That song was written as a dialogue between somebody who's gone away, and somebody who's stayed behind, he explains. I went through a time when I had very mixed feelings about being away, and at the same time very mixed feelings about being home. I think its a song that deals with the struggle of the grass is always greener somewhere else. Its bucolic beauty perfectly captures the telepathic interplay of Aaron and Emily. As a duet, it showcases how gracefully Aaron and Emilys honeyed voices interlace. The stunning Drive Me To Sadness is sweetly urgent. That song is about letting go of the small things that upset you and focusing on whats important in the grand scheme of things, Emily explains.

I feel like UpRooted is the biggest highlight so far, Aaron says thinking back. Everything we've been working on for the past five or six years has somehow been leading up to this. All of these random happenings have been our path to where we are. The schooling, the bar gigs, the cruise ships, every cover song we've ever learned. Emily adds: Its been a labor of love, we poured our heart and soul into this music. - Bio by Lorne Behrman

For all press inquiries please contact jon@arielpublicity.com

Lyrics

4th of July

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz, Aaron Markovitz

Feeling like hell today
Found no way to pass the time
Got a feeling in my bones I can't shake and I know that it won't be long
before they take you away from me before they take you, away from me
It was 5:45 on the 4th of July
when you told me to get ready for one hell of a ride
buck up honey cause it's coming down fast
you won't know until it hits you like a ghost from your past you won't know, oh you won't know
you won't know, oh you won't know
Seems to me I've seen this place
It's just not the same without your face
I feel I'm drowning in my fears
I won't know how to live after all these years without you, without you
oh without you, without you
Chours
You held me close in times of need
and warmed my days like a summer breeze now don't be afraid
I'll always be here to stay
When it's all said and done
I know I won't be the only one
who remembers your sweet smiling face
and how you lived your life like a sweet refrain singing oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh....
Chours out

Winter Homecoming

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz

Fill me in on the good news, I feel uneasy lately
I said as I walked through the door to come inside
It's been rough around here, going through all of this alone Come in shut the door it's bitter cold outside
Now the halfway painted, smoke-tinged and faded walls surrounded me, As I gazed into some photograph's in frames
I came upon a feeling way down deep inside of me
Saying nothin here is ever gonna change
Oh, we've been waiting on a man who's passed away to come walking through that door,
Even though I know that cannot be
But maybe they're gonna make an exception for me
It's been a long year with you away Don't you feel like comin home to stay Oh my feelings are faded more each day Summertime please make it here okay
From this fair city many people come and go
and in this city, things have come undone
I don't know many people who would like to call it home, God I know I'm not the only one
It's been a long year with you away
Don't you feel like coming home to stay? Oh, my feelings are fading more each day Summertime please make it here okay
I said summertime please make it here okay Summertime please make it here okay

Smoke Filled Existence

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz, Aaron Markovitz

Its getting harder to breathe here, my mind it aches to wander Sleeping in till the darkness has turned into day
Im Making up excuses
feeding my addictions
Try to take it easy but I know that I get carried away
So I find myself Floating in a smoke filled existence I feel too much resistance
once I get a safe distance
and I find a home
far away from here
It's getting harder to sleep here
My mind begins to wander
staying up until the darkness has turned into day So I go to the lake now
for a breath of air to take
until I remember something I have forgotten
Then I come back to
and I find myself in a smoke filled existence I feel too much resistance
once I get a safe distance
and I find a home
far away from here
Why do I keep coming back
I fall into a trap
I listen to you talk about everything we lack
Low man on the totem pole
people tell ya you got it made
looking down and the bottom don't seem too far away
So I itemize and I idealize in a smoke filled existence I feel too much resistance
once I get a safe distance
and I find a home
far away from here
I said I find a home far away from here

Part of Goodbye

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz, Aaron Markovitz

Heart's cheating not before too long,
try to avoid it but the feeling's are growing strong Tell's you everything you don't wanna hear
Go through it all again, preys on your biggest fears
But don't worry bout it
hang your head about it
But don't crawl back to that same old strife
Wrap your head around it before you drown in it
It doesn't have to, run your life
One streets will turn to dust
When you find what you had didn't, mean that much Good times await you on the other side
This is all a Part of Goodbye
Made a fool, for oh so long
After losing her the feeling's went on and on
She took you by the hand, strung you along
Left you broken down and wondering' what went wrong
But don't worry bout it
hang your head about it
But don't crawl back to that same old strife
Wrap your head around it before you drown in it
It doesn't have to, run your life
One streets will turn to dust
When you find what you had didn't, mean that much Good times await you on the other side
This is all a Part of Goodbye
Lyin', cheatin', hurtin', schemin',
Just let it all go you don't have to hold it anymore Seeing, believin', there's so much more to livin' You don't have to let yourself go...
One streets will turn to dust
When you find what you had didn't, mean that much Good times await you on the other side
This is all a Part
This is all a Part
This is all a Part of Goodbye

On the Wind

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz, Aaron Markovitz

I've been wondering how you have been
since you found your new way out of your old life Hope your new friends are treating you kind and to sleep by the fire keeps you warm at night
I sure miss seeing your face
but if what you needed was an escape
Then go, out to Virginia where temptation won't call your name go, out to Okalahoma, drive across those great plains
go, west to California, and don't you feel no shame
Just forgiveness for yourself, On the Wind lay the blame
Feeling homesick thinking about
all those things that you did so long ago
but these things that happened on these said streets got you lost, it's starting to show
Sure nice seeing your face,
but if coming back here was a mistake
Chours
Driving down the back roads, country mile Beat up barn doors, and country stores ain't gonna hurt you now
Chours Out

Here Again

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz, Aaron Markovitz

Why can't I do anything right for you When will you see me for what is true I just stopped to see
What it was that I could do
There I found someone
That I though I knew and now we're
Here Again
In this broken dream Here Again
On this crazy scene Here Again
For reasons I can't see Here Again
But for the last time
Everything is headed for the wrong Money in the bank well it's all gone Still you're headed for
your surcharge ATM
You've got mouths to feed
But who cares about them and now we're
Here Again
In this broken dream Here Again
On this crazy scene Here Again
For reasons I can't see Here Again
But for the last time
Losing everything you ever had Refusing to admit that things are bad Now the door is closed
But I'm already gone
Your list of things to do,
It got way too long and now we're
Here Again
In this broken dream Here Again
On this crazy scene Here Again
For reasons I can't see Here Again
But for the last time

Drive Me to Sadness

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz, Aaron Markovitz

If I live for tomorrow
While I'm standing here looking at today
Could I stand to borrow
A moment of your time from yesterday
So caught up in the where? how? who? and when? Got no time for "how have you been?"
One more minute livin in this madness
I swear it'll Drive Me to Sadness
When you ask me who I am
I am the thoughts that are swimming within my head And the chaos that ensues
Has become my life win, draw, or lose
Time and time you tell yourself to break
Those commitments oh they carry too much weight One more minute livin in this madness
I swear it'll Drive Me to Sadness
While we're all chasing paper
The pursuit has us throwing all cards in
When the painter and the millionaire embrace
Will they pay no mind to what's on each other's hands?
Livin in a zoned out state
As the seasons come and go they change
All that is happening
Underneath your feet will hopefully bring
A smile to your face and a break from your day Surely there is more to livin, life this way
One more minute livin in this madness
I swear, it would Drive me to Sadness

Daydream's Haze

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz, Aaron Markovitz

Lone bird flying through the sky and a leaf in the wind
You let your thoughts carry you just floating on a whim
and you dream, dream, dream, dream, dream so big
and you fall so hard for this
grand image
and you dance
oh with the chance
that you just might be
Funny how you lose sometimes before you even win Just can't seem to catch a chance before its gone again Seems that the devil's come and left you once again with a broken heart
But that' s the only place for a new start
Falling and free floating through a Daydream's Haze
Lost among the chances that you feel you could've saved
You just dream, dream, dream, dream, Dream so grand
and you set yourself up for nothing
but a win
and you dance
oh with the chance that you just might see
Chours
Why are you
so far away from me Why can't I see you Why does it
seem so impossibly hard to achieve?
Even if the shoe fits it may still hurt your feet
Many say that it beats walking barefoot in the street
And you dream, dream, dream, dream,
dream, so long
You'll find peace of mind before your time on earth is done and you dance
oh with the chance
that you just might laugh
Funny how you lose sometimes before you even win Just can't seem to catch a chance before its gone again Seems that the devil's come and left you once again
with a broken heart, with a broken heart, with a broken heart But that' s the only place for a new start

Burn This Bridge

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz, Aaron Markovitz

Remember those days
When mama said
Don't Burn your Bridges or lose your head All your life
you try and try
to abide by those words she cried
Until someone
comes along
who tries your patience till it comes undone the button's pushed
its set to blow
You better stand back and watch me go
Burn this bridge if I want
Watch it go up in flames and the memories come undone Burn this bridge if I want
remove this weight from my shoulders that I don't want
I don't want
What good
your lying served
but to leave you standing at the curb your bag full
of little white lies
did you ever think they would grow full size Empty promises from your mouth
stand before you and weigh you down Waiting to
be fulfilled
but the drought is on and they wait still
Chours
Like a moth to a flame
I was drawn to your game and I lost
A sense of who I am
and all that I can
do without you
Burn this bridge if I want
Watch it go up in flames and the memories come undone Burn this bridge if I want
Douse it in gas and watch it go
The faster it burns the faster I'll be free
so free, so free, so free, feels so good