Sexstone

Sexstone

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Taking over the world two ears at a time!!! If you can't feel the music, then it's not worth listening to... Sexstone

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Biography

Driven by their philosophy that “if you can’t feel the music, then it’s not worth listening to,” the four piece Kentucky based powerhouse Sexstone draws on their brand of heavy rock with a vintage, almost psychedelic edge to explore, on their highly anticipated debut album, The Painful Side of True. Rolling lyrically like a diary of the life of lead singer and driving creative force Steve Bauer, the dynamic set includes newly revamped plugged in versions of four tracks that appeared in acoustic versions on Sexstone’s teaser 2008 EP Stripped.

When your home base is Madisonville and you hail from rural Western Kentucky, finding success as an indie band requires ingenuity, a lot of word of mouth, and literally creating gigs from scratch. Rather than listing hotspot clubs on their resume like groups from larger cities, Sexstone proudly talks about renting out VFW, legion halls and bigger shows at the town square in Dawson Springs. Their recent CD release party for The Painful Side of True drew 200 to the city’s Elks Lodge. Being part of a smaller town also means a lot of community based fundraising gigs, and Sexstone has built a strong rep in this area with shows benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation, Relay For Life and CJ’s Bus, which was named after a young boy from Evansville, IN who died in a tornado and raises money for disaster relief.

While the intensity and versatility of tracks like “My Night,” “Where” and “Wait For Me” might find listeners thinking that Sexstone was rockin’ this way from the get go, the current lineup and vibe actually emerged from a period of great evolution. Long time pals and founding members Trent Riley (bass) and Steve Wheeler (guitar) launched in 2004 with a different lead singer and a dark and heavy, “Doorsy” sound. While the original goal was to move away from previous cover bands and create a unit featuring original material, Riley and Wheeler whimsically tried a different tack at one point to draw attention and started looking for a female lead singer to flesh out their concept of doing 80s hair band songs with a country twang to it. While decidedly male, Steve Bauer, a Cincinnati bred singer and Madisonville based teacher, responded, sent a few MP3 files, auditioned live and soon became the lead singer and chief songwriter of the newly revamped Sexstone.

“Steve brought a huge songbook to the group, and many of the tracks on The Painful Side of True are the result of putting our own spin and arrangements to lyrics and songs he had,” says Riley. “We all really love the versatility, with some taking on a country rock flavor, others being pop-punk, with a little Three Doors Down and strong ballads. Steve Wheeler and I grew up loving those 80s hair bands and KISS, Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains. Bauer draws from the 90s influences of Matchbox 20, Our Lady Peace and Third Eye Blind. It’s a great fusion of influences we can build on and progress with.”

The members of Sexstone—including new drummer Bryan Thomas—proudly assert that all of the songs on The Painful Side of True are about real life, geared to inspiring fans to connect with deep emotions and circumstances in their own lives. Case in point: who hasn’t been there at the end of a relationship, giving a sarcastic kiss off like “Thank You” to the lover who just left and ruined his or her life; the percussive, hypnotic rocker is the first single the band is submitting for airplay on various internet sites.

They take a more poignant approach to the graceful power ballad “Wait For Me (Soldier’s Song),” a song about a soldier leaving his pregnant wife to go off and fight, knowing his child will be born without him there. Sexstone dedicates the track to all of our nations soldiers; a video created around the track by a fan drew more than 10,000 in one day. Their melodic yet edgy mid tempo ballad “Where,” the first song Steve Bauer ever wrote which contemplates the sometimes scary future of a relationship, was featured in the horror film “Widow,” which debuted at the Louisville Frightfest.

“Our songs offer a balance between the cynicism of ‘Thank You’ and the hope of ‘Lift’ because that’s real life, always up and down,” says Riley. “We enjoy the feedback we get from fans everywhere we play, and it’s a great feeling to be onstage listening as they start singing our songs along with us. Everyone can take one of our songs and compare it to something in their own worlds, as if we’re providing a sort of therapy! But it’s a great feeling that keeps us striving towards our goal of making music full time and making it what we live for.”

Lyrics

Thank You

Written By: Steven Bauer

I just wanna thank you
for taking the best part of me
and drowning me
yes thank you
for putting me into this state
of anarchy

I'm sinking down to the bottom
looking up at
my reflection
and I'm thinking
this is the end
don't tap the glass
just keep me guessing

don't think about me now
just sit and watch me drown
I'm floating on my back

I just wanna thank you
for cutting my heart
just so you
could watch me bleed
yes thank you
for looking inside just to see
the dark side of me

and I'm sinking
down to the bottom
looking up at my reflection
I'm thinking
this is the end
don't tap the glass
just keep me guessing

don't think about me now
just sit and watch me drown
I'm floating on my back

You took the best part of me
You took the best part of me
You took the best part of me

and I'm sinking
down to the bottom
looking up at my reflection
I'm thinking
this is the end
don't tap the glass
just keep me guessing

don't think about me now
just sit and watch me drown
I'm floating on my back

I just wanna thank you!

Falling Away

Written By: Steven Bauer

There was a time I hung the sky for you,

now I'm lost and I don't know what to do .

I'm falling away.

I'm new to the pain you put me through,

you crossed the heart the bleeds for you.

I'm falling away.

I've reached the edge you pushed me to,

I'm stretched and I don't know what to do.

I'm falling away.

Far away, far away from you. You kept me dreaming of a day that would never come.

Far away, I kept my eyes on the prize kept my eyes on the prize that I never won.

You've grown to hate me I know this much is true,

standing there on your tower tell me how,

how is the view?

You stand there waiting am I really gonna fall?

If I do I'm screaming at the wall.

I'm falling away.

I'm falling, I'm calling, I'm dreaming of never leaving.

I'm screaming, I'm believing, I'm keeping this sinking feeling.

Where

Written By: Steven Bauer

Where do I go
with all this time on my hands
I don't even know who I am
or what on earth
it is that I'm doin' here

Well I don't even know
where to start
someone fill this void in my heart
if it's not done soon
I think I'll go crazy

two beats away
from a broken heart
she said just believe in me
wait and see
I'll be the one

two beats away from a broken heart
she said just believe in me
wait and see
I'll be the one

I'm not the kind to settle down
when it comes to love
I play the sad
the sad circus clown

Wherever you are
please rescue me
why is it
I always must be the one
the one without you

two beats away
from a broken heart
she said just believe in me
wait and see
I'll be the one

two beats away from a broken heart
she said just believe in me
wait and see
I'll be the one

two beats away
two beats away

would you care to teach me love
every night I pray to god above that he
would send you my way

I still have some time on my hands
I'm so scared
the world is closing in
would you
would you be there

My Night

Written By: Steven Bauer

If there are six billion people here,
How can I still feel so alone?
And I have stayed in a million places,
But I can't find home.
My nights are dark and filled, with thoughts of how to end the pain.
And even on the sunny days, all I see is darkness in the rain.
One more pill to help me sink, sink into a lonely night.
I lost my will to try, to try and win the fight.
I've always dreamed of the perfect life, 2 kids, my perfect wife.
I try and walk with a happy face, all I feel is dead and out of place.

The Brighter Side of Blue

Written By: Steven Bauer

I can feel the brighter side of blue.

When I'm with you I'm dancing along.

I can see the painful side of true.

Without you I'm sinking alone.

You found the good inside my mind.

Everyone esle was blind.

I took the easy way to find,

the bottom of my time.

I'm standing careful on this line.

I'll try not to fall this time.

It seems I stumble when I climb.

I'll try not to fall this time.

Don't walk away and leave me cold.

Cold and shakin' alone.
Just take me away from this hole.

I'm sinking in this stone.

You found the good inside my mind.

Everyone esle was blind.

I took the easy way to find,

the bottom of my time.

I'm standing careful on this line.

I'll try not to fall this time.

It seems I stumble when I climb.

I'll try not to fall this time.

I can feel the brighter side of blue.

When I'm with you I'm dancing along.

I can see the painful side of true.

Without you I'm sinking alone.

Wait For Me (Soldier's Song)

Written By: Steven Bauer

I saw you standin' there.

That smile that messed up hair.

This is the last time I'll see you here.

You've been so good for me.

I'm the only one who sees.

Just what it is you mean to me.

Please wait for me.

I'll be home you'll see.

Don't cry for me, Be strong and you will see.

We found out yesterday.

We got the news to late.

I will not get to see her newborn face.

Too bad this war can't wait.

We live our lives this way.

I'll be so far away, but I'll see here soon.

Tell her she's my girl.

Tell her she's my world.

Tell her she is what I'm fighting for.

Tell her she's my girl, she's my world.

So now I'm headed home.

I don't feel so alone.

I'm hopping off this plane I see her face!

Yeah she's my girl!

Yeah she's my world!

Yeah she's what I've been fightin' for!

She's my girl, she's my world.

You Know

Written By: Steven Bauer

Clear eyes and a crystal sky,
Help me define what I need tonight.
True lies and a love that's blind,
Tell me what I need tonight.
You know, I never loved you in the first place.
You know, I lied right to your face.
You know, my heart was never in the right place.
You know, I lied right to your face.
Don't mind what I say tonight,
It’s the pills not doing' me right.
Ten times I've slipped away,
To a closed in space called "hideaway".
You know, I never loved you in the first place.
You know, I lied right to your face.
You know, my heart was never in the right place.
You know, I lied right to your face, it
Seems so cold, inside your eyes, inside your soul.
Your face is what you hide behind.
You tear my heart you tear my mind.
You try to hide behind,
Those big blue eyes and that devil's smile.
You know I tried to find,
A shelter for this fragile mind.
You know, I never loved you in the first place.
You know, I lied right to your face.
You know, my heart was never in the right place.
You know, I lied right to your face.

Discography

The Painful Side of True (2009)

Stripped EP (2008)

Set List

Original Songs:

The First Time
Falling Away
My Night
Where
Brighter Side of Blue
Thank You
Lift
Wait For Me (Soldier's Song)
You Know
Screaming Daylight
Waiting

Covers:

Steppin' Stone - The Monkees

Push - Matchbox Twenty

Land Down Under - Men at Work

Sets run about an hour.