The Speedbumps

The Speedbumps

 
 Kent, Ohio, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing.

Biography

The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing.

The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron, the former rubber capital, from which artists like The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Joseph Arthur have emerged, have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life.

The band consists of Erik Urycki on vocals and guitar, Abby Luri on vocals, guitar, banjo and keys, Sam Kristoff playing cello -- often where you’d expect a guitar riff, Kevin Martinez on acoustic and electric bass, and two members on drums and percussion, Pat Hawkins and Danny Jenkins. In addition to her ethereal vocals, Luri is also a songwriter and has co-written several of the band’s tunes.

The Speedbumps have won IMA and AMA awards and performed with artists including Andrew Bird, G-Love and OKGO. Daryl Rowland, writing for the Huffington Post, said that singer Erik Urycki’s lyrics “often tackle complex human emotions with elegant economy.”

While the band cites influences from Paul Simon to Nick Drake to Radiohead, their material and vibe have more in common with festival favorites like The Decemberists, Wilco, Ryan Adams or Mumford & Sons, with their consistently smart, spare and rootsy approach.

Their latest album, “Soil to the Seed,” was recorded in a remote cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania, where the band lived together, writing songs and laying down tracks at all hours. The resulting recording reflects that total emersion. As with seminal house-based recordings like The Band’s “Music from Big Pink,” the songs have an effortless unity.

The Speedbumps’ unique live shows include instruments like Cello, Banjo, Ukulele, Wurlitzer, Glockenspiel, Vibraslap and Mandolin. On several occasions, the band has performed with a 40 piece symphony orchestra, featuring arrangements written by bass player, Kevin Martinez, who holds a degree in Music Theory and Composition.

The Speedbumps winning combination of thought-provoking singer-songwriter material and high-caliber musicianship have earned the band a large and loyal fan base in the Northeast and Midwest. With the May 5th release of the their new album, the band will be touring United States and abroad, sharing their new songs and soaking up the world to feed the next batch of tunes.


INSTRUMENTATION:
Erik Urycki: Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele
Abby Luri: Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Glockenspiel, Keys
Sam Kristoff: Cello, Mandolin
Kevin Martinez: Upright Bass
Pat Hawkins: Drums/Percussion
Danny Jenkins: Drums/Percussion


Shared stage with: Red Wanting Blue, Crosby Stills & Nash, Amos Lee, G Love & Special Sauce, Ok GO, Chrissie Hynde, Matt Nathanson, and Andrew Bird 


NOTES:
American Songwriting Award Winner
Independent Music Award (IMA) Winner
Best Original Band (Cleveland Magazine)
CMJ Music Marathon Showcase Selection - NYC
Top 10 Bands (Scene Magazine)
OMFM Showcase Selecttion - Perth Australia
Mountain Town Music Series - Park City, UT
Kent State Folk Festival - Kent, OH
Midpoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH
Round Town Folk Festival
Canadian Music Week
Songs on feature film, Molly’s Girl
Songs on public TV’s Road Trip Nation
Performed Two Hometown Headline Shows With A 40 Piece Orchestra


Lyrics

I Come From A Town - (IMA Award Winner)

Written By: Urycki (ASCAP)

I come From a town, thats been hanging by a frown
Ever since the day the shipped all the jobs outta state

And people on the streets, like zombies with no pulse no heartbeat
Holding on to lives lived in a better day

And the mayor says slow your roll
Boy have you lost control
People call this home cuz they got no better place to be

And the mayor he don't care at all
He's drinkin whiskey at the bar
Screwing all of you and spending all you green

I come from A place thats been cloudy for days
There's no sunshine here to light the way
And people say I need faith, they tell me Jesus is the way
Maybe I can be preacher superstar on the TV screen

But the preacher says slow your roll
Boy have you lost control
People call this faith cuz they don't know what else to believe
And the preacher don't care at all
He's drinking whiskey at the bar
Screwing all of you and spending all you green

Just what we need
And this town it bleeds
Spending all our green
Just what we need.

Oh My Mistakes

Written By: Urycki (ASCAP)

I get home early in the morning, the birds are singing
a helpful chorus to change my reasons
Why I shouldn't be in your bed singing to you too.

And all this poison that I've been drinkin,
Its been keeping me up late always thinking
How I could be a better man, how I could change and be a better man for you

Cuz I know to be with you I gotta be a better man, I cant do the things I do
Cuz I know to be with you I gotta be a better man, I cant do the things I do

Well all these cigarettes that I've been smokin
They just help me to deal with the notion
That soon there's a good chance Ill be losing you too

And its snowing in July
Im high as a kite on my mountain in the sky
And I hope you dont come home so I dont have to figure out a way to tell you

Cuz I know to be with you I gotta be a better man, I cant do the things I do
Cuz I know to be with you I gotta be a better man, I cant do the things I do
Cuz I know to be with you I gotta be a better man, I cant do the things I want to

Oh my mistakes
Oh my mistakes with you

Chasing You Down

Written By: Erik Urycki (ASCAP)

This house that we made, has wheeled its way through
The worst of weather, but these words that you say
Are a different kind of storm altogether

So don’t nail my heart to the wall,
Tell me that you’re needing more
I didn’t wait around
So leave me love or leave that dirty town

Cuz I’m done
Chasing you down, no
Now I’ve loved,
so I no longer pack these bags and walk out
Now I’ve come to the point
Where it’s no fun fightin’ it out
So I’m done chasing you down
I guess sometimes love, it just don’t work out

What will it take moving heaven and earth
To bring you back home
If it’s money we’ll make it
But losing this love is a debt I can’t afford

So don’t throw my heart on the floor
Tell me that you’re needing more
I never wanted this
So baby let’s make some moves or let’s call it quits

Cuz I’m done
Chasing you down, oh no
Now I’ve loved,
so I no longer pack these bags and walk out
Now I’ve come to the point
Where it’s no fun fightin’ it out
So I’m done chasing you down
I guess sometimes love, it just don’t work out

And I am done chasing you down
And I am done, so don’t you walk out, oh no
Don’t you walk out
Don’t you walk out
Don’t you walk out

Breakdown

Written By: Erik Urycki (ASCAP)

Heading out to California
I’m feeling the weight of feeling older
I’ve been wet behind the ears for 30 years now

Heading down to the Southland
Gonna find out who I am
I’ve been running like a guilty man
But the sheriff shot me down

Ya, I wish I could turn around
I’m feeling my heart pound
I think it’s a breakdown

Ya, I wish I could turn around
I’m feeling my heart pound
I think it’s a breakdown

I’ve been dancin’ with the devil
She took my hand and took a handful
I’ve been workin’ for an honest wage
But I’m still stressing out

Now I’m trying to be an American
But the old man don’t care if I am
He’s been using me at every
Middle American town

Ya, I wish I could turn around
I’m feeling my heart pound
I think it’s a breakdown

Ya, I wish I could turn around
I’m feeling my heart pound
I think it’s a breakdown

I wish I could turn around
I’m feeling my heart pound
I think it’s a breakdown
Ooh I wish I could turn around
I’m feeling my heart pound
I think it’s a breakdown

Cabin Song

Written By: Erik Urycki (ASCAP)

I am looking for that mountaintop
When I find it I’m gonna climb
And if you follow my trail up
Together we can lift the sky

Don’t be fooled by that valley warmth
It’s the devil in disguise
So keep your bearings facing north
To where the shepherd of peace lies

Cuz everybody needs a place to find themselves
We found it on this hollowed ground
Found it on this hallowed ground

I’ve been looking for a place to hide
And I found it in these Allegheny pines
Follow me and soon you’ll find
The harbor we seek in the hard times

And I won’t preach to a praying man
But I have walked with the spirits of this land
Walk with me and soon you can

Cuz everybody needs a place to find themselves
We found it on this hollowed ground
Found it on this hallowed ground

Everybody needs a place to find themselves
We found it on this hallowed ground

Opposites In Love

Written By: Erik Urycki (ASCAP)

You’re all that I want, but all that I’m not
Ya it’s true
I know that I’m not anything you want
But I know that you want me too
I love the snow, you love the sun
I’m a mountain man, you’re a beach bum
I wanna walk baby, why do you run?

Well I don’t know, cuz we’re left and right
We’re day and night
You hate to talk and I love to fight
But when the sun lays down for bed
Next to me is where you lay your head

And I’m love, I’m in love
Ooh Baby Baby, I’m in love
And I know I don’t need nothing else
Oh cuz you, you are enough
Oh well I’m in love, I’m in love
Ooh baby baby, I’m in love
And I know I don’t need nothing else
Oh cuz you, you are enough

I like to pace around the living room
You like to chill
It’s kind a like your west coast style
Meets my east coast feel
And I’m a Cleveland Brown, Baby
You’re a Buffalo Bill, it’s a deal breaker
But I’m not thrilled,
How’d the horny toad get the girl with the looks that could kill?

Well I don’t know, cuz we’re left and right
We’re day and night
You’re always late, Babe but you’re always right
And when the morning sun starts to glow
I wake up next to you and Baby I know

That I’m in love, I’m in love
Ooh Baby Baby, I’m in love
And I know I don’t need nothing else
Oh cuz you, you are enough
Oh well I’m in love, I’m in love
Ooh baby baby, I’m in love
And I know I don’t need nothing else
Oh cuz you, you are enough

Oh we’re opposites in love
Ya we’re opposites in love
We’re opposites in love

Montreal

Written By: Erik Urycki

This church pew
Is hugging the country line
Between the guilty
And a crazy Wednesday night

All that’s left is you and me
And an empty bottle
So I will take the fall
Cuz it’s my fault you’re here at all

Don’t let your guilt
And don’t let my fate decide
Last night was wrong
Just because it felt right at the time
Don’t let your guilt
And don’t let my fate decide
Last night was wrong
Just because it felt right at the time

Look at this bed of wrongs
Bed of wrongs that we made
It’s the same place where
Our heads they were laid

They ask you what’s been up your nose
Is it the old or is it the new?
You’re shaking like a leaf
Beggin' for some sleep
You say you don’t have a clue
And they know it’s true

Don’t let your guilt
And don’t let my fate decide
Last night was wrong
Just because it felt right at the time
Don’t let your guilt
And don’t let my fate decide
Last night was wrong
Just because it felt right at the time

Don’t let your guilt
And don’t let my fate decide
Last night was wrong
Just because it felt right at the time
Don’t let your guilt
And don’t let my fate decide
Last night was wrong
Just because it felt right
Just because it felt right

Discography