The Speedbumps

The Speedbumps

 
Kent, Ohio, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

The Speedbumps are an indie folk groove band from Kent, Ohio who are known for their paradoxical writing style that pairs upbeat musical arrangements with self-reflective, sometimes serious lyrics. The result is a collection of catchy songs that appeal to a wide variety of music lovers for their toe tapping ease as well as their ability to touch people on a deeply personal level.

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The Speedbumps are an indie folk groove band from Kent, Ohio who are known for their paradoxical writing style that pairs upbeat musical arrangements with self-reflective, sometimes serious lyrics. The result is a collection of catchy tunes that appeal to a wide variety of music lovers for their toe tapping ease as well as their ability to touch people on a deeply personal level. Their eclectic mix of hollow bodied instruments and roots raspy vocals has brought praise from some of the industry's top tastemakers at Relix Magazine, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Americana-UK, American Songwriter, CMT Edge, and many others.

The group has recorded three studio albums, played at 100+ clubs and 50+ colleges throughout North America, has earned Best Original Band title by outlets in their home region, and has been selected to perform in showcases across the globe including Canadian Music Week in Toronto, One Music For Movement Festival in Perth, Australia, CMJ in New York, and Austin Music Week at SXSW.

Because their approachable, Midwest style easily fits the soundtrack of people's every day lives, the band's music has been selected for various TV and film projects including PBS's Road Trip Nation and the feature film Molly's Girl. In addition, the Bumps have shared the stage with Andrew Bird, G-Love and Special Sauce, Amos Lee, Matt Nathanson, OK Go, Tim Easton, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Chrissie Hynde among others 

In 2012, The Speedbumps were invited to collaborate with The Canton Symphony Orchestra resulting in a joint performance of songs from their first two albums at the historical Canton Palace Theatre. The band's bassist, Kevin Martinez, (who has a master's degree in Music Composition) spent 9 months developing and writing parts for all the orchestra members to perform alongside the group. The next highly-anticipated performance collaboration is scheduled for February 2015, which will also feature songs off the band's third album, The Harbors We Seek (released November 2013).


Band Members:


Erik Urycki - songwriter, vocals, guitar

Sam Kristoff - cello, alto clarinet

Kevin Martinez - upright bass, electric bass

Pat Hawkins - percussion

Abby Luri - backup vocals


Notable:


Canadian Music Week - Official Selection

Austin Music Week at SXSW - Multiple Showcases

Relix Jam Off Winner - Official Selection

Herndon Festival - Official Selection 

MidPoint Music Festival - Official Selection

CMJ13 - Offical Selection 

Feature Film Mollys Girl - Official Score 

Best Original Band - Cleveland Magazine

PBSs Roadtrip Nation Song for the Frustrated 

IMA Award Winner - "I Come From A Town"

Tosco Music Party, Halton Theater - Charlotte, NC

Live From The Middle Reach - Healdsburg, CA

Bele Chere Festival - Asheville, NC 

One Movement for Music Showcase - Perth, AUS 

The Kent State Folk Festival - Offical Selection

Round Town Folk Festival - Official Selection 

Cossroards Ent. and Art Experience - Official Selection 

Millennium Music Conference - Official Selection

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