The Greatest of These

The Greatest of These

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Kentucky-fried, blues-infused gritty alt rock.

Influenced by Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Modest Mouse, and blues.

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Biography

The Greatest of These are a 4-piece original band that have been active in the central Kentucky music scene for several years. Each of the band’s members originally hail from eastern Kentucky.

Todd Melton’s vocal style, clearly influenced by The Doors and Pearl Jam, forms a unique bond with the melodic and classic hard rock-influenced guitar riffs written by Steve Jones. Dustin Tennill and Trent Garrison form a rhythm section that is the perfect backdrop for these sounds, rooted in alternative rock as well as blues and jazz. Each member of the band brings a unique musical perspective, being influenced by different avenues of rock and roll. The common thread in The Greatest of These may very well be each member’s roots, planted in the eastern Kentucky mountains. Melton’s lyrical songwriting style lends evident references to the band’s hometowns, often writing about poverty and other social issues prevalent in those areas.

The Greatest of These recorded an EP in 2003, a full-length studio album in 2007, and a second full-length album in 2011. They are currently working on another EP to be released in 2012.

Lyrics

Bleeding Temple

Written By: T. Melton

It's hard to tell
If you or dead or awake
But I know that you're not sleeping
I'd like to proceed to the next man
But I don't want you on my back
And I think I saw you creeping

Now you look like
You would have something to say
It's too bad your time is through
If we could talk it all over
Then we would not have to throw down
But I must bid you adieu

I'd like to be
I wanna see
I wanna kill your friends
If they would shout
If they would scream
If they would scream
If they would live and let live

Now I've been forced
To blow the trumpet sound
And my friends are on their way
If they can wade through to the front line
With all the bodies on the ground
It will be to your dismay

I'd like to be
I wanna see
I wanna kill your friends
If they would shout
If they would scream
If they would scream
If they would live and let live

Ahh...

Two, three, four
Close your eyes, get on the floor
I wanna be as quick as I can
Six, seven, eight
Please don't make me have to wait
I swear this wasn't really the plan

I'd like to be
I wanna see
I wanna kill your friends
If they would shout
If they would scream
If they would scream
If they would live and let live

I'd like to be
I wanna see
I wanna kill your friends
If they would shout
If they would scream
If they would scream
If they would let, me, LIVE

In My Defense

Written By: T. Melton

Send my body to the boneyard
Won't you send my mind back home
Give my money to the children
And let the devil take my soul

I've grown tired of my vocation
There's no joy now in my heart
I'm too old to be changing direction
And I've grown weary of he rubber arts

This is my goodbye

I've fallen back into my depression
And now I make no difference
I'm sure it's just a simple regression
But I tried, in my defense

I don't care if it's your birthday
I don't want to be your friend
I don't want to make you happy
I just want this life to end

This is my goodbye

You say that you love me
Do I have to love you back?
'Cause I don't think I can do that

This is my goodbye

My Friend, the Devil

Written By: T. Melton

Here we are again my friend
Safe to say, we will again
Be just like we were back then
Long enough until

The devil takes me home

Throughout the years we've been apart
I have tried to make my mark
Voices come and visions start
Dreams come, but depart

When the devil takes me home

Ahh..

Here we are again my friend
Safe to say we will again
Be just like we were back then
Long enough until

Strikedown

Written By: T. Melton

Won't you climb down the ladder to that plane
Where the rest of us remain?
Won't you take a walk with me please
To see the effect of your disease?

And won't you now
Strike down the poor boy

Please dismount from your steed
And give us the strength we need
To climb back to where you now stand
And to be all that you can

And please don't
Strike down the poor boy

Make the Trip

Written By: T. Melton

It's hard for me to tell
When you're staring back at me
You seem to sleep so well
When you don't know it's me

I want you to go

You're mine to keep and so
I don't want to preach
But I want to give you things
That you cannot yet reach

I want you to go

Now you may not yet be walking
But to whom am I now talking
I wish I'd seen your face
Now I don't know what I'm saying
My only thought is praying
That you never feel out of place

My Days

Written By: T. Melton

I've just been a blade of grass
Waiting for an early spring to come
Freezing and unfreezing and repeating through the winter days

Just picture me a seed
Reaching out, wishing the clouds were gone
I'm dormant and I'm naked and unyielding 'til the seasons change

Oh My Days
I can see the sun today
In all this haze
Can I count you in today?

I'm not trying to change your mind
But if you ever ever want me too
I'll be standing right behind you waiting for you just to turn your little head

But maybe you just wanna wait
To see how long that I will follow you
And I'll be standing right behind you waiting for you just to turn your little head

Discography

Zeroth Law (2011)

1. Dead in Your Aim
2. Penny
3. My Days
4. Change Your Head
5. I Can Hang Myself
6. Mannish Lady
7. Fairweather Friend
8. Fallout
9. Character Flaw
10. Tell You Lies
11. The Only Way
12. So Long

Greatest of These (2007)

1. Bleeding Temple
2. Strikedown
3. Please Appease Me
4. Minor Resistance
5. In My Defense
6. My Friend, the Devil
7. Dust5
8. Gutwrench
9. Make the Trip
10. Last Day, First Day
11. Goodman
12. Don't Back Down On Me
13. Hope to Keep
14. Valediction

Set List

My Days
Gutwrence
Character Flaw
My Friend, The Devil
Bleeding Temple
Dead in Your Aim
The Only Way
Hang Myself
Change Your Head
Fallout