20 Riverside

20 Riverside

 Everett, Washington, USA
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Seattle's 20 Riverside blends the classic rock and brassy horns of Chicago and the funky grooves of Tower of Power and adds to it the hip-hop rhythms and social commentary of the Roots. This band proves that "rap-rock doesn't have to be an epithet." (Andrew Gospe, Seattle Weekly)

Biography

20 Riverside blends the classic rock and brassy horns of Chicago and the funky grooves of Tower of Power and adds to it the hip-hop rhythms and social commentary of the Roots. The six multi-instrumentalist members started playing together in high school and today are one of the most active funk and hip-hop groups in the Pacific Northwest. This band proves that rap-rock doesnt have to be an epithet. Their music is about community, hope, love, struggle, celebration and staying true to yourself without compromise. Influences include James Brown, Chicago, the Roots, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Marvin Gaye and Tower of Power.

Formed in Everett, Washington in the Spring of 2008. Founding members Aron Glidden, Dustin Haggerty and Dave Luxmore met while riding Everett Transit's 20 Riverside bus route that ran past each of their houses. They became fast friends and formed what is now 20 Riverside.

Aron, Dustin and Dave began jamming and recording in a basement for years, then later moving to Aron's Mother's garage in the spring and summer of 2008. At this time they recruited keyboard/trumpet player Ian Plagmann, a friend of Aron and Dave's from Everett High School Jazz Band. Ian's elegant touch on keyboards and piano helped add depth to the music and his horn playing helped fill out the horn section. Soon after, Aron recruited childhood friend and music collaborator Eli Davidson to join the band and take over on drums and backing vocals. In the fall of 2008 Long time friend of Ian's and fellow Everett High Jazz alum, James Orr started sitting in on some jam sessions and made guest appearances at several live shows on saxophone. In January 2009 James joined the band as its sixth member and the final line-up became Aron Glidden - rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Dustin Haggerty - lead MC and lead guitar, Dave Luxmore - bass, trombone, and MC, Eli Davidson - drums and backup vocals, James Orr - saxophone and woodwinds, and Ian Plagmann - keyboards and trumpet.

Lyrics

Better Days

Written By: Aron Glidden,Dustin Haggerty, Dustin Haggerty

Better days, I've seen a few
But that won't stop what I'm gonna do
No, I'm not changin' my mind
Money ain't what I need
I got the Earth to walk and the air to breathe
No, I'm not wastin' no time
20 Riverside and who are you
'cuz I don't know what I'm goin' do
Lord, I know rhythm is hard to find
(I know that rhythm is hard to find)

Remember they used to teach us to stand up for our beliefs?
Yeah, that period was brief
And now it's suddenly ceased
But for some of us, that time didn't exist at all
And it's appallin'
How low your expectations can fall when
They got you feelin' small and
Economy's crawlin'
And nobody can save you so who are you callin'?
The system's been corrupted so the engine is stallin'
I'm sick of playin' it safe so now I'm throwin' it all in

Money ain't what I need
I got the Earth to walk and the air to breathe
No, I'm not wastin' no time
(No I'm not wastin' no time)

Better days, I've seen a few
That won't stop what I'm gonna do
No, I'm not changin' my mind
Money ain't what I need
I got the Earth to walk and the air to breathe
No I'm not wastin' my time
(No I'm not wastin' my time)

Throwin' It Down (Beside the Sea)

Written By: Aron Glidden,Dustin Haggerty, Dustin Haggerty

CHORUS:
throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down for you to see
just what we do beside the sea
whats your excuse to ride with me?
it's too profuse for eyes to see
throwin' it down beside the sea
throwin' it down beside the sea

comin' right in off the coast
and so we toast
to those who we love the most
with your glasses in the air
while the barbeque roasts
and stay close to one another
you got the bread i got the butter
with so many sisters and brothers
we got this chillin' shit covered
so it's time to take a minute
and put it into perspective
a quest through the west
to be the best is my objective
mindset - reflective
mood - introspective
all the while makin' you smile is my insentive

words don't fail me now
i lay on the ground
and i pray
that my way'll be found
'cuz every day is a chance to add
another memory that otherwise
you never would've had
it's a sad, sad state of affairs
when nobody knows cuz nobody cares
hopin' that there's another way
that i can make it
'cuz all the bullshit i been through
i can no longer take it

CHORUS

What's That Sound?

Written By: Aron Glidden,Dustin Haggerty, Dustin Haggerty

What's that sound?
I can't explain, I finally found a way that I can make it through the pain
Rain comes down
Hits on the ground of my slum town, I float but some drown
It's a hard way to be
When you're feelin' like a slave in the land of the free
Somebody just save my soul
Before I give up hope and just lose control
Let me hear you say - What's that sound?
I can't explain, I finally found a way that I can make it through the pain
Rain comes down
Hits on the ground of my slum town, I float but some drown
It's a hard way to be
When you're feelin' like a slave in the land of the free
Somebody just save my soul
Before I give up hope and just lose control

Yo I'm a strange enough man with rearrangeable plans
talent lands in generations interchangable hands
What happened to takin' a stand?
We demonstrate to the man
We doin' away with crooked politicians rapin' the land
Were not okay with grown children layin' face in the sand
So make some noise for girls and boys who really do understand
We went from bland to grand by way of contraband
And this band's intangible jams
Hip-hop upon the 20 money never was the plan
And it's funny how sunny days are not my biggest fan
But I'm a fan of them, Doritos and M&Ms
Smokin' cigarettes and such in the clutches of much phlegm
And fans, never gave a fuck if I rocked brands
Dedicated, celebrated related to this band of men
Who keep rockin hip-hoppin' until the end
because before the music happened we were all just friends

What's that sound?
I can't explain, I finally found a way that I can make it through the pain
Rain comes down
Hits on the ground of my slum town, I float but some drown
It's a hard way to be
When you're feelin' like a slave in the land of the free
Somebody just save my soul
Before I give up hope and just lose control
Let me hear you say - What's that sound?
I can't explain, I finally found a way that I can make it through the pain
Rain comes down
Hits on the ground of my slum town, I float but some drown
It's a hard way to be
When you're feelin' like a slave in the land of the free
Somebody just save my soul
Before I give up hope and just lose control
Let me hear you say - What's That Sound?

Sound Sittin'

Written By: Aron Glidden,Dustin Haggerty,Dave Luxmore, Dave Luxmore

Sing your song
To the pages of history
You gotta prove them wrong
Let 'em know how sweet this life can be
All the things I thought I'd say
Lose my mind, drift away from this world
Leave your earthly burdens in the
See
Me now, I'm a man and all things tremble in my
Wake
Your soul to override your mind's control

I won't hesitate to debate the facts straight
If I can think it and write it you can sit and relate
And nine times out of ten you can bring it back again
But it'll never be as good as it was way back when
So don't test, look away and go back to your own quest
I must confess, I feel goddamn blessed
And yes, I do get stressed and depressed
But who in the fuck doesn't it's all part of the test
It's the best to be bustin' Dustin just in case you didn't know
Yo, I didn't do it for the dough
So now I'm set and I'm willin' to bet
We've all had bad times too good to regret
Sittin' Riverside sippin' gettin' technically wrecked
It all starts at a place in the base of the neck
And it ends with a riddle and a bit of guit-fiddle in the middle there's a little bit of microphone check
One, two!
So tell me what you really wanna do
Kung Fu!
Is how we sling it when we bring it to you
We run through!
To the back with some Jack to relax and you'll probably catch me sippin' on a bit of rum, too
And then it's microphone, checkrophone, step into the wreckin zone
Eli's on the kit and he's legit without a metronome
Yes, we do protect our own, your beats are better left alone
Talkin' shit to me and Aron G you better check your tone

Sing your song
To the pages of history
You've gotta prove them wrong
Let 'em know how sweet this life can be
All the things I thought I'd say
Lose my mind and Drift away from this world
Leave your earthly burdens in the sea

Who got ya?
The 20 Riverside got ya
Who got ya?
The 20 Riverside got ya
Who got ya?
The 20 Riverside got ya
Who got ya?
20 Riverside got ya