absente

absente

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What this threesome is is a fiercely original band with a heart ... a group of musicians with a novel and unique sound.

Biography

"absente"

“If he didn’t drink absinthe, he would be somebody else. Personality must be accepted for what it is. You mustn’t mind that a poet is a drunk, rather than drunks are not always poets.”

Together Robb Renzoni, Derek Gustafson, and Michael Neufeld make perfect sense. Their tenacity and desire to perform overshadow all logic. Their individual styles have evolved into a whirlwind of aggressive rock, which has catapulted them into the 21st Century music scene. They work diligently together and have morphed into the solid entity they are today. Their passion for the music and cohesiveness as a band continues to lead the way, which has captured their signature sound.
Within a very short period of time they have created a musical sensation that has far surpassed all other genres of music. They have embraced a sound of the “times” and continue to create the very music that allures their fans.
The great Adam Hamilton, independent producer and bassist for L.A. Guns, has incorporated his talents along with veteran engineer Brian Grimmel, to produce the band’s first self-titled EP.
One of the newest members of the team and a gentleman who lends his ear adding dynamics and poise to the music is engineer Mr. Bryan Davis. Bryan is presently recording four new tracks with the band.
After the completion of this eclectic compilation of songs they sought the representation of Eddie Anderson (former manager for David Lee Roth) who has worked intently with the band bringing this project to the next level.
“Absente” you say! From where does the name come? Glad you asked my good man?
Toulouse-Lautrec drank it from a hollowed wooden walking stick. Degas immortalized it in his bleary-eyed painting, “Absinthe Drinker.” And Van Gogh nursed a disturbed mind on the aquamarine liquor, which may have encouraged him to amputate his ear.
“It is literary and hedonistic at the same time. It appeals to serious drinkers, thinkers and artists.” Absinthe encourages conversation, independent thought and creativity.
After building their studio, they raised their glasses and toasted with the drink Absinthe. The proclamation led to the incarnation of an electrified digital tribe of the new dawn.
VOILA, “absente” THE BAND

“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are. And that is the most horrible thing in the world.”

--Oscar Wilde

Robb Renzoni A Buffalo New York native. He is the former drummer and co-singer for L.A based blues band “The Magnatones” and took first place in the 2000 national poetry and lyric writing competition. Robb has a signature Baritone sound that attracts many different types of audiences, Robb has found inspiration in many people, but relies on his spiritual ties that have been instilled in him by the Navajo Nation. We think of Robb as the digital shaman, a plugged in, electric warrior of the new dawn.

Derek Gustafson Hometown Buffalo, New York. Won best band and best guitarist of 2000 at Manhattan Beach’s battle of the bands with the blues group, “The Magnatones”. Derek was also guitarist for former L.A. punk band, Suckerpunch. “ I have two loves in my life, one allows me musical creativity, and the other well, err, Miller Lite.” Please meet the man with six strings and twelve fingers. They say, “Never trust a man who doesn’t drink,” Derek is the most
trustworthy man on the planet.

Michael Neufeld Born and raised in New York City. Michael was the guitarist in the band Bustin’ Out, published on Venus Record’s compilation album. Session work at the Hit Factory & Electric Lady Land Studio, NYC. Michael has found inspiration for writing his music in the city that never sleeps. He takes from the streets and jots onto paper. The backbone of this band and an integral part of the music. He is unattached and ready to rock. Mike’s pleasures are Cuban cigars and Absente/Absinthe, (when available.)


Lyrics

502

Written By: "absente"

Driving around, looking for the right way
Laughing out loud, feeling just fine today
Took a wrong turn and sirens started wailing
Just cause you passed, that don't mean I'm failing

Step outside and walk along the tight rope
Touch your nose and look into the light dope
1-2-3, A-B-C
don't look down, look straight at me

yes sir, no sir, I really don't know sir
one maybe two, bro
shut your mouth so you can blow

502, 502
I know you don't care what I say
502, decked in blue
I know you you're like black Monday

Here I am again, lying on a concrete bed
Bruised and offbeat, I wonder what I just said
Now I'm swerving again, a cold spirit right by my side
Hey power hungry fool, how about I give you a ride, give you a ride

Step outside and walk along the tight rope
Touch your nose and look into the light dope
1-2-3, A-B-C
don't look down, look straight at me

yes sir, no sir, I really don't know sir
one maybe two, bro
shut your mouth so you can blow

502, 502
I know you don't care what I say
502, decked in blue
I know you you're like black Monday

502, 502
I know you don't care what I say
502, decked in blue
I know you know I'll be back someday

I'll be back someday

John Deere

Written By: "absente"

It seems like only yesterday
When I walked the long road
It was in a different way
Than I was led to be told

Driving down route sixty-two
Driving down route sixty-two
A rusted deere seemed so true
But it was only I who knew
A million to one he would come through

(Chorus)

For the friends, for his family
And for a state
A dreadful circumstance, memories will not erase
We all walk the long road
So I’m gonna just live for now

And as the clock had struck the hour
I sat beside bloodstained flowers
Nothing matters anymore, but I still remember you

The road leads us to a circus
It’s standing there waiting for us
The tickets are for the ride
But that’s up for you to decide

Proud

Written By: "absente"

After all this time
I hope I've made you proud
After all this time

Tonight I sit back and grin as I glance at this painted generation
The sound of rushing water down by the cape and all of our tradition
The day you took my hand as we walked along that rocky cobblestone
I still look to you in that way this world was a better place then

After all this time

On the rise among the vines, our roots were clearly planted
And those conversations come up all over again
Reminisce on the tales that were told long ago, your courage still stands
I felt safe sitting by your side you were always there to lend me your hand

After all this time I hope I’ve made you proud
And you peer down if only for a while
After all this time I hope I’ve never let you down
Until there are no stars anymore

We were riding on horseback and I tried to take control of the reins
Throw away the confluence of battle and chance it wasn’t the same
Just leave your pride at the door, and try to give me all that you can
Have faith in what I say my son, someday you‘ll be a man

After all this time
I hope I’ve made you proud
After all this time

Discography

Mp3.com/absente
Proud
502
John Deere

Set List

Proud
Sometimes
Overseas Ohio
Happy Hour
21st Century (written by The Doors)
Bleed to Please
6 Degrees
Windowsill
502
Endless
Yesterday