Aduro

Aduro

 Norfolk, Virginia, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Aduro is the Latin imperative of the verb “set ablaze,”. Less than one year after forming, this indie/rock group from Norfolk, VA built up a reputation for high-energy live shows, professional demeanor, and a genre-transcending musical style.

Biography

Fusing elements of post-rock with more traditional rock stylings, the Indie-Rock band Aduro from Norfolk, VA combines tight, driving drum and bass rhythms with ambient guitar and synth lines to provide a solid foundation for frontman Travis Heath’s powerful rock vocals. Their breakout single, “House of Cards,” took them to a dominant position regionally in early 2011. This success turned national when the band was voted the “best unsigned artist” out of over a thousand entrants and awarded a spot at the prestigious “Live in the Vineyard, Presented by Aloft Hotels.” Here, they were called “a band to watch” and shared the stage with national acts O.A.R., Jack’s Mannequin, Daughtry, Safety Suit, Javier Colon, and Christina Perri, among others. Shortly after, they were announced as top 10 finalists in Jansport’s Battle of the Bands, an international competition between thousands of bands.

As an unsigned act, the band relies heavily on their down-to-earth grassroots campaign to build a fanbase. Their musical and personal appeal has served them well; shortly after the start of their national success, Sonicbids praised this powerful connection between band and fans on their “Daily Gig Guide.” Independent blogs and radio stations have taken up the call to arms, with NPR’s “Out of the Box” naming them as one of the region’s “Top 10 Alt-Rock bands of 2011” and PopCultureShock praising their debut release: “Every track from the band’s current EP ‘Listen…‘ resonates with a musical vibe that’s a combination of edge, feel good and inspirational.”

Aduro’s live shows are also lauded by reviewers, who frequently comment on the band’s personality. Though each member hails from a different part of the globe, they’ve formed powerful family-like bonds with one another. Their performances are tight and clean, and each member clearly values their relationship with the rest of the band. With the release of their self-titled 2nd EP slated for April 2012 and an East Coast tour in the works for Summer 2012, Aduro is working hard to spread their music and nourish their constantly-growing fanbase.

Lyrics

House of Cards

Written By: Travis Heath/Mujtaba Habib

When I told you I was leaving

You begged me not to go

But the clock in the wall has been moving far too slowly

For how long God only knows

You see that you, had to know that everything we had was falling through

In your house of cards

You were my queen I was your king, but baby together we didn't have jack that was left for us

In your house of cards

So I packed up my things and I hit the road

Destination God only knows

You see baby it wasn't you, it wasn't you, not completely

It was what we would become

You see that you had to know that everything we had was falling through

In your house of cards

You were my queen, I was your king, but baby together we didn't have jack that was left for us

In your house of cards

Ohh ohhhh ohhhh ohhhh ohhhh ohhhh ohhh ohhh

Everything was falling through

Baby we were falling through

Everything was falling

Baby we were falling

Chorus...

Hearts on Fire

Written By: Travis Heath/Mujtaba Habib

You told me that you loved me once you promised me your life
Was it all a lie?
It’s your guile that charred these stable walls we’ve built around our hearts that were once intertwined
This steadfast life we’ve worked so hard to build is crumbling down before my eyes
My eyes
Hallowed walls and weakened beams of former vows are now just struggling to survive
I’ve lost
Goodbye
Beleaguered on uncertain ground I’m staggered by each enduring breath
Desolate
Broken bridges of your promises I’m left across an endless hole with no plan to cross
Indiscretions leave me fragile, broke and terrified I’m yearning for the end
The end
Scorned by what I’ve seen, burning embers light the darkness between us
So tell me now what’s left?
There’s a fire burning in my soul and your lies have a rising fuel effect in my chest
This pounding heart’s a rhythm now crescendoing
Should I burn this whole thing down?
Cause that’s where I’ve been left
With hearts on fire
With hearts on fire
With hearts on fire
With hearts on fire
With hearts on fire
With hearts on fire

Del Mar

Written By: Travis Heath/Mujtaba Habib

You met me by the water so long ago
The ocean, our battleground from years before
We drew lines in the sand I watched you walk away
I’m haunted by your face so far away
So far away
So far away
You were meant for me
Take me from the sea
Break your chains with me and set me free
Set me free
The nomads, they came from the western shore
They beat me with bats and chains forevermore
They drug me to the water, I watched you slip away
Still haunted by your face so far away
So far away
So far away
You were meant for me
Take me from the sea
Break your chains with me and set me free
Set me free
You were meant for me
Take me from the sea
Break your chains with me and set me free
Set me free

Poly-rhythmic Love

Written By: Travis Heath/Mujtaba Habib

Memories, life’s faithful memories, are lying on the floor
You were there, my lady Guinevere, divine yet insecure
Away from you I’ll run so far away
Just promise you won’t…
Stars may grow and planets fade away, but you’re my constant dear
Stay with me and say you’ll lay with me
Don’t change a thing for fear
Away from you I’ll run so far away
Just promise you won’t…
Take me
Break me
Take me
Break me
Away from you I’ll run so far away from you
Away from you
Away from you

Casualty

Written By: Travis Heath/Mujtaba Habib

Cold and lonely, in my only time of peace that I have had today
Reading letters from my family in a place that’s oh so far away
And this cold ground is my bed now as I lie awake from all the noise
Someone cries out, “This is what we’ve trained about”…but this isn’t where I’m supposed to be
It’s not where I should be…
Rocket’s red glare in the night air as we charge up over the hill with gun in hand
Someone cries out, “This is what we’ve trained about”…but this isn’t where I’m supposed to be
But this war
This is war
Gunshots ring out in the night
Sounds of screams in visceral harmony
Searing pain now, makes my chest pound
Think of home as I fall to my knees…
How’d this come to be?
And I lie down on the charred ground all alone
There’s no glory left in me
Someone cries out, “This is what we’ve trained about”
But this isn’t where anyone should be
But this war
This is war
Silence cuts through the violence
We saw the car coming clear around the block…
Mama cried out, “This is what we’ve talked about. Dad, take the kids and hide them clear on down the hall.”
Shiny dress shoes in their dress blues, with a flag so neatly folded in gloved hand
Mama cried out, “This is what I’ve dreamt about! My little boy ain’t ever coming home!”
But this is war
This is war

Discography

Aduro's second EP: Hearts on Fire

Recorded at Clay Garden Studios, Mastered at Tom Waltz Studios

Brad Rosenberg: Engineer/Mixing
Tom Waltz: Mastering Engineer

Set List

Hearts on fire
Del Mar
This can't last
Casualty
History of us
Raise Your Voice
Unreached Potential
Hearts on Fire
I am Icarus
House of Cards