Ahmond

Ahmond

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Introspective edgy pop with a folk base; blending lush guitar, strings, simple melodies and African rhythm and electronic beats.

Biography

Ahmond is a singer-songwriter and instrumental composer. He has just released a self-produced debut album called A Boy You Once Knew. It would be played alongside other urban folk contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Patrick Wolf, Beirut, and Regina Spektor on Adult Alternative stations. The last track on the album "Collision," can already be heard on the first season of the HBO series Rome.

On the album, and in live performances, you will hear Ahmond playing a variety of folk instruments such as mandolins and woodwinds, as well as heavier electric guitars. His vocal styles are reminiscent of Morrissey, Bowie, Kate Bush and perhaps Peter Gabriel. It has been said that when Ahmond sings it sounds like a dragon or a mountain singing. Violins, cellos, and percussion often accompany Ahmond's haunting voice like on the epic track "Go To Africa," which is getting Graceland comparisons.

The music is a balance of pop and edgy experimentation. Ahmond will go from crooning to screeching in one breath without the music ever feeling unapproachable. On the track "Everything Eden," the beginning could almost be something off of a Shirley Collins record or any traditional Celtic record, but Ahmond is not content to stick to these conventions. By the end of the song you hear him belting primal wails similar to those of the BaAka people of the African forest.

Ahmond likes to call his music "Folkloric Rock," because his music is always about the magic in dichotomy and paradox. The "Lore," representing the sacred and traditional, while the "Rock" adds the sex and the twist. Much like the lyrics that kick off the album, the culmination brings one "Into the maelstrom..." of the mysteries within oneself and the land surrounding them.

Prior to Ahmond devoting nearly all of his time to music, he was featured in movies and commercials. He played Diahann Carol and Ruby Dee's great-grandnephew in the movie Having Our Say. At that time, he was also acting and working as a musical director for a theatre group formed to raise awareness about HIV, violence, and other social issues. After leaving the theatre group, he packed one bag and a guitar and left the States to travel around Europe, playing in pubs and on street corners where he honed his skills.

Ahmond is currently based in New York.

Lyrics

A Boy You Once Knew

Written By: Ahmond

Verse:
Into the maelstrom I went
Everywhere I could perceive sensations
I wanted to touch it
I wanted to hold the world in my arms

Chorus:
But I have failed
I did not exist there
I have failed
Just an apparition
A man to be written of inside their books
A boy you once knew in a dream

Verse II:

And to the dearest of hearts
As much as I enjoyed you loving me subconsciously
I do feel it best we abstain from such behavior

Chorus II:
Because I have failed
I did not exist in you
I go in one ear and out the other one
You’ll think of me when you’re strumming guitars
A boy you once knew in a dream

Outro:
I have the whole picture out here
But I can't touch it

Go To Africa

Written By: Ahmond

Verse:

Go to Africa
Help out the world
Feed the homeless
And shelter them all
But look at me
I’m dying without you here
You give your love to everyone
But the one who’ll surely give you theirs

Chorus:
I say that I don’t but I do
I do need you

Verse II:
Go and fight the war
Help out the cause
Plant a tree to clean the air
And give all your clothes to the bare
But look at me
There’s no hope without you dear
You give your heart to everyone
But the one who’ll surely give you theirs

Chorus II:
I say that I don’t but I do
I do need you

Bridge:
So tell me, how could I be selfish
When I gave all I had inside just to keep you smiling
Dear heart, I’ll not stand in your way
But we all could die today
And there’s nothing you can do or say

(Repeat Chorus)

So give me a little love
I need you
Give me a little love
I need you

You're The Life

Written By: Ahmond

Verse:
You're the life of the party
You're the jukebox junkie
You know everybody loves you
But I’m the only one who knows you

Chorus:
All of them want to talk like you / All of them want to dance like you
Do they still want to dance like you
Now that you put yourself underground
Verse II:
You hide yourself in clothes from a shopping mall
Yes your majesty you fooled them all
Well you could have been a movie star
No one ever knows just who you are

Chorus II:
All of them want to dress like you / All of them want to walk like you
Do they still want to walk like you
Now that you put yourself underground

Bridge:
You dance around
Shaking your ass about
But you’re just scared out of your life baby / Scared out of your life child
You're not getting out of this
You're not getting out
So easily

Thundershoes

Written By: Ahmond

Verse:

There is no doubt
Lightning is all about
Thought I heard walking with Thundershoes
Thought I heard walking with Thundershoes

Chorus:

Storming into my room
Thought I had someone too
Storming into my room
Thought the sky sent me you

Verse II:

Touch and Feel
Rumble downstairs
Thought I heard walking with Thundershoes
Thought I heard walking with Thundershoes

Chorus II:

Storming into my room
Thought I had someone too
Storming into my room
Thought the sky sent me you
I hear the rain hit ground
Once again I'm let down
And when the sun arrives
Don't tell me I'll be all right somehow

Outro:

I'm always thinking that there's more to a storm than the rain

Those Damn Things

Written By: Ahmond

Verse:

You wont believe me
But I think there's something surrounding me
You'll think I'm crazy
But I think I'm caught in their writhing ring

I use to hear them just under my bed
But now they're scraping away at my head
Now what
What am I going to do

Chorus:

Those Damn Things
When I get them in my head
Those Damn Things
Digging up my past

(Close your eyes and lay back down
We can excavate the heart of it)

Verse II:

I left my home and went overseas but they just followed me
I don't want to remember
Gravity is weighing in

(Repeat Chorus)

Bridge:

I close my eyes
And lay back down
Can you excavate the heart of it
If you go in
And I go out
Can we get the nit and grit of it

Verse III:

Can a kiss from a nimbus cloud
Chase Shadows out of me
Or will you turn and flee

(Repeat Chorus)

I close my eyes
And lay back down
Can you excavate the heart of it
If you go in
And I go out
Can you get the nit and grit of it

Everything Eden

Written By: Ahmond

Verse:

Pieces
Scattered
Shattered
All in the Garden
You run to pick them up
Got to be one
Cause’ you’re the only one that’s like you
Chorus:
Window is gone
Shame to waste a pretty view
Fell face down
Off the bridge that brings us you
Stubborn child
If you had decided to
Break
All the things they taught to you
You would have been
Everything Eden

Verse II:

Can’t you give a little shard of you my love
Every time you cross our bridge
You bring the serpents back to us
There are wiser mirrors
Like the lake at Glendalough
Turns right into the clouds and oaks
Without even a second thought

(Repeat Chorus)

Outro:
O what a pretty view

The Forgotten Realm

Written By: Ahmond

Verse:

Toe to toe with your ghost
I must be chasing a vagabond
Seeping into Netherworld
And under pavement I find all the things left behind
Being fair for those squares
Never gets you ahead of the line
They put me last on their list
So I put them on one of my own
Left Behind
Chorus:
I am starting to believe that I'll never get from underground
And I can't believe it
I thought I'd be with the ones walking toward a setting sun
And I can't believe I’m a thing left behind
Verse II:
Wishing they could be here
All the balloons that cast their weights and blew far
We could sink as despots
But Pandora still holds hope in jars left behind
Chorus:
I’m the muse of every song that's ever peeled from off your tongue
I know you believed in me
I didn't travel to this world to be my private holocaust
And I can't believe that you'd leave me behind
(I’m here waiting for you)

Discography

A Boy You Once Knew LP - Released Aug. 2008

Set List

A Boy You Once Knew
Go To Africa
You're The Life
Thundershoes
The Forgotten Realm
It's Not Wasted
Halo 8
Leap
Tickle Me Dead
The End of Our Days
Entranced
Behind The Moon
One More Spell
The Star Prayer
When Heroes Fall
The Low Life
Leo and the Nightcrawlers
For My Heart
I've Been Missing
Visitor 12
Everything Eden
Those Damn Things
Reunion

COVERS:
Running Up the Hill - Kate Bush
Only the Lonely - The Motels
Here Comes the Rain Again - Eurythmics
Winter - Tori Amos
Unravel - Bjork
All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
That Voice Again - Peter Gabriel