Air This Side of Caution

Air This Side of Caution

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The sound is refreshingly new but oddly familiar, grabbing even the most discerning ears' attention at first listen, burning the melodies into the brain. Passion & sincerity are not only evident but immediately obvious without being elitist; this is a band that cares about the world around it.

Biography

Air This Side of Caution

Some people start bands because they want fame & fortune. Others start because they have nothing better to do. The rare exception is a band that believes music is an end unto itself, rather than a means to an end. Air This Side of Caution is that exception, a Chicago quartet that recently found themselves with the creation and release of their sophomore album, Nature Will Turn On Us.

The new record marks a shift in the band's attitude: they no longer hesitate to write about their beliefs. Almost every track on the self-produced album has a societal or political comment coursing through it. "Here We Go" rants against Enron, while "Details & Structures" echoes the record's dark title, wondering if humanity will stop the destruction of our environment before it's too late. Other themes include anti-war as well as anti-Bush sentiments; musings on work and life in Corporate America; and Raine’s struggle with depression and suicide.

Although its message is intense and thought-provoking, Nature Will Turn On Us maintains a strong pop sensibility. "It's kind of a 'right here, right now, this is what you should be listening to' attitude," says Richard Milne of Chicago's 93.1 WXRT. "I specifically like the confidence of the performances."

Much of the confidence captured on tape is a direct result of the band taking control of the recording process. They created a temporary studio at Raine's childhood home in Naperville, Illinois and spent a week hammering out the basic tracks; overdubs were done in the basement of JKid’s house in the Chicago neighborhood Lakeview.

While very apparent on disc, the band's tightness and inherent musicality is even more obvious in their live show. Drawing comparisons to everyone from The Replacements, Radiohead, and Jeff Buckley, they careen from one song to the next, laying down a strong pop foundation at one moment with "Could You Be More?" only to dismantle it with the rich and dark, almost anti-pop bombast of "Carry On."

The weight of their music creates a problem for ATSoC: there is an obvious contradiction between the music they write and their personalities. Sitting in a room with the band is akin to a bus ride home from a junior high field trip, only without adults. The most common sound when with them is laughter; silence is a rarity. "The things we love become part of who we are and what we do. I love dark, emotional music, but I also love The Three Stooges," says Raine. "I'm an optimistic, happy person most of the time because music provides me with a pressure valve, a release. Without it, I'd be dead."

Some bands would see such a contradiction as a roadblock to fame and fortune; ATSoC accepts it as one of the secrets to their success. “It helps us avoid the arguments that destroy the relationships of most bands,” explains JKid. In other words, it grants them the ability to concentrate on what matters. "We create for the sake of creation," offers Raine. "I'd be much happier living in poverty with good songs under my belt rather than living in a mansion, embarrassed and cringing every time I hear myself on the radio."

Band Highlights:

· Chicago Tribune “Pick of the Week”
· Red Eye “Featured Concert”
· Featured Artist in upcoming 2007 Millennium Music Conference
· Featured on Q101, 93.1 WXRT, WGN TV, CLTV, Metromix, & Fearless Radio
· Festival appearances: Taste of Chicago, Rock Around the Block, Taste of Randolph, Summer on Southport, Retro on Roscoe, Lakeview Street Fest, Around the Coyote Arts Festival, Chill on Kingsbury, Clark Street Fest, & MobFest
· Featured in Sauza’s Live All Summer Series 2006, including a performance with DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill at Hard Rock Café Chicago
· Performances with OK GO, Lucky Boy’s Confusion, Local H, Phantom Planet, Absinthe Blind, The Changes, Assassins, Bleu, Aberdeen City, The Webb Brothers, Marcy Playground, The Lovehammers, MOFRO, Bumpus, Michael McDermott, Sleeping at Last, Sponge, Eve 6, Galactic, Naughty by Nature, John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, & The Goo Goo Dolls

Lyrics

Things Just Fall Apart

Written By: J. Schmitt

Lights are out; a storm has come
Have you read the news?
Something wicked this way comes
Did you see it coming?

Ba ba ba, talk too loud
Ba ba ba, talk too proud

Something wicked this way comes
Find a place to hide
Men in blue shoot cowboy hats
Off the heads of chimps

Ba ba ba, talk too loud
Ba ba ba, talk too proud
Things just fall apart

Numbers spinning through the air
I don't know who to believe

Ba ba ba, talk too loud
Ba ba ba, talk too proud
Things just fall apart

You know you talk too loud
Driving in the passing lane
High and proud
Drinking up the gasoline
You're waiting now
To see who will or won't believe
Your half-ass truths
Is there anyone you won't deceive?
You know you talk too loud
Driving in the middle of my
Interstate of mind

Details & Structures

Written By: J. Schmitt

A surface, frigid and shiny
Hypnotize me like a crystal ball
With the real world and safety behind me
How I pray you won’t let me fall

Did we run you down, O my dear?
Did we run you down all this year?

God is in the details; God is in the structure
Brick you like a mason: you die from the rupture
Standing right behind us is teary-eyed Old Mother
Wondering should she save us ‘cause we certainly won’t save each other

Did we run you down, O my dear?
Did we run you down all this year?

Will we wake up?
O please just wake up
Hopefully, we’ll wake up
To find a cure

What's Beyond the Sky?

Written By: J. Schmitt

Believe my intentions are good
Do you believe?
In me; like I never could
Like I never...

O won’t you say it plain?
I’m living life estranged
From the real world

It’s good to be alive
Love my life I do

Baby: you and I can’t breathe
‘Cause we never seem
To find peace in the fates we’ve made

O won’t you say it plain?
I’m living life estranged
From the real world
From the real world

It’s good to be alive
Love my life I do
It’s good to be alive

Breathe deeply, lay back,
And ask why
Wonder: what’s beyond the sky?
What’s beyond the sky?
What happens when we die?
Love my life I do

Rainbow

Written By: J. Schmitt/J. Paul

Rain stops; clouds break
Out comes the sun
Stop your crying today
There’s always
Tomorrow is only a day away
One full turn of the Earth
When the sun splits the sky into one big rainbow

Grind my soul to paste
Use it to mend the waste
We’ve filled the land
And now we are headed for space

O the days move slow
When you’ve lost your soul
And the breeze steals dreams
As easily as it blows
So if you’re feeling low
Would you let me know?
I’ll do my best to bring you
Into the rainbow

Carry On

Written By: J. Paul/J. Schmitt

Ghosts in the corners of life
Waiting to breathe again
Same story you sold last night
Ghosts in the corners of life

Make sure the doctor is in
No alarms to pull
Surprises, you’ve shown me a few
Make sure the doctor is home

And run, run to the sun
Run to the sun
And carry on

Glasses were shattered tonight
Hope you won’t kill for a view
Colorful yarn, spun into big balls of twine

Provide us the violence
Provide us
Provide us the violence
We’ll close our eyelids

And carry on

Run, run to the sun
Run to the sun
You act like you’ve just begun

So carry on
Carry on

Provide us the violence
We’ll close our eyelids

Could You Be More?

Written By: J. Schmitt/J. Paul

First time I saw you
I went deaf
I hope you like the mix I made you
Might just be my best yet

Could you be more
Than you already are?
Could you be more?

All the lives I’ve lived out waiting
For your touch
Way too old for hesitating
Never believed in it much

All in all, all in all, all in all
Could you be?

Could you be more
Than you already are?

I’m in luck
Here’s another dollar
Now I’m stuck
Tightening these ties around my fears
I’ve been standing here for hours
And days go by
Like staring at a clock
With no gears

All in all, all in all, all in all
Could you be?

Could you be more
Than you already are?

Discography

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (2002)
Things Just Fall Apart EP (2005)
Nature Will Turn On Us (2006)

Set List

Originals from our 1st & 2nd records as well as b-sides and unrecorded/unreleased originals with an unusual cover here and there.

Set length is typically 45 to 50 minutes, but 90 minutes is preferred whenever time allows.

Past covers:

Crazy - Seal
Creep - Radiohead
Here Comes A Regular - The Replacements
Cherub Rock - The Smashing Pumpkins
Don't Dream, It's Over - Crowded House
Give It Away- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd