Alibi

Alibi

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Alibi’s unique instrumentation lends them a flexible music style synthesizing rock, jazz, pop and blues in part because of the diverse backgrounds of the five members that draw from jazz, classical music and even a barbershop quartet.

Biography

Alibi’s unique instrumentation, consisting of electric and acoustic guitars, upright bass, saxophone, piano and drums, generates an open music style synthesizing rock, jazz, pop and blues. This distinctive combination originates from the diverse backgrounds of the five members of the group, owing talent to their experience in jazz, classical music, and even a barbershop quartet.

Alibi’s music was once described as “…the instrumentation of Dave Matthews, the lyrics of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the voice of James Taylor.” Though maybe not entirely accurate, this view of Alibi captures their elusive sound. It’s hard – if not impossible – to compare Alibi with any one artist. Half a dozen obvious influences come to mind, though, such as: John Mayer, Santana, Pink Floyd, Ben Folds, Coldplay and Maroon 5.

Established by Reid Draper and Brian Grahn in 2001, the group started as an acoustic-rock duo, relying only on vocals, acoustic guitar, and upright bass to carry their message. The group’s sound began to grow with the addition of Ryan McMichael, who added a heavy element of jazz to their music, incorporating melodic piano and saxophone. After hearing the soaring guitar licks of a childhood friend, Draper immediately requested Rob Turer join the band as the lead guitarist. After a brief and impressive audition during a morning rehearsal, Sam Drazin was quickly added to the lineup on percussion.

Largely due to the young age of the group, Alibi began playing small venues such as local coffee houses, talent shows, and anywhere they could be heard. Over the short period of time since the group’s formation, Alibi has had numerous achievements, such as winning Exposure, a “Battle of the Bands” competition at Washington D.C.’s largest nightclub – Nation. After surpassing over forty Maryland, Virginia and D.C. bands, Alibi was awarded twenty-four hours of recording time at Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church, Virginia. Supplementing this with over 26 additional hours, financed by almost three hundred CD presales and numerous performances, Alibi’s debut album, Runaway, is now finally complete, and is currently available for purchase at various retail locations including: iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, cdbaby.com, and TowerRecords.com.

Lyrics

Amelia

Written By: Alibi

You and I, lost in ourselves
For the first time, you were alone with me
Neither of us ever saw this coming
Both of us afraid of change

Big mistakes in relationships
Things that you never will forget
It seems I lost you even before I had you
It seems you were my temporary dream

So I scream, Amelia
So I scream, Amelia

I try to forget the mistakes I’ve made
I block them all out of my mind
But there are some things to big to forget
I can’t leave this one behind

So I scream, Amelia
So I scream, Amelia

The One Thing

Written By: Alibi

I have seen the darkness fall over me
I have known the sweetest things pack up and leave
And there’s one thing that I’ve learned
Is you can always get burned

Expect the unexpected when you’re dealing with love
Because the next thing you know someone screws up
And in time you’ll see
That things come back if they are meant to be

And I can’t wait until I come home
So I can find you standing there
With open arms
And I can’t wait to hear you say
Those three words because
You’re the one thing that matters
The one thing that matters

Some people say you just got to give up
Well I will stand and fight, I say you gotta be tough
And maybe someday
You can say I’m wrong, til then I stay

And I can’t wait until I come home
So I can find you standing there
With open arms
And I can’t wait to hear you say
Those three words because
You’re the one thing that matters
The one thing that matters

Don’t give up on me now
You would have left a long, long time ago
Don’t give up on me now…

And I can’t wait til I come home
So I can find you standing there
With open arms
And I can’t wait to hear you say
Those three words
Cuz you’re the one thing that matters
You’re the only thing that matters

Sitting Here

Written By: Alibi

I find myself just sitting here
Looking back on what I’ve done
You can’t live a life of regrets
But you can’t live without some

Sometimes
It’s harder on your own
And I know
I’m better off alone

And I’m moving on
It’s easier to forget you when you’re gone

I find myself just sitting here
Thinking of you
Why am I second guessing again?
Well I’ve got nothing else to do

You’re gone
I forgot who I was
Though I’m lost
I’ve found myself

And I’m moving on
It’s easier to forget you when you're gone

I forgot who I was
And though I’m lost
It seems that I found myself
I found myself

Discography

-Alibi EP
-Alibi Live at the RHHStival DVD
-Runaway (Full length CD)

Set List

Amelia
Let it Rain
Breakdown
The One Thing
Framed
Sitting Here
Apologies
Runaway
April Morning
Break
Pride and Joy (cover)
Sleepless