Alphanaut

Alphanaut

 Palm Springs, California, USA
BandElectronicRock

Alphanaut is the musical brainchild of Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Mark Alan. Formed in 2008, the project was conceived as a musical collective with Alan coordinating the talents of a wide variety of musician friends and acquaintances.

Now backed by a six member band, Mark and the group are now moving into performance mode booking gigs for the remainder of 2017 and into the New Year.

Biography

Alphanaut is the musical brainchild of Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Mark Alan. Formed in 2008, the project was conceived as a musical collective with Alan coordinating the talents of a wide variety of musician friends and acquaintances.

Now backed by a six member band, Mark and the group are now moving into performance mode booking gigs for the remainder of 2017 and into the New Year.

Raised near Seattle, Mark spent time in bands writing and recording music since high school. Moving to Los Angeles in his early 20’s he formed his own band called ‘November’ which he fronted for nearly a decade. Not wanting to get locked into any one particular sound this time, the flexible concept of Alphanaut has allowed Mark to move freely with each album release touching on everything from 80s inspired art rock to lush orchestral works, ambient and even jazz.

Mark has been honored to have his work licensed in feature films and television both in the US and Europe, including the song “Don’t Hide Away From the Sun” which was used during the closing credits of the film “Stag Night”.

Last year's album release "Meanwhile Back on Earth", a modern electronic-pop collection inspired by sounds from the 60s, 70s, 80s and now, is followed by a new album of instrumental pieces called 'Ethers and Abstractions'. A new pop EP is in the works with a single due out at the end of the year.


Lyrics

Back To the Stars

Written By: Mark Alan

You brought my life adventure
Enough to fill up this book
Left it in the hallway
If you want to take a look

There was heartache, laughter, beauty and scars
But every chapter has it’s end
I’m heading back to the stars

Back to the stars
The stars are pouring down on me
The universe surrounding me

I really loved to love you all
And all the joy that you shared
Nice to see you all here today
To know so many cared

Nothing better than the times such as ours
Remember nothing ever really ends
I’m just heading back to the stars

Back to the stars
The stars are pouring down on me
The universe surrounding me

Everything circles around and then
Everything circles around and again

May the stars follow you, wherever you are

Electricity

Written By: Fox Scarlett

I kissed you once
It must have been years ago
I kissed you once
And that’s how I know

That one and all it was revealed to me
Electricity, electricity

I know it’s true
Those stupid little things they say
Proof through and through
Like some dumb cliche

If not for you, well then for me
Electricity, electrify

I kissed you once
It feels like it was yesterday
I kissed you once
Then it all blew away

And now you know never to a cynic be
Electricity, electricity

Run

Written By: Mark Alan

Salt and sea call to me
So blue and vast is the sea
So much life ahead of me
Beautiful ocean, beautiful sea

I'm running to the waves but my feet are still dry
Racing to the point where the sea meets the sky
I've got to run, run, run
I've got to run, run, run

The wind has got my name again
These are days I wish would never end
Beautiful ocean, beautiful sea
Beautiful light inside of me

I'm running to the waves but my feet are still dry
Racing to the point where the sea meets the sky
I've got to run, run, run
I've got to run, run, run

If I could build a boat
I'd captain it far and wide
To some place I could live
Where the sun would be my guide

Where I can keep on running, I can keep on running

Little bird take me with you
To some place far across the sea
Beautiful ocean, beautiful sea

Unnecessary Soldier

Written By: Mark Alan

Throw down your arms and fall into mine
Leave the world outside to its force and fighting
Let the world keep spinning in war
There's never any winning in war
You and I can bind both sides

I'm gonna be an unnecessary soldier
Soldiering on, soldering on

No blood no strife
Treaty is ready to be signed
We'll forge the future
A symphony of peace in mind
There's no harm in disarming your bombs
There's no harm in arming your heart
Lets try

I'm gonna be an unnecessary soldier
Soldiering on, soldering on
You and I can be unnecessary soldiers
Soldiering on, soldering on

I'm gonna be an unnecessary soldier
Soldiering on, soldering on
(with great prosperity, hope and clarity, to fall in line with peace love and charity)
You and I can be unnecessary soldiers
(with great prosperity, hope and clarity, to fall in line with peace love and charity)
Soldiering on, soldering on

Father's Day

Written By: Mark Alan

Packed up my car when I was twenty-one
Traded home life for a place in the sun
Had my sights upon the haze of LA
We said goodbye it was Father’s Day

The city nights had me high on the street
An angry decade knocked me off of my feet
All ambition had me out on the run
For my dreams waiting out in the sun

I know it’s been such a long time
Mountains and peaks left unclimbed
If I could only hold back the seas
I’d change the course of history

Forget the days when we came to blows
Foolish men in our masculine pose
Mother tried to keep our anger at bay
We cried in shame it was Father’s Day

Gone to places I should have never been
Traded justice just to keep myself clean
Took me back like the prodigal son
And wished me well for my days in the sun

I know it’s been such a long time
Mountains and peaks left unclimbed
If I could only hold back the seas
I’d bring you back here with me

So many years kept apart in my youth
Wrote a letter just to tell you the truth
Wasn’t the man you thought I would be
Found out you loved me unconditionally

It’s eighteen years since you’ve been away
Still remember like it was yesterday
So from my little place in the sun
Want to wish you happy Father’s Day

Never Been To Athens

Written By: Mark Alan

I'm a man of many words
Though few have been said
I viewed them all perspectively
But hid them away in my head

I've never been to Athens
I've never been to Rome
Never been anywhere that ever felt like home
I never had a compass to show me the way
To the safety of your arms

Tethered to the Earth
In the shadow of my fears
I may have smiled
But I never met their eyes in twenty years

I've never been to Athens…

The wind rises and carries me
To the places I'd dreamt I'd be
I close my eyes, strengthen ties
And see your eyes right in front of me

I've never been to Athens…

I've never been to Venus
I've never been to Mars
I've never been some place
With so many stars
I drift of towards them
And find my own way
Can you see me, can you see me

Think Too Much

Written By: Mark Alan

We danced across the sand like children
Never even walked until then
In silent voices someone sang
Of all the truth that youth once brang

There's only one moment and that is now
I think, I think, I think too much
It's all in between us here somehow
Logic gets in the way when you think too much

We whispered in the mind of millions
Never even talked until then
The words of truth evolve from slang
To the place where proof once rang
The sand was moist and the air was dry
Like the day of the big bang

There's only one moment and that is now
I think, I think, I think too much
It's all in between us here somehow
Logic gets in the way when you think too much

I come unwound cause I think too much
I’m out of bounds when I think too much
You pull me down when I think too much
Ship ran aground cause we think too much

There's only one moment and that is now
I think, I think, I think too much
It's all in between us here somehow
Logic gets in the way when you think too much

I come unwound cause I think too much
I’m out of bounds when I think too much
Fall off my cloud when I think too much
Ship ran aground because we think too much

Family Tree

Written By: Mark Alan

Reach up to the leaves
And tap into the veins
Dig down to the root
Extracting every name

Bend into the wind
With one ear to the ground
Listen to the voices
Recording every sound

Jack, Cecil and Stephanie
All reside beside me
Dennis, Barry and Ethelene
Nesting in the branches of my family tree

Laura, Austyn and Jeremy
All reside beside me
Berger, Cibal and aunt Pauline
Nesting in the branches of my family tree

All of us together

Mother, I’m going to buy you that island
Father, I want to take to the sea

Tonia, Vickie, Kristin, Chuck
I wish you all the best of luck

Dylan, Greer, Amanda, Gable
Seated ‘round this great big table

Dana, Roni, Rocky, Janet
Reach your arms around the planet

Brandon, Azure and Raquel
Here’s a shout to wish you well

Linzey, Jozie, Vinnie, Britney
Come on up and sit right by me
Under the family tree

Discography

Ethers & Abstractions (Instrumentals) - 2017
Meanwhile Back On Earth - 2106
Heroes - Single (David Bowie Cover) - 2016
Happy Xmas - War Is Over (John Lennon Cover) - 2105
Life On Mars - Single (David Bowie Cover) - 2014
Future Chemicals - 2013
Little Sun - 2102
Out of Orbit - 2010
The Lunar Age - 2009

Set List

SETLIST FOR FALL/WINTER 2016

Run
Electricity
Unnecessary Soldier
Back To the Stars
Jennifer
Never Been To Athens
Father's Day
Family Tree
Look to the Future
Think Too Much
Heroes