Amadan

Amadan

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For more than nine years, Amadan has been breaking the molds of traditional music, punk rock, and live performance with their intricate and fast-paced three-hour rock shows and searing musicianship. Amadan's sound is post-punk, post-celtic, and post-barroom...world music for the revolution!

Biography

For more than nine years, Amadan has cut its teeth on the clubs, bars, stages, and highways of the Pacific Northwest. In the blue-collar tradition of other regional celtic- and folk-inspired rock acts, Amadan spent five years filling a heavy ~100-gig-per-year schedule with music and cultural festival appearances, college campus events, and the obvious staple: three- to four-hour, high-energy house gigs in various pubs throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Amadan swiftly developed a reputation for raucous, energetic, beer-swilling, punk-inspired shows. Filling those time slots with Gaelic traditionals, American folk tunes, and punk rock covers gave the Amadan players the sustainable energy and cohesive trad and rock chops to churn out a number of developed original songs.

Amadan’s second full-length record, 2004’s “Hell-Bent 4 Victory!,” represented a culmination of those strengths and efforts and an earmark from which the musicians could grow. Amadan filled the next three years honing performance at an increasing number of festival and rock performances on bills with bands ranging from the Clumsy Lovers to The Supersuckers and Eek-A-Mouse to Pepper. During the same period, members Eric Tonsfeldt and Kevin Pardew wrote, arranged, and, ultimately, co-produced the record that became 2007’s “Pacifica.”

Seeking to break the molds of traditional music, punk rock, and live performance with their intricate and fast-paced three-hour rock shows and searing musicianship, their third full-length album betrays a sound that is both post-punk and post-celtic in composition, feel, and influence and post-barroom in energy level and maturity. This is world music from the picket lines and the surface streets, and rock and roll from life’s daily struggles and rewards. This is music for the revolution. This is Amadan.

Lyrics

Serenity

Written By: Eric Tonsfeldt

She was eighteen, and she still must be, I guess
That little squatter named Jen (I think) that we always called “Sis”
She had a Bauhaus patch; her hair and face were a mess
We drank Olys at La Luna and watched the police arrest
Her boyfriend for possession—he was her son-of-a-bitch

I last saw her over at Prescott and 5th
About a week before she died of TSS

Serenity, take me away—there ain’t no place like home
Give me the drunks, the useless punks, and a vacant microphone
I don’t want to see myself through your eyes; I just want to be alone for a while
Put on my own boots and walk a mile

When I was 20 her face was tattooed on the throat of my past,
I gave my punk rock girl for a rude boy patch
Went from phones in my ears and a pack full of Pabst
To a home and a job and friends that would last
I’m not alone with my past; I don’t feel trapped in my class

I last saw her over at Prescott and 5th
About a week before she died of TSS

Serenity, take me away—there ain’t no place like home
Give me the drunks, the useless punks, and a vacant microphone
I don’t want to see myself through your eyes; I just want to be alone for a while
Put on my own boots and walk a mile

It was ten years old when I turned twenty-six
And it’s still hard for squatters to not make me sick
There’s no hand you can lend, no flick of the wrist
To change the mind of a kid who takes what fits in her fists
And leaves only a aftertaste of bitterness

And a view of life through an empty needle and a fifth
I can still see her jacket and face; still hear her laugh

Serenity, take me away—there ain’t no place like home
Give me the drunks, the useless punks, and a vacant microphone
I don’t want to see myself through your eyes; I just want to be alone for a while
Put on my own boots and walk a mile

Discography

Pacifica: 2007
Hell Bent 4 Victory: 2004
Sons of Liberty: 2002

Set List

Sets lists vary depending upon venue and audience.

Songs include original material and limited traditional Irish music and covers.

Sets vary! We can fill two hours+ with original tunes and are comfortable with three-hour performances. Ideal set length is 60-90 minutes.

A majority of our material is original but we include some covers and traditional songs. Bands covered include The Pogues, Rancid and The Bouncing Souls.

Below is a sample set list from the 2007 Vancouver Celtic Festival:

Set 1 - 00:60

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Used to Know
Gates of Aberdeen

$5 Bill
McBeal Mutiny

BARNYARDS
8-24-1688
Leaving of Liverpool

Coming Home
Mescaline
Past and Present

Cadence to a Drunken Arms Deal
Rhyme of the Remittance Man
Another Brass Rail

Set 2 - 00:75

Old North End
Not Your Man

Paddy's Green Shamrock Shores
Backwards Bound
Jeremy’s Jam

Serenity
Rose City
Anchor Tattoo

Republic
Black and Tans

Will Ye Be Proud
Never Nine t