American Hitmen

American Hitmen

 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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If Muse, The Cult, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, and every great classic rock band were somehow combined into one living, breathing entity, the American Hitmen would be the result. We call our sound "Post-War Hardcore"...

Biography

The American Hitmen formed quite literally in the midst of battle in Fallujah, Iraq, during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004. Brothers Dan and Tim Cord began jamming for their fellow Marines in the smoke pit, after long days of missions, incoming mortars, and firefights, with acoustic guitars in hopes of uplifting everyones spirits. Upon returning home to Camp Pendleton, CA, the Cord brothers brought bassist and fellow Marine, Dan Jarmon, into the band to play bass guitar. The American Hitmen performed all over Southern California and even opened for the Charlie Daniels Band while deployed to Iraq for a second time, although with a different drummer, who decided to continue his career in the Marine Corps instead of pursuing music.
In late 2007, each band member was honorably discharged from active duty in the United States Marine Corps, and the band relocated to Salt Lake City, UT. They met drummer, Phil Snyder, and began working their way up from the unknown garage band from Southern California that they were into one of Utahs premiere rock bands. In 2009, the band was flown out to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Saigon) to perform not only at the countrys first Hard Rock Caf, but also as the first American rock band to perform in Vietnam in 36 years. The American Hitmen were a huge hit, and on the night of Hard Rocks grand opening, they performed Aerosmiths Walk This Way with Run DMC founding member, Darryl McDaniels.
In 2011, the American Hitmen were flown out to the island of Macau, just off the coast of Hong Kong, to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. While performing in Macau, the band was flown down to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to perform at the Hard Rock Cafs 40 Days of Rock celebration. This week of performing opened up a lot of doors for the band, expanding their fan base well into Asia, Europe, and Australia. The American Hitmen returned home to Salt Lake City with a massive new fan base and new popularity they had never experienced before.
2012 was the start of American Hitmens rise to rock royalty in Utah, with the band opening for Black Stone Cherry, Royal Bliss, Quiet Riot, and many more. The band also won a national battle of the bands which allowed them to perform at the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, alongside Staind, Shinedown, Godsmack, and Adelitas Way.
For the American Hitmen, with their unique and roots-based rock n roll sound, this was only the beginning of a long, successful career on the rock n roll music scenewhich just happened to land the America Hitmen on Season 8 of America's Got Talent!!

Lyrics

Sleeping Mind

Written By: American Hitmen

I waited and watched as you fell asleep
The taste of your skin still alive on my tongue
I saw in your face a timeless expression
Of life and of love and of all things undone
And I said

Your sleeping mind
Your sleeping mind

Then I fell asleep as I cradled your body
Your warmth slowly spreading, our breathing in rhythm
Then I drifted away to the back of my mind
Where my thoughts wandered aimless in juxtaposition
And I said

Your sleeping mind
Your sleeping mind

Everything is safe and okay when I'm with you

Then suddenly walls started falling apart and I lost you amidst all the chaos
So I tried to awake from that terrible dream but fell into a fit that I could not recover from
I'm lost in this nightmare
So very lost

But I'm with you forever
And I'll love you forever

Your sleeping mind
Your sleeping mind
Your sleeping mind
Your sleeping mind

Born Again

Written By: American Hitmen

I watched my friend's life slip away
Just the other day
I held on his hand as he screamed out in pain
He looked at me and said "some things must go this way"
So I got on my knees and I started to pray

I took another man's life, just the other day
I was on a mission and that man got in my way
I know that I will see so many better days
But for him I cannot say the same

Well you ask me if I ever killed a man
I tell you "yes, and I'll probably kill again"
Because I'm born again

Go, my brother
Be in peace
Leave the spoils
Of war at your feet

Bless Me

Written By: American Hitmen

Oh baby control yourself
This couldn't be any harder
Just pretend that you're somebody else
And let me feed on your fodder

Oh don't you know what you do to me?
Don't act so naive little girl
Pussycat you're a wicked tease
You bless me with that body

Let me taste your glistening skin
I don't think you could be any hotter
I think I've got you all figured out, baby
Just south of the border

We've got to burn, burn, burn
Burn this mother to the ground
We've got to burn, burn, burn
We've got to burn it all down
When I say faster, faster, faster
Pussycat, we're gonna kill, kill, kill
We're gonna kill them all

The Proposition

Written By: American Hitmen

I ask you boys to listen close
For these next words concern you both
Your mother birthed a foul kin
But you are nowhere near like him
Your brother is a heathen hound
The king of death, he can be crowned
So here it is, my proposition
To save your souls and find redemption
Oh yes

Find your brother, end his reign
Or bring him here and let him hang
I’ll spare the younger one from death
So you both can walk free of this mess
For God has damned this awful place
And everyone in the human race
He offered us a proposition
I know he knew we’d never listen

Oh yes, what fresh hell is this
A dead man’s land in the Devil’s fist
Oh yes, what fresh hell is this
A dead man’s land devoid of bliss

There is a happy land
Far, far away
Where saints in glory stand
Bright, bright as day
Oh how they sweetly sing
Glory to the savior king
Loud let his praises ring
Praise, praise for aye

There is a happy land far, far away
There is a happy land far, far away

The Watcher

Written By: American Hitmen

Get under the bed
They’re coming up the stairs
You will be found
You hear the turning key
You feel them underneath
You will be found

Get under the bed, they’re coming up the stairs
You will be found, you will be found
They want you to believe and they whisper in your ear
You will be found, you will be found

But when they come, I will be waiting
Yes, when they come, I will be waiting

These dogs can hear you breath, these beasts can taste your fear
You will be found, you will be found
The dark I cannot see, only gnashing of their teeth
You will be found, you will be found

But when they come, I will be waiting
Yes, when they come, I will be waiting here

Waiting for you
Like I swore to
Never needing, longing, reaching
Way too long, way too long I’ll wait here
Waiting for you
Like I swore to
Never needing, longing, reaching
For way too long, way too long
I will wait for you

She's Got Seoul

Written By: American Hitmen

She moves just like water flows, flowing seamless
And she wades waist deep through the world
She moves me; she schools me I hang on each word
Like a breath, who’s this beautiful girl?

And she lies in wait while I hide my distaste
For all others who try to break through
Cause she knows that I know that she’s one of a kind
She’s a killer, the one who broke through

She’s got Seoul
She’s got Seoul

Her smile is the reason the world changes seasons
The wet from the fresh morning dew
Her eyes bear no sadness, her mind wears no madness
Her life carries nothing to prove

While I sit and I watch and I wait for this woman
To see me and know what I dream
Oh I think through the time how I’d fit in her life
And it makes all my impatience scream

She’s got Seoul
She’s got Seoul

Does she even know my name?
I don’t want to know

She’s got Seoul
She’s got Seoul

What Isn't Could've Been

Written By: American Hitmen

Tell me, baby girl, why you’re leaving so soon?
Is it something we can fix or try to work through?
Your body reeled me in just like cocaine
And you hung me out to die while you’re laughing in my face
Why’d I let you in?
Tell me
You were my unicorn, the unobtainable
I gave you all I had to give but still I wasn’t able
To let you go and to pull you in
If hell is where I’d get to you then Goddamn I’d start to sin

I once was your Romeo
We wreaked havoc on the throne
But you forced me to let you go
So just pack your shit and leave me here alone
All alone
All alone
So just pack your shit and leave me here alone
And you were beautiful, but you fooled the rest
I hope you wear that scarlet letter across your cheating, lying chest
You might think I’m cynical, but baby it’s the truth
You may think you’re on top of life but baby life is through with you

I once was your Romeo
We wreaked havoc on the throne
But you forced me to let you go
So just pack your shit and leave me here alone
All alone
All alone
So just pack your shit and leave me here alone

I said I loved you, baby girl, but I only loved your “used to be”
I hate the woman you became that consumed every part of what was left of me
Though I hope you know that life is coming back a hundred-million fold
Your friends and all your family will forget you out there in the cold
And I hope this re-plays in your mind over and over and over again
So when you look at my face, baby, you’ll see what isn’t could’ve been

I once was your Romeo
We wreaked havoc on the throne
But you forced me to let you go
So just pack your shit and leave me here alone

Water's Edge

Written By: American Hitmen

Water's Edge
(T. Cord)

Take me down to the water's edge
Show me what's on your mind
Take me down to the water's edge
You show me yours, I'll show you mine
And we'll come to stand the test of time

Little girl, tell me what's your name?
And I'll show you my heart
Little girl, tell me what's your name?
I don't ever wanna be apart
Take my hand and show me where to start

Take me down to the water's edge
Show me the way to the water's edge, yeah

And I swear I'm the only one
Who you're gonna need in this life
And I swear I'm the only one
Who needs you in this life
Come with me and be my guiding light

And give me a piece of your heart
Give me a piece of it
Give me a piece of it
Give me a piece of everything
Show me the way down to your heart
Come with me, and take me to the water's edge

Take me down to the water's edge
Show me the way to the water's edge, yeah
Take me down to the water's edge
Show me the way, take me to the water's edge

House of the Rising Sun

Written By: Public Domain

House of the Rising Sun
(Public Domain)

Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call "The Rising Sun"
And it's been the ruin of many young, poor boys
And God, I know I'm one

My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gambling man
Down in New Orleans

Now, the only thing a gambler ever needs
Is a suitcase and a gun
And the only time that he is satisfied
Is when he's on the run

So one foot on the platform
The other foot is on the train
I'm going back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain

Oh mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Not to spend your life in sinning misery
In the house of The Rising Sun

Well, now there is a house in New Orleans
They call "The Rising Sun"
And it's been the ruin of many young, poor boys
And God, I know I'm one

Can't Take the Fire Away

Written By: American Hitmen

Can’t Take the Fire Away
(T. Cord)

I woke to find that you’d abandoned me and every little thing you could dream
For you the grass was always greener, from the crop you’re always taking the cream
And you run for cover
I’ll tower over all
I’ll suck the comfort from your scene, yeah

I hope he’s everything I never was and never hoped that I could be
In time he’ll see that you’re a woman who can never possibly be pleased
While you run for cover
I’ll tower over all
And I’ll suck the comfort from your scene

You can’t take the fire away from me
You can’t take the fire away
So fire away

So climax and climb the social ladder, and continue sleeping your way through
Burn down the bulk of all your bridges until everyone is through with you
While you run for cover
I’ll tower over all
And I’ll suck the comfort from your scene

You can’t take the fire away from me
You can’t take the fire away
So fire away

Discography

American Hitmen LP (2009)
The Proposition EP (2011)
Soundtrack of Violence LP (2011)
Water's Edge EP (2013)

All these tracks can be found on the band's websites:
www.AmericanHitmen.com
www.Facebook.com/americanhitmen
www.iTunes.com/AmericanHitmen

Set List

American Hitmen's typical set list changes depending on the venue and the crowd but usually remains anywhere between 35 - 180 minutes long. The most popular set list of original music is as follows:

Sleeping Mind
Bless Me
Inanimate Objects
Shout Some Loud
Title of Liberty
Nightmare Movement
From Here We Fail
Broken Down and Dead
Blackened
Born Again
ACS

And Another Thing
Devil's Country
The Watcher
The Proposition
Symmetry
What Isn't Could've Been
Heaven Sent Hell Bent
She's Got Seoul
Can't Take the Fire Away
The Finale
Soundtrack of Violence

Some of the covers the American Hitmen play (if requested) are:

Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness)
Hey Jude (The Beatles)
Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
Walkin' the Dog (Rufus Thomas)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles)
Tyler (The Toadies)