Ashtray Art

Ashtray Art

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Ashtray Art is an alternative hard rock band based in Tampa Bay, FL. It's crunchy guitar oriented sound is akin to bands such as Creed, Shinedown and Audioslave with Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper shadings. Their sound has been described as haunting and powerful with gripping instrumentation and vox.

Biography

Ashtray Art masterfully captures the intensity
and paralyzing emotion of their subjects with captivating, full ranged vocals and plaintive,
thoughtful arrangements and gripping guitar accumen. Ashtray Art's unique sound has been
described as haunting and powerful, with songs that draw you in, raise your hackles and smash you against some rock in some far away place. One well respected industry figure proclaimed that "...Ashtray Art sets a very high standard musically.". Having spent many years in the Tampa Bay area music scene playing with many different bands and having the opportunity to work with many different exceptional musicians, Jay had several qualified candidates to choose
from to round out the band's line-up. With Jay assuming his role as lead guitarist and lead
vocalist, the band is now composed of players from those earlier efforts. On drums, Ron Weiss was recruited for his outstanding abilities
behind the kit and for his raucous and infectious personality. Keith Hancock, Jay's oldest and dearest friend and musical cohort on bass was
enlisted for his tried and true performance abilities and general quirkiness.

Lyrics

Tongue or Tooth

Written By: Jay Travis Bailey

That one wants to trip me
And kick me when I’m down
Parade me all around
She gonna put me in the ground

But this one wants to kiss me
And take this ugly frown
And turn it upside down
She wants to turn it upside down

But they both know
My heart’s a bell that rings
My love’s a bird that sings
To everything life brings

What would you choose
The tickle or the bruise?
The liquor or the juice?
The battle or the truce?

What would you choose
Uncertainty or proof?
Dishonesty or truth?
Enlighten or confuse?
What would you choose

The tongue or the tooth?

That one won’t tell me
That she went out last night
And did some other guy
She can only lie

But this one stays with me
And lets her feelings flow
Her face is all aglow
She wants to steal the show

Birds in Agony

Written By: Jay Travis Bailey

Remember walking hand in hand
On that sunny day so many years ago?
Only you and I were there
The wind wove tiny flowers through your hair

Together lying side by side
It felt good to be alive
I remember thinking to myself
There’s only you and no one else
Wish I could keep you on a shelf

But that was yesterday
And we let it slip away
Does tomorrow, when does it ever come?
That was yesterday
And there’ll be no peace today
Because tomorrow....
Well, it never comes

You never had to walk so proud
And flash that trippin’ smile
That falls on me
If we were sitting by a tree
The bird’s would be in agony
They’d fly away
They’d be so high...you said
But they’re not flying in the sky
They’re in your head
Come on and fly away

Whenever I think of those last days
I can’t help but feel betrayed
But now I see...
The birds could sense a tragedy
And couldn’t stop the agony
They couldn’t bare to see...

Poor Me

Written By: Jay Travis Bailey

If you don’t lie
You don’t have to remember what you said

I took a pill and it all went small
That’s when I climbed into a hole in the wall
It got so dark that I couldn’t see
I lit a match and it blinded me
So I crawled on my hands and knees
And felt my way
I found my way to the outside

It’s like what Joseph Guillotine once said
“A cool breath to the back of the neck
and you lose your head”
A crazy child might always hold...
The keys to the kingdom
I wouldn’t want to see
I lost my only chance to be....

Outside, alive and free
Alone with me
Inside I can’t see
I’m lost
Poor me

I know a man who I consider to be
Quite insane
Too many people think that he
Has nothing wise to say
I listen close so I can process
The information
Then send an altered signal
To make my link more direct

Outside, alive and free
Alone with me
Inside I can’t see
I’m lost
Poor me

The Speed of Dark

Written By: Jay Travis Bailey

At the moment when light slips away and darkness comes to fill the space
The time it takes to break a heart..... That's the speed of dark

At the moment when love lost its way and sadness came to take its place
The time it takes to fall apart..... That's the speed of dark

At the moment that you gave it all but couldn't see the shadows fall
The time it takes the pain to start..... That's the speed of dark

I wouldn't give away those shiney days when the brightest light lit up your face
I wouldn't put away those memories...You're gone for good without a trace

The time it takes the flame to starve and to chip away the life we carve
The time it takes to get this far..... That's the speed of dark

And when the sweet is replaced by a sour taste
And the final chapter of the book is written on your face
When the ache in your soul leaves an empty place
That's the speed of dark

And when you're lying there knowing no one cares
And reminders of the light are floating everywhere
When the shame that you own leaves you cold and bare
That's the speed of dark

And you live through this as you want to die
The answer is in your lap but you're still asking why
The time that you had between high and goodbye
That's the speed of dark

At the moment when light slips away and darkness comes to fill the space
The time it takes to break a heart..... That's the speed of dark

Crawlspace

Written By: Jay Travis Bailey

Hello...Come in if you’d like
I should warn you that space is tight and dark
Just a bit, black as pitch, too much work to keep it lit

Well...It’s so nice to finally meet you
Do you need a light to see what you walked into?
Do you lead a bitter life? It’s written on your face
You’re lost in dark thoughts
You’re caught in a crawlspace

Leave your human things outside
Get the message
If you came into this Earth
You must exit through this passage
And slip between angry walls
Suffer through an empty feeling
Tread lightly by your sleeping god
But don’t stand up you’ll hit the ceiling

Now...You can leave if you’d like
But I warned you through space and time
It’s dark...oh just a bit, black as pitch
Too much work to keep it lit

Leave your human things outside
Get the message
If you came onto this Earth
You must exit through this passage
And slip between angry walls
Suffer through an empty feeling
Tread lightly by your sleeping god
But don’t stand up you’ll hit the ceiling

I Can't Stop

Written By: Jay Travis Bailey

If I write this down tomorrow
It just may be another senseless thing
I can’t do
So I’ll write it down today
While I’m still high
And I’m still daydreaming
Of things you did with me

I might check my watch for time
So I’m not late for no important place
I shouldn’t be...

Yesterday I sat in silence
And held my knees to my chin
And that’s when I thought of you

Thoughts of you replay
In my mind everyday
Maybe tomorrow
I’ll know what to say

If I drink to wash the sorrow
It just proves that you were right to go
Now I see
So I’ll throw the drink away
And I won’t get high today
But you won’t know it
Cause you’re too far away

Was it yesterday I sat in silence
And held my knees to my chin?
Cause I can’t stop thinking of you

Thoughts of you replay
In my mind everyday
Maybe tomorrow
I’ll know what to say

Discography

Album: Ashtray Art 2010
01. Tongue or Tooth
02. Birds in Agony
03. Poor Me
04. Crawlspace
05. The Beginning
06. Life and a Day
07. The Speed of Dark
08. Going Home
09. I Can't Stop
10. Evolver
12. Touch Me

Set List

01. Tongue or Tooth
02. Birds in Agony
03. Poor Me
04. Crawlspace
05. The Beginning
06. Life and a Day
07. The Speed of Dark
08. Going Home
09. I Can't Stop
10. Evolver
12. Touch Me
13. Love My Way (cover)
14. Believe (cover)