Baytown

Baytown

 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CAN
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BAYTOWN's groovin' island jams brings to life the history and spirit of living on Canada's East Coast through blending horn-laced dance beats and lush storytelling with a ska-inspired vibe.

Biography

BAYTOWN's groovin' island jams brings to life the history and spirit of living on Canada's East Coast through blending horn-laced dance beats and lush storytelling with a ska-inspired vibe. The band, from St. John’s Newfoundland, is comprised of Matt Cooke (vocals, guitar), Greg Bruce (sax, flute, pedals), James Lee Wright (bass) and Jason Howard (drums, vocals). 

 Recently, Baytown released their sophomore ECMA nominated album, Island, described as “a mix of upbeat, reggae/funk songs that keep your feet taping.” (Girraffe Cycle, Moncton NB) that are “fresh, danceable, infectious and unique” (Fred's Records, St. John's NL). The band received grants from MusicNL and the City of St. John's for the recording, which allowed them to work with renowned engineer Rick Hollett in Newfoundland’s premier studio, Stagehouse. Island was their first album to involve sax-man Greg Bruce in the song-writing process. 

 Baytown first gained music industry momentum in 2011 with the release of their debut album Two Places. It spawned opportunities to open for the likes of Wintersleep, the Trews, and Matthew Good, while touring and showcasing across Canada’s East Coast. These efforts earned them multiple 2012 MusicNL award nominations, national radio play and funding from the NL Arts Council to professionally produce videos for their songs "Death of Us" and "Waited On", which can be seen nationally on CMT. 

 

Currently, Baytown is preparing to tour further across Canada, having already performed in staple venues such as The Carleton in Halifax, Wakefield’s Black Sheep and Toronto’s Cameron House, to promote Island. Keep an eye out for tour dates and new video releases by following Baytown on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under the handle @baytownrock. 


Lyrics

Baytown - Awake

Written By: Matt Cooke

Well all right, you took the good right out of me woman
Now your shadows haunt my dreams
And at night you’re coming back to me for a second
Yes your shadows haunt my dreams

Oh like a western wind
There is no bitter end
Just a chill keeping me awake
And when I close my eyes
Those memories arise
And I’m all right here for a while

Chorus

Don’t want to wake again
You come back, you come back, you come back over and over again.
But ill take it, ill take it ill take whatever I can get
You come back, you come back, you come back over and over again.
But ill take it, ill take it ill take whatever I can get
Until this love I one day will forget

Well All right, I know the dark days were a coming
And at night I guess something’s better then nothing
Yes your shadows haunt my dreams

One day Ill awake,
And not be afraid
Of losing you in the day
But I guess until then
Its one big mass illusion
Until I finally rest my head

Baytown - Island

Written By: Matt Cooke

This weight on my back I need to lift if you’re willing to hear
I want to break out, relocate, and disappear
Let your hair down, put your summer dress on
Lets leave this town and move along

Chorus

To my blaze, you’re the fuel, the fire, the gasoline
But if I stay here I will fade
So Ill leave, and your stay, and memories will remain
But I will not forget your face

Caught you talking with my friend the other day
I just laughed and shrugged it off
I was always just a time bomb,
Just waiting to go off

Baytown - Oasis

Written By: Matt Cooke

We’re just a little bit closer,
To a point of no return
Doin’ not what we’re supposed to,
The years fly by yet we never learn

We wonder where the days go,
They seem to get swallowed up,
Dissipate into a cloud of smoke,
Prolong the days of living young.

Chorus

Oasis in the sun, is what we have become (4x)

We’re just a little bit older,
Out of our youth but still young at heart
Just like I always told ya,
Where you end depends on where you start.

Back in high school having fun,
Not a rebel but on the run,
We’d sit in your car with the music on
We’re skipping again let’s go to the ocean

See the people coming down the line
I can see the morning crowd at nine
I can see the sorrows in their eyes
Their life surpasses as they ride.

Discography

ISLAND (March, 2014)

Recorded at Stagehouse Studio in St. John's, NL. Supported by NLAC, MusicNL 

TWO PLACES  (November 2011)

Recorded at Henge Studio with Leo Bruce in St. John's, NL. Supported by NLAC, City of St. John's


Set List

Oasis

Humans in a Haze

New Moon

Awake

Island

Carry On

The Brave

Feel Right

The Mist

Give Yourself the Gun

Two Places - Unreleased - Song List
Death Of Us
Ignore
Raining Down
Bill McCoy
One Night Time
Slow Steady Decay
Jim Jones
Move Along
Rise
Waited On

Additional 15 Originals
5-10 Reworked Cover Songs