CANTINERO

CANTINERO

 Catskill, New York, USA
BandAlternativePop

The new record "Better For The Metaphor" - Literate and lovingly crafted Alt Pop. Witty, incisive and coolly melodramatic, with keenly observed insights that chronicle the complicated world we live in. Instantly hummable and infectious, set to live instrumentation with subtle electronic textures.

Biography

BETTER FOR THE METAPHOR - NPR BEST CDS OF 2008
.Cantinero is the Nom de plume of Christopher Hicken, a British born NY based singer-songwriter/composer who makes lovingly crafted alt/folk -pop. Witty, incisive and coolly melodramatic, Instantly hummable pop song’s, meet keenly observed insights that chronicle the complicated world we live in. Set to live instrumentation with subtle electronic and organic textures.

“Championship Boxing”, the critically acclaimed Artems/V2 Records debut, hit Top 40 on Amazon.com and Top 20 on the CMJ/Triple A Radio , was featured on National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered” and earned an 11 minute special on NPR’s "Weekend Edition", which drew an audience of over eight million. MTV played the video multiple times.

New album “Better For The Metaphor”, was recorded over an 18 month period after a move from NYC to a rural, secluded log cabin in the Catskill Mountains. Producing the record himself, the album features a wealth of studio and touring musicians who had previously worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder to James Brown, Lambchop and Britney Spears.

Prior to his solo career, the native of Birmingham, England, arrived in America in 1993 with the Alternative-Rock group Bigmouth. When the group dissolved, Hicken spent seven years working as a bartender (hence the moniker “Cantinero,” a nickname bestowed on him by a Spanish co-worker) before deciding to give music another try .

PBS is currently using seven of Cantinero’s songs for its hit TV show “Roadtrip Nation” (which has also featured Sufjan Stevens, Of Montreal and Jack Johnson.) Hicken has recently worked with the Blue Man Group and was the only outside artist opening for Steve Earl on his recent tour. Fuse TV recently produced a special on the making of the new record.

Lyrics

Make Me An Offer

Written By: Christopher Hicken

He won’t pick up the phone,
Co.’s he knows its me,
Pretends he’s not there
But I know he’s home
And yes I will keep on trying,
I see in him, what he sees in me
I think that its fate like we’re so meant to be
Then she says………

I’ve got what you want, so make me an offer
Together we would make it right, then we will prosper
I’ve got what you want…

But I am all out of luck (Don’t you worry)
So unlucky In love (trust you wait and see)
But I just can’t get enough (sorry)…

I, know my type; they ‘re distant and strong,
The thrill of the chase
And the will to be long
All wrapped up, in the drama
I have tried it before
The sweet and the keen
But it wouldn’t get me off…….

I’ve got what you want, so make me an offer
Together we would make it right, then we will prosper
I’ve got what you want

But I am all out of luck (what’s the hurry)
So Unlucky in love (Just you wait and see)
But I Just can’t get enough. (Sorry)…

(You’re right to worry)
(Nothings meant to be)
I am all out of luck (Sorry)
So unlucky in Love…
But I just can’t get enough (Your right to worry)
So I say I’m up when I’m down
Because I’m all out of luck (your right to worry)
So unlucky in love (Sorry)
I’m so unlucky in love (sorry)
So unlucky in love

NICE DAY

Written By: Christopher Hicken

I said that’s right open the doors to say
I think it looks like
You’ll be the sun
On my Prayer
Out of the course of the Dread
One should there left and she’s dead
No use in being born
It’s the Reign, dear’s edge

Nice day to get lost in the season
Nice day so lets Jump, and hold hands
It’s a nice day

Flames and bright lights
Moving across the floor
All light wages
Make me feel that I’m poor
All in accord with the heat
No one is ready to sleep
Fortune would smile at the door
But you’re in too deep.

Nice day to get lost in the season
It’s a nice day so lets jump, and hold hands
Nice day

Nice day to get lost in the season
It’s a nice day so lets jump, and hold hands
Nice day It’s a,
Nice day it’s a.
Nice day
Nice day
Nice day.

Go Getter

Written By: C.L. Hicken

Go Getter..

Hey there you Sir Come along with me
And I will show you how to make a stick of it
Not Coming on making out like were going to be
Hanging out with Slovadon Milosavich
If your fussing on the maybes and unsure about the rights
Tired of the size and the shape of it ?
Well there is no place big enough, believe the narrative
if you want to be real winner

Singing

Hey now go getter
Come my way

Downsize everyone
Look outside there's a plan out there....

Weakness is a failure and anxiety disease
And all of those WMDs
There is no place big enough, believe the narrative
if you want to be a real winner
Singing

Hey now go getter
Come My way

Hurry up
Hurry Up

Hey now go getter
Come My way

Got to be strong now
Got to take it for yourself
And there is no wrong now
Until your near the end.

Now your runing faster
And you don't know how to stop
Tied to the game and the thrill of it
But your legs are getting shorter
And very soon your going to be
Hanging out with Slovadon Milosavich
Fussing on the maybes
And forgetting what is right
Now your a real Go getter
Singing

Hey now go getter
Come my way

Hurry up
Hurry up

My House

Written By: C.L. Hicken

My house better built than your house
Its a very big House
Building it for years or more

My worlds better built than your world
Its a very strong world
one you should be thankful for

Nice, but your place is rather stale
have your ever thought of giving it a tweak
You shouldn't have to live your life like this

All your woes will disappear
Come along with me and see the light in,,,

My House
My house

My house better built than your house
Its a very big house
Building it for years or more

The game, the battle of the blame the sane
Are better off, they see my big ideas
See you shouldn't have to live your life like this

Make a sound and disappear,
Get along with me and see the light in..

My house

See the happy smiling children
as they cry more more more...

My house better built than your house
Its a very big house
Building it for years or more

My worlds better built than your world
Its a very strong world
one we should be thankful for

My house better built than your house
Its a very big house
Building it for years or more

My Worlds better built than your world
Its a very strong world
one we should be gratefull for

My house better built than your house
Its a very big house
Building it for years or more

My Worlds better built than your world
Its a very strong world
one we should be thankful for

It never will be broken

It never will be broken

It never will be broken

Go Getter

Written By: C.L. Hicken

Go Getter..

Hey there you Sir Come along with me
And I will show you how to make a stick of it
Not Coming on making out like were going to be
Hanging out with Slovadon Milosavich
If your fussing on the maybes and unsure about the rights
Tired of the size and the shape of it ?
Well there is no place big enough, believe the narrative
if you want to be real winner

Singing

Hey now go getter
Come my way

Downsize everyone
Look outside there's a plan out there....

Weakness is a failure and anxiety disease
And all of those WMDs
There is no place big enough, believe the narrative
if you want to be a real winner
Singing

Hey now go getter
Come My way

Hurry up
Hurry Up

Hey now go getter
Come My way

Got to be strong now
Got to take it for yourself
And there is no wrong now
Until your near the end.

Now your runing faster
And you don't know how to stop
Tied to the game and the thrill of it
But your legs are getting shorter
And very soon your going to be
Hanging out with Slovadon Milosavich
Fussing on the maybes
And forgetting what is right
Now your a real Go getter
Singing

Hey now go getter
Come my way

Hurry up
Hurry up

Little Princess

Written By: Christoper.L.Hicken

Little Princess shiny little light
Looks like your in for such a lovely time
"Its all to come
I'm number one"

Said the little Princess

Sit and listen
Sub-let your ideas
Till they're broken
Then she'll use the tears
"Not easy too
Depend on you"

Said the Little princess

Not how its supposed to be
For this lovely personality
Spinning all the time
Not to look inside
Is a flaw its a crime

Not as nice as you'd like to think you are
Its the pressure, pushing you too far
"Its not my fault,
shouldn't be that way"

Said the little Princess

There will be no estate
Or big enough a trust
To make the much too much
For this reality
"'I've got the strength I know
I really want to show"

Said the little princess

Not how its supposed to be
For this lovely personality

Spinning all the time
Not to look inside
Thats a flaw its a

"Belly of lies
That don't belong to me
Just a blind bit of nonsense"

The truth is a sweet malady

Not how its supposed to be
For this lovely personality

Spinning all the time
Never look inside

No its
Not how its supposed to be
For this lovely personality

Spinning all the time
Not to look inside
Is a flaw its a....

Crime

Little Princess
Little Princess

Long Way Home

Written By: Christoper L Hicken

Here in this moment
Buried in Clay
There is an accident coming our way
Tide its been turning
Wash us away

Where is the comfort?
When all is unsettled

It’s a long Way home
It’s a Long Way home

What is this moment?
Light when you’re dark
There will be symbols
In Histories arc
There is no sense or purpose
Just always afraid

Under this moment I'd swear it is broken

It’s a Long Way home
It’s a long Way home.

He couldn’t help it
He didn’t want it
It was beside Him
Was a calling

Couldn't stand it
Understand It
Disappointed

Faith without reason
Discourse is treason

It’s a…

Long Way Home
It’s a long Way home

Lights Went Out

Written By: Christoper L Hicken

The lights went out
You were not at home
There was someone else
Who I barely know
"Can’t go on like this
I found a way this time
Got a life to live
Can’t get left behind

This is a very nice way to come down

If you believe in me
This is a very nice way to come done
If you believe if you believe”

Got an Ice pick mind
And those rosy cheeks
Had a mouth for days
You were much better like this
"I simply can't go on like this
Need a piece of mind

This is a very nice way to come down

If you believe in me
This is a very nice way to come down
If you believe in me
This is a very Nice
Very nice
Very nice
Very nice
Very nice day to come down
If you believe if you believe”

The lights went out
And you were not at home

This is a very nice way to come down?

“If you believe in me…”

Discography

"Championship Boxing" - Artemis Records/V2, 2004.

"Better For The Metaphor" - Tinkle Tone Recordings.
Nov 5th 2008