Carpenter

Carpenter

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John Cougar Punk/Rock. Rock with a midwest swagger. Loudest band in the West.

Biography

CARPENTER BIO:

In early 2005, Daniel Sioui's band Vancouver post punk heroes All State Champion, had gotten back from a US tour with Sparta and imploded. Disgusted with the rise of fashion-based and overproduced punk and hardcore music, he chose to abandon the genre entirely. Later that spring to combat his writer's block, Daniel booked time at the Hive Studios (Black Mountain, Pride Tiger) with no songs and no band. Around that same time he became obsessed with the 1982 classic American Fool by John Cougar Mellencamp. It would be this album that would become the muse for Carpenter and the development of a whole new sound.

Enlisting some of Vancouver's finest players Kelly Burnham (BASS-ex By A Thread), Ryan Howlett (LEAD GUITAR-ex Speaking of Heroes) and J.J. Heath (DRUMS ex Daggermouth) Carpenter was born, and has since flourished. Focusing on a rootsy, rock feel while retaining the intensity of their punk/hardcore roots, Carpenter has built a substantial fan base across Western Canada with compelling lyrics, a devastating live show and the ability to appeal to listeners of all ages and musical styles. Recently, they've shared the stage with Minus the Bear, Attack In Black, No Means No and The Living End among others.

Lyrically, Carpenter paints pictures of the Canadian rural landscape and hi-lights the struggles of the independent farmer. The band is a vehement messenger against the corporate based Agribusiness industry and promotes sustainable farming practices and the support of organizations such as Canadian Organic Growers and Farm Folk City Folk. It was this dedication and commitment to a rural lifestyle that propelled Carpenter into the sights of the Jack Daniels Distillery who featured the band in a 2007/2008 ad campaign across the U.S. Carpenter were also part of Vancouver’s Live Earth concert hi-lighting the devastating effects of climate change. Most recently, the band has been approached by Farm Aid and is in negotiations to perform at their 2009 concert alongside Willie Nelson, Neil Young and … John Mellencamp.

In the fall of 2007, Carpenter entered the legendary Mushroom Studios (Led Zeppelin, Heart, Sam Roberts) in Vancouver to record their first full length album "Law Of The Land". Co-produced and engineered by Shawn Penner and Aaron Nordean (Bend Sinister, The Februarys, Three Inches of Blood) it’s 10 new songs of anthemic rock n roll music with a message that is sure to catapult the band to the next level.

Carpenter was asked to perform along Strike Anywhere on this summer's Two Thousand Voices tour across Canada. They have also recently signed sponsorship deals with Atticus Clothing Co. and Converse.

This past fall/winter Carpenter toured Western Canada with friends Living With Lions and Aspirations to rave reviews.

Lyrics

Six Shots

Written By: Daniel Sioui

CARPENTER: “SIX SHOTS”
Lyrics by Daniel Sioui

You said everything, you said everything's fine
(No, it's not, No it's not)
It's been fucked for a long, long time
(Ever since a father left)
They'll build towers up on our home
(No they’re not, no they’re not)
Take the land and then steal its soul
(No you won’t, no you won’t)

I can't just stay and wait
I told you I'm sorry
Six shots might save the day
I told you I'm sorry

It’s the heart, the heart of our family name
(Ever since we were kids)
Dark green fields built by a summer rain
(With cedar trees that touch the sky)
Don't set foot on the soil of our home
(No they’re not, no they’re not)
Cut down trees or defy what you're told
(No you won’t, no you won’t)

I can't just stay and wait
I told you I'm sorry
Six shots might save the day
I told you I'm sorry
There's no words left to say
I told you I'm sorry
On that cold day in May
I told you I'm sorry

You said everything, you said everything's fine
(No, it's not, No it's not)

There's no words left to say
I told you I'm sorry
I can't just sit and wait
I told you I'm sorry
On that cold day in May
I told you I'm sorry
Six shots might save the day
I told you I'm sorry

Off The Road

Written By: Daniel Sioui

CARPENTER: “OFF THE ROAD”
Lyrics by Daniel Sioui

I’ve faced traffic fines and tons of highway lines
Been through bar room fights and chased by flashing lights
Another two bit town but I’ll just hang around
You said life on the road has made our love run cold

I don’t know if you’re alive or dead

I’m home
I’m home
I’m home
Finally off the road

I rack up lonely nights with girls and neon lights
Stare at endless sky and watch the miles tick by
Some old man at the bar he swears you won’t get far
I’ll spend an hour on the phone but still I’m all alone

I don’t know if you’re alive or dead

I’m home
I’m home
I’m home
Finally off the road

You said the world won’t wait for you.
You said this world won’t wait for you.

Discography

Town & Country E.P. - 2005 (Goldstock Records)
Country Mile E.P. - 2006 (Goldstock Records)
Law Of The Land LP - 2008 (Smallman Records/CANADA)
(Sugoi Records/JAPAN)(Shock Records/AUSTRALIA)

Set List

Typical set is 45 min of original material but can do 2 sets if necessary.