Chasing Monroe

Chasing Monroe

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Chasing Monroe is your favorite band. You might not know it yet, but just wait. Just you wait.

Biography

Every once in awhile, a band comes along that just seems out of their own league. A band that is meant for things we cannot begin to imagine, a band that defies ordinary definition. A band that just seems special. A band that simply put makes it look easy. A band that is fueled solely by music… its flow, its rhythm, its feel. When music is life, life becomes music, and thus every experience becomes a song, every feeling a lyric, and every day another opportunity to make feet-stomping, head-bobbing tunes that will stay in your head until next leap year. The band that does all this? Chasing Monroe.

The boys of Chasing Monroe were born to groove. Grooving isn’t a hobby of theirs; it’s what makes their worlds go round. Singer/Guitarist Tony Vangi began his musical career with bassist Corey Flynn back in 2001. The two immediately knew what they wanted to do with their talents, and got to it right away. Soon they found the other two pieces of the puzzle, Guitarist Justin Similo and drummer Adam Frese. When the four met, well…let’s just say the music world breathed a sigh of relief. The tunes started coming and the whole place became one big groove factory.

Chasing Monroe quickly released an EP, titled “A Friend at Midnight”, and began pursuing their dreams. They sold over 1500 copies of the EP within the first 6 months it was out, even getting to #1 on the Smartpunk.com CD sales charts for awhile. They rocked out all over New Jersey, and toured the northeast like nobody’s business. After the name was established throughout Jersey, plans for the second album came into focus. The four boys went back to work and kicked out jams that made the first EP sound like a kindergarten playground. For their second release, they decided to work with upcoming Long Island producer, Anthony Santonocito, or as everyone knows him, the infamous Santo. The 5 men went into Killingsworth Recording Studio, and a week and a half later, came out with the future of Chasing Monroe tightly rolled into 11 songs. The new LP, titled “if and only if”, is a detailed look into the musical minds of Chasing Monroe. It takes you from the hardest rock to the lightest folk all the way back to a sing your heart out anthem. And the best part is… these young boys are just getting started. At an average age of 19, they plan on making their mark on music, life, and the world with every waking breath.

Lyrics

Midwest Pub Scene

Written By: Chasing Monroe

So when we got to Arizona I started to feel thirsty,
And off to the nearest pub I went hands like a ninety year old man.
And when I got inside the pub, I grabbed the nearest barchair.
And off to the stars and sky I went enjoying a talk with an old timer man.

I said Man whatcha livin’ for?
He said oh son I’ve got no more.
My dreams died many moons ago
As I’m sure you know.

Do we belong? Cause I can’t tell no more.
Do we belong? Cause I can’t ask no one.

So I left that pub like a ball of dust, just going where I could then.
And found myself seeing some crazy things, making me think what I don’t want to think.
Everywhere I look it seems there are oddities.
For instance the Sun doesn’t come up on days, you wish that it would and you pray that it may.

So I said man whatcha livin’ for?
I’ve found that living with less brings more.
And it clicks my hands died long ago.
I should have known.

Do we belong? Cause I can’t tell no more.
Do we belong? Cause I can’t ask no one.

Now I can see clearer than day
How could you be in such a hurry
Now I can see.

Do we belong? Cause I can’t tell no more.
Do we belong? Cause I can’t ask no one.

Savior

Written By: Chasing Monroe

I am back again a decade much stronger
Emerged from darkness I’m everything you wanted.
Coffee and Cigarettes, they kept me going but I kept on going.
New state of mind, new kind of state
From the Freedom Wall to a fresh clean slate

Slowly I see you inside me.

Haven’t you heard that I’m your savior?
Alone in this world but I can save ya
Spending all your time down on your knees, looking for me
Haven’t you heard?

When I’m on the streets I’ve got more courage
When the clouds get grey I just get more earnest
Time doesn’t bother me ‘cause I’ve got the control. I’m under control.
Like a rolling wave you’ll see me coming,
Disasters close but I’m too stunning

Slowly I see you inside me.

Haven’t you heard that I’m your savior?
Alone in this world but I can save you.
Spending all your time down on your knees, looking for me
Haven’t you heard?

And I’m singing…

Haven’t you heard that I’m your savior?
Alone in this world but I can save ya
Spending all your time down on your knees, looking for me
Haven’t you heard?

The Bird and the Bogey

Written By: Chasing Monroe

Eyes open it’s a brand new day but the bed is half-empty
Route 50 and the Chevrolet make this hard to believe
So pretty baby, how could you do this? And leave me here on my own?
Oh that’s it then you left me a note.
It says: Close your eyes and you’ll see
I’m nothing I want to be

Everybody knows a liar.
But everybody doesn’t do anything.
Everybody knows a liar.
But everybody doesn’t do a thing.

I don’t really know what you mean but I guess that’s ok.
Cause I know that you’ll be back. Anytime Any day.
So pretty baby, how could you do this? And leave me here on my own.
So whats this now? Guess I’m back to the road.
And I’m singing: Close your eyes and you’ll see.
I’m nothing I want to be.

Everybody knows a liar.
But everybody doesn’t do anything.
Everybody knows a liar.
But everybody doesn’t do a thing.

Oh you found your liar.

Everybody knows a liar.
But everybody doesn’t do anything.
Everybody knows a liar.
But everybody doesn’t do a thing.

Everybody knows.

Discography

"A Friend At Midnight" EP - released July 14th 2004.
"Shoelaces" and "The Getaway" are two singles released in April 2005, only on Purevolume and the radio. (Both songs have been played on many college radio stations, including Monmouth University, Seton Hall University (WSOU), and Lehigh University (WLVR)).
The new LP, "if and only if" will be released in late 2006. Songs are up on myspace and it will be available on iTunes and in selected stores

Set List

"Midwest Pub Scene" - (if and only if)
"Sanity" - (if and only if)
"A Lesson Worth Living" - (if and only if)
"Savior" - (if and only if)
"The Bird and the Bogey" - (if and only if)
"Exit Signs" - (if and only if)
Our typical set takes up 30 minutes but sometimes older songs can be substituted for the ones listed. We like to keep the set fresh and interesting to make for a more energetic live show.