Christina Kowalchuk

Christina Kowalchuk

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Christina Kowalchuk is a powerhouse singer-songwriter with a wry, spry wit and a relentlessly open heart. With catchy tunes, compelling lyrics and killer arrangements, her indie-rock-folk-pop songs are sticky as honey, and just as sweet.

Biography

Christina Kowalchuk is a powerhouse singer-songwriter with a wry, spry wit and a relentlessly open heart. She�s got a soulful, arresting voice, a huge range and an equally huge personality, all of which come through in her music. Her debut solo CD, How Much Noise, is ambitious and fully realized. Says Kowalchuk, �I bit off a lot, and I think I�ve managed to chew it all.�

How Much Noise covers a wide swath of emotional and musical terrain, from a head-nodding indie-rock anthem, to a raucous romp about monkeys, to a devastatingly vulnerable, stripped-down acoustic number. With catchy tunes, compelling lyrics and killer arrangements, these songs are sticky as honey, and just as sweet.

This album blends a solid indie-rock band with immense and soulful vocals, catchy pop hooks, and the occasional, well-placed jazz lick. Kowalchuk showcases her remarkable range throughout the album by singing all her own harmonies (complete with monkey sounds). While she has been compared to artists such as Natalie Merchant, Fiona Apple and K.T. Tunstall, Kowalchuk has a sound all her own, that defies easy categorization.

Produced by Margrit Eichler of San Francisco�s True Margrit, How Much Noise features a bevy of talented musicians: Eichler herself on keys, as well as her drummer Andrew Bacon; several members of the rapidly rising Bay Area folk-pop band Blame Sally: Jeri Jones on electric guitar and Pam Delgado on percussion; multifaceted bass players Daniel Fabricant and Paul Olguin; Sacramento-based singer-songwriter Teresa Esguerra on acoustic guitar, and Yair Evnin on cello.

Lyrics

Down to Me

Written By: Christina Kowalchuk

Don’t tell me that a mix tape ain’t a love letter
You can’t sell me, ‘cause anyhow, I know better
You used to dance just outside my arm’s length
Which I perceived as a simple test of my strength, but

No matter how hard I try, no matter how hard I try, no matter how hard I try
I can’t love you down to me
I can’t love you down to me
I can’t love you, love you, love you, love you down to me
Come on down

You can’t see just how I’m struck by all your silence
You just laugh, ‘cause you miss the undertone of violence
I was so scared that I forgot that I could sing, and
I got so starved, I would throw myself at anything, but

No matter how hard I try, no matter how hard I try, no matter how hard I try
I can’t love you down to me
I can’t love you down to me
I can’t love you, love you, love you, love you down to me
Come on down

Monkey Business

Written By: Christina Kowalchuk

Monkey business is great business, if you’ve got a monkey tree
But if you don’t have one, then you’d better leave it up to me
Because I am a monkey, and I know what monkeys do
And if you follow my advice, you can be a monkey too
Be a monkey too

Nothing says love like a monkey
Nothing says love like a monkey
Nothing says love like a monkey
A monkey is fun

Monkey business is great business, if you own a monkey store
‘Cause once they’ve had a taste of monkey, they’ll keep coming back for more
And yes, I am a monkey, so I know what monkeys do
And if you follow my advice then you can be one too
You can be a monkey too

CHORUS

Monkey business is the business I hope to be in for life
I found myself the perfect monkey, and I became his monkey wife
And now we are both monkeys, so we know what monkeys do
And if you follow us then you can all be monkeys too
In this monkey, monkey stew

CHORUS

Sweet On You

Written By: Christina Kowalchuk

When you want me, baby, all you’ve gotta do is call my name
You know I’ve got no control, I’ve got no pride, I’ve got no shame
I’m just like a little girl—you know I’ll give you everything
I don’t even care what kind of mess, or what disgrace it brings
Because

I’m so sweet on you
I’m so sweet on you
I’m so sweet on you, I’m sick

I’m courting disaster, every time I look into your eyes
I’ve been falling, falling, so long now the bottom comes as no surprise
Baby, please, just take me—I don’t want to be in charge of this
You can make it disappear, incinerate me with your kiss
Because

CHORUS

I’ll do anything you want, just never take your love away
Offer me a promise of tomorrow, and I’ll give up today

In the morning, I am groping silently through empty space
I’ll keep my eyes closed a little longer, just to see your face
‘Cause I know that I’m dirty, that I reek with my desire for you
But to stop your ever leaving, there is nothing, baby, I won’t do
Because

I’m so sweet on you
I’m so sweet on you
I’m so sweet on you, I—
I’m sick

Love Song

Written By: Christina Kowalchuk

Sunshine and roses
You’re mine, and I know it
Quick to forget that we are blessed with one another, and
Quick to remember that it’s hard
Red wine and moonbeams
We meet up in our dreams
I’ve always loved you like a mortal loves a mortal, but
I wanna love you like we’re gods or animals
‘Cause heaven knows we are

Sweet cream and puppies
My god, we are so lucky
We were just children when this love affair began
We’re making a mockery of time
My lips and your heartbeat
The space where waves and sand meet
How did we manifest a destiny like this?
And how can we make sure we get more and more of everything?
‘Cause we deserve it all

This time and this place
My open eyes and your precious face
You know your lovin’ holds the key to everything
And you know you make me wanna sing

To a Flame

Written By: Christina Kowalchuk

You’re like a moth to a flame
And I’m like a moth to a moth to a flame
You keep beating down, down, down
And I’m pulled along in your wake
I’ve been hanging around, I’m hanging around
Like it isn’t my heart that’s at stake

I’ve burned for you hard all these years
Trying to shine bright enough to distract you
But I can’t lick that flame
And baby, you can’t lick that flame
So while it may not be for lack of wanting to
I see that you can’t love me back

Oh, I want to disappear into your heat-soaked skin
And I know you know
The kind of pleasure-coated pain I’m in
‘Cause you’re like a moth to a flame
And I’m like a moth to a moth to a flame

You’ll just keep beating down, down, down
‘Cause you don’t know how else to survive
But I am turning around, I’m turning around now
‘Cause I can’t watch you burning alive anymore

You’ll just keep beating down, down, down
‘Til you find a new way to survive
But I am turning around, I’m turning around
And I’m flying like hell for open sky

No Choice

Written By: Christina Kowalchuk

I never dreamed that I would ever have the courage that day
To tell you all of the thing I always needed to say—to you
And, I didn’t know until I did it that I’d hang up the phone
And suddenly after a lifetime we would both be alone—alone

CHORUS
But I wanted you to stay forever, but
You couldn’t do the things I needed and so
I had to leave, to free myself, and now you just can’t see
I had no choice

You were so big you cast a shadow over everything else
I couldn’t see the world in color, no not even myself, myself, and
I spent forever trying to figure out how we could both be
But in the end the only one I could take care of was me—just me

CHORUS
CHORUS

Let Go

Written By: Christina Kowalchuk

Come on now, baby, it is time to let me in
Don’t close your eyes, don’t turn your head, don’t walk away
We can’t keep paying for somebody else’s sin
Let’s laugh it off, let’s shake it loose, let’s be ok

No matter where you look the ghosts get in your eyes
So baby, stop and take a good hard look around
You can’t hardly move, you’re so wrapped up in those old lies
That you can’t feel your feet on firm and steady ground

CHORUS
It’s hard to believe it could be safe to just let go
To just let go, to just let go, to just let go
But if you don’t push through this fear you’ll never know
You’ll never know, so let it, just let it go

So what if you should loose the genie from her cage
Just to discover she’s not under your control
Don’t you know that life keeps getting messier with age
You’ve got to try to pry those bars back from your soul

CHORUS

Can’t stand to see you hiding…come on out of there
Just throw your windows open wide…and taste the precious air

CHORUS

Come on now, baby, it is time to let it out
And when you do I think that you’ll see that you’re fine
The terror is the price you pay to never live in doubt
What good’s a life where you are safe but you can’t shine

A hundred times before you’ve walked right up to this same door
And every single time you’ve turned around to leave
Don’t run away anymore, damn what were you put here for?
Just stay right here with me…and breathe

Discography

How Much Noise, 2008
Acoustic Demo, 2006
Seven Ladies Painted, 1996, with All So Jimmy

Set List

Set List:

I Don�t Even Know You
Down to Me
Sunshine
Monkey Business
How Much Noise
Sweet on You
Roaches
Love Song
Lucky You
To a Flame
Crazy Daddy
No More Waiting
I�m Not