Clear Conscience

Clear Conscience

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Clear Conscience......Uniquely complex, yet hook oriented modern/progressive rock. Clear Conscience is a band that you must see live!! Guitar solos, complex rhythm section, and alternate guitar parts are just a few examples of our influences, and our drive and determination to write great music.

Biography

About the band...

In the fall of 2005, David Blevins & Guy Curtis were performing regularly as an acoustic duo at area venues. They were doing shows, consisting of original material that they had written together. However, they wanted to attempt to build a complete band with like minded musicians. At the same time, Chris Gullette & Ryan McQuerry had been playing together for years in a moderately successful group that had recently ended. Knowing that they wanted to continue working together, they put efforts into several short lived projects, trying to find the right working atmosphere. Chris' brother, a longtime friend of Guy & Davids, suggested that both parties meet. At his insistance, they met, & continued to play together for several weeks, as a "mutual audition" for both parties. Everyone was excited about the possibilities, & decided to join forces. When the group found itself needing a drummer soon afterward, Chris was quick to introduce his old friend Ryan to the sessions. Confident that they had all found exactly what they had each been looking for, the group got down to work, putting new instruments into the acoustic material, & eventually began writing even newer material as a full group.

About the music...

Clear Conscience, as a band, is in the unique position of being both old & new at once. While being a relatively new band keeps the overall vibe of the band fresh & exciting, there is a time tested comfort that comes from the fact that all of its members have performed for some time with at least one other member. Chris & Ryan have a history together from a previous band, & Guy & David have a friendship that goes back to childhood, & performing credits together that draw on their vast supply of original acoustic material. The material that the group creates draws on some extremely varied influences, but puts its own original stamp on them all. From ballads of heartbreak, to hard rocking epics, the group utilizes its wealth of well trained, talented musicians, & performs an exciting show with professionalism. With so much already going for them, the group is eager to work hard, & see just how far they can go together.

Chris...began playing bass in the seventh grade at age 13. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy. When his tour of duty was completed, he returned to Nicholasville, & ended up helping to form a moderately succesful band with a friend from school. That band performed regionally for several years, & eventually included current bandmember Ryan in the line up. Chris honed his bass skills with years of steady local gigging, & continued to write original material. Eventually, he found himself trying to find like minded musicians to build a new group with, & through his brother, he was put in contact with current bandmember David Blevins\

Dave .was born in Monticello, Kentucky. He had a friend that owned a guitar, but never played it. Dave picked it up from time to time, playing a few chords that he had learned. "I always thought it was cool, so I just picked it up." he said. He started learning to play on a guitar of his own at age 14, but just like before, he learned everything by himself, without lessons. When Dave moved to Nicholasville, the first person he met was his neighbor & current band member Guy Curtis. They became friends, & when Dave decided to try to form a band in 2002, Guy was the first person he asked to join. They learned to write & play music together, & grew the writing sessions into a series of acoustic shows at various area establishments. It was the attempt to find other like minded musicians to complete his band that led him to meet Chris Gullette, & eventually Ryan McQuerry. Dave's influences are a diverse but unarguably talented list of guitarists, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hendrix, Pantera's Dime, & Metallica's Kirk Hammett. Dave was raised in Nicholasville, & currently resides in Versailles, KY.

Ryan…born into a musical family, started playing his dad’s drum kit at the age of ten. He marched drums in high school and played in a few garage bands along the way. Later, while attending Morehead State University, Ryan opened up to other styles of drumming while working with instructors Frank Oddis and Greg Strouss. During this time, Ryan and Chris met through a mutual friend and started giging around Lexington, KY, for several years. Eventually, they were brought on board and began working with Dave and Guy. Ryan’s influences include Virgil Donati, Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Calauitia, Dave Weckl, Carter Beauford, Danny Carey, Akira Jimbo, and Jojo Mayer just to name a few.

Lyrics

1,000 OFFENSES

Written By: Guy Curtis

VI
I built these walls with my thoughts
I built this kingdom with my mind
I crumbled beneath the weights
Of a thousand offenses blind

V2
Steady the walls boys
And steady your hearts too
The stones that bring you down
Have weighed on me true

PRE CHORUS

Bring me a lance friend
So I may cut these strings
Bring me the bread son that holds Christ within

SPOKEN CHORUS

Steady the walls boys

V3
Steady the walls boys
And steady your hearts too
The stones that bring you down
Have weighed on me true

PRE CHORUS

Bring me a lance friend
So i may cut these strings
Bring me the bread son that holds christ within

SPOKEN CHORUS

Steady the walls boys

EMPTY HANDED

Written By: Guy Curtis

VI
Pacing myself with having nothing
Because if it all hits me at once
I’m going to break
Like I’ve broken many times before
But I never completely came back together
Until there was you

CHORUS I

And when you left the blank spaces
That were once filled with your life
Were lost again and i fear that I’ll never
Be completely whole

V2
Its not your fault its mine
Because i loved too much
And i couldn’t hold onto you tight enough
My grip failed me and left me with nothing
But my disappointments and my stage

CHORUS II

If depression that has become the stage
Where ill play and ill sing my heart out
For you and only you

BREAKDOWN/SOLO

Your name is no longer whispered
I’m pacing myself
Your face is no longer with me
I’m pacing myself

IN THE END

Written By: Guy Curtis

VI
When the oceans tide comes rolling in
Will I be satisfied
With the life I’ve led
Until then all the souls I’ve met
And where I’ve been

CHORUS

Save me a walk in need to take place
Save me I’m giving up my chance
At this experience I’m letting go

V2
When my outlook descends until I’m hollow within
Am I worth the sacrifice for my sins
The means to my end

CHORUS

Save me a walk in need to take place
Save me I’m giving up my chance
At this experience I’m letting go

BREAKDOWN

Life is slowly but surely fading through my eyes

NO LOVE

Written By: Guy Curtis

VI
Buried beneath your words
There’s a corner stone of hope
Wipe away your poetry
To unveil the reason
Keep within reach
Feeding off mistakes
Make me believe
Before I leave

CHORUS

Guide the way lead me astray
There’s no love there’s no love
I’ve been turned inside out
And attempted to be tamed
There’s no love there’s no love here

V2
You wrap my guilt around me
Do I owe you this stay
Pulling me further away
From my name
Do i have a feel
For what is real
When I know not the face
In the mirror

BREAKDOWN

Rebuild this misery
One mistruth at a time
Attack my defenses
Break the front line

Set List

Originals

Empty Handed
1,000 Offences
Recognition
The Cards
In The End
Hypocrite
No Love
Time
Inside of You
Young & Afraid
Front Page
River Bottom
A Little Bit Of Hope
(Currently working on 4, Have 6 on the back burner)

Covers

H - Tool
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
My Hero - Foo Fighters
The Kill - 30 Seconds To Mars
Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins
Lukini's Juice - Live
Evil Angel - Breaking Benjamins
Gift Seether
(And a few more)