Damon Castillo Band

Damon Castillo Band

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Damon Castillo Band is quickly becoming known as the next big thing in the industry with features on such platforms as Apple.com, Billboard.com, Windowsmedia.com, Yahoo! and many others. Damon and band put on a huge live show behind their new album (Laurel Lane) that is a must see in 2009.

Biography

To the Damon Castillo Band, Laurel Lane is more than a studio on a street near some old train tracks in the hills of San Luis Obispo, California. It is home. Strewn with vintage amps, tattered couches, and recording equipment bought piece-meal over the last five years, it is the hearth that has beckoned, soothed, and housed the band through life’s many ups and downs. Like the place that has been described as everything from a boxing ring, to a church, to a hideout, the highly anticipated new album, Laurel Lane, is an emotional autobiography that contains a band’s long history within its walls.

It was clear from the beginning that their path is not an ordinary one. Combining the talent of Kristian Ducharme on keys, Jennings Jacobsen on drums, and Larry Kim on saxophone with Damon’s prolific songwriting, vocals, and guitar chops, the band creates a sound that is a statement among this day of manufactured music. Each member is a master-musician with a diverse past playing jazz, funk, rock, and soul. Their prowess comes through on every note, dynamically punctuating Damon’s soulful lyrics, at times mournful, and often larger than life.

Damon describes the process of taking their unique sound and “distilling” it down, “Duke Ellington had it right when he said, ‘If it sounds good, it IS good.’ The guys and I don’t care about genres or style lines…It’s nothing that I consciously maneuver; I just try to make it feel right.” More than anything, the record is a throw-back to the old days, when artists played their own music in a studio and created songs that were enjoyable not only for their passion, but also for their honesty. “It’s not the homogenized production where you can’t hear the music. You will hear real musicians playing real tunes,” says Damon.

Yet if the talent is the body of the work, it is the story of the band and the narrative of the songs that are the soul. Rife with strife, but unapologetically optimistic, the 13 tracks are a narrative of the crises and climaxes of life with all the grey areas of love and emotion in between. I Know You Know is a dialogue with the band’s friend and founding bassist, Matt Taylor, who passed away to cancer in 2002. Close Call describes another brush with death when their tour van flipped five times on the freeway en route to a gig.

Damon retells the event and how such instances carve their way into his art:
“The scene was littered with glass and band equipment, so we went to work salvaging our gear as the paramedics arrived. That’s when I had one of those life-defining moments. I found my vocal microphone out in the middle of the freeway, and I knew right then that music was what I was supposed to be doing. The mic still works; I sing on it every show.”

Claim to Fame perhaps best illustrates the present - the difficulties of producing a great record diffused by the reality of success already obtained simply by being true to themselves, their music, and sharing it with their loved ones. This includes the opportunity to forge new relationships with some amazing musicians who have special appearances on the record, such as Sheila E., Rami Jaffe (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters), Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power, Supertramp), Lon Price (Elvis Presley, Alan Toussaint, Ziggy Marley) and Sean Hurley (Alicia Keys, John Mayer). In addition, working with Grammy Award-winning producer Ross Hogarth proved that despite all of the creative forks in the road, their chosen path did indeed lead to an extraordinary place.

After more than a year in the making, Laurel Lane is ready to welcome the world. Characteristically, Damon looks to the future:

“I love all aspects of being a musician, but I feel best when I am performing. A great performance is a special connection between an artist, their art, and the audience; there is nothing like it. I know music changes lives. It changed mine. With our album’s release, we will play shows from Laurel Lane to New York and back again. At every show, the Damon Castillo Band will play for music, for each other, for Matt, and we will never stop.”

Lyrics

All I Know

Written By: Damon Castillo

All I Know

I've read the words from all the books
How Cortes conquered Mexico
And all I know is that I really don't know
I've turned the pages of an age
When Casanova conquered all
The pretty ladies heads and hearts
And other delicate parts

Well I can't ride a horse
And I can't shoot a gun
I don't have their fame
But you can love me just the same

All I know is that I really don't know
So if I mess things up remember I'm not trying to
All I know is that I really don't know
So if I mess things up remember
All I'm trying to do is love you

They got a pill for every ill
And all the experts say that soon
They'll have it all figured out
But I have my doubts
And all the know-it-alls in lecture halls
Want to tell us how our moms and dads divorced
As a matter of course

Well I won't take their pills
And I won't read their books
Even if that stuff is true
I want to learn it all from you

All I know is that I really don't know
So if I mess things up remember I'm not trying to
All I know is that I really don't know
So if I mess things up remember
All I'm trying to do is...

Love you
And show you that I can learn
Hold you and kiss you
But I don't ever want to have to miss you

All I know is that I really don't know
So if I mess things up remember I'm not trying to
All I know is that I really don't know
So if I mess things up remember
All I'm trying to do is love you

Claim To Fame

Written By: Damon Castillo

Claim to Fame

I saw your video a million times today.

Your latest single is just like the one before

I have to ask myself, “What is going on?�.

Seems like there’s a million names for only just one song.

So what’s your claim to fame?

Go make some music, make it safe and sound the same.

So what’s your claim to fame?

Cause it ain’t music if it’s just a numbers game.

So what would you do if you had to write a song?

The producers left and the money was all gone?

Would you sing on pitch with a living breathing band?

When you couldn’t sleep till you booked a hundred one night stands?

So what’s your claim to fame?

Make some music, make it safe and sound the same.

So what’s your claim to fame?

Cause it ain’t music if it’s just a numbers game.

Just a game to, you. Oh.

It’s not a game, Oh, to me.

Well, I can’t wait to play another show,

To write a song, man, you will never know.

Cause I get high off chords and melody.

And when I die I’m going to take my guitar with me.

And that’s my claim to fame.

I’m making music with my friends and my family.

That’s my claim to fame.

Cause making music really means something to me.

And that’s my claim to fame.

I’m making music with my friends and my family.

That’s my claim to fame.

Cause making music really means something to me.

And that’s my claim to fame.

I’m making music with my friends and my family.

That’s my claim to fame.

Cause making music really means something to me.

One Life Stand

Written By: Damon Castillo

One Life Stand

I'm so sorry I forgot to put the toilet seat down

I'm not used to having girls around

Well at least you didn't drown

You can use my toothbrush if you want

And wear my t-shirt to the store

It never looked so good before

A one-night stand turned into

A one-week stand turned into

A one-month stand turned into

A one-year stand

Now I'm standing here in front of you making one last stand

Baby, let's make this a one-life stand

I sneak in late at night trying not to make noise

But baby that's my life

But not by choice

I see you there asleep on the couch

Baby you're so beautiful

Asleep on the couch

A one-night stand turned into

A one-week stand turned into

A one-month stand turned into

A one-year stand

Now I'm standing here in front of you making one last stand

Baby, let's make this a one-life stand

But what about the after-life?

What about our freedom?

And all those Saturday nights?

But what about love?

A one-night stand turned into

A one-week stand turned into

A one-month stand turned into

A one-year stand

Now I'm standing here in front of you making one last stand

Baby, let's make this a one-life stand

Baby, let's make this a one-life stand

Baby, let's make this a one-life stand

Secret

Written By: Damon Castillo

Secret

They got the fire eyes that make you hypnotized

While you sympathize, the whole world denies

They manufacture lies, and they sell it in a super-size.

The revolution was sold if the truth be told

They like their lies even better, bigger, and bold

It’s the big idea, harder to grasp and the guns easy to hold.

I got a secret. It’s right here in my pocket.

But nobody knows it. Nobody knows it.

Come on what’s the deal? Living life by feel?

Zoloft keeping you on an even keel?

Is T.V. pushing pause on your real-to-real?

We’re in the same damn cell, and if they rang the bell

Would your mouth start to water, could you even tell

If it looks like, sounds like, smells like

It must be hell.

I got a secret. It’s right here in my pocket.

But nobody knows it. I got this secret.

But nobody knows it.

You know the sun will set, but would you take the bet

It’s not tight rope walking here without a net.

So scared to meet the fate you already met.

And if they dropped the bomb and the green was gone

The dawn, apple pie and the perfect lawn

Love turned off and war turned on

I got a secret. It’s right here in my pocket.

And nobody knows it.

I got this secret.

It’s right here in my pocket.

Nobody knows it.

And they never will. They never, never, never, never will.

Discography

Revolving Door 2005
Live at Concerts in the Plaza 2007
Laurel Lane 2008

Set List

1. Secret
2. Nothing ever changes
3. Rollin and tumblin
4. Damned if you do
5. Without
6. I�m too slow
7. Revolving door
8. Then when
9. Radio
10. Get out of my way
11. Kissing my love
12. Weird world
13. One life stand/All I Really Want
14. When I�m on
15. On the throat
16. I can�t say
17. Handyman
18. Someone
19. Around
20. Try
21. Musicology
22. Encore
23. Mexico
24. All I know
25. surrender
26. claim to fame
27. Happening