Defiance Pointe

Defiance Pointe

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Defiance Pointe is a 5-piece modern rock band, hailing from the outskirts of Saint Louis, MO. Originally formed in 2004, the band is known for their brand of powerful, melodic rock music coupled with a high-energy stage show

Biography

Defiance Pointe is a 5-piece modern rock band, hailing from the outskirts of Saint Louis, Missouri. Originally formed in 2004, the band centers around childhood friends Jacob Woodworth (rhythm guitar) and James "Jimbo" Ballesteros (bass, backing vocals). The band is known for their brand of powerful, melodic rock music coupled with a high-energy stage show, and has established fanbases both in their hometown of St. Louis and in their "second home" of Battle Creek, Michigan.

THE LIVE EXPERIENCE Staples at Defiance Pointe shows include the ubiquitous DP circle logo, a throng of fans clad in black T-shirts with various (often homemade) printed designs, frequent calls to "Get some drinks in!" and an overall light-spirited party atmosphere. Over the past 5 years, a devoted group of die-hard Defiance Pointe fans from both cities have begun to travel alongside the band, frequently making the 17-hour round trip in the span of a weekend. In recognition of these fans' dedication, the band members have been known to give away free tickets, merchandise, drinks, or a place to crash for the night.

2009: UNTIL THE DAWN Several years in the making, the quintet's full-length studio debut Until the Dawn highlights 11 fan favorites from the band's five-year repertoire of over 30 unrecorded songs. Until the Dawn was released at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on March 7th, 2009. The album showcases Defiance Pointe's signature riff-heavy rock grooves and soulful, long-note melodies, spanning the range from brooding acoustic ballads to driving, fist-pumping anthems. There is even a hint of flamenco thrown in for good measure. And of course, a couple of self-proclaimed "drinking songs" that have become a mainstay in the DP lexicon. The album is laced with no shortage of talent, and provides more than the occasional guitar solo.

Positive reactions to Until the Dawn fueled the group's momentum, and Defiance Pointe found themselves splitting shows between hometowns on a near-weekly basis. Defiance Pointe's fanbase continued to grow; however, the strain of splitting time between St. Louis and Michigan led to an impasse within the band, and in the span of a year, resulted in the departure of all but Jake and Jimbo. The two friends wasted no time in recruiting new full-time members, welcoming Sean Jones (lead guitar), Len Kiraly (drums), and Baines Johnson (lead vocals).

2010: DON'T FORGET TO WRITE Armed with more talent and renewed purpose than ever, the newly rebuilt Defiance Pointe immediately set to work composing four new songs, returning to Trailer Studios just one month later to record their sophomore EP entitled Don't Forget to Write. The four brand-new tracks are being produced and engineered by former Modern Day Zero bassist Rich Criebaum (Cavo, Brookroyal), and scheduled for release this Spring.

Lyrics

My Way Out

Written By: Defiance Pointe

I was taken by surprise, by the look that’s in your eyes
Forcing me to change my life into something that you might be proud of
So I had to draw the line, it might take a little time
To reflect on the things I’ve done

Take away all the faces of my soul
Take them down to awake your own
So you feel like your lost
But your just out of time
Keep holding on because I won’t let it go
Cause you feel like a drug
And I can’t get enough
Don’t you know I gotta find my way out someday

I could tell you were taken by the way you move
Touched by a sinner easily amused
You helped me get my feet back on the ground
So you look at me blind, but just give me some time
And I’ll show you who I am

Take away all the faces of my soul
Take them down to awake your own
So you feel like your lost
But your just out of time
Keep holding on because I won’t let it go
Cause you feel like a drug
And I can’t get enough
Don’t you know I gotta find my way out someday

So you feel like your lost
But your just out of time
Keep holding on because I won’t let it go
Cause you feel like a drug
And I can’t get enough
Don’t you know I gotta find my way out

Until the Dawn

Written By: Defiance Pointe

Late nights are coming, just trying to get my fill
Another line across the table, and it gets colder still
Voices in the hallway, keep carrying me
To all those fucking places, I’m not supposed to be

So I scream just to break the silence
To tear my mind from what I have become
I see angels in my everything
Don’t you know I cannot be your savior
Waiting for this life to go into infamy
Cause I know I know it might just come undone

My eyes are heavy, but the sleep it escapes me
As the sweat it trickles down, everything is so serene
My mind is blocked, I’m down to my last plea
I don’t even know that its my life, that I’m gambling
So I scream, just to break the silence
To tear my mind from what I have become

I see angels in my everything
Don’t you know I cannot be your savior
Waiting for this life to go into infamy
Cause I know, I know it might just come undone

I see angels in my everything
Don’t you know I cannot be your savior
Waiting for this life to go into infamy
Cause I know, I know it might just come UNDONE

I see angels in my everything
Don’t you know I cannot be your savior
Waiting for this life to go into infamy, Yeah
CAUSE I KNOW I KNOW IT MIGHT JUST COME UNDONE

Its not your fault, now that I’m gone
Things will be better in the morning
Just wait until the dawn

Speak

Written By: Defiance Pointe

Sunshine flows, through the window shade
There’s no one left here to take the blame
I sit in the shallows and wallow in the shame
And hope that no one will remember my name

So I speak and you listen
As the colors fade to grey
So I watch as your eyes
Fill themselves with hate

Hand cuffed to this bed that I have made
Staring at the bloodshed in the stains
Wonderin was it worth all the games
Now I know I was the one who was played

So I speak and you listen
As the colors fade to grey
So I watch as your eyes
Fill themselves with hate

So please talk slow cause I need to know
That I’m alone inside my head
The ripples of the choices I made in my life
Show me that even I can’t survive

So I speak and you listen
As the colors fade to grey
So I watch as your eyes
Fill themselves with hate

Vicious Circles

Written By: Defiance Pointe

Taken for granted yeah feeling the shame
Watching the sunrise all over again
Tormented from the inside out into the world
Looking for something but for what I’m not sure

Hold me down again, as my soul begins to burn
Looking for a way out, but the lesson must be learned
And I don’t know what’s there to see there’s nothing left inside
Break me down, tear it out, till there’s nothing left of you in me

I know I might have trying times
I see it in the mirror when I look into my eyes
I know I should not but what do I have to lose
Its better than wasting all my time on you

Hold me down again, as my soul begins to burn
Looking for a way out, but the lesson must be learned
And I don’t know what’s there to see there’s nothing left inside
Break me down, tear it out, till there’s nothing left of you in me

What I’ve done is not who I am
I keep reaching for this life
You say I cannot have

You make me sick to the feel
And I don’t know what’s real

Hold me down again, as my soul begins to burn
Looking for a way out, but the lesson must be learned
And I don’t know what’s there to see there’s nothing left inside
Break me down, tear it out, till there’s nothing left of you in me

Don’t tell me that I’m the only one
You can reach for when you’re feeling all alone

Hold me down again, as my soul begins to burn
Looking for a way out, but the lesson must be learned
I don’t know what’s there to see there’s nothing left inside
Break me down, tear it out, till there’s nothing left of you in me

Tainted Blue

Written By: Defiance Pointe

Sitting by the wayside I finally realized
The glass is always half full to you
I pour all out the emptiness because I cannot
Deal with this anymore

The paintings that see are just a bit different
Than the ones you thought you knew
The paintings that you see are just a bit different
Than the ones you thought you drew

I sit I stare I watch I glare always wanting it to be me
Watching waiting hoping cause it just might be my chance
To be seen

Everyday is a new one to think of you
And everywhere I look is tainted blue
I’m one step closer to my dreams
And I don’t really care what the people think
It’s gonna be what its gonna be

I sit I stare I watch I glare always wanting it to be me
Watching waiting hoping cause it just might be my chance
To be seen

I’m one step closer to my dreams
And I don’t really care what the people think
It’s gonna be what its gonna be

I sit I stare
Oh I watch and I glare
Always wanting it to be me
I’m one step closer
One step closer
To my dreams

Fade Away

Written By: Defiance Pointe

Another taste of whiskey, on my breath
Let’s me know that I’m not quite there yet
One more shot yeah for me and my friends cause
Don’t you know we’ll be back again
When it gets going yeah it fills my veins
And takes me to that special place

All I wanted was sweet release
All I got was insanity
Let’s get lost and never be
FOUND

Miles of road behind us, so make it slow
Got a few more dreams and heartaches still to go
Running on empty yeah we’re losing control
But it comes from within
From the soul
When it gets going yeah it fills my veins
And takes me to that special place

All I wanted was sweet release
All I got was insanity
Let’s get lost and never be
FOUND Yeah!

Searching

Written By: Defiance Pointe

I see myself walking away
From everyone that I can take
Your holding my hand
Your telling me to run
Your tearing me from
Who I was

Confessions of the situation I’m in
Lead me to believe I’m lost again
I’m fighting crawling to find my way out
But it seems that I am lost to the sound

I see the faces among the crowd
Their hearts are quiet BUT THEY SCREAM SO LOUD
Wanting to fly, find there way out
Follow us inside we’ll show you how

Confessions of the situation I’m in
Lead me to believe I’m lost again
I’m fighting crawling to find my way out
But it seems that I am lost to the sound

Discography

2007 Demo “From the Ashes”
(Release date December 15 2007)
(Recorded at Trailer Studios)

1. Fade Away
2. Speak
3. From the Ashes
4. Until the Dawn

Engineer/Producer - Rich Criebaum (formerly of Mesh and Modern Day Zero)

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2009 “Until the Dawn”
(Release Date March 7th, 2009)
(Recorded at Trailer Studios)

1. Intro
2. My Way Out
3. Speak
4. Tainted Blue
5. Vicious Circles
6. Until the Dawn
7. Fade Away
8. From the Ashes
9. Searching
10. Yesterday
11. Echoes

Bonus tracks
12. Everyday
13. Still Here
14. Until the Dawn(Piano version)

Engineer/Producer - Rich Criebaum (formerly of Mesh and Modern Day Zero)
Mastering - Scott Gertken, Rich Criebaum (both formerly of Mesh and Modern Day Zero)

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2010 “Don't Forget to Write ep”
(Release Date 2010)
(Recorded at Trailer Studios)

Set List

· 45 min to a 1 hr set includes all originals

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SAMPLE SET LIST (From St. Charles 8/28/2007)
Everyday -original
Still Here -original
Go Away -original
Plush
Drift to Dream -original
Tainted Blue -original
F.T.A. -original
Until the Dawn -original
Vicious Circles -original
From the Ashes -original
Speak -original
Searching