Demitasse

Demitasse

 San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Demitasse is a two piece acoustic art band that is aiming to write the saddest music in the world. One night in Marfa, Texas, a fan nearly died of heartbreak upon hearing their tragic mixture of ridiculously high falcetto harmonies, spoken word, handclaps and noise.

Biography

Demitasse is a two piece acoustic group. This is the side project for Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes of the Texas art rock band Buttercup. Singing at the very limits of their range, the band gets sherpa high, mixing melody, spoken word, and noise. The sound is somewhere between Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, and the Beach Boys on a dark day. Or Elliott Smith on an extremely bright, sunny day. Or John Cage throwing his car keys at Yoko Ono.

The band records under a strict series of self-imposed rules: their "Vow of Chastity." These guidelines forbid the use of metronomes, click tracks, auto tuning, and unwarranted studio trickery. Being a two piece, they always record together as a duo: so any overdubs are done two at a time, simultaneously -- drums and piano, for instance. They always begin each session singing the lead vocals and harmony together, while playing guitar, and then proceed to build the rest of the song.

The live show is almost like beat era music: like two wide eyed, smiley poets, freaking out, but refusing to smash their guitars. Their set up is hyper minimal: two guitars, a drum, and an tiny plastic box. They've been able to travel to a gig on a tandem bicycle, or a scooter with a side car. They plan on touring the country one day in a Smart Car.

Hoping to cure sadness with sadness, Demitasse offers catharsis with their upbeat/downbeat melancholy songs: where audience members leave changed, and smiling. Life affirming.

Lyrics

couples therapy

Written By: e. sanden

it’s not that we’re wasted
it’s not that we’re cold
it’s not how we’re speakin’ alone in our world
yeah i know
i know

but now and then i can bend
into something gentle
and i get better
yeah

then you ask me
“do you really want your tombstone to read
‘here lieth a monster’?”
i don’t know
oh c’mon
i don’t know
“have you zero interest in tryin’ to grow?
i don’t know, c’mon, i don’t know

but now and then i can bend
into something gentle
i’d better
yeah

darling please
will you come with me to therapy?
i don’t know

everywhere you go

Written By: E. Sanden

dark clouds
they form and then they follow
dark things
the pool is over me
upset
strange and so unlikely
protesters, soldiers drowning in a dead sea

skies part
fall in love, damn it
light falls
on a face that’s pale and worn
sun sets
is she the stuff of beauty?

protesters, soldiers drowning in a dead sea
you never gave a fuck

everywhere you go you take the weather with you
everywhere you go

dark clouds
surely you send out signals
dark things
on which the universe depends on
upset
please don’t kill the universe with all your dark thinking
please give a fuck

everywhere you go you take the weather with you
everywhere you go

dear diary

Written By: e. sanden, j. reyes

you look so sweet lying fast asleep
i’m sitting at your desk
with your notebook kinda looking at me
so i play a little game
like knock it over to an open page
i played a sneaky game with my eyes
tracing your pencil’s path

dear diary
i’m still aching
dear diary
i’m still waiting

if you read you’ll surely judge
and if you read you still might never know
what really moved me
what ghost set my sail
here’s my waking dream
i’m walking thru cuba
with the sea breeze in my short hair
with a movie camera to my eye and my secret heart
my secret heart just aches

dear diary
i’m still aching
dear diary
i’m still waiting

i’m so tired of waitin’

Discography

unreleased -- song "Dark Things" featured on "The Steps" season one finale episode #10

Set List

Original tunes with an occasional cover.