Jason & the Scorchers

Jason & the Scorchers

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Disciples of Loud
“Let the Beatings Begin”

A brutally smoldering July 2002 morning, inhumane early, a couple or three security checks requiring ditching the oh so valuable $5 cups of coffee every single time. End of ferocious Texas shows allowing only hour nap. Reclined at gate, Jason and the Scorchers’ wildman guitar virtuoso Warner Hodges, the man capable on stage of careening out-of-control while still playing with incinerating flash and precision, unexpectedly proclaims, “we shouldn’t be on our way home, shouldn’t we be on our way to Louisiana, Georgia, somewhere else?” So it begins. After years of denial and prodding from colleagues, friends, family and fans, he decides it’s time. Time to do what he was born to do, do what his hands were made to do, do what he innately has to do and do it hard, fast and loud.

Warner asks Scorchers’ bassist Kenny Ames if he’s interested, a more redundant question perhaps never broached. A mere discussion and a couple weeks later Kenny suggests Warner go with him to check out this ‘unbelievable’ drummer. Unbelievable understating the slamming thunder of drummer Matt Green. Perfect, hard, fast and loud.

Though mesmerized by the veracity of the man behind the kit, Warner is struck by another force, a familiar cyclonic element, Todd Austin, lead guitar-could be a vigorous challenge-umh. . . . Hard, fast and loud. The birth of Disciples of Loud, Warner Hodges: lead vocals, guitar. Todd Austin: guitar, background vocals. Kenny Ames: Bass. Matt Green: Drums. Instant Chemistry, Cranking Rock’n’Roll, Hard, Fast, Raucous, Loud, the way it’s suppose to be.

The Disciples of Loud, “Let the Beatings Begin”, the name and title fairly well describes it all. Finally a band that can perform live, entertain, and leave feeling good and wanting more.

CAUTION: Listening to this CD at appropriate volume while driving has proved to result in speeding tickets.
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Warner Hodges debuts new band, Disciples of Loud
'Let the Beatings Begin' showcases Hodges' and Austin's precise and powerful one-two guitar punch. Ames and Green create an on-point rhythm section, creating the backdrop for this 48-minute sonic assault.'

Jason and the Scorchers guitarist, producer and instrumental guiding light Warner Hodges has debuted his new band, Disciples of Loud. A melodic hard-rock four-piece, Disciples of Loud features fellow Scorchers bassist Kenny Ames, and Nashville locals Todd Austin on guitar and Matt Green on drums. Hodges handles the bulk of the singing, and splits lead guitar duties with Austin.
Hodges described the Disciples of Loud in October 2002: "I know I have managed to put together a bad-ass band. I'm extremely excited about that. But we'll see. Do I have anything to say? That'll be the biggie. I'm pretty fired up about it." On the Disciples' website, Hodges says he put the band together "because I'm not done." Based on the evidence of 'Let the Beatings Begin,' not only does Warner have plenty to say, but his axe is talking loud and clear.
Hodges' influences range from AC/DC to Little Richard, the Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard, and Cheap Trick. Ames has become one of the most versatile and sought-after bassists in Nashville. 'Let the Beatings Begin' showcases Hodges' and Austin's precise and powerful one-two guitar punch. Ames and Green create an on-point rhythm section, creating the backdrop for this 48-minute sonic assault.
In 'Let the Beatings Begin,' the Disciples pull you into their world of frayed amplifier cords, unfiltered cigarettes, and all-night drives to gigs. The band struts unapologetically through your speakers and declares its opinions, anger, and passions. Song highlights range from the AC/DC swagger of 'I'm Your Man' and 'When Mercy Calls' to 'Seduction,' a melodic chronicle of sobriety. The band is more sentimental in the power ballad 'You Must Give Me Something.' 'Tick Tock' is a hidden gem, a hard-hitting examination of the chaos and contradictions in modern America. This record gives you an immediate sensory experience of the world of rock and roll. After hearing it, you know and respect the Disciples. They might be prisoners of rock and roll, but they are proudly doing time.
The tension between captivity and freedom, in the music business or in relationships, is one of the recurring themes. In 'Seduction,' Hodges tells his demons that 'I'll stand and fight you for my life,' recalling his own Steve Earle moment. The opening track, 'Uh Huh,' sums up Hodges' uncompromising career: I went around the block a time or two/Didn't have a dime when I was through/Got lots of critical acclaim/My critical mistake was I did not play the game.' Hodges and Austin search for a degree of stability in their worlds, as long as they can do so without sacrificing certain core values. The Disciples want to succeed on their own terms, as a unit.
Two more standout tracks are 'Wind Me Up' and 'Go

Lyrics

Shock to the System

Written By: Kenny Ames/Todd Austin/Warner E. Hodges

We got acid rain, we got crack cocaine
We got fools in schools with guns
We got chickens fucking on the internet
With paraplegic nuns
We got pee-pee cams, political scams
Psychobabble galore
We got 55 channels of HBO
Not enough? Hell, they’ll make some more

Pre Chorus:
Maybe we should stop it before we go too far
They always try to top it, they always raise the bar

Chorus:
Everywhere I look, it’s like a shock to the system
Somebody get the hook, it’s all a shock to the system

We got prepaid hits, we got plastic tits
We got prophylactic bars
Can’t afford to feed our kids
But damn, they drive nice cars
We got mediocre mediocrity
Just watch it run it’s course
Our past is catching up with us
We’ve put the cart before the horse

TICK TOCK

Written By: Todd Austin/Warner E. Hodges


Saw a bumper sticker on a pickup truck that says Jesus is my Lord
The irony of that was the big gun rack and the naked hola girl on the dashboard
Everywhere I’m lookin it’s all fucked up and people don’t seem to mind
I guess we’re all just a little caught up in seeing what we can find
As long as you get yours and I get mine who cares if we run out of time

Tick Tock goes the clock but ain’t nothing going to change
Tick Tock ready or not, the world’s going insane
Tick Tock goes the clock it’s all about fortune and fame
Tick Tock get ready to rock, times running out of the game

Man on the news gives you a head shot every time you turn it on
It’s all about the haves and the have nots, and how you can’t get along
Yesterday somebody got blown up, in a place that I used to hang
We all think that we’re so grown up, but we haven’t learned a thing
Long as we can be wild and free, who cares if we can’t find the key

Tick Tock goes the clock but ain’t nothing going to change
Tick Tock ready or not, the world’s going insane
Tick Tock goes the clock it’s all about fortune and fame
Tick Tock get ready to rock, times running out of the game

(Lead break)

Long as you get yours and I get mine who cares if we run out of time
Tick Tock goes the clock but ain’t nothing going to change
Tick Tock ready or not, the whole world’s going insane
Tick Tock goes the clock it’s all about fortune and fame
Tick Tock get ready to rock, time is running out of the game

Tick Tock goes the clock
Tick Tock ready or not
Tick Tock goes the clock
Tick Tock get ready to rock, time is running out of this game

Wind Me Up

Written By: Todd Austin/Warner E. Hodges

You really pull my strings
You say such evil things
So naughty and nice
You ain’t checking your list twice
You’re like the great big prize
With Satan’s eyes
I can feel the burn,
Won’t I ever learn

Pre-Chorus:
I fell you comin
Crashin down on me
You’ve got me running
Can’t you let me be/Won’t you set me free

Chorus:
You think that you’re so tough
The way you wind me up
I do whatever, it’s never enough
But still you wind me up.
This is where the ride gets rough
If you fall, you climb back up
I guess I’ll have to call your bluff
Everytime you wind me up

You seem to do what you please
You knock me to my knees
Gonna make me a slave
Send me to an early grave
You talk a mouthful of sin
I always come back again
I want to get away
But I always stay

Pre-Chorus:
I fell you comin
Crashin down on me
You’ve got me running
Can’t you let me be/Won’t you set me free

Chorus:
You think that you’re so tough
The way you wind me up
I do whatever, it’s never enough
But still you wind me up.
This is where the ride gets rough
If you fall, you climb back up
I guess I’ll have to call your bluff
Everytime you wind me up

Discography

Let the Beatings Begin