The DML Cartel

The DML Cartel

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This is a rock & roll science project. It all has to do with chemistry. The chemistry between the players, and the chemistry of combining various influences together just to see what if would have sounded like if they had thought of it first.

Biography

Hard work and perseverance are paying off for Houston hopeful, Dodd Michael Lede, and his band, The DML Cartel. Lede has begun to see the fruits of his labors as his band holds the coveted top spot in the Texas Top Forty music charts with "St. Talisa" and has the number 8 spot with "Happy Ever After".

The DML Cartel debut CD, "Word Of Mouth", was released in the fall of 2007, while the band’s cover-band alter-ego, Bare Necessity, was still riding high on the crest of being the 2007 Houston Texans house band. The new CD has been greeted favorably by the critics and is poised to put Lede well on his way to being a recognized songwriter in his genre.

Along with playing the Texans 2007 season home games as Bare Necessity, the band still continued to perform its regular shows both as The DML Cartel and Bare Necessity. In addition, the band was also featured on local television, performing on the Great Day Houston show, and appeared on 94.5 KTBZ's local show, The Texas Buzz.

The DML Cartel was formed out of Bare Necessity, a working cover band based in the Galveston area consisting of a group of friends with a passion for music. Lede joined original members Derek Prather (guitar), Brooks Rogers (drums), & Fred Morecraft (bass) in September of 2004 replacing their previous singer to fill the bands need for a dynamic front man.

Bare Necessity quickly became one the hardest working bands in Galveston and its surrounding areas. Setting record turnouts for the venues that they performed, they were hailed as an "energetic party band" by the local press.

The inclusion of guitarist, John Rinkus, led to the creation of a second group — The DML Cartel, which plays original music, as opposed to Bare Necessity’s use of previously written material.

“I had been working with John in the studio recording tracks for what would become 'Word Of Mouth' and performing with Bare Necessity live. I was bouncing back & forth between the two projects, so it seemed like a great idea to join both forces and create something new.” says Lede.

The band has performed under both monikers for the past two years, but due to scheduling conflicts, has added bassist, Mark Head, and drummer, Jason Falzon, to perform exclusively with The DML Cartel.

“This is a rock & roll science project.” Dodd muses, “It all has to do with chemistry. The chemistry between the players, and the chemistry of combining various influences together just to see what if would have sounded like if they had thought of it first.”

Lede, who has two prior releases, 2002's "Whatever Happened to You", and 2004's "Sophomore Jinx", is no stranger to the business side of the music industry. Lede is the founder of Sonic Smack Records and has also released music from previous bands as well as Myrna Sanders 2003 release, "Riches to Rags" in which he also wrote the song, "Closure".

Each song on "Word Of Mouth" remains clear and focused. There is a sense of maturity about the songwriting, but there is no mistaking that the underlying influences are very rock & roll.

Melodic chord structures, vocal hooks and harmonies, and layers of guitar driven grace and tone, this catalog of songs should solidify Lede’s place as a songwriter in his own right. The inspirations and personal demons create an autobiography of true stories set to music. The end result is a collection of stirring and evocative songs.

Lede has a knack for stimulating the tired old clichéd sounds that are prevalent in much of today's music. He has stepped outside of the cookie-cutter box trap that most bands fall into, not to invent a new genre, but to redefine an existing one.

Other hats Lede wears quite frequently are guitar instructor, producer, promoter, and music publicist.

Contact:
The DML Cartel
c/o Dodd Lede
P.O. Box 263186
Houston, TX 77207-3186
713-248-4575
d_lede@yahoo.com

Lyrics

St Talisa

Written By: The DML Cartel

Lyrics & Music by Dodd Michael Lede
Copyright © 2007 DML Music

Here she comes
Over here
I sweat and shake each time
She gets too near
But I'll pretend
I am brave
Stick out my chest
And hold my breath until its safe

And she don't know
Any sad songs
And her kindness
Falls down on me like the rain
I will bask in her
Like a warm sun
Until my childish fears
Completely fade away

And I know
Why St Talisa is my heroine today

When she goes
I come down
With no regrets or side effects
When she's around
And I know where to hide
But there's no place far enough
From her that she can't find

And she picks me up
When I've had enough
She is the fix I need
At the end of every day
And she comes around
Each time I fall down
Until my childish fears
Completely fade away

And I know
Why St Talisa is my heroine today

Hurry! Hurry! Step right up
Come right in
For a pleasant surprise

Master-Blaster
Move a little faster
Kicking up the dirt
As I'm rolling right past
Toss the dice
But you were just frontin'
Kick back the mic
Now let me show you something
Bicardi and lemonade
And I'm getting paid
Tossing out the james like I was
Tossing out the hand granades
Twice as nice
I'll rock it smooth as ice
I could be giving it away
But now you're paying full price
A hand full of faith
And two fists of fury
You'll never see me coming
Like you're looking right through me
I'm the bestest
When I flex this
When I'm done you'll be like
Don't mess with Texas

And I know
Why St Talisa is my heroine today

Produced by: Dodd Michael Lede
Studio Engineer: Mike BBQ for Big Door Studio

Musicians
Vocals & Bass: Dodd Michael Lede
Electric Guitars: John Rinkus
Drums: Andy Zuniga

Bona Fide Superstar

Written By: The DML Cartel

Lyrics & Music by Dodd Michael Lede
Copyright © 2007 DML Music

I saw your movie
I listened to your song
You were singing right to me
But I didn’t sing along
When you got your Grammy
How I wished that I was there
You were so mesmerizing
With all the spotlights in your hair

But now you’re rich and such a bitch
And so much bigger than before
And I’m a jerk, I’m out of work
Can’t pick myself up off this floor
You made me promise to come with you
But you couldn’t wait that long
And it’s a joke and now I’m broke
And you’re a bona fide superstar

I read about you every day
As you continue on your way

You finally got just what you wanted
Everyone knows who you are
You’re a bona fide superstar
You’re rich and famous and so shameless
Looking down on everyone
You’re a bona fide superstar
I hope you’re happy with the way life treats you
‘Cause looking back is so beneath you
But I’ll be there to catch you if you fall

I’m reading your book
About your sordid history
All your famous ex-boyfriends
But you never mention me
Now I might be affected
If I took the time to care
But I know all your secrets
And what it took to get you there
But now you’re rich and such a bitch
And so much bigger than before
And I’m a jerk, I’m out of work
Can’t pick myself up off this floor
You made me promise to come with you
But you couldn’t wait that long
And it’s a joke and now I’m broke
And you’re a bona fide superstar

I read about you every day
As you continue on your way

You finally got just what you wanted
Everyone knows who you are
You’re a bona fide superstar
You’re rich and famous and so shameless
Looking down on everyone
You’re a bona fide superstar
I hope you’re happy with the way life treats you
‘Cause looking back is so beneath you
But I’ll be there to catch you if you fall

You finally got just what you wanted
Everyone knows who you are
You’re a bona fide superstar
You’re rich and famous and so shameless
Looking down on everyone
You’re a bona fide superstar
You’re a bona fide superstar
You’re a bona fide superstar
You’re a bona fide superstar

Produced by: Dodd Michael Lede
Studio Engineer: Mike BBQ for Big Door Studio

Musicians
Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars: Dodd Michael Lede
Electric Guitars: John Rinkus
Bass: Mark Head
Drums: Steven Salazar

Hollywood Ending

Written By: The DML Cartel

Lyrics & Music by Dodd Michael Lede
Copyright © 2007 DML Music

She don't love me anymore
And she don't know why
She just changed her mind
Like she's done each time before
Time after time
Step into the room
Like she's walking on a stage
Like a star about to shine
But in the afterglow
She starts to fade away
Until she's so hard to find

Slipping in and out of extremes
And all the places between
She's over my head

Don't ask me why
She just flickers
Like a candle in the wind
She burns out sometimes
But she's never giving in
Her love is hot and cold
And sometimes condescending
She's a one of a kind
Just like a hollywood ending

This love is altogether dangerous
And always subject to changes
But I don't take this weight
So serious no more
Cause it's always the same
What is this chemical attraction
That we share
That makes it hard to leave behind
But in the aftermath
I don't really care
Until she's so hard to find

Slipping in and out of extremes
And all the places between
She's over my head

Don't ask me why
She just flickers
Like a candle in the wind
She burns out sometimes
But she's never giving in
Her love is hot and cold
And sometimes condescending
She's a one of a kind
Just like a hollywood ending

She's reaching for the sky
And she'll start to wonder why
She's a one of a kind
Just like a hollywood ending

Produced by: Dodd Michael Lede
Studio Engineer: Mike BBQ for Big Door Studio

Musicians
Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars: Dodd Michael Lede
Electric Guitars: Jack Lebert
Bass: Jeremy Walton
Drums: Richard Magallanes

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Satellites
Lyrics & Music by Dodd Michael Lede
Copyright © 2007 DML Music

When will you get it through your head
You don't hear what I'm saying
Nobody owes you anything
But you keep on, you're complaining
Choking down all your desparations
And new frustrations
Because there's no one to save you now
Meanwhile all your friends keep saying
Stop your complaining
About your long and lonely spiral down

Your lights are on but nobody's home
So you don't hear what I'm saying
Your demons won't leave you alone
They just keep on, always playing
Choking down all your desparations
And new frustrations
Because there's no one to save you now
Meanwhile all your friends keep saying
Stop your complaining
About your long and lonely spiral down

But I know it's a strange thing
But it feels so liberating
And you don't know how to come back down
And you're out there
And you're waiting
But its never quite the same feeling
As it was your first time around
And the satellites you cling to
Are the ones that always seem to bring you down
The ones that bring you down
The ones that bring you

But I know it's a strange thing
But it feels so liberating
And you don't know how to come back down
And you're out there
And you're waiting
But its never quite the same feeling
As it was your first time around

But I know it's a strange thing
But it feels so liberating
And you don't know how to come back down
And you're out there
And you're waiting
But its never quite the same feeling
As it was your first time around
And the satellites you cling to
Are the ones that always seem to bring you down
The ones that bring you down
The ones that bring you down

Produced by: Dodd Michael Lede
Studio Engineer: Mike BBQ for Big Door Studio

Musicians
Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars: Dodd Michael Lede
Electric Guitars: John Rinkus
Bass: Mark Head
Drums: Richard Magallanes

Pocket Full Of Reasons

Written By: The DML Cartel

Lyrics & Music by Dodd Michael Lede
Copyright © 2007 DML Music

Today the stars are beautiful
Eloquent and so meaningful
But you won't get to see them
Inside the walls are cold and grey
Unaffected by these constant changes
Happening around her
She's an ordinary girl
Trapped inside a private hell
Wrapped around her finger
But the scars she tried so hard
To hide eat at her just like suicide
But no one ever hears her

I watched them pursecute her
For every little thing she had done
She never had a future
The choice was never given as one
No one really ever understood her
She knows

She's got a pocket full of reasons
The truth was left there bleeding
For no apparent reason
She tried to fight these feelings
But she just don't know how
And everything inside of her
Burned her just like fire
She'd like to say she's sorry
But it's just too late now
She's got a pocket full of reasons

Never quite at home in any one place
Everything she owns packed in a suitcase
All the pictures of her mother
Have been taken off the walls
And she wishes she could undo
All the damage that she caused

I watched them pursecute her
For every little thing she had done
She never had a future
The choice was never given as one
No one really ever understood her
She knows

She's got a pocket full of reasons
The truth was left there bleeding
For no apparent reason
She tried to fight these feelings
But she just don't know how
And in a moments notice
Everything exploded
She'd like to say she's sorry
But it's just too late now
She's got a pocket full of reasons

Not everything can be replaced
Falling farther from this place
She lost her mind and lost her faith
But if you learn to take it slow
All these things you'll come to know
Was all the time you had to waste
She's got a pocket full of reasons
No one really ever understood her
She knows

Produced by: Dodd Michael Lede
Studio Engineer: Mike BBQ for Big Door Studio

Musicians
Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Piano, & Organ: Dodd Michael Lede
Electric Guitars: John Rinkus
Bass: Mark Head
Drums: James Metcalfe

Discography

"Whatever Happened To You" was released in 2002 on Sonic Smack Records. Streaming audio is available through CD Baby at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dmlede.

"Sophomore Jinx" was released in 2005 on Sonic Smack Records. Streaming audio is available through CD Baby at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dmlede2. There is a list of triple A & college radio stations playing tracks from Sophomore Jinx at www.myspace.com/sonicsmackrecords.

"Word Of Mouth" was released in November 2007 on Sonic Smack Records. Streaming audio is available through CD Baby at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dmlede3.

Set List

Typical Set:

Indian Summer
Temptation
Portland Song
Camouflage
Bona Fide Superstar
Watching Me Fall Down
Happy Ever After
Best Of Monday Night
Pocket Full Of Reasons
Man On A Chain
Theme (From A Broken Car)
St Talisa
You Belong
Pretend

Bullet The Blue Sky - U2
Fortunate Son - CCR
Jailbreak - ACDC
Train Kept A Rollin' - Aerosmith