Driving the Eights

Driving the Eights

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Driving the Eights in the words of the Press: Big ... Enchanting ... Captivating ... Booming

Biography

Driving the Eights is the intersection of four musicians inspired by a wide array of musical influences.

The Seattle quartet formed when Ben Lappenga and Todd Ussery were drawn together by common musical ground, and more importantly, complementary musical differences.

Soon afterwards, Driving the Eights entered the recording studio to cut tracks for their first demo. Mark Nelson, a fan of the raw material offered to record the demo in his personal studio. During the sessions, it became clear that Marks musical perspective added a new dimension to the bands sound and the duo progressed to a trio.

The bands first EP “Remembering What It Looked Like” was released in 2005, representing a collection of eight diverse songs. In the fall of 2005, Chris Doss joined-up with Ben, Todd and Mark, rounding out the current line-up of the band.

January 2007 was marked by the release of the “Reach Down Sessions”, co-produced by Driving the Eights and Tom Pfaeffle at Tank Studios, Black Diamond, WA.

Driving the Eights music is available at iTunes, Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom, Everyday Music, CD Baby, and Noisehead.com; and can be heard on “airwaves” in the Pacific Northwest and Internet radio including: “The Mountain” KMTT 103.7 FM, “The End” KNDD 107.7 FM, KEXP 90.3 FM, Indie 103.1 FM, Pulse Rated/SKY Digital Channel 0155 U.K., The ‘Burg 88.1 FM, Head Case Radio, Etc...

Driving the Eights on the Web:
drivingtheeights.com
myspace.com/drivingtheeights
noisehead.com

Lyrics

"Peace Of Mind"

Written By: Ben Lappenga (c) 2005 reskewed music

we are all in the room,
we are all in the room,
we are all in this together

Let it remind again of all the times I thought of you, of you,
Like you were something so different, in a time when I needed you
And you needed me.

People say it now: it’s alright with me
Talk about out and in, it’s not up to me
Just give a listen to the story
And see what is happening to me, to me.
We’re gonna find you a little peace of mind.

My people, my people, won’t you agree that we can’t stand
Where human effort ends?
Won’t you come stand, won’t you come stand,
Won’t you take a hand here in the middle,
In the middle of the village, in the middle of us all.

People say it now: it’s alright with me
Talk about out and in, it’s not up to me
Just give a listen to the story
And see what is happening to me, to me.

Well, I wish I was naïve enough to believe we’re all okay,
Well I wish that I was young enough to pretend to like it anyway
Well, I wish I was naïve enough to believe we’re all okay,
Well I wish that I was young enough…anyway, anyway.

We’re gonna find you a little peace of mind.
We’re gonna find you a little peace of mind.
I’m over you, I’m over you, I’m over you, I am--

Gonna find you a little peace of mind.

People say it now, people say it now,
It’s alright, it’s alright.
People say it now, people say it now,
It’s alright, it’s alright.

"On The Watch"

Written By: Ben Lappenga (c) 2005 reskewed music

It’s been said that man need only rid himself
Of a few small weaknesses to be like the gods.
Does that put you on the watch?
Does that put you on the watch?

You can say what you will, but you’ve got to see
You’ve got surprises on the way, and more there will be.
You can say what you are, and I’ll help you there.
But surprises are yours—and that’s what you want.

Why are you all staring at me like that?
How can you mumble like you understand?
You can laugh at me, or speak fervently,
You can push me, destroy me, or put me to shame.
Do you hear me? To whom am I speaking at?
Do you hear me? Do you hear me?

You can say what you will, but you’ve got to see
You’ve got surprises on the way, and more there will be.
You can say what you are, and I’ll help you there.
But surprises are yours, and that’s what you want.

That’s what you’ve looked for, that’s what you’ve seen.
That’s what you’ve hoped for, that’s what you’ll be.

You can say what you will, but you’ve got to see
You’ve got surprises on the way, and more there will be.
You can say what you are, and I’ll help you there.
But surprises are yours—and that’s what you want.

Are you feeling very well? You don’t look well.

Discography

Driving the Eights:
-“Remembering What It Looked Like”, 2005.
-"Reach Down Sessions", 2007.

Set List

Driving the Eights' set list ranges from a 10-song club set to a full 90 minute show. The all-original set includes:
"Peace of Mind"
"On the Watch"
"Home"
"Stand Up"
"Candles"
"Wonder Why"
"In My Mind"
"Savior"
"No Turning Around"
"Morning Picture"
"Black and Blue"
"Reach Down"
"Trampoline"
"Eddies Bench"
"This Is"
"Music Box"
& others