Frightened Seller

Frightened Seller

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The music that came from this imagined world became James' second album, Like Smoke Travelling Through Water. This record, which fused elements of his classical and jazz training along with his appreciation of indie rock, took the listener through a dark journey through James' fractured psyche.

Biography

The snow was tumbling down around James Wilson when he realized he might be losing his grip on reality. It was January 2004 and James was taking his last semester of piano performance at the University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls was a less than ideal setting for the aspiring musician. The Iowa town provided James little opportunity to meet music industry contacts or cultivate a large audience. “I felt so completely out of my element that I kind of went crazy,” James recalls, as he leans back into the couch in his Brooklyn, NY apartment. “I created this whole environment that didn’t exist.” This provided the singer/songwriter/pianist a means of escape, a way to reconnect with himself and his music. James began to write songs for the first time since the completion of his debut album two years before. It seems a bit incredible that this prolific songwriter, who has played shows at famed New York venues like CBGB’s and The Knitting Factory, would have ever experienced writer’s block. James attributes much of his musical growth to the diverse and talented people he has encountered in New York. A month after moving to New York, a friend played James’ music for Frank Cunha, president of Just Listen Records. “When I first heard James’ music I thought, what great songs. The lyrics, music and melodies were amazing,” Frank says. The music was from James’ second album, Like Smoke Travelling Through Water. The record, which fused elements of his classical and jazz training along with his love of indie rock, took the listener on a dark journey through James’ fractured psyche. After meeting for coffee, James and Frank cemented their musical partnership. James began writing new music which he worked with Frank to record. This collaborative effort culminated in a five song demo record. The songs included “Sink,” “Reckless Trouble,” “This is Holy,” “Reunion,” and “Missing Parts of Hearts.” “Frank really pushed me,” James says. “I was used to performing live, but he really taught me about the recording process.” The demo led to another fateful encounter. A mutual friend played it for drummer James Hartnett. James piano-driven style was particularly appealing to James H. because it provided a new way to challenge himself musically. He had previously played in metal and hardcore bands. After meeting with James and Frank, James H. joined the band. “‘This is Holy’ really clinched it for me,” James H. says. “It had such potential and stood out to me.” James still writes much of the music by himself. However, since James H. has joined Frightened Seller, the two have really worked to fuse their styles of music. James’ hauntingly, beautiful piano melodies are now accompanied by the driving beats of James H.’s drums. This melding of styles is showcased on songs like “The Underground.” The song is the group’s favorite to perform. “The outline is really all we have for the song. Our line is always changing, always getting better,” James H. says. “We just compliment each other and it really comes through on this song.” “The Underground” will be on the forthcoming EP, Frightened Sellers and Basement Dwellers, due out next June. The first single will be “Frightened Seller.”

Lyrics

The Underground

Written By: James Wilson

v1
These digital paper cuts make me the bane of their existence. And we have experienced holidays, yes we have experience, but it's been so long, because they keep us tied up. Because they keep us.
Chorus
Come hear the music in the underground. It feels like an eternity. And the melodies get violent. They're fighting with the harmonies. Go two shades more indecent, frighten the dancers in the underground. Crawl beneath the earth's crust.

v2:
These digital paper cuts make me the bane of their existence. And we have experience. But I decided it was time that we don't do this no more. I decided it was time that we get out of here.

Chorus.

Frightened Cellar

Written By: James Wilson

V1
Frightened Cellar, bring me down. And I wanna lock my voice inside of a time capsule. And I wanna lock my face inside of a time capsule. Cause they are fading faster than I thought they would. Frightened Cellar, bring me down into the humid room. That's where we sweat. And they're bodies.
Chorus:
And they wrote all the pages. They thought they knew the ways of all the ages. And they will fall from their graces. And they'll fall hard.
V2
Rooftop bleeds. Catatonic Kaley. And she's walking around with a lit cigarette and she's turning out slurs like she's somebody until the music stops and we found out that she was singing. The cold was sexy, it broke you down. Give my face race. That's when my boss called and said "James, you sounded like an Indian."
(Chorus)
V3
Frightened Cellar, bring me back. Give this sad note another tack. Row. Cut by the string, sing. And they're falling.
(Chorus)

This Is Holy

Written By: James Wilson

Right on time when the rain starts falling and the ground is solid I'm on top of life. And then the shadows swirl in the 3 minutes that I'm losing my mind. This is my holy song when the razor's dry notes are falling off my tongue. Next to the waterfall hear my bitter call: "I'm the only one." Cut off your telephone there's no dial tone. That is my holy song. Right on time when the rain starts falling and the ground is solid I'm on top of life. And then the shadows swirl in the 3 minutes that I'm losing my mind. Because the ones before never knew the score. It wasn't in their key. It's time to get my gun, make them want to run. It's time that you see me. Tick tock, fuck the clock. I'm not rock. It's time that you see me. And is my brain too strong? Is my singing wrong? I guess we'll wait and see.

Discography

2002- Road to My World
2004- Like Smoke Traveling Through Water
2007- Frightened Sellers and Basement Dwellers (EP)