Fundamental Elements

Fundamental Elements

 St. Louis, Missouri, USA
BandPopSoul

Fundamental Elements brings a fresh, eclectic blend of soul, funk, rock and hip hop that can't help but make your body move. Their tight, high-energy live performances have them being praised as one of the most promising and talented bands to come out of St. Louis.

Biography

Fundamental Elements mix a fresh blend of soul and pop/rock, with catchy song writing and remarkable musicianship to create songs that are making people take notice. Their tight, high-energy live performances have them being praised as one of the most promising and talented bands to come out of St. Louis.

This Moment is the much-anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed The Cycle We're Living In LP. A culmination of hard work and a partnership with producer Stephen Leiweke, the new album represents a definite maturation of the band. More energetic sonically and thought-provoking lyrically, the new record is a bold statement of the band's interpretation of the world around them. Jorge Casas, a long-time bass player, producer, and arranger with Gloria Estefan and other renowned artists, makes an appearance co-producing three of the 6 tracks on the EP.

The incredibly tight rhythm section comprised of brothers Luke and Mark DeJaynes, together with the keyboards of Dustin Burggraaf, all make-up the foundation of Fundamental Elements. But it's the sweet, soulful voice of lead singer Russ Mohr, coupled with his tasteful trumpet lines, that truly communicates their soulful music.

TOURING
Having maintained up to 125 gigs per year since the band's inception in 2004, Fundamental Elements keeps the roads burning up with gigs nationwide, playing clubs, colleges, events and festivals, including Cornerstone, Ichthus, Red Gorilla and Agape, which attract thousands of music lovers each year.

FE has shared the stage with many well-known artists, including Rihanna, Matisyahu, Ozomatli, Bob Schneider, Murphy Lee, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Three 6 Mafia, Slightly Stoopid, The John Popper Project, The Spin Doctors, tobyMac, Dave Barnes, and Matt Wertz.

PHILANTHROPIC
In January, 2010 frontman Russ Mohr was invited by gospel music veteran Michael W. Smith to participate in a recording of his song, "Come Together Now," where he joined a long list of renown Nashville stars including Wynnona Judd, The Oak Ridge Boys, dcTalk, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Matt Maher, and American Idol stars Mandisa, Paul Stacey and Chris Sligh to raise funds for disaster relief in Haiti.

FE is an official artist for Mocha Club, an online community focused on funding relief and development projects in Africa in five project areas: Clean Water, Education, Child Mothers + Women At Risk, Orphan Care + Vulnerable Children, and HIV/AIDS + Healthcare. In December 2009 they were also featured on Mocha Club's A Very Mocha Christmas compilation album. FE has a continually growing team of fans joining their efforts with Mocha Club.

FE regularly participates in other charities and benefit events and have helped raise awareness and funds for many causes nationwide in areas of health/medicine, disaster relief, foreign missions, hunger/poverty, social justice/peace and education.

Lyrics

Cryin' Shame

Written By: Fundamental Elements

sometimes i stop and think
maybe it wasn't meant to be like this
somewhere we lost our way
and now we're just trying to clean our mess
and someday we'll change
for peace and love and unity we'll pray
but it all seems strange
and i just can't help but think

it's a losing game we're playing
and we're running 'round in circles, baby
and we keep chasing yesterday
wondering if it's ever gonna be the same

it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...

sometimes i stop and think
maybe it's always going to be like this
'cause if we walked away
than is it possible to live like this
we can pray for change
but it won't get better til it gets worse
or so they all say
so i just can't help but think

it's a losing game we're playing
and we're running 'round in circles, baby
and we keep chasing yesterday
wondering if it's ever gonna be the same

it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...

and it's a cycle we're living in
keep on trying, keep on giving in
and i don't know what to do but leave it up to you
cause i know it ain't through and
i try and listen, won't you tell me
keep on missing, won't you help me
cause i don't wanna be the same
i'd just shake my head and keep on saying

it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...
it's a cryin' shame...

That Girl

Written By: Fundamental Elements

she's got me runnin' and i can't escape her grip
that girl is stunning, has my heart about to skip
i've got this feeling that i'm falling in too deep
my mind is reeling, she is stealing a better part of me

should've seen it coming
could've turned and walked away
but i would not change nothing
she is taking over me

that girl's gonna get the best of me
that girl doesn't need a reason
she could do anything and it's alright, alright
that girl's gonna get the best of me
that girl's got my heart believing
i would give everything i've got
give it all for that girl

her eyes are water and a deeper shade of blue
now that i've got her i'm just drowning in the view
i will be ready, i will do all that i can
her love is steady, she's already making me a better man

should've seen it coming
could've turned and walked away
but i would not change nothing
'cause if she wasn't there for me...

that girl's gonna get the best of me
that girl doesn't need a reason
she could do anything and it's alright, alright
that girl's gonna get the best of me
that girl's got my heart believing
i would give everything i've got
give it all for that girl

and i don't know, but i'm afraid she's onto me
that little girl knows she's got me wrapped around her finger
and when she throws that little wink and smile at me
i know i'm already done, there ain't nothing i can say

that girl's gonna get the best of me
that girl doesn't need a reason
she could do anything and it's alright, alright
that girl's gonna get the best of me
that girl's got my heart believing
i would give everything i've got
give it all for that girl

la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la....

All Burns Down

Written By: Fundamental Elements

listen mama, i know you're brokenhearted
cause the peace your hoping for has often seemed departed
thoughts and feelings often disregarded
so we're stuck here trying to stop what some others have started
standing up to fight doesn't feel unjust
but does it really make it right when another is crushed, i mean
you pledge allegiance up to heaven above
but are your enemies loved when push comes to shove

we all want to save the world and make a brighter day
but i believe it's possible to make a better way (so come on...)

we can only fight the fire with fire so long, baby
'til it all burns down
'til it all burns down
what's it gonna take to make this all stop, now baby
'til it all burns down
'til it all burns down
how many gonna have to die, how many gonna say goodbye
'til it all burns down
'til it all burns down

seems to me we only see one sided
in a house that won't stand and a world divided
fighting battles in the name of peace
by thinking violence increased will make the violence cease
but don't go on pretending it's just overseas
look at your courtrooms, neighborhoods and families, i mean
mama don't you see the world's at stake
we've gotta stop the hate before we find it's too late

we all want to save the world and make a brighter day
but i believe it's possible to make a better way (so come on...)

we can only fight the fire with fire so long, baby
'til it all burns down
'til it all burns down
what's it gonna take to make this all stop, now baby
'til it all burns down
'til it all burns down
how many gonna have to die, how many gonna say goodbye
'til it all burns down
'til it all burns down

Comfortable

Written By: Fundamental Elements

COMFORTABLE

(Verse 1)
He's so cool, he's so fly
He's turning heads in the hall when he walks by
He's so smooth, and so fresh
Either love him or you hate him, but nothin' less
He don't know, he don't care
Talkin' thrift store shirts and messed up hair
He's got style, and no doubt
He's the real deal, tell me it's all about

(Chorus)
My oh my, don't you wanna be just like him
Walk tall just like him
Looking so comfortable in your skin
Why oh why couldn't we all be just like that
Wish we all got that
Looking so comfortable in your skin

(Verse 2)
He's got low profile
Don't know, don't show with that cocky smile
He can't play, he can't dance
Unaware, unafraid, so he's taking a chance
He's got money, but no friends
If he had it all over, bet ya he'd do it again
So loud, so proud
But he's the real deal, tell me what it's all about

(Bridge)
And maybe I've got everything
But there's still one thing that I need
To be like him I've got to be a little comfortable with me

(Rap Break)
He's rockin' dirty chucks
He's rockin' vintage pants
He's steppin' on the floor
He's gonna take a chance
It doesn't matter much
If he ain't got game
'Cause he's a superstar, baby
Future Hall of Fame

Chorus Tag:
My, my don't you wanna be just like him
Lookin' so comfortable in your skin

Discography

2010 EP - "This Moment"

2008 LP - "The Cycle We're Living In"

2005 LP - "Untied"

2004 LP - "Birth of a Brand New Me"

Set List

Set lists typically range from 30 to 120 minutes. Sets consist of original tunes as well as a variety of cover tunes ranging from Stevie Wonder to Justin Timberlake.