Garden of Souls

Garden of Souls

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Alt/Rock group in the vein of Jeff Buckley, Foo Fighters, The Police, Panic Channel, Muse, The Tea Party and more.

Biography

The vision was simple... to write good songs with deep, meaningful, thoughtful lyrics and melodies over lush musical landscapes. The first Garden of Souls CD, Wake Up, was well received by the local and national indie music scene. “Just as a painter needs his tools to create a realistic landscape, GoS knows exactly where the paint goes…” and “Surprising and totally upbeat, shows how diverse and how quickly they can meld, bend and master any musical style they put their mind too” were examples of the press received from their debut album.

For their second CD, the group chose to go bigger... making it a gapless record, like so many of the albums by Pink Floyd. It was a monstrous task, but the result is a fantastic CD with emotional peaks and valleys, forever digging deeper into the human psyche dealing with love, loss and redemption.

Working with known producers Tim and Andy Patalan (Sponge, "Bachelor" Bob Guiney, Hoarse, Peter Searcy, Birdbrain, Beth Orton, Jeff Buckley) and with special guest artists like percussionist Larry Frantangelo (Parliament, Funkadelic, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Sufjan Stevens Guitarist/My Brightest Diamond vocalist Shara Worden, GoS feels like it's off to the right start.

They say good things come to those who wait... and the wait is over for Screaming Down From Heaven. Both CDs are currently available at CDBaby.com and also on iTunes.

The band is currently preparing for the release of their 3rd CD, Lost Souls. More info is available in the Tour section.

Lyrics

November Sky

Written By: Luke DeWitt

Sitting, sweating in no air conditioning in an empty house
Summer heat's unbearable
And the sweat would be better if you were around
Finding Soul within a stare
From a picture hanging from your wall
And I'd burn all these memories of you
If you hadn't taken them all

And I'm waiting for the cold November sky
Emotions drown in the Autumn harvest's eye

Sitting in the small hours
Smiling as the Summer creeps
Recollections of a past
Not too far removed
Can't help but seep in
Funny thing the way the Spring
Burns into heatwaves
A precursor to the Sun
Carmel hips and sticky lips
Smell of burning leaves on your jacket
From our cidar mill run

(Chorus)

Torn Asunder

Written By: Luke DeWitt

There was a time I would have held up the world
For you and me, baby
But it was cold that winter . . .

Without eyes alive to shape away desire
Worn by years of wounded love

PreChorus:

Adolescent ambition fades
The 'restless' we knew when we were young
Just makes me tired

Chorus:

You think we were torn apart
We were broken from the start

2:
A frantic moment felt like a thousand urges
Your seduction grew voices in my heart
If I whispered silently to your ghost above my bed
Would you find my voice returned?

PreChorus:
We were born of suffering then
Lapping at the fetter of our desire
Running naked in the rain

(Chorus)
Break:
God bursts from the spaces where we danced within
I gazed at your glow and I could see angels
I loved it all, every second of you
And it scared me to death

(Chorus)

The suffering is peeling off
Revealing a new skin, a new power
Love, it heals all wounds
And not just time alone
Alone
{above quote taken from Jeff Buckley's My Sweetheart the Drunk }

New Lease On Life

Written By: Luke DeWitt

1:
Each day
Just like any other
Rolling into itself
Until the cycle
Halted by another
Takes you, shakes you and says
You can make a difference
If you just believe what’s inside
And I’ll be standing right beside you
Succeed or fail, it’s our fight now

Chorus:
Gave me a new lease on life
A new lease (disposition for a new day)

2:
August 1st
A day that will live in my memory
Late and unkempt
Unshaven with a Riley hairdo
But you were beautiful
Smiling and forgiving
And smartly dressed
And the day in that coffee shop
Changed everything, everything

(Chorus)

Bridge:
On the day that change my life the sun shined
Smiled on me

Screaming Down From Heaven

Written By: DeWitt

It's been 2 years since you've been here
And I've missed you every moment
They say with time that you can heal
But these wounds are still open

Your loss left me cold
The warmth ran out of the daylight
These days I just feel old
I wanna be whole again

But I am as weak as I am powerless to my own fear
And I am followed by your ghost that haunts me screaming down from Heaven

Leaning on a cold, hard wall
Underneath an autumn sky
They say the resolve to let things go
Is what the strong are measured by

And as these days unfold
I long for a new inspiration
A new dedication
To the fairy tales we're told
I want an ever after to break the mold

(Chorus)

Discography

Solar Paper Savior E.P. (sold out)
Wake Up
Screaming Down From Heaven
Lost Souls (currently mastering for release in Summer of '09)
Simone EP (currently mastering for release in Summer of '09)
Garden of Souls (Eponymous) (currently tracking for)
Awake (Currently tracking for)

Set List

Our sets range from 1 to 1.5 hours and we can do 3 sets in an evening if we want. Songs range from all original to healthy mix of originals and covers.

We have 15 originals that we play regularly and we're writing more and adding more older mat'l to the list as we go.

Current Cover List (Updated regularly):

1. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
2. Summer Romance – Incubus
3. Message in a Bottle - The Police
4. Synchronicity II – The Police
5. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
6. 3 Strange Days – School of Fish
7. Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
8. Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
9. Hands Open - Snow Patrol
10. Come Together - Beatles
11. Give It Away – RHCP
12. Hard to Handle - Black Crowes
13. All My Life - Foo Fighters
14. Vertigo - U2
15. Business Time - Flight of the Conchords
16. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds*
17. Superhero - Jane's Addiction
18. Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
19. Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart - Stone Temple Pilots
20. Smoot