Gatsby

Gatsby

BandRockFolk

We play folk rock - singer-songwriter lyrics meet up with loud guitars, slamming indie drums, and the sickest jazz bass player around. So we get to experiment a lot - and while we really like to jam there's a lot of emphasis on the lyrics and arrangements as well.

Biography

Gatsby started with an old, forgotten Fender Rhodes piano out of a neighbor's tool-shed, on the only Texas snow-day in 2010. Singer-songwriter Greyson Elkins sat down with a laptop and hammered out the opening ideas for "Love You the Hard Way." Via email, he and longtime friends Kyle and Dylan Samuel recorded the first demo for a band that would be later known as Gatsby.

Over the course of the next year, Elkins and the Samuels played several shows with other great friends (such as Dead Swagger, In The Works, and White Leaf). In the summer of 2012 they were joined by drummer Ben Houghton, a percussion student at UT. His slamming indie-rock drums added a whole new element to Greyson's soulful voice, Dylan's jazz bass, and Kyle's incredible shoe-gazing rock n' roll. Throughout that winter, in their dining rooms, bed rooms, and closets, the group wrote and recorded their debut EP "Get No Rest."

What they ended up with is an eclectic and largely nostalgic album. Parts of the record reach out with clean Coldplay-esque riffs; other parts delve into a more chaotic, dark tone - all the while sitting on a rhythm section extremely reminiscent of MuteMath. Some songs, however, do lend themselves to quieter folk and vocal sounds, driven by a Ryan Adam's inspired lyricist aiming for a Wilco croon. While capturing a certain youthful longing, the record acknowledges the things we've lost and hurt for - but Gatsby also sings with a will to push on.

After two great years of performing and writing, the group has parted ways: Ben and Dylan at school in Austin, Kyle with the Rocketboys frequently touring the US, and Greyson at the University of Denver. But Gatsby never died - there will undoubtedly be more to hear in the future.

Lyrics

These Civil Wars

Written By: Greyson Elkins

I'll take my shot
though it may be fortunes fault
though it may be these hands have wrought
I'll face the dark
all for the light that's gone
all for the light beyond
though I fear the night has won

I'm holding on
sometimes I just can't recall to what
so just look on
don't fear don't hide, don't run
don't run

yeah these civil wars'll go on
but I won't give up until I'm gone
yeah these civil wars'll go on
but I won't give up

if hope is lost
it don't mean that this fight is done
it don't mean I've forgotten love

if hope's the cost
don't fear, don't hide, don't run
don't run

yeah these civil wars'll go on
but I won't give up until I'm gone
yeah these civil wars'll go on
but I won't give up until I'm done

yeah these civil wars'll go on
but I won't give up until I'm gone
yeah these civil wars'll go on
but I won't give up

Summer Solstice

Written By: Greyson Elkins

I remember the days when the sun touched the ground
I remember the nights we spent on warm soft ground
how I couldn't help but stare
reach over and tussle your hair
I remember the days the sun wouldn't go down.

I can see it now, children running in the streets
I can hear their laughs their cries their songs of joy
I can almost feel your skin

oh can you hear, the noisy voices calling?
can you hear our songs?

oh Summer Solstice, it's been far far to long
oh Summer Solstice, won't you please come back home?
oh winter is here, and fall and spring and summer
oh Summer Solstice, won't you please come back home?

and I'm so tired of all these things I can explain
and I want more than involuntary love
and maybe all I need is some rhyme and reason
but I remember the days when the sun touched the ground

oh can you hear, the noisy voices calling?
can you hear our songs?

oh Summer Solstice, it's been far far to long
oh Summer Solstice, won't you please come back home?
oh winter is here, and fall and spring and summer
oh Summer Solstice, won't you please come back home?

won't you please come back home?
(won't you please come back? won't you please come back?)
won't you please come back home?
(won't you please come back? won't you please come back?)

Lose it All

Written By: Greyson Elkins

one day maybe I'll know
maybe I'll sit back and smile
one day maybe I'll see
maybe I'll lift my head from this dusty road
and know I'm free

one day maybe I'll understand
maybe this darkness, this burning pain
will have made me the better man

but I can't lose it all
I can't shake my better days
so my tears'll fall
and my heart'll keep calling you up

one night maybe you'll stop by
or maybe I'll know I'll learn, I'll get by
maybe these dark roads, a sunrise
will throw me some sense, I'll get on, grow up
live my life

but I can't lose it all
I can't shake my better days
so my tears'll fall
and my heart'll keep calling you up

but I can't lose it all
I can't shake my better days
so my tears'll fall
and my heart'll keep calling you up

but I can't lose it all
I can't shake my better days
so my tears'll fall
and my heart'll keep calling you up

but I can't lose it all
I can't shake my better days
so my tears'll fall
and my heart'll keep calling you up

Call Me (Crazy)

Written By: Greyson Elkins

will I ever get no rest, get no rest?
it's like there's ghosts in my bed, in bed
chains like bells in the walls
beasts never seen since the fall
and that bitter winter wind howls and screams

will I ever get no rest, get no rest?
it's like these haunts don't care when, don't care when
and I'm screaming at the walls
there's a gorgon in the hall
and that bitter winter wind howls on

so take, take me
from these hollow things
from these bleeding dreams
I've been holding on far too long

will I ever stand a chance
I'd like my one call home
and maybe I could save me, and you could call me baby
but my bitter winter wind laughs at these

so take, take me
from these hollow things
from these bleeding dreams
I've been holding on far too long
I've made a wreck of me
please don't call me crazy
don't call me crazy

walk in dripping dry hang the keys
feet beat the floor, I beat my knees
hanging from the counter
stained red stained red
I catch my eyes in the glass just a kid
just a kid

so take, take me
from these hollow things
from these bleeding dreams
I've been holding on for far too long
if these walls could talk they'd scream
if this floor could walk it'd bleed
don't call me crazy
don't call me crazy

will I ever get no rest?
will I ever get no rest?

Love You the Hard Way

Written By: Greyson Elkins

how long must this storm last
to be called troubled waters?
how long must this road be walked
before we decide to change our minds for good?

I wanna love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way
let me love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way

could you feel it coming
could you feel it coming like bats out of a cave
on stormy night in the dark moonlight
while the lightening strikes and struggles above?

I wanna love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way
let me love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way

it's nights like these when I long to feel
the weight of the world in your arms
and your head on my shoulder
your heart like a boulder in mine
it's nights like these when I'm not strong enough
to carry on to carry you like I did
to carry on to carry you like I did
to carry on to carry you like I did

I wanna love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way

I wanna love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way
I wanna love you the hard way
the hard way

Colorado

Written By: Greyson Elkins

Colorado couldn't keep her from me
couldn't stand in between

Colorado is not as far as it seems
not as taken as me
not as taken as me

and we held the long and the steady run
teary eyed and left reeling from happy nights
under lit screens

I know I won't find any reason to go
that time won't pause or rewind to hold this girl any closer than
this mind that cries, "no,
I won't heed her hints of hazadry"

we spent days running round downtown
finding light spite countdown or harsh pause
in such plans

singing mountains might carry her up
but I'll lift her higher and I'll hold her tighter
I'll love her
I'll dream of waking up to her kiss
knowing she'll surely be missed
And Kristine said to me,
"Colorado couldn't hold me like this"

I know I won't find any reason to go
that time won't stop or rewind to hold this girl any closer than
this mind that cries no

I know I won't find any reason to go
that time won't stop or rewind to hold this girl any closer than
this mind that cries no

Discography

Get No Rest - EP
streaming at http://gatsbytheband.bandcamp.com/