Guv

Guv

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Guv believes in detailed song structure, intelligible lyrics, yet still feels the necessity of the guitar solo. While tending towards solemn seriousness, their underlying goofiness allows for songs about embarrassing hook-up stories and absurd stage attire. Guv makes you think, dance, and then laugh

Biography

Two mid-westerners and a couple of New England natives with similar musical influences met in Rhode Island and formed the band Guv in December of 2003. Guv forges emotional connections with listeners through an intelligently inspired approach to making music. Guv's formula combines detailed song structure, thoughtful lyrics and riveting guitar solos with overriding influences of both classic and modern indie Brit rock. While tending towards solemn moodiness in many songs, the band's underlying playfulness often rises to the surface. Songs about embarrassing hook-up stories and absurd stage attire lighten the mood. Guv wants to make you think, rock, dance, and then laugh.

Guv originally began as a solo project of original songs composed and recorded by Adam Cissell (lead singer, guitar) during the fall of 2003. He released these recordings independently as "Papercut" in May 2004. However it was in November 2003 that the current day band began to take shape.

After he recorded "Papercut", Adam was playing guitar with Bryan Ploutz (guitar) one night and expressed his yearning to form a band. Bryan then introduced Adam to his friend, Matt Atwood (drums, vocals), who had similarly done a good deal of solo recording. In need of a bass player to round out the band, Adam then suggested that another guitarist and mutual friend of theirs, Jeff Zupka (bass), might lend his talent to round out this stimulating foursome. The band came into being a few weeks later as a result of a drunken dinner in Providence. You wouldn't guess from their inspired music and jilting stage presence that these guys all work as engineers in their day jobs.

Derived from Adam's life-long nickname, Guv gained approval to become the official name of the band. The first task at hand for the guys would be to master the material Adam recorded for "Papercut." By April 2004, Guv was ready to hit the stage and started to perform the songs live. They played local gigs throughout the summer of 2004 in Rhode Island, and one festival, Playa del Fuego (PDF), in Delaware.

In the fall of 2004, the band began collaborating fully to write new songs. As one could imagine, this has helped bring more creative elements into the writing process. Guv's sound for the new material highlights the vocals of Matt and the riff-based work of Bryan. This cooperative writing process lends Guv a greater depth; emotional undertones are enhanced by the layering of sounds and techniques. These elements are showcased by a very modern rock groove. Recording of the new material began in November 2004 and remains ongoing.

2005 brought about more live performances for Guv. Playing a mix of Papercut material and the new material, Guv played 16 shows in the Boston/Providence region. Guv also gained online radio acclaim in the fall of '05, being featured twice on indie rock station WOXY.com, on their Unsigned@WOXY.com program, which features upcoming bands from around the globe. Guv's "Firestorm" was played on this program and also mixed in with regular rotation along with other indie rockers. By the end of '05, Guv had transitioned to playing mainly the new material from the upcoming album. The band has completed this album, which has been mastered by Uncle Punchy (Clutch, The Apes, The Hard Tomorrows, Red Right Return) in Silver Spring, Maryland. Plans for distribution are now underway.

Lyrics

Firestorm

Written By: Adam Cissell

Take my burning hand.
It's not got the time to heal, what don't you understand?

It's a firestorm, it's a firestorm.
And it's not going to be alright, it's not going to be alright, alright.

Kick him again, while he's down, he's flat on his back, he's not going to get back up.
Never again, he won't say that, never again, he's not going to get back up...

in your hands.

Standing In Line

Written By: Adam Cissell

If you’re coming along, take what you need. You don’t know when you’ll be here again.
If you’re coming along, take what you need. I don’t have time.

If you’re picking a lock, pick one for me. You know that I don't have the time.
If you’re picking a lock, pick one for me. I don’t know how.

I am standing in line, to take my turn to fill your head with lies.
I am in your head. I’m not real, but you don't know that. No, you don't know that.

If you’re setting up camp, set one up for me. You know that I don't know how.
If you’re setting up camp, set one up for me. I won’t help out.

If you’re going to take one, take one for the team. You know that I can’t help you out.
If you’re going to take one, take one for the team. I won’t be there.

I am standing in line, waiting my turn to fill your head with lies.
I am in your head. I’m not real, but you don't know that. No, you don't know that.

Thoughts From the Synthetic Window Seat Room Part I

Written By: Matt Atwood

I hope time doesn’t run out on my life. Time runs out on his dreams.
Scared little boy. Self-employed, second guessing.
Why does sitting in a dimly lit room feel so good?
She’ll be home soon and she’ll turn on all the lights. Is this first day of the rest of your life?
Thoughts from the synthetic window seat room part I.
When darkness is attractive, what does it say about the light?
Looking at the shadows on the window seat.
If he slows down, he’s afraid of what he’ll hear, because relaxation is intoxication.
Remember when success was barking in our faces.
How did I respond when questions were asked?
She returns and translucent drapes distort my vision.

Discography

"Guv - Papercut" - 2004
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/guv

Set List

1. "Everything They Sold"
2. "Standing in Line"
3. "It's Ok"
4. "Burn It Down"
5. "I Can't Help Feeling Left Out"
6. "Thoughts from the Synthetic Window Seat Room Part I"
7. "Firestorm"
8. "It's Never Coming Back"

Total Time - 50 minutes.