Hillcrest Road

Hillcrest Road

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With an energetic live show and unparalleled work ethic, Milwaukee's Hillcrest Road has hit the scene running with the release of their debut album, "Life After Liftoff."

Biography

Forming as a complete musical ensemble in the spring of 2006, newcomers Hillcrest Road have quickly become known for their unique blend of pop and rock. As a young band Hillcrest Road has made great strides in the Milwaukee and Midwestern music scene and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many amazing local, regional, and national acts. In the short time since their inception, Hillcrest Road's energetic live show and ever-growing online presence has blossomed into a large fan base.

After nearly two years of writing and demoing songs, Hillcrest Road has come of age with the completion of their self-produced, full-length debut, "Life After Liftoff." Engineered by Chicago legend Mike Hagler (OK Go, Wilco) with production assistance from Dejan Kralj of The Gufs, "Life After Liftoff" has quickly surpassed the band's highest expectations and become one of Southeastern Wisconsin's most talked about albums.

Lyrics

It's Been You

Written By: Hillcrest Road

you may ask why I talk/walk/act/am this way (it's been you). when you ask me this; I think about everything that's changed me and how it's been you. you always ask what I am about: answer's you. you always ask who I'm in love with now: answer's you. when you ask me this I think about everything that's changed me and how it’s been you. it's been you when I'm down and out. it's been you when I need to shout. I think you know what I'm all about so decide on me and do it now. pencils down. time is up. will you be with me or just give up? I need you now, don't you see you mean absolutely everything to me. it's been you when you ask me this; I think about everything that's changed me and how it's been you.

LAL

Written By: Hillcrest Road

as kids we search this world for a logic of relevance wandering and wondering, solemnly trying to make sense of who we are or what we’ll become. well this is my story, so join with me in song and dance - offer up your inquiry. as kids we’re so unaware, so in and out of reality sauntering and pondering with adolescent mentality of who we are, or what we’ll become. so as we travel in our metaphorical time machine, yeah, as we travel we ask, oh oh, we ask “what is my destination?” as kids we’re oblivious with a lack of certainty. traveling, its so baffling, only music sets us free. so let’s dive right in, we’re up to our necks, let’s not forget to breath as we take this leap, regardless of our social apathy. we’re gonna go until the end of time.

2 Emo 4 Words

Written By: Hillcrest Road

your arm slips into mine as we walk along the sidewalk. everything around me fades into the dark. bat your eyes and crack a smile as you watch me melt in front of you ‘cause that’s just how you do. if you’ll be my Sara Thomas I’ll be your Fred Astaire. we’ll run away together without even one care. please stay with me one more night, awake until the sun does rise. all I want is you here by my side. pure elation courses through my soul. I’m drowning in waves of you. a sparkle. a shimmer. a gleam in your eyes. prove to me you mean it one more time. before we’re out of time. and now that you're by my side, hang on we’ll go go for a ride. 'cause now that you're by my side I'll never let you go, I'll hold you tight. it doesn’t matter to me if I’m all that you see as long as you see me. and my sadness wanes as you breeze through my veins. stop my heart with a kiss. why can’t we stay like this? like a song, sing it softly to me. tell me everything will be okay. take my arm. we’ll run away tonight and not look back for a day. we won’t look back for a day.

Red Ink For Roses

Written By: Hillcrest Road

on the top bunk on top of her. mending fences is no longer an option. burning bridges is so much easier. my kerosene soaked jeans won’t lie. tear stains soak through your sleeves catch them quick, don’t let them go to waste. silent sobs as I leave. I’m too young for all this heartache. too old for all this melodrama. you see it. you want it. go ahead I’ll let you take it. you had it. you lost it. now you’ll never get it back. condescending. we’re pretending everything is alright. scars are mending. now it’s ending. you didn’t see the light. you say pretty girls come and go. and they do just like you. light me a cigarette for the nights I lost to you. bury them alive and bury you too. cause I could slay you in a song. in more ways than you’d imagine. but that’s not the kind of man I am. I’m no more than a boy. wishing for a happy ending that’ll never come. so go ahead and slit your wrists. embrace the blade’s steel cold kiss. and if I see you with your hand in his, rest assured my dear, the shot won’t miss.

Options Limit Actions

Written By: Hillcrest Road

our lives are changing, time goes by so fast we can’t escape the dead hand of the past. it reaches out to pull me back to you. I’m six feet below and I can not break through. the skyline’s fading. the city burns so bright. the road ahead is bathed in our headlights. we’ll drive all night so far away from here and watch as this scene disappears. walkin‘ down this city street. feelin’ real hard and packin’ heat. ohh baby ‘cause I’ve been asinine since ‘99, but my brain waves and lyrics are all divine. I wake up in the morning at the crack of dawn, dazed and wearing spandex by Louis Vuitton. sittin’ by the campfire toastin’ a marshmallow. smokey filled lungs from my b-b-bungalo. endorphins control attractions. pink suede elicits reactions. all these thoughts are just a distraction. options limit actions.

Cadillac!

Written By: Hillcrest Road

speeding south at seventy-five, half an hour left to go. the van was loaded when the tire exploded, but we made our way just in time to play. here’s to my best friends, here’s to one last chance. Blink and Dre blasting, feet up on the dash. and we’ll speed along just to sing a song. breakfast Ramen really hits the spot, but the van is getting way too hot. through thick and thin we’ll go to the end - we’ll never stop and we’ll never bend. words without meaning. a song without feeling. we break at our seams. the world is not waiting, but we’ll keep on going. no intentions, no intentions of slowing. not slowing… so with my best friends, as we take this last chance, singing songs of love and of lost romance. we’ll speed along just to sing a song. and the noise we make is what keeps us strong.

Marvelous

Written By: Hillcrest Road

we marvel at the fallacy of conformity. we marvel at our dreams. but the main, yes, the main course at this last supper is establishing what this doctrine means. it's just marvelous love that gets us up in the morning. says, "Hey wake, it's here." seclusion is my Savior along with your Son. seclusion is my Shepherd. God damn the sinners, God will damn the world. the wicked, the righteous, the castaway, all those within the fray.

Oh Rosie

Written By: Hillcrest Road

oh Rosie, won’t you be with me. oh Rosie, it was fantasy that we’d live happily. I faced pure rejection down on one knee - shattered dreamy visions ripped out of me. the ring never went around the Rosie. no, the ring never went around the Rosie. I just swallow all this whole, ‘cause I’m feeling like I’m never ever gonna do it again. oh Rosie, with what you did to me there’s no annulment fee. cause now I’m gone (don’t reach out to me). this shoebox love is all I see.

Good For Nothing But Trouble

Written By: Hillcrest Road and Rob Dangerfield

when you have the time, you’re just distraught and divine. somewhere over that rainbow where is my pot of gold? it doesn’t exist, I’ve been told. just turn around. what are you good for? I’m helpless and bound, when I’m walking through that door. I’m always holding back on your life. some people, like all of us, aren’t ones we can’t know, love, and trust. now get rid of that feeling when we were all that we had. it’s not even really that sad. just stop what you’re doing, and be always with me. the headline reads, “The search is off” for that… which is lost… it’s not meant to be. when you have the time, you’re never distraught and divine. without all of it, I got by. you were my favorite lie.

Postcards (Lost in the Mail)

Written By: Hillcrest Road

pulled by the weight of the world, the moon fell away today, plunging the night deep down and into disarray. and I am stumbling just to find my way. stumbling, as it slips away. and we're in darkness, which is the hardest. and there's no progress, amidst the promise of better days or better ways. the scent's gone cold, the path's awry. dreams take hold as life goes by. and no matter what you’re told, life's but a tear in the eye. a mask without a face, has no place not a trace. the outside is what's shown, but living is in the unknown. and why can't you see that in our dreams you're finally free. but now we find that in our minds things just aren't what they seem to be. a mask without a face, has no place not a trace. we’ve hidden what's shown - we’re here in the unknown. and I'm stumbling just to find my way. stumbling as it fades away.

Discography

Life After Liftoff LP (2007)

Full album stream available at:
http://hillcrestroad.com/myspace/albumpreview/preview.html

Set List

Typical 45 min set list:

To Be Quite Honest
LAL --> Get Low
Nice Night for a Knife Fight
Red Ink For Roses
Options Limit Actions
Cadillac!
2 Emo 4 Words
It's Been You
Marvelous (w/ OneRepublic "Apologize" cover)
Postcards (Lost in the Mail)
Definition of a Man