Holmes

Holmes

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From melodic power pop to body-shakin' rock to heartbreak ballads. A multi-faceted style - vintage and warm. Holmes great live shows have garnered him a Los Angeles Times weekly pick! More music: myspace.com/imholmes. Raw live clips: www.sweetholmes.com/videos.html

Biography

Holmes Live clip: www.sweetholmes.com/videos.html

“I’ve always enjoyed records that reveal a bit of versatility – ones that draw from a number of different moods and styles” says Holmes a.k.a. singer/Songwriter/Producer Roy Shakked, “My influences vary; my moods vary, and so I like to keep things moving in an attempt try to get a more complete picture”. Enlisting a group of friends that would make any record producer's mouth water - Guitarists Lyle Workman (Beck, Sting, Frank Black), Chris Bruce (Seal, Wendy & Lisa) and Joel Shearer (Alanis Morissette, Ben Taylor); Drummer Ramy Antoun (Seal, Alexi Murdoch), Cellist Sarah O'Brien (ELO, LA Philharmonic), Bassist Brett Simons (Alexi Murdoch, Liz Phair), and other close pals Holmes spent the winter of '06-'07 locked up in his home studio, bringing to fruition a long overdue project. Stop Go is brimming with influences from 70's era rock & roll with a nod towards The Beatles, but is produced with personal touches and an ear to the future. Effortlessly moving from power pop to hard-hitting rock to tender singer-songwriter ballads, the album stays true to a melodic core with Holmes' intimate voice as the anchor. An un-promoted EP with 5 early mixes from the album has already received spins from nearly 100 U.S. radio stations promising greater things to come.

Holmes’ music career started out in Boston where he worked as a bar pianist and do-it-all keyboardist while studying at Berklee College of Music. He then moved to NYC, working as a composer, and now resides in LA spending his time producing records, taking care of his aging dog, staying up late, occasionally composing for television and running his own record label. His music has been featured on television shows The OC, Sex and The City, Independent Lens, Without a Trace and Nip/Tuck; a Nissan Motors commercial; movies Poseidon and The Devil Wears Prada, as well as recent album compilations for Pepsi Cola, Tommy Bahama and The Sharper Image to name a few.

A man of many aliases Holmes' is known to many for his notable Los Angeles record label Groove Gravy Records. Borrowing from a plethora of music genres and a variety of world flavors Holmes' production career reached a turning point as he recorded “Fresh Goods” - 2002's ultra-eclectic release under the pseudonym The Tao of Groove ( “Shakked's work could quite possibly take mixing to a whole new level." -The Oakland Tribune.) As Jazzelicious he has remixed classic tracks by Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy McGriff, McCoy Tyner and Carmen McRae among others, produced tracks for Shihan and Ursula Rucker and, in the process, has developed quite a distinctive musical style.

Stop Go represents a brand new direction - more introspective and largely reliant on Holmes' lyrics and vocals. From the existential to social commentary; relationship matters to just good old party songs Holmes delivers.

www.myspace.com/imholmes
www.sweetholmes.com

Lyrics

Wake Up

Written By: Holmes

Wake up, I wanna talk to you
I’ve been up for what seems like a life time
Listen, I’m not there anymore
Slow down, I can’t afford a reason
Do you sense common sense
isn’t common at all?
Let’s start at one and go up.

Nah nah n-nah nah n-nah nah…

One up, one down.
Two for the money and it’s sunny,
honey it feels like cruising,
feels like cruising then it
feels like losing.
I feel like I‘m losing this fight.

Nah nah n-nah nah n-nah nah…

Time out. The world stop spinning
Has the pain in your vain
got the best of you?
Got the worst of me
It’s the push and the pull of a string
It’s the sting of a life in a dream
and you wake up
I wanna talk to you

Wake Up
Nah nah n-nah nah n-nah nah…
Wake Up
Nah nah n-nah nah n-nah nah…
I wanna talk to you
Wake Up
Nah nah n-nah nah n-nah nah…

Wake up, I wanna talk to you
I’ve been up for what seems like a life time
Listen, I’m not there anymore

Prove Me Wrong Again

Written By: Holmes

I couldn’t say a thing,
sometimes it’s hard to
find a peace (/piece) of mind
I should have said a thousand things
Or maybe that’s a waste of time.
You see, the thing is I’m about to end up
on the losing side. The losing side.

You’re sitting all alone,
floating like an alien
Surrounded by a faceless heard.
What would it take to
get you in a little closer?
Prove me wrong again and I’ll stay.

Chorus:
All in all this isn’t how I pictured it.
All in all this isn’t how I figured it to be
And as soon as you’re gone
I will regret it, like you said it’s gonna be.
Prove me wrong again… you’ll see.

Unspoken words abound,
The pace is furious
And time is slipping from my hands.
Doesn’t it make you a bit curious?
Prove me wrong again and I’ll stay.

Chorus:
All in all this isn’t how I pictured it.
All in all this isn’t how I figured it to be
And as soon as you’re gone
I will regret it, like you said it’s gonna be.
Prove me wrong again – you’ll see.

Discography

"Stop Go" (released 3/27/07)
"Holmes" - EP (released 9/3/06)

Set List

11-12 songs; 40-45 mins.