Incredible Shrinking Boy

Incredible Shrinking Boy

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
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heart rock on the sleeve

Biography

Incredible Shrinking Boy is the story of a young man coming to grips with the frightening reality of the world he was born into. Originally, a song written by singer/songwriter Paul Taneja on a hot summer afternoon in 2003, Incredible Shrinking Boy is about a journey and the road he continues to travel down today. What separates Incredible Shrinking Boy from many rock bands today is Paul’s willingness to wear his heart on his sleeve, combining clever lyrics with catchy pop music. Sometimes storyteller, other times impulsive thoughts turned into music, there is no denying a talent that spawns unforgettable modern pop/rock songs.

In 2003, several music industry pros recognized a unique ingredient in this songwriter’s music. From Hollywood A&R folks who have worked with bands such as Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer and Maroon 5 to the president of ASCAP in Nashville, these people saw something that compelled them to contact Paul and mentor him.

In 2005, his song “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” was heard at an L.A. music conference during a film/TV panel. The crowd went wild and the panelists were impressed; Paul was offered a number of publishing deals and a record deal. To this day, songs have been considered for a number of television shows such as Kyle XY, Dirt, The Hills, Laguna Beach, Critic’s Choice and Parental Control.

During 2006-2007, Paul’s songs “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll,” “Point of no Return” and “City Nights” were featured on a number of compilation CDs distributed to reputable labels and music supervisors throughout the music industry.

In 2007, Paul was recognized by administrators for his powerful songs and invited to record at Chicago’s prestigious Flashpoint Academy, in order to help instruct film/music students who will one day make their living in the entertainment industry. Recently, Flashpoint Academy has shown interest in shooting a music video for one of Paul’s songs.

In 2009, ISB's song "Primitive" was featured on MTV's Real World and the song "The World Through Different Eyes" was on Cribs.

The band performs at many venues throughout Chicago and is always ready for the next gig. Most recently, they were invited to perform at the International Pop Overthrow festival and Chicago’s famous MOBfest, which has launched many bands who have now secured their homes in the music industry. The Killers, Rachel Yamagata, Disturbed, Plaine White T’s and Kill Hannah have all performed at MOBfest.

Incredible Shrinking Boy, like the story behind it, is the adventure of a character in search of a home where loyal fans will connect and follow along on the journey.

Lyrics

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

Written By: Paul Taneja

Theres a party Im invited to
I just cant seem to find it
Ive been driving days and weeks
And months and years
I still cant find it and
Im starting to grow cold

I stop to ask directions but
Nobody wants to help me
They think I dont deserve them
And they say that Im a phony
If they only knew what Ive
Been through

Sex, drugs, rock & roll
God I hate those words
Because now I know
This road is so lonely,
Dark, and cold
I cant make it on my own

Naughty boys and girls are
Playing naughty games together
Late at night in dark bedrooms
Experimenting with each other
Id feel so free if that were me

Theres a crowded room of people
And theyre deep in conversation
But theres nothing on the surface
Theyre discussing their ambitions
I burn inside to share my mind

Sex, drugs, rock & roll
It sounds so great
But now I know
This road is so lonely
Dark and cold
I cant make it on my own

Sex, drugs, rock & roll
It was all so clear
Then I lost control
This road is so lonely
Dark and cold
I cant make it on my own

SleepTomorrows a long day
SleepTomorrows a long day
Sleep

Sex, drugs, rock & roll
Its a world of misfits
Its all I know
This road is so lonely,
Dark and cold
I cant make it on my own.

Ill drive, drive, drive,
Drive, drive, drive,
Drive, drive,
Till I lose my mind
(Run out of gas, run out of life)
(Run out of grass, run out of life)

Primitive

Written By: Paul Taneja

Here in this basement
Is where I reside.
You've got the key
Upstairs and outside.

Yesterday you blew a
Kiss at me and you smiled.
Yesterday you blew a
Kiss at me.
I need to know why.

I want you so primitively.
I need you like water.
To touch you, to feel you
I'd die but I can't to a thing.

What's it gonna take
For you to let me out?
Will you admit that you
Planned this out?

Yesterday you threw a look
At me, and you smiled.
Yesterday you threw a look
At me, I need to know why.

I want you so primitively.
I need you like water.
To touch you, to feel you
I'd die.

I want you so primitively.
I need you like water.
To touch you, to feel you
I'd die but I can't do a thing.

I want you so primitively.
I need you like water.
To touch you, to feel you inside.

The End of the Road

Written By: Paul Taneja

You've drugged out my head.
I can't see what comes next.
The world is a blur.
It's making me sick.
Oh God, I feel this burning
Deep inside.

There was a time
When these butterflies
Were locked in my chest
Away from your eyes.
But now they're out.
They're flying all around.

The end of the road
Is the scariest place.
Either we're gonna die
Or we'll dive into bliss.
The end of the road
Is the place where we learn
If we'll crumble apart
Or combine into one.
It's the end of the road.

There's no turning back
Because we've walked too far.
Alone on this path
I showed you my heart.
And I can't take it back,
No, I can't take it back.

I think that we're here.
I feel the Earth start to quake.
Take one last look into my eyes.
Think of the life we could make.
So please. Please tell me
You'll stay with me.

Rollercoaster to the Stars

Written By: Paul Taneja

I don't know how I got here.
I can't remember where I'm from.
This ground that moves below me
I've never been on.

I swear yesterday I rode
Through hell.
I cried myself to sleep.
Today I'm riding over
Sunny fields of green.

Rollercoaster to the stars.
Rollercoaster to the stars.

It's only a ride
And I'll be alright
Because it's going to you.

I'm not too sure what's coming.
I've got a blindfold on.
For all I know any minute now
The devil might pull this track down.

But somehow this coaster
Keeps on going
On a track that just
Keeps on building.
And nothing in this world
Is going to make it stop.

Rollercoaster to the stars.
Rollercoaster to the stars.
Rollercoaster to the stars.
Rollercoaster to the stars.

It's only a ride
And I'll be alright
Because it's going to you.

It's only a ride
And I'll be alright
Because I'm going to to you.

It's only a ride
And I'll be alright
The day I have you.

What Have I Become?

Written By: Paul Taneja

This place is empty.
My brain is clear.
The space around me
Has trapped me here.

I used to see fields of green.
Everything was free.
I used to beat everything
In my way. Everything.

What have I become?
What have I become?
What have I become?

The 'nothing' has crushed
My world into dust in the wind.

Rise to the Clouds

Written By: Paul Taneja

Every time I see this place
I'm blinded by the sunlight.
All my logic floats up into space.
There's nothing else on Earth that feels like this.
I want it for me.

I found a perfect drug inside a peach.
It hung so peacefully.
A tree that was so beautiful.
I could live in this field for all my life.
Is this a dream?

Rise to the clouds.
I don't want to come back down.
Rise to the clouds.
Then I fall and hit the ground.

Sometimes I just sit and wait.
I starve and I hallucinate.
Inject myself with anything
So I can feel that feeling once again.
But nothing is potent.

If I could feel these chemicals
In my veins, in my brain,
and in my soul,
They'd fill my heart until it gets so big
It finally explodes.
I'd fade out in peace.

Rise to the clouds.
I don't want to come back down.
Rise to the clouds.
Then I fall and hit the ground.

Precious Bird

Written By: Paul Taneja

Sitting on my bed.
I could lose it again.
Trying to stay calm
In this silence.

I took off work again
To hang out with my friends
At a self destructive party
In a hole inside my head.

Precious Bird
Flew into my dream.
Sang a song.
I woke up.
Set you free.

Sitting in my room.
Thinking I should leave.
Explore the city like I did
When I knew everyone
And I shined like the sun
And happiness was feeling nothing.

Precious Bird
Flew into my dream.
Sang a song.
I woke up.
Set you free.

Point of no Return

Written By: Paul Taneja

Should I run
While I still have time?
Feels like only
Moments left to decide.

And tonight, if I disappear
Will I look back and regret?
Regret a life...a life of fear?

IT'S THE POINT OF NO...
THE POINT OF NO RETURN.
THE POINT OF NO RETURN.
THE POINT OF NO RETURN.

Is it worth? Is it worth all
The pain I've seen?
People come back so demented,
So lost, full of scars and tears.
But now is my time.
Should I walk the plank with
Blindfold on? Hold my hand!
Hold my hand! Please don't let me go!

Discography

ALBUMS & EPs

Recording a new album - 2009
Rollercoaster to the Stars EP - 2007
City Nights - 2006
Time Bomb EP - 2005
Escape to Sugarland - 2003
Variety Show (unreleased) - 2001

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SAMPLERS

Band Promote Sampler CD - May 2006
True Talent Management Sampler - June 2006

Set List

Nothing Left
The Plan
A Vampire's Tale
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Point of No Return
Bodyparts
City Nights
The Incredible Shrinking Boy
The End of the Road
City Lights

Sets are between 35 and 45 minutes in length.