Trapped In Static

Trapped In Static

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternativeRock

An alternative rock band from NYC, featured in the TV Movie "Preying For Mercy" (Martha Byrne, Bill Duke). Live on cable TV and radio as well as some of NYC's top concert venues (Highline Ballroom, Webster Hall). In 2016 sold out shows at The Bitter End followed by The Studio at Webster Hall. NYC Marathon 2016, NYC Bike Tour 2017, Montauk Music Festival 2016/2017, Pittsburgh Pride 2017.
The band also has an extensive cover list (visit http://athanlive.com/epk for cover list info).

Biography

Trapped In Static (TIS.) made their New York City debut in 2011 as an alternative rock/indie band featuring singer/guitarist Athan Hilaki (formerly of GAD.) and drummer David Torres. Athan's dynamically strong vocals feature a falsetto and a hint of raspy power that are often compared to vocal legends like Bono, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder and Scott Stapp. David's drum rhythms take their influence from Kings Of Leon, Phoenix and Interpol. The core of the band is completed with Gina Rebelo on bass (formerly of Three Day Threshold) and influences from Bootsy Collins to John Paul Jones, creating the foundational surge for the listener to truly become part of the music. Using the depth of life experiences as inspiration for their lyrics, the band strive to connect with the listener through rock-and-roll infused messages of overcoming obstacles with a tinge of sorrow-filled hope. Guitar riffs, keyboards, string section, bass lines, drum rhythms and a strong emotionally-charged stage presence add to the radio-ready experience of TIS.

"We're all trying to escape the static that surrounds us," says Athan. "We all seem to be trapped in some way, and the theme of our music is to find ways to break free from the things that hold you back.  I'm not just saying the lyrics, I'm feeling them."   

Timeline / Highlights:
A few of the festivals that the band participated in 2017: Pittsburgh Pride (opening for Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix), Montauk Music Festival, Jersey Shore Festival, 40th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour and Launch Music Conference in Lancaster, PA. In February 2016 and June 2016 headlining sold out shows at The Bitter End followed by The Studio at Webster Hall, July 2016, two times top artist of the week at WorldMusicStage.com - Montauk Music Fesival, MOVE Music Festival, Jersey Citi Irish Festival, Bring Rock Back 2016 in Central Park and New York City Marathon. In 2015, headlining show in PA at the legendary World Cafe Live. In October 2014 the TV Movie "Preying For Mercy" was released featuring music written & performed by TIS. In June 2014, TIS. performed at the "Make Music Harvard Square" in Boston, MA. In April 2014, the band opened for "Wussy", performing at one of the best live venue's in NYC, The Studio At Webster Hall, followed by another show at MOVE Music Festival 2014 in Albany, NY. In May 2014, TIS. played a sold out show as headliners at "Bowery Electric" in NYC. In October 2013, TIS. was selected in the Top 3 artists for the 5th annual RAW Awards 2013. In May 2013, the band was the Top Artist of the Month at the online contest on ArtistSignal.com with over 48,000 votes, a worldwide contest that includes more than 1,000 artists, which led to the release of their first EP with title "On A Stage" (available on iTunes, Amazon etc.) and two live performances for the TV show NiteClub Ratings in NYC as well as K. Bobby's private fashion show in Hoboken, NJ. Other highlights in 2012 include live performances on WVIP 93.5 FM radio, Hellas FM, Nexus Radio as well as a live performance for the TV show "Minding Your Business" on the Manhattan Network Neighborhood and in 2011, TOP10 finalist for the Hometown Hero contest by Z100.

- The band has also an extensive cover list, from alternative, rock, pop, to rock'n'roll and reggae, with over 500 songs. Visit http://athanlive.com/epk for more info.

Lyrics

On A Stage

Written By: Athan

I’ve been meaning to call for so long,
for so long, but you don’t care anymore
I’ve kept everything in my mind,
in my mind, but I don’t need to lie anymore

I am finally set to go, around the world
and on a stage where I can let it show, let it go
I’ve got that something and I will let it roll, and I don’t care if you know
How could I have been so wrong, i wasted time
with someone else when I should walk alone, but now that I know

Bitter sweet, memories, she is still under, my skin
New day’s light, hold on tight, she is the wrong that proves me right

I don’t wanna be,
Anyone other than me, in this life
Cause even when I am wrong,
I learned to carry on, and to stand on my own feet

I’ve been wanting to scream for so long,
scream for all those things that did me wrong,
but I learned to carry on and now all my troubles are long gone,
and it feels like i am on the right track now,
cause the only one that can stand in my way is me,
And I am walking in the street, feeling lighter than before,
I am gonna face with a smile all those so called friends that did me wrong,
And I am on a stage all set and ready to let go,
and for the first time, for the first time I am letting it all go

Mirrors

Written By: Athan

You are better off alone, this life is not the one for you
You’ve been always a stranger, and lets you wondering the truth

They know how to hide from you, through the mirrors on the wall
Different face every day, they know the way, they know how to pull it through

Are you better off alone, this life is not for you and you know
Are you better off alone, lost without her, but they’re never alone
Are you better off alone, she is not the one for you and you know
Are you better off alone, lost without her, but they’re never alone

Give me all you got, all your tech freak radios,
Playing in stereo, they like it like that
My baby got back, and she's checking the videos,
With stupid scenario, stealing the past

But you never really know what you got,
No more heroes in the mirrors, while you’re slipping in the dark
Do you really know what you got?
Are you better off alone, or you like it like that

Are you better off alone, this life is not for you and you know
Are you better off alone, lost without her, but they’re never alone
Are you better off alone, she is not the one for you and you know
Are you better off alone, lost without her, but they’re never alone

Are you better off alone, she is not the one for you and you know
Are you better off alone, lost without her, but she’s never alone

What Else Is There

Written By: Athan

What else is there, I wanna know
What else is there, I wanna know
Break down your silence
Let me hide under your walls
We build a world out of nothing
For once let’s celebrate what’s ours

What else is there, I wanna know
What else is there, I wanna know
We don’t have to hide anymore in silence
Let me hide under your walls
We’ll find hope out of nothing
Tonight we’ll celebrate what’s ours

She loves you
But she holds you to the start
He knows you
But he knows how to break your heart

What else is there now
What else is there
What have we done now
What have we done to this world

What else is there now
What else is there
If I don’t know me anymore

Elevate

Written By: Athan

I will roll my body, pretending I am a wheel
No matter what I do, I move to circles I stand still

The moon looks darker, than I remember
And the sun seems too bright to forget
I don’t regret anything, All my mistakes,
It’s just who I am

Drug me intoxicate me and lighten up my soul
Cause I am tired of the heartbreak of this unfair and crazy world
Drag me elevate me into your atmosphere
Cause I am tired of crawling around and round and round in here

I know I had enough, you think you had enough of me x4

Sunshine are your eyes, you bring me to a state of elated bliss
The feeling when you‘re in love, you set my world on fire with just a kiss
You baby you, set my world on fire with just a kiss

Lost Souls

Written By: Athan

Where you feel safe,
I wanna hide in there, take a ride with you,
Where I can be yours forever.
In a world for you and me with no one else around
When you felt down, I always held you up,
Not just a face in the crowd, I thought I ‘d always stick around

But you, again you let me down,
tonight I am on fire, here my voice I am alive,
we are stronger together, we can survive

I am not going down, I am on fire tonight
I will stick around, and be the light in your night
This world cuts like a knife, but it hurts more inside

When thinking about you, living without you
Wish I could change your mind,
Two lost souls in the night

Where will we go, Do you think we can find the strength?
People like you, don’t know what they need,
having everything your way

You say we can be free, but how can that be
With no one to share, no one that cares,
and no feelings nothing to fill this empty air
and we are empty as air

Better Be Gone

Written By: Athan

I better be gone, she is all that i ve got
But i bet she is the one who is gonna wreck me
She is allways figuring us out, like an open book she always gets me
She doesn’t know but she has it all
Or she moves her pinky finger and gets it
She is always, dressed in diamonds and pearls
But she is walking the catwalk almost naked

I know why, we want her
All that we want, she’ll burn us down but we don’t care

Better be gone, she is out of my league
She is toying with me because i let her
I am a man on a ledge, set and ready to go
I ll give her everything if she’d just let me
Where are you, know that i ve got a tattoo
With a heart that was always taken
You, baby you, i’d give you everything if you’d just let me

I know why, we want her
All that we want, she’ll burn us down but we don’t care

I want you, you want me and i am gonna make you believe it
I want you, you want me and i am gonna make you believe it

I know why, we want her (i know why we want her, i know why)
She ll burn us down but we don’t care (no no we don’t care)
I know why, we want her (i know why we want her, i know why)
All that we want, she’ll burn us down but we don’t care

Awake

Written By: Athan

Verse:
Waiting, morning, the days are moving fast....
Hanging, right on me, is a burden from the past
She is right over me but I don't feel a thing....
I am somewhere else, and I am lost in between

Verse:
The spaces, dark places, all the secrets are the weight...
Its heavy, falls on me, while I am trying to stay awake
If tomorrow never comes I'll be alright....
cause tonight, all I know I am alive

Chorus:
I am awake, I have wings but I am afraid to fly,
Its better this way pretending that I am alive
I was shaken, and jaded, all the wise words now have faded
But I don’t wanna sleep another day in the sun
No I don’t wanna waste away another day in the sun

Verse:
I am fading, in dreaming, watching as the cars go by
(For miles I've been hiding)
Trying to hold on while these strains are pulling me under
(I reach out but I am still standing still)
Shattered, I am drowning, I am screaming in my silence
(Well it doesn’t change a thing)
I am stranded, still stranded somewhere in between this darkness
(This always feel like my first time)
If tomorrow never comes I'll be alright
(Yeah I know we will, we will be alright)
cause tonight I can breathe I am still alive

Bridge:
I need you, to wake up, to push yourself tonight.
To stand up and live your life, cause noone can live for you
I need you, to wake up, and push yourself to the light.
To stand up and live your life, cause noone can breathe for you

Where Do We Go

Written By: Athan

Where do we go from here, its about time I believe in you
And imagine we are somewhere else and starting new
Well I can see you understand, but you never raise your voice to say what you
What you keep inside of you, a thing or two
And I wish I could see the world through different eyes, but all I wonder

Where, where do we go, where do we go from here, Cause I believe in you
Tell me where, where do we go, where do we go from here, lets start something new . . . 1, 2, 3, 4
Woah woah woah woah x2

And I want you to know, there where times that I was with you
but I was feeling so alone. But this I want you to know
I would never change those times cause it was the light in my world
And you are all that I know, when everyone else feels unknown
And you are all that I know, and I wonder

Where, where do we go, where do we go from here, Cause I believe in you
Come on and tell me the where, cause I wanna know, where do we go from here
now we’re starting something new

Discography

New album will be released end of 2017

EP "On A Stage" - June 2013 by Red Thumbtack Records

Single "Bullet" - 2014 (
on Reverbnation as a free download)

Single "All The Right Friends" - 2014 (on Reverbnation as a free download)

- The band has also a very extensive cover list, from alternative, rock, pop, to rock'n'roll and reggae! Visit http://athanlive.com/epk for more info.