James And The Rainbros

James And The Rainbros

 Detroit, Michigan, USA
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We've been described as Nick Drake singing Prince songs, Lou Reed born a woman, or Ween meets Olivia Tremor Control. "..music that makes you bob your head and shake your ass simultaneously." - Real Detroit Weekly

Biography

Watch James and the Rainbros and try not to recall Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. - popwreckoning.com - October 30, 2009

With an energetic, optimistic approach, James and The Rainbros use Reggae, AltRock, Soul and breezy Folk Pop to come up with its groovy sound. Dig Curtis Mayfield goes to college, learns to play Reggae and listens to a lot of Modern Rock. - Cincinnati CityBeat - September 11, 2009

Combining the reggae/soul of Toots and the Maytals with the folk of Neil Young and sounds of modern indie rock, James and the Rainbros make music that will make you bob your head and shake your ass simultaneously. - Real Detroit Weekly - July 8, 2009

James and The Rainbros is James Linck, Steve and Dave Kendzorski, and Ben Sturley. Since 2006, they have extensively toured the regional area accumulating a lively fan base. Their first proper release, James and The Rainbros EP, is now available at live shows and on iTunes for download.

Lyrics

Tiny Island

Written By: James A. Linck

what you got in your pocket
i'll show you what's in mine
i bet you think i don't got shit
oh honey you'd be so surprized

i got a tiny island and i won't give it a name
cause if i gave it a name there'd be another name in my brain
and a brains an awfully hard thing to try to maintain
it's just a little machine
that makes us believe in the strangest things

so what you got on your tshirt
can you see what's on mine
i could wear a shirt plain
or be a billboard trying to make some sort of claim

but a brains already awfully hard to try to maintain
i got a tiny island and i won't give it a name
i keep sweeping the floors but i never seem to get the carpets clean
it's just a little machine
that makes us believe in the strangest things

Apple Alphabet

Written By: James. A. Linck

i tried to sing the apple alphabet
but you took a bite before i finished it
now there's nothing left but the core
and i can't get back to where i was

i got cobweb cursive soaked in detergent
so when i curse it comes out real clean
mister censor you can save explicit stickers for another cd

i tried to solve the square root of b
but you just sailed the seas of simplicity
and now there's nothing left but the core
and i can't get back to where i was

i got excellent vision for a mole in prison
so when i stare it's never at the screen
mister newscast you can save depressing stories i got all i need

and in the evening
there's no place to go again
and i just sit and listen
to the beat of my own heart

but now and again a few of my friends come to sing along with me
and we'll spill drinks and we'll laugh about
all the things that we see daily

and now there's nothing left but the core
and i can't get back to where i was before

Our Own Thing

Written By: Linck

oh honey i could weep and moan
but your insides is made of stone
til you decided to chip me off a piece
now we got our own thing

so why you cooking if the kitchen's closed
can't you see i'm starving to the bone
so many little fishies in the sea
but we got our own thing

and i don't know how far this can go
but i can't seem to leave it alone

no honey i ain't blind
but that's some look in your eyes
you got the knot i got the safety pin
now we got our own thing

so if you don't know now you know
stop pushing cause i'm gonna pull
don't you think it's got such a nice ring
how we got our own thing

and i don't know how far this can go
but i can't seem to leave it alone

and i'm saying
yeah yeah yeah yeah hey hey hey
and what that means what that means is there's no words to explain

and i'm saying yeah yeah yeah yeah hey hey hey
and you know we got our own thing

Discography

Little Blue EP (2006, Self Release)

Tiny Island EP (2007, Self Release)

James & The Rainbros EP (2008, Self Release/Little Blue Bedroom Recordings)

The music video for "Children Of The Universe" has been featured on the YouTube home page and has received over 300,000 views as well as being chosen as one of YouTube's top 12 music videos of 2006.

James & The Rainbros won honorable mention in the YouTube Underground Contest in 2006.

TheDailyReel.com also selected Children Of The Universe as one of the top 10 music videos of 2006.

Best Band and Best Frontman of 2008 at Mount Clemens Music Awards.

Set List

Originals:
Apple Alphabet
Tiny Island
Lord Got Bored
Our Own Thing
Buzzard Food
Sea of Kindness
Chase You
Subwoofers
Yesterday Say Bye
Claws of Shards
Plastic Spoon
Prototype Child
Square Livin'
Dumpster Dive
The Whole Wide World
Invent Yourself
Baby Mother
A Mile Away
Skinny Put It On

Covers:
Girl I Wanna Lay You Down (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
If There's Hell Below (Curtis Mayfield)
Lively Up Yourself (Bob Marley)
Season Of The Witch (Donovan)
Make it Rain (Tom Waits)
Use Me (Bill Withers)
..and many more.

Our set length can vary. We can play for up to 4 hours. We can do covers and originals if desired.