Judas Feet

Judas Feet

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Judas Feet plays folk rock music with influences ranging from the Texas folk balleds of Townes Van Zandt to the worn out tubes rock and roll of The Band. The songs come from a different time in a more quant place and they take you there with poetry in song.

Biography

Judas Feet has come a long way since their humble beginnings of recording in a backyard cinderblock building, affectionately called “The Warehouse”. In fact, “Not Alone”, their first CD released in early 2007, was almost entirely self-recorded there. Frontman Tommy Read, twisted and tweaked all the dials and plinked and plucked almost every instrument in his senior year of high school on that generous 14 song debut. He’d set out to prove that a teenager could inexpensively produce a thought-provoking, quality, themed album that holds its own against other professionally produced offerings in the high dollar music world. Based on Judas Feet’s quickly growing fans’ responses and reviews, he succeeded. Reviews can be read on our Sonicbids EPK. See our links.

But he didn’t do it alone (pun totally intended!). Two years Tommy’s elder, his now 21 year old sister Diana added her angelic pipes on vox while baby sister Hannah, now a high school junior, finished the polish with bass, cello, background vocals, and even some sax. Judas Feet was truly a family affair and continues to be today, although the “family” has grown to include Cody Green on cello, Tron Carter on drums and Paul Mitchell on guitars and pump organ.

They’ve also grown into their niche of being more of a Folk Rock band. Fast forward from their humble beginnings and follow this growing family on a trip to Lockhart, TX in May 2008 to Troubadour Studios with Steven Collins (Deadman) behind the helm, where in one week’s time “Behind the Evening” was born. Well, the songs had been incubating for many months, and the whittling down from 50 or so new songs that Tommy had written in the last year – many on the back porch, in the shadows of the evening - took some time as well. But, the recording process…that week was almost like magic. Visit the Judas Feet myspace to see a sample of that magic on the “Mockingbirds” video. See our links.

The resulting sound from that wonderful week in Lockhart is generating a nice little buzz. Folks from all over the state of Texas are perking up their ears and taking note of this sound we call gooniewocky. You can start by classifying this music as folk, because almost every song speaks of real life as seen through Tommy’s uniquely passionate viewpoint. But then you have to add Rock to the genre, because it does just that. And although you can hear the many influences from Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton, you also take note that this familiar sound is taking you on a ride to places previously unexplored.

Track 1, entitled “The Family Missionary”, puts you immediately in a folk mood with its stark simplicity - a fresh finger picking style on the acoustic guitar, sad harmonica, and no vocal reverb. The opening line strikes you, “For all of you stuck in your rut, I’d like to say some words…”. Music and lyric combine as if to say the complications of life can easily weigh down your soul, but give this a listen and see if you don’t find some comfort – community, even – from and with us who present to you this little album. A pump organ, background vocal and melancholy cello emerge as more than sonic fill, they let you know that no matter how hard a tragedy (in this song’s case, the death of a father) may beat you down, the healing process comes quietly, almost unnoticed, as the gathering of loved ones occurs. The closing lyric encourages:

we don’t need our grief
to say we believe,
and we no longer need the pain
to run free in the rain,
step off the porch into the summer rain,
let our shirts soak in the rain,
find our way to the lake in the rain,
like when we, we were his children
like when we, we were his children.

You’re not even dry from your own mental run in the comforting and refreshing rain when suddenly Track 2, “Dear Julie”, perks you up with a driving bass line that tells you something fun is about to happen. And from that point on, you’re taken on a ride that is unpredictable, yet sonic and soulfully thrilling. You find yourself caught up everywhere from Dear Julie’s Mississippi River banks with its love gone bad to the Austrian Alps and a WWII love fling in “17th Century Spanish Doors”. You take a few other rides on the rockers, “Dew on the Moon” and “Misery” as well as a trip to some blues roots in “Rhyme”. “David” takes you on a spiritual journey as the singer compares himself to the king known as “a man after God’s own heart”.

The album reaches the peak of the entire trip with “When You’re Tired”, a song that musically is perhaps the best representation of what Judas Feet is all about – soul wrenching, melodic, yet electric driving at the appropriate times – much like “Blue Lie” also does. And the lyric, full of sorrow turned to hope, also represents a consistent theme that underscores what is becoming the Judas Feet sound. You’re treated to a lullaby of sorts on the finale, “Southern Lullaby”…a pleasant good-bye, fair well, but hope-to-see-you-again-soon.

In ten minutes, I must leave

Lyrics

17th Century Spanish Doors

Written By: Tommy Read

When the stars appear
the Atlantic ends
When her breathing keeps
the dreams begin
When the old friends clear
the night will sleep
when I'm still awake
I'll leave her be
When over dunes and to the beach
moon like a spotlight on the sea
I'm listening for any sound
or messages dug in the ground

Are you there, are you there?
Anymore.
Across the sea, beckoning
till my heart is at
Your 17th century spanish doors.
Your 17th century spanish doors.

Stolen break for the regiment
Birthday cake and cigarettes
Bar half filled with hungry men
The other half starvin' sin
And your friendly eyes and curly hair
Your cotton dress that she needs to wear
You left your friends we found the door
The grassy hill, the moon and more

Are you there, are you there?
Anymore.
Across the sea, beckoning
till my heart is at
Your 17th century spanish doors.
Your 17th century spanish doors.

A photograph a memory
The war was won and on my sleeve
I rode the waves back to the states
Too many things we never said
And I miss the Alps and I see the roads
In Austria you're not alone
But let your heart skip on the beat
When knocking comes from across the sea

Are you there, are you there?
Anymore.
Across the sea, beckoning
till my heart is at
Your 17th century spanish doors.
Your 17th century spanish doors.

Mockingbirds

Written By: Tommy Read

We cleared our pastures from mockingbirds
But they came and slept at our door
With acres of sky for the stronger winged
But strength seems to lay up close in the evenings

Won't you lay me down again
Whisper me into a dream
With your fingertip to my trembling lips
Won't you lay me down again

Flowers and glasses beside the bed
Her eyes swept the ashes instead
We wake with the aches from our sunday chores
Feet slightly feel across the floor

Won't you lay me down again
Whisper me into a dream
With your fingertip to my trembling lips
Won't you lay me down again

Carefully combed hair for the holidays
The air smells like mother in May
And we dragged our dinners into the night
With no change of wind close in sight

Won't you lay me down again
Whisper me into a dream
With your fingertip to my trembling lips
Won't you lay me down again

You may use me now
Maybe lose me then
Won't you lay me down again

We cleared our pastures from mockingbirds
But they came and slept at our door

Discography

*Behind the Evening - scheduled for release 9/1/08. Hear samples on our audio files tab here on sonicbids.

*B.R.A.N. (Baylor Rising Artist Network) Compilation CD Vol. 2 - 2 songs on this CD.

*Not Alone - Debut CD released 2/13/07
2 minute samples of ALL the songs can be heard on our website: www.judasfeet.com
*Receiving airplay on multiple internet radio stations.
*FoxRox appearance on Houston's KRIV Fox 26 Morning Show. TO VIEW VIDEO, copy and paste the link to our performance at http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/ContentDetail?contentId=4029276

Set List

Our live, acoustic set consists of all originals - mostly with Tommy on acoustic or electric guitar, Hannah on electric bass, Cody on cello, Tron on drums and Diana doing her vox thing. They do some instrument switching, but those are their primary instruments. We'll do as little as one song (which we did for Houston's FoxRox on the KRIV 26 morning show - copy and paste the link under Discography) or as much as 2 hours worth (again, all originals)....whatever you're looking for. We can rock it (see the live video of "Rhyme" in the video folder) or we can lighten it up acoustic. Most folks like a combination.