KEIKO

KEIKO

BandRockAmericana

Un lenguaje propio, su particular forma de rock y blues americano. Keiko refleja la evolucion del rock tradicional y asienta las bases de una nueva vision. MCKENZIE MUZIK 2009- SHIFTING

Biography

Keiko están de regreso discográfico. Feliz regreso tras el unánime aplauso crítico
recibido con su debut ‘Shake A Hand’, en el que rendían cuentas con buena parte
de la mejor tradición de la música popular contemporánea: del blues al rock sureño,
del sonido americana a la calidez del reggae y del dub. El trío tinerfeño liderado por
Diego Hernández ahonda ahora en estos referentes con su nuevo álbum ‘Shifting’.
Si el título del trabajo hace referencia al cambio, al movimiento, éste existe en lo que
se refiere al camino recorrido por la banda, y que se hace palpable en una mayor
solidez compositiva, instrumental y en los arreglos. Eso sí, Keiko siguen sonando
fieles a ese estilo ya marcado claramente en su debut.
Estilo abierto en los referentes citados pero que queda bien asentado en esta continuación,
desde el alt blues a la Jeff Tweedy de la apertura (“3rd Pig”) hasta la extravaganza
dub del bonus track que cierra el CD (“Sense Of Dub”), todo aderezado
con un sonido directo, fruto de las propias condiciones de grabación del disco, con
la práctica totalidad del sonido tomado en apenas unos días en el Studio Atlantidae
que Savino di Vietro, ingeniero habitual de la banda, tiene en Icod, al norte de la isla
de Tenerife.
Junto a las colaboraciones de músicos insulares amigos y la autoproducción, el
álbum queda completado con la magnífica masterización de Denis Blackham en sus
estudios de Skye Mastering en Gales. Denis es uno de los más reputados masterizadores
a escala internacional con un currículum impresionante (de los Who a Otis
Redding, de Brian Eno a Eric Clapton) y ha dado el toque final de maestría para que
el álbum suene a la vez directo y redondo, elegante en los detalles.
Si el debut de Keiko abría horizontes de grandeza a una banda llamada a superar los
límites de la insularidad, su disco ‘sophomore’ confirma esta amplitud de miras. Un
lanzamiento paralelo a la carrera ascendente que su sello Mckenzie Muzik ha tomado
por ofrecer la definitiva apuesta internacional de la mejor música contemporánea
hecha en Canarias. A la venta a partir del 19 de octubre de 2009.

Keiko are back. This is a happy comeback after the unanimous critical aplause received
by their debut album ‘Shake A Hand’, which paid tribute to a good part of
popular contemporary music: from blues to southern rock, from americana to the
warms rhythms of reggae and dub. The Tenerife trio leaded by Diego Hernández
deepens now in all those referents with ‘Shifting’, their new album. The title makes
clear reference to change and movement, and it means the journey taken by the
band until this moment, something that can be clearly seen in a deeper composing
and arranging capacity, despite the fact that Keiko still sound faithful to the style
drawn in their debut.
There is an open but solidly based style in this second work, from “3rd Pig”, the alt
blues à-la-Jeff Tweedy of the opening track, to the dub extravaganza of “Sense Of
Dub”, the closing bonus track. All this rich mixture is seasoned with a direct sound,
which is a direct consequence of the album’s recording conditions, with the majority
of sound takes obtained in a few days in the Studio Atlantidae (Icod, Tenerife) by
Savino Di Vietro, the usual band’s engineer.
Alongside the collaborations from friend musicians and the band’s self production,
the album is completed with the outstanding mastering by Denis Blackham in his
Skye Mastering in Wales. Blackham is one of the world’s best mastering engineers
with a breathtaking carrer (from the Who to Eric Clapton, among many others) and
he has given the final magic touch for the album to sound direct and greatness searching
while charming in its details.
If Keiko’s debut opened wide horizons for a band called to overcome the limits of
their geographical isolation, their sophomore album confirms their initial intentions.
This release goes parallel to the rising carrer of the Mckenzie Muzik label deeply
committed to offer best of the Canaries new music scene to the world. On sale 19th Oct. 2009.

Lyrics

CHAMOMILE

Written By: keiko


Sometimes I got a room to lend
And other times I don´t
Don´t come knocking on my door
Looking for a Heart of gold
´cause I´m tired of rusted brains
and hearts of gold

The empathy that you feel today
Will only make you stay
No rocket´s gonna make you high
Until you learn to fly
Cause I´m tired of soothing pains
And chamomile

Got my foot on the door
This time around
All the tricks in my bag
This time around
So hit me hard
Try make me burn
I´ll stay on top
This time around

This time I got eggs to hatch
And lullabies to sing
No mirror´s gonna make me cry
Until the day I die
´cause I´m tired of always staying
behind the line

This time I got some time
This time it´s mine, all mine
And I won´t miss a shot
This time around

FANGO

Written By: KEIKO

Put my head
Right against your chest
Put my Heart out to the test
Bring me water
When I want to drink
keep me sane
when I want to think

chorus:
´cause we´re two
and we´re coming fast
aint no first one
aint no last
swim my water
and I walk your tracks
aint no point in ever turnin´back

Saint john burnt up
All the undesired
All my fears they´ve
Grown so tired
Aint no worry now
In my mind
The safety that you bring
So sweet
So kind

Chorus

Butterflies
Tickling my insides
And your eyes
Calling me by your side

Let love fly

HONEY BEE

Written By: KEIKO

Honey Bees are prone
To inspire cute little songs
But my bee don´t make no honey
She aint got no throne

Chorus:
She´s a sweet soul
Singing bee
And she´s buzzing all around
My head

I beg my Heart
For a slower pace
Everytime I bump into her face
Let me breathe or make me bleed
Let me soak into your grace

Chorus

And the time
You bit my arm
I´m sure you didn´t mean no harm
But I surely would have wished
You would have left a mark

Chorus

LOVE BENT

Written By: KEIKO

Travelling Through Space
I met her on the moon

Then we sat on a rock
And watched the baby boom

I feel top line
I fell prime time
With you

Tyrans rose and fell
We hung on to the bells

Sang our way through heaven
Danced our way through hell

I feel prime time
I feel top line
With you

And now I can see what they meant
That no life could really be spent
Until you are love bent
(x2)

MAFALDA

Written By: keiko

There´s a judge and a suspect
Tryin´ to steal the preacher´s turn
On tellin´
Lies
And a serious doubt
That´s leaking everywhere
Soakin´ the shirts of ignorant
Juries
A lion so scared cryin´
About a tiny splinter that got stuck
On it´s paw
And bono´s shakin´hands with a man
Who said condoms really are the devil´s
Tool

Chorus:
There´s a fire
There´s a fire
Everywhere

Teachers keep on wastin´ their time
Tryin´ to teach our history
Backwards
And half of the world is watchin´ the news
While the other half is striving just for
Livin´

Chorus

Babylon is burnin´
But it´s stronger than ever
We keep on pushin´forward
But the clocks turn to never

NO LIES

Written By: KEIKO

You wronged me ragged baby
But I forget and forgive
Grant you the right to live in peace
With yourself

You say your wings are too heavy
I say it´s all in your brain
You got to grant yourself the right
To be sane

You got a lot to change
´cause you´re so tied to your rage
you got a lot to change
in case you wanna break your chains and fly

Don´t you be feeding your anger
Don´t you be feeding no beast
You got to grant yourself the right
To be free

You wronged me ragged baby
But I forget and forgive
Grant you the right to live in peace
With yourself

You got a lot to change
´cause you´re so tied to your rage
you got a lot to change
in case you wanna break your chains and fly

Sooner or later,
Everyone will let you down

Think about it one time
Think about it twice
Don´t let your anger
Tell you no lies
No lies

SAVE YOURSELF

Written By: keiko

A sad waste of paper
Is what we became
Forever repeating
The same old refrain

Chorus:
If our bottle don´t reach land
We´re not saved by superman
Who? Is gonna save us then
Who? Is gonna save us then

Similar excuses
From different brains
Different tracks
For the same train

Chorus

The caesar plants the trees upside down
The romans look the other way around
As I try to get my feet up on the ground
You keep on building walls all around

Everything you go through
Gonna help you understand the next
And next time you go through this
Gonna make it better than the rest

chorus

SHAKE A HAND

Written By: keiko

Shake a Hand

Shake a hand
With your lovers and your friends
With the ghosts up on your bed
Drink some wine
With the wino man
´Cause he might have something for you to learn
Lend an ear
To the deaf and dumb
´cause what you hear might strike you as sweet surprise
shake it tight
don´t be affraid to hit the floor with all your might

chorus:
´Cause the fool on the hill might pay your bills
while the boy on stage stands frozen still
maybe it´s time to make ammends
so won´t you please
shake
shake a hand

Make sure
You never close a door
Always leave a crack for saints and rolling stones
Shake a hand
With your enemies and friends
With the ghosts up in your head

chorus

WALKING

Written By: keiko

Working
For the enemy
It´s the shame I´m gonna have to bear
Working
For the enemy
I wonder how I´m gonna bear
Tried on
Your lobotomy
Now I´m drooling all over the floor
Triumph
Of your economy
I´m trying to keep my wallet free

Now I´m wasting my time
In writing a rhyme for a beauty like you

Long hours
Praising the golden calf
Erosion of my better half
Working for the enemy
I wonder how long
I wonder how I´m gonna last

Who needs golden wings to fly on
Who needs silken sheets to sleep on
Who needs golden wings to fly on
Who needs silken sheets to sleep on

Rock´n rolling

Written By: Keiko


Lost my faith in rock´n rolling
And needing roles to play
Not afraid
Of fading away
That makes me strong to stay

Now I play for thee so holy
I found my way to pray
I´m not scared
To shout it out loud
It makes me strong to say

Got high on flying low
Got rich on letting go
Now the blues has got to go
And reaching out for more

Righteous whip´s a silent cracking
Freedom chimes inside
I´m not afraid to shout it out loud
That I´m in love with life

Got high on flying low
Got rich on letting go
Now the blues has got to go
And reaching out for more

3rd Pig

Written By: Keiko


I´m
Building my house
At the pace I chose now

I´m
Choosing each rock
Carefully now

This lonely wolf may blow and blow
But I learnt from my brothers and these walls won´t go
Down
I´m on the ground

I´m
Fixing a roof
The rain won´t soak through

Rain
I sipped in the past
It made my tongue blue

the wind may sigh
the clouds may cry
but I learned from my sisters
how to stay alive
so I could stick around

When I´m down
On the ground
I can breathe
I can understand

I´ve
Built up strong walls
My friends can´t tear down

friends
they watched me fall
and brought me back around

This lonely wolf
May blow and blow
But I learnt from my brothers how to stay afloat
And I´m gonna stick around

When I´m down
on the ground
I can breathe
I can understand

ALIBIS

Written By: Keiko

God and the devil are one and the same
When all you vultures are running this train

Wheelin´ and dealin´ our faith and our strive
Scaring the joy right out of our lives

We all got to stay on track
Choose what we put aside
And make sure we always have
Rock solid alibis

God will forgive the things you forbid
She´ll make you pay for the things that you did

Scaring the children with tales from the crypt
The hotter you burn the more I resist

We all got to stay on track
Choose what we put aside
And make sure we always have
Rock solid alibis

God and the devil are one and the same
When all you vultures are running this train

Shortcut directions to heaven and hell
Lost my religion the day I was saved

We all got to stay on track
Choose what we put aside
And make sure we always have
Rock solid alibis

Automatic go

Written By: Keiko

Ice Skating
On a Wooden floor
That´s what I was doing
´til I heard my mommas roar

Navigating
On the bottom floor
Flooded with ideas
That I thought I never stored

Then I found my N.G.O.
When I became your daddy-o
Ever since I´m head to toes
It was just an
Automatic go

Downloading
Piles and piles of smoke
Virus after virus
And all my mail was junk

Intoxicated
´til I couldn´t walk right
That´s how I was strolling
´til the day John lee Hooker died

Then I found my N.G.O.
When I became your daddy-o
Ever since I´m head to toes
It was just an
Automatic go

I´ve stated
A million lies
That´s all I was saying
´til I heard my momma cry

Ice skating
On a wooden floor
Flooded with ideas
That I thought I never stored

Then I found my N.G.O.
When I became your daddy-o
Ever since I´m head to toes
It was just an
Automatic go

CASA

Written By: Keiko

I felt sadder yesterday
Then my girl she said ´hey hey´
You won´t spoil this month of May

And I almost smoked last night
Then my cat she said my my
And she looked me in the eye

Leave me at home
Leave me at home

I don´t hear the whistle calling on
I don´t feel the urge to ramble on

I was already coming back
When you were packing up
On your way to Rome

There´s no monkey on my back
No fever going up
No skeletons below

Leave me at home
Leave me at home

I don´t hear the whistle calling on
I don´t feel the urge to ramble on

Fireworks and Thunderstorms

Written By: Keiko

I live
For the moments that I spend with you
¨floored¨
above the city

and I die
for the sounds that sweetly drift away
as they fall
from your mouth

Dancing on my electric fence
Bringing love into a new age

I cry
For the joy you operate on me
Until
You know
I´m cured

And I need
All the fireworks and thunderstorms
I know
You could unleash

Dancing on my electric fence
Bringing love into a new age

Hanging balloons on danger signs….

Dancing on my electric fence
Bringing love into a new age

You can heal
All the lonely scars
I´m hiding out
Right Beneath my skin

Please share with me
All the fireworks and thunderstorms
I know
You could unleash

Dancing on my electric fence
Bringing love into a new age

Blowing up my fuses
Tearing down defences
Keep on dancing on
My electric fences

Dancing on my electric fence
Bringing love into a new age

Ghetto of bliss

Written By: Keiko

We live
In the ghetto of bliss

Fast cars
And fat rats hiss

Our worries
Are so obscene

We hide
Behind a twisted wrist

Stronghold
To my wasted wits

My efforts
Are blown to bits

We got to be
Well informed
Of what they do and what they don´t
We got to be
Well informed
Of what they will and what they won´t

She found
A hole in the fence

She broke
Free from past tense

An ocean of truth
Opened up ahead

Take pride
In how you defy

Take flight
Avoid a fight

Get stronger
Leave this ghetto behind

We got to be
Well informed
Of what they do and what they don´t
We got to be
Well informed
Of what they will and what they won´t

Sense of duty

Written By: keiko

Sense of duty
Is what we need
Sense of duty
And direction

Babylon sings
Them twisted lullabies
Making us sleepy
To wash down lies
(secure our ties)

Weary songs
Of carelessness
Keeping us locked
In unconsciousness
(Envy and hate)

Sense of duty
Is what we need
Sense of duty
And direction

Wailing sirens
So temptingly sweet
Evil minstrels
Putting us to sleep
(Close your eyes)

Slept for so long
Wrapped in dreams and promises
May jah´s gong
Wake our conciousness
(last call for humanity)

Sense of duty
Is what we need
Sense of duty
And direction

I and I will never close our eyes
I won´t leave my luck to the roll of your dice

Sense of duty….

THE SHIFT

Written By: Keiko


The stars will smile
Tonight
For the love
Undisturbed by
The clicking of time

The sun will burn
This loneliness
When my sleep
Trickles on your skin

I will never go adrift
Though they got me on the shift
I will never go adrift
Cause they got me on the shift

Jah light will shine
Upon
It will lead
The release
Of the soldiers of love

I´ll sign and you
Will certify
That my will
Is way too strong to sigh

I will never go adrift
Though they got me on the shift
I will never go adrift
Cause they got me on the shift

Heartbreak shift
No time to borrow
Heartbreak shift
No time to borrow

Trenches

Written By: Keiko


I failed you
I think it was a matter of time
´Cause perfect lives ain´t worth a dime
Ain´t no peace without a crime

You told me
That trust just ain´t the thing to break
That trust´s the flour for this bread
The only way to get ahead

Don´t save your flowers for the saints
Don´t burn the sinners down in hell
Cause
Love will grow on trenches

I scared you
With things that shake trees from their roots
Things that one cannot erase
Some things that laid my soul to waste

You love me
And I know because you still remain
A lover, confidant and friend
Through heavy thunder blows and rain

Don´t save your flowers for the saints
Nor burn the sinners down in hell
Cause
Love will grow on trenches

Tricky Times

Written By: Keiko


What a knot we´ve tied
A mess for you to unwind
Now we sucked her dry
Before we could hear her sigh

I remove the blind
That´s so long been covering my eyes
I can´t seem to find
A way out of here alive

Cause these are
Tricky time-times
Tricky time-times
Tricky times to understand
…to understand

What you got in store
Is not what I had in mind
I walked through the door
Believing my own lies

Many times before
Unconsciously disguised
Guiltiness I poured
Onto every soul but mine

Cause these are
Tricky time-times
Tricky time-times
Tricky times to understand
Tricky times to understand

In your head
Remember
Nobody ever told the truth

In your head
Remember
Nobody ever told the truth

Cause these are
Tricky time-times
Tricky time-times
Tricky times to understand

Discography

DIEGO HERNANDEZ: IDA Y VUELTA/2001
KEIKO: SHAKE A HAND/2006
KEIKO: SHIFTING/2009

Set List

De/From "Shifting":

The Shift
Casa
Alibies
Tricky Times
Fireworks and Thunderstorms
Rock´n Rolliing

De/From ¨Shake a Hand¨:

Shake a Hand
Walking
Love bent
Mafalda
No Lies
Fango
Honey Bee
Chamomile
Save Yourself
Billie Boy (instrumental)

De/From ¨Ida y Vuelta¨:

Anyone
20cm (instrumental)
Picafló (instrumental)

Covers:

Is this love (B. Marley)
Crazy Baldhead (B. Marley)
War pigs (Black Sabbath)
Don´t let it bring you Down (Neil Young)
Western Plains (Leadbelly)
Rolling and Tumbling (Muddy Waters)
Voodoo Child (J. Hendrix)