Lord Only

Lord Only

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Lord Only is an Atlanta-based hard rock band with intricate arrangements, intense instrumental passages, memorable melodies and lush harmony vocals-- electric and eclectic.

Biography

Lord Only is an Atlanta-based hard rock band with intricate arrangements, intense instrumental passages, memorable melodies and lush harmony vocals-- electric and eclectic. Drawing from diverse influences like The Beatles, Yes, Rush, King's X, Pink Floyd, Tool, U2, and the great rhythm sections of Motown and the 70's and 80's, the members of Lord Only are constantly trying to expand their musical palettes while sticking closely to the basic concepts of melody, harmony and rhythm that remain approachable to the average music listener. Extended range instruments, as well as guitar, bass and voice synthesizers have found a place in the mix, with remarkable results. In a time when originality is looked down upon as patently un-commercial, Lord Only has set out to make a new mold.

It’s been said that Lord Only sounds larger than a quartet has any right to. Part of the reason for this is John’s masterful 7- and 8-string bass-work, a unique and groundbreaking approach that pushes the frontier of electric bass. Hal and Brian contribute a twin guitar attack, weaving together melodic leads, bright harmonies and tantalizing textures of electric, acoustic, classical, synth and steel guitar. Jim brings a jazz-infused combination of traditional and electronic drumming, shifting from delicate to thunderous. Keyboards and pedal synth from Hal and John complete the mood. Of course there are many bands that have great instrumental abilities, but Lord Only builds on this with an exciting vocal style that tempts the listener to sing along. Hal’s voice has a passion that demands attention, augmented by tight harmonies from Brian and John. Add it all together and you get a distinctive, ear-catching style that delivers something new with each listen.

Lord Only’s debut album, Fear And Trembling, was released in August 2003. Mixed by veteran producer/engineer Neil Kernon (Kansas, Queensryche, Hall & Oates) and Chris Griffin (Drivin N Cryin, The Marvelous Three), its powerful sound is beginning to ripple across America and over the Atlantic, eliciting comparisons to everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Duran Duran to The Cure. It seems there is something different for each listener in this complex sonic brew. A strong, cohesive vision can be heard throughout, with sparkling production and standout performances from each player. Call it thinking man’s rock for the 21st century.

Website: lordonly.net
Contact: band@lordonly.net, 404.373.1571
Booking: booking@lordonly.net, 404.822.4886

Lyrics

Dispossessed

Written By: Lyrics by Turner; Music by Turner And Chiasson

DISPOSSESSED

Copyright Lord Only 2003, All rights reserved.

A man with a satchel carries his life
Completely alone, no family, no wife
A man with a watch that no longer runs
No future no past, potential undone

So much free space, so little time
For one on the verge of losing his mind
So many dreams, so little sleep
For one so alone on dark city streets

A man walks the streets; where does he go?
Listen he mutters, but what does he know?
Sometimes he prays but he's forgotten why
Asleep where he lies he waits to die

So much free space, so little time
For one on the verge of losing his mind
So many dreams, so little sleep
For one so forlorn on cold city streets

Darwin was right-- no place remains
For those unable to fit in the frame
One man's agony is all of our shame
As feet become numb and minds turn insane

Yes, Nietzsche knew what the world was about
Hitler and Stalin, their wisdom no doubt
Clean off the slate, clear out the house
Of all the untouchables-- help them out!

Just turn your head; it just can't be true
Just rest assured it won't happen to you
Count all your money, your gold guarantee
Decadent faith in social prosperity

Wounded (radio edit)

Written By: Lyrics And Music by Turner

WOUNDED

Copyright Lord Only 2003, All Rights Reserved.

I shall never forget the wounded look in his eyes
The hiding from the skies
From the rain of fire
Burning higher
Emptiness is filled with pain

I shall never forget the blood upon the ground
Precious gems strewn all around
Red like fire
Wet like rain
This wound will not heal again

And I feel And I weep And I kneel And I pray

Oh Lord, the earth moans out to you
The world cries out its pain
Oh Lord, the wounds grow yet deeper
The dark comes again

I shall never forget the vessel of his soul
Half buried in a hole
Lifeless eyes
Plead to the skies
Lain in an earthly wound

Oh Lord, the earth moans out to you
The world cries out its pain
Oh Lord, the wound grows yet deeper
The dark comes again

Time Out (radio edit)

Written By: Lyrics And Music by Chiasson And Turner

TIME OUT

Copyright Lord Only 2003, All rights reserved.

Caught in the whirlwind, feel the burden of time
Chance of a lifetime, left far behind
The shackles are heavy in the workhouse today
A victim of the modern age throwing dreams away

Pull out of the fast lane
Watching as the racers go by
Looking to find some peace of mind
Risk it all to try

Loss of direction breeds stagnation and pain
Rewind and erase the tape, play it all again
Choices are lacking, run out of words to say
Confront mortality, got to find a way
Got to find the right game to play

Lost far from the fast lane
Wonder how the racers get buy
Sign up ahead, "Last chance behind"
Risk it all to fly

Memories are sweeter in the heart than the mind
Decisions made honestly leave doubt behind
Wrapped up in motion, we stir in stride
We play the numbers game or nothing will remain

Discography

Fear And Trembling: LP, rel. August 2003

Set List

2 45-minute sets:

Time Out
Spiritual Animal
Images
Sink Or Swim
Wounded
Predator Of Dreams

or

Fear
Dispossessed
Curtain Call
Time Out
Man Of Man Dreams
Versatile Residue