Love Fossil

Love Fossil

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"A cosmic rEvolution using science and rock, mediated through the mouths and instruments of epic heroes." Imagine a 70's David Bowie singing for a 90's Nirvana. Add choreographed video projection. Now, remember fist pumping?

Biography


Through their lyrics, songs and attitudes, Love Fossil sends a clear message to people who may be puzzled by politicized and radicalized religious messages or globalized oil industries attempting to bewilder us: we humans have been here a very long time, however, we may not be here much longer if we can not learn how to change. The negative planetary effects of both blind policy and co-opted belief have damaged our cultures and ecosytems: its time to wake up! Those bones weren’t laid in stone to trick us!
Much like how TV’s Steven Colbert and John Stewart employ humor as a medium to discuss modern political topics, Love Fossil uses personified storytelling in the form of live Rock ‘n Roll synchronized with video to present both historical and current political, as well as social and environmental topics for discussion.
Originating from the spontaneous song writing of Benjamin Hunter during open mike sets, where live audiences bore witness to “love fossils” (all of his off-the-cuff jams about Dinosaurs, Monkeys and all things Darwin), drummer Weston Eaton and Bass player Diamond Deschaine heard a call to arms.
Love Fossil began as a three piece rock band. Their compositions are hybrid sounds of 70’s theatrical rock fused with the additude of early 90’s grunge . The front man, Benjamin Hunter, sings like both Bowie and Cobain. This is how they started off, but they soon evolved...
A scientist joined the band, a man who only communicates through projection, video and light. A man who takes a band’s message and literally shows it to the crowd. As you will see, while the musicians in Love Fossil spin amplified tales of the past and present, the Scientist draws and colors in their position with video images of fallen dinosaurs, combated underdogs and hopeless heroes. Screens are hung below, behind and above the band as they don white; hence becoming a moving, living screen themselves.
Love Fossil’s songs, lyrics, set designs, show concepts, artwork - everything about the band - aims to explore science, the history of the ongoing Scientific Revolution, and how people react to global challenges. Through their sonic and visual exploration of historical heroes, such as Galileo and Newton, and our personification of creatures of the past, like dinosaurs and cave men, Love Fossil seeks to bypass strictly confrontational messages and instead delight the imagination of the listener and viewer. They tell stories with their music. These epic tales depict past catastrophes, such as the shifting of planetary plates, devastating volcano blasts, and species ending asteroid impacts. The characters in the songs personify the pain and loss, but also the hope and compromise both creatures and peoples of the past had to make in order for their legacy and species to remain.
Love Fossil understands that the “Evolution vs. Creationism” debate has been framed as a bumper sticker war, contrived into a “black or white” issue. One either believes in God and Creationism or holds an atheistic perspective, believing our godless ancestors crawled from the sea. Love Fossil recognizes reality to be much more complex. As Galileo once said, “I do not feel that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” The scientific history of the world is inconsistent with a literal biblical account. Geology, Anthropology, Zoology and other major studies contradict the literal interpretation of the western creation story. Yet, at the same time, quantum physics and mechanics have shown a remarkable connection between all things living, non-living, atheistic, agnostic, and spiritual. Just as light is both a particle and a wave, the matter of fact reality of billions of years of Planet Earth’s history does not then trump one view in preference of the other, instead, it exposes the fault in the “black or white” view of the world interested parties would have them fight for.
Love Fossil instead fights for continued unfettered exploration of the human mind, body, and environment. They acknowledge both spiritual and scientific perspectives, but are primarily concerned only with ideas which, like a Brontosaurus’s earth shaking gait, tremble the ground under the faulty and dangerous systems which are now in charge of our planet’s fate. Through song, they expose the clay feet. Through video, they outline their defeat.

Lyrics

The Day the World Died

Written By: Love Fossil

Lyrics: Benjamin Hunter/Weston Eaton
ASCAP/BMI
Engineer: GVSU CBR 482 class
Mixer: Joseph McCargar
Producer: Thomas Pike/Joe Macrino/Alex Wood
Mastering Engineer: Joseph McCargar
Copyright 2006

As we look to the sky
And the planets align
We know this is our death
Reigning down from on high
Astro-belt will collide
Wipe that tear from your eye

The artifacts are ready in the cave
Denying this is totally insane
The future of our speciess here remains
Reptilian bride we’ll lye here in our grave
Sweet dreams dear...

And we’ll seek out the science
That the future might bring
Carbon-date my remains
Let the Bible be written
That the earth’s been here
For billions and billions of years

The riddle of the genome will be sang
To bring about the dawning of the dead
Debtors reek their havoc on the hill
Awaking loving songs of genome bread
Go get yours

I saw the look upon you face
When the thirty million year storm ran in
I am your lover dear
I’ll be your shelter here
Let’s lay our bones down to the clay
So put your paw in mine
I know one day we’ll find a way

This is our destiny
Oh child there had to be a way
I know one day they’ll find a way
The scientists will drag us from the cave
I know one day we’ll find

Cyborg Mammal

Written By: Love Fossil

Lyrics: Benjamin Hunter
ASCAP/BMI
Engineer: GVSU CBR 482 class
Mixer: Joseph McCargar
Producer: Thomas Pike/Joe Macrino
Mastering Engineer: Joseph McCargar
Copyright 2006

She wants to be a new American
She wants to be a cyborg pedestrian
We got the skill to make this happen
They will never tie our hands

She wants to touch the dreams that unite us
She wants to join the cyborg alliance
To feel the proteins that are between us

Yet it seems like we’ve been forced right down a stream
Of an illusion
Every lie they force feed on us it seems
To distract from solutions

Believe? Don’t believe.

Be nice to genes
And the products of a free society
Vote thoughtfully
There’s a stem cell that she really needs

Believe. Believe.

I want to be a new American
I want to see my little cyborg mammal

See she’s got this gene it’s crippling
She needs the science from Awakenings
No, it’s the stem cells that she really needs
But the pharisees with their dead beat dreams
Put the lid on methodology
They won’t save her from that wheelchair scheme

Be nice to genes
And the products of a free society
Vote thoughtfully
There’s a stem cell that she really needs

Believe. Believe.

Apple Tree

Written By: Love Fossil

Lyrics: Benjamin Hunter
ASCAP/BMI
Engineer: Joe Macrino and GVSU CBR 482 class
Mixer: Joseph McCargar
Producer: Weston Eaton/Benjamin Hunter
Mastering Engineer: Joseph McCargar
Copyright 2006

I had a dream to love this scene more than you
It was a blast to read the textbooks from the past
All the children cried and weeped when they saw it in the tree
Oh the apple in the tree

So we went by sail to Alcatraz
The great divide was large in size
I saw a female
She was reptile

So you claim to be part of the loneliest heart?

Faith and Reason

Written By: Love Fossil

Lyrics: Benjamin Hunter
ASCAP/BMI
Engineer: Joe Macrino
Mixer: Joseph McCargar
Producer: Weston Eaton
Mastering Engineer: Joseph McCargar
Copyright 2006

False prophets spit their sermons with frightened tongues
We have the means to halt their message the time has come
To turn the tide of truth
The empirical rebuke
To folklore laden gloom

If the story begins with the far fetched tale of a snake in a tree
Then the story must end with the ludicrous lie of doom prophecy
Can’t we make a deal?
Can science help us heal?
As the architect reveals

You can tell it’s a sign of the times that we are out of resources
You can tell it’s a sign of the times that we must make new choices

If knowledge can save us lets look to deny the soul-less goal
Look to a place where all can embrace the God particle
‘Cause doctrine isn’t faith
It’s destructive in its ways
And selective in its grace

They keep saying one book dictates, rather we’re saved or bound to fall
The illusion paves the way
For destruction every day
For our mass consumption craze

You can tell it’s a sign of the times that we are out of resources
You can tell it’s a sign of the times that we must make new choices

Pangaea

Written By: Love Fossil

Lyrics: Benjamin Hunter
ASCAP/BMI
Engineer: Al McAvoy
Mixer: Benjamin Hunter
Producer: Love Fossil/Al McAvoy
Mastering Engineer: Benjamin Hunter
Copyright 2006

Please say it’s alright
I’m on your side
I’ll do you right
Where you goin’ to
Off to the cave
We got the keys to save us from the grave
It’s insane
We had a static attraction, holding our hearts
The trail begins, look to the stars

Don’t say you’re leaving
I’m full of emotions
I’d swim across all oceans
For your primate like devotion

So you claim to be part of the loneliest heart
From the start

We had a Jurassic attraction
Holding our hearts
Where to begin?
Look to the stars

Don’t say you’re leaving
I’m full of emotions
I’d swim across all oceans
For the scientist’s explosions

Don’t say you’re leaving
I’m full of devotion
I’d swim across all oceans
For your Darwin-like devotion

Brontosaurus Stomp

Written By: Love Fossil

Lyrics: Benjamin Hunter
ASCAP/BMI
Engineer: Al McAvoy
Mixer: Benjamin Hunter
Producer: Love Fossil/Al McAvoy
Mastering Engineer: Benjamin Hunter
Copyright 2006

I’ll state this conviction
Carbon date me C-14
A manifestation
To quantify reality

I believe, in the science
We’re older than 6003

Don’t go blaming the Hardy Boys
I won’t ever be the same

Aristotle took the chains from the cave
Pythagoras stuck the triangle in our brain
Newton’s apple fell from the tree
Einstein showed us relativity

I believe, in the science
We’re older than 6003

Your time is now
We can’t be waiting around
The future depends on the crowd
So we should gather right now

Discography

3 Songs For Science
July 2006
Myspace Demo

Love Fossil's debut release "Scientists, Save Us!"

Track Listing for "Scientists, Save Us!":

1) The Day The World Died
2) Cyborg Mammal
3) Apple Tree
4) Faith and Reason
5) The Making of a Fundamentalist
6) Pangaea
7) Brontosaurus Stomp

Enhanced CD with Science Lab and "The Day the World Died" music video

Set List

Concise:

Love Fossil performs 30 – 90 minute sets of 6-14 original songs. Love Fossil also performs multiple set shows for which they are the only performer.

Overview:

A Love Fossil concert experience combines grunge/stoner/stadium rock with live video and animated visuals which are choreographed in synch with the music. Both framed and spandex screens are stretched behind the band. The Scientist, Love Fossil’s visual administrator, then projects video and light on the band and stage. The messages of science and natural history are then personified through amplification, video, and singing.

The first set is usually electric; instrumented with guitar, bass, vocals and drums.

Details:

With lights out, the bass begins the first quarter notes of “Brontosaurus Stomp” accompanied by scrolling scenes of Brontosauruses. Wearing lab coats, the other members emerge.

“Beggars Choose” and “Faith and Reason” flow together and then into our projectionists’ special feature