Lucas Carpenter

Lucas Carpenter

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Lucas puts on a high-energy show of "loops" created by recording and layering multiple instrument parts live onstage, including guitar, harmony vocals, tin whistle, keyboards, percussion, and even beatboxing. Lucas' music sounds like the lovechild of Paul Simon and Ben Folds produced by Timbaland.

Biography

Amidst cookie cutter singer/songwriters, Lucas Carpenter brings a renewed sense of fun, honesty, and intelligence to today’s popular music. He also likes the smell of skunk...seriously.

His eclectic musical style and taste for odd smells are rooted in Pennsylvania, where he was raised an “art kid from the country”, and from living, learning, loving, and performing in various northeastern cities. Lucas has already logged over 10 years of performance experience, has played hundreds of shows around the US, and is a graduate of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Lucas performs a high-energy one-man-band show where he creates “loops” by recording and layering multiple instrument parts (including guitar, harmony vocals, tin whistle, keyboards, percussion, and even beatboxing) live onstage.

With the 2008 release of his fourth album, The Pixelated Path, Lucas Carpenter and producer Alder (Sean Kingston) ventured into territory that most singer-songwriters would not dare. The album features everything from fretless guitar, Irish tin whistle, nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), toy piano, 80’s style keyboards, to an array of “percussion” sounds including paper being ripped, computer printer noises, beatboxing, and a desk chair rolling across a floor. The combination of these elements makes The Pixelated Path sonically more similar to Timbaland or Bjork rather than James Taylor. Though don’t be fooled, within his hooks and eclectic styling lie poetry for the masses—sometimes serious, sometimes comedic, but always honest.

VARIOUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF LUCAS CARPENTER:

* Over 3,000 albums sold completely independently

* Averages 70-100 performances per year at colleges, clubs, and other venues

* Has showcased at numerous music conferences including the 2008 NAMM Music Conference (Anaheim, CA), the 2008 & 2009 Millennium Music Conference (Harrisburg, PA), 2008 Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival (Cape May, NJ), 2007 Northeast APCA College Conference (Pittsburgh, PA), and 2008 National APCA College Conference (Atlanta, GA)

* Was the top booked solo musical act (booking 17 colleges) at the 2007 Northeast APCA College Conference

* Endorsed by Shubb Guitar capos, and PreSonus Audio

* Voted "Best of Philly Rising" by World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA)

* Lucas' music was featured in the film "Inclusions", which won "Best Feature Film" at the 2007 Northampton International Film Festival

* Winner of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Berklee College of Music Songwriting Contest with the songs "Making Mirrors Extict" and "Morning Touching Down In New York"

* 2006 Graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting and has studied under Jeff Ramsey (Maxwell, Al Jarreau, Diana Ross), Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon), Pat Pattison (author: Writing Better Lyrics), and Livingston Taylor

Lyrics

Art Kids from the Country

Written By: Lucas Carpenter, 2006

My freshman year of high school Ira tried to
Ferment apple cider in his locker
Right outside of homeroom
He wanted to be a connoisseur
But instead he ended up with a gallon of vinegar
He said, “ At least it gave me something to do.”

We’d march down the halls with patches on our Jansports
Of band no one ever heard of
Or else they tried to ignore
Course in the sticks we never got to many shows
So one day we all got bored and we formed a band of our own
To rocked the Legion, the Elks, and the volunteer fire co.

When the 2 biggest deals
Are football and cornfields
You get creative just to keep from going crazy
And in a way we probably were just slightly insane
We weren’t hipsters, hippies, or hicks we were something in between
We were just art kids from the country

Screw an artist loft in Soho we had barn studios
And we were forced to buy all our supplies
At the Wal-Mart Superstore
And if your stuff was good enough to make it to the top
You’d get a gallery at the local coffee shop
Which was the cultural center of our world

So my friend Rachel took some photos some would’ve called porno
Wearing only a pair of cowboy boots
And a very artistic ice cube
She asked me, “What do you think of my ‘Nude Mademoiselle?”
So I gave it a few days, then told her how I felt
“Well, after analyzing the composition…I touched myself”

(Chorus)

We had a blast being outcasts

(Chorus)

We lived and died for the community theater league
We crushed up corsages from prom nights and making potpourri
We kinda looked like the gay Green Beret coming through the trees

Sexual Tension

Written By: Lucas Carpenter, 2006

The world today’s full of hatred
And everyone wants to place blame
But all the great feuds and battle
Are merely cause by one thing
(Someone needs to get laid)

(Chorus)
I said it, I said it
Its sexual tension (It’s just)
Sexual tension
I said it, I said it
Its sexual tension (It’s just)
Sexual tension

It’s the same deal with jocks and scene kids
Or a Star Wars geeks making out with Treckies
“The queers” and the Christian Coalition
The Yanks and Red Sox Nation
Democrats, Republicans
Elmer Fud, Bugs Bunny
You and Me?

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Freud was right
We’ve all got a little repressed inside
And that’s why we fight
When we should be getting down tonight

(Chorus)

Dreamer's Working 9 to 5

Written By: Lucas Carpenter

“Everyone: A toast, please lift up your glass
For a soon-to-be star who takes nobody’s crap
Rock the big screen, date celebrities
We know you will”
Mom hands you a Rolling Stone, says, “This’ll be you”
As you board a bus bound for Hollywood
Get some headshots and a desk job
To pay the bills

(Chorus)
But everybody wakes up once and a while
When they notice their hopes might be just out of sight
But you can’t give it up
Not on this
Not on your one true Love
Struggling to keep the vision alive
When the dreamer’s working 9 to 5

The years go by and the debt piles up
Pouring down into a half empty cup
Sick of everyday sending resumes
With no response
Cause you're the next big thing nobody found
Jumping through hoops, just to smash to the ground
Then the boss is calling
Its the same old song

(Chorus)
Cause everybody wakes up once and a while
When they notice their hopes might be just out of sight
But you can’t give it up
Not on this
Not on your one true Love
Struggling to keep the vision alive
When the dreamer’s working 9 to 5

(Bridge)
Every lunch break
Just sitting alone
Reading that Rolling Stone
Wondering what they’d say
If they could see you back home

(Chorus)
Cause everybody wakes up once and a while
When they notice their hopes might be just out of sight
But you can’t give it up
Not on this
Not on your one true Love
Struggling to keep the vision alive
When the dreamer’s working 9 to 5

God Fell Silent

Written By: Lucas Carpenter

Through your whole life he’s been there
Right beside you, hand in hand
Saying when to run
And when to stand
And when it’s come to matters of Love
You’ve waited for a bolt from above
To zap on down
And char your soul

(Chorus)
But I wasn’t what you had in mind
I must’ve been an accident
And you don’t wanna make a mistake
So you hit your knees and pray
But today God fell silent

I’m far from perfect, I’m not refined
And sure I’ve strayed from time to time
But I lift Him up
And that ain’t no pickup line
Cause all I wanna do is tell the truth
And kiss your freckles two by two
And you know damn well
You want that too

(Chorus)
But I wasn’t what you had in mind
I must’ve been an accident
And you don’t wanna make a mistake
So you hit your knees and pray
But today God fell silent

(Bridge)
The good Lord sets em up
But he won’t knock em down for you
The two greatest gifts I feel
That he gives us is Love
And the power to chose
He’s leaving this one up to you

(Chorus)
But I wasn’t what you had in mind
I must’ve been an accident
And you don’t wanna make a mistake
So you hit your knees and pray
But today God fell silent

Staring At You

Written By: Lucas Carpenter

We sit in a diner booth
Ordering greasy food
Met a few years ago
When you were 15 years old
But now you give me those looks
And why you gotta smell so good?
Girl you are much too young
For us to fall in Love

Your lips curl up
As our eyes like trucks
High-beam each other head to head
On the highway of the table’s edge
(simply put…)

(Chorus)
Sometimes I get caught staring at you
Sometimes I get caught staring at you
Wondering if in 5 years I’ll play the fool
Just for getting caught up staring at you

Well of course you look mighty cute
Wearing your scenester shoes
My Reeboks are out of date
And don’t help to mask my age
With an iPod filled with songs
I’ve never even heard of
So I try extra hard to laugh
To fill in the generation gap

And when you strut
All you say is “what?!”
But you know exactly what you do
Don’t play it like you have no clue

(Chorus)
Sometimes I get caught staring at you
Sometimes I get caught staring at you
Wondering if in 5 years I’ll play the fool
Just for getting caught up staring at you

(Bridge)
You’ll be the muse for all the boys writing songs
And you’ll be the reason all of them fall in Love
Time’s a funny thing, can’t wait to see how you change
Your beauty will blow up with age

(Chorus)
Sometimes I get caught staring at you
Sometimes I get caught staring at you
Wondering if in 5 years I’ll play the fool
Just for getting caught up staring at you

Discography

The Pixelated Path (2008)
Art Kids from the Country EP (2006)
Life's Honest Rhythm EP (2002)
Sun Bleached Windowpane (2000)

Set List

Lucas Carpenter can perform a 20 min to a 2 and a half hour show of original music. During his set he also plays several pop cover songs which can include "Sexy Back" by Justin Timberlake, "Don't Matter" by Akon, and numerous others.