Man Born Blind

Man Born Blind

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What would it sound like if Jack Johnson met the foo fighters at a party thrown by U2, and Switchfoot were serving the hors d'oeuvres? A little something like Man Born Blind...

Biography

"We're about making music that people can relate to," says bassist, Jon Shores when asked to describe the music of Man Born Blind. "Sure, we hope it catches your attention because it sounds interesting to you, but we hope it's the lyrics that ultimately grip you."

According to Man Born Blind's many fans who have seen and heard them play, that very musical "consciousness" is what sets this group's music apart from their peers.

"We're an amalgamation of so many different influences, but ultimately, our songs are stories that that mean something to us and hopefully our listeners," says lead singer Nate Jackson. "We have been playing for well over a year now, and it's not so much about just us the band, but the people, and the power that connect has."

Man Born Blind came into existence in 2005 when singer Nate Jackson and guitarist Darrick Hurst met through mutual friends.

"We'd both played in a variety of different bands, all from different musical styles, and at that point, we were both sorta doing the 'solo-musician' thing," says Darrick. "Sometimes music is just something you do because you feel like you need to... Nate had these awesome ideas for songs, and I was experimenting with all kinds of different musical stuff, so we tried putting it all together, and it just worked."

At this point, Man Born Blind had no steady bass player, and the two knew if the group was ever to go anywhere, that'd have to change. In no time, Darrick was on the phone with Jon Shores, who he'd played in other bands with since high school.

"Ironically, right when I got the call, I was about ready to haul all the bass stuff over to the pawn shop... I figured my bass playing days were pretty much over, but then I get these guys calling me in for an audition outta the blue," says Jon.

Nate says the group "just clicked," and before they knew it, they were getting opportunities to open for big name acts like The Calling and Howie Day.

In early 2006, Man Born Blind completed its lineup with the addition of the versatile drummer, John Romano, whom Darrick and Jon had met at a BBQ.

"Though we all come from very different musical backgrounds, the thing that makes this work the thing we have in common is that we make music that means something to us," says drummer John Romano.

"The people we are inspired by the most are the revolutionaries," says Nate. "We look up to the people who've stood to make a difference not only in music, but the world around them."

Based in Albuquerque, NM, Man Born Blind has awed fans with not only their songs, but also their personable concerts and authentic live shows. Man Born Blind released their first self-titled recording in September 2006.

Lyrics

Burnout

Written By: Man Born Blind

Yesterday slipped through my hands. I tried to pick it up and put it back
And I know that I’m loosing and you might be choosing a different path

Would you stay either way? Why can’t you stick around? Does it cause you pain?
And I swear that it’s easy, so you should believe me; I wouldn’t lie

I can’t sleep tonight because nothing feels right

I need to fix the light that burned inside of your head
Wrap a net around your heart and drag it back to the start
And capture you again

You can’t say I didn’t try to solve the mysteries in your mind
I keep guessing but you leave me less than a clue. Well, nothing’s new

Now I know you won’t back down. You made up your mind; can’t turn you around
I know that you’re leaving but I don’t believe it. You’re quitting now

Where do you go, what do you do when the lights burn out?

Overtime

Written By: Man Born Blind

If I could capture this moment
And hang it on a wall for everyone to see
I would, if I could

And I would take notes from conversations
If I had time to write your lines
Then I would, if I could

Because I know you’re working overtime
To make your mark and say you’re satisfied
Bur you’re not satisfied; you fight and cry
For one more minute in your hands

If I could take back all the words I’ve said
To make it right for one last night
I would, if I could

So what if you could change the hands of time
To break the past; impressions last
Would you? Could you?

I can’t stop the things you do the life you choose
And you can’t break the tie that binds and leaves you blind
When all your time is wasted on those cheap goodbyes and “why ask whys?”
This is your last minute

Beyond Repair

Written By: Man Born Blind

I can hear the rain it’s falling on my doorstep
And it’s no big surprise I’ve overslept again
And this train of thought keeps crawling up inside me
And I can’t deny I’m running in my mind

From all the things you say about me
None of it’s true and none of it’s kind
I should hit the bed and rest my head

Because the last thing that I need
Is to fall behind on sleep
You say I bounce back easily
But I’m just scared I’m beyond repair

Hey, she says, I’m not broken I’m just a little disturbed
And I think I’ve lost my nerve

I can hear your voice it’s knocking at my front door
And I know you want inside but I haven’t sold the key
And thought these rooms are almost empty, I’m not moving
Because these walls divide, there’s still no vacancy

Because I don’t know what’s going on now
But I think you do and I think you lie
I’ll just close these doors and say goodbye

Discography

"Man Born Blind" released 2006, Unsigned

Selected Songs:
Safety Net (2006) - included in the soundtrack to movie "the face of Joe the Killer"
Beyond Repair (2006) - top download on iTunes
Burnout (2005)
Overtime (2005) - clear channel airplay

"Man Born Blind" album Track by Track:

"Beyond Repair"
This song reflects the tension that's the result of being 'left high and dry' by the very people who try to trap and use you for their own end. It is a story of betrayal, love and self-doubt.

"Safety Net"
Life's a balancing act, and when you're walking that proverbial tight rope, it's reassuring to think there's someone who will be there to catch you when you fall.

"Burnout"
It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved. When relationships fail, we find ourselves wishing we could take both people back to the beginning where love was so fresh and vibrant.

"Overtime"
There's a cruel injustice in the contrast between what we hate and what we want. Nowhere is this as apparent as it is in the corporate ladder of success.

"Close Another Door"
We all hurt the ones we love, intentionally or not. Sometimes those conflicts leave us feeling as though the only way to move forward in life is to close the door and move on.

"Easier to Run"
In our technologically connected world, it's easier to create pseudo-relationships, and when they're no longer fun, to just run away as if they never existed. A common theme in a society where life promises so much more than it can ever deliver.

"Danger"
This song represents a refusal to accept satisfaction in amenities and simple fascinations life has to offer. It's about choosing to not fit the status quo, rather, seeking the compassion and humility instead of the complacent or apathetic. It's about longing to be intrigued...

Set List

Typical set list (1 hour, 15 minutes):

Lonely World
Without These Angels
Revolve
Creep
One Last Thread of You
Need of Something New
Dare You to Move
Ghosts
Burnout
Beyond Repair
My Hero

Performed covers of Foo Fighters, Switchfoot, and Radiohead.

We have played sets as long as 3 hours, and as short as 30 minutes.