Meridian Cross

Meridian Cross

BandAlternativeRock

Meridian Cross combines rock, pop and a dash of electronica to create original music with memorable hooks and meaningful lyrics.

Biography

In geography, a meridian line "crosses" the earth from north pole to south pole. In astronomy, it's a circle that crosses the heavens, rising from the northern horizon and descending to the southern horizon.

In music, Meridian Cross is an original, alternative rock band from California. Not a Christian rock band. Not a new-age band.

Todd MacKenzie and Mark Rhodes, the creative force behind Meridian Cross, have collaborated together for almost 10 years. MacKenzie's songwriting influences range from legends such as Elton John and Johnny Cash to Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and U2. Rhodes' influences vary from pop/rock artists such as a-ha, Big Country, Wall of Voodoo and Filter to lesser known artists such as 16 Horsepower, Justin Sullivan of New Model Army and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.

Together, MacKenzie and Rhodes create an original sound that lies somewhere between artists such as INXS, U2, The Killers and Snow Patrol. Rhodes' often acerbic lyrics delve into the addictions of fame, religion, media, reality television, alcohol and relationships.

The band has also opened for the Thrill Kill Kult, Zeromancer, Pigface, the Chameleons UK, Jesus Jones, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, Nina Hagen, Human Drama, the Mission UK and others.

For the past year and a half, Meridian Cross has been writing and recording "All for Our Gods." The 10-song CD captures the band at its very best. Their previous musical efforts have been featured in a variety of television shows, commercials and films (please see Media Placement) thanks in part to New York's Pump Audio Publishing with whom Meridian Cross has a non-exclusive contract.

Currently the band is hard at work rehearsing for live performances scheduled for later this year.

MEDIA PLACEMENT

A&E NETWORK: Biography: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Biography: Christina Onassis, Biography: Eisenhower, Biography: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Biography of the Year

ABC FAMILY: Knock First

ANIMAL PLANET: Miami Animal Cops

CMT CHANNEL: Barely Famous, Home Blitz With Habitat for Humanity, Popularity Contest

DISCOVERY CHANNEL: Critical Hour, Extreme Engineering, Superhomes

E! ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL: Gastineau Girls, True Hollywood Story: Young Divas, Tom Cruise

HISTORY CHANNEL: Beyond the DaVinci Code

THE LEARNING CHANNEL: Material World

METRO CHANNEL: Finders Keepers

MTV: Cribs, Date My Mom, Increase the Beat, Making the Band, Next, Punk'd, Room Raiders, Tough Enough, True Life, Your Movie Show

NBC: Race Across America, Safari Tracks

OXYGEN CHANNEL: Misunderstood: Eminem

SCI FI CHANNEL: Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown, The Hulk: The Lowdown, The Hulk International Special, Van Helsing: The Lowdown

UPN: America's Next Top Model

VH1: Best Week Ever, Britney Spears: Behind the Music, Driven: Anna Kournikova, Driven: Janet Jackson, Driven: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Driven: Paula Abdul, Driven: Tyra Banks, Extreme Reality Exposed, Girls Gone Wild Uncovered, VH1 Goes Inside: Frasier

FILMS: Red Light Go, KSK Studios

COMMERCIALS: Match.com, Nicorette Gum, Nike, XM Satellite Radio

Lyrics

In Another Country

Written By: Mark Rhodes

Travel far to find what's close to home
Who knows why life afar it lures us both to go

I know why we suffer
But I don't know
Why we endure
God must know

In another country
In another town
I will not find answers
I will not be found

Travel far for reasons not quite known
Beyond the borders lie the same old shit as home

I know why we suffer
But I don't know
Why we endure
God must know

In another country
In another town
I will not find answers
I will not be found
In another country
In another town
I will face the calling
But I will not lie down
No I won't...

We never admit defeat
When the dream is all we need
To carry us far away
From the hell of the day to day

Why we suffer?
Why we suffer?
Why we endure?

In another country
In another town
I will not find answers
I will not be found
In another country
In another town
I will face the calling
But I will not be found

Love So Fine

Written By: Mark Rhodes

She could never find a sucker man
With all the needs that she required
She was always one breath away
From love or feeding the fire

He was always such a desperate fool
So naïve to love’s powers
When the two of them met one day
Glory be to faulty towers

She met a love so fine
She met a love so fine in you
He let his future die
He let his future die for you

Oh my dear such love to bear
Oh my dear such love

She can finally start what she wants
She can build a little family
He can wonder what might have been
If he’d only been more manly

She met a love so fine
She met a love so fine in you
He let his future die
He let his future die for you

Pulls in the driveway nightly
Turns the key and sighs
A welcome respite is the silence
Before the pain inside

Beyond the door the baby’s crying
The television loud
He opens up the glove compartment
Temptation for the ground

She met a love so fine
She met a love so fine in you
He let his future die
He let his future die for you

To Feel the Rush

Written By: Mark Rhodes

I never wanted to be ordinary
I have my ego
And it needs feeding
I always wanted to be a celebrity
To feel important
To feel the rush you have for me (you see)

I’m a reality TV star
And I don’t care what you say
I’m shooting for the stars
I’m a reality TV star
And I’m gonna bleed my 15 minutes
‘Til I can’t bleed them no more

I wanna hang out with the washed up actors
In B-Grade movies
With aging supermodels
I wanna meet/greet on the talk show circuit
To pat my back with
To feel the rush you have for me

Whore it
Fake it
Crave it
Adore it

I’m a reality TV star
And I don’t care what you say
I’m shooting for the stars
I’m a reality TV star
And I’m gonna bleed my 15 minutes
‘Til I can’t bleed them no more
I’m a reality TV star
And I don’t care what you say
This show paid for my car
I’m a reality TV star
And I’m gonna bleed my 15 minutes
‘Til I can’t bleed them no more

Sign a book deal, cut an album, shoot a pictorial
Do a guest shot, morning talk shows
Whore it on the radio
Autographs, conventions, sitcom cameos

I’m a reality TV star
And I don’t care what you say
I’m shooting for the stars
I’m a reality TV star
And I’m gonna bleed my 15 minutes
‘Til I can’t bleed them no more
I’m a reality TV star
My agent says I’ve the looks
And chops to go real far
I’m a reality TV star
And I’m gonna bleed my 15 minutes
‘Til I can’t bleed them no more

Discography

CD: All For Our Gods

Set List

Turn Off the Radio
10-4
Love So Fine
(You Get Me) Higher
Black Water
To Feel the Rush
All For Our Gods
Never Run Away
Moving On
Blind from the Sun
In Another Country

SET LENGTH: 30min - 1hr

COVERS:
People Are Strange - The Doors
Wish - Nine Inch Nails
Under the Milky Way - The Church
Minor Earth, Major Sky - a-ha