Michael Daross

Michael Daross

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandRockSoul

Smart indie pop rock with a vintage soul feel, and alt-country, jazz, and folk flavors. Like a love child of Stevie Wonder and Ben Folds doing Aimee Mann tunes with Wilco.

Biography

Michael Daross happily admits to being the worst musician in his band. That’s because the group of friends he assembled to record Head For Daylight also happens to include some of the finest musicians in Austin. The new EP wasn’t the fulfillment of a specific vision, as had been the case for Daross’s earlier releases; instead, it was about gathering the right players and letting them interpret the songs in their own way. The result was a sound that surprised even its creators -- warm, catchy, and accessible, but difficult to categorize. Head For Daylight combines elements of indie rock, pop, folk, jazz, alt. country, and vintage soul in a blend that supports the album’s unorthodox songwriting.

Although Head For Daylight is not a jazz record, most of the musicians involved have jazz backgrounds as well as rock and pop credentials. Pianist and pedal-steel player Ian Varley (Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Drop Trio), drummer Charlie Fountain(Van Wilks, The Harmony Theory), bassist Kyle Clayton (Akina Adderley, Joanna Barbera, About:Blank), lead guitarist Chuck Couch (Time Out), and vocalist Karla Manzur (Alejandro Escovedo, Deep Edward) all boast jazz experience, as do horn players Thomas van der Brook, Paul Luedke, and Kevin Gibbs. The mixing expertise of veteran rock engineer Lars Goransson (Fastball, Bob Schneider, Alpha Rev, Cotton Mather, What Made Milwaukee Famous) added a layer of radio-friendly polish.

More info, including lyrics, at http://www.michaeldaross.com.

Lyrics

Landmines

Written By: Michael Daross

He told himself he was waiting for his match
The girl of his dreams, that perfect catch
Who would meet his scrict criteria
But the canditates never measured up
All he saw was a half-way empty cup
He couldn't see the diamonds for the flaws

But loneliness can cripple a man
As surely as a landmine can
Watch your step, it's just beneath the ground
People are so hard to please
And solitude kills by degrees
It's over long before you hear the sound

She didn't know what ingredient she lacked
But though she swore that she tried to love him back
All that she could understand was grief
And all the brilliant words she meant to say
Started vivid as dreams but came out grey
And pale as a dying coral reef

Loneliness can strike anyone
As suddenly as a sniper's gun
The feeling hits you right between the eyes
Fear evolves into regret
When the plunge you haven't taken yet
Becomes the blade that cuts you down to size

Your future turns into your past
And you're still waiting for that bus
But fantasies aren't made to last
So you do what you think you must
But all those riches you've amassed
Will buy you nothing you can trust
Your chances fly by mighty fast
And leave you blinking in the dust

Magnesium

Written By: Michael Daross

It was always you
The name I can't erase
You linger on my mind
Like the scent of your perfume on my pillowcase
Too dazzling to last
We were like magnesium
Any flame that burns that brightly burns too fast

Falling in love was easy
Loving you was divine
It's just staying in love that gets me every time

Be careful what you say
Be careful what you feel
Dreams are dangerous
When you start to think they're real
The lies you tell yourself
Are easy to believe
The lonelier you are,
the easier you'll be to deceive

I wish I could
Turn the clock back and delete
From when we said those three damn words
Through the day I wound up bleeding at your feet
Can you tell me what went wrong?
Did the crash surprise you, too
Or did you see it coming all along?

The reason they call it "falling"
Is that it hurts when you hit the ground
However high you get you must come down

Be careful what you say
Be careful what you feel
Dreams are dangerous
When you start to think they're real
The lies you tell yourself
Are easy to believe
The lonelier you are,
the easier you'll be to deceive

Moon To You

Written By: Michael Daross

The planets are prisoners
Of a merciless, beautiful sun
The galaxy's full of stars
But they cling to the familiar one

And the sun cannot slip away
From the galaxy's muscular arm
His center is caving in
But she's been seduced by his charm
Seduced by his radiant charm

And the pull you exert on me
Is some kind of ravenous gravity

So I'll be a moon to you
Always revolving around and around and around
Constantly falling
and constantly missing the ground

My dark side craves solitude
But one hemisphere thrives on your light
I'm drifting alone through space
But you notice me only at night
Oh, you're never out of my sight

So I'll hold my breath by your side
Hoping one day I can turn your tide

So I'll be a moon to you
Always revolving around and around and around
Constantly falling
and constantly missing the ground

If I make it to your core
To be crushed forever more
Then no light of mine will ever shine
But it's worth it, I am sure
Oh, it's worth it, I am sure
Must be worth it to be yours

Snake Charmer

Written By: Michael Daross

Through the looking-glass above the bar
You hotwired my brain like a stolen car
And all it took was a smile
I guess my pride must've made me blind
Otherwise I would've noticed all the signs
You could see 'em for miles

I may dress like the bourgeoisie, yeah
But I won't be your retirement plan
I shoulda known how it was going to be, yeah
You'll get away with whatever you can, but

I didn't know what I was getting into when I was getting into you
I didn't know that I would have to pay for the privilege of being used
Well, I guess that no one ever taught you
happiness cannot be bought
But if you play too hard to get,
You might not get got

You snake charmer

You convinced me to buy you a drink
Then it became about a dozen more,
I think you've got the box, but I'm the tool
And now my wallet's lost some weight
I'm getting out before it gets to be too late
Mama raised no fool

You try to leave the bar tab to me, yeah
But I would have to take out a loan
Your martini's full, but you're empty, yeah
Shallow to the bone

I didn't know what I was getting into when I was getting into you
I didn't know that I would have to pay for the privilege of being used
Well, I guess that no one ever taught you
happiness cannot be bought
But if you play too hard to get,
You might not get got

I didn't know what I was getting into when I was getting into you
Well, I guess I've got a little bit of wising up I've gotta do
I understand that no one ever taught you happiness cannot be bought
But if you play too hard to get,
You might not get got

You snake charmer

Snake charmer
Cock teaser
Gold digger
Deciever

Discography

Head For Daylight EP - 2010