Model Stranger

Model Stranger

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Dubbed “rock n’ roll classicists” and “an eclectic synthesis of psychedelic grunge and classic rock” by Chicago press Model Stranger’s sound and unique look has pleased rock and roll purists, indie rock fans, and casual listeners all the same.

Biography

Dubbed “rock n’ roll classicists” and “an eclectic synthesis of psychedelic grunge and classic rock” by Chicago press Model Stranger’s sound and unique look has pleased rock and roll purists, indie rock fans, and casual listeners all the same. Their variety of sonic influences covers ground of which fans have described as ranging from Tom Petty and David Bowie to Pearl Jam and Muse.

While taking a break from the road, Model Stranger has been in the studio working on songs and additional material for a follow up to their debut release “Dreams & Bones”. This next effort is proving to be a more focused studio project which contrasts to the approach taken on their first record. Priding themselves on their live prowess they recently released “Live at the Double Door” which showcases select tracks from a 2011 performance. The band will be releasing first listens and sneak peeks of their new material throughout the Winter/Spring of 2013.

Taking a live performance driven approach into the studio on “Dreams & Bones”, the band completed a record that exhibited a raw and authentic quality in part thanks to an analog recording process. The record charted on CMJ charts across the country following its release in April 2010. While maintaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger continued making fans around the greater Midwest and extended markets by remaining arduous to the road performing over 150 dates in their first 18 months as a band. To add to the collection of videos online from their growing fan base, the band recently released a video for the live and radio favored “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Model Stranger – made up of Stephen Francis (vocals/guitar), Kevin James (bass) and Vincent Joseph (Drums) is the epitome of a DIY band.This rock trio has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with an impressive list of successful regional tours. In addition to sharing the stage with popular national acts such as Candlebox, Our Lady Peace, Local H, Neon Trees, and Sister Hazel, Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger also co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and played at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, Guinness Oyster Fest and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010, 2011.

Lyrics

Turn of the Century

Written By: Stephen Francis

Born broke, in a scent (innocent)
Yellow smoke, from a cigarette
Worst part isn’t over yet
Eyes glued on an accident
Handed down a broken crown
Handed down a tarnished crown
Keep quiet boy, don’t make a sound
Hold your tongue, don’t make a sound
Said I saw it with my own two eyes
Said I saw it with my own two eyes
The kind of thing to cut you down to size
The kind of love to cut you down to size
Momma grew up to be a faker
Daddy grew up to be a taker
Never saw it in your morning paper, It was news to me.

At the turn of the century, I was dancing with my misery
And I held her up for all to see
At the quarter of the century, I am flirting with my destiny
And she brings me down to my knees

Handed down a broken crown
Handed down a tarnished crown
Keep quiet boy, don’t make a sound
Hold your tongue, don’t make a sound
Said I saw it with my own two eyes
The kind of thing to cut you down to size
The kind of love to cut you down to size
Momma grew up to be a faker
Daddy grew up to be a taker

At the turn of the century, I was dancing with my misery
And I held her up for all to see
At the quarter of the century, I am flirting with my destiny
And at her I shout and I scream

At the turn of the century, I was dancing with my misery
And she’d pirouette for all to see
At the quarter of the century I am flirting with my destiny
And she brings me down to my knees
At the turn of the century there wasn’t much left in me
I found it hard to see
At a quarter of a century, there is still so much left in me,
And I need you to believe

Monster

Written By: Stephen Francis

There’s a monster in me
Let me warn you be careful
You won’t like what you see
I’m a monster, angry.

There’s a monster in me
Let me warn you it’s easy
You won’t like what you see
I’m a monster, I get angry.

That’s right.

Stop messing with me
I’ll destroy you be careful
You won’t like what you see
I’m a monster, angry.

Monster!

There’s a monster in me
When its time for the feeding
There is no beauty left in this beast
All the angels start screaming.

Monster!

Discography

A Boy & His Crown EP (2008)
Dreams & Bones (2010)
Live at the Double Door (2011)

Set List

A list of our Original Music:

Balance
Bottom
Carousel
Dreams And Bones
Eyes Half Open
Fire! Fire!
Monster
Operator
Paper in a Fire
Pushin' Pulling
Pretending/The Actor
Route 66
She Don't
Sound the Sirens
Spellbound
Stalemate
Stare
Suicide Violet
Sycophant
This is Love
The Last Time
Today is the Day
Turn of The Century
What You Are Looking For
Where Do We Go From Here?
You Only
Up All Night
I Will Run To You
Black Heart

A list of songs we've covered:

Ziggy Stardust
Hero
Time is Running Out
Corduroy
Tighten Up
Next Girl
Last Dance
Yer Blues
I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Don't Let Me Down
Time
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
Black
Rebel Rebel
Suffragette City
Everlong
Manic Depression
The Bucket
Hysteria
Psycho Killer
Seven Nation Army
American Girl
Ho Hey
Refugee