More Than Lester

More Than Lester

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAlternativePop

Constructivist song form pulled straight from the architecture of an America blurring by the window of a tour bus. Hook driven with a quietly emotional vocal that fits neatly between Death Cab for Cutie and Ben Folds.

Biography

A while ago, when Seattle-based singer/songwriter Gino Scarpino found himself without a band or best friend, he took what few practical skills he could muster and got a job on the road. He left on his very first tour, a 13-month international whirlwind, not as an artist but as an assistant sound designer and one of 65 members of a Broadway touring company. Scarpino hid in the shadows of backstage hallways and lost himself in a blistering tour schedule while trying to re-figure out what he probably never knew in the first place. Whiskey-soaked chorus girls, dank basement dressing rooms, health nut “A-listers” and firetrap middle-of-nowhere motels chased with crack-of-dawn bus calls, bleak florescent hallways lined with indistinguishable doors and abusive night managers gave him a taste of “The Life”. Traveling like a rock star not as a rock star.

It wasn't until he arrived in New York that he actually felt inspired again. With more people on his block than in his hometown of Bellingham, WA, Scarpino’s lyrics started to change. The “day gig” was harder and more rewarding, bigger budget and higher risk, a mash of commercial midtown-feel good and one-man SoHo masterworks. His music changed as well; the art, sweat, and blood of six years spent working on and around other people’s sound helped recombine and redefined his own. With a new confidence of experience and humility of candor, More Than Lester was born.

From the Spaghetti Western bossa nova of “Where Have You Been” to the Noir Jazz pet sounds of “The Lower Education” More Than Lester’s debut recording The Great Equalizer features a depth of style rarely seen in a first effort. Meticulously produced, recorded, mixed, and multi-instrumentalized by Indie legend and Alternative Pop mainstay Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star), the constructivist song forms are pulled straight from the architecture of a fast-paced world blurring by the window of a tour bus.

Complete with love, sex, loneliness and a healthy dose of unforced perspective, More Than Lester’s The Great Equalizer is an extended run relational road show, the flat tire you're glad you got because you'd have never seen that desert sunset otherwise and the chill neighborhood bar that none of the tourists know about.

Lyrics

Everyone Smile

Written By: Scarpino/Hyatt/Westerfield

When you were taught that your education
Directly connected to your situation
That didn't stop you at all
Who woulda thought that your implementation
Revised to deprive you of your deprevation
Would fatten up and fall through
Just got the joke is on you
You shrug it off as a matter of course

CHORUS
You don't know what you
Don't wanna think about it
Or the like for a while
You don't know what you
Don't wanna care about it
But you do for a while
Can you make everyone smile

If you wait for the hesitation
You might miss the mischief in miscancellation
But what if you never call
Chalk it up to your messy notation
Suspended and suspect of supplementation
You know all of it's true
Did you do all you can do
You pick it up like you don't have a choice

CHORUS

Why does it have to be so weird
Life isn't half of what you want it to be

When you leave with your invitation
Remind me to finally define my relation
Do you know yet who knew
Understand overdue
Going down is the payment you make
Getting up was your only mistake

CHORUS

Where Have You Been

Written By: Scarpino/Hyatt

I will raise my hand
I'm about to question
What I understand
In silent conversation
Correct the situation
Falsify the charge
Confess there was a meaning
Then forget the feeling

Where have you been
All night
I'm turning in
Alright
In the morning we'll see
If it's not you it's me
Who should leave

Lead without the answer
Everyone believe
I can hear the laughter
Hiding in your last laugh lines
You can sing it backwards
Tell the truth to no one
Memorize the motion

Where have you been
All night
I'm turning in
Alright
If it's true what they say
In the popular phrase of the day
I'll see you later

Tell me honestly
Can you relate
if you know no one like you
Your busted
Are you terribly sorry
You waited
Are you sad
You entrusted

I will wring my hands
Waiting in the Station
Mariachi bands
advertise their nation
Secret destinations
And get away plans
Private expectations
Simple explanations

Where have you been
All night
I'm turning in
Alright
If it's true what they say
Then we're part of the problem
In the popular phrase of the day
I'll see you later

Everyone Smile

Written By: Gino Scarpino & Kevin Hyatt

When you were taught that your education
Directly connected to your situation
That didn’t stop you at all
Who would have thought that your implementation
Revised to deprive you of your deprivation
Would fatten up and fall through
Just got the joke is on you
You shrug it off as a matter of course

And you don’t
No what you
Don’t want to think about it
Or the like for a while
And you don’t
Who what you
Don’t want to care about it
But you do for a while
Can you make everyone smile

And if you wait for the hesitation
You might miss the mischief in mis-cancellation
So chalk it up to your messy notation
Suspended and suspect of supplementation
And you know all of it’s true
Did you do all you can do
You pick it up like you don’t have a choice

CHORUS

Why does it have to be so weird
Life isn’t half of what you want it to be

And when you leave with your invitation
Remind me to finally define my relation
And do you know yet who knew
Understand overdue
Going down is the payment you make
Getting up was your only mistake

CHORUS

The Lower Education

Written By: Gino Scarpino & Kevin Hyatt

I took the offer
I could hardly wait
Is your opinion
Moments too late
Thats my one stupid question

I fill the spaces
I like I don't care
Does your reaction
Say I was there
All alone in the answer

Talk about somebody else
And not yourself
You're not yourself
Nothing I do here can help
You help yourself
You're not yourself

I take the witness
Like an awkward sign
Read me the rapture
Tell me the time
I resent what you're after

BRIDGE

CHORUS X 2

Cause I'm

Written By: Gino Scarpino & Kevin Hyatt

Cosmic cry baby says she don't know
Why the bruises don't show
Drug store marathon what did you see
When you thought it was me
I'd like to know

You could never spin the world around for someone else
Stop and think for just a second you could help yourself
You could say
Anything you say to me that way OK
Cause I'm

Big top serenade don't make a sound
When the ashes fall down
Small town attitude don't make it right
In the sand you draw lines
I'd like to know

CHORUS

SOLO

I'd Like to know
I'd Like to Know

CHORUS

You could never spin the world around for someone else
Stop and think for just a second you could help yourself
You could say
Anything you say to me that way OK
I could build a wall to hide it all
But will you want it when it's in your way
Cause I'm
OK

Misdirection

Written By: Gino Scarpino & Kevin Hyatt

Catch me on a Saturday
Tell me any other way
Cause you could find a friend to run around
Anywhere you wanna in this town
Everybody's got a train to make
I admit this big mistake
Telling me you never like to lie
I don't get that kind of alibi

Sweet misdirection
A month of protection
Is my affection so bad
I get the feeling
No one is feeling
Am I revealing I'm glad
Is that a fact

Amy was a book shop girl
Who didn't turn me down
She smiled at me
She took from me
Amy be my mixed up world
Until they stick me in the ground
Kiss my head as if to say
You could want me everyday

CHORUS

I have information
I will not regret
You have to be
I have expections
I do not forget
You've got to me
Honestly
Can you tell me why you can't

Freeway
Late night
Down left
Upright resume
and another round
Amy is a mixed up girl
Who never takes the train
And I taxi out
And I leave the ground

CHORUS

Undispositioned

Written By: Gino Scarpino & Kevin Hyatt

I understand
But I've got some stupid reason
I believe in
So I'm leaving you
I've made my plan
With the optionairey bullshit
and the fiction I've been feeding you
I think you can
Take a look at all the reason
I believe in
What I'm getting at
I'm where I stand
I'm preplanned
I'm prepared
Undispositioned
I'm not fair
I don't care

I want my way
But the situation's sinking
And there's nothing more I want to say
This dog has day
But the notice that I'm getting
Gets me nothing and I'm noticing
I'm on display
I'm prepaid
I'm prepared
Undispositioned
I'm not fair...

I won't make up to you
I'd need instructions to
I won't be ready next time
Write me a letter
Make me the matter
Follow me I'm right behind

I'm preplanned
I'm prepared
Undispositioned
I'm not there
I don't stare
Undispositioned
I'm not fair
I don't dare
I don't care

Outside Your Share

Written By: Gino Scarpino & Kevin Hyatt

Complicated
This reflection
Inundated with outward pride
Overstated missed conception
Pragmatic protest
And poetic lies
You make the meeting
And I'll make it my fault instead
You band the back board
And I'll bet I'm better in bed

Contemplative
No mistaking
Maybe misery makes up my mind
This invasive
Give and taking
And passive persistence permit me to try
You fake the feeling
And I'll fake the fear that you fed
You save your secrets
And I'll say it's something you said

You can do anything
You swear
You don't know anything
Outside your share
That's fair
I hate you too

Did you lately
Disrespect your
Did addiction dig under that door
Is the system set up like this for
Indistinguishing what you want more

You can do anything
You swear
You don't know anything
Outside your share
That's fair
I hate you too

Hate That You Agree

Written By: Gino Scarpino, Daniel Anderson & Kevin Hyatt

All the waiting and bashful surprise
All the baiting and
Hesitation
Your conviction describes your disguise
You can't
You can't

This increasingly somber display
Are the lines in your scrap book bible
Disintegrating you write your reply
You can't
You can't

Who gets the look in your eyes
(This otherwise silly example of love gets me down)
You be this aint a surprise
(If you didn't know)
This impossible day
Disregarding the awkward attraction
This forgettable play
And the part they reject your reaction

Got a reason
ought to go
And hate that you agree

Brilliant traced you fight what you mean
Your excitement is sweet and inviting
All the spaces you cry in between
You can't
You can't
With a focused and frantic embrace
And the feeling you might surrender
Your resistance has yet to replace
You can't
You can't

Who get's the look in your eyes
(This otherwise silly example of love gets me down)
You be this aint a surprise
(If you didn't know)
This impossible day
Disregarding the awkward attraction
This forgettable play
And the part they reject your reaction

Got a reason
ought to go
And hate that you agree

About the Last Year

Written By: Gino Scarpino & Kevin Hyatt

Will you take me home
If you could only see
You would take me home
I will set you free
Ooo oh uh oh
I have worked for
I have waited for
I have wasted last year

That’s not easy to say
About the last year
It’s been hard enough to play
Our little play
About the last year

Will you leave me go
If you were meant to be
You will leave me go
I will let you leave
Ooo oh uh oh
I have looked to
I have listened to
I have left for you
I have lost for last year

CHORUS

I want things back
All of this vinyl is mine
I remember everything
I won’t relax
I will take offense in kind
I complain of anything it’s clear
About the last year

SOLO

CHORUS
CHORUS

Discography

The Great Equalizer - 2011 Joralemon House

Set List

"A" Set: 50 min.
Where Have You Been
Undispositioned
Outside Your Share
Baby You're the One
Misdirection
Everyone Smile
Something (J. Lennon, P. McCartney)
'Cause I'm
Anything Easy
Lonely are the Brave
About the Last Year

"B" Set (acoustic): 30 min.
Where Have You Been
Everyone Smile
Outside Your Share
Misdirection
Anything Easy
Lonely are the Brave
About the Last Year