Neal Stryker & the Bandits

Neal Stryker & the Bandits

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Alternative Rock with a splash of Southern-Funk. Unique, yet familiar between the blend of the music and well-thought lyrics.

Biography

Neal Stryker & the Bandits began as a fun side project between Nick, Geoff, & his brother Doug (who makes occasional appearances on hand percussion). When playing for friends during the group’s inception, they were pleased to discover that their original songs brought about even better responses than cover songs. They were lucky to find that James and Daryl were available to bring drums and bass into the mix, and in the summer of 2004 the lineup was complete. The group soon found that each member’s ability to bring his own creativity into the song writing process gave every song a unique feel, with Funk, Folk, Pop, Soul, and Rock being the main influential styles. All the members have been friends and in various bands (some together) over the past 9 years, a bond that has helped them write and independently record songs at a steady pace. Since the band formed in mid-summer '04, they have played at various venues in Charleston, Spartanburg, & Greenville, SC. Currently NSB is working on their full-length debut album which will be independently released in late spring/early summer '05. Influences range widely amongst the members of the band, from classical music (due to James and Nick's classical training in piano, violin, and guitar) to artists of today such as Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Jeff Buckley and nearly everything in between. NSB puts a lot of thought into their songs both musically and lyrically, and the result is an ever-growing collection of music in which each song possesses a significantly different vibe.

Lyrics

Domestic Cans

Written By: Neal Stryker & the Bandits (Geoff Reid, Nick Miller, James Cromer, Daryl Gray)

Yeah I got a friend –
Songs remind him
Of nights and mornings
The former blinds him
With thoughts and phrases
Passed around the room
Like the sound of domestic cans
Raised and clanked together…
Oh never does he want
The night to end
He’s the host and
He’ll make the most
Of whatever the midnight brings
And if he had his way
I’d be there Late in the day –
Out on the porch we’d sing

Keep the liquid flowing
Keep the smoke cloud rolling
And when the band
Stops playing on the stereo
Well maybe, maybe it’s time to go

Yeah I’ve got a friend –
My songs remind him
Of a girl that he once knew
Oh if she could find him
He’d see the look in her eyes
As she smiles
When my friend
Says something clever
Oh never does he want
The night to end
He’s the host and he’ll
Make the most of whatever
The midnight brings
And if I had my way, I’d be
There late in the day
Out on the porch we’d sing…

Keep the liquid flowing
Keep the smoke cloud rolling
And when the band
Stops playing on the stereo
Well maybe, maybe
I don’t want to go
I don’t want to go

Yeah I’ve got a friend

Straight Ahead

Written By: Neal Stryker & the Bandits

Oh I’m overwhelmed by choices
God I’m losing focus
How do I pick the voices?
Please give me only one

I’m ten years behind the curve
Still searching for my perfect turn
Somehow I can’t stop squinting
In the sun…in the sun…in the sun

You’ve got me looking straight ahead girl
I’ve had you spinning, spinning to the side
Never was it my intention
I just want to hold you, hold you through the night

Yeah and just like me
You don’t know who you’d like to be
And we are a spiral, dizzy as I stare
At you at the top, I’m looking up
And all I ever see is the moonlight
Won’t you come down?
Come down…with me

You’ve got me looking straight ahead girl
I’ve had you spinning, spinning to the side
That’s not what I had meant girl
I just want to hold you, hold you through the night
Through the night…through the night

You’ve got me looking straight ahead girl
I’ve had you spinning, spinning to the side
Never was it my intention
I just want to hold you, hold you through the night

Oh I’m overwhelmed by choices
God I’m losing focus
How do I pick the voices?
Please give me only one

Temporary Insanity

Written By: Neal Stryker & the Bandits

Don’t wanna meet you
Don’t wanna meet you baby
Don’t wanna meet you
I’m scared you’re the one

Can’t sink my savings
Can’t sink my savings baby
Can’t sink my savings
Down one more illusion

I had a momentary lapse of sanity
And now it’s hitting me
I’ll never get back
Ten years of my life and I’m
Not so sure I want to
Waste anymore so take a step back

Don’t wanna meet you
Don’t wanna meet you baby
Don’t wanna meet you
I’m scared you’re the one

Can’t sink my savings
Can’t sink my savings baby
Can’t sink my savings
Down one more illusion

I think you’re looking fine
If I could make you mine
I’d take you home and do things to you
If this is temporary
Stop wasting my time ‘cos you’re
Looking scary it’s the rest of my life

Too late I’ve met you
Too late I’ve met you baby
Too late I’ve met you
And I think you’re the one

I’ve sunk my savings
I’m sinking baby
So please don’t tell me
This is an illusion

Discography

NSB have released 4 demos:
1. "Scattered, Smothered, & Shaved"
Tracks: Straight Ahead, Mental, Wasted Adoration
2. "Neal Stryker & the Bandits"
Tracks: Funkin' Roaches (live), Straight Ahead, Domestic Cans (live), Mental, Temporary Insanity (live), Wasted Adoration, Mama's Basement (live)
3. "Tan Year 'Round"
Tracks: Reason Free, Home, Domestic Cans, Wasted Adoration, Straight Ahead, Mental
4. "No Mercy"
Tracks: Temporary Insanity, Straight Ahead, Domestic Cans

"No Mercy" is available for download on Sonicbids and the official website, www.nealstrykerandthebandits.com" CD's are also available at live shows.

Set List

Most live performances tend to be 3+ hours longs, generally 3 sets between 45 minutes to 1 hour. NSB has over 20 original songs that they mix into the set with unique covers. From Hot Chocolate's "I Believe In Miricles" to Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic." From the Beatles "Saw You Standing There" to Jack Johnson's "Flake." Covers range from songs of the 50's to today, and several popular TV show theme songs get added into the mix. Given the opportunity, NSB would play solely original music, but based on venue requirements, for the moment, covers are a must. A complete typical set list can be found on the band's website.