Nobility Obliged

Nobility Obliged

 Tempe, Arizona, USA
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Nobility Obliged is a band from Phoenix, mixing melodic, ambient, and electronic elements to create a progressive rock sound. With an intriguing look, passionate performance and haunting vocals, Nobility Obliged is worth your attention.

Biography

Nobility Obliged is an innovative band from the Phoenix area. As a group, we have been playing together for many years and in the past year or so have truly set comfortably into our own unique sound. Writing, practicing and recording out of a single house, our music has evolved into a casual yet sophisticated sort. The music is a part of our everyday life.
We recently released an EP which is commercially available worldwide thru various distributors. The 5 original tracks on the EP hint to the great material we have coming out on our full length in spring '09. It is our hope that our music will not only catch the ear and move people with the beat, but that the entire piece would affect emotions, and offer deeper intrigue in the ideas expressed. We take our songwriting seriously, and with pride. While offering melodic and gripping guitar riffs, along with moving beats, ambient layers, and vocal landscapes, the songs really draw people in while evading the mundane. Some have referred to our music as haunting and addictive. Our music is influenced with hints of Radiohead, Oasis, Sigur Ros, and Death Cab for Cutie; some of our heroes.

Over the past years of playing, we have found that our transient sound translates to diverse audiences all over. As Nobility Obliged, we already have extensive performing experience, playing for crowds around the United States, Europe and South America. We are looking forward to increasing our exposure and promoting our new material in the coming seasons. As a band, we feel that music is the most powerful form of emotional expression, and we cherish the opportunity and platform to use it.

Lyrics

Underground

Written By: Joshua Toole

You can’t see them talkin’
but it murmurs through the walls
keepin’ tabs on all your progress

you have been the ones they’ve squandered
an industry of fear
in what started off as hours
and days turned in to years

but you don’t even know
that the country that you lived in
is buried dead and gone
yeah the walls caved in around them

who will be the ones you call
you can try and find your homes
they won’t be the ones
cause they won’t be there anymore

they will trade your lives for dollars
give your souls for gold
doin what they can to keep you
underground

and they’ll make you think and make you do
what they want

but this war’s gone cold
and you don’t know, you don’t even know

who will be the ones you call
you can try and find your homes
we won’t be the ones you call
we won’t try and find your homes

Mister Insider

Written By: Joshua Toole

I’m waiting for the world to change my mind
i rise and fall

I’m chasing a love that I can’t find
something I can feel

and all these vices run thru our veins
but that’s not the way it’s suppose to be
mister insider what’s your name?

I’m painting on a canvas I can’t hide
can you see me?

we’re all waiting on the world to change our minds
we rise and fall

and all these vices run thru our veins
but that’s not the way it’s suppose to be
that’s not the way it’s suppose to be
mister insider what’s your name?

and I want to know
I want to see
the difference between you and me
and I want to know
I want to see
the difference between you and me
I wanna to know
I wanna see

Praha

Written By: Joshua Toole

take the pieces that have fallen apart
rearrange em make em pretty again
by the morning time i will be gone
do what you want
i can’t go on...no i can’t go on...

waiting around, wasting my time
that’s how I know it’s true, i need you
but i’ve had all i can take

snap your fingers and I’ll disappear
wherever I like, whatever I need
light up a smoke, get on on a train
make a quick escape
cause I can’t go on...

waiting around, wasting my time
that’s how I know it’s true, i need you
but i’ve had all i can take

but everyone’s here, and no one really leaves
and why would they want to
yeah why would they want to
why would we want to
there is nothing else
no there is nothing else

but waiting around wasting our time
that’s why I know it’s true
I need you
and that’s all I can take

Tired

Written By: Joshua Toole

we don’t need to celebrate all the good times
I was always so tired

pass over the empty graves and all the memories
I should not remember

say goodbye
to the likes of me
cause this is not what I thought it would be

you’re voice was always pushing me
away
your love just brought me so close

say goodbye
to the likes of me
cause this is not
what I thought it would be
i don’t know
if this is what i believe

Operator

Written By: Joshua Toole

operator operator
where you at tonight?
can you take it all away
just take it all away

take one piece out it all comes crashing down

crumpled maps of printed places
fold 'em into paper aeroplanes
it won't make it better
there's no grand escape tonight

don't wanna talk about it
take it all away
just take it all away    

take one piece out it all comes crashing down

dusting off old photo albums
memories in your parents house
memories you can't relive it
your past just won't repeat itself
you gotta do it on your own

take one piece out it all comes crashing down

dirty mugs, empty bottles
you took it out on your coffee table
where are you calling from?
operator operator

i can't talk right now
just take it all away tonight
there's no grand escape tonight

Discography

Kite Balloon (2011)
Nobility Obliged EP (2008)
A Thousand Spires (2007)
Nothing We Create Seems to Last EP (2005)

Set List

Our set lists have varied in length, here is a list of our songs:

Underground
Mister Insider
Tired
Praha
Operator
Don't Forget
Nigh Bird
Storybook Ending
Liberation
Abolition Song
Intervention
Beginning to See
Faithful
Control
Disintegration

COVERS:

Heart of the Matter
Wonderwall
Unravel
All is Full of Love
Idioteque
Machine Head
Glycerine
One
Street Spirit