Orion Pax

Orion Pax

 Palatine, Illinois, USA
BandRockAlternative

Our drummer refers to the drumming styles of Dream Theater, Rush, and Vinnie Colaiuta. Our bassist is self taught and is influenced by Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots. Our guitarist likes Over the Rhine, Stavesacre and Flyleaf. We call this combination of talents heavy folk alternative.

Biography

Orion Pax got together in it's current form in the spring of 2006. Brad has had both rock and classical guitar training, and loves bands like Over the Rhine, Stavesacre, and Flyleaf. Once upon a time, he got his Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance, but that was a lifetime ago. He has been singing rock, pop, and gospel for the last 5 years. Jeff has been in several bands over the years and is mostly self-taught, but counts among his influences Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple pilots.
Brad and Jeff had been playing together casually for a few years when Joel sauntered in and helped focus their sound and get the band moving. Joel has a degree in classical percussion, but consistently refers to the drumming styles of Dream Theater, Rush, and Vinnie Colaiuta.
Our song writing style focuses on lyrics thick with meaning, whether serious or comedic. Our musical style is hard to describe, as we tailor the music to each song; our slow songs tend to have complex drum parts behind wide-range bass lines and a mildly folk influenced guitar part. Our upbeat songs use more percussive and distorted guitar parts, with driving bass and drum parts.
For lack of a better term, we call this Heavy Folk Alternative.

Lyrics

Diaphanous

Written By: Brad Archer

you let me sleep
under blankets dark and deep
against your will
I burrow deeper still

and in myself I feel safe
I feel strong

and the world whirls around me
I try to stand
I stand to fall
and when I fall, I cry

I turn away
although you beg me stay
so you draw near
and I lash out in fear

My frenzied fight leaves you cut
leaves you scarred

and the world whirls around me
I try to stand
I stand to fall
and when I fall, I cry
then I feel your arms around me
you help me kneel
I learn to crawl
and when I crawl, I fly

against the dread
I lift my buried head
and turn my eyes
up to the burning skies

diaphanous, I dissapate
you give me weight

Prove Me Wrong

Written By: Brad Archer

if you hear me crying will you come before I fall?
have you moved so far away you cannot hear me call?
can I count on you to catch me?
Should I try to catch myself?
Is there any hope you'll keep me from sliding off this shelf?

What can I get out of you?
not what I'm expecting to.
what do you want out of me?
would I be afraid to see where we're going,
where you're leading, how much of your blood I'm bleeding?

If you see me coming will you try to run away?
Is there no where I could go where you would want to stay?
Should I count on you to leave me?
Should I expect to see you gone?
I assume you'll disappoint me,
will you try to prove me wrong?

Blood seeps out of every pour
but I'm expecting you to give me more.
It's not about the price you pay
it's with how much I can get away.

If I start believing will you finally grant me peace?
If I cease in doubting will you help me find release?
Can I let go of my worry?
Will you help me fight my fear?
when I cannot see you
how do I know you're near?

Intent

Written By: Brad Archer and Josh Wheeler

Stopped today, stood awake,
a life succumbs to the world once more
moved today away
Thought today, I will remain,
gridlock keeps me with its pace
Looking on

All the clouds drift on obscuring, I stopped today
And all the clouds, they mock my turning,
I stopped today
All the clouds drift on obscuring
And all the clouds, they mock my turning

Stop today, stand away
A life gives up on the world once more
Put today away
Lost today and I remain
Speeding onward, bleeding grace
Looking on

All the clouds drift on obscuring, I stopped today
And all the clouds, they mock my turning, I stopped today
All the clouds drift on obscuring
And all the clouds, they mock my turning
But I see their lining

Stopped and turned around so I could see
The shackles, manacles surrounding me
Thethings that never seem to let me free
And blind me from whats true
And just when I cant take it anymore
I hear a still small rapping at the door
And painfully pull myself across the floor
Just hoping that its you.

Stop today, stand awake,
a life wakes up and sees the world,
onward today
I think today, I will remain,
leading traffic, setting pace,
Looking on

Seeing is Believing

Written By: Brad Archer

My realized forgotten dreams

Sunlight slides through the seams

of an essence belied.

Drowned in a flood of dust dry tears

My sudden lack of fear

has got me terrified

you said that you were real

I didn’t believe

You said I’d refuse to heal

I didn’t believe

You said you’d help me feel.

I didn’t believe

seeing is believing

Seeing is believing

My upset apple cart of life

My misanthropic strife

Guilt crawls, forgiveness flies

Working through an unearned grace

Running a broken legged race

Gold coins on dying eyes

you said that you would stay

I didn’t believe

You said I’d run away

I didn’t believe

You said you’d always save the day

I didn’t believe

seeing is believing

Seeing is believing

I believe because I see

What you put in front of me

But now I see

It’s better to not see and still believe

It’s better to believe in the unseen

Close my eyes

Close my eyes

You said you’d wait for me

You said eventually

I’d say “let your will be.”

I didn’t believe

I didn’t believe.

Oxydized

Written By: Brad Archer

Blue Eyes, Red Hair

Why do you think I’ll ever care

About anything other than me?

Your ideals lack sincerity

They’re truths that I can’t clearly see

Through the lies I advertise

Blue Eyes, Brown Hair

This image that you’ve formed so far

Seems to travel fairly well

My adherence to complacency

Yet may land me square in hell

At least I’ll have good company.

You can’t change me

You can’t change me

Eventually you’ll have to see

You can’t change me.

Blue eyes, Blond hair

You really shouldn’t touch me there

You really don’t know where it’s been

Your pursuit of constant company

Encourages my starving sin

and tears your tender heart apart

You can’t change me

You can’t change me

Eventually you’ll have to see

You can’t change me.

Poke at me, Prod at me

Let me betray your trust

Then you’ll see

That I’m simply

A life infused with rust

Discography

Demo only at this time. includes the songs Diaphanous, Prove me Wrong, and Intent.
We have music streaming at:
http://www.orionpax.net
and
http://www.myspace.com/orionpaxband

Set List

Diaphanous
Prove me Wrong
Intent
Inside
After the Blaze
Just Another Face
Oxidized
Goodbye Thing
(the blinding light of) Twilight
Seeing is Believing
Instant Gratification (rarely works in matters of love)
Anamnesis
Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
Crawling - Linkin Park
Karma Police - Radiohead
The Promise - When In Rome
The Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel

We have over an hour of music, and we are adding to the list constantly.