Our Lady of the Highway

Our Lady of the Highway

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WAS IT ANGER OR LOVE THAT CREATED OUR LADY OF THE HIGHWAY? WAS IT LOVE’S REGRET OR JUST THE GIDDY THRILL OF REVENGE? THEY SING THE QUIET PARTS WITH EYES CLOSED BUT DANCE THROUGH THE SAD REFRAINS. THEIR NEW CD IS A SHORT STORY CALLED “KILL YOU WITH NUMBERS.”

Biography

Dominic East, the leader of San Francisco’s Our Lady of the Highway is a great polarizer. People either love or hate the way his voice refuses to sit politely in the mix as he sings about ending, parting, and dancing with words that are not always friendly. Out of East’s mouth songs become a hunt for treasured details that twist the knife a little more – you revel in each detail with him as sadness becomes a sideways joy.

A short and distinguished list of songwriters can land this trick; Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes) can do it and so can Morrissey. The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle can as well. Add Dominic East to the list; he’s made it his own. Even people who don’t listen to the lyrics always remember the singer (and sometimes just for the reckless happiness with which the band delivers the songs). This doesn’t make for a safe music, but accompanied by Mie Araki (drums/percussion/keyboards) and Andrew Gerhan (bass/electric guitar) Our Lady of the Highway makes insistent, layered and emotional rock & roll.

“Kill You with Numbers” - Our Lady of the Highway’s third full length, is their best yet. The songs are built upon taut acoustic guitars, layered with frozen synthesizers and suddenly explode in a hornet’s nest of electric guitar stabs. Opener “Go Home” dives right into the cold water with a transplant to the big city alone and suddenly feeling the coldness of his adopted streets. Single “I Get the Sense” is a determined and menacing anthem laden with sarcasm and threats that may or may not be empty, and finale “Mercy”, a duet with Lisa, wife of Rogue Wave front man Zach, is a plea as cool and ultimately unhinged as Bowie’s “Heroes”. These numbers are sure to kill.

Lyrics

I Get the Sense

Written By: Dominic East

"...I get the sense you don't remember these things quite like I do: it was raining, it was a Tuesday, you wore green. I'll cripple you, again...”

Nothing Good

Written By: Dominic East

“...I'll buy you one last round of regret and steal a kiss, but you're right, nothing good can come from this...”

Mercy

Written By: Dominic East

“...I'm not gonna crack this time, I won't bleed this time, I won't leave. It's harder than I thought it'd be, and you're harder than I thought you'd be, at least you're
smarter than me...”

Discography

Kill You With Numbers - 2006
Beauty Won't Save Us This Year - 2005
About Leaving - 2003

Set List

Typical set: 30-60 minutes

Reprise (Go Home)
Nothing Good
She Sees Through Me
Pretend We're Dead
I Get the Sense
Pride
Go Home
Mercy
Elegant
Stops
Friday Night
Brown Dress

We can play happily in both quiet/mellow or loud/rock settings