Pedestal

Pedestal

BandAlternativePop

A sonic semblance of Rush, Evanescence, and Smashing Pumpkins. A totally "now" sound, with a nod to retro 80s new wave but a clear, modern pop-rock drive.

Biography

Pedestal's Bio

On July 15, 2005, Virginian-Pilot Music Reviewer Jeff Maisey declared the rock/pop band Pedestal a record label's dream, and with good reason. Pedestal's hot new sound, a blending of Trip Hop and Techno with a rock rhythm section and a topping of harmony-rich melodic vocals, is catching plenty of attention these days.

Lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter John Conkle formed the band, which also features Jennifer Severo (vocals, keys), and Chidori Matsumoto (drums, back-up vocals).

While stirring lyrics and harmony-rich melodies are Pedestals hallmark, they are also recognized as dynamic live performers. An emotional intensity is present in each movement, expression, and nuance the band projects.

Pedestal's first album, Replenishment, a fully collaborative effort, was released in July of 2005 to critical acclaim. "Replenishment" is a sonic semblance of Rush (Blink of an Eye), Evanescence (Fade and Judas), and Smashing Pumpkins (Head in Your Clouds), Jeff Maisey, music reviewer for the Virginian-Pilot, said. The 10 tracks have a totally "now" sound, with a nod to retro 80s new wave but a clear, modern pop-rock drive. [Replenishment is] a ready-made product produced as well as any Billboard-charting album," Maisey added. And in a December 30 article, Maisey said that Pedestal was a band to watch in 2006. Pedestal's style is accessible enough to capture the interest of the music industry executives they'll be shopping their product to," Maisey said.

On the merits of this first release, their impressive original repertoire, prolific songwriting skill, and their 2006 nomination for "best pop/rock band" and "album of the year" by Portfolio magazine, Pedestal now plans to expand to West and East Coast venues in support of their full-length follow up album, "Human Race". Conkle and Severo, co-wrote the album, which was released in February of 2007. Human Race is more edgy and raw than the group's debut album. Several of the songs, such as Police State, and State of the Union are lyrical essays on the human condition in the twenty-first century. The album offers up songs of hope as well; Beautiful World, Newborn and Human Race promote the message that the human spirit cannot be destroyed.

For more info about Pedestal, please visit www.pedestalmusic.com

Lyrics

My Beautiful World

Written By: John Conkle

Here I stand • Together as one whole • Emotions intact • Something I can’t control
Heros had the balance to speak—together as one soul • Illusions only balance the weak • Eventually they’ll know
Chorus: Beautiful world has gone away • Nothing but the truth will bring it back again
Nothing i do • Can erase what’s been done • Live in the now • I’ve only just begun
To follow all the lessons of truth • How deep will i go • How will the new story begin • Will it ever end • Chorus

Human Race

Written By: John Conkle / Jennifer K. Severo

Broken world • All these promises fade away • Reaching out to a human heart­—anyway
Chorus: After all we’ve been through • The mess that we were born into • It’s the birth of the human race
Here we are • There’s no accidents • Take my hand • They don’t speak for the rest of us—in the end
After all we’ve been through • The anger we were born into • It’s the birth of the human race
After all we’ve been through • The terror we were born into • It’s the birth of the human race

Rearrange

Written By: John Conkle

Been lost without a chance • Because my life’s been rearranged
Another 40 years • That’ll make my life complete
Still you leave so quiet now • All and all things are still the same
Another right I can wrong • Just to be the one that I need to be
Chorus: You said you’d release me • You said you’d free me
Been lost without a chance • No time to make it right
Hold all your innocence down • Just to find out the reasons why
Still you leave so quiet now • All and all things are still the same
Borderline that I cannot cross • Just to be the one that I need to be • Chorus

State of The Union

Written By: John Conkle

I’ve had enough • Of your price • For our liberty—you know
I’ve had enough • Of your airplanes—crashing in buildings • You know you’re going to reap what you sow
Chorus: I don’t believe in your state of the union
I’ve had enough of your bankers • Turning my dollars into cents
I’ve had enough of your deficit • Paying interest on money that doesn’t exist
What else did you miss in your state of the union
Something is very wrong here • When wars are created by deception and fear
Your so-called terrorists are our peaceful antagonists • At least that’s what it says in your patriot act
Feeding us from the hands of your media • Homeland security¬—microchip—global idea
To live in one house and pay for three • No more • My reality has changed • Now I can see

Falling Down On Me

Written By: John Conkle

I think it’s possible—do you think it’s possible • Fall, falling down on me
I think I’ll run away—do you want to run away with me • Fall, falling down on me
Chorus: You think that nobody has your number • And all they want is to make you choose
Between a life that can bring you something •Something that you’re not afraid to lose
If you want to we can hit the road today
I think it’s happening—do you think it’s happening • Fall, falling down on me
I think I’ll run away—do you want to run away with me • Fall, falling down on me
You think that nobody has your number • And all they want is to make you choose
Between a life that can bring you something • Something that you’re not afraid to lose
Well i can tell you that it’s not your problem • But you will only hear what you believe
If you want to we can hit the road today

I Won't Tell

Written By: John Conkle / Jennifer K. Severo / David Brown

Honey please don't go
Just stay
Her eyes were dark and cold
As she turned away
Called her name out loud
As she fell to the floor
She never looked so beautiful before
And they knew they were fighting a battle
Please don't leave me they both said
And they knew that they'd hurt each other
Again and again and again

Can we make it?
Tell me can we make it

Lifting me up
When I'm going to extremes
We'll keep it right here
Within this room they cannot see
When we're coming apart at the seams
And our world has come undone
We won't tell

Mirrors in your eyes
I know you well
When I look into you, you know I see myself
Held each other close as they fell to the floor
They never felt so innocent before
And they knew they were fighting a battle
Please don't leave me they both said
And they knew that they'd hurt each other
Again and again and again

Discography

Replenishment (LP- 2005)
Human Race (LP- 2007)

Regular play on radio stations, including:

FM99 (WNOR- Norfolk, VA),
ODU College Radio (WODU- Norfolk, VA)
96X (WROX- Chesapeake, VA)
Madd Radio (maddradio.com- Chicago, IL)
ROCK 104 (WRUF- Gainesville, FL)
MIX 101.5 (WRAL- Raleigh, NC)

Set List

Our set list consists of original music and some covers. Our length in set depends on the gig requirements. We can go anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours.

New material is always being added. The following list is from the album Replenishment:

Blink of an eye
Shore Drive
Fade
Voices Carry (Till Tuesday)
Head in your clouds
Judas
Stand on your own
Here Comes The Rain Again (The Eurythmics)
Replenishment
Life of the Town
Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac)
Start to Fetish
I Won't Tell
Only The Lonely (The Motels)
Human Race
Police State
Crash This Car
Daughter
Falling Down On Me
My Beautiful World
State Of The Union
Rearrange
Newborn
Long Way Down