Pete Sanchez

Pete Sanchez

 New York City, New York, USA
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Biography

"Pete Sanchez is a band, not a person, and they play atmospheric rock with arrestingly dark chords and a slightly sleazy edge." -Rafer Guzman, Newsday.

Formed as an experiment in 2005 and comprised of two sets of brothers (Sean and Scott along with Brian and George), Pete Sanchez is a hard rock band with a distinctly modern edge. They place a heavy emphasis on songwriting, and as drummer Brian Wolf explains, "[They] strive to make music that people can both feel and think about." In 2007, their debut EP, "Walk On The Sun," was independently released. It created a strong buzz on the local Long Island, NY scene, attracting the attention of music critics and fans alike. In an issue of Good Times Magazine, the band was featured with an interview entitled "Pete Sanchez; Living With The Hype." In that interview, lead singer George Wolf commented on the sudden notoriety - "It really all happened overnight. We woke up one morning and we were in the newspaper, and people were talking about our album." The band kept up a rigorous gigging schedule over the next year, and before long, went from playing in small, nondescript bars to gigging at venues like The Crazy Donkey, The Continental, Mulchahy's, Crash Mansion, and The Trash Bar. Along the way, they opened for national acts Keith Caputo of Life of Agony and Nine Days. During this time they also began to look ahead to their next project, the full-length record "Raccoon Maisy."

The making of "Raccoon Maisy" was a period of immense growth for the band as they set out to follow up "Walk On The Sun" with a record that would demonstrate the band's evolution in both songwriting and sound. In an interview on Rick Eberle's Unlabeled radio show, guitarist Scott Bruno recalled the two and a half year recording process of "Raccoon Maisy" as "a real roller coaster ride. We were at each other's throats half the time, but the good thing was that we never stopped learning from the experience and we really managed to grow together as a band quite a bit." In 2010, the recording process was finally completed and the long-awaited album was ready for release. Thrilled with the final product, bassist Sean Bruno credits the band's unwavering focus and a helping hand from producer Tom Cavanagh for achieving the sound the band was looking for. "We essentially set out to make a great Rock record and through all the setbacks and growing pains none of us ever lost sight of that." 2010 also saw the release of the band's first video, an animated short for the track Banjo Song. A second video, for the song Braindead, is currently in the works, as are demos for the band's third official recording. Hopefully, both projects will reach fruition in 2011!

Lyrics

Worst Song Ever

Written By: Pete Sanchez

Hey I’ve got an idea
It’s the idea of the year
Came to me late last night
Like a vulture in flight
We’re gonna copy a clone
I said let’s copy a clone
We aint’ got time for unknowns
Cuz no one buy’s an unknown
Feel free, buy three
Consolidation is in
Let the best business win
And wipe the little ones out
With what’s popular now
Or what was popular then
If it was popular then
We’ll resurrect as a trend
We’re resurrecting a trend
Thanks to all the people
Predictable and lame
The formulas that work will
Determine what gets made
Feel free, buy three
The internet is a scourge
This rampant theft is absurd
We’ve sprung a billion leaks
Somebody call the police
We need to innovate now
Does anybody know how?
Mayday we’re going down
Mayday we’re going down
Thanks to all the people
Predictable and lame
The formulas that work will
Determine what gets made
So what if it’s hackneyed?
So what if it’s worse?
We’re in this to make money
In case you haven’t heard
Fucking radio sucks
Yet they can’t get enough
And who can resist
A good media blitz
Not you
Formulas for profits
And minimizing risk
Attacking target markets
With calculated hits
It’s a sorry state of music
It doesn’t get much worse
Then greedy opportunists
Controlling what gets heard

School

Written By: Pete Sanchez

The choice is yours
It’s up to you
May I suggest
That you pay your dues
You’re in a game
And games have rules
The safest play
Is to stay in school
Cuz if you don’t
What will you do
How will you prove
That you can handle
Boredome, deadlines
Pressure, no time
In the end I’d rather waste my
Mind
I’ll waste my mind
I’ll wander off
And live a life of crime
Or I could try
Certificate, prerequisite
For life
Well don’t you want success?
And how about happiness?
A house with property
To raise a family
You need to get ahead
To stand out from the rest
Just do your fucking best
Now go ace every test
Overgraded, uncreative
Education slowly wasting
Minds
I’ll waste my mind
I’ll wander off
And live a life of crime
Or I could try
Certificate, prerequisite
For life
Have discipline
Maybe Ritalin will help you focus
And put some effort in
That’s no easy thing
When you’re so damn
Bored
Free
I’m finally free
To wander off
And do what’s best for me
Everybody give me a hand
I’ve got certificates
And no clue who I am

Braindead

Written By: Pete Sanchez

A speck in constant motion
Begins to think
Comes up with different notions
That try to bring
Order to chaos
Faith settles in
The science is unnerving
Cast down on stories we’ve been told
But even more disturbing is
Those who claim to know
Without question
How it unfolds
I can’t accept
That it would all be over
If my brain was dead
As for what comes next
Thank God I’m too distracted
To think of it
Surrounded by forever
The edge of space is speeding up
Will it come back together
Can we buy enough time
To never ever give up
I can’t accept
That it would all be over
If my brain was dead
As for what comes next
Thank God I’m too distracted
To think of it
And it fries my head
I’ve had enough
I can’t express
How deeply sorry I am
To tell you this
But your brain is dead
And you were to distracted
To think of it

Bullshit

Written By: Pete Sanchez

Where the hell should I start
Static clogging up my thoughts
Narrow-mindedness, fake kindness,
Self-absorption, frozen hearts
Empathy shouldn't be so hard to achieve
For once forget about yourself
Put on the shoes of someone else
Uptight time bomb
Set to snap, can't be calm
Nervous twitching, brooding, bitching
Spreading panic false alarms
Here's my hand, slap your face
For your own fucking sake
And for the sake of those around you
Cause you're giving them headaches

I see you

Arrogance fucking stinks
Swollen pigheads wearing grins
Smugly living in oblivion
Entirely convinced
Condescending fucking fools
Seriously, fuck you
There's so much you'll never learn
Cause in your heart you're insecure
Judge a cover by the book
How much effort do you put
Into knowing people's stories
Past assumptions based on looks
Superficiality, simple-minded bigotry
Congratulations, you're shallow
That's a symptom of stupidity

I'm done shoveling your
Bullshit, bullshit
I'm done shoveling your
Bullshit, bullshit

Censor this, censor that
Censorship's a load of crap
Bunch of dinosaurs, self-righteous bores
Too paranoid to laugh
Your reign's at an end
There's a massive interweb
That's so far beyond your reach
Your crusade's obsolete
Move along from the past
Petty grudges shouldn't last
Stubbornness, inflexibility
Is what defines an ass
It's a waste of energy to belabor history
It takes two fucking steps
First forgive then forget

I'm done shoveling your
Bullshit, bullshit
I'm done shoveling your

I'd like you all to listen
I've got some great advice
Consider it a given
Bullshit's a fact of life
Stop blaming the conditions
They're hardly ever right
There's nothing worse than quitting
Except not even trying

The truth in self-awareness
May be hard to digest
But in the name of fairness
And out of respect
Let's tear ourselves to pieces
Let's meet ourselves head-on
Find comedy in weakness
And learn from being wrong

Delay

Written By: Pete Sanchez

Meet the family
A mom, dad, a boy and a girl
No one talks because
They're living in different worlds
In different times
They can not relate
So they don’t even try
It’s a shame
Ok…
First up the parents
Ready or not here they come
Lead by example
Turn experience into wisdom
A fucking show some respect
To what matters to them
What’s going on in their heads

May it grow, and grow
May the gap just grow and grow
May the old keep getting old
And we’ll keep on moving forward

Next up the children
The future is in your hands
Question everything you don’t fully understand
But please don’t think
That you’ve got it all figured out
Trying to run when you just started to crawl

May it grow, and grow
May the gap just grow and grow
May the young learn from the old
And we’ll keep on moving forward

Every generation
Owes appreciation
To what’s been building
And where it goes

May it grow, and grow
May the gap just grow and grow
May the young become the old
And we’ll keep moving forward

Banjo Song

Written By: Pete Sanchez

Welcome all in need of a break
A brief liberation, are you trying to escape from something
Maybe you’re stressed, or bored, or in pain
Well we’ve got the cures to make it all go away
Happiness is fleeting at best
That’s one second flowing then gone the next moment
You have to heighten the peaks while they last
And come back for comfort when the party is dead

Now go on and try some
Experimentation is your right
But what goes up has to come down
You’d best keep one foot on the ground

Bless your heart for daring to live
For not heeding warnings, for doing your own thing
You don’t have to accept your life as it is
It takes and it takes till you got nothing to give

We are here for you, come back whenever you want
It’s all about perception, your mind can turn hell to heaven
We will help you perceive that nothing is wrong
Forget all your problems, let your bygones be gone
Don’t listen, he’s lying
Promising only good times
When he will chew you up
He’ll spit you out
So don’t be so damn proud

Half truths are half lies
I know there’s a much darker side
I might be fine, I might go down
I’ll keep one foot back on the ground

You’ll be back

Weed

Written By: Pete Sanchez

I'm tripping out
I'm flipping out
I'm wandering
I'm blurred
I've fallen in
I can't begin
To cram it into words
I'm neither here
Nor am I there
Guess I'm somewhere in between
I'm tripping out because
I'm flipping out on love
It has to be that she's the one for me

Because I know it's true
I know you feel it too
I'm so in love with you
I'm so in love with you

Well hello my dear
Thank God you're here
You're lighting up the room
I'm in a daze
Your pretty face
Has chased away my mood
My heart is yours
And it is sure
It's as sure as it can be
When I'm looking in your eyes
And they're looking back at mine
Can't they see I want you for my queen

Because I know it's true
I know you feel it too
I'm so in love with you
I'm so in love with you

I'll pick you up for a slow ride
I'll show you how much you mean
And if the stars are aligned
The night could last forever
We'll blend what is real with our dreams
You are like a dream

I'm tripping out because I'm flipping out on love
I'm flipping out because I'm tripping out on love
I wanted to be sure, I've never been so sure
Girl I'm sure that you're the one for me

Because I know it's true
I know you feel it too
I'm so in love with you
I'm so in love with you

Piano Song

Written By: Pete Sanchez

Nothing happens cause you wish it
Why do I keep wishing?
Always being realistic
Who knows what you're missing?
To this day she still inspires me
Probably always will
But it's slowly, slowly fading
Time destroys and time also heals

I hope we meet again
I hope we meet again
Some what could have beens
Some what could have beens
Should have been
If not, then life goes on

Worst Song Ever II

Written By: Pete Sanchez

Strike for more bones
To the streets
Fight for more means to relief
Sprint to the top of the heap
Ride on the masses beneath
Winners get spoiled
Losers get toil
Year’s salary made in a week
Head held to high
Eager to whine
That is no way to compete

Dead end
Break our backs for next to nothing
We’re the ones who keep things running
They just don’t believe in sharing
I thought we were a team

Killing for crumbs from the pie
No you can’t have you a slice
Clean off the shit from these plates
Here have some minimum wage

Dead end
Break our backs for next to nothing
We’re the ones who keep things running
They just don’t believe in sharing
I thought we were a team

Who’s desperate
For instant gratification now
Who wants it
Who needs it
Who can’t hold out
Come get it
Here’s credit
Give us more power

Just rename the class
Slaves of the 21st century
And we mean no disrespect
To the victims of
The truly evil forms of slavery
That build up countries
Forget your name
Turn off your brain
And obey

Stability requires we
Keep busy
Jobs are only parts
That we play for only part of the day
Forget the bitter taste
That’s not who you are

Walk on the Sun

Written By: Pete Sanchez

If I was given a day
To walk on the sun
I would be more than happy
In love there's some piece of mind
I love how she shines
In her light I see more clearly

Straight ahead we're going in
It's yellow red can't see a thing
So be prepared we may just crash and burn

No I'm not gonna go
You can't make me leave
It's too soon and I just got here
I swear I thought I belong
I guess I was wrong
Lesson learned
I'll be more careful

Straight ahead we're going in
It's yellow red can't see a thing
So be prepared we may just crash and burn

All alone again
Straight ahead we're going in
It's yellow red can't see a thing
So be prepared we're gonna crash and burn

Discography

Walk On The Sun - Independent EP 2007
Raccoon Maisy - Independent LP 2010

Set List

In addition to the 16 songs we have recorded, the band has amassed a large catalog of covers of bands such as Guns N' Roses, Green Day, The Who, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Neil Young, Velvet Revolver, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and Life of Agony. We continuously add to this list, and typically play 1 cover for every 3 originals. Moreover, we have recently been including songs from our next acoustic-based album that have not yet been released.

Our set lists in the past have ranged from half an hour long to two full hours. We always take time to figure out the best possible selection of songs based on the specifics of the gig we're playing. We then order the songs to make for the most cohesive show. One rule of thumb we always abide by is to start off in-your-face and end off big.