Please Do Not Fight

Please Do Not Fight

 San Francisco, California, USA
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Please Do Not Fight may have their influences rooted in folksy indie rock but that doesn't stop their Death Cab For Cutie meets Matt and Kim sound from conveying the intended message: MOVE!

Biography

Indie rock group Please Do Not Fight is a band with a sound as unforgettable as their name. Described as “Dashboard Confessional meets Matt and Kim” and known for their engaging live shows the Redwood City, CA based group has grown steadily over the past years to become a Bay Area favorite.

Songwriter Zen Zenith’s heartfelt and introspective lyrics are woven upon music that reflects his folk and power-pop roots. Zenith, who was born in England and raised in California, formed PDNF in early 2007 as a showcase for his original songs. The band quickly evolved into a collaborative collective of talented musicians and performers who each infuse their individual creative imprint. Classically-trained musician Erin Keely is featured on violin, keyboard and piano. Along with her multi-instrumental contributions, this Texas native’s sweet and soulful vocals complement Zenith and add to the band’s unique sound.

Lead guitarist Geoff McCann, like Zenith, is both a graduate of The Musicians Institue in Hollywood, California and mentor and music teacher. Rounding out the group is Kubes, an accomplished drummer with a degree in Music Percussion from Minnesota and bassist Theresa Sawi, a bay area native who recently returned from a tour of Europe.

Please Do Not Fight’s debut LP ‘Leave It All Behind’ was released in late 2007 and, by Christmas the following year, the band performed at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco as one of the top 5 local bands voted for by fans and recognized by Live 105 in their Not So Silent Night Local Band Competition. The band released their follow up EP ‘MOVE’ in October 2010 at a headlining show at The Rickshaw Stop. This summer they performed at Left Coast Live in San Jose, CA with OK Go and Neon Trees and released a music video for the song ‘Up Up Up’.

The band is currently beginning writing and recording for their third release. They will be opening for 'The Do' at Bottom Of The Hill this Fall before embarking on a West Coast Tour.

Lyrics

Up Up Up

Written By: Zen Zenith

I believe they will build me up up up up
I believe they will build me up up up

I'm experiencing
A type of faith I think
But I'm unprepared
And scared
Afraid that they'll leave me here again
(Leave me here)
Oh I try, I do I do, I, I ...

I'm tired of the drive
Between San Antonio and Woodside
On the 101
I'm done
And if you think you understand me could you please
Raise your hand
(Raise your hand)
Raise your hand

It's never gonna get much better without them
It's never gonna get much better

BAMF

Written By: Zen Zenith

They're throwing away everything you say
They're throwing away everything you say
And they choose to ignore all the things you fight for
Until they're not worth fighting for anymore

And did you tell all your friends, when you next expected to see them?
Last I looked, your calendar was full
Well maybe it's because all the talk never lead to anything more
And so you're damn well not gonna wait around for them

They're throwing away everything you say
They're throwing away everything you say

And by the time they finally listen to you
The last of our days will be through
And you will be gone

You badass mother fucker

I Will Not Forget

Written By: Zen Zenith

No matter how time will change it I will not forget
No matter how time will change ...

My brain's upset
By all the things it can't remember
This little girls eyes blend
Into the soil around her
While I refrain from blinking my own
For fear the moment might end
I see sadness in all this beauty
I see beauty in everything
But I daren't take a single photo home

No matter how time will change it I will not forget
No matter how time will change ...

My lungs fill with smoke
As I attempt to savor every scene
Worlds away from the world I know
There's a little boy locked in a soccer game
And his mother is calling for him
And making me try on all of her clothes
I don't understand the words she says
But I can hear in her overtones
That she thinks there is nothing to be scared of here
But it's just a matter of years

Oh no matter how time will change it I will not forget
I will not forget

Don't Wipe That Smile Off Your Face

Written By: Zen Zenith

Your hands move so slow
I can almost predict where they mean to go
I strain to hear every note
So if you fall flat I can follow

And maybe no one will even know
The unspoken battle here's reduced to a joke
That I haven't been finding that funny as of late
Still, please don't wipe that smile off your face

Please don't wipe that smile off your face
Please don't wipe that smile off your face

You know those days were peculiar
Yet so well defined
I thought the chords I played could move ya
What the hell was going through my mind?

Well we sing to the same tunes
In my car on these hot California afternoons
It's not the song that makes me feel so strongly for you
I know I'm not who you're singing to ...

Please don't wipe that smile off your face
Please don't wipe that smile off ...

And just when I've convinced myself that I should leave
I see a smile of recognition and I forget everything

Please don't wipe that smile off your face

Back then those days seemed so special
Now those days just seem so sad
Y'know I think that I'd be happy
If they were the only days I had
Please don't wipe that smile off your face
Please don't ...

Discography

EP : "MOVE", 2009 (Independently Released)
1. I Will Not Forget
2. Words Speak Louder
3. BAMF
4. Don't Wipe That Smile Off Your Face
5. Up Up Up
6. Hard To Tell

Debut LP : "Leave It All Behind", 2007 (Independently Released)
1. These Are The Sounds Of Days That Are Passed
2. On The Other Hand, Fight! Fight! Fight!
3. What Am I Trying To Save?
4. New Song
5. Monster
6. All Stand Up At Once
7. Dorian Waltz
8. Maria Remind Me
9. We All Will Sing
10. Everything Automatic
11. Play Cards, Go Dancing

Set List

Preferred set length : 35 - 45 minutes long. Song selection varys depending on venue. Can perform as rock group but also unplugged suitable for coffee shops and other environments with volume constraints. Able to fill in as much time as needed.

Songs:
These Are The Sounds Of Days That Are Passed
On The Other Hand, Fight! Fight! Fight!
What Am I Trying To Save?
New Song
Monster
All Stand Up At Once
Dorian Waltz
We All Will Sing
Maria Remind Me
Everything Automatic
Play Cards, Go Dancing
BAMF
Up Up Up
Don't Wipe That Smile Off Your Face
Hard To Tell
Words Speak Louder
I Will Not Forget
Take It Back
Something Here

Covers:
Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
Paper Planes - M.I.A.
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Stronger - Kayne West
Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z
El Scorcho - Weezer