Pointswest

Pointswest

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Biography

Classic American author John Steinbeck once said that writers make people remember their humanity, and a band like Pointswest makes you do the same. With earnest, insightful lyrics laid over a bed of angular riffs and driving rhythms, this Maryland foursome may rock hard, but they still wear their hearts openly on their sleeves. Their songs embody the innocence and invincibility of youth, the hopefulness and heartache of growing up, and the perceptiveness and profundity of hard won experience.

The seed for what is today Pointswest began germinating four years ago when singer/songwriter Rollie Belles started playing with guitarist Mike Ligocki. “Our first work together was very independent,” Ligocki remembers. “I would write the music, words and solos to a song and bring them to the band to finish up. Rollie would do the same and whoever wrote the song played the solo and sang lead.”

Bassist Kevin Collins joined up with the pair two years into our story and the lineup as you see today cemented itself when drummer Jay Combs was added to the ranks in early 2002. “We’re friends outside this and in this,” Collins is quick to assert. “We’re in this together, it’s our future. We all have the same drive and we all want the same thing.”

Writing the music is now a completely collaborative effort, though Belles comes up with a majority of the lyrics. More obvious musical building blocks include the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Thursday, and Weezer, however the four lads have chiseled a sound out of the storm and the static that is all their own. But don’t expect any big ballads, as Rollie jokingly reveals, “Every time I try to write something slow, we get together as a band and then the guitars come in. Then it’s all over.

Touring up and down the Eastern seaboard, the band have been hawking a 5 song EP, Everywhere, that features some of the older songs you’ll hear in their setlists. Some of their newer tunes include “Watch Out What You Wish For” and “Four Hours From Home,” which Rollie is quick to deflate as yet another song about a girl. “It’s funny that it isn’t about a girl,” he muses, “because most of our songs are. Actually it’s about me living in New York and I’ve been driving home each week to keep the band together. So it’s just about being stressed out about being away from friends and family. And hating New York,” he laughingly adds.

Then there’s “Get Up,” which could be the band’s anthem the way Combs describes it; “It’s really about being motivated and doing something with your life,” he asserts. And that’s something these boys are very serious about indeed.

So if you’re feeling the need to find yourself between a rock and a soft spot, then Pointswest will show you the way.

Lyrics

Four Hours From Home

Written By: Rollie Belles

Are you listening
To the words I speak as I’m calling
Out to you
And I’m waiting
For everything to be okay
I can’t live this way

And I’m tired
Of everything I see here
It all looks the same
I can’t breathe … I can’t see anything at all
And I’m waiting
For everything to be okay
I can’t live this way

Oh
This song is for the world and I’ll say
Oh
I’m waiting for the breakdown
Oh
This song is for this world and I’ll say

Are you listening
To the words I speak as I’m calling
Home
Are you listening
To the words I speak as I’m calling
Home
And I’m tired
Of every one I see
And I waiting…. Yeah I’m waiting … yeah I’m waiting

(chorus)

Watch Out What You Wish For

Written By: Rolie Belles

Save me
All your thoughts and memories
I grab cause I want them so
I wanted more than I could ask for

Save me
Off and on and on again
I looked in her eyes that glow
The burning words

If I could say these words to you
I’d say them in this song right now
I’d say that I was sorry for
If I could say these words to you
I say them in this song … I’d say them in this song

And when it’s snowing
It takes me back to what’s been missed
The look in her eyes that glow
The burning words

(chorus)

Often I would take
These words you say for granted baby
Only my mistake
Comes with me … come with me

::repeat::

(chorus)

(chorus)

Can I Trust

Written By: Rollie Belles

My mind is racing around
With the heaters on and the windows down
Can you hear me?
Open myself up to you
Is this what it’s like to be used?
All I need to know
Is can I trust?

Never pull this shit on you
I know you’re sorry I should never have to
Hear this
Is this what friendship means?
Fucking do what you want … do as you please
All I need to know
Is can I trust?

There is only one thing for sure

My mind is racing around
With the heaters on and the windows down
Can you hear me?
Never pull this shit on you
I know you’re sorry I should never have to
All I need to know
Is can I trust?

Proud of Something

Written By: Rollie Belles

What am I writing this one for
I have no one … no one
What am I writing this one for
I am so proud … so proud
Of Nothing … of no one

Now that I know what to write for
It is so hard … It hurts so hard
Sitting here wondering
Thinking what we could have been
Dreaming what we should have been

And it’s gonna be so hard
To be stronger with out you

When your heart beats next to mine
It feels so right … so right
When you write down what’s on your mind
I am so proud … so proud
Of something … of someone

Now that I know what to write for
It is so hard … It hurts so hard
Sitting here wondering
Thinking what we could have been
Dreaming what we should have been

(chorus)

Your heart beat’s next to mine

(chorus x 2)

Leading the Fall

Written By: Rollie Belles

You want to go but you don’t want to stay today
And all this talking about all the things that I’d say

And I really don’t know
What I’m really gonna say
And I really don’t care
Cuz I need it this way
You belong anywhere but here

You want to go but you don’t want to stay today
And all this talking about all the things that I’d say

And I really don’t know
What I’m really gonna say
And I really don’t care
Cuz I need it this way
You belong anywhere but here

Follow me
I’ll show you everything
Just take me for who I am
Won’t you take me
Leading nothing is better
Than leading the fall
Leading nothing is better

Everywhere

Written By: Rollie Belles

And I've been everywhere
Yes I've been everywhere
And I've been everywhere yeah
But Here

Off with her clothes nobody know
Baby, Baby…it's okay, it's okay
She says darling don't you know I'm here

Breathe into me divinity
Always, Always … it's okay, it's okay
She says darling don't you know I'm here

(chorus)

Stop and I won't drop
I won't stop; I won't stop … until you say until you say
She says darling don't you know I'm here

Hips and her lips drip as she grips
Always, always, … it's okay, it's okay
She says darling don't you know I'm here

(chorus)

(chorus)

Truly

Written By: Rollie Belles

Truly is who I am
Truly is what I need
Until the day comes
When we'll be truly

I'm wasting, I'm wasting
My time again
I can feel you breathing
I know your close

And we'll be truly in love again
Truly I believe in you
Until the day comes
When we'll be truly

(chorus)

Truly what you gonna do
When the rain comes crash into you you'll say
I never saw it coming, I never saw it coming
I never saw it, I want to run away

Truly what you gonna do
When the rain comes crash into you you'll say
I never saw it coming, I never saw it coming
Coming, coming, I want to run away

Discography

Use It On Yourself EP - 2003
Everywhere EP - 2002

Set List

Can I Trust
Watch Out What You Wish For
Leading the Fall
Truly / Everywhere
Four Hours from Home
Proud of Something

1 set / 30-40 mins / no covers