poor bailey

poor bailey

BandAlternativeFolk

“...They can sound like a semi-experimental up-to-date rock band that can take a song just about anywhere they please. Or they can just play straight-ahead guitar rock with choruses that are so catchy, it's silly." Tony Hicks Contra Costa Times

Biography

Poor Bailey began as a homemade solo project in late 2002, but quickly transformed into a four piece indie rock band and emerged onto the Bay Area music scene. In 2003 the band self released their first record, Two Points Off the Weather Bow and was voted “Best Emerging Artist” at the prestigious California Music Awards. Poor Bailey also found themselves at the center of a thriving music scene, playing shows at San Francisco’s premier venues including Slims, Cafe Du Nord, The Independent and Bottom of the Hill.
Heading back into the studio the following year, Poor Bailey released a few demos, including the song “A Common Cold”, which received consistent airplay on San Francisco based alternative radio station, Live 105 FM. Live 105 went on to offer Poor Bailey the opening slot at 2004’s “Not So Silent Night” holiday show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where they played alongside bands including The Killers, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, Muse and Taking Back Sunday. The station’s support has continued throughout Poor Bailey’s career, with continued airplay and guest spots performing on Soundcheck with Aaron Axelson, a popular weekly show.
2005 brought the next Poor Bailey release, The House is a Headstone EP as a precursor to their next LP. Songs from this recording entered constant rotation on local radio stations and countless podcasts on the world wide web. Critics were also lavish with their praise, as seen in these excerpts from music writer Tony Hicks’ review in the Contra Costa Times:
"...They manage to sound like so many great bands, yet sound like no one at the same time. They can go creaky acoustic…or they can sound like an early '80s English band…or they can sound like a semi-experimental up-to-date rock band that can take a song just about anywhere they please…or they can just play straight-ahead guitar rock with choruses that are so catchy, it's silly. They pay attention to arrangement and balance power, groove and quirk, as well as styles..."
Poor Bailey spent most of 2006 writing and preparing their next full length record, drawing from a number of influences and inspirations and thinking outside their normal songwriting formula. The band turned to violinist/keyboard player Anton Patzner, a frequent contributor to local bands, including Audrye Sessions and Street To Nowhere, as well as major-label acts like Bright Eyes and The Faint, to add a new dimension of beauty and ethereal sound in Poor Bailey’s music. The result is the long awaited, double record Pyrite & Gold, which was released at a sold-out show at Bottom of the Hill in November of 2006. Poor Bailey toured the southwest with friends Audrye Sessions all of March 2007 playing most notably Noise Pop and SXSW. Summer shows were highlighted by an appearance at Live 105's BFD. Poor Bailey has plans of working on another record and staying local for the rest of 2007.

Lyrics

"Mary Lee, My One and Lonely"

Written By: Poor Bailey

In waking they hang. They shade all they see. I'll anticipate the end of the story.

'Cause all we really need is just a safe and secure place to pack and put the past where it won't be in the way. Free enough to leave. Stuck enough to stay.

Be my, be my, be my one and lonely. Mary, Mary, Mary Lee where you going? (X2) This is just a ditch that's caving in.

It's so cold it burns. There's no reflection in the water. It feels so good it hurts. I need her too much to want her.

'Cause all we really need is just a safe and secure place to pack and put the past where it won't be in the way. Free enough to leave. Stuck enough to stay.

Be my, be my, be my one and lonely. Mary, Mary, Mary Lee where you going? (X2)

Well, you put that rope around your neck. Stood on a stool in one last attempt. And they found you there in your favorite dress, a dull pencil set next to the note you left that read, it said:

So long everyone. Love is a setting sun.

"Neon Camo"

Written By: Poor Bailey

I wanna sell out, become a clown. Paint a big red smile over this frown.

Irate, I can't think straight. I can't comprehend, I can't concentrate. Irate, I can't think straight. Feels good, I feel great, it feels good...

You struck coal and thought it was gold. Held it up and watched it glitter and glow.

Irate, I can't think straight. I can't comprehend, I can't concentrate. Irate, I can't think straight. Feels good, I feel great, it feels good...

(You stuck coal and thought it was gold.)

Maybe we won't go, I think I'm going solo. There's too many people, there's too many people. It's not my fault that it's all your fault.

"Destiny is a Four Letter Word"

Written By: Poor Bailey

Destiny is out to get me and all she ever see's is where I'm gonna be. If I get older, Fortune told her, I got nothin' going for me. Well, what the hell does she know anyway? I don't give a damn what people say. Good news first it ain't getting any worse. I'll be leaving the church in the back of a hurse. Send me to the grave in a plastic bag, last one livin' is a rotten egg. Go ahead and pretend everything's gonna be OK. I'm gonna play a game of chicken with the train.

Let me down. Let me down. I'm waiting for someone to come around and let me down.

Destiny has a terminal disease and Fortune's living in a Chinese cookie. I'm a heartless gringo, going loco. I don't give a Goddamn where the time goes. Fate isn't even based on consequence, nothing has any significance.

Let me down. Let me down. I'm waiting for someone to come around and let me down.

Let me down. Let me down. I'm waiting for someone to come around and let me down.

Discography

2003 "Two Points Off The Weather Bow LP
2005 "The House is a Headstone EP
2006 "Pyrite and Gold double disc
We have had constant rotation on Live 105 (KITS 105.3 fm in the Bay Area)

Set List

Sets range from 30 minutes to 1 hour
Shorter sets are more rock based with songs like Neon Camo, Mental Telepathy, Destiny is a Four Letter Word, Pyrite and Gold, Time Well Wasted Etc.
The longer sets introduce some different genre exploration and give our set a more rounded feel. 45 minutes is typically most appropriate.