Primitive Reason

Primitive Reason

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From an unlikely place, an unlikely band. Not subscribing to any particular scene or style and yet fitting into many, Primitive Reason have created a style of music that can be called their own, an eclectic mix of hardcore/metal, ska/reggae/dub, world music, drum & bass, and urban grooves.

Biography

Primitive Reason was formed in 1993, in the coastal town of Cascais, Portugal. The members, all being of diverse nationalities including American, Spanish, and Portuguese backgrounds, quickly developed a melting pot of styles and influences that characterized their innovative sound. It wasn’t long before the band caught the attention of both fans and media alike. They consistently drew large crowds to their concerts, and consequently landed a recording deal with a national record label.

After releasing two critically acclaimed albums in Portugal (‘Alternative Prison’- 1996 and ‘Tips and Shortcuts’- 1998), for which they earned "Best Upcoming National Band," "Best National Band," "National Song of The Year" and "Best National Album" nominations in successive "Blitz Award" presentations, as well as, a spot on the ‘Tejo Beat’ compilation CD of promising new talents by producer Mario Caldato Jr., the band was looking to further its musical experience beyond borders, and so relocated to the vibrant melting pot that is New York City.

Primitive Reason quickly became a fixture on the NYC circuit, playing such renowned venues as CBGB, The Mercury Lounge, The Knitting Factory and The Wetlands, to name just a few. Their third album, ‘Some of Us’, was recorded in NY and featured some friends they had made on the scene including members of the Scofflaws, the Toasters and the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble. To kick off the release of ‘Some of Us’ in the fall of 2000, Primitive Reason set out on their first U.S. national tour, which included several stops throughout most major cities, with acts such as Fishbone, The Urge, The Misfits, Murphy's Law and The Pilfers.

The band returned to Portugal in 2001 for two sold out headlining concerts in Lisbon and Porto. A national tour ensued with the band spending most of the summer playing the festival circuit alongside such diverse international acts as Manu Chao, Soulfly, Lamb, Rammstein, Bush, UB40, Slipknot and Nickelback.

In early 2002 the band took a break from touring. They wanted to explore their individual and collective interests in other musical roots and cultures, and so each member traveled to a different part of the globe: to Asia, South America, North America, and Europe. These experiences would deeply inspire the music that can be heard on their following works.

‘The Firescroll’ (2003), the band’s 4th release, generated rave reviews with the public and media alike. Their national tour included an appearance in front of 30,000 fans at the Rock in Lisbon stadium festival alongside Marilyn Manson, Audioslave, Deftones, and Disturbed. Video-clips for the singles Kindian and Had I the Courage were voted #1 ahead of top international acts on several TV programs, and Primitive Reason was nominated for Best Band at the 2003 MTV European Music Awards.

‘Pictures in the Wall’ (2005), Primitive Reason's 5th release and most adventurous work to date, is the reflection of the diversity that characterizes and always has been a trademark of this unique band. The versatility found in the vocals, the diverse languages and musical styles utilized, and the many different instruments played, confirm the band’s maturity and confidence. Since it's release, the band has spent the past couple of years touring extensively, with highlights including their first concerts in the UK and Spain, as well as, festival appearances alongside Tool, System of a Down, Placebo, Prodigy, Deftones, and Incubus.

Lyrics

Breathe ( Respiratum Asthmaticus )

Written By: Guillermo De Llera

Breathe
I need my cane
Floor my panic, support my pain
Static, I'm one of the asthmatics, pragmatic
Bringing the unknown side to the attic; staggering, scattering
I speak of my disease when I can't breathe
Seen how I've been seen struggling to remain sober
While I'm falling over choking
I'm running slow motion from this burning low emotion

Fire, burn this pyre down
Now burn it to the ground
Kill my sickness now
Cleanse me, defend me
This tarnished crown is…

Take my hand and walk through the quicksand till we reach safe land together
I say to my inners:
I wont let you sink
No way
We're interconnected, interdependent
Into the madness, not by our own choice
Into the sadness, not by our own voice
Not by our own noise do we scream alone out to the wild
I'm only a child, just leave me the fuck alone

And all these words are but whispers from our inners
And all these words are just ghosts
Broke away from home in our hope to survive
Broke away from home in our hope to revive

I suffocate, reinstate all the pain
Is the wait not a waste for my fate is the same, regardless, huh ?
I not looking for apologies
Nor I looking for your sympathy
Eye just looking for the answers see
Beyond this dank reality
I suffer because from it I will learn not to suffer
I will learn how to spark this…

Fire, burn this pyre down.
Now burn it to the ground.
Kill my sickness now
Cleanse me, defend me
This tarnished crown is fucked
Even if I'd truck for a million k's
There would never be enough space
Between them and I, deficient
For all the air in the atmosphere will never be sufficient

To save me from the agony

Whenever, outside
You and I,
Man to man,
Hand to hand.
One will die,
One will stand
Alive

Energies out of sight
Feed through my victim eyes
Invisible disguise
Thirsty gods
Hunt and hide
For if I saw I would take life
One day the joint chiefs
Will pave the way from our primitive grave
Preparations will be made for a higher nation to succeed

Fire, burn this pyre down.
Now burn it to the ground.
Kill my sickness now
Cleanse me, defend me
This tarnished crown is fucked
Even if I'd truck for a million k's
There would never be enough space
Between them and I, deficient
For all the air in the atmosphere will never be sufficient

Separated
from the One elated
For this one is jaded
For this one has graded
For the One has made it
this bliss is blind

Shadow Man

Written By: Guillermo De Llera

Shadow man; write rhymes in the dark,
Away from the crowds in the bar.
I listen to the beat from afar
Travel through the night till it hits and ignites with a spark.
The words come pouring and a new cycle starts,
Born a new story, born a new star.
Born a new path to be walked with the heart.
Born a new path to be walked with the heart.

Go through life standing firm
Those who think they right dealing strife never learn.
Everything we write is devised to be burned.
I test my will and might throwing words to the urn.
Words turn to ash, ash turn to dust.
Everything we learn we'll unlearn as a must,
Before the final turn in the wheel must be thrust,
The dust must blow.

Thus we'll begin again, to sin again
To mistrust what we'll win again
Until a gust of wing brings the scent of our stink again;
let us know
Everything she gives we have taken,
We should listen to the will of the maker
Remember we were born…

From the center all things come and become.
When they come undone.
They'll return to the one.
Recur to the sum.
From which none will be shun.
Thy will be done, crawl, walk or run
cry overcome, Pray to be stunned
Pry the become,
find in all sound the surround mighty hum

Go through life standing firm.
Everything we write is alright to be burned.
Before the last fight we'll ignite the last urn;
Set the last fire in the night to burn bright
In the pyre that will light the new turn.
Let the smoke rise to the sky as we churn,
Let us leave what we have to be burned.
Let us turn around head bound to the profound.
Let us come around finally bow to the ground.
Hear the sound of our peace come down,
hear the chaos cease,
With due defeat hear the chaos leave (us)
to the heat of a new sunny day.
Again we'll be children
who will run and will play with no worries.
We will gleam clean and we will flourish.
We will stream a new stream
with new courage to the sea
of the new found dream we will nourish.

From the center all things come and become
When they come undone
They'll return to the one
Recur to the sum
From which none will be shun
Thy will be done, crawl, walk or run
Cry overcome, Pray to be stunned
Pry the become,
find in all sound the surround mighty hum.

If the blessed weren't the manifested…

Eat My Bush

Written By: Guillermo De Llera

Traits; it's the crash in your rates.
The crass move to remove and abate the groove
Wherein the growth-rates of a different race will move
Your soul-babes in this earth/class/grade.
It exasperates you.
The big bully; our Uncle Scam.
Calling yourself just a cute tin man,
But you're a big machine showing idle hands
Feeding shallow dreams to the same old
Down the pipeline of genes to the great mould.
With a heart of gold, Ha!
Funny how the same old tales go stale.
Wail! I reach up and grab the veil;
Hail to those who guard me well, and God as well.
I rip off the mask and the dark unveils.
Rear its ugly head and its breath smells,
Been drinking from the dead well, where the greed and the violence dwell
And all the bad things that govern hell fell.
These are dark times we are born in
When leaders no longer lead but command the populace into a spiritual fire pit of hell Mass murder and mass suicide is the fate they have chosen for their eternally loyal subjects
Run, rebel In peace we should dwell Not in this ignorance,
Insanity, profanity, blasphemy, sacrilege
We follow punks bathed in maladies
Should we run or rebel?
But Life will overcome strife.
Right is what's yours by divine right.
But only your freedom is divine right?
Freedom to choose your dues in your own eyes.
Freedom to lose.
Freedom to choose your rules in your own kind.
Freedom to choose your own mind.
Freedom not to choose.
For how you live shows just as well, how you don't,
And if you can't say No than don't. Fuck it!
When you read beyond the lines, and you creep behind the lines;
Tap into the intent behind the dirty minds.
You may choose to remove that blind from your eyes.
Realized it's not worth to be one of their kind. You pass the test.
You might as well just then cash the check;
The one that reads sell out. Then pack your bags,
Turn your work clothes into dirty rags,
And with them start the fire of what came to pass Well you can
Run, or you can Run and rebel against the word that's the drone in the peace you should dwell.
These greedy beasts cause all kinds of hell.
Backed up by the faith that they're doing well.
Backed by the belief that we're just as well. Working to pay.
We slave; working to buy, still wanting.
Reaping the desire that they sowed.
To keep the money running. You know they won't give up,
And this world will only change when we all grow up, We learn the
Spirit ways or we mass destruct. Go back to the beginning, and start again.
To learn the wisdom in the heart again.
And learn to listen to the words of them; touched by the spirits.
We'll learn to swim before we learn to crawl
Before we learn to walk before we learn to run.
And learn that all is but the word of One. The One Great Spirit.
Speaks through everything in Nature. It warns…
Run, rebel In peace we should dwell
Not in this ignorance, Insanity, profanity, blasphemy, sacrilege
We follow punks bathed in maladies
Should we run or rebel? If you don't agree then walk,
And if you can't be free than walk,
And if you can't be assed than walk. To the urn, then burn;
Walk Don't Give Up

Discography

“Alternative Prison” - Released: May 1996
Label: UNIÃO LISBOA

“Tips & Shortcuts” - Released: December 1998
Label: Farol Música

"Some of Us” - Released: September 2000
Label: JAH NOTION

“Primitive 4.0 EP” - Released: March 2002
Label: Kaminari Records

“The Firescroll” - Released: May 2003
Label: Kaminari Records

“Pictures in the Wall” - Released: April 2005
Label: Kaminari Records

Set List

Enough original music for up to 90 minutes or more if necessary...