Project Artifact

Project Artifact

 Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
BandRock

Project Artifact is a "project" band that merges progressive rock and folk, with strong harmonies and interesting arrangements. With a bow to early Yes, and even bits of the lighter side of Dream Theater, Project Artifact strives to remind you why you first liked Prog music in the first place.

Biography

About Project Artifact

Mick Coste co-founded Project Artifact back in 1999 with guitarist Erik Ryfa, as a means to write and record the type of music that we grew up listening to. We were both involved in regular gigging bands, have homes, families, day jobs and the usual day to day stuff, so needless to say we didn't have as much time to put into the project as we would have liked. This brand of music is not what you would call simple groove stuff either, and can be intricate and complex, which is one of the main things we love about it. We were just getting introduced to the world of computer software based recording at the time, so there was a huge learning curve and some hard learned lessons in technology ahead of us, more than would ever guess or ever welcome. All of this along with a continuous stream of scheduling setbacks, caused the project to last as long as it has. All of that being said, we hope that the material proves to be "worth the wait".
Harry Lawton joined us on keyboards for the early development of the project, then was forced by his schedule to take a back seat, while bassist Michael Geiser joined in with the writing process and would become a major force in recording and completing the project. Later his wife, vocalist Norma Geiser would join in as well, giving a new polished sounding vocal element of the material. Additional tracking on keyboards would be provided by Jim Cribby. This has been a tedeous yet self satisfying experience for us, and we hope you enjoy listening to the music that is such a big part of us.

Lyrics

Icarus

Written By: Project Artifact

ICARUS

They're imprisoned to the labyrinth for his crime
His son to suffer his fate with him this time
No roads no water are means for an escape
They can't patrol the sky so there we'll make our way
Any moment the moment will come when the guards have gone to sleep.
"My son you must heed all the words of wisdom I say tonight..."

I can see it in your eyes
reason escaping sensibility
the winds will shake your earthly ties
the fates are guiding you to spread your wings
warm them to the sun

Toiling endlessly he builds his grand design.
Feathers and wax will form the means of their retreat.
Over moonlit waters sailing towards the dawn.
Freedom now at hand our captors far behind.
Temptation I feel it grow within the power of flight.
"No my son i told you don't ascend keep to the waterline"

I can see it in your eyes
reason escaping sensibility
the winds will shake your earthly ties
Always remember how I spread my wings
warm them to the sun
But can't you see it through my eyes
prison escaping possibilities
the waves may take my earthly guise
my spirit guides you all to spread you wings
warm them to the sun

Equus

Written By: Project Artifact

EQUUS
OUR FOOTFALL POUNDED GROOVES UPON THE EARTH
A PATHWE PAVEDWITH SWEAT AND GRACEFUL POWER
ACROSS SO MANY LANDS THE SEVEN SEAS
NO OTHER SHARING HUMAN LEGACY AS MUCH ASWE.
AND NOW, LIVE TO FEEL THEWIND,
LIVE TO RUN THE PLAIN
UNBRIDLED BYWINDS OF CHANGE.
POSIEDON GAVE US TO THEWORLD OF MAN
ATHENA TAUGHT US HOWTO LISTENWELL TO HIS COMMAND.
WE CARRIED NOBLE MEN ON FOOLISH QUEST
IN “AIRS ABOVE THE GROUND”WE FOUGHT BESIDE THE VERY BEST
AND NOW, THEWAR NO LONGER OURS,
A CALVARY OF STEEL,
WILL TAKE THE BLOWS THAT MEN MUST DEAL.
ON TIRED BACKWE BORE THE PLOW, THE MILL, ENGINES OFWAR
TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OUR MUSCLE MAKING HISTORY.
AND THOUGH THE STEAMAND OIL HAVE TAKEN HOLD
THEY STILL ARE MEASURED BY THE STANDARD OF OUR HEART AND
SOUL
AND NOW, REPLACED BY GLASS AND STEEL,
THE FOSSEL FUELSWILL DRIVE THEWHEELS.

Land Behind Closed Eyes

Written By: Project Artifact

L. B. C. E.
As a knife of sunlight cuts between the shades
(Morning Light Gets In TheWay)
Paper dolls were swimming in subconscious veins
(blown a million miles away)
are stored in playgrounds of flames
As the morning glory glistens far away
(let the rooster call your name)
You will hear the calling of nocturnal play
(They are ready for the game)
and paper dolls pave the way
The wind waiting on the owls return
ask who and the dolls answer "you"
They wait where they once got burned
lands that lie behind closed eyes.
Utopia's your first stop on a sea of tears
(nightmares never far behind)
on the shores of lotus beached upon your fears
(Darkest of corners in your mind)
Inferno within paradise
Ground and sky unite then travel back in time
(color turns to black & white)
Strange Familiar faces talk to you in Rhyme
(clearer is the dreamers sight)
Gather in song, Light the day.
(chorus)

All We Are

Written By: Project Artifact

ALL WE ARE

we make our may through the daylight haze, another burned bridge to cross another way. the road less traveled had mysteries we'd like to chase once the mortgage has been paid. no time to stop, no time, no way. one opportunity is another's tragedy. one moment lost another gained a comedy to some. all we are we make ourselves. all we make ourselves we are. the mark we make, just a chalk line baked upon our fate. set the stakes to overtake. the hardest pill that we swallow, still has nothing working to take away the pain. just numbing despair, this refrain. life on a roulette wheel always seems to spin the deal another way, another day, until the game is won. all we are we make ourselves. all we make ourselves we are. time weaving in & out of days, faces recalled along the way. were they all just traveling places, or only spinning in their spaces. one dose of harsh reality, big plans a distant memory. song birds singing in a different key adapt to the changing melody. all we are we make ourselves...one opportunity...time weaving harsh reality...all we make ourselves we are... another's tragedy...facing a distant memory... all we are we make ourselves...one opportunity... songbirds singing in a different key...all we make ourselves we are...another's tragedy...adapt to the changing melody...

Discography

Single - Land Behind Closed Eyes - Released on Maximum Impact Records Copyright 2009.

Album - Finally, to be released early 2010.
About Project Artifact

ALL SONGS COPYRIGHT 2009 Project Artifact:

1. Icarus
2. Equus
3. L.B.C.E.
4. In The Firelight
5. Let Your Angel Sing
6. Pantomime
7. Ball n Chain
8. All We Are,
9. Hand Me That Tool
10. Look Around

Single played on IMRadio, Jango, Broadjam, and Garage Band.

Single available on iTunes and Amazon.com

Set List

Since this is a project band, there are no regular sets. Band would tour on album release if opportunity presented itself.