Ree Boado

Ree Boado

 Phoenix, Arizona, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Indie Pop with Soul! "...Ree Boado's true talent... she makes beautiful music that is arresting in it's personal confession, yet comforting to anyone who should need it."

Biography

Vivid, adventurous, fun loving, and strikingly transparent.

With emotive musings on the life of others and her own, Ree Boado brings a fresh and honest approach to Indie Pop with her compelling mix of ambient articulations and soulful outcries. Her lyrics reveal a unique perspective, having grown up in a family with a mentally ill father, whose delusions were the backdrop for her early years. “My songs tend to have a psychological element to them... I definitely like to challenge ideas that we hold to. When you grow up like I did, you kind of have to.”

The self released album, Pretty Little Flies, is an optimistic reflection on the aftermath of such an upbringing, and the frailty of humanity in general.
This catharsis of music, search for meaning, and tenacity to rummage through the ruins to find the gems, will surely resonate with anyone who has sought to understand the confrontations of life.

Although Ree has been singing most of her life, the pursuit of a solo career began about three years ago. Much of her experience was gained from co-writing, performing, and touring with two former rock bands, both of which saw some local success and radio play.

Ree has shared the stage with acts such as Taking Back Sunday, Brooke White, Dear and the Headlights, Mr. Gnome, Audrey Assad, JJ Heller, Chris August, New Year's Day, Sophie B. Hawkins, Envy on the Coast, and Austin Gibbs, and was named by Phoenix New Times music editor as "the most radio ready, local act going right now". Her contrasting history of pop, r&b, 80's soft rock, big band crooners, and 3 years of singing in a black gospel choir, have given her a rich vocal texture and musical style that makes for difficulty in comparisons.

Over the years, Ree has played music venues, coffee shops, houses, bars, churches, universities, festivals, and arenas, nationally and internationally.

In 2011, Ree donated several songs towards a compilation album designed to help the victims of sex trafficking recover. In 2012, this album was featured in a documentary called Volviendo that won the MTV Exit and UNICEF International award for best documentary on human sex trafficking.

Ree also heads up the Phoenix-based Indie Rock band, Dearspeak. They are currently writing for their third album.

Lyrics

Lesser Things

Written By: Ree Boado

A seed will grow between
The rocky ground and come up green
And if that seed were me
I'd see your face in lesser things

And the sun that told the rays to come my way
Was the one that saw the darkened side
When others turned away

Now my roots grow deep
And wrap around the cedar trees
So when my heart should weep
I'll see your face in lesser things

And the star that came along to light my way
Was the one that saw my darkened side
When others turned away...
Oh but you were there to stay

Should I be cut down
You'd find me even in the ground
And tell of mysteries
Beyond the grave and lesser things

You Got Something

Written By: Ree Boado

Beauty is truth and truth is beautiful when you hear it for the first
Time in a long time, you're surrounded by those vampires quenching their thirst
On all the blood you're giving, they take take take and you don't even make a dime
Off all the veins you're pumping, building up their castles in the sky

But you... you got something no one can take away
You... you are different from anyone ever made

Remember younger days of 4 foot 3, big and starry eyes?
Upon a rooftop where you planned it out, your launch into the sky
But then the birds swooped down and they pick pick picked you up,
Chewed you and spit you out
You're lying shaken on the shingles, but you got a story to tell now

You... you got something no one can take away
You... you are different from anyone ever made
You... got something to offer the world today
Cause you... are different from anyone ever made

Truth ain't always beautiful, no no no
Hearts get colder as we go
But beauty grows in alleyways and desperate days
I do believe it, you gotta believe!

That you... you... got something no one can take away
You... you are different from anyone ever made
You... got something to offer the world today
Cause you... are different from anyone ever made

Everybody tell somebody
Everybody tell somebody

Night Light

Written By: Ree Boado

We crush, we build
We tear, we heal
We're falling like flies
Torn down to size

We'll breathe our last
When the moon goes out
Like a night light
And we'll wonder where the time goes

The rush, the zeal
To prove, to feel
The joy of gain
Becomes a drug for pain

We'll breathe our last
When the moon goes out
Like a night light
And we'll wonder where the time goes

Vapors will rise into the sky
You never slow to wonder why
We're fading fast like coats of black
And one day we all will die like tiny little flies...

And we will breathe our last
When the moon goes out
Like a night light
And we'll wonder where the time goes

...goodnight

Cadavers

Written By: Ree Boado

You've got a permanent mood
I'm thinking Colgate should sponsor you
A joke for the day keeps the psych doc away
But they're waiting for you
In and out of stop and start
Skipping through the graveyards
Never knowing just what your feet have landed on
ha ha ha ha

(Chorus)
It's funny how you've been laughing your whole life off
But you're finding now there's cadavers in your backyard, whoa oh oh oh
And all this time they've been rattling at your back door
But you never asked what they wanted from you, what for?

The defibulator
Tried to jump start the deadened pulse
In your head, in your bed, when they rise from the dead
To make themselves known
Dead things, dead dreams, dead things, no peace
Chewing up your teeth, with your bad bad dreams
And you're counting pretty little sheep
While they're coming for you in your sleep

(Bridge)
Knock knock we wanna talk talk
You put us off, we've waited way too long
It's not a bad case of the Mondays, it's a heart beating with a crazy pace
And a pounding migraine that lasts through the day, no matter how many pills that you take
So won't you dig up our roots and lay us to rest
Get at the truth that lies in your head

(Chorus)

They're singing boo ooh ooh, boo ooh ooh

It's funny how you've been laughing your whole life off
But you're finding now there's cadavers, Cadavers in your backyard

Disappear

Written By: Ree Boado

Chasing down a revelation
Has got you running for the enemy gates
Chosen for a destination
Too perfect for this ghetto kid to find her way

Nobody else knows the secret
Nobody else has to keep it
No...

We're living from a thrift store suitcase
And keeping friends at arm's length
Never knowing when we'll disappear

Children should be seen not heard, don't ya know
You gotta teach em' not to speak their mind
Break em' with the rod of discipline
And then you fill em' up with riddles and rhymes
Nobody else knows the secret
Nobody else has to keep it
No...

We're living from a thrift store suitcase
And keeping friends at arm's length
Never knowing when we'll disappear

I'm a foreigner in this land
I don't belong and there's no place that I fit in
I'm a foreigner in this land
What am I doing in this family?
Help me to understand

We're living from a thrift store suitcase
And keeping friends at arm's length
Never knowing when we'll disappear

Discography

"Pretty Little Flies", Ree Boado, LP

"You Got Something", a digitally released single, Ree Boado

"Oh For Freedom", Dearspeak, EP

"Princess Lost: The Story of Our Daughters", compilation LP

"Tame the Hysteria", Dearspeak, EP

"Drugs Made My Favorite Bands, Drugs Ruined My Favorite People", Art For Starters, LP double disc
(I played in the live band)

"Falling Further Underground", Lesser Heroes, EP

// RADIO PLAY //

Dearspeak & Ree Boado:
ASU's The Blaze Radio - Live Appearance
KWSS 106.7, Phoenix, AZ - Interview
KPXQ 1360AM, Phoenix, AZ - Live Appearance
KYTE 102.7, Newport, OR - Live Appearance
RadioPhoenix.org, Phoenix, AZ - Live Appearance
KKNT 960 AM, AZ Music Cafe, Phoenix, AZ - Live Appearance
KISU, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID - Live Appearance

Lesser Heroes:
EDGE 103.9, Phoenix, AZ - Live Appearance
College Radio play at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Arizona.

Set List

You Got Something (piano)
Lesser Things (piano)
Arizona Sun (guitar)
Ladders (piano)
Hey Heart (piano)
The Mirror Won't Lie (piano)
You Never Lose Your Way (piano)
The Farmer and the Gate (guitar)
Night Light (piano)

Elephants to the Moon (piano)
Ready for the Spring (guitar)
Sadness Be Gone (guitar)
Get Yourself and Get Out (guitar)
Build This House (piano)
Cadavers (piano)
Underneath Our Noses (piano)
Busy Bee (piano)
Hibernate (guitar)
On the Waters (guitar)
Where is God (guitar)
Purest Kind (guitar)
Let Yourself Feel (piano)

Going Somewhere (piano)
Friction (piano)

Blind (piano)
We Lose (guitar)  
Disappear (guitar)
No Good Reason (piano)
Island in Your Head (piano)
Famine For the Feast (guitar)