Retrospect

Retrospect

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Retrospect is a band born and bred in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. The band, defined by its four members and their individual passions, pursuits, and talents, strive to produce music that balances the value of creative song writing, meaningful lyrical expression, and musical excellence.

Biography

Retrospect

Four days in a Ford Econoline. Two nights on the floors and couches of acquaintances from high school, and one in a Holiday Inn. A few iPods, too many cups of Starbucks, and a 70’s Al Pacino DVD. Arguments, jokes, and deep conversations. Summer in the south equals sweat and smell. At more than a few stops, someone often asks a bleary-eyed member, barely awake from an hour of van-sleep: “Are ya’ll in a band?” Well, what else could they be? The answer is that they wouldn’t be anything else. There are few hobbies, and fewer professions that would send four musicians - Drew Thomas (vocals, gtr), Jamie Randolph (gtr, vocals), Richard Thomas (bass) and John Rawlinson (drums) - and their support team on such an unglamorous journey. This is the beginning for Retrospect, a Memphis-based independent rock band.

A few weeks before the tour, Drew sat over a beer in the corner of a local faux-english pub. The topic was the band and staying independent as long as possible. The cramped van and the uncertainty of venue and turnout is a means to an end. The end is ‘making it’, but is a twist of most bands’ definition of the phrase. The goal is to take the band and the audience and create something bigger. Being a part of “something bigger” is an end that requires a means of going on the road and pouring music into the crowds. This is not to say they have not had some help along the way though.

Starting out as a small high school band, Retrospect has grown from jamming for their own pleasure to writing great songs that will connect them to an audience. In 2002 they were offered the opportunity to record demos that started a relationship with Ardent Studios in Memphis. Shortly after the release of their 6-song EP, “The Art of the Following”, tracks were spun regularly on Memphis’ 94.1 the Buzz. The band continued to receive more airplay with several college radio stations around the mid-south including: Vanderbilt University, The University of Mississippi, Auburn University, University of Kentucky, and University of Georgia.

Ardent soon became a second home and proved fertile ground for recording their first full-length album produced by Ross Rice (Steve Earle, Big Ass Truck) and John Hampton (Gin Blossoms, North MS Allstars). The album is all about the fun and heartbreak of romance, belief and action, and fully feeling the impact of life. It’s about great lyrics, melodies and wonderful songs.

Retrospect’s musical influences are diverse, ranging from the Gin Blossoms to U2. The emotions reflected in that diversity run a gauntlet from the fun-natured romanticizing of heartbreak in "Forgetting Evelyn;" to the intense crying out against the longing to be "anyone but yourself" in "Fall Like A Star." This record is packed with meaning and melody.

Over the last four years, Retrospect has played at southeast venues such as The New Daisy Theatre, Newby’s, The Hi-Tone, B.B. King's (Memphis,TN); The Exit/In (Nashville, TN); Sticky Fingerz (Little Rock, AR); The Varsity (Baton Rouge, LA); The Nick (Birmingham, AL); Smith’s Olde Bar and the 10 High (Atlanta, GA); as well as the Mercury Lounge in New York. They have also participated in three summer concert series in Memphis, Nashville, and Atlanta.

Internationally they are receiving airplay on Shonan Station 98.7 in Japan and the track, “I Am The Sun”, was #1 on Indiejukebox.com for 5 consecutive weeks. They are also currently featured on two compilation CDs: LiveFromMemphis.com (also distributed in the UK) and For You, a compilation CD distributed at the “Race to Erase MS” fundraiser in Hollywood, CA. In 2002, ASCAP honored the band by including them in the Heineken ASCAP music showcase series, and in 2003 the Memphis chapter of The Recording Academy awarded the band 1st Place in the Rock category and 3rd place overall in the GRAMMY Independent Music Showcase. Finally, two of their tracks, “One In A Million” and “As Long As I’m Alive” were selected to be featured in the independent movie “Dishdogz” which is scheduled for a 2005 release. The tracks will also be included on the movie’s soundtrack.

With the release of the new album, new opportunities and challenges are unfolding rapidly, but the music, meeting fans where they are, and connecting with them remains Retrospect’s focus.

Lyrics

Forgetting Evelyn

Written By: Retrospect

Forgetting Evelyn

"I'm getting out," she says to me
"I'm sick of every night in the same old bar,
wasting time and watching cars on their way
to somewhere bigger and brighter...
always only passing through,
there's nothing here to see."

Morning brings a yellow light that turns to blue and then fades into night
And I could spend the rest of my life, forgetting Evelyn
Every time I think she's gone, I go to sleep and I'm back in her arms
And I'm left once again, forgetting Evelyn

She says, "All of my life has been a dream.
I'm not gonna tell myself for one more day
'tomorrow, yeah, things will change'
tonight is all we have...
so there's an extra seat if you want a ride,
if not, i guess this is goodbye."

Morning brings a yellow light that turns to blue and then fades into night
And I could spend the rest of my life, forgetting Evelyn
Every time I think she's gone, I go to sleep and I'm back in her arms
And I'm left once again, forgetting Evelyn

I'm a stranger to myself, without you here
I hope somebody comes to get me
I hope somebody's out to get me
I hope it's you

Morning brings a yellow light that turns to blue and then fades into night
And I could spend the rest of my life, forgetting Evelyn
Every time I think she's gone, I go to sleep and I'm back in her arms
And I'm left once again, forgetting Evelyn

Fall Like A Star

Written By: Retrospect

Fall like a star

You have to be who you are
Even when you wish you were somebody else
As movies and star magazines
Tell you to be anyone but yourself
Oh my lady, it's not so far to heaven or hell
The world loves you but what's it matter when you leave it

You look like an angel now
You look like an angel now
So you’ll shine a moment in time and burn out
fall like a star...and burn out

The chance is a million to none
You're gonna find happiness here
Hearts of an empty disease
We gotta' keep em' wrapped up in marigold skin
And then my darling, maybe no one will notice us
When everything's right and we're glowing on the outside

Every night we lie awake with dreams of being people who
Are beautiful in every way and loved for everything they do

Discography

2005 - Self-titled Debut LP (Spring 2005)
2002 - The Art of Following EP

Set List

Where Have You Been Hiding?
As Long As I'm Alive
I Know
Forgetting Evelyn
So Quiet
Sky is the Limit
I am the Sun
Everyday James Dean
Comeback Someday
Know Yourself
No Way Out
One in a Million
Ava
September Blue
Fall Like a Star
Last Year's Mistake
Plastic Covered
One by One
Can't Let Go
Few Good Reasons