Reverie

Reverie

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Model Stranger is akin to an off beat conversation between a deprived Thom Yorke and an angry John Lennon dissecting the modern challenges of the human condition.

Biography

Model Stranger is the only alternative rock trio that delivers ambient yet powerful angst rock songs for original music lovers in the Midwest who long for honesty and originality in an era that can barley hear the beat of a rock and roll heart. Reverie is akin to an off beat conversation between a deprived Thom Yorke and an angry Lennon dissecting the modern challenges of the human condition. Bearing intricately structured, minor key driven, original indie rock songs, Model Stranger is a powerful trio including; Stephen Francis (guitar, vocals), Kevin James (bass, vocals), and Brad Elliott (drums). Natives of Chicago, these like-minded individuals previously shared the stage in many separate musical outfits before uniting to form Reverie in 2004. Armed with textured melodrama, and primed in post adolescent angst, Model Stranger takes precedence in fusing their influences to create a true and original sound.
The epitome of a DIY band, Model Stranger has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with success over the last 4 years. Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs such as the Metro, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Reverie was also a featured band in Chicago’s 2007 Mobfest (chicagomobfest.com). While gaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger have remained arduous to the road over the years. Embarking on several self-booked and self-funded semi-national tours in support of their records: “Sick of Seeing Stars” (2004), “shAkY comA” (2007), and “A Boy and His Crown” (2008), the trio has begun to make a name for itself in the Midwest. Model Stranger has been spun on two of Chicago’s finest rock/alternative radio Stations; WXRT and Q101. WRLR, Fearless Radio and Hostage Radio have also featured Reverie with interviews and spotlighting showcases. “Lunch With Brain” and “Morning Paper” individually appeared on back-to-back Windy City Records 07’-08’Compilations. Most recently, Model Stranger was asked to become part of an elite group of Chicago bands called Chicago Noise Machine (myspace.com/chicagonoisemachine) in order to network and showcase Chicago’s best local talent. Model Stranger has become a promising component in an ongoing battle between the doldrummed mediocrity of current trends and the devotion to innovation and originality.

*Model Stranger performed and released under the name REVERIE.

Lyrics

Morning Paper

Written By: Reverie

Born broke, in a scent (innocent)
Yellow smoke, from a cigarette
Worst part isn’t over yet
Eyes glued on an accident
Handed down a broken crown
Handed down a tarnished crown
Keep quiet boy, don’t make a sound
Hold your tongue, don’t make a sound
Said I saw it with my own two eyes
Said I saw it with my own two eyes
The kind of thing to cut you down to size
The kind of love to cut you down to size
Momma grew up to be a faker
Daddy grew up to be a taker
Never saw it in your morning paper, It was news to me.

At the turn of the century, I was dancing with my misery
And I held her up for all to see
At the quarter of the century, I am flirting with my destiny
And she brings me down to my knees

Handed down a broken crown
Handed down a tarnished crown
Keep quiet boy, don’t make a sound
Hold your tongue, don’t make a sound
Said I saw it with my own two eyes
The kind of thing to cut you down to size
The kind of love to cut you down to size
Momma grew up to be a faker
Daddy grew up to be a taker

At the turn of the century, I was dancing with my misery
And I held her up for all to see
At the quarter of the century, I am flirting with my destiny
And at her I shout and I scream

At the turn of the century, I was dancing with my misery
And she’d pierouette for all to see
At the quarter of the century I am flirting with my destiny
And she brings me down to my knees
At the turn of the century there wasn’t much left in me
I found it hard to see
At a quarter of a century, there is still so much left in me,
And I need you to believe

Monster

Written By: Reverie

There’s a monster in me
Let me warn you be careful
You won’t like what you see
I’m a monster, angry.

There’s a monster in me
Let me warn you it’s easy
You won’t like what you see
I’m a monster, I get angry.

That’s right.

Stop messing with me
I’ll destroy you be careful
You won’t like what you see
I’m a monster, angry.

Monster.

There’s a monster in me
When its time for the feeding
There is no beauty left in this beast
All the angels start screaming.

Monster.

Sound the Sirens

Written By: Reverie

King Leer is calling all of his jesters
To gather around for some well rehearsed delirium
Said I need a queen to fill the half empty cup
Long and lean, if you’ll please

Grant my wishes, I have ambitions
Crazy kings, they get what they want

Queen Dolorous dancing through the courtyard
She spins around and round
The king has found his heroine
Such a lovely queen to harbor all of his pains
Just make the scene, don’t cause the crown disgrace

Granted wishes turn out so vicious
For pretty princesses, who get what they want
Karmic horses are changing courses
Aimed for your fortress
Sound the Sirens

Run Run Run.

Granted wishes turn out so vicious
For pretty princess, who get what they want
Karmic horses are changing courses
Aimed right for your fortress

Sound the sirens
Sound the sirens.

Hang On To Yourself

Written By: Reverie

Emotions like ghosts
Chained to my bed
In the middle of the night
They dance in my head
Their skinny and faceless
Their timing is bad
Most come alive
After there dead.

Wake in the morning
The first thing I see
Sex in religion
There is war on TV
Think you found god
Now you’re down on your knees
You’re hope is a prison
It is hard to break free

When time has run out
And there is no one else
Don’t scream, don’t shout
Don’t beg, don’t pout
Hang onto Yourself

Your tools and puppets
Players and pawns
Ignorant to the mechanics
Yet you still play along
Tell all your stories
Until your throat has run dry
Accuse the hypocrites
They are playing both sides
If you look in the mirror I’m sure that you’ll see
Like a man with no religion finds it hard to believe
With admission of sin that his soul could be freed
If you open your eyes, I am sure that you’ll see

When time has run out
And there is no one else
Don’t sit
Don’t shake
Don’t bend you’ll break

Hang onto yourself.

Lunch With Brain

Written By: Reverie

If I could find a shoe to fit my pride into
I'd walk myself a million miles away from you
You met a girl, she took everything you had
You wanted love you wanted her so bad
You gave your heart, gave your spirit, gave your soul
She took it all but she still wanted more
You were a boy, you grew up fast, you grew up sad
Your brothers and your friends is all you had

Where do we go from here?
Where do we, where do we?

You spent your time reading books on good and evil
The pleasure and the pain, death and fame
Son you got, got a big big head
But you don't seem to use your brain

Where do we go from here?
Where do we, where do we?

I......Don't know

Discography

Sick of Seeing Stars EP (2004)
ShakY comA LP (2007)
A Boy & His Crown EP (2008)

Set List

Originals - AMF, Calling, Carousel, Change, Energy Song, Hang On To Yourself, Headfirst, Indecline, Isolated Nightmare, Lunch With Brain, Leaving Home, Mono, Monster, Morning Paper, Music Box, Paper In A Fire, Reasons, Sold Out Show, Sound the Sirens, Suicide Violet, Sycophant, Time Machine Atom Bomb, Waking Light, Want me to?, Whisper, You For You

Sets: 30 min. - 3 hrs. (3 - 45 min on, 15 min off)

Covers - Corduroy (Pearl Jam), Don't Let Me Down (Beatles), Helter Skelter (Beatles), Houses Of The Holy (Led Zeppelin), Hysteria (Muse), List of Demands (Saul Williams) Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix), Mary Jane's Last Dance (Tom Petty), Mother's Little Helper (Rolling Stones), Taxman (Beatles), Time (Pink Floyd), Unglued (Stone Temple Pilots)