River City Extension

River City Extension

 Toms River, New Jersey, USA
BandFolkRock

River City Extension is living proof that acoustic instruments can be rocked harder, played louder, and just as kickass as the punk/metal show down the street. Equal parts folk, lyrical, and bluegrass-thrash, RCE is unlike anything you've ever seen or heard.

Biography

River City Extension is dockgrass. What is dockgrass? It's when singer/songwriter Joe Michelini, cellist Jenn Fantaccione, drummer/bassist Michael Costaney, vocalist Desiree Hartman, percussionist Nick Cucci, and trumpet player Dan Melius get together to start a project that is going to rebel against music without feeling or, "fake modern art".

Started August of '07 in Toms River, NJ, the band has gone through many members and many changes to finally arrive at the bluegrass/folk-rock/punk-rock and some other rocks type of sound they are today, which is often compared to bands like The Avett Brothers, and The Pogues. With already many small accomplishments under their belt, these core members plus a few friends hope to take music a place it has never gone before, with instrumentation and arrangements sewn together with the thread of musical diversity to form a complex quilt of genres, emotions, and an ultimately penetrating live show. River City Extension believes in the human spirit and the power to overcome anything with grace, art, precision, and of course a bottle or two of New Jersey's finest.

They have just self-released their first record NauticalSabbatical, and are playing shows all across the east-coast, in hopes of getting funding for a larger midwestern tour this summer.

-Stage plot is available upon request. Please contact rivercityextension@gmail.com

Lyrics

Clever & Quickness

Written By: Joseph Michelini

We're all playing dumb like we don't notice you
But that's just the fun cause you don't want us to

Things I'm thinking,
Walls I'm breaking,
Berlin in my goddamn brain, yea!

Tell us your plan we're waiting eagerly
Drunk on the streets of some bad memory

Gin and tonic,
We were dependent on it,
Being gone- well she's still getting songs,
You see, I try to be, a sensitive guy,
I guess it's just not my style

Now I'm sick as a dog,
What's the harm in calling me
Gut be my god I'll choose instinctively

See this coming? No!
I didn't plan on anything
I never do, it leaves me calling, calling, and calling you
Singing sappy tunes by a sensitive guy,
I guess I'm just not your style

Clever and quickness,
Don't fail me now I need this,
I'll use you as I regress,
Into my same old best dressed,
Haircut, eyelash

Beautiful worldly,
I need your wisdom so dirty,
I feel like drowning in my ignorance,
I never asked for any of this,
Damn us sensitive guys,
We're going down with our pride

NauticalSabbatical

Written By: Joseph Michelini

Feels like I'm growing at a distance
Or am I growing distant
I'm not exactly sure which one I mean
All this singing's got me wishing,
That I wasn't listening to the favor enveloping me

I think I've got my footing set,
I lie a lot I know but yet it's getting me places these days
All this singing's got me wishin,
That I wasn't listening to anything my pen had to say

How nautical, sabbatical, men praying by the sea!
I said I'd love to join the crew boys
But the chapel never did a thing for me
They whisper in my ear, "pack up your instruments and meet us by the shore"
And use it like we tell you to!
Or we'll throw that 6-string blasphemy off-board!

Oh god oh dear,
Oh how I wish my musings could be clear
Hold still my dear
There's everything to lose and much to fear
There's everything to loose and much to-

Feels like I'm following a pattern,
But you've gone and changed my threads
It's the same story in different words
But a dollar says you'll doubt it cause you don't know shit about it
But don't worry Amanda you'll learn

I think I've got my footing set,
I lie a lot I know but yet it's getting me places these days
All this praying's got me thinking,
If I ever put down drinking I won't ever have important things to say

Oh god oh dear,
Oh how I wish my funeral was here
And now it's clear
So grab a girl or grab another beer

Oh god oh dear!
Oh how we wish our funeral was here!
And now it's clear!
So grab a girl or grab another beer!
There's everything to lose and much to fear

(I Had Thought About This In) March

Written By: Joseph Michelini

Sky go white like a revelation my god!
You taste like a cigarette, you smell like a cigarette
Am I losing my composure?

Sure I still wake up to a cold sheet
Oh me, oh my
You look like a danger
The thrill of jumping off a cliff
What a stiff
Take a risk or something

Finally my friends might buy their house,
And yeah it ain't that far away but at least I won't be,
Home in my room
Sneaking wine and peaking at the thought of you,
Caress undress your collarbones
And lose yourself in me
Cause my stereo still speaks in bitter poetry
And of your love for me

Back and forth like a metronome hand my god!
You look like a waterfall, you talk like a flower
Tangled in a mess of feeling
In a sense I'm sensing something odd,
And I can't place my finger,
Like a hate can't linger
Yet you'll find the time to cry for-

Me? I'll work things out eventually
So don't you worry sweetheart I won't always be
Home in my room, talking to your shadow 'stead of
Seeing you, hypnotized by meters
And the way they speak your blood
Unavoidable I flow into your head and heart
And all your body parts (every single one)

And if I were you,
I'd probably just get too scared,
No maybe if I- thought it through
I'd probably act like a I didn't care
If that were true, you'd probably only show up
In a song, or two, or ten
But then again, we're not friends

And if I were you,
(Finally I've earned my self respect)
I'd probably just get too scared,
(And out of everything I wanted I am getting what I need)
No maybe if I- thought it through
I'd probably act like a I didn't care
If that were true, you'd probably only show up
(Now that I have come to second guess the things we suffered for)
In a song, or two, or ten
(I finally think I know what I believe)
And I think we might be a little more than friends
(I'm addicted to the hurt you've given me)

And though I clutch you in my fingertips,
The callous makes you nothing to my skin

It's No Ha-ha-ha

Written By: Joseph Michelini

You might be surprised at the wonderings I have
When I'm out on my own for a day
Oh! Just look at me now I got walls all around
And I'm out on my own for a day

I make up a world of my worries and cares
And pretend that I'll never escape
When I contact my life and I hear of my strife
I just throw it all back in my face

Well you know how that old saying went?
That time alone is time well spent?

Well the good book don't say nothing 'bout that
I'm destroying myself but it's nothing like that
I'm an endless circle of worries
And that's all I've got
It's not hollywood plot
It's no ha-ha-ha

So I go for a walk meet a woman we talk
And she asks me if I've got a light
And as I kindly oblige she says, "do you get high?"
And she points her finger to the right

Well on the ground it was soaking wet
A chunk of bud that'd spin your head

Well the good book don't say nothing 'bout that
I'll light up if I want, you know nothing 'bout that
I'm an endless square of denial, and that's all I've got
It's not hollywood plot

Rhythm wise and rhythm fast
You gotta move or get your ass
Out of everyone else's way
Have a plan to execute
Cause in this world it's hardly cute
To feel so sorry for yourself

It's all against me all at once
You miss the point, that's half the fun
The greatest struggle it is not
Against the world and all it's tricks
Against vocabulary bullshit, I hardly even us it
And then I end up making music

Well the good book don't say nothing 'bout that
Strum as hard as you want, play as fast as you can
I'm an endless sea of ambition, is that all you've got?

Well the good book don't say nothing 'bout that
Strum as hard as you want, play as fast as you can
I'm an endless sea of ambition, and that's all I've got
It's not hollywood plot

Discography

2009 - NauticalSabbatical (EP)
Track list:
1- Introduction
2- NauticalSabbatical
3- Clever & Quickness
4- (I Had Thought About This In) March
5- It's No Ha-ha-ha
6- Waitin' On A Fix
7- Elephant

Set List

Below is a complete list of all the songs we play. Depending on the room, the length of our set time, and the crowd, we choose different songs to make up a set list that we hear as the best compliment to all of the things considered above. We know every song as well as the next, and they are often in rotation. We are very flexible.

Intro/NauticalSabbatical
Clever & Quickness
It's No Ha-Ha-Ha
Philamandelphia Pt.3
Bone Marrow Twist & Shout
Waitin' On A Fix
Too Tired To Drink
Elephant
Adrianne
Friends & Family
Untitled
Slander
Holy Cross
So Unkind