Road to Bremen

Road to Bremen

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Road to Bremen is the soundtrack to the roaring twenties...just as the stock market crashed.

Biography

Road to Bremen (RTB) is an Alternative Punk Americana Rock band from Los Angeles, California formed in 2008. The band consists of lead vocalist Darren Massey, guitarists Nick Alley and Brian Rodak, bassist Danny Bell and drummer Johnny Ashkar. They have been compared to The Hush Sound and occasionally My Chemical Romance. Their style incorporates many different types of music ranging from early 20th century pop to aggressive progressive rock while remaining melodic and even having some dark lyrical undertones.

The concept of Road to Bremen began in early 2008 when Darren nearly drowned in a freak accident at the Santa Monica Beach. It was then that he realized he had much more to offer the world than what he was currently giving. With a newfound sense of purpose, he began searching for like-minded musicians to help him realize his vision of freedom through music. Darren asked his friend Nick Alley, who he had been casually jamming with, if he wanted to form a band. Alley agreed and shortly after, they met Johnny Ashkar (Drums) through a mutual friend. Rounding out the rhythm section, Darren called upon lifelong friend Danny Bell, who was more than eager to join. To complete the band they found guitarist Brian Rodak. Road to Bremen was born.

Off their debut EP, Foreword, their song “Oxygen” was partially inspired by Darren’s near death experience. Trying to reflect upon the moment, Darren wrote, “Sometimes I think about my life, and all the time spent standing in a line. Burn with me, show ‘em what we need, a little room to breathe, we need some oxygen.”

From artists like Queen, Muse and The Beatles, to Tom Waits, Jelly Roll Morton, and The Doors, the musical influences of Road to Bremen are as wide-ranging as some of the bands’ songs themselves. The name Road to Bremen is derived from the Brothers Grimm tale about the Brementown Musicians. Like the main characters, the members of RTB are in search of musical freedom as well as the inspiration behind the band, freedom through music.

The band strives to create a memorable live experience by getting the audience as involved as possible. They also place great emphasis on traditional as well as new methods of marketing. Everything from viral videos, short stories set to original music, and good old fashion legwork is considered essential to spreading the word about RTB.

Lyrics

The Vagrant

Written By: RTB

Verse 1

Take a drink on me
And I will make you believe
In the plan that I’ve devised

You are the deputy
So we can guarantee
That they won’t suspect our ties

Let the whisky flow
Let your tonsils swim
Let the harlots work their estrogen

In the morning, we’ll leave, lift the cash
And we’ll take this town for everything it has

Pre-Chorus

Then we’ll sit there
And just split shares

Chorus

I’m the stranger dancing with danger
I’ll make you trust me
Then hit you where it hurts
(Sorry I can’t stay)
Because The Vagrant has no home
and the tumbleweed must roam

Verse 2

(you’re gonna die)
(gonna hang)
(Today’s the day)
No, I best be on my way

You couldn’t pin this on me
with gun in my hand
and a dead man at my feet

I could have heard his plea
I could have set him free
but I don’t do charity

Because the devil on my shoulder
Doubles as a lawyer
I get tricked easily

Pre-Chorus

You won’t catch me
I’m still breathing

Chorus

I’m the stranger dancing with danger
I’ll make you trust me and then hit you where it hurts
(Sorry I can’t stay)
Because The Vagrant has no home
and the tumbleweed must roam

Verse 3

We danced the masquerade ball
Me and my smoking pistol
Cause in this business, man
Two faces are better than one

I give the papers what they want
Now for the…
(Piece de resistance!)
I laid the lawman out
And shot the place to hell

Bridge

Wake my eyes
A pale sunrise
For those I’ve hurt
For all my lies

I wrote them down
So when I’m gone
My legacy will carry on …(repeat)

Oxygen

Written By: RTB

Verse 1

Callus words like these
Won’t let me be
Won’t let me breathe, no
Push Back

We’re more than we seem
Like fireflies in sunlit skies

They kept us in a jar
(NO!)
But they don’t know who we are
And we won’t go easy

Pre-Chorus

Sometimes I think about my life
And all the time spent standing in a line

Chorus

Burn with me
Show ’em what we need
A little room to breath
We need some oxygen

Verse 2

I’ve seen better days than my face would claim
But then…
I remembered a dying ember

Watching as it settled the brush into a towering flame
And I saw my potential

Pre-Chorus

Sometimes I think about my life
And all the time spent standing in line

Chorus

Burn with me
Show ’em what we need
A little room to breath
We need some oxygen

All the time
Constantly reminded
And we’ll come to find
We need some oxygen

Bridge

Gripped the hammer then he swung
A Blacksmith forged the iron lung
Save your pity, we’re still young
And we don’t need it
(We don’t need it)

Anxiously our hearts will pound
We’ve fallen behind but we’re picking up ground
Spiteful words won’t slow us down
We don’t need it
(We don’t need it)

Chorus
Burn with me
Show ’em what we need
A little room to breath
We need some oxygen

All the time
Constantly reminded
And we’ll come to find
We need some oxygen

Paper Walls

Written By: RTB

Verse 1:
I read a story of a trainwreck in the news
I only cried cause it reminded me of you

Here’s to the past
Because forever never seems to last

Now I’m never gonna let you meet my friends
No, not again
Cause my suspicions won’t end

Wait
Just Wait
Im gonna catch you in the act someday

Pre Chorus:
Graceful and refined
You’re walking a tightrope in my mind
Careful when you go
Cause you never know
I could be all that you needed

Chorus:
Its over now
Everybody knows
We heard it all
Through Paper Walls
Paper Walls
Paper Walls

Verse 2:
Does he give you just what you need?
You have your white picket fence
I kept the splinters you left

But, Wait
Just Wait
I’m gonna catch you in the act someday

Verse 3:
(Fa La La La La)
Now sing me your sad, sad song
About how awful you feel for all the horrid things you’ve done

But, Wait
Just Wait
I’m gonna catch you in the act someday

Pre Chorus:
So, Graceful and refined
You’re walking the tightrope on my spine
Careful when you go
Cause you never know
I could be all that you needed

Chorus:
Its over now
Everybody knows
We heard it all
Through Paper Walls
Paper Wall
Paper Walls…

Bridge:
Don’t cry to me (Repeat x3)
Go cry to him (Repeat x5)

Chorus:
Its over now
Everybody knows
We heard it all
Through Paper Walls
Paper Wall
Paper Walls…

Hands Down

Written By: Road to Bremen

Delighting the guests
So self-impressed
You didn’t see me
Too caught up by your insecurities

Your life’s but a stage
And my podium waits
(See Me)
Now look, I took your audience

Just like I said
Cut the drama
I’m just two steps ahead

Hands Down
Lets just do what we know
You keep the tempo honey
I steal the show
To a new low
Ego, battered and bruised
You play the victim
Ill pour the salt in the wound

I admit it
I’m coming clean
Kidnapped your guardian angel
And now he’s working for me

I am like the quicksand
I’ll pull you down
Throw you a rope just out of reach
to watch you struggle and drown

Just like I said
Cut the drama
I’m fucking with your head

Hands Down
Lets just do what we know
You keep the tempo honey
I steal the show
To a new low
Ego, battered and bruised
You play the victim
Ill pour the salt in the wound

Clearly I’m good company
Go ask your enemies
I troubled the waters
Corrupting your daughters
I do it all just to get to you
Its what I’m here to do

Hands Down
Lets just do what we know
You keep the tempo honey
I steal the show
To a new low
Ego, battered and bruised
You play the victim
Ill pour the salt in the wound
(Repeat)

I pour the salt in the…
I pour the salt in the…
I pour the salt in the wound

Discography

Our debut E.P. titled "Foreword" is now available at www.myspace.com/roadtobremen, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

Set List

1. Hands Down
2. The Vagrant
3. Bitch
4. Paper Walls
5. Good & Dirty
6. Oxygen
7. Losing You