Room 19

Room 19

 El Cerrito, California, USA
BandBluesClassic Rock

Room 19 is a classic rock band, in the tradition of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and The Beatles with a decidedly blues influence. Original music is at the heart of their performances.

Biography

Room 19 is a classic rock band, in the tradition of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and The Beatles with a decidedly blues influence. Comprised of Bay Area teens Ben Yasemsky (lead guitar and vocals), Adam Lang (guitar and vocals), Graeme Greenwood (bass guitar), and Ben Zell (drums), the band has evolved over three years playing together into a sophisticated group with a unique sound of their own. Original music, conceived through the collaborative process of music-making, is at the heart of their performances. Most recently, Room 19 played to enthusiastic audiences this fall at the Berkeley/Albany Solano Stroll and at the El Sobrante Stroll, rocked the East Bay Express festival in Oakland's Jack London Square, and helped raise funds to build a school in Haiti by performing at the Mill Valley Rock the Rebuild fest. The band placed third amongst 10 high school bands in an exciting San Francisco Battle of the Bands, were featured performers at the El Cerrito High School new theatre, and have performed several times at Ashkenaz in Berkeley as an elite Bandworks Pro band . They are now booked for several more gigs and private parties around the Bay Area including a return engagement at The Arlington restaurant in Kensington. Check Calendar for more information about shows and venues.

Lyrics

Sailin On

Written By: Ben Yasemsky/ Room 19

I was sailin up high
When that wind came 'n struck me down
Cus that wind is a mighty wind
Blowin me down

I was sourin up high
When I got shot down over again
Cus that mighty wind is a
Rain of bullets my friend

But whatever ends up bringin me down
I know inside that a
What I got to do is
Keep on
Keep on Sailin on

I was sailin up high
when my baby left me in the rain
Cus my baby hates me but I
Can't say goodbye

I was flyin up high
When my
World came crashin down
Cus my life is an earthquake all of the time

But whatever ends up bringin me down
I know inside that a
What I got to do is
Keep on
Keep on Sailin on

Apathy

Written By: Ben Yasemsky, Graeme Greene, and Room 19

I lie awake and time is but an object in my mind
Experiences I've had flash before my mind to tonight
Outside there's a man and a boy less fortunate than I
But right now I'm in a trans till the alarm sounds and I'm back again

So how's the view up there
I think you don't even care- do you
I'm feelin down again, wine is everywhere tonight

I try to run away, no use though I know
Some things are greater than I but I won't try tonight
How can a man be blind when the problem's in front of his eyes
And if he opens them he'll see the solution can be seen

So how's the view up there
I think you don't even care- do you
I'm feelin down again, wine is everywhere tonight

I knew

Written By: Ben Yasemsky/Room 19

I said I knew
I knew just what to do
When you walked into the room

You see a burnin
A burnin flame was lit
And it pointed straight to you

So I asked
I asked you if it hurt
When you fell right out of the sky

You looked at me
You said I was a fool
For trying to get you

Oh yes I need you
I need you to survive
And I'm gonna try to get you till the day I die

I said I knew
I knew just what to do
But I'm sure that that ain't true

You see love
Love is not fun and games
It's a puzzle you have to break

It's not just pick up lines
That pull you to a person
It's a feelin of the heart

So step up
Step up and take the challenge
And you can wander your Cliffs of Dover

Oh yes I need you
I need you to survive
And I'm gonna try to get you till the day I die

Discography

Room 19 plays classic rock and blues covers as well as original songs. They are currently recording a 5 song CD including three originals: "Sailin' On"; "I Knew;" and their latest "Apathy."

Set List

Room 19 currently has 6 original tunes that include:

Sailin' On
I Knew
What I'd Do
Be My Girl
Jackpot
Apathy

Amongst others, covers include:

Jimi Hendrix-
Fire
Manic Depression
Little Wing
Red House
Bold as Love
Hey Joe
Wait Until Tomorrow
& inspired by Jimi, Room 19's version of The Star Spangled Banner

Bob Dylan-
inspired by Eric Clapton-Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Life Without You by Stevie Ray Vaughan

Led Boots by Jeff Beck

Baba O'Riley by The Who

Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses

John Mayer-
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Gravity