Savory James

Savory James

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Savory James is a character, an exploration of the thin line between good and evil, guilt and pride, revelation and redemption. The music and the performance are an expression of a naive mind, struggling and celebrating in a world too rotten for the nice guy, often in a haunting sing-song package.

Biography

"Gentleman with a heart for the sweat beneath the music." (Mark Redding, lead singer of the Shackeltons, Loveless Records)

Born from the ashes of punk-influenced, epic-political rockers, The Soma Solution, Savory James began in the spring of 2005, in Baltimore MD. as a singular vision of Rob Soma. Rob had a backlog of more personal material written before, during, and after his regionally phenomenal, but short-lived days in The Soma Solution.

After receiving early local success playing the material solo, he was approached by Chris Brohawn, of their previous band, to bring the material into a more powerful, full band format.

Later, after enlisting Josh Lundi of local indie powerhouse, Sylvan Screen to play bass, the band realized band realized they had a unique chemistry.

The band carries an odd array of influences ranging from Nirvana, Fugazi, Radiohead, the Beatles and the Pixies to The Birthday Party, Velvet Underground, Sam Cooke, Portishead, Sleater-Kinney, Bright Eyes, Dan Sartain and PJ Harvey with other influences stemming from exposure to Eastern European music, old blues, garage, R & B, and reggae.

Savory James is a name given to the neurotic character their music becomes, a humanized entity that struggles to live inside and outside of emotional extremes. Songs range from celebratory and redemptively upbeat to disturbingly haunting and dark, with all the bipolar segues in between.

Live shows have been described as "emotionally violent and bouncy performances of catchy and dark material. It's odd to sing along to something so dark that is presented so upbeat." (Tinderbox Promotions)

The band set to work on their EP in the spring of 2005, a project that would take more than 2 years, and would instead become the band's first length release, "The Surgeon."

On the strength of the band's original 3-song demo, Savory James attracted attention from agents from major and independent labels, and have headlined large shows at Sonar, Ottobar, Talking Head, and Sidebar in their hometown, as well as shows in Ohio, Virginia, New York, and Pennsylvania.

"The Surgeon," was finished in July of 2007 following many cigarette and whiskey soaked nights at studios in New York, Boston, and Maryland over more than 2 years. Released on Lifted & Gifted Records. Savory James will be taking their sound and humbling live performances across the country this fall, and hope to continue to attract interest from outlets, large and small, for their signature sound.

They are set to be added to CMJ radio listings across the country in mid-October, 2007.

Lyrics

Sleep the Day Drive

Written By: Savory James (Rob Reichhelm)

You hide up stairs like my father did,
in that cavernous room, when I was a kid,
and you escape to up there before the sun checks in, in the morning.

A sieve for all that's normal and bane,
goes in your eyes and straight to your brain,
those hands with black nails make a moonlit beach from a nightmare.

You kiss your words,
down my throat,
make me so quiet,
like you'll never know.

You sleep the day drive in the passenger's seat,
and I'll drive our bed 'til we get to my street,
black lines around my eyes,
like you make in the attic.
Because you're awake so much with such vivid dreams,
and I sleep so much, can't remember a thing,
and that's why I'll never wake you when you ask me.

So I sit quietly without the burden of sleep.
Until I worry that I might miss something sweet.
So I let the sticky substance drag my eyelids down.
And I sit quietly like the cat at your feet.
And I'll kill some time now...

When I hide upstairs, I worry and freeze,
wondering how you are and how it will be,
when my moody mouth, collides again with your bottom lip.
Because you're awake so much with such vivid dreams,
and I sleep so much can't remember a thing.
And that's why I'll never tell you when you ask me.

You kiss your words,
down my throat.
Make me so quiet,
like you'll never know.
And I'll drive downtown,
and you shut me up now,
so I can savor the sound.

The Surgeon

Written By: Savory James (Rob Reichhelm)

You got this thing that your mother ain't seen, nestled sweet, somewhere in your body.
Like all the words could dangle on strings and lead me back to my body.
You're leaving poetry, all night on my machine, CPR for the C-O-R-P-S-E,
and now your eyes close, to challenge all those pretty things my ugly mind tries to forget.

Telling everyone you love them but me, 'cause you know, we're starving a secret.
And it sits on my lips like this to wait and see if you'll keep it.
Stand loose, dance around an empty room with me, until the nurse comes to check on my I.V.
And now you pray with me, in drunk philosophy,
and I think holy shit, I didn't think that she could make it stop.

All his friends say he's falling apart.
And all his friends say he's playing the part.
And all his friends say, you know its the end,
because he floats above his body in a hospital bed, okay?

The surgeon said,
"this boy's not alive, he's just breathing from habit.
And his heart's beating blind of the mind.
A spine that's untied and a gut that's seaworthy,
I can cradle his head and fall asleep."

Discography

"The Surgeon" LP - July 28th, 2007 (DIY/indie release, Lifted & Gifted Records)

Set List

Long Set (40-60 mins)

The Ecstacy Song
Wear My Clothes
Nice to Meet You (Have a Nice Life)
Do You Like Me Now?
Don't Blow It
Sleep the Day Drive
Machete
The Surgeon
I Hate Chicago
Exclamation Point

Short Set (20-35 mins)

Don't Blow It
Sleep the Day Drive
The Ecstacy Song
Do You Like Me Now?
I Hate Chicago
The Surgeon
Exclamation Point

Acoustic Set (25-40 mins)

The Ecstacy Song
Sleep the Day Drive
Do You Like Me Now?
Sleep the Day Drive
Machete
Wear My Clothes
Fall on the Floor
Sit Still
The Surgeon
(various covers)

*Sets vary for freshness, mood of the environment, and occasion.

Full song catalogue (approximately 70 mins. total)

From "The Surgeon"

The Surgeon
I Hate Chicago
Fall on the Floor
Sit Still
Machete
Do You Like Me Now?
Wear My Clothes
Sleep the Day Drive
Hollow Water
Nice to Meet You (Have a Nice Life)
Always Something (Wrong)
Exclamation Point

New Songs

The Ecstacy Song
Don't Blow It