Seratonin Telegram

Seratonin Telegram

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockAlternative

Conceptual and serious, but still humorous and accessible, Seratonin Telegram demonstrates what concerted practice and group cohesion can achieve. Prog without pander, blues without homage, rock done right, Seratonin Telegram's shows relate the lesson “without music, life would be a mistake.”

Biography

Have you ever heard a band that has a sound like King Crimson, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Sound Garden that leaves music lovers feeling inspired? If you haven't, you should listen to Seratonin Telegram. If you have, then you know you're going to love our sound. Seratonin Telegram stands out from the crowd while showing our original music by not following any of the trends that blow through the windy city.

Seratonin Telegram is an amalgam consisting of a displaced troubadour, a shamanistic reverend, a man of Dali proportions, and a killer of keys. Planted in the murky swamps of the lower Mississippi River and blossoming in the windy city of Chicago, Seratonin Telegram look to push the envelope of rock music by bringing an entirely new sound to the table.

Chris is a Katrina survivor from New Orleans and brings with him the quirky, underground rock sound that is infused with jazz, funk, blues, southern rock, and alternative rock. Jack is a native of Chicago who has played in many local Chicago bands including Volle. Jack brings a sound rooted in Progressive rock, classical, and "machines that 'Bing!'." Alex, also once a member of Volle and Catch the Bear, is a native of Michigan who has spent most of his life in Chicago. Alex brings a bass sound inspired by Neil Young, Built to Spill, and Leonard Cohen. Whitaker Blackall hails from all over the US. Whit brings his Beatles-infused harmony and piano skills to the band. This culmination of sound is accurately described by our name: that our music acts as a telegram to the brain, altering mood much in the way the neurotransmitter serotonin causes euphoria and other such resulting feelings.

Currently, the Telegram are playing their songs live and plotting the successive steps necessary to achieve musical divination. Aside from opening for Collective Soul and from winning the Firefly Vodka Flavor the Music Competition, Seratonin Telegram has embarked upon the voyage of recording new material. The most recent new songs recorded are 68C, Twitchy Eye, Villain with a Thousand Teeth, No One Gets Ahead, and Run, Monkey, Run Pt. I.

Lyrics

Checks & Balances

Written By: Chris Harris

Hello Lover here I write you from the unseen
A place belayed in shadow where your magic has been
And I detest your sore caress that breathes me comfort
As a tidal wave that slowly pulls me under

Hello Sentry standing right before the borders
Cautious, on red alert and simply taking orders
Incarceration of an inward threat that might come
Causing paralysis, the cyst that kills the freedom

Why can't we just seem to get along?

Why can't you seem to seem to see inside My Eyes? and then maybe you'll
See that you're wearing a disguise inside And then maybe you'll
See now that you are not alive Inside and at that moment
Realize you left something behind

Hello Preacher counting heads and planting morals
By following the book - the book that's deemed immortal
You speak against me for the actions that I might take
Against the lover that's the flowing source of heartache

Why can't we just seem to get along?

Why can't you seem to seem to see inside My Eyes? and then maybe you'll
See that you're wearing a disguise inside And then maybe you'll
See now that you are not alive Inside and at that moment
Realize you left something behind

Why can't we just seem to get along?

You lure me on
and then you turn me on
and then you lead me on
and then you're always gone

With the Checks & Balances of the game
You keep on stepping on the love we share together

Why can't you seem to seem to see inside My Eyes? and then maybe you'll
See that you're wearing a disguise inside And then maybe you'll
See now that you are not alive Inside and at that moment
Realize you left something behind

Villain with a Thousand Teeth

Written By: Chris Harris

They don't know what you're saying
But they love you anyway
You've got a monster smile
Such a white smile

You weave a fairytale
Spin a different story
They don't care what you're saying
Oh, the white lies

But I can see the monster
I can't see the dream
I can see the monster
I can't see the dream

Are we fooling ourselves
With something not meant to be?
Are we dooming ourselves
Cause we want to be free?
X2

You've got the media
wrapped around your finger
11 1/2"
Just the right size

You sent the media
To school for obedience
They guard your fairy tale
That's a good dog

I can see the monster
I can't see the dream
I can see the monster
I can't see the dream

Are we fooling ourselves
With something not meant to be?
Are we dooming ourselves
Cause we want to be free?
X2

Snakes creep along
With a stake in so much wrong
Careful underneath
For the Villain with a Thousand Teeth

68C

Written By: Chris Harris

I have seen where the dogs eat our dreams
From the highway you'll see Exit 68C
And a place guarded in secrecy

With railroad tracks and miles of coffins stacked
From the tomb of the womb to the womb of the tomb
They’ll convert us to one of the pack

They just look at us all as a flock of dumb sheep
No Revolt! 'Cause if you,
You can bet they'll be coming for you

Think about it....
When's the last time you actually decided on something yourself
Think about it....
And just ponder that thought for just one day
X2

I have seen how the dogs eat our dreams
From the chemical shots to electrical shocks
They keep winding our brains like a grandfather clock

'Cause what you see is all that you get
You can certainly tell it's a circle in hell,
And the cycle won't end till we finally rebel

They just look at us all as a flock of dumb sheep
No Revolt! 'Cause if you,
You can bet they'll be coming for you

Think about it....
When's the last time you actually decided on something yourself
Think about it....
And just ponder that thought for just one day
X2

They just look at us all as a flock of dumb sheep
No Revolt! 'Cause if you,
You can bet they'll be coming for you

Think about it....
When's the last time you actually decided on something yourself
Think about it....
And just ponder that thought for just one day
X2

Twitchy Eye

Written By: Chris Harris

My problems, they bubble and multiply
A conflict mitosis irreconciled
Wave upon wave burns the filament
Mem'ry of muscle belligerent

Twitchy Eye's got a candle
Twitchy Eye to a flame
Maybe I am the reason
Maybe my job's to blame
Maybe a love dismembered
Maybe I just don't care
Twitchy Eye's got a handle on the
Muscle Mem'ry

Fountain of acid pours up through the spout
Building the flame-riddled water spout
Up comes the spider and out through the vent
Heartburn - the day's ending testament

Twitchy Eye's got a candle
Twitchy Eye to a flame
Maybe I am the reason
Maybe my job's to blame
Maybe a love dismembered
Maybe I just don't care
Twitchy Eye's got a handle on the
Muscle Mem'ry

Run, Monkey, Run! Pt. I (Live Video)

Written By: Chris Harris

Congratulations on your new-found job
Cut all your hair off and don't look like a slob
Put on your running suit and ready your knife
I hope you like it....you'll be in it for life

Run, Monkey, Run!
$ix-figure income or bust!
Back-stabbed your friends, now there's no one you can trust
Run, Monkey, Run till you are worm food and dust...till you're gone!

Don't say you're tired
Pick up the pace!
I don't care what you do,
Just do what it takes
Grab those bananas with a smile on your face
Comply with me, or you'll be out of the race

Run, Monkey, Run!
$ix-figure income or bust!
Back-stabbed your friends, now there's no one you can trust
Run, Monkey, Run till you are worm food and dust...till you're gone!

We'll sell it all
Even your soul, you know

Run, Monkey, Run!
$ix-figure income or bust!
Back-stabbed your friends, now there's no one you can trust
Run, Monkey, Run till you are worm food and dust!
Run, Monkey, Run till you combust!
Run, Monkey, Run!
$ix-figure income or bust!
Back-stabbed your friends, now there's no one you can trust
Run, Monkey, Run till you are worm food and dust...till you're gone!

No One Gets Ahead

Written By: Chris Harris

Floating down the human chain
Lack of chromosome and inane
Fits in an ordinary world
With all the normal boys and girls

Something's wrong. You're not the same
Lack of fire, timid, and tame
Like you're in an ordinary world
With all the normal boys and girls

Not the same

No one left behind and no one gains
Casts a mold where we're all the same
To make it an ordinary world
With all the normal boys and girls

But I've made up my mind
That I won't leave you behind
Stuck in an ordinary world
With all the normal boys and girls

Boys and Girls

Controlling people's easy when they're all the same
And numbers take the place of a name
What's your number? Can you read between the lines?
Who's the master now of your mind?

Make it easy; Drop the bar
Down the ladder; In a jar
Catch the rabbit; Set a trap
And let the tortoise gain a lap

Make it easy; Drop the bar
Down the ladder; In a jar
Catch the rabbit; Set a trap
And let the tortoise gain a lap

Are you in there? Have you heard a word I said?
No emotion.....maybe not.
No one gets ahead cause no one's getting left behind
Not the answer for human kind

Make it easy; Drop the bar
Down the ladder; In a jar
Catch the rabbit; Set a trap
And let the tortoise gain a lap

Make it easy; Drop the bar
Down the ladder; In a jar
Catch the rabbit; Set a trap
And let the tortoise gain a lap

Are you in there? Have you heard a word I said?
No emotion.....maybe not.
No one gets ahead cause no one's getting left behind
Not the answer for human kind

Are you in there? Have you heard a word I said?
No emotion.....maybe not.
No one gets ahead cause no one's getting left behind
Not the answer for human kind
Are you in there? Have you heard a word I said?
No emotion.....maybe not.

Thousand Times Pt. II

Written By: Chris Harris

I remember the night we met
Haunted moon and stinging sweat
Crashed through the windows of my soul
In that devil's dress - I will not forget
I had been blessed with a vision
Of a future, a lasting incision
These wounds, they just will not mend
Till you're back in my life once again

Haven't I told you a thousand times
That I won't leave you behind?
Behind
Haven't I told you a thousand times
That I won't leave you behind?

I want everything that you've been
I want everything that you are
I want everything that you'll be -
What you'll mean to me,
What you mean to me
I had been blessed with a vision
Of a future, a lasting incision
These wounds, they just will not mend
Till you're back in my life once again

Haven't I told you a thousand times
That I won't leave you behind?
Behind
Haven't I told you a thousand times
That I won't leave you behind?

The Devil Waits for Me by the Window

Written By: Chris Harris

Welcome my friend to the city of sin
With service for your needs
For all moods that you're in
You're looking for help in all the wrong places
Too many people and all the wrong faces

I wait by windows
Scope out at night
With itchy trigger finger till target in site
I do my job, and I do it well!
Nothing personal, just a service I sell

And I'll always be there to shoot you down
When I see your heart up in the clouds
And I'll always be there to shoot you down
When I see you flying

Nothing is sacred from the voice in your head
That gives in to your fears and calls me instead
And it says, "You do your job, and you do it well!"
Nothing personal, just a service I sell

And I'll always be there to shoot you down
When I see your heart up in the clouds
And I'll always be there to shoot you down
When I see you flying

Feeling for the fear, waiting by the window

Discography

EP - Switzerland (to be released this summer)

Music featured on:
WLUW Radio One Chicago 88.7
Rock Chicago, CAN TV
The Flabby Hoffman Show, CAN TV
Fearless Radio
Screw Pop Culture Radio
The Metal Deli Radio Show
The Rock Deli Radio Show
Hidden Treasures of Rock ‘N Roll, UIC Radio
Last.fm
Indie104 - iRADIO LA

Set List

Our typical set lasts 45-60 minutes, though we can easily extend it.

Typical set list includes:
Days of Infamy
The Wanderer
Run, Monkey, Run! Pt. I
68C
Villain with a Thousand Teeth
Twitchy Eye
When the Flood Comes for You Pt. I
Checks & Balances
No One Gets Ahead
Enemy Within
Thousand Times Pt. II

Additional Songs:
Sentinel
Mask
The Devil Waits for Me by the Window
Mouse at the Wall
Lion at the Gate/Something's Got to Break
2012
Say Goodbye to Home