Serial Thrillers

Serial Thrillers

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandRockPop

Oddly sweet alt.pop Rock.

Biography

The Boston based Alt-Pop rock duo "Serial Thrillers" is a creation of singer/songwriter Paul Ortolano and drummer Stephen Clements. The 12-song debut CD "Serial Thrillers" was produced by Anthony J. Resta (Collective Soul, Duran Duran, Shawn Mullins, Perry Farrell) is a powerful taste of edgy pop revisiting classic album rock.

Ortolano and Clements have worked together in several bands, sharing stages with the likes of King’s X, Godsmack, Howie Day, Big Wreck, The Tubes, Warrant and Extreme. They also teamed up with New Wave front girl and legendary singer Dale Bozzio for a tour with (one of Gwen Stefani’s favorite super groups) Missing Persons. Over the past several years they’ve kept busy writing, recording, and playing venues in the US, as well as doing live on-air interviews and performances at numerous rock and college stations in New England. Additionally, Stephen’s studio session work and Paul’s guitar work have been featured on radio remixes for RCA Records and Hollywood Records.

Born from a diverse background of musical talent, technology, and media exploration, the duo brings a dynamic and guitar energized studio sound to the live stage accompanied by visual textures of synchronized lighting and original video art/Indie film clips to saturate the senses.

The songs, written by Paul Ortolano, are Serial Thrillers’ foundation – unusual, beautiful compositions with influences that span from pop to progressive and lyrics that can cut with a blunt edge, or mix fiction and autobiography into delightfully ambiguous landscapes. From the melodious twists and turns of songs like "Defied", to the upbeat shuffle & honesty of "So Beautiful", to the bold commentary of straight up rock tracks "Unattractive" and "Miss Black and White, "Serial Thrillers" has something for just about everyone.

The band is gearing up for tour dates in the Winter/Spring of 2011 to support the release of their new Single "So Beautiful" to HotAC radio across the US, and the world via the internet. Downloads and physical copies of their Debut album, their new "F5" EP, & all singles are available now at www.Serial-Thrillers.com, itunes, Cdbaby, myspace, and many other web & retail outlets.

Lyrics

Defied

Written By: P. Ortolano

I knew that we'd never last this way
a situation too hard to obey
keeping your secrets just gave them away
and in the distance you try to remain
will of resistance with nothing to gain
then we flip places and start a new game

Let me off the hook
Take me out of line
get me out of here
we draw an imaginary line between us
tell me how this could be defied

It's time to begin, to know what you want
It's time to begin if you're holding on...

I knew that we'd have to pass this way
beyond a promise we're bound to betray
wearing the faces of indifferent play
if in the moment you try to attain
intuitively responding to change
alter perspective to all you restrain

Let me off the hook now
Take me out of line there
get me out of here
oh, we draw an imaginary line between us
tell me how this can be defied

It's time to begin, to know what you want
It's time to begin if you're holding on... [to the end]

and where is the hook that's dragging you down
caught in a memory
and pushing me back from holding you now
keeping this boundary is wearing us out
to honor the lie won't leave us unaffected til we reject it

Let me off the hook now
Take me out of line there
get me out of here when
we draw that imaginary line between us
you know it’s only our minds between us
with an imaginary line between us
tell me how this could be defied

It's time to begin, time to give in
It’s never too late to say what you want, you can take it
Jut let it all go, if you're holding on you forsake it
It's time to begin, to do what you want
and it's coming closer
Is it a sin to be what your are?
or deny it, never try it, put a line between us
I knew that we couldn’t last this way

Miss Black and White

Written By: P. Ortolano

Tired of lingering around when I should know
I’ve been hanging around when I should’ve got out
instead of tearing it down you could’ve acted like it meant something

Every piece of the mind you call a low blow
give an inch it’s a mile before you let it go
when I try to be kind you’re disappointed that’s all I could bring

Something’s waiting for me in the back of your mind
You’ve got to hit me so why don’t you come to it?
I’m either on a pedestal or devil from hell
Your sky is always grey Miss black and white
(It’s never right)

If the taste of your smile can knock my guard down
just a moment to sour the benefit of the doubt
like I've been here before a dozen times after the bridge was burned
kinetic acidic tongue you never could tame
why should you look at yourself when you’ve got someone to blame
it's not the baggage you’ve got, it's what you say and do with what you learn

Something’s waiting for me in the back of your mind
You’ve got to hit me so why don’t you come do it?
either on a pedestal or devil from hell
Your sky is always grey Miss black and white
tunnel vision rage, your sky is always grey - Miss spite

No matter what you change it’s never right
Tunnel vision rage with no end in sight
You only dream in spite Miss black and white

Loose lips, sling shit
As if possessed under a hex
A pent up tirade, or is it just the age?

Something’s waiting for me in the back of your mind
You’ve got to hit me so why don’t you come to it?
either on a pedestal or devil from hell
Your sky is always grey Miss black and white
Tunnel vision rage, Miss black and white
Your sky is always grey – Miss spite

No matter what you change it’s never right
Tunnel vision rage with no end in sight
I used to think somehow you’d see the light
Your sky is always grey miss black and white
(It’s never right)

Unattractive

Written By: Paul Ortolano

You look so nice
wearing out your pieces of advice
all eyes look twice
as you find your place there before them
and when you get what you get it’s all you feel
I guess you don’t feel much

within my mind
I write the part that you’re playing
held up so high
too high to hear the things you’re saying
and when I give what I give you when I see you
I guess I give too much

I might be the one you thought you'd never find
but you’ll never even know me
because you find me unattractive

young mind learns fast to cultivate adulation
you use your genes to manipulate conversation
and when you hear what you hear it’s like a fix
I guess you got too much

just like a trap the images are placed all around me
what to want and who to want
and where to buy the style that fills you up
and when I find that I find the price too high
I guess I won’t get much

I could be the one you thought you'd never find
but you’ll never even know me
because you find me unattractive

I know things aren’t always as they appear
try not to hide my face in superficial fear
as I talk with you I watch my vision of you change
and all I thought you were and everything just wears away

I won’t be the one to open up your mind
to see beyond the mirror
I guess I’m glad I’ll never be the one
to open up your eyes
‘cause you’ll never even know me
because you find me unattractive

So Beautiful

Written By: Paul Ortolano

It’s so beautiful and it’s so wonderful
and I’ve never had it like this before

If I try to resist,
I just crumble when you insist
When there’s doubt in my mind,
you’re the only proof that I can find

It’s in your voice when you call me
And I watch as complicated gives way to serene

It’s so beautiful and it’s so wonderful
and I’ve never had it like this before
giving all of myself into this and over time
I’ve come to realize there’s nothing I’ve left behind

If it’s heavy and serious
when I’m lost and delirious
if it’s all coming down
you’re the one who keeps me on the ground

It’s every way that you reach me
I can feel this connection of complete symmetry

It’s so beautiful and it’s so wonderful
and I’ve never had it like this before
giving all of myself into this and over time
I’ve come to realize

There’s something amazing I can’t deny
So wrong if we said goodbye…
Together we’ve sealed this heart
I don’t believe we could break it apart

You’re so beautiful and you’re so wonderful
and I’ve never had it like this before
giving all of my heart into this and over time
I’ve come to realize there’s nothing I’ve left behind

Discography

- Serial Thrillers - 12 song debut CD
- Serial Thrillers 'F5' 5 Song EP

Set List

Recent set... approx 50min

The Cycle
Defied
Unattractive
Forgive
Fine
If Ever
Next to the hills and quite close by
Rex
Pizza Martini
Bolder
So Beautiful
Miss Black & White

She
The Rise