Shayna and the Bulldog

Shayna and the Bulldog

 Davis, California, USA
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Shayna and the Bulldog write heartfelt chamber rock that has grown from its rock'n'roll roots into an accessible mixture of Americana songwriting and baroque rock.

Biography

Shayna and the Bulldog ("SatB") are a quartet of humans--not a girl and her pet dog as the name implies. Specifically, they are four musicians from the small college town of Davis, CA who have crafted a heartfelt take on indie pop that combines crackling songwriting rooted in rock'n'roll with chamber pop sensibility. The foursome who came about through Craig's List ads and coffee shop encounters is Charles Castle (vocals, keys), Joel Daniel (vocals, bass), Cozy Gazelle (guitar, vocals), and Nina Doherty (drums, percussion). Shayna and the Bulldog (self-titled, S/T) is their second LP, and SatB will tour the West coast in support of the record in coming months.

SatB set out to record their S/T record in the spring of 2010 at The Hangar (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Jason Lytle) in Sacramento, CA with Doombird frontman Kris Anaya as producer. Full of lightly distorted organs and guitars, unconventional drumbeats, reverb-soaked harmonies, and occasional orchestral ramblings, S/T recalls Cherry Tree-era National, Death Cab for Cutie, and late-era Beach Boys. Thematically, it's a record about loss and the emotional alchemy necessary to transform challenging experiences into something beautiful, such as a song. SatB's offerings on S/T achieve this transformation. The songs, like lipstick on an empty glass, hint at those moments that inspired their writings, yet stand apart as a reminder that there is always hope in change, and in the unexpected consequence of a moment in time. SatB is certainly hopeful for the future and anxious to bring this album and the songs it contains to new audiences and new towns around the country.

Lyrics

Open Spaces

Written By: Caskey/Gazelle

The sails and oars were broken
but they never felt alone
The captain knew the way to sail them
but he was sailing them further from home

From the night stars in the sky
they saw the forest from the trees
But they were always only moving
at the whims of the breeze

In these words and open spaces
I see you in familiar faces
We're falling off the path
A momentary lapse of silence
gives you hope and gives you guidance
a light will lead you back.

23

Written By: Rapaport/Caskey

I am alive
I am alive
I'm living by a finger but I'm here tonight
Every baseball, every poem
gets sent into this world on a coming storm

Every time, you close your eyes
Do you see colors or birds in flight?
Each wall of white and sliver of time
I think of how things metastasize

Back when you were 23, oh why
Did you say that you would marry me, why oh why
Back when you were 23
Was it only in a daydream?

I am alive, I am alive
I'm living by a finger but I'm here tonight
The anticlimax of every song
gets sent into this world and it falls like a stone

I am alive, I am alive
Bent around a table, but I'm here tonight
Every time I close my eyes
I see you in color seeing black and white

Back when you were 23, oh why
Did you say that you would marry me, why oh why
Back when you were 23
Was it only in a daydream?

Everybody's got their own advice.

Madeline

Written By: Caskey

Maddie, we gotta talk
your manic pixie dust has given me a cough
Oh Madeline, let's take a walk
you're such a stylish girl whose beauty's wearing off

Madeline, oh Madeline
Hold me now like you used to tonight
Madeline, oh Madeline
Be like you used to tonight

Maddie, you're telling me
You find a fatal flaw in everything you see
Oh Madeline, I disagree
We can't live like people on the TV

Oh Madeline, oh Madeline
Hold me now like you used to tonight
Madeline, Oh Madeline
Be like you used to tonight

.. or I must be going
time's passing by, like our lives.

If You Want To

Written By: Rapaport

I am bound to wander, you can stay and wait if you want to
If you want to you can stand beside the moonlight 'til the sun it rises
If you want to ..

Our hearts beat it's no wonder we'll live and we'll flounder if we want to
but living under this roof, it ain't easy, it's gonna kill me and it's starting to

If you want to you can stand beside the moonlight 'til the sun it rises
If you want to ..

You can turn your eyes
You can turn your eyes so you don't see the tail lights pass you by

You will have your time

Leases

Written By: Rapaport

The lease is up at the end of month
We're the last here of all our friends
Don't know if I can do this again
Land lines are at their end

You've gotta turn your ears up
I'm gonna turn my ears right up

'cuz my body aches, my lips bemoan into the speaking end of a telephone
my body aches, more than you know, more than i can say into this telephone

This is the coldest moment I've ever known
Closing lines and closing homes
Everything I own is on the lawn
and I need my sweater to fight this cold coming on

'cuz my body aches, my lips bemoan into the speaking end of a telephone
my body aches, more than you know, more than i can say into this telephone

I missed the warning signs
I'm sorry I missed the warning signs.
We will wake right up in another town.

Discography

Self-titled (S/T) - 2011
States (LP) - 2009
Basement Love Explosion (EP) - 2008
Firecracker in Winter (EP) - 2007

Promotional period for Self-titled disc have not begun, but tracks from States are in rotation and receiving airplay on the following stations:

WRNC Ashland, WI - (Record peaked at # 1)
KRFP Moscow, ID
NVWR Reno, NV
WXLV Schnecksville, PA
WSFX Nanticoke, PA
WWHR Bowling Green, KY
WMXM Lake Forest, IL
WNSU Fort Lauderdale, FL
WSJU Jamaica, NY
WWUH West Hartford, CT
WIDR Kalamazoo, MI
KAMP Tucson, AZ
KDVS Davis, CA
KSCL Shreveport, LA
WBNY Buffalo, NY
WMBR Cambridge, MA
Bearcast Radio Cincinnati, OH
KGAR Lemoore, CA
CFRU Guelph, ON
WRUR Rochester, NY
WSBU St. Bonaventure, NY
WTCC Springfield, MA
WTJU Charlottesville, VA
WXAC Reading, PA
OHIO.FM Columbus, OH
KHNS Haines, AK
KCSS Turlock, CA
WNCW Spindale, NC
KOPN Columbia, MO

Set List

They generally play original music. Their sets times vary. They can play up to 3, 45 minute sets.