shining through

shining through

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"Undeniable is James Clelland's way with words, shining through's crunchy guitars, and the bigger ideas that exist on MAN VS WILD. Overall, it's an undeniably honest and bare EP with - and I can't stop emphasizing this - lyrics that win in both symbolism and vocal punch." ~ ABSOLUTEPUNK.NET

Biography

shining through is the brainchild of singer/guitarist James Clelland. Since its 2003 inception the band has self-released 5 recordings and has played with bands like Portugal the Man, My American Heart, Weatherbox, Hellogoodbye, and The Receiving End of Sirens while roaming the country on self-booked, self-promoted tours. shining throughÂ’s latest EP, Man vs. Wild, was released as a free exclusive download on Absolutepunk.net in November of 2007 after the band was noticed by Jason Tate the previous summer. To date it has been downloaded over 10,000 times. shapeshifter, a three song EP which sees James Clelland playing all of the instruments except for the drums, will be released in April of 2009 and will be followed by a three week tour spanning the western half of the United States, followed closely after by a two month trek covering the entire country. shining throughÂ’s debut album, the great enigma, will be recorded at the end of the summer of 2009 and will be released in the winter. As of now shining through consists of James Clelland (vocals, guitar), Ron Marinelli (drums), Cameron Austgen (bass) and Alex Acuna (guitar).

Lyrics

axed

Written By: james clelland

axed

my sun;
cutting out and in
there's a tiger in my lifeboat
and I know him

and as I lay down on my squeaky bed
to race the race in my aching head
i felt my brain gasp
i heard my mom ask
if I was feeling okay

i walked in and saw my clothes clean
my loneliness was rushed away
and I said
"lay down,
you might die here
but you're gonna wait this one out"

struck white under fluorescent light
under a blanket I held tight
shakin the feelings from my toes
i felt the fuses start to blow

and as I lay down on my squeaky bed
to race the race in my aching head
i felt my brain gasp CUT CLASS
i heard my mom ask A CAR CRASH
if I was feelin okay
and I said no mom NO MOM
i did a bad thing AGAIN
but I love you so much more
than this translation could ever prove

the smoke and the sounds

Written By: james clelland

the smoke and the sounds

there are three prospects that steal my attention
and one I think I'm in love with
but when it counts I always lose my voice
god forbid show any affection

i am overwhelmed by self judgement
familiar with disappointment
i'm an unlubricated machine
its either die or start coming clean

i'm running forward with an awkward sense of direction
about forty digits separate me from connection
i've lost the need to impress but not the fear of rejection
when I don't care enough but would still like to get some

there are three prospects that steal my attention
and one I wish I could talk to
but the hunters always come in first
because they can fake affection

BITCHES LOVE THAT

i am overwhelmed by self judgement
familiar with disappointment
i'm an unlubricated machine
its either die or start coming clean

we drove through streets with rolling green hills and asked what its
like to be normal
i crept along, lied through my teeth and I always felt so immoral
we seemed so important
but we felt so dull
in a world to fit in, neurosis: cast me still

man vs wild

Written By: james clelland

there's a deck over my head
and there's a line I love to cross
and everyday I make the same mistake
cause I don't know loss

there's a deck over my head
it testifies to what living is
to risk
to things I haven't done
and honestly of which
i am deathly afraid

so lets just say
most of the time the words escape me

there's a deck over my head
holding people that I love
and every time I try but can't somehow
i only think of them

so lets just say
most of the time the words escape me
i do nothing or I try too hard
and sometimes
my body hates me
but that's just the game
just the game

i can call this winning if you can too.

Discography

Shapeshifter EP (2009)
C Sides EP (2009)
Man vs Wild EP (2007)
The Smoke and the Sounds EP (2006)
The White House EP (2005)
I Shot out Every Light in Town EP (2005)
The Ground Beneath Her Hands EP (2004)

Set List

30 min set.

6 Songs:

The Smoke and the Sounds
Axed
Man vs Wild
When it Wasn't Fun
I Owe You That
Dancin Round the Devil