Silas Durocher and Everybody Knows

Silas Durocher and Everybody Knows

 Asheville, North Carolina, USA
BandRockClassical

Silas Durocher and Everybody Knows blends rock n' roll and funk with classical, composed music. The all-star ensemble features renowned classical instrumentalists and skilled rock musicians, creating a unique style that appeals to audiences of all ages and listening backgrounds.

Biography

www.silasdurocher.com

Born in 1985 in Austin, Texas, Silas Durocher is a composer, guitarist, songwriter, and singer who “understands that there are many mansions in the house of music and naturally partakes of all of them.” Bridging many styles, Silas focuses primarily on combining classical music with funk and rock n’ roll to create “music for the head, the heart, and the hips.” With this central idea, Silas’ music appears in many forms, including works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, rock bands, and solo performances.

Silas Durocher and Everybody Knows is a chamber rock ensemble that synthesizes the accessibility of funk and rock n’ roll with the intellectual stimulation of classical music. In the fall of 2008, the group released their debut album, Thesis Statement. Featuring an energetic mix of rock musicians and classical instrumentalists, the all-star group has been highly praised for it’s original and exciting live performances which have been drawing large audiences of all ages and listening backgrounds. The compositions for this ensemble create a truly unique style that blends Silas’ many interests into a “distinctive musical voice.”

Leif Bjaland, artistic director and conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra, commissioned Silas to compose a new work to expand on these ideas with a much larger ensemble. The composition received its world premiere in February, 2009 to an enthusiastic audience. After the success of this concert, Silas was commissioned to compose a piece for the Sarasota Orchestra to perform with Silas Durocher and Everybody Knows. The composition will receive its premiere in February, 2011.

Silas has played with many bands over the years, most notably Soulgrass Rebellion (reggae-rock-boogie), which has toured both coasts and the Caribbean and has shared the stage with internationally touring acts, and Stone Soup (folk-funk), which performed throughout southern Florida for two years and recorded a CD entitled Dancin’ Shoes.

Enrolling at New College of Florida in 2003, Silas began studying theory and composition. In 2006, he composed two pieces for the Florida Wind Quintet, both of which were published and sold internationally (purchase at TrevCo Music). Silas’ Brass Quintet in Three Movements was performed in the spring of 2007 by the Florida Brass Quintet, and his composition Why Not? was performed by the Keowee Wind Trio later that year. In 2010, Musicians Out of the Box String Quartet commissioned Silas to compose a piece for string quartet and speaker based on three poems by e.e. cummings. The work, at Play, was recorded and released on their CD of music for children, Music Tales Vol 2 .

Silas currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is immersed in the exciting music scene, playing with nationally and internationally touring artists such as Soulgrass Rebellion, soul-funk band Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, and gospel-rock outfit David Earl and the Plowshares..

Lyrics

I Always Watch

Written By: Silas Durocher

I got a little time and it’s sittin’ on my shoulder,
sittin’ on my shoulder.
I watch the leaves change, as it gets colder,
as it gets colder.
Wind chimes keepin’ time to my guitar strings,
I sing and I sing and I sing and I sing.
And the sun hasn’t moved in the sky for days.
I swear it’s been days.

I got a little time and I’ll spend it by myself,
spend it by myself.
I surely hope that I’m spending it well,
spending it well.
I got a mountain side, ocean side, open sky view
I’m lookin’ in the mirror but I’m lookin’ at you.
I see so many things I’ve never seen when I let myself dream.
When I let myself dream.

And if you think nobody’s watchin’, nobody’s watchin’
when you set back the hands of your clock.
I should tell you, I should tell you, I should tell you that
I always watch.
It’s just too beautiful, I couldn’t pass it up
and when I’m short on pennies, it always fills my cup.
We might lose track of time, we might lose track of my minds,
but as long as we watch each other I think we’ll be fine.

I got a little time and it’s sittin’ on my shoulder,
sittin’ on my shoulder.
It moves nice and slow, as I get older,
as I get older.
I woke up one morning, time was standing still,
I was soaking up life but I couldn’t get my fill.
I didn’t know if I should turn around or run ahead…
So I stood there instead.

I got a little time and I’ll spend it with my family,
spend it with my family.
It gets bigger each year which is just the way it should be,
just the way it should be.
Come on friend, there’s always more room,
always more love and more will come soon.
Love’s got this way of stretchin’ the time out so nice.
Yeah it’s so very nice.

And if you think nobody’s watchin’, nobody’s watchin’
when you set back the hands of your clock.
I should tell you, I should tell you, I should tell you that
I always watch.
It’s just too beautiful, I couldn’t pass it up
and when I’m short on pennies, it always fills my cup.
We might lose track of time, we might lose track of my minds,
but as long as we watch each other I think we’ll be fine.

I think we’ll be fine.
I think that…
Everything is gonna be alright,
everything is gonna be alright,
we’ll be fine.
We’ll be fine.

You get your coat and I’ll get mine,
we’ll go for a stroll.
I’ve got some time if you’ve got some,
where should we go?
It’s so good to be here with you my friend
it is, where I should be.
So glad that you could come out,
and play with me.

Devil on My Shoulder

Written By: Silas Durocher

I got the devil on my shoulder,
I got the devil in my head.
I got the devil tellin’ me,
that he wants me dead.
I got the devil on my shoulder,
I got the devil in my ear.
I tell him that I wanna hold on,
but that’s not what he wanna hear.

I guess I’m good as gone
cause when the devil wants you dead,
there ain’t nothing you can do
except to turn to god instead,
so I’m good as gone.

I got the devil on my shoulder,
I got the devil in my feet.
We’re dancing to a funeral march,
he don’t miss a beat.
I got the devil on my shoulder,
I got the devil in my knees.
He try to take me to the other world
and he don’t say please.

I got the devil on my shoulder,
I got the devil in my eyes.
I see what he sees,
so many sorry lives.
I got the devil on my shoulder,
I got the devil in my lips.
He say he love me,
but I don’t believe it.

Discography

Thesis Statement (2008)

Set List

Sample Set:

Home
Whatchya See is Whatchya Get
Casi Tango
Every Damn Time
Reach
Boom. Dee dah dee Dah.
Drum Solo
He Had More Strings Than Me
Picasso's Son
The Kind of Funk (Slight Return)

Set length varies depending on venue and event.