Slave Bird Saloon

Slave Bird Saloon

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Slave Bird Saloon is rock n roll band at heart, with a spacey, experimental twist. All three boys sing and harmonize well together, adding a rich symphonic element to their sound. With hints of folk, blues, brit pop, and funk, this power trio can go from a thunderous roar to a heartfelt whisper.

Biography

Slave Bird Saloon came together in October of 2009. Andrés and Greg have been jamming and writing together, off and on, for about two years. Shortly after leaving music school in Los Angeles, Andrés put an ad out on laweekly.com looking for people to jam with and stumbled across Greg, who had just moved to California from Vancouver, Canada. They both hit it off right away and would get together to play songs by the Beatles, Ray charles, The Doors, Radiohead... etc etc. Months Later, Andrés was hired to be the guitar player for a band that was going on a full US tour. He jumped at the opportunity but kept in touch with Greg. When the tour was over, he realized, though he was being paid to play music for the first time, musically, it wasn't what he wanted to do. So he left the band and went back to playing with Greg. They picked up where they left off and started writing some material. The two moved to Murrieta, Andrés' home town, to mellow out and focus on their new project. For the next year they jammed with countless musicians, trying to find a kindred spirit but to no avail. Nevertheless, they continued writing but decided it would be best to move back to LA to find the rest of the band.
In LA, they kept finding more and more musicians, but still no one that really fit. Then on his way to a jam with Andrés, Greg was t-boned by a driver who ran a red light. He thankfully wasn't fatally injured but the pain in his arms made it impossible to play bass for the next six months. Andrés kept writing and recording at home, when one day he ran into a bass player who introduced him to Lisa Donnelly, a singer/songwriter from Lawrence, Kansas. She was in dire need of a guitar player and it all worked out perfectly. For the next 9 months, Andrés played in Lisa's band and toured around the US once again. While on the road, Andrés was working on some songs for a solo album, and he recorded a few demos in his room upon returning. He'd always kept in contact with Greg and showed him a few tracks. Greg loved it and once again, they making music together, but they needed a drummer. And they didn't just want some guy to beat away on the skins. They wanted someone who understood what making music was about.
A couple weeks later Andrés agreed to play a little show with Lisa at Bar Lubitsch in Hollywood. After the performance Andrés was introduced to Joe, by one of Lisa's friends. They talked about music and their influences and they immediately hit it off. They soon started jamming together and it just felt right. Joe, being not just a drummer, but a guitar player, singer and songwriter was a perfect match.
Since that chance meeting they have played a couple shows to get their feet wet and have received a very warm welcome. They are currently working on some more material and looking to hit the ground running in 2010.

Lyrics

For Another Day

Written By: Andrés Villalobos

I’m letting go- I’m letting go,-
Won’t fight the undertow no more,-
‘cuz The more I try, the less I find,
My head above the water line.

Now I drift- I drift- I-
Don’t know where the current’s taking me,
I might be lost,
But I feel so free,
Worse case I drown, but my only fear,

Is to hold my breath,
Oh to hold my breath,
Don’t wanna hold my breath,
No, I won’t hold my breath,

For the heavens to rain,
For the tide to change,
‘Til I’m blue in the face,
For another day.

I see an island on the horizon,
Floating in a sea of shimmering diamonds,
I want to warm my bones on her beach,
I want to feel the sand beneath my feet,
This could be the end,
Or the beginning,
Either way-

I ain’t holding my breath,
No, I wont hold my breath,
Don’t wanna hold my breath,
No, I wont hold my breath,

For the heavens to rain,
For the tide to change,
‘Til I’m blue in the face,
For another day

Old Age And Earthquakes

Written By: Andrés Villalobos

Don’t you worry about a thing,
Old age and earthquakes,
Are far from your reign.

So what’s your hurry? Tomorrow can wait.
Tell me your story,
I’ll show you where I’ve been.

And Darlin’ we can take our time,
Yeah we’ll take our sweet little time.
Grapes on a vine don’t become fine wine over night,
It’s gonna take us a little time.

Heaven is waiting and closer than you-
Could ever imagine,
It’s never too late.

So Darlin’ we can take our time,
Maybe then you will understand,
Grapes on a vine don’t become fine over night,
It’s gonna take us a little time.

The sun Went Down

Written By: Andrés Villalobos

The sun went down yesterday,
It’s getting colder by the hour.
Still no trace, no, there ain’t no sign of it,
Anywhere around.

Days crawl by like I’m doin’ time,
I’ll just sit right here and wait.
Was it something I said?
Is this just fate?
You know it all stings the same.

But I’ll try- I’ll try,
To look at the bright side of the night,
With hopeful eyes-
Though there ain't much to look up to-
Without you,
I feel alone in a crowded room.

Months and months since the last sunset,
Candles keep burning and the moon does it’s best,
I can count the stars any time of day,
But it’s not enough to forget…

And I’ve tried- I’ve tried,
To look at the bright side of the night,
With hopeful eyes-
Though there's nothing to look up to-
Without you,
I feel alone in a crowded room

The sun left town so long ago,
I can’t remember exactly when.
It’s out of my hands; I’ll watch the pouring sand,
Till you shine your love again.

Two Hearts On A Wire

Written By: Andrés Villalobos

Two Hearts on a wire,
Hanging out to dry,
You’re playing with fire,
My tongue is tied.

Hey now can’t you see,
I’m waking from my sleep,
Spreading out my wings.

Come on, along,
We can just have fun,
Careful now,
Don’t want you to fall-

Down from the top,
Of the crumbling wall,
That I put up, brick by brick,
To hide myself from the world.
It’s gonna take a little longer,
All I got now is time,
And I just wanna be free,
To ride the wind through my life.

You’re a lover for hire,
I just can’t afford,
All I got is a bittersweet kiss,
With one foot out the door.

Hold on, hold on,
Don’t jump the gun,
Don’t look down,
Don’t want you to fall-

Down from the top,
Of the crumbling wall,
That I put up, brick by brick,
To hide myself from the world.
It’s gonna take a little longer,
All I got now is time
I just gotta be free,
To ride the wind through my life.

Set List

Setlist for Slave Bird Saloon's first show:
-For Another Day
-The Bends (Radiohead)
-Old Age And Earthquakes
-Better Left Unsaid -Norwegian Wood (The Beatles)
-The Sun Went Down
-Pumping On Your Stereo /Rebel Rebel {medley} (Supergrass/David Bowie)
-Two Hearts On A Wire