Socratic

Socratic

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A trademark mix of clever lyrics, adorned melodies, brilliant vocals, and engaging arrangements separates Socratic from the rest. Socratic has worked with John Goodmanson, Mark Hoppus, and has toured Australia, Japan, and the United States including SXSW four years in a row.

Biography

In 2004 Socratic signed to Drive-Thru Records, who put out their first full-length, Lunch for the Sky, in 2005. The album was produced by John Goodmanson (Owl City) at Longview Farms Studio in rural Western Massachusetts. On December 5th, 2006, a free 5-track EP entitled Just Turn was made available for download from the band's Myspace and PureVolume profiles. Their next full length album entitled Spread The Rumors (produced by Mark Hoppus of Blink182) hit the shelves on May 6, 2008, featuring the song "Boy In A Magazine," their first single. They also made a video for "May I Bum and Smoke" and "Boy In A Magazine" in 2008.

Socratic has been fortunate enough to travel to Japan and Australia (Soundwaves Festival) as well as all across the United States and has shared the stage with acts ranging from Incubus, Hellogoodbye, Say Anything, MeWithoutYou, Brand New, Gin Blossoms, Pete Yorn, and even the Telletubies.

Socratic is currently writing for the upcoming record - no release date has been decided yet. Socratic is looking for new management, record label, and touring agent.

Lyrics

A Better Place Is Waiting

Written By: Duane Okun, Socratic

Hello my dear the sun is here and it is time for changing
The grass it grows and yes I know how much it's been raining
Don't catch a cold disrobe those those clothes they'll be no complaining
Forget your job, forget your mom
A better place is waiting

When I was gone you were home watching your new t.v.
You must see and understand I know that it's not easy
And it's okay some times you stress makes you some what bitchy
Forget your friends, forget your dad
A better place is waiting

I think it's time I leave the band and run away with you
It's hard to feel the way I do when I just want to be with you

I saw a bird that flew so high but could tell was lonely
He flew a month his beak out front had worms for a family
The worms they died though he tried to get them to New Jersey
Forget my trails and made up tails
A better place is waiting

I am sorry you feel rushed, I'm just sick of waiting
I have seemed to lose my sight
Become sick of sedating
My hopes and dreams were just small seams that keep my wrists together
Forget my clothes and empty shows
A better place is waiting

In A House

Written By: Duane Okun, Socratic

I'd have to say that is a nice haircut.
Your car is shiny like your balding head.
And when you're 40 you will look like hell.
I'll be sleeping with your girl in my new bought bed.
In a house we'll get over the hill.
You'd yell as we'd laugh at the time that we've killed.
Close your eyes, count to three.
Can't you see she was doormat to me. A place I wiped my feet.
A marvelous carnival where the lies were believable.
All her love and all her fear, I owned them for many years.

I'd have to say those are some nice muscles.
Your heavyweights in your big bedroom.
As for me I've been painting a lot - pictures of land and some pictures of your girlfriend's goods.
Can't you see she was doormat to me. A place I wiped my feet.
A marvelous carnival where the lies were believable.
All her love and all her fear, I owned them for many years.

Is true love a thing to save? I always got more then I gave.
In a house we'll get over the hill. You yell as we laugh at the time that we've killed.
Close your eyes, count to three. 1-2-3 You pretend you're me.
Can't you see she was doormat to me. A place I wiped my feet.
A marvelous carnival where the lies were believable.
All her love and all her fear, I owned them for many years.

Who Is He?

Written By: Duane Okun, Socratic

Born in Glasgow, his father died when he was 13. He joined the royal navy was captured by the Japanese.
He tried to see the brighter side of all his insanity. After all who is he?
His lovely mother died when he was only 14. She was of royal family, lived a life that was oh so clean.
He tried to see the brighter side of all his insanity. After all who is he?

He saw beauty in his eyes in times he thought he could not see
He thought he was sick of the weather - it turned out he lived sickly
How many people did he meet he thought were real but were really in dream
Walked alone, nodded and appeased every human being in the street

He had a very depressed brother who died when he was only 43.
Lonely fellows despise the lively.
Then he thought "well if everyone is leaving, it must be time for me to leave too"
With a smile on his face he quickly gave chase to the ocean's majestic view.
And he ran, fell to his knees in the sand, questioned reality. After all who is he?

He saw beauty in his eyes in times he thought he could not see
He thought he was sick of the weather - it turned out he lived sickly
How many people did he meet he thought were real but were really in dream
Walked alone, nodded and appeased every human being in the street

Those up there can't see down here. With your feet in the water, you know your home is near.

Give & Take 2

Written By: Duane Okun, Socratic

Parents it's not enough to keep your kids at a steady pace
You tie their shoes from birth but can't follow them to this place
Where the more drugs you have the more friends you make
The more you give, the more they like to take

Schooling's never good
Told you'd make so many friends
Never thought you would
School work takes up all your time
The kids back home say you're shady now
You never care enough to call

I live like this every day
The more drugs I have the more friends I make
The more I give the more they like to take
I don't want to realize the kids back home say I'm shady now
I never care enough to call

Jump start your career
What will you wear? When will you wake?
How much bullshit from your boss will you take?
Get measured by your bank account
I'm finding out that's all that counts

I won't help your finances
No big house, No nice car
Just a credit card that bought a cell phone
Some Wendy's on your way home
You're fatter then you were last year
You're talking but it's hard to hear them now

I live like this every day
The more drugs I have the more friends I make
The more I give the more they like to take
I don't want to realize the kids back home say I'm shady now
I never care enough to call

Come visit me lonely ghost
Tell me that I should love my life
Show me the world without me
Tell me to return to it better than I was before
Singing carols from door to door

Can I see her if I don't talk about us anymore?
I won't talk about it anymore
I swear I won't talk about the other boy

The kids back home they seem shady now
They never cared enough to call

Flowers In The Garden

Written By: Duane Okun, Socratic

Thinking all by myself sitting in the garden
Looking down on mother earth flowers in her garden
I look around there's no one there just a lock of her hair
Trying to find myself flowers in the garden

Everyone says to behave don't carry a burden
Who's to say who we shall save hide behind the curtain
Pull it away there's no one there why should I feel so scared trying to find myself
sitting in the garden
I follow footsteps that are younger then mine
Around the garden they wind

Hush little baby don't say a word papa's gonna buy you a mocking bird
There's one sick secret that bird told - Papa buried her beneath the marigolds
My wrinkled fingers dig up the dirt while the virgin sun beats at my shirt
Shovel hits flesh, I'm not alone
One by one I pull out all the bones
So young, so sweet, so pure
The wind doesn't sound so peaceful anymore
Leave me with the leaves
The ground is alive I can hear it breathe
And the laughing of a bird perched in his tree

I followed footsteps that were younger than mine around the garden they wind
Now she's flowers in the garden

Discography

"Lunch For The Sky" (2005) LP
- Scanned 15,000 units domestically, with distribution in Japan, Australia, England, and online outlets.
- Surrounding release and subsequent year, several tracks featured on MTV's lineup of reality television, including "The Real World", "Pimp My Ride", "MADE", "The Hills".
- Song "Too Late Too Soon" featured in an episode of A&E's "Dog The Bounty Hunter."
- Song "U and Left Turns" featured in the major motion picture "Kids in America."

"Just Turn" (2006) EP
- Self-produced and offered free online for download, with unique downloads near 50,000 to date.

"Spread The Rumors" (2008) LP
- Produced by Mark Hoppus (Blink-182, +44) in Hollywood, CA
- Absolute Punk, May 2008 "one of the most enjoyable pop-rock albums released in 2008."
- Music video for "Boy in a Magazine" featured on MusicChoice OnDemand as well as rotation on the "Alternative Rock" channel
- Has acquired over 200,000+ plays on youtube and mtv.com
- "Constant Apology" featured as opening song for the season finale on "The Real World: Hollywood."
- Alternative Press, June 2008: "For those eyeing a pop-rock getaway that's a bit more daring and exotic, Socratic just may be the golden ticket."
- All records available on "Touch Tunes" in bars and restaurants across the country.
- On rotation nationwide in Hollister Stores.

Set List

Socratic performs a variety of songs from each release. Socratic's typical set list consists of 10-15 original songs over a 45 minute to 1 hour time period.

Socratic is also open to requests off any of their releases.

Depending on the type of show Socratic enjoys covering an occasional Beatles tune.