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Something Ordinary flaunts a fusion of guitar driven hooks and harmony laced melodies that remind us of how good it is to be a ordinary person living in an extrodinary world.

Biography

One of Chicago's electrifying new bands, Something Ordinary has thrilled thousands of fans at some of the Windy City's most prestigious venues and across the Midwest.

In April 2006, Something Ordinary won the Q101 Local Music Mailroom and became one of the most requested Chicago bands on Chicago's premiere alternative station.

Something Ordinary formed in 2002 when lead singer Gary Stanton met up with drummer Joel Abraham at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Gary was a reluctant performer at first, writing music for his ears only. But a cadre of his friends pressured him into an impromptu dorm-room session, where he performed his original works and completely stunned his friends with the quality and depth of his musical talents and songwriting ability.

Joel, who began his musical career in his church choir at age 6, was intently focused on school. But when he met Gary, they realized that their personalities and musical styles complimented each other.

Something Ordinary rounded out their group with Jay Mathes, a professional musician who has classical training in violin and recorded his first album at age 16. Jay's vast musical knowledge and experience helped to round out Something Ordinary, and his exemplary guitar skills provide a memorable riff to go along with the inspiring lyrics.

Their debut EP, "Speak in Shadows," was released in March 2006 to a throng of rave reviews and large performances.

Coming off a University of Illinois Battle of the Bands competition in which they won, a show at the Naperville Ribfest in front of over 5,000 spectators and an appearance in the semi-finals of the 2006 Emergenza music competiton, Something Ordinary has developed into one of Chicago's finest pop-rock bands.

Lyrics

Backseat

Written By: Gary Stanton

I speak in shadows or not at all.
And I'm straining hard to hear you talk.
There's just no comfort in in-between
an isolation ain't helping me.
There's all these things I wanna say
and it's easier to hesitate.
I can't decipher between heart and mind.
Cuz what I think and what I feel I keep all inside.
I'm here in the backseat, don't know what attracts me.
Attracts me to this place.
I know there's more than I can see
but I feel as if it's only me.
With my shadow, in my place.
I scratch the surface and speak aloud,
and this seperation just shuts me out.
One distinction there has to be.
Am I hear to nod my head or am I more inclined to speak.
A glimpse of what I was sits next to me.
It's easier to fade away in the gray.
Than to jump right out and shaw my scars my stains.
I will glance into the brazen light alright.
And change from see to hear in the blink of an eye.

More Than Alive

Written By: Gary Stanton

Stranger, you grace across the room from someone else's dream.
Your eyes mistake to me.
And I wonder,
is it me that caught your eye,
or some other passerby,
I'm a captive in disguise.
It's strange to see and feel that I could be more than alive.
When chance is all I see
your smile explains to me
I'm more than alive.
Stranger a second's all it takes,
for you to fade away
from where you shadow stays.
And I wonder what lies
behind your eyes.
Intent for something more or a simple sly suprise.
Cuz I know this all could be gone
in a flash and I see you standing there,
there's no turning back,
and I feel this time,
I'm just more than alive.

Good Man

Written By: Gary Stanton

verse 1

Am I a good man or do I miss the mark,
do I miss the obvious while I'm living in the dark.
Cuz the truth is not here
The truth is not now
and I'm so loud that I can't hear what the truth is all about.
Lay me down in pieces.

Just when I think I've made a change
I'm spun around and shown I'm still the same.
Strength comes when I'm left to decide
To be the man I know I am inside.

chorus

Break me from young and weak to strong.
Am I a good man, or do I have it all wrong.
I am flaw filled with no one left but you.
And it's the falling short that I can't seem to get through.

verse 2

If I'm a failed man then what is left to say,
When I can be defined by all the blind mistakes I've made.
And it's hard to realize that there's more than black and white
And that good is only good when it has bad to stand beside.

Just when I think I've made a change
I'm spun around and shown I'm still the same.
Strength comes when I'm left to decide
To be the man I know I am inside.

Break me from young and weak to strong.
Am I a good man, or do I have it all wrong.
I am flaw filled with no one left but you.
And it's the falling short that I can't seem to get through.

Discography

Speak in Shadows (2006 EP)

Set List

More Than Alive
No Time for Two
Without a Word
Good Man
Backseat
Haunted
Spot On
Control of It
Burden
Numb
Two By Candlelight
No Time for Two
Love to Bear
Spot On
Control of It
Let Me

(2 40 minute sets or 1 80 minute set)