SPEAKERMUTE

SPEAKERMUTE

 Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativeRock

SPEAKERMUTE is a mixed-melody influenced, pop-friendly, rock ensemble featuring honest vocals, contemporary grooves, thoughtful orientation, and appealing song writing and composition. Frequent online downloads, college radio play, and a growing fanbase has made speakermute a growing indie-icon.

Biography

SPEAKERMUTE a melodically influenced rock band that formed in 2005. It is currently based just outside Boston in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts. Speaker/MUTE incorporates melodic tendencies found in several styles of music and blend them with solid grooves with pop-like progressions. With the addition of multiple effects, thoughtful harmonic orientations, and tight drumming the group has been able to produce an original sound uncharacteristic to various current groups out there.

In the summer of 2005, the band began as two former horn players Bryan MacAuslan and Corey Blanchette occasionally spend time together writing and recording musical ideas. Although at the time they were unsure of this obviously different project, they still believed it was worthy to take to the next level. Soon they would search for additional musicians to take the music outside of their Wilder Street apartment. That following winter, they would work together with various drummers and bass players. Eventually, they would and adopt a new place for developing at “the sub” and progress their tunes and original ideas.

The following October, the group still short an official bass player, planned their first performance. Although the help of a friend would allow them fill the bass role for the night, they hoped the mild exposure could lead them to their missing piece. Easily, they were right. Within a week Jared Ambrose, a saxophonist and friend from college, would join the group on bass.

In March of 2008 their debut EP “Songs For Selfish Lovers” was released. On this you could hear the blend of many influences ranging from Radiohead to Jeff Buckley, U2 to The Postal Service to even Warren Zevon. Rave reviews and consistent local radio play followed. The success of the group was growing and within months they were headlining some of the biggest rock clubs in Boston.

Finally, nearly a year and a half later Speaker/MUTE officially started is search for a permanent drummer and percussionist. After experimenting with friends and auditioning many talented artists throughout the years, the group officially announced Mark McElligott as its new member. His driven personality and diverse playing ability was exactly what they needed. Finally, Speaker/MUTE was complete.

In early 2009 the much-anticipated full-length album "The Weight" is expected for release. With a promise of multiple "hit singles" the album has already sold an abundance of advanced copies prior to its actual release. With excitement the group truly looks forward to its official release in April of 2009.

Since the beginning, Speaker/MUTE has continued to write, grow, and accumulate audiences each time they perform. Between the passion for music and the undeniable energy the group functions like few out there. Whether it’s a mix of good friendships, their ability to musically understand each other, or their diverse sense of music and inspiration, the group continues to evolve each day.

Lyrics

BETTER OFF SAID

Written By: speaker mute

BETTER OFF SAID

You speak to be sane.
It’s better that way.
When trouble is due
the attentions on you.

It owns me, Better Off Said.
It holds me, Better Off Said.
Controls me, Better Off Said.
It holds me.

You still resonate,
passing with grace.
I seem to be used
by reflections from you.

It owns me, Better Off Said.
It holds me, Better Off Said.
Controls me, Better Off Said.
It holds me.

It’s hard not to think of it
but I want to.
It’s nothing but a decent hint
to hold on to.
It’s easy for an angel who
wants to go on through.
It’s hard not to think of it
but I want to.

You shun to be safe,
alluring in waves.
A moment we make
is shot to be brave.

It owns me, Better Off Said.
It holds me, Better Off Said.
Controls me, Better Off Said.
It holds me.

SADIE HAWKINS DANCE

Written By: speaker mute

SADIE HAWKINS DANCE

What once was. I will be the frozen one.
All those words. The past tense and the helping verbs
only harm. You will be the longing one
for a response. I will give the longest pause.
And I know odds are that you don’t get this far
without breaking hearts and hardening your own.
It could go without saying but if you play then I’m playing
and I’m praying we’re better off to know.
And lets take a chance at the Sadie Hawkins Dance.

Look what you’ve done. You made me the lucky one.
Shoulders raised slumping from some other day
that’s passed away. You’ll be my hope reincarnate.
Just say you’ll stay and lock eyes like we did that day.
And I know odds are that you don’t get this far
without breaking hearts and hardening your own
It could go without saying but if you play then I’m playing
and I’m praying we’re better off to know.
And let’s hold hands at the Sadie Hawkins Dance.

And in the back there’s Mrs. Diller;
condemning eyes and rule in hand.
We can’t dance too close together
but it’s still closer than I planned.

Just because God made me the lonely one.
Our favorite spots- remodeled stores and graveyard plots
never talk, but I thought I heard you in a pop
of some vinyl bop. I can’t be with you soon enough.
And I know odds are that you don’t get this far
without breaking hearts and hardening your own.
And I’m your last victim redefining the dictum
“better loved and lost than not loved at all”.
But I loved you complete. Say hi to Sadie for me.

SOUND FROM ANOTHER ROOM

Written By: speaker mute

SOUND FROM ANOTHER ROOM

I fight for my right yet influenced by what’s right outside.
And with might the night is good. And with might the night is good.

I see what matters to me tonight. Don’t want to just get by
but feel right by what’s been done. But feel right by what’s been done.

It takes the life right out of us.
Keep on dying to dust cause it’s what we are.
It don’t matter what they say to us
cause we stuck inside a rut and we’re not that far.
And it’s who we are. It’s who they are.

I keep within my head what’s inside although my dreams are far from dead.
And I still cry to be the words of someone without the words.

IN MY MORNING

Written By: speaker mute

IN MY MORNING

I still seek
for placement I can reach
cause it’s taking too much time
and I bleed and I bleed.
Every day I wake
to sit here and wait
for an answer from someone
is what I need.
Its what I need.

And take my patience please.
And it’s not hard to read.
No matter what I say,
it’s what I need.
It’s what I need.

Page full by page,
revised, unrecognized.
What does some one
seek from me?
There are needs, their needs.
Set I will take
an endless to the brim
of this cup that doesn’t fill.
Pour me some, pour with ease.

It’s tough to see
the places I would reach
cause it’s taking all this time
in their week and they’re weak.
Every day I wake.
In my morning I would wait
to make something out of me.
It’s what I need. It’s what I need.

YOUR SECOND COMING

Written By: speaker mute

YOUR SECOND COMING

May your hand move across your shoulder and strap you in
on your taxi to Logan. And listen close to the flight instructions
and take you safely somewhere that you’re going.

And when you go, go without betrayal. Just unexplained
and unavailble. And may I be brave and strange and loyal?
And can I always await your second coming?

Can you be vague about your location?
Is this phone call real or an apparition?
I never saw the plane. I can’t be certain
that this world’s your chain and you’re not calling from heaven.
So, can I stay and pray some words of strength?
And can I always await your second coming?

I’m waiting for the sun to show me yet another night is done.

May our past be part truth and legend if our paths are not to cross again.
And may your lover and husband and children be as real to me
as parting seas and burning bushes. And I’ll be fine with wine and celibate.
And can I always await your second coming?

WE BARELY KNOW

Written By: speaker mute

WE BARELY KNOW

What we say, It don’t mean nothing.
To see and not feel it in whole.
It how we say “tough, it happens”.
We’ll never quite get it you know.

Flying the plane is us.
Always the same is us.
Or is it to blame on us.
We barely know.
Its taken plainly but when there they plea
For us to save grace.
Cause day after day there are so many people who say grace alone.
And we say grace.
Up to table and are they unable to save grace alone

What we make isn’t something.
We cant split the seas on our own.
Were in our space, simple patterns
Have always been there for us all.

Flying the plane is us
Always the same is us
Or is it to blame on us
We barely know
Its taken plainly but when there they plea
For us to save grace.
Cause day after day there are so many people who say grace alone.
And we say grace.
Up to table and are they unable to save grace alone

THE BREAKING VIEW

Written By: speaker./mute

BREAK

I know your good enough and for you to see what you do .
I might show she’s better off as a fool to let it go through

We’ll wait to see if words will stay true, for every day’s new
I’ll speak on actions coming from you and let it flow through.

I’ve seen enough cant take to much and that’s enough for us
You don’t do enough you take too much and that’s enough for us

Don’t waste your praise on things that you do. I wouldn’t have too
This view’s a jealous man with no clue.

E BOMB BABY

Written By: speaker mute

Here I am a broken man, living life. I remember when I
Flew and felt no need to die and I look on back and wonder why I’m
On the floor. I melt some more. I’d never seen this side before. So
Open eyed I wish it true. The mind, the fly, eternal youth.

Is it healthy baby
And is it good for you
But in an e-bomb baby its good.

In a bloom throughout he room and waiting for the air to sooth my
Climbing heat. A pillowed seat takes away the edge. Relief is
On a race without a win so we take another sooner than
I thought I would but here I am falling back in a roll again.

Is it healthy baby
And is it good for you
But in an e-bomb baby its good

Discography

"SPEAKERMUTE" Demo released 2007.
"Songs for Selfish Lovers" EP released 2008.
"The Weight" album release 2009.
"Her Home" EP released 2009.
"Un-named" album release expected Jan 2010.

The EP "Songs For Selfish Lovers" has been heard throughout multiple college radio stations in the Boston area including WERS, WMFO, and WJUL. Multiple downloads through ITUNES and affiliates. Featured on multiple pod-casts throughout the web.

Set List

Set lists comprise mainly of original tunes that can found our both our EP and album. Some arranged covers are mixed into sets depending on crowd, venue, and requests by club.

TYPICAL SET EXAMPLE:
STUTTER
THE WEIGHT
EBOMB BABY
THE BREAKING VIEW
DON'T LET US GET SICK (Warren Zevon cover)
RUBBER ROOF
MODERN COWBOY
SADIE HAWKINS DANCE
FALL OUT (Police cover)
LET HIM ROUND
REMEMBERING YOUR NAME
AT DAWN WE DROVE TO BILLINGS
IN MY MORNING
EVERYBODY WANT TO RULE THE WORLD
(Tears for Fears cover)
ODDS AT THE MINUTE
TREATMENT OF THE DREAM I WRITE
BETTER OFF SAID
LEXIE
STAND BY ME (Ben E. King cover)
SOUND FROM ANOTHER ROOM
YOUR SECOND COMING