Spell Toronto

Spell Toronto

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"San Diego’s own Indie Rocker’s Spell Toronto know how to put out a solid catchy album. Their newest release, Be More Careful, is emotionally charged and will not disappoint any listeners." sandiegopunk.com

Biography

“Bring out your dead, bring out your dead”. The line quivering out of a weathered yet optimistic Jason De La Torre at the onset of the groups 2nd full-length release would come to signify all that the band has wrestled with over the years. While misleading and failed relationships abounded, and an undiscerning music business strangled nearly all that was held dear, Spell Toronto bottled these torrid elements, releasing them later through their songs. The death of a friend to an unjust war, a hap-hazard manager, numerous line-up changes and various setbacks in the recording process have pounded this foursome’s will into the ground. “Be More Careful”, the title of this San Diego native’s latest effort, could not be more fitting and directive towards their lives. No, this isn’t a laundry list of excuses as to why the band has not released an album in years; rather it is simply an accounting of the causes that would inspire Spell Toronto to create what they needed to hear most: a chronicling of their lives to make some sense of it all.

A darker take off from their previous release, “Be More Careful” offers self-inquiry, satire for our disabled social and political environment, and a loathing for a significant relationship gone sour between singer/guitarist Jason de la Torre and an ex. With engineers Christian Cummings and Joe Marlett (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters) at the helm, Spell Toronto crafted an album for the ages. The drums batter and swoon, the bass walks and pulsates, the guitars barrage and careen, and the vocals command attention with grit and grace. “Be More Careful” garners pop sensibility complete with indie integrity and rock and roll intensity. The dynamics displayed on their record only further exemplify the enlightening experiences and disheartening mishaps that Spell Toronto has come to know. With a powerful new album under their belts and a fresh take on what it is to be human, Spell Toronto is leading the call for sincerity in a world seemingly full of dishonesty.

Lyrics

Time to Run

Written By: Jason de la Torre

It's time to run, it's time to run
What are you running from
It's time to go, it's time to go
Where is it that you've gone
Let go, letting go
You're arms will make it through the night
And all these bright lights
Reminding me that I'm barely alive

Where we're from the birds sing a pretty song
I hoped that you'd come along

The time has come to let you know
My heart won't let you go

I can't let go, I can't let go
Cause she's already gone
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
Oh no not you again
Drink up, drinking up
So you can make it through the night
And all this thin blood running through my veins won't bring me back to life

Where we're from the birds sing a pretty song
I hoped that you'd come along

The time has come to let you know
My heart won't let you go

Oh you're so interesting tell me more
so me and my excited friends can have something to talk about tomorrow
aside from what we read while we're in line at the grocery store the grocery store? Is that what you fucking live for?

The Painter

Written By: Jason de la Torre

Are you tired are you asleep
Just laying there
So we don't have to share a thing
Well it don't have to be that way

And I'm so, I'm so sorry we couldn't
give you a medal for all your deeds
Well it don't have to be that way

Am I holding you back?
Is there air in your lungs?
Are these bricks tied too tight
to your wrists and your legs?

And you swear it was coffee
and a movie
Perhaps a movie I should have seen
Well it don't have to be that way
And you smear all of your shit
all over me
and swear I'm the one that smells
Well it don't have to be that way

Am I holding you back?
Is there air in your lungs?
Are these bricks tied too tight
to your wrists and your legs?

Long Ride to Boston

Written By: Jason de la Torre

I can't be the clouds that brought your rainy day
I can't be the sun that makes it go away
It's always you, it's always you
oh it might be me
It's always on and on and on and off

Nothing but a suit of mine that's wearing me
It's an apology it's an apology
It's nothing it's nothing

It's twelve your head is strong
The moon is full you're beautiful
For the last time I failed you
Looked into your beady eyes
Your beady eyes your eyes your eyes

The Brown Frequency

Written By: Jason de la Torre

I got a friend in god
I've got some friends from out of town
I got some friends in Idaho

And we rest and we play everyday
and I feel like the same when I'm home
and the list of mistakes that we made
and the life that we live is a joke

I've got my hands inside my pants
I'm gonna shake your hand
I've got a friend inside of me
He's like an angry dog
I've got a friend who worships dirt
He eats a fish now and then
I still feel kinda cold, you're six inches away

Discography

Be More Careful - 2007
(nominated for Best Alternative Album - 2007 San Diego Music Awards)

The Brown Frequency - 2003
(nominated for Best Rock Album - 2004 San Diego Music Awards)

Set List

All original material, 30-60 minutes

Carloads of Candy
Long Ride to Boston
The Painter
Watch Me
The Brown Frequency
Unconfortable Intruder
Free Topless Party
Fell in a Hole
Everyone was Nice
New Teas and Vitamins
First of All and B
The Hole You're In