Stencil

Stencil

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Orchestral independent rock with a heart and a head. Featuring strong compostional songwriting, as well as dense, layered production Stencil could be your new best friend.

Biography

Stencil, a five-piece orchestral-rock band, was formed in late 2003 as songwriter Jared Fiechtner left his duties in a Montana-based punk group and migrated back to his hometown of Seattle. Escaping the noise of punk rock and stripping down his musical focus to an acoustic guitar and voice, he drew on influences such as Elliott Smith and John Lennon, writing songs with simple vocal melodies wrapped around stark, haunting arrangements. Stencil developed into an exercise in finding beauty in the simplest of forms. Jared composed dozens of songs in this way, but eventually he sought to expand Stencil into a more traditional band. To do this he enlisted former band mate and music composition major Joseph Schultz on drums, as well as childhood friend Sean Anderson on bass. The band widened its scope while retaining Jared’s passion for vulnerable melodies and minimalist song construction. After two years of writing music, recording demos, and playing shows as a trio, Stencil entered the studio in the spring of 2006 to record their debut album.

Early 2007 saw the release of "the dead lie golden", a twelve song LP exploring a spectrum of musical emotions and exhibiting a broad dynamic scope in its arrangements. Deriving inspiration from a host of other rock bands including Neutral Milk Hotel and The Flaming Lips, Stencil adapted their bare-bones approach to take on a more fully realized sound. Entwining lush strings, brass, and keyboards around its original acoustic rock ingredients, the songs explore life’s moments of horror as well as the instinctive search for the sublime. Despite its size, the album’s complex mix of instruments yields an occasional return to the band’s modest roots – Jared’s melancholic voice smoothly sailing over the lonely chords of his acoustic guitar. It seems only fitting his lyrics waver from the intimate to the seemingly oblique, inviting the listener in with a glimpse of personal conflict only to lead them through vivid tales, rich in fictional imagery. As Jared’s delicate voice coils through sweeping string arrangements and jangly guitar melodies, the listener gains a sense that "the dead lie golden" is equal parts indie rock record and film score.

After nearly a year of recording and mixing, Stencil emerged from the studio and expanded their lineup once again in order to bring their music to the stage. Employing electric guitarist Brad Martin and versatile keyboardist Glen Yoshioka, the band adapted the album’s ample content with a mind for live performance. Combining acoustic with electric and electronic voices, the band’s current five-piece form modifies the somber carnival of the album while integrating the primal energy of a rock show. Looking back at the development of Stencil, Jared’s exercise in simplicity developed into a band more musically visceral and complex than the punk rock he sought to escape. Now with several shows lined up around the Pacific Northwest, the members of Stencil eagerly anticipate furthering their performance experience, branching out within the Northwest’s thriving music scene, and writing for a follow up EP in the coming year.

Lyrics

Marble

Written By: Jared Fiechtner

Marble:

Seal the cracks in my riddled skin. Turn to marble and the world still spins. Desert wind corrodes all of you. Scattered sand is thrown over you. The sun rises on this field of gloom. Blanket my mouth with dark linen. The words that leapt no longer live. Sprinkled love this spent poison. Stretching in as the world bends. Desert wind corrodes all of you. Scattered sand is thrown over you. The sun rises on this field of gloom. Golden script spirals through the sky. But still I close my eyes. Still I close my eyes. A statue never really dies. But that is just a lie. That is just a lie. So I’ll stare right down the light. Desert wind corrodes all of you. Scattered sand is thrown over you. The sun rises on this field of gloom. Desert wind corrodes all of you. Scattered sand is thrown over you. The sun rises on this field of gloom.

The Prize

Written By: Jared Fiechtner

The prize:

The cure sleeps sure. And through the days I’ve found. Searching such a broad sea. That nothing clear is found. I’ll blur myself with speed. And urgent ramblings. Until the dawns rising. I will not sleep. So exhale ashes. And scar your envious bones. Die out. What’d you try out? Bodies buried in solid gold. So I’ll calm these trembling hands. And mourn the mirrored glass. See the ocean dry. And the vacant self that’s left. We’ll crash the gates of hell. When I sleep I’ve died. But it’s only temporary. Slight release of life. But it’s all so dead and buried. So I’ll blur myself with speed. And urgent ramblings. Until the dawns rising. I will not sleep. I’ll calm these trembling hands. And mourn the mirrored glass. See the ocean dry. And the vacant self that’s left.

Burning Buildings

Written By: Jared Fiechtner

Burning Buildings:

Retread the ground. The sirens are spinning. Gliding down every ave. in the city. They’re ships in a burning sea. And they will return for me. Now looking down the transports carry. Victims bound for quiet infirmaries. And the sweat rolling down my cheeks. Tastes just like gasoline. Ladders lean on buildings. As I fall asleep. Tomorrow brings the same old thing. For me. Oh my skin and blankets. They’re all just coverings. One day I’ll find the smoke is clearing. Opened eyes focus the ceiling. And children are born to breathe. To take up the space we leave. To cure every last disease. And inhale what’s been killing me.

Discography

"the dead lie golden" LP

Set List

The sun shines 2:50
Marble 2:18
Transience 3:44
The Prize 4:20
Burning Buildings 1:53
Vignettes 4:51
Knives and the Night 2:03
Trials 3:56
1991 1997 2012 5:18
Glossolalia 4:08
The Theatre Screen 3:41
Trees Cloud the Skyline 4:35