Sterling Peirce

Sterling Peirce

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Sterling Peirce is a mix of Americana--blues, country, rock and roll--with a darker, punk edge and psychedelic tendencies, with instrumentation ranging from guitar/bass/drums to acoustic guitar, violin, and mandolin.

Biography

Arising from the ashes of local NYC dark country/folk outfit Buffalo Bison in 2008, Sterling Peirce is an organic entity featuring a number of players grouped around the songs and voice of Virginia native J David Jones. We throw together arrangements with both traditional rock guitar/bass/drums and with a collection of folk instruments ranging from the default acoustic guitar to mandolin, banjo, violin, and ukulele.

With feet planted variously in the worlds of lo-fi punk, classical, indie country, folk, and avant-rock, SP juggles a variety of influences, postures, and personalities to make music that moves us and, we hope, moves you.

Memoirs, our first full length album, was recorded, mixed, and produced by the band over a three month period in the early months of 2009. Sterling Peirce is forever in search of like minds and kindred spirits.

Lyrics

Memoirs

Written By: J David Jones

Listless
Roaming this house alone
Mistress
Why don't you let me go?
Living by candlelight on cold nights

When did
Everyone give up ghosts
Old friends
Passed on, no longer known
Lingering longer for being gone

It's a dark, dark, dark, dark love

Valleys
Studded with bones
Dotted with sheep
Burials
Nobody knows what to keep
Keep this around for a while

Memoirs
Of an anonymous priest
Records
Of all the depths he's seen
Finding their way into my hands

It's a dark, dark, dark, dark love

The Glory

Written By: J David Jones

A crashing wave of pain in my head
From too much
Fighting
Wake up in the tall grass all alone
Wake up and I know you're dead and gone

Drips of blood still track across the dirt
Who is that?
Who is it
coming down the pike?

We were only flying
It don't seem like the kind of thing worth dying for

I can see you when my old heart is finally broken
I can see you when my old heart gives out

You can lock the door, I'm going to stay outside tonight
The moonlight gets faded, and brutal is the glory
Wake up every day and feel the same
Wake up every day and say, I'm coming around, baby

Walk on Wine

Written By: J David Jones

Someone's coming down to get you out
But at the courthouse, they wanna string you up
You ain't guilty, I ain't got a doubt
They're just trying to shut you up...

Cause you walk on wine
You don't walk on water like the rest of us
Yeah, you walk on wine
You don't walk on water like us

Like no other grande dame
You got something to prove
Wailing all over town
We've all seen your moves

(chorus)

There's just one thing bothering me
How'd you get so cruel?
Did your daddy treat you mean?
Kick you around after school?

Cause you walk on wine
You don't walk on water like the rest of us
Yeah, you walk on wine
You don't walk on water like us

Set Like a Stone

Written By: J David Jones

A marvelous possession comes into your hands
Its name is beauty, and it's always fenced in
What a way to find protection
What a way to stay hidden from view

Set like a stone in the garden wall
Facing both ways, and I'm ready to fall
Set like a stone in the garden wall
And I feel like I'm gonna come loose

Now this game goes by the name of religion
In the convent graveyard where I last saw the Virgin
There were no fireworks, no tears of blood
It was a miracle to be there at all

Set like a stone in the garden wall
Facing both ways, and I'm ready to fall
Set like a stone in the garden wall
And I feel like I'm gonna come loose

Discography

Memoirs (full-length, 2009)

Set List

Our typical set is 45 minutes to an hour long. We do the occasional cover, ranging from songs by Daniel Johnston to Gillian Welch to Billy Idol. We mostly rely on original material and the setlist ranges widely over a long list of original songs.