Steve Robinson and The Foundation

Steve Robinson and The Foundation

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This is a band that succeeds in embodying all the best parts of being a rock band. The songs are stories. The music is raw and dynamic. Their commanding stage presence led by a voice that is part primal scream and soulful swagger captivates audiences. This is Steve Robinson and The Foundation.

Biography

The son of an Air force officer and sixties touring R&B guitarist and Grandson to famous Vaudevillian and Chicago Folk Music hall of fame inductee Jesse Olden Cryor sets the bar high for Steve Robinson. Recording and producing the band's albums is the way Steve Robinson lives up to the family tradition. Touring the Midwest and the Northwest Steve and his band earned a following of eclectic fans. Steve is set to release his new album 'Hello from the Up-Down Room.' on Mushroom Cloud Records. Steve will be touring in support of the new record and label in 2007.
The Foundation has had many incarnations since it’s inception in 2001. The music is labeled as 'Soul-Core'. Steve developed the sound to please his veried musical interests. Part Sonic Youth, part Ryan Adams, and a splash of David Bowie filtered through motown rock and roll gives you an idea of Steve's musical depth. Steve had envisioned the members being able to come and go as they pleased to keep the performances fresh. Steve took some time off to record with a Rick Rubin produced project To My Surprise. Now Steve is back with new music accompanied by enigmatic drummer Swiggz. His drumming is controlled explosions of time with an authoritative grasp on what it takes to wrangle in Steve's emotionally charged songs. On bass, Greg H. possesses the uncanny ability of bringing to life the essence of Motown bass lines that move the music effortlessly from remorse-ladened songs to jubilant numbers and back again. The band toured as a trio for some time until English-born guitarist Ricc Terranova joined the group. Ricc’s empathetic approach to music was the shot in arm Steve was looking for.
The latest album called Hello from the Up-Down Room is due on April 10. The US tour slated to start in the summer of ’07 to support the album’s US and European distribution. Look for Steve Robinson and The Foundation to be in your area bringing their dynamic, emotionally charged music and stage show with them.

Lyrics

Porcelain Skin

Written By: Stevan Robinson, Jr.

I’m not your porcelain doll
Don’t try to break me
The dark horse mob feels
Pretty safe to me

And all you know is true
It comes in a sexy balloon
Chop it up to get it out
Breathe it in and you will grow a
Porcelain skin, you will grow a porcelain skin
A porcelain skin, you will grow a porcelain skin

It comes in china white
Light a candle in the room
Jump in a puddle or two
And you will never come to

And all you know is true
It comes in a sexy balloon
Chop it up to get it out
Breathe it in and you will grow a
Porcelain skin, you will grow a porcelain skin
A porcelain skin, you will grow a porcelain skin

Don’t try to make believe.
You think I can’t can’t see see see
Take a hold of me and wrap me into your skin

I’m not your porcelain doll
Don’t try to break me
The dark horse mob feels
Pretty safe to me

And all you know is true
It comes in a sexy balloon
Chop it up to get it out
Breathe it in and you will grow a

Porcelain skin, you will grow a porcelain skin
A porcelain skin, you will grow a porcelain skin
A porcelain skin

Don’t try to make believe your skin

Crown

Written By: Stevan Robinson, Jr.

With a needle full of salvation
Mary’s race with death has begun.
It’s all she has day to day
Just to keep the wolf at bay

With a crown of needles
Mary stabs her own hide
This is no way to live
But she don’t wanna die, don’t wanna die

Mary’s baby gives the countdown
Mary listens with sadness and some pride
She knows she’s gonna be somethin’ someday
Stronger than the father who wouldn’t stay

With a crown of needles
Mary stabs her own hide
This is no way to live
But she don’t wanna die, don’t wanna die

Mary hold on to your mind
Make it through these hard times
And if you do there’s a prize for you
The crown you wear will lighten for you
Lift it’s heavy load

Mary’s baby grew up but she sticks around
And Mary’s okay but still wears the crown
It ain’t as big as it was before
And baby’s man won’t head for the door

With a crown of needles
Mary stabs her own hide
This is no way to live
But she don’t wanna die, don’t wanna die

Mary hold on to your mind
Make it through these hard times
And if you do there’s a prize for you
The crown you wear will lighten for you
Lift it’s heavy load

Mary hold on, Mary
You’ve got to hold on
Mary hold on to your crown
You’ve got to hold on
Mary hold on, Mary
You’ve got to hold on
Mary hold on to your crown…
You’ve got to hold on
Mary hold on, Mary
You’ve got to hold on
Mary hold on to your crown
You’ve got to hold on
Mary hold on, Mary
You’ve got to hold on
Mary hold on to your crown
You’ve got to hold on

Waiting For Nothing

Written By: Stevan Robinson, Jr.

As an advocate of Satan I’m inclined to say
My take on the situation may not be the case
Since I’m the only martyr I’ve met in person
My opinion of them s‘gotten better not worsened

So my words fly wing to sky
And I won’t question my way or why
I’m the only audience that hears my case
’sides these four walls and the pills I take

And, if you lay down you won’t make it.
So, you show up. I wasn’t worth it.
Now, you know what?
You were waiting, you were waiting for nothing.

Now I’ve watched the man with the glasses and beard
Take credit from the ones who make it real.
Those with little to give always take
And don’t give the givers much time to create.

I’ve spent my days movin' toward an end
And eaten the scraps from those I call my friends.
Now I see the hurry-up-and-wait game’s real.
And it was always gonna be my pill.

And, if you lay down you won’t make it.
So, you show up. It wasn’t worth it
Now, you know what?
You were waiting, you were waiting for nothing.

So just lay down
so you don’t make it,
If you show up, it won’t be worth it,
So you find out
You were waiting, you were waiting for nothing
Now you find out, you were waiting,
you were waiting for nothing, you were waiting for nothing

As an advocate of Satan I’m inclined to say
My take on the situation may not be the case
Since I’m the only one who knows you in person
My hope for you is getting better not worse

And if you lay down, you won’t make it
So you show up… it wasn’t worth it
Now you know what?
You were waiting, you were waiting for nothing
Now if you lay down you won’t make it
So you show up it wasn’t worth it
Now you know what?
You were waiting, waiting for nothing
So just lay down so you can’t make it,
If you did show up, it won’t be worth it,
Cuz you know what you got it all, you know you were waiting for nothing
Cuz you know, you were waiting for nothing
You were waiting for nothing, you were waiting for nothing

Discography

Under the name Rob Foundation:
Heavy Thing, 2001 Self-Released LP
Released on the Roadrunner Records Label:
To My Surprise, self-titled 2003
Get It To Go, by To My Surprise world wide radio play, added to EA games Baseball 2004, Credit Roll music for Queer As Folk.
In The Mood, by To My Surprise:back ground music for Andy Dick show: The Assistant
Hello from the Up-Down room. Released 2007 on Mushroom Cloud Records.

Set List

Steve Robinson and The Foundation (S.R.T.F.) sets can be anywhere from one hour shocase format to three sets with acoustic and electric rock, blues, folk-rock. Coversongs are typically done as special crowd pleaser songs inserted into setlists when the band and the venue have had some history together.