Striking Back

Striking Back

 Seattle, Washington, USA
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Striking Back is a modern combination of rock and pop that breeds catchy songs, and an exciting high-adrenaline live performance. Debut record produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus, Jack's Mannequin) and arranged by Patrick Warren (Avril Lavigne, Bruce Springsteen).

Biography

Seattle's Striking Back has teamed up with a powerhouse of production and is taking the music industry by storm. With the upcoming release of "The Restless EP", lead-singer Jordan Thompson celebrates a culmination of 10 years experience as a singer/songwriter, and presents his long-awaited solo debut under the name 'Striking Back.' According to him, "the name represents my striking back at all the things that prevented me from writing the music I wanted, and sharing it with the world."

After touring and writing music for a decade, Jordan has learned exactly what makes him tick--"There's no better feeling than putting your heart out on your sleeve in front of thousands of people and having them connect with you"--and he's not going to stop there.

Taking early inspiration from greats like Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, and Nirvana, Jordan had his first break opening for Something Corporate in 2005 with his band Fighting For Nothing. "That was the first time I realized that I could really do it, when I met Andrew McMahon and hung out with those guys," says Jordan. Coincidentally, that was the first time that Jordan heard about legendary producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank, Live, Jack's Mannequin)--who teamed up with arranger Patrick Warren (Rob Thomas, Kate Voegele, Bruce Springsteen, Avril Lavigne) to produce "The Restless EP."

The collaboration produced extraordinary results. "There is a passion in his voice that is unique and compelling," commented Wirt. "This is something that can only be achieved when your art speaks from your very soul." Songs like "Restless" and "Dark Day Afternoon" express a deep sentimental knowledge about living with the "distractions of our culture and society that prevent us from realizing ourselves."

The release of "The Restless EP" has finally arrived. In the meantime Jordan waits in Seattle--preparing his band for a national tour that will further-solidify Striking Back's place in the pop/rock arena.

Lyrics

Restless

Written By: Jordan Thompson

Like a walk in the dark, you don't know where you are.
You can't see through the clouds to the stars.
No one is driving, and I am colliding with all that you are.
Arrows broken--you can't find me anymore.

And I'm restless. How 'bout you?
Nothing and nobody else can change the way I feel.

Like an empty smile, you don't know what to guess.
With my hands tied down and heart consumed, I must confess:
I am naked, I am lying on the ice.
I am broken--outspoken for advice.

And I'm restless. How 'bout you?
Nothing and nobody else can change the way I feel.

Fill me up, I am frail.
Like shadows in colour that fall upon the trail.

Dark Day Afternoon

Written By: Jordan Thompson

Figured it out. I'm done pretending to be something that I'm not.
Everything got so dumb. I'm sorry that I lied to you, but everything I did was done with honestly the best intentions.
I'm giving up.
On this dark day afternoon, I could write you another lullaby.
Because the time for sleep is soon, and when you close your eyes, I'll be by your side.
Where do you go when you don't know who you are and what you want at all?
(asking myself) What did you expect? Now you're left picking up the pieces of a hand you didn't gamble for.
You're bound to lose it all because you know it's not enough.
On this dark day afternoon, I could write you another lullaby.
Because the time for sleep is soon, and when you close your eyes, I'll be by your side.
I've got enough love to go around. This is the first time I've let you down.
On this dark day afternoon, I could write you another lullaby.
Because the time for sleep is soon, and when you close your eyes, I'll be by your side.

Over Now

Written By: Jordan Thompson

I'm not afraid to let it out.
It's much too late to turn back now.
But you lift me up, and I wonder...
Is it over now? We thought it was until the end--is it over?
I won't debate. I don't know how to fix our mistakes.
Have I proved enough? Am I sober?
Is it over now? We thought it was until the end--it is over now?
It's over.

Falling

Written By: Jordan Thompson

It's alright.
I didn't say you had to change on my time, but it's gonna have to happen either way.
Say that you'll do this thing for me. Say it!
Because I'm falling down into that hole again.
I'm running out of time to feel whole again.
It's fine. We didn't think that things would go this way.
And I'm blind: I'm listening to every word you say.
Say that you won't abandon me. Say it!
Because I'm falling down into that hole again.
I'm running out of time to feel whole again.
You break my heart, because I'm falling down into that hole again.
I'm running out of time to feel whole again.
I'm falling down into that hole again.

Dream On

Written By: Jordan Thompson

Pains and aches through the different stages.
It was never meant to be like this--
No reflection and no happiness.
I feel like I've betrayed me.

So many times I'm overwhelmed with what I feel.
My vision sinking in this brackish-colored ale.
And I can see the people's faces getting pale,
At my torn, tattered state.
Dream on.

She said I'll continue dreamin',
As long as you are living--breathing--being.

So many times I'm overwhelmed with what I feel.
My vision sinking in this brackish-colored ale.
And I can see the people's faces getting pale,
At my torn, tattered state.
Dream on.

Dream on.
All your scattered hopes are lost.
Dream on.
And I am flattered by the cost.
Dream on.
Take me, swimming in this pool of lust.
Dream on and wonder if it's something you can trust.

Discography

The Restless EP (2010)

Set List

Set Length: Approx 40 minutes.

1. Dream On
2. Falling
3. Cover 1
4. Over Now
5. Innovation (feat State of the Artist)
6. Cover 2
7. Dark Day Afternoon
8. Restless