Submarine Racers

Submarine Racers

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The Submarine Racers are an acoustic rock trio based out of Ann Arbor and East Lansing, MI. They are known to blend folk and funk influences into their ever-growing set of original compositions. At live performances, they combine music with conversational wit to create a fun atmosphere for all.

Biography

For four years of high school, the Submarine Racers' Joe Dowd, Neal Duggan, and Robbie Gomez roamed dark hallways without discovering the potential for musical synthesis. “We all were involved in music, but for whatever reason, it wasn’t time for us to do anything together just yet,” said Duggan. Though old friends, it wasn't until their first summer back from college that there was any interest making music together. Having each played guitar for several years, Dowd and Duggan jammed a few times together before coming up with anything close to a song. With the need for vocals on what would become “The Ascent”, they called up a friend who had become known for his writing abilities, though not when it came to music.
“I had gotten a collection of my fictional short stories published earlier in the year, but I had never written a song before,” Gomez said, “Luckily, I was cocky enough to take them up on their offer and they were nice enough to let me hop on board.”
After one song came another, then another, and another; the flood gates were open. It became clear that they had something good going so they decided to make a project out of it: the King Man LP. With the help of a session drummer, a 13 song LP was recorded in August 2008.
While not an overnight success, the project gave them the confidence to make their summer project a full-fledged band. Even though Dowd and Duggan are attending Michigan State University while Gomez is at The University of Michigan, the song-writing process has never ended. The instrumentals are recorded at MSU before being sent to UofM for the lyrical touches. Now, the Submarine Racers are busy coming up with new songs to play at their shows in and around SE Michigan. And if, as Dowd puts it, “fun music is definitely a way to turn on fans,” then the Submarine Racers will certainly be blowing through listeners minds all over the dance floor.

Lyrics

Whiskey

Written By: Robbie Gomez

Watching with affection, what a dream
Wanting some attention, it’s a theme
I’ve seen your laughing
I’ve seen your gasping
I’ve seen on your levels
But I’m not really there
Oh I’ve felt your feelings
I’ve helped with your healing
I’ve dealt with your devils
But all I have is a prayer
When I turn that tight corner and I think I’m getting warmer
Only ‘cause I know I see you right there
From outside of the picture entering is someone richer
I do all that I can do to not glare
Hallelujah –
(Because it has been a long time)
Hallelujah –
(And I’m ready to make the climb)
Watching with affection, what a dream
Wanting some attention, it’s a theme
I’ll keep on biding
There’s nothing I’m hiding
I can’t get any plainer
Though I’m not quite there
The hoping I’m keeping
Benefits I’ll start reaping
Not getting much saner
Falling back on my prayer
When I turn that tight corner and I think I’m getting warmer
Only ‘cause I know I see you right there
From outside of the picture entering is someone richer
I do all that I can do to not glare
Hallelujah –
(Because it has been a long time)
Hallelujah –
(And I’m ready to make the climb)
Hallelujah –
(When I’m in a tight corner and it’s getting more than warmer
I know I’ll always see you right there)
Hallelujah –
(Just from looking at your picture I am feeling something richer
I can sense it even through all the glare)
Hallelujah –
(I am through with the bumming, never closer to coming
The ascent’s never been that far)
Hallelujah –
(It’s been a long time, gotta go for a climb
To find where we really are)
Watching with affection, what a dream
Wanting some attention, it’s a theme

The Long Way Down From Town

Written By: Robbie Gomez

You fancy that I'm noticing, everyone's for their own fussing
Real sharks circle in the dark
Give me a spark we can leave our own mark
Once, twice, thrice, denying, they care but they're lying
Limited sight gives fright to night Come with me we'll be alright
You'll look at me, stop for me, wave at me, pass to me, drive me to town
And it's the long way down
It's the long way down
Don't you make me take you back to town, just drive me from town
It's the long way down
Oh I dream for the finest one
The one that I won, but none is my one
Hands stopped one before the hour
Collect calling for showers and losing all power
You'll look at me, stop for me, wave at me, pass to me, drive me to town
And it's the long way down
It's the long way down
Don't you make me take you back to town, just drive me from town
It's the long way down
And I know what you're thinking yeah
Just walking around and looking profound
Look up I'm already on the ground
And it gets you thinking what I'm doing
Doing nothing, always strutting, never fleeing, ever something
Can't tell where I'm looking, pay attention to what I say, to you
Oh tell, praise, and remember me, not much to act diplomatically
Don't easily bleed, it's easy to bleed
Could it be we're all too queasy to lead
You'll look at me, stop for me, wave at me, pass to me, drive me to town
And it's the long way down
It's the long way down
Don't you make me take you back to town, just drive me from town
It's the long way down

Left-Thinking Man

Written By: Robbie Gomez

Sleeping all day, working all night
No stopping to see the eagle take flight
Just saying, what time's it at, how much is the show
That's really all I am asking, that's all I need to know
Looking for my merchant baby, never find him again, he never was a true friend
Searching for the one who gets the true meaning, if you find him tell him I say, hey-ey-ey-ey
Pointing towards the wrong way baby, never find it again, you're going back to the end
Searching for the one who gets the true meaning, if you find him tell him I say, hey-ey-ey-ey
No I'm not looking, no, no I'm not looking
You can't blame me for smelling what you have been cooking
I'ma left-thinking man who knows just how to act
When a lady is present it's best to always subtract
Looking for my merchant baby, never find him again, he never was a true friend
Searching for the one who gets the true meaning, if you find him tell him I say, hey-ey-ey-ey
Pointing towards the wrong way baby, never find it again, you're going back to the end
Searching for the one who gets the true meaning, if you find him tell him I say, hey-ey-ey-ey
Burst through the door, curtains just closing
There's a round of applause, actors straight posin'
No way I'm gonna go, thoughts can never leave me
Sitting, staring away, impossible for grieving
Looking for my merchant baby, never find him again, he never was a true friend
Searching for the one who gets the true meaning, if you find him tell him I say, hey-ey-ey-ey
Pointing towards the wrong way baby, never find it again, you're going back to the end
Searching for the one who gets the true meaning, if you find him tell him I say, hey-ey-ey-ey

Discography

King Man LP - August 2008
We Are Huge in Romania EP - December 2008

Set List

Typical set (50-60 minutes):
1) Intro
2) Whiskey
3) Left-Thinking Man
3) Smile Away
4) The Ascent
5) Fine Beyond
6) Leslie
7) Window Sill
8) Long Way Down From Town
9) Boundless
10) Puddles
11) Billie Jean (cover)