Switchyard

Switchyard

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Dark, introspective songs, written in bed. Melancholic and full of expectancy, it is the sound of waiting on a train, destination unknown.

Biography

Switchyard began as an all-female, disco cover band in Las Vegas.

Drummer Rachel Bellinsky and guitarist Gina Fiore met while both searching for a musical project that would pay the bills. They would go on to play in casinos and nightclubs throughout Las Vegas for two years, entertaining people with countless renditions of "Hot Stuff" and "Kung Fu Fighting."

Then one day, after nearly dying of heat stroke during a summer yard party, Rachel decided she'd rather be singing and writing her own music. So she wrote some songs, recruited Gina and started recording. The end result is 'The Secret Life of Spiders', and it sounds nothing like Donna Summer.

Lyrics

Virgins

Written By: Rachel Bellinsky

Virgins
words and music by Rachel Bellinsky

they made their way down the muddy bank
and threw their shoes into the water
crickets filled the space in the night
between the sounds of laughter

hands that before
had only known the skin of mother
soon to learn the new language of hands
upon each other

there could be no shame
as clothes lay forgotten on the shore
and the cool water on skin
that never felt this chill before

he caught her arm
as she stopped pretending to get away
they both knew that
something was about to change

and she thought
what is this terrible bliss that scares me so?
and he thought
I don’t know what it is but I’d like to know

later as the moon
lost its purest shade of white
and voices they never knew
were born into that night

the heart only knows
that it can feel this way
after it’s made such a beautiful mistake
now it must learn just how to break

All Wrong

Written By: Rachel Bellinsky

All Wrong

lost and godless in god’s country
fear can hurt you but not like safety
in a world so loud how can anybody hear
the words of guidance I know are there

living a life where everything passes by
unnoticed

then I found god - he didn’t like you one bit
said he’d clean my life and stripped you out of it
told him to speak up, to hear him louder in my head
the world outside grew very quiet instead

living a life where everything passes by
unnoticed

chorus
I’m doing it all wrong - doing everything all wrong
not this path I’m walking on
not this journey, not this song
smoking to stifle a yawn
drinking to put a smile on
yawning to stifle the fear
pretending to be here

endless waiting on trains in stations
countless tests upon my patience
I think I’m getting better and stronger
but how much longer?
How much longer?

living a life where everything passes by
unnoticed

chorus x 2
I’m doing it all wrong - doing everything all wrong
not this path I’m walking on
not this journey, not this song
smoking to stifle a yawn
drinking to put a smile on
yawning to stifle the fear
pretending to be here

but it’s all right

Discography

Recently released, "The Secret Life of Spiders"
Have radio airplay in San Diego and Las Vegas

Set List

I usually do a 40 to 45-minute set. 8 or 9 songs

Virgins

Smoke & Sulfur

2 Things

Salt of the Sea

All Wrong

Never

Tamarindo

Ordinary Sorrows

Silent Passenger

Happy New Year

I do one Misfits cover, Hybrid Moments