Teak

Teak

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Teak are a guitar based rock band. The songs are melody and beat driven with lyrical content aimed at provoking thought.


New album out now!

Biography

To put it simply, Teak is the real deal. This Melbourne based rock band isn’t about glitz and glamour. They aren’t about bad haircuts and gaudy costumes. This is a rock band that in a world of fashionistas knows what matters most–the music!

Teak began as Steve Draper (Vocals, Guitars), Mark Gubiani (Bass) and Greg Szymanski (Drums). This trio played alternative covers at venues all across Melbourne until early 2009. It was then that the band came in to their own, began writing their own material and after a well-placed ad brought aboard Aaron Ninness (Guitars, Vocals). “His insights into playing and understanding sonics, melody, rhythms and subtlety of detail and space has been a creative force in Teak and its sound,” Steve Draper said. Soon after the addition of Ninness, the band recorded their first single “Looking For You.” While the band agreed that this song was good, they knew in their gut that this was just a step towards something much better.

That next step toward greatness was their first EP. While it was only available for purchase at shows and online, their debut EP sold out immediately and was an instant hit with fans. That was enough to encourage Teak to go all in with their first full-length album. With the creative input of producer and engineer Warren Hammond, the band succeeded in creating an album that captures the sound and energy of a live performance, while retaining a well-polished edge. "From the opening song “This Time” to the closer, “St. Cajetan” it’s a guidebook for how to make a radio friendly album without compromising any of the heart and soul of a rock band," said Only Australian Music.

Teak’s style has been affectionately described as “the thinking person’s rock.” "In a nutshell,” Draper said, “we play rock songs with depth so there is something for everyone." It’s this uncompromising dedication to presenting rich melodic rock with meaningful lyrics that has won over fans not just in Australia, but also around the globe. From the US to the UK, Teak is synonymous with real rock & roll. Still, despite the band’s international recognition, they still remain quaintly surprised to hear others listening to their music. “I was at a party recently,” Draper recalled, “and one of our songs was in the mix the DJ was playing, which was very cool as no one knew I was there. Things like that are great for a musician."

While Teak has garnered comparisons to other bands they pride themselves in being original. "We don’t want to sound like every other band or the latest fashion,” Draper said. “We just have the rule that if we really dig it, then we do it." This attitude toward originality has lead to high-energy live performances that need little in the way of spectacle. “I want the musicianship to shine, not the gadgets,” Draper said. “We work very hard at having a tight, energetic and powerful sound that sounds better than the record."

That sound will be heard soon at venues all across Australia, and possibly locations abroad should enough fans demand it. In the meantime, look for Teak’s self-titled album available now on iTunes, CD Baby and more!

Lyrics

This Time

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

You know I know I told you, we were special
You know I know I ask you, to be patient

This time, This time we'l make it together
This time, This love we'll make it forever

Lift off your burden, don't move, I can help you
Open your heart and tell me all your secrets

The secrets, can't have them without you
The passion, can't have that without you
Satisfaction, can't have that without you
Yeah the passion, can't have that without you...Oh

Looking For You

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

I never knew the time when it was over,
the way I burnt the kindness from your heart.
I never said that being me was easy,
I never knew that it would be so hard.

Yet here I go, Looking for you now
Falling down, I'm wishing for you too
I've gone too long, Looking out for you
Yet here I stand, Looking for you

I lie alone at night, and its freezing,
The silence echoes through my mind,
and all the things you said they did not please me
I cannot change perceptions of your time

And where I find you wont escape me
I wont waste another day

Something Blue

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

There was a hole in the wall that was handing out the money, but they didn't have enough for me.
So I had to wait in line, waste a lot of time, think about my family.
There's slaughter in the water, but the pirates on the net, who cares about the irony?
So now we're being sold, the benefits we're told, remember what you said to me?

I know, you had it coming to you
I know, cause we're feeling like something Blue

There was a contract, impact, automatic payrise, it seemed like a lot to me.
Regardless of the income and all the things that you've done, nothing ever comes for free.
You got everything you need, you wrote the guarantee, but what about my family?
We did the right things for the wrong reasons and now we lose the harmony.

Loaded

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

What's on your mind, you loaded
And I know, where you go, you're running

Don't you feel that it's time you let it go?
Then the peace that you want will be loaded

The fear on your mind, you hunted
With that look in your eyes, I notice

Don't you feel that it's time you let it go?
Then the peace that you want will be loaded
All along, I forgot to forget what I started
Cannot feel what I've lost, when Im loaded.

Remove from your heart, the evil
So what's on your mind, I loaded

Hey yeah, Never believed it, never heard your warning

Message

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

They got a birds eye view on a fancy stock,
They got an inside run, gonna take the most from all of you.
Was gonna make the rules, 'cause they own the lot
was gonna own you too, 'til the boom went bust, all over you

They say, when you're all alone
Underground, you better not be found.

Was there nothing we could do,
Faceless enemies, secret policies

So what did you expect to see?
We've been looking at pictures that might have been your avenue.
We were an outside chance on a sure fire thing,
We couldn't count tick tock, we couldn't make it stop, for all of you

They say, when you're all alone
Underground, you better not be found.

Was there nothing we could do,
Faceless enemies, secret policies
Got to get the message through
Time eventually, changes everything

Drunk & Obscene

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

Where have you been and who have you seen, woman tonight?
Did you look in his eyes, tell him all of those lies that you've been telling me?
I never notice things, but now I see it all

The cost of your love is low
That's something that you'll never know

I try to deny this feeling inside, with your empty passion and your vacant smile.
In a moment of lust with a poisonous touch, those wounds never heal
You were only living in the moment, all your life

So where have you been were you drunk & obscene, woman tonight?
You scream out my name, but its never the same, woman tonight?

Endless Voice

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

Well I don't have the answers to this endless set of questions
and I look for good intentions from the voices of opinion
I'm tired of the old school, not sure about the new crew coming through

ah when you're talking to me now
Stack it up, and let it all out
Staring back at these endless voices, they don't know what they're talking about

We invested in protection with invisible deception
and I read your correspondance, selling why you want the money
I got one eye on arrival, another on survival, coming through

The whispers turn to shouting.
We saw the need for some good advice, but it somehow lost all its meaning.

Binders & Grinders

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

Well it was one of those moments when I kind of wished you had've lied
Well meaning learers with a heavy atmosphere
How was I to know that I, couldn't help it if I tried
How can I be near you, when you're gone?

There were things that I ought to know,
Faces and places I seen
But there's just one thing, when will I ever know
How can I be near you, when you're gone

These are the days we've been waiting for
Take the chances, what are we waiting for

I get it wrong for this then that, lived among that habitat too long
People need people to be
How were you to know that I don't recognise you're questioning I'm right
How can I be near you when you're gone

The binders and Grinders, the constant reminders
Pleasers and teasers with no valid reason,
The day has come, what are we waiting for

Reactions from factions with no satisfaction,
the Papers and status, it never placates us
The day has come, what are we waiting for?

Can't understand

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

It seems so long, since you were near me
And time don't show, what you came for
Well I can't understand, you made better plans
You make the promises, but whose got the hand
Well I still don't know why you were near me

Well it just seems like you forgot to remember
Is it so damn hard to surrender
Well I can't understand, you made better plans,
You make the promises but whose got the hand
Well it just seems like you forgot to remember

Well I sure don't like your complications
And I can't comprehend your explanations
Well I can't understand, you made better plans
You make the promises but whose got the hand
Well I sure don't understand why you were near me..Yeah yeah

St Cajetan

Written By: Steve Draper, Aaron Ninness

ah, sweet resolutions, coming over me
And I know, they've been gone, for too long

On the radar, there's new direction
In the mirror, ther's some reflection
I've been haunted by conditions

So save a place, not just for me
For the people, that I need
I'm rearranging, all those thoughts that take the freedom from my life, that I need
I'm making changes.

You see I don't need things that you don't want back, I got plenty of mine and you don't want that
I know I don't want things that you don't want back, I've got plenty of mine and you don't that,
And I know, where I come from,
And I'm free, to be me

Discography

New album released in November 2010 - single "This Time" has been enjoying streaming and radio play online. Available at cdbaby.com

Set List

A set can be from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. Longer sets often include a cover of a classic rock song. Sets are usually upbeat, and often include an acoustic guitar song.