The Agony Family

The Agony Family

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The Agony Family is a young six-piece rock band from central New Jersey. The group's powerful music is flavored with poetic lyrics, catchy hooks, and a vast array of genre influences to create a versatile and exciting rock-rooted sound of their own.

Biography

The Agony Family is a young six-piece rock band from central New Jersey. Fronted by singer/pianist and songwriter Greg Scalera, the group's powerful music is flavored with poetic lyrics, catchy hooks, and a vast array of evident genre influences including pop, electronica, hip hop, musical theatre, hardcore, and classical to create a versatile and exciting rock-rooted sound of their own. Their style is further distinguished by shred guitarist Jakub Gac, drummer Shawna Grabowski, and the creative use of additional vocals by bassist Fred Ilac, guitarist Steve Scalera, and multi-instrumentalist Tony Mowatt.

The Agony Family has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a multitude of great bands like Socratic, House of Fools, Powerglove, The Ugly Club, The New Royalty, A Balance Between, Spots, Speak Easy, Those Mockingbirds, The Nico Blues, and more. In 2012, they won the Danimal Records/Jersey Shows Real Deal contest for a $10,000 recording contract, received a nomination for "Top Young Band" in the Asbury Music Awards, and headlined the YuuZoo/Break Stage at Day 3 of The Bamboozle Festival 2012 (headlined by Skrillex, The Foo Fighters, and Bon Jovi). In November the group will independently release their sophomore album, a double-disc full-length concept album called "Earth!" which features a myriad of guest talent including Duane Okun of Socratic, Mark Woodbridge of Speak Easy, Spots, Alex Farkas of All New Atmosphere, and several independent artists.

As artists, The Agony Family can best be described as a group of rock musicians with a variety of creative interests including photography, graphic art, cinematography, live theatre, and much more. They continually strive to find innovative new ways to blend the different kinds of art and music they love in order to provide unique, exciting experiences for their fans and the entire music community.

Lyrics

The Last Seasons II: Autumnatic

Written By: Greg Scalera

Approach the reaper with the key
It's tailor made to set you free
Take a deep breath, turn around
And blow your prison to the ground
Change your color with the trees
And lose your burdens in the breeze
I rest my case, you're not the same
May you rest in peace under a different name

Not unlike a balloon, I live in fear of inflating or exploding
Tie me down to the ground to keep me from floating away
Not unlike a camera I’m developing my negatives
And when they start to get repetitive , I tear them up and throw them away

If it all ends right now
Will you still love me when it’s over
If it all comes crashing down
Will you still love me when it’s over

Drink all the wisdom from your cup
It's not enough to fill you up
If I'm the addict, you're the drug
If I'm the symptom, you're the bug
Even now, you only can
Interpret me, not understand
If I'm the sunshine, you're the rain
If I'm the pleasure, you're the pain

Not unlike a machine all of my moves are automatic and emphatic
I don’t sleep, I don’t breathe, but if I did I’d do it alone
Not unlike a god I am remembering my Genesis
Always at war with my nemesis, but all the casualties are my own

If it all ends right now
Will you still love me when it’s over
If it all comes crashing down
Will you still love me when it’s over

Now that you’ve finally rebuilt yourself
Now that you've finally rebuilt yourself
Don't tell me that you'll ever know yourself
Now that you've finally rebuilt yourself
Comets and colors are falling down
Comets and colors are falling down
They'll carry you under and hold you down
Comets and colors are falling down on me

This is what you do, it's what you breathe
It's what you are, it's where you live
It's where you sleep, it's who you are
It's why you've come so far
How can you stand if you're low enough to crawl

If it all ends right now
Will you still love me when it’s over
If it all comes crashing down
Will you still love me when it’s over

I Should've Never Tried

Written By: Greg Scalera

I am not the dream you wanted
I'm the one by which you're haunted
I've been here a thousand years just picking out my words
If the last image that you see
Isn't all you thought it would be
Then you will recall your fears as everything you were

But I remember dreaming with our hands in the sky
You and I thought that we could fly
I should’ve never tried
But I did and I died, yeah
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na

You will lay down when you're older
And your narrative is over
Not to vanish without a trace, but to live again
If the last moment that you breathe
Isn't all you thought it would be
You will never forget that place where you've never been

And I remember screaming with our hands in the sky
You and I thought that we could fly
I should’ve never tried
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na

Oh, what I wouldn't give to touch someone again right now
If you cannot live then you cannot love till you're underground

If the last morning that you see
Isn't all you thought it could be
It's cause you had to wake up from the world that you love

Yeah I remember dreaming with our hands in the sky
You and I thought that we could fly
I should’ve never tried
But I did and I died, yeah
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na

You were the first of us to get lost

And You, Brutus (ft. Mark Woodbridge)

Written By: Greg Scalera

I had a dream before that our ship went down and I was left to drown alone
And you were standing on the opposite shore but I woke up just before I spoke up and found
That these maps just get me lost because direction and affection aren’t quite perfection
Even pretty people have their pretty flaws, I see a sea of blood and blades and faces

And you, Brutus?
You, why do you waste my time
Just stab me in the heart instead of in the spine
At least I tried

Get yourself dressed for the day, cloak and dagger, yeah I guess it doesn’t matter what you wear
They’re gonna watch you kill me anyway, double crosser, I had hope and then you tossed her in the flames
And the burn won’t go away, you’ve been quiet through the riot, don’t deny it now
But how can you speak when you’ve got nothing to say? I see a sea of swords and saints and traitors

And you, Brutus?
You, why do you waste my time
Just stab me in the heart instead of in the spine
At least I tried

With my last breath of life on this earth
Should I forgive you for this act? Forgive you for this plan?
And when I disappear from this world we’re in
Will you forget me when I’m gone? Don’t forget me when I’m gone

Roots

Written By: Greg Scalera

Fear, go, disenchant and destroy what I started with
The wings that brought me here
To all the beliefs and reliefs that I've parted with
And the only thing I know is true

The sun is gonna come out

I kiss Earth as she spins and explodes into photographs
I saw the end and redid birth
Death was worse but I wasn't ready to know the past
I fear there's nothing there but you

The sun is gonna come out

I'm not lost I'm just misguided and too far gone to try to fight it
And how on Earth does anyone win?
All the grays are turning black as the memories are coming back
Of all the colors I could've been
I'm not torn I'm just divided and too far gone to try to hide it
And I'm not letting anyone in
Lift the future from its track and take the h ands and turn 'em back
And maybe we will meet again
(And I know that you want but you can't, so you're told)
(And I won't be awake when you go, but maybe we will meet again)

And me, like a tree from its roots, I grow from my truths and now

The sun is gonna come out

Fallen

Written By: Greg Scalera

Make love a dungeon and throw yourself in, throw yourself in
I have been dying since the day I was born, the day I was born
Have we gone too far? Woah oh oh oh
The truth is a double edged sword woah oh oh oh

I am the sum of all the people I’ve been, the people I’ve been
How many times have I fallen asleep and awoken in another life?
Have we gone too far? Woah oh oh oh
The truth is a double edged sword woah oh oh oh

What good is taking flight if these wings won’t bring me back to you?

I know it’s hard to believe I could fly if I wanted to
But what good is taking flight if these wings won’t bring me back to you?
Make love a dungeon and throw yourself in, throw yourself in
I have been dying since the day I was born, the day I was born
Have we gone too far? Woah oh oh oh
The truth is a double edged sword woah oh oh oh

I am the sum of all the people I’ve been, the people I’ve been
How many times have I fallen asleep and awoken in another life?
Have we gone too far? Woah oh oh oh
The truth is a double edged sword woah oh oh oh

What good is taking flight if these wings won’t bring me back to you?

I know it’s hard to believe I could fly if I wanted to
But what good is taking flight if these wings won’t bring me back to you?

Discography

"Yourself United" - Full length, September 2010.
"Earth!" - Double disc full length, November 2012