the_aUdience

the_aUdience

BandAlternativeRock

These melodic, heavy grooves are written by two girls and two guys from Tallahassee, FL. Brandy's dynamic stage presence and powerful, sultry voice intertwine with Jeremy's dark, intricate guitar riffs, while Joe's melodic moving bass lines are seamlessly connected to Keli's complex rhythms.

Biography

the_aUdience is a band born out of the musical trends that have driven American culture for the past twenty years. Although two of the_aUdience's members are women, this is not an average pop-rock girl band. Their eclectic tastes in music mirror those of their fans, with an original sound that recalls the music of Tool, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Garbage, and No Doubt.

the_aUdience formed in October of 2004. One month later, they shared the stage together for the first time at a battle of the bands. Since then, they have written a dozen original songs and added an arsenal of covers from the 80s and 90s to their repertoire. The band performed live or on the radio more than sixty times in 2005. In addition to playing nearly every rock music venue in Tallahassee, they have performed in various cities throughout Florida, Georgia and Alabama. So far, the_aUdience has been invited to return to every venue they've played at.

The band's first single, "Dumb to Believe," has been played on radio stations in Tallahassee (FL), Panama City (FL), and Valdosta (GA). It currently holds the record for most requested song by a local band on WGLF-FM in Tallahassee, having spent nine weeks in a row in the top 3-- seven of which were at #1. the_aUdience recently recorded six more songs and are going back into the studio at the end of March to put the finishing touches on their LP. They expect to release their first album this Summer.

*Brandy Marder* (the singer) is a self-trained vocalist. She loves pop music (especially from the 80s) and is influenced most by Debbie Harry and Gwen Stefani. Brandy has been acting, dancing, and writing her own lyrics for many years, but until now had not found the right music to complement her creativity. Did we mention that we first heard her singing in a karaoke bar? She happily ditched the band-in-a-can to strut her stuff in front of some real live rockers.

*Jeremy Ferris* (the guitarist) is classically trained. He likes a variety of music, from Sevendust and Tool to the bluegrass bands on PBS. In addition to being a talented songwriter, Jeremy is an accomplished photographer.

*Joe Duncan* (the bassist) is a bass player with a flair for funk and jazzy moving bass lines. Joe is heavily influenced by Flea and Jaco Pastorius. We like to call him Stompin' Joe-- if you see us live, you'll know why.

*Keli Swearingen* (the drummer) calls Danny Carey of Tool her Yoda, but she's also a fan of Matt Chamberlain (Soundgarden), Buddy Rich, and 2Pac. She has played in concert bands, marching bands, and jazz bands, but she's a rocker at heart. Yes, a girl drummer.

Lyrics

Certain Circumstance (explicit)

Written By: Brandy Marder

What are you doing?
You broke my friend
Make up your mind
cuz this shit has to end

Can't have your cake
and want to eat it too
You left my friend
so battered and used

Damage yourself
with your destructive phase
Now I'm involved
keeping your shit at bay
If she cries one more tear
If she spends one more day
wondering what if
One guess who will pay

Your feelings untrue,
your motives not so clear
Put her through so much
Now you're leaving her here

Keep your misleadings
I won't take them long
Keep my bad side quiet
Stop leading her on

Damage yourself
with your destructive phase
Now I'm involved
keeping your shit at bay
If she cries one more tear
If she spends one more day
wondering what if
One guess who will pay
You can't feel much
like she's saying you do
After what you did
you have much more to prove

You can't run forever
and when you stop you'll see
everything that was
will now never be

In a different place and time,
would you have a chance?
You took full advantage
of a certain circumstance

You took her for a fool
Now I'm getting involved

If she cries one more tear you're gonna pay
You've got so much to prove

She may not see through you
but I sure as hell can
I'm protecting her heart
from your unscripted plan
Used her for the moment
but that moment has passed
Did you enjoy your time?
Because it was your
last

Step

Written By: Brandy Marder

Do as I say
not as I do
Your philosophy's crazy
and so are you

You get respect
only when it's earned
Can't treat people this way
You will never learn

Take a step back
Let it all sink in
When this joyride is over
you're not gonna win

You don't deserve what you have
You treat people like dirt
Making pain is your joy
when you're the one who's hurt
Can't be trusted
Had it but lost it
I'm exhausted

Make yourself look bad
If you're nice I'm amazed
Kick us when you're down
Exist only in a daze

Can't grasp the concept
of what you should do
Handle it all wrong
We know the real you

Take a step back
Let it all sink in
When this joyride is over
you're not gonna win

You don't deserve what you have
You treat people like dirt
Making pain is your joy
when you're the one who's hurt
Can't be trusted
Had it but lost it
I'm exhausted

Every day
you still act like a dick
making most of us miserable
and the rest of us sick

You make me sick

You don't deserve what you have
You treat people like dirt
Making pain is your joy
when you're the one who's hurt

Can't be trusted
Had it but lost it
I'm exhausted

Dumb to Believe

Written By: Brandy Marder

Immaturity
Slowly seeping through
Wish I would have caught it
Before I jumped the gun with you

One day you're hot
Next you're so cold
This constant back and forth thing
Is really getting old

Don't turn your back on me
I wasn't at fault
Your childish games
Brought our time to a halt
My feelings are gone
If that's what they were called
Can't be here as a friend
Can't be here at all
Maybe I'm just too dumb to believe
You'd remember those words you once said...
To me

Obligations
Shouldn't be there
For me to make clear
Why this game isn't fair

Thought you were someone else
But I was wrong
Filling the role of that guy
Whose outer shield's now gone

Don't turn your back on me
I wasn't at fault
Your childish games
Brought our time to a halt
My feelings are gone
If that's what they were called
Can't be here as a friend
Can't be here at all
Maybe I'm just too dumb to believe
You'd remember those words you once said...
To me

Can't shake this thing
It plagues my mind
Need a vaccine
To kill what's inside

Only way's to learn
But I'm not teaching anymore
Left it all behind
Once you walked right out the door

Can't shake this thing
It plagues my mind
Need a vaccine
To kill what's inside

Only way's to learn
But I'm not teaching anymore
Left it all behind
Once you walked right out the door

Clueless, oblivious
To anyone but you
Enjoy the repercussions
Of the things you didn't do

Clueless, oblivious
To anyone but you
Enjoy the repercussions
Of the things you didn't do...

Maybe I'm just too dumb to believe
You'd remember those words you once said...
Maybe I'm just too dumb to believe
You'd remember those words you once said...
To me

Shut Up (explicit)

Written By: Brandy Marder

Words fall out of your mouth
like you have no control
as if the devil herself
has a grip on your soul
The only reason I can find
you won't come off of it
is you like how it sounds when
you talk all that shit

What comes from your head
is all a facade
When we hear your voice
it means ours get cut off
The buttons you push
always get in the way
You continue to speak
when there's nothing to say
Shut up

Why can't you understand
that you're no better than me
You are blind to
what everyone else sees
You can keep your two cents
and you can keep your myths
Your stories are empty
You aren't the best

What comes from your head
is all a facade
When we hear your voice
it means ours get cut off
The buttons you push
always get in the way
You continue to speak
when there's nothing to say
Shut up

Just shut the fuck up
and know your role
Stop running your game
This front's getting old
No one cares what you think
No one cares what you said
Get out of my face
Get out of my head

Shut up
Shut the fuck up
Shut up

Brand New

Written By: Brandy Marder

I've found what was missing
Can count on your hand
You make sense of what I
couldn't understand

Who knew I could feel like this
when you're here
Everyone else
just disappears
Not many know me
the way that you do
So this must be what it's like
to feel brand new

Feeling so high
Can't bring me down
So is this how it is when you know
you've been found
Always seem to remember
all of my spots
You somehow found a way
straight into my heart

Who knew I could feel like this
when you're here
Everyone else
just disappears
Not many know me
the way that you do
So this must be what it's like
to feel brand new

Bring out my best
when all I feel is numb
Forget the rest,
you are the one
When you're not around
my heart has a hole
You invade my mind,
have a grasp on my soul

Together forever
That's what this all means
You're not for anyone else
You're who I want you to be

Everyone else just disappears
Not many know me the way that you do
So this must be what it's like to feel brand new

Brand new

Break Free

Written By: Brandy Marder

The sun leaks in my window pane
and starts to warm my eyes
The day I know will come ahead
I already despise

My brain tells me just one more week
when my heart screams no more
I know why I have to fight
and it kills me to the core

This vanilla monotony
I know that it's killing me
Every day
is just the same thing
The way that I feel
when I get to sing
Every day
Let me

As day drags on from start to end
I hate it more than words
As they talk their smack behind my back
closing their office doors

This black sheep's shorn and naked
without much more left to say
Just grin and bear it
and take it cause it's just another day

This vanilla monotony
I know that it's killing me
Every day
is just the same thing
The way that I feel
when I get to sing
Every day
Let me break free
Break free

This hole that is swallowing me
with all of this crap
Punch it in the gut, make it throw me back up
'cause I'm not going out like that

This vanilla monotony
I know that it's killing me
Every day
is just the same thing
The way that I feel
when I get to sing
Every day
Let me break free

Let me break free
Let me break free

Discography

"Dumb to Believe" holds the record for most weeks at #1 on Gulf 104's "Top 3 at 8:20" (WGLF Tallahassee)

In June of 2006, the_aUdience recorded "Break Free," "Shut Up," and "Brand New" and in September 2006 recorded "Certain Circumstance," "Step," and "I Should". They will be returning to the studio in late March to record three more songs to complete their LP, due to be released this Summer.
In Summer 2006, "Break Free" was retired from Gulf 104's Top 3 at 8:20 after 6 consecutive weeks at #1.

Set List

Our typical original set is 50 minutes. We change the order of songs depending on the crowd, but our favorite lineup so far is "Certain Circumstance," "Shut Up," "Dumb to Believe," "Step," "I Should," "Brand New," "Sleeping Forever," "Feel," "Whole," and "Break Free"

Our covers set is over three hours long. We play alternative and pop songs from the 80s and 90s, including everything from Tool to Harvey Danger. Our signature covers are "Schism" by Tool and "Come Undone" by Duran Duran.

complete cover song repertoire:
3am - Matchbox Twenty
Bad - Michael Jackson
Basketcase - Green Day
Bitch - Meredith Brooks
Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
Come Undone - Duran Duran
Down - 311
Ex-Girlfriend - No Doubt
Fight for Your Right - The Beastie Boys
Flagpole Sitter - Harvey Danger
Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Hard to Handle - The Black Crowes
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
I Alone - Live
If You Could Only See - Tonic
Inside-Out - Eve 6
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