The Bitter Roots

The Bitter Roots

 Seattle, Washington, USA
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The Bitter Roots' music can best be described as driven soulful rock, guitar oriented and diverse, with vocal harmony and tight rhythms. The band draws from Punk, Metal, Garage and diverse Melodic Rock sounds from the West Coast to the UK to create a unique sound that is truly original.

Biography

The Bitter Roots a rock n roll band from Seattle are Jeff Stetson, Ben Koostra and Don Allen.

The Bitter Roots began in 2008 when Ben Koostra moved to Seattle and reconnected with Jeff Stetson, having been friends long ago in their hometown of Missoula MT. Jeff had written a bunch of songs and was in the process of putting together a new band when Ben showed up and agreed to join. Two albums a self titled and Moral Hazard emerged in the first couple of years and the band began to garner some attention from college radio stations around the country and from the press. Chiaroscuro is the 3rd full length release for the band. It is a rich and full diverse Album. Chiaroscuro has to date reached as high as #26 on the iTunes New Rock Release chart and has been on the College Music Charts across the country for the Month of October 2012 and beyond.

Jeff who is the creative force and primary songwriter for the band mainly writes about themes of an intensely personal nature, sometimes autobiographical, sometimes with an agitating left leaning political bent. The work is as authentic as it is original, there is real meaning here for those who take the time to understand the words. Each record is filled with songs of Love and Redemption as well as songs of Anger and Betrayal, and always a light hearted relief tune or two as well.

All three TBRs albums to date have been recorded by Jeff in his Water Works Hill Studios in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The latest album was mixed and mastered by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Floyd is a veteran of the Seattle music scene and has recorded albums for Dave Mathews, AudioSlave and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. The Bitter Roots' music can best be described as driven soulful rock, guitar oriented and diverse, with vocal harmony and tight rhythms. The band draws from Punk, Metal, Garage and diverse Melodic Rock sounds from the West Coast to the UK to create a unique sound that is truly original. You may here influences from the likes of The Cure, Janes Addiction, REM, Deftones, Nirvana and many others.

What makes The Bitter Roots somewhat unique? All our music is recorded live to Analog Tape. We do not use Auto Tune. We do not use a Click Track. We do not use samples. If it took 54 takes, it took 54 takes. This we believe is the best way to make the Rock.

Jeff is the former Guitar and Voice of manSaveman a Seattle rock outfit that put out 4 full length LPs between 2001 and 2006. Jeff also played for the bands Chiseler and Into the March in his home town of Missoula Montana in the early and mid '90s.

Ben a talented multi instrumentalist who has played on many records over the years is also from Missoula and is the original drummer for Ein Heit and Silkworm. Don grew up in the South Sound and used to play bass for a band called Loser. Don joined the band in the fall of 2012 having answered an ad in the local paper. He immediately clicked with the band and has been a great addition to the live sound. The band looks forward to recording as a full 3 piece. Future plans for the band include shows around the Northwest as well as tours of the East Coast and UK. Jeff is always writing new material so you can be sure there will be even more albums released in the coming years.

Lyrics

For King and Country

Written By: Jeff Stetson

Well Don't Collapse now
The World is not ending
Don't you be afraid of the rhythm sending.

Sending you straight back home.

Five long years now
Life in the Gutter
All you left behind was your Children's Mother.

Well whats the plan when they come back broken in threes?

You serve For King and Country
You give your Life
All that is left behind is a lonely woman and child.
If you were to ask me just what I would say
You've got to stay strong you've got to to fight on
You've got to hope for better days

It makes me shiver,
Are we the winner
Well what's the purpose,
To make them serve us?

Well whats the plan when they come back broken in threes?

Family Ties

Written By: Jeff Stetson

Play the Part
Don't you fall to far
Be the son I need you to be
Precariously on the edge of insanity
We rise and fall, as one

And you have seen the trouble come
And you have been away for so long
Did you ever stop and wonder why

You could have said anything
So many things come to mind
But you went and said that
With a heart as cold as ice

Sins of the mother spoil the child
Make no mistake and don't you cry
Live the life I need you to live
Tooth of the world bite the babe
Hush don't you deny that there is a snake
Leading you astray from who you are

Be still your heart
A life cut so short
Now another hollow empty soul
Joyously, on the brink of finality
You have come and gone, alone

More Pretty

Written By: Jeff Stetson

Falling on your face just to get a look
Can't concentrate you never read a book
Living one big mysterious lie
Flying in outer space, its all those drugs you took
Crossing your legs just to give a look
Of your sweet and sugared prize

So you think she'll look more pretty this time
In her dreams she's left alone
So you think she will will look more pretty this time
Less meat, more skin on the bone

So you think that you are somehow better than me
Cause you dance with the girls at the pretty parties
I can do that, I can do all that and more
You know, talking to you is just a god awful bore

Full of disgrace, it's your mother's fault
Just not true all those things you were taught
It's enough to drive you right out of your mind
Feeling out of place, all your friends forsook
Long in the face is not a real good look
One more pill and then it's back to smiles

So you think she'll look more pretty this time
Because in her dreams she's left alone
So you think she will will look more pretty this time
Less meat, more skin on the bone

So you think that life will come easliy
It's all who you know, it's misery
I can feel that, I can feel all that and more
You know, talking to you is just a god awful bore

Discography

LP - Chiaroscuro 2012
LP - Moral Hazard 2011
LP - The Bitter Roots 2009

Singles:

Shepherd's Pie 2012
More Pretty 2013