The Cautions

The Cautions

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The Cautions write catchy, melodious songs that bring back the days of skinny ties, Atari 2600, and Rubix Cubes. Upbeat, humorous, power-pop tunes abound!

Biography

Hailing from the Boston area, The Cautions write catchy, melodious songs that bring back the days of skinny ties, Atari 2600, and Rubix Cubes. The band's upbeat brand of power-pop is a hybrid that pays homage to The Cars and Elvis Costello and mingles it with the likes of current faves Weezer, Fountains of Wayne and Good Charlotte. Synth-driven and quirky, the band coins its name from an old-fashioned expression for a joker/wise guy - a "caution." With this in mind, they tend to add a humorous, ironic bent to their lyrics.

The Cautions are pleased to announce the release of their second album, “Proceed With…The Cautions” now available through Not Lame Records www.notlame.com. Not Lame Records says, “You hear the band just knowing they have gathered up a stockpile of excellent songs to present the band to a bigger audience. Fans of The Cars, Bleu, Rooney and the poppiest moments of Weezer, Ozma and Chomsky are going to love this.”

In February 2001, the band released their debut self-titled album, which gained critical praise from numerous print and online publications. Both Boston Soundcheck and Metronome magazine chose the album as one of their top five picks of the month. Boston Soundcheck says, "The fun kicks off right from the opening number, "Coffee Shop Girl," and does not let up until the closing bars of "Groove Baby Groove." The joyful power-pop of The Cautions jumps out of the stereo with tasteful, Weezer-esque songs and playful lyrics. Taking the sarcasm of the early Elvis Costello tracks and fusing it with a grunge, dirty guitar feel, the only flaw that The Cautions' debut has is that it is not long enough."

Out of nearly 1,000 contestants nationally, The Cautions were chosen as Top 10 finalists in the 2002 "American Music Awards presents The New Music Award" contest, sponsored by The American Music Awards, CMJ and Coca-Cola. They were flown to NYC to perform at The Bowery Ballroom, for a full audience of CMJ, radio station and record label execs.

Lead singer Eric Barao and guitarist Jeff Caglarcan met while studying at Berklee College of Music. Chris Newbern had previously drummed with Jeff for three years in the Boston-based band January, and bassist Jay Raffi was added to the lineup in 2002.

The Cautions made their first appearance in April 2000 at the Green Room in Providence, RI and have since appeared in numerous clubs throughout the Northeast. The band has also enjoyed airplay on both New England college radio and major commercial stations, such as WBCN, WFNX and WBRU.

Lyrics

Don't Get Me Started

Written By: Eric Barao

Everybody's asking
why I can't let go
everybody's telling me
they told me so
but the scent of her skin
was worth most of my time
and her grape lip gloss
drove me out of my mind

Forget what I just said
cause I've got to get her
out of my head

Don't get me started
don't get me started
on that again
don't get me wasting
all my breath again

I bumped into her
at the Suds Laundry
you know, her new boyfriend
looks a lot like me
I kept it topical
and stuck to the facts
cause otherwise I wouldn't
know how to act

Forget what I just said
cause I need to get her
out of my head

Don't get me started
don't get me started
on that again
don't get me wasting
all my breath again

Forget what I have said
cause I think I'm going
out of my head

Don't get me started
don't get me started
on that again
don't get me wasting
all my breath again

Ann-Marie

Written By: Jeff Caglarcan

We had a fight
late one dark night
you stormed out on me
Sad alone
I called your phone
but you hung up on me
Don't stay angry
please I'm sorry
it's been three long weeks

Ann Marie
Don't stay mad at me
Ann Marie
Just think about how happy we could be
Marie

Then I saw you
at the Bar-b-que
you spoke to me
You had tofu
vegan soul food
I had the red meat

Ann Marie
Don't stay mad at me
Ann Marie
Just think about how happy we could be
Marie

After five beers
out come the tears
are you back with me?

Ann Marie
Don't stay mad at me
Ann Marie
Just think about how happy we could be
Marie

Coffee Shop Girl

Written By: Jeff Caglarcan

Every day, I'm in her store
Buying coffee, but wanting more
Does she know what I am thinking
Or why I'm doing all this coffee drinking?
'Cause when she rings me up
My heart starts speeding up
One day soon, wait and see
I will ask her out with me

She goes by Meg, but her nametag says Megan
She takes her coffee black, 'cause she's a vegan
And when she rings me up
My heart starts speeding up
One day soon, wait and see
I will ask her out with me

Got it bad for that coffeeshop girl
Only girl in the world for me
Got a thing for that coffeeshop girl
Only girl in the world I want to see

Juan Valdez would be very proud
Of how well she works the coffee crowd
Her eyes are dark, just like mocha java
She turns my insides into molten lava
And when she rings me up
My heart starts speeding up
One day soon, wait and see
I will ask her out with me

If she knew that I thought she's a hottie
Would she still give me that free Biscotti?
Am I just another customer
Or does she know, how I feel for her?

Discography

The Cautions (2001) Debut CD
Proceed With...The Cautions (2005)

Set List

Big Hit Song
The Tattoo On Your Belly
Don't Get Me Started
Anne Marie
My Turn Now
I Keep Seeing You
Coffee Shop Girl
Out of Print
Sailboat
Game Show