The Greatcoats

The Greatcoats

 Austin, Texas, USA
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Guitar driven, pop-infused rock, inspired by the songs of the 1960s, this Austin-based foursome puts a modern twist on a classic sound. You'll find yourself singing along after the first listen, as each song strikes the perfect balance between new and familiar.

Biography

Based in Austin, after stints in New York and Los Angeles, front man and former solo artist David Tenczar has expanded The Greatcoats to include Brandon Stein on drums, Jay Cesak on bass and vocals, and Greg Rosenbaum on lead guitar.

Evading predictable melodies at every corner and twisting songs to resemble the likes of The Beatles, Dr. Dog, and The Hollies, their self-titled debut album is rich with upbeat instrumentation and lush harmonies that make the music complex and engaging.

Leaving behind the acoustic guitar and the home studio recording style synonymous with their debut, The Greatcoats' new sound is full of energy. The "Find Someone Else" EP gives you a satisfying taste of their unique brand of music, and leaves you with a sense for what is still to come. The tracks are simple but layered, slick but not over-polished.

Following their SXSW debut this past March, The Greatcoats are carving their name into the Austin independent music scene.

Lyrics

Find Someone Else

Written By: David Tenczar

Start small on your way to great acclaim
Patience is not a waiting game when you're working everyday
after day, all alone and toiling away
Until eventually your moment is made when you start getting paid

It's not for certain you're gonna find much more
If you're not searching around then you're done for
You've wasted time being unsure, but those are the breaks

You've gotta quit pretending you live in a bubble
While we're out getting in all kinds of trouble
When you're the best thing that's happening to yourself
You need to find someone else

Exit out the same way you came in
Be sure to wear your thickest skin when searching for a friend
of a friend, in a city where you've already been
The map will get a brand new pin and the story will begin

We're getting closer to ending the preface
Fortune will find you 'cause it's getting jealous
And your time to be selfish will come to an end

When you can quit pretending you live in a bubble
While we're out getting in all kinds of trouble
When you're the best thing that's happening to yourself
No better off on your own, you need to find someone else

So come on, quit pretending you live in a bubble
While we're out getting in all kinds of trouble
You won't forget all the things that you never did
Don't reminisce on a lifestyle that you never lived
One day soon you'll be better known
Trust yourself somebody will show
And share the best thing happening to yourself
You need to find someone else

My Next Great Story

Written By: David Tenczar

It wasn't like this always
I used to have great stories
I've told them all enough by now

Co-author my next chapter
We'll tell the before and after
We'll write down everything we've seen
From where we've been

I'm not sure who you are just yet
I'm not concerned that we haven't met
But it's you who can cause things to change
So I want you to get in my way

I've tried to pursue
Now I leave it to you

I'm around myself all of the time
It's no surprise that there's no more surprise
So I'll use yours 'cause I'm tired of mine
I need to look through a new set of eyes

First you, then me, and then there's this
I'll tell the parts when there's something you've missed
We have no reason to be vague

We'll break the rules but won't be caught
We'll follow every train of thought
And on the simplest of days
Do our best to get carried away

I leave it to you
To know what to do

I'm around myself all of the time
It's no surprise that there's no more surprise
So I'll use yours 'cause I'm tired of mine
I need to look through a new set of eyes

On my own there's nothing new here
Now I see the world through you, dear
So the story will say that you got in my way

You'll be my one and only
You'll be my next great story

Still Young

Written By: David Tenczar

Let's have a drink and another smoke
I'm edging it out but I'm too close to broke
I don't look far for troubles to try and outrun

Doing what others did years ago
Making their case for the well traveled road
Instead I think of the songs left unsung

'Cause I'm still young
I'm Still Young

I was just starting to say hello
When you began asking about who else I know
So go on, just give me the story you've spun

While I'm still young
I'm still young

I've got something you want, it's a matter of fact
There was no time I lost while you squandered your past
So now my only thought: I'm too young to look back on these things

You've made more commitments so you don't take my call
Acting just like a misfit hasn't aged me at all
Though I know you'll resist it, I'm trying to stall so you'll see

You're still young
You're still young and I'm still young
We're still young

Let your hair down and we'll have a good time
Loosen your collar, enjoy the sunshine
Won't you let go of the guilt you've shouldered
Do it right now 'cause we're getting older

Come Up And See

Written By: David Tenczar

Straight ahead is the glow from the moon
To the south, the site of the ruins
This whole town knows just what they're doing
So you can do it with me

Sixth floor on a five story home
Skyscrapers and bridges of stone
Bright lights, with a flash, they're all gone
They fizzled out with the breeze

So come on up and see
Come on up with me
Come up and See

A dark night with no stars to gaze
A large crowd but plenty of space
A hard drink to soften your day
Now you can rest here with ease

Here the sounds that float through the air
Meet the people that start to appear
Do what you like, but do it from here
please

Come on up and see
Come on up with me
Come up and See

On the streets the strangers roam
And as they find their way back home
They keep their heads down, staring at their feet

But way up here you can see it all
All the people, they seem so small
Allow your eyes to rise until they meet
A vision of a life you never thought you'd lead

Nowhere will you see sights like this
Don't let it be something you miss
Imagine how it came to exist
You'll need

To come on up and see
Come on up with me
Come up and See

In England

Written By: David Tenczar

You're gone now, babe
There's no way to save me
If I were to take a dive but not come back up to breath

So send some loving' back here from London
Over the seas your words are comin' on a postcard to me
It's a photo of Paul McCartney
With no shoes on his feet while he's crossing the street

And I know you're where you need to be
And I am trying hard to wait here patiently
As lonely as I am
Well, It's nice to know that there's someone who loves me in England

With so many ideas blowing your mind, dear
It's getting to where I start to wonder if you're thinking of me

So pack up your suitcase and tie up your shoelace
Now make your way on back here because I'd rather you be
Where I can see your face
I want to say your name

And I know you're where you need to be
And I am trying hard to wait here patiently
As lonely as I am
Well, It's nice to know that there's someone who loves me in England

And it's nice to know you won't always go to England

Discography


Debut album: The Greatcoats
Available to public for streaming at http://www.thegreatcoats.com/
1. Birdsong
2. Come Up And See
3. In England
4. All Over
5. Slow Me Down
6. Face
7. The One In The Sun
8. My Dear
9. Lady Lampshade
10. Stop
11. The Scarce Few

Find Someone Else EP - will released 11/29/11
Available to press for streaming at http://www.thegreatcoats.com/press/
1. Find Someone Else
2. My Next Great Story
3. Still Young

Set List

All Over
Come Up and See
Stop
Lady Lampshade
Bus Stop
My Dear
Good Deeds
My Next Great Story
Big Sky
In England
Still Young
Find Someone Else