The Greater The Risk

The Greater The Risk

 Richmond, Virginia, USA
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Pop rock band that focuses on memorable vocal melodies and relatable lyrics similar to Cartel and Boys Like Girls. Instrumentals range from upbeat poppy hooks to hard hitting driving choruses similar to Anberlin and Paramore.

Biography

“I was a semester out from graduating college and I was in an awkward spot since I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life. I had a catalogue of song ideas and no where to go with them, but I knew i wanted to play music.” Taking advice from several friends in the local music scene, guitarist Ashley Drewes began a dream in early 2010 to start a band that solved her ever-pressing need to quench her musical expression. She begged her friend, drummer David Landrum, whom she had played in bands with prior, to help start her new project. He was sold the first day she showed him her new ideas and they began looking for others to help fill a band lineup.

Through a mutual friend they added bassist Nathan Wilson, another college graduate, and the trio continued to look for others to fill in the missing pieces. After a few months, they discovered vocalist David Kaufman through Craigslist, who at the time was studying at a nearby university. Friend of the band, Jerry Bowyer, filled in on rhythm guitar and The Greater The Risk was born. They took their name from an ideal in their own lives. It speaks of sacrifices; the hardships of band life- putting every thing else in life on hold and putting an endless amount of time and energy into something that may not even be successful.

In June 2010, the band played its first show and released a self-titled EP, which included three completed songs from Drewes’ catalogue of riffs and melodies. The first single, “Braver,” which is about the formation of the band, reached the #9 spot on Purevolume.com’s most downloaded list its first week released.

After a few lineup changes over that summer, Landrum and Bowyer both departing to begin other musical endeavors, TGTR tried out candidates for replacements, landing on Kaufman’s college friend Blake Gillespie on guitar and vocals and drummer, Derek Ames. With a new solid lineup, they began regionally touring and writing new material.

For the next EP, they knew they wanted to take their songs to the next level. After speaking to a few producers they decided to work with Bryan Russell (Envy On The Coast, Straylight Run, The Narrative) In January 2010, the band stepped into the studio and recorded five new songs.That same month they were featured in Alternative Press’s top unsigned artist of the month section and things were looking up.

In support of the new release, more touring ensued that spring. Their heavy DIY work ethic earned them a date on the Warped Tour and their new single “Pick Your Poison” topped at #2 on the Purevolume charts. Unfortunately, plans for a June release of the EP were pushed back indefinitely when Kaufman announced he was leaving the band for personal reasons. With all plans put on hold, the other four decided to push onward, convinced their unreleased new material was worth sharing with others. After months of searching and auditions they landed on Daniel Castillo, who was eager to join after hearing the new sound and direction the band was taking.

With a reinvigorated spirit, The Greater The Risk is focused on moving forward. This fall, the guys and girl will be touring and promoting their new EP Say What You Never Said, which is scheduled to be released October 25th.

Lyrics

Friends And Foes

Written By: The Greater The Risk

Verse 1
We were meant to break, like the contact between our eyes
When you know I know it’s a lie, and everything before that.
Well we make no mistake that this is where this ends and we will never be just friends,
As long as this is over, yeah it’s over

Prechorus
So don’t give up, don’t give up this time I’ll let you know,
You needed truth, here it is, you want it, you got it

Chorus
All the things that I have tried to say to let you know
Was it all for nothing darling, was it all for nothing?
All the chances that we took with every word we wrote,
Was it all for nothing darling?

Verse 2
And how we said that nothing would tear us apart
When you promised from the start, that this would last forever
I don’t believe in fate cause this is how it goes, we cant be friends so now were foes
I’m sorry you don’t like that, but it’s like that

Prechorus
Chorus

Bridge
If you believe me, If you believe me, If you believe me, why would I just stay?
If you believe me, If you believe me, If you believe me, why would I just stay here?

Chorus
All the things that I have tried to say to let you know
It was all for nothing darling, was it all for nothing
All the chances that we took with every word we wrote,
It was all for nothing darling

Bridge

The Resolution

Written By: The Greater The Risk

Verse 1
The only way to test our fate is to follow all the signs
And to leave the past behind
Cause what we had just wouldn’t last,
if I couldn’t tell you now would you wait to find it out?

Prechorus
Wait just a minute, wait just a minute
Are we ever going to come to our senses?
Wait just a minute, wait just a minute
We never really thought about the consequences

Verse 2
We’re sinking ships just for the hell of it
And with every line we break
We’re tripping over our mistakes
The signals sent were permanent
Can we mend the damage done and undo what we’ve become

Prechorus

Chorus
Tell me there’s something I’m missing, this can’t be the end
We’re only burning bridges, and tearing out the stitches
Tell me what is the meaning in just giving up?
Why can’t you just forgive me, I know it won’t be easy

Verse 3
We never tried to find the reasons why
They were buried underneath, striking sets behind the scenes
We built these walls ten years tall
To protect ourselves from feeling
But they’re shutting out the healing

Prechorus
Chorus

Bridge
Take us back, shake the past, so we won’t ever let go of what we have
(There’s so much more to this, though we’ve been killing it
Don’t let go, don’t let go)

Chorus

Pick Your Poison

Written By: The Greater The Risk

Verse 1
Her feet have melted to the ground
And my ears are holding onto sounds
And we can’t expect to heal these wounds
If we don’t stop to dress them soon
To me it’s all the same

Prechorus
Go ahead and pick your poison
Even if it means this ends tonight

Chorus
Say what, say what you meant to say
Cause floating here is like this is enough to make me sick
Say what, say what you never said
I heard the words but I read your face and you never really said it all

Verse 2
I awake to spiders on the wall
Leaving webs behind them as they crawl
O when did I become the fly?
Who is rendered helpless to fatal strikes
To me it’s all the same

Prechorus
Chorus

Bridge
You know you’ve made mistakes and yeah I’ve made some too
I ran when things would break, like only cowards do
And I’m sorry things had to end this way
But it’s too late, there’s nothing left to save

Prechorus
Chorus

Count Me Out

Written By: The Greater The Risk

Count Me Out

Verse 1
Well I heard you’re holding out on me and I can’t believe it
It’s always getting in the way
Well I’ve braved these mountains, waves and storms just to see you
But now I see it’s all a waste

Prechorus
Well it takes time to find what we’re missing
I’m holding my breath for something to change

Chorus
Don’t say another word cause
I can’t believe the things you say
I won’t tell you what you wanted, what you wanted to hear
Don’t say another word cause
I can’t believe the things you say, no

Verse 2
Though we’ve been through this a thousand times still I can’t find
Any reason why I stayed
Well I’ve braved those mountains, waves and storms for the last time
And I’ll never be the same

Prechorus
Well it takes time to find what we’re missing
I’m not holding my breath for something to change

Chorus
Don’t say another word cause
I can’t believe the things you say
I won’t tell you what you wanted, what you wanted to hear

Bridge
Wanted to hear, wanted to hear, wanted to hear
What you wanted to hear, wanted to hear, wanted to hear
Don’t say I didn’t warn you, your lies could will never make me stay so

Chorus
Bridge

The Better Or The Best You Remember

Written By: The Greater The Risk

Verse 1
Say goodbye to the life we knew before
And change the time when you knew you needed more
Cause only you have the keys to unlock this fortress door
So stay with me tonight

Prechorus
And the cells within my blood
I feel them boil and rising up
From the weight I’ve placed upon these shoulders
Something’s building deep within
And it’s crawling underneath my skin
And these feelings are slowly taking over

Chorus
Wake up, today’s the day if ever to decided what to sever so
Take time to dig and find the better or the best you remember just
Hold I know that we can make it, we won’t let this erase us but
No more I won’t sit back and take it

Verse 2
Wait for me to end what I’ve begun
Breathe this in cause tomorrow I’ll be gone
Only I’ll be the man I should’ve been all along
So wait for me tonight

Prechorus
I know this has gone on too long
And all this time it’s all my fault
But I promise I’m going to make it better
I’ve read between the lines too hard
And mistaking planes for falling stars
And disarming our plans to rid the weather

Chorus

Pre-bridge
Cause we won’t miss what we’ve left behind

Bridge
And I remember everything you said on the long ride home in my car
Without a shake in your voice, you promised me you’d never let me go
And maybe I’ve been running from the memories I’ve pushed aside in my life

Outro
So here we are, with an open road ahead
Leave with me tonight

Discography

Say What You Never Said--Oct 2011
1. Friends And Foes
2. The Resolution
3. Pick Your Poison
4. Count Me Out
5. The Better Or The Best You Remember
-Single "Pick Your Poison" reached #2 on Purevolume.com's top plays list

The Greater The Risk EP-- June 2010
1. Braver
2. Closer To Me
3. Now Or Never
-Single "Braver" reached #13 on Purevolume.com's top plays list

Set List

Intro
Pick Your Poison
The Resolution
Closer to Me
Now or Never
Count Me Out
Friends or Foes
Braver