The Historic

The Historic

 Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, USA
BandRockAmericana

The Historic is a literate rock band that flips through the yellowed pages of history on a quest to retell the stories that are truly meaningful. Recently, even record producer Jack Douglas (who has worked with bands like The Who, Miles Davis, etc.), commented on the band's "great story telling".

Biography

The Historic began as one introspective musician’s escape. After years of playing in various music groups (from jazz to Nashville-friendly rock), Phil Rohrer began to deconstruct music’s appeal and importance to him. He winnowed it down to story and community, and whether by chance or divine providence, he soon crossed paths with other like-minded musicians, solidifying the new musical endeavor as a band. The group found common ground in the indie folk rock genre, and began to play out regularly while also meeting once a week outside of practice to discuss life, community and religion.

The band quickly went from playing small coffee shops in the Lancaster and Philadelphia area to opening at slightly larger venues for the likes of Jennifer Knapp, Derek Webb, Lovedrug and Denison Witmer. Their sound subsequently changed and became a became a bit fuller, culminating in the 2010 release of the band’s second studio album, “The City of Promise” (an album that delves into historic figures’ quests for meaning in life).

The Historic’s influences range from Dylan to Cash to Springsteen, all of whom were great storytellers who valued simple, precise song structure. And as the band’s name suggests, they enjoy referencing historic events and figures within the stories they tell. They strive to enable listeners to escape, but not to somewhere fictional. Rather, the band’s stories take listeners to places that are grounded in reality, places that can change a listener’s worldview if given the opportunity. In a recent review, record producer Jack Douglas (who has worked with bands like The Who, Miles Davis, etc.) confirmed that the group was achieving their objectives when he commented on the band's "great story telling".

Lyrics

A Life Worth Losing

Written By: Phil Rohrer

Mighty Wind come and take my home.
Lay me out on the road.
I won't waste time here if I can't.
Nothing to matter anymore.
Nothing to anchor me down.
It would be a blessing in disguise
to lose my life.

There is nothing else I wanna live for now.
There is nothing else that satisfies me now.
There is only You, You, only You.

What's a life lost when all it is
is a dream in a moment of time?
This just isn't life, not really.
I'd gladly move on if it's with you.
I worship You my Lord.
Anything You say is all I need.
You're all I need.

There is nothing else I wanna live for now.
There is nothing else that satisfies me now.
There is only You, You, only You.

I can ask for nothing else, but the One I love.

All Fall Down

Written By: Phil Rohrer

Just how many pages
are there in my story?
Do I wanna know
all fall down?
I am just another man,
a fragile man,
an old man in the waiting.
All fall down.

All fall down, all fall down.

You have been there every time,
by every bedside.
You know what it's like.
All fall down.
When those eyes close to this world
and open to the
glory of the Lord,
all fall down.

All fall down, all fall down.
Time is not forever.

Even though I know that
after this I'm coming home,
it seems too soon.
All fall down.
I wanna help my brothers
and my sisters get to know you,
'cause they'll all,
all fall down.

All fall down, all fall down.

Give and Take

Written By: Phil Rohrer

You give the only steady hand
faithful to me, an unfaithful man.
You give me love that I'll grow old with.

You feed me anytime you can
and repeat old words, they stick in my head.
You give me all the words I need to live.

I trust when you give.

You give me space. I could walk away.
That's the greatest gift of all it's been said.
There's no question that you treat me graciously.

Still there's one thing that frightens me,
the fact that you always do the right thing.
But I'll also have to trust you when
you take away.

The Year

Written By: Josh Loose

They met in the winter of the year of the great snowstorm
His beard was full, and the curls in her hair were long
They built a fire, and watched the snow fall
She was sippin' tea. He was sippin' coffee
And they sang "It's gonna be a good year."

They headed out west in the spring of the great sandstorm
His face was shaved, and the color in her eyes was blue
The built a home, and watched the wheat grow
She was knittin' sweaters. He was splittin' wood
And they sang "It's gonna be a good year."

Baby, it's gonna be a good year
Oh, my honey. Oh, my dear
I ain't got nothin' to fear
'Cause Baby, it's gonna be a good year

They struck it rich in the summer of the great gold rush
His face was tan, and the soles in her shoes were worn
They built a town, and watched the settlers roll in
She danced around. He played a sweet song
And they sang "It's gonna be a good year."

They lost it all in the fall of the great stock crash
His face was hard, and the dress that she wore was torn
They built a wagon, and headed back east
She was patchin' up her dress
He was patchin' up his pride
And he looked at her with a twinkle in his eye
And sang "Next year is gonna be a good year."

Baby, it's gonna be a good year
Oh, my honey. Oh, my dear
I ain't got nothin' to fear
'Cause Baby, it's gonna be a good year

The Fool

Written By: Phil Rohrer

Darkening demeanors mark the smart men's crooked smiles
As they wait their turn
Dissecting not the words, but the man before their eyes
They wait their turn. They wait their turn.

He knew with all his heart and soul and cried out in his mind,
"I'm not wasting their time!"

The wait to condescend finally comes to an end
As the man sits down
They may have missed the speech, but they hit the man directly
As the man sits down. The man sits down.

He knew with all his heart and soul and cried out in his mind,
"I'm not wasting their time!"
And then he whispered softly with the light still in his eyes,
"What a perfect fool am I."

And he waits, and he waits, and he waits, and he waits

It turns out unseen forces had the power over death and life
As the man believed
But believin' is too hard for those who must see with their eyes
The man believed. The man believed.

Discography

2010 EP - "The City of Promise"
2009 EP - "Addressing a Mighty Wind"

Set List

The band's sets normally run 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the venue's requirements and is made up of primarily original songs. However, longer sets are possible if desired. A typical set list is as follows:

1. The Fool
2. The Quiet Man
3. The Year
4. Dreamin'
5. The City of Promise
6. Dymaxion
7. All Fall Down
8. A Life Worth Losing
9. The Ballad of Max Hoffman