The Lives of Famous Men

The Lives of Famous Men

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The Lives of Famous Men are the authors of music with soul; five friends who tired of music that glorified image above substance, and who had a desire to do something different.

Biography

The Lives of Famous Men are the authors of music with soul; five friends who tired of music that glorified image above substance, and who had a desire to do something different. Each hailing from a unique musical background, singer Daniel Hall says this was an opportunity for them to “strive for something more meaningful.� The five, who include frontman Hall, guitarist Ari Katcher, drummer Dylan Mandel, bassist Andrew Totemoff, and keyboardist Jason Wahto, are passionate about what they do, but never take themselves too seriously.

In March of 2007, The Lives of Famous Men went into the studio with producer Stephan Hawkes to record their debut EP Rehearsal. Troy Glessner (Emery, As Tall as Lions) put the finishing touches on the record, delivering a punchy and powerful sound. Director Kurt Nishimura (The Decemberists) shot a video for the leadoff track “You’re Everyone I Know Right Now,� which recently aired on MTVU when The Lives of Famous Men were selected as the artist of the week by MTVU’s Best Music on Campus.

Following the release of Rehearsal, The Lives of Famous Men instantly garnered recognition as the #1 unsigned artist on purevolume.com and as a featured band in Alternative Press Magazine’s AP&R column (issue #232, Nov. 2007). They also earned a spot on the 6-week Triple Crown Clothing tour with Youinseries and National Product, which took them across the country. A brief run with Shiny Toy Guns capped off their summer touring and fall brought another cross-country outing including a stop in St. Cloud, Florida to record their follow-up EP Modern Love, The Wooden Vehicle with producer James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Paramore).

Modern Love, The Wooden Vehicle showcases not only musical growth and a wealth of eclectic sounds ranging from jazz to Motown to flamenco to modern pop, but also James Paul Wisner’s masterful engineering. In the short time since it’s release, Modern Love, The Wooden Vehicle has already created a strong buzz among online publications with its debut on smartpunk.com as one of the top 5 best selling albums. With increasing press and strong momentum, the goals of The Lives of Famous Men remain the same: to write the music they love and to reach as many listeners as possible.

Lyrics

Annie Taylor

Written By: The Lives of Famous Men

this process is becoming difficult with
everyone around me
donating words to my mouth.
i’ll make my charitable debut
reading histories of you.
i wish i had the tact.

you’re not going to listen to a thing
they say to you.
and you’ll perform your exit
for the masses.

a sea of protests, a wooden vehicle.
to write without compromise.

“annie, you’re getting too close to the edge!”

written and performed by the lives of famous men: d.h. vocals, a.k. guitars, d.m. drums, auxiliary percussion, a.t. bass, j.w. keys, programming, guitars. additional programming, guitars by j.p.w. lyrics by d.h. produced, engineered, and mixed by james paul wisner at wisner productions, st. cloud, fl. mastered by sakis anastopoulos at digisound mastering, victoria, australia. art direction and design by james fletcher at the lab. © november, 2007

Notes From a Cult Classic

Written By: The Lives of Famous Men

the shoulders and arms that we invested
in the summer
were bridges we built in lo-fi
and quiet talk.
and i am scared to death that this
one will turn another and
we will abandon all our plans.

dallas is burning overhead this caravan
immune to age and
advertising disregard.

you know this isn’t us so
don’t go asking of yourself.

if only i could reach you.
if only i could reach through the phone to
tell you everything
an able mouth would say, maybe.
maybe we would be okay.

a desperate attempt to fashion you
a brand new tourniquet over
empty signals and verbs.

written and performed by the lives of famous men: d.h. vocals, a.k. guitars, d.m. drums, auxiliary percussion, a.t. bass, j.w. keys, programming. additional programming by j.p.w. lyrics by d.h. produced, engineered, and mixed by james paul wisner at wisner productions, st. cloud, fl. mastered by sakis anastopoulos at digisound mastering, victoria, australia. art direction and design by james fletcher at the lab. © november, 2007

Chandeliers and Piano Keys

Written By: The Lives of Famous Men

chandeliers and piano keys

you’re learning to think with the
right side of your head,
but you haven’t quite gotten the
hang of it yet.
there’s still the taste of blood in your mouth
that says you’re going to be famous.
let’s get you fitted for a smile and
show you how to shake hands.

we’ll show you around
so you don’t have to find out
for yourself.

you’re digging your own burial plot
with a ballpoint pen
and you don’t even know it.
you’re playing with a gun called celebrity;
be careful when you use it.

i’d keep my eyes open if i were you.

written and performed by the lives of famous men: d.h. vocals, a.k. guitars, d.m. drums, auxiliary percussion, a.t. bass, j.w. keys, programming. lyrics by d.h. produced, engineered, and mixed by james paul wisner at wisner productions, st. cloud, fl. mastered by sakis anastopoulos at digisound mastering, victoria, australia. art direction and design by james fletcher at the lab. © november, 2007

You're Everyone I Know Right Now

Written By: The Lives of Famous Men

somewhere the operation failed on a table surrounded by halogen lamps. the good doctors checked their watches on our anniversary. there’s such a sterile feeling in this room. just so you know, you can only parade yourself like this for so long (before the rest catch on). oh you’re so obvious at the end of every line with a comma. you never had the gut for this. i guess i know who my real friends are.

written and performed by the lives of famous men: d.h. vocals, a.k. guitars, d.m. drums, a.t. bass, j.w. keys. lyrics by d.h. produced, engineered, and mixed by stephan hawkes at firehazard studio, hillsboro, or. mastered by troy glessner at spectre studio, renton, wa. art direction and design by james fletcher at the lab. © april, 2007

Kid, It's a Long Way Back to the Port Cities

Written By: The Lives of Famous Men

so you say you want to make art, but you don’t have the heart or the words worth repeating. not that you could ever sell it in those jeans. i think you forget: it’s not the voice so much as how you wear it. the interest isn’t in a drug of choice; it’s in the price of the high. you’re climbing the tiers on a campaign trail to make something so personal a high commodity. there are so many holes in your story. so you want to be a high commodity. congratulations, you’ve sold your story. you’re a long ways away from the coastal climates you’re used to. i think you forget the business you’re in.

written and performed by the lives of famous men: d.h. vocals, a.k. guitars, d.m. drums/tambourine, a.t. bass, j.w. keys/vocals. lyrics by d.h. produced, engineered, and mixed by stephan hawkes at firehazard studio, hillsboro, or. mastered by troy glessner at spectre studio, renton, wa. art direction and design by james fletcher at the lab. © april, 2007

Business as a Performance Art

Written By: The Lives of Famous Men

ballroom poise. the girls are dressing their intent to get a taste for keeping pace. the speaker lifts his glass. to dearest friends that will not last. they drink the pearls. there’s an etiquette to always faking it with the straightest of faces. it’s all about the way you present yourself. novelty: gleaming lipstick, chain and gag. show your teeth if you can bite it back. skin grafts of all your mistresses. it’s such an exhibition. you’re in when you’re invited back. i’ll stay at home (and cut at my own throat).

written and performed by the lives of famous men: d.h. vocals, a.k. guitars, d.m. drums, a.t. bass, j.w. keys/acoustic guitars/programming. lyrics by d.h. produced, engineered, and mixed by stephan hawkes at firehazard studio, hillsboro, or. mastered by troy glessner at spectre studio, renton, wa. art direction and design by james fletcher at the lab. © april, 2007

After Party

Written By: The Lives of Famous Men

dancing behind closed doors, a marathon of nosebleeds. heads down on the glass. your eyes are red and you’re convinced: you’re made of gold. and you won’t stop until you’re finding inspiration on the bathroom floor. the night’s not over until it’s overdone, until you overindulge. the night’s not over until you’re over her. “tonight we’re on top of the world and we’re not coming down.” rehearsal. i’ll see you in the icu.

written and performed by the lives of famous men: d.h. vocals, a.k. guitars, d.m. drums, a.t. bass, j.w. keys. lyrics by d.h. produced, engineered, and mixed by stephan hawkes at firehazard studio, hillsboro, or. mastered by troy glessner at spectre studio, renton, wa. art direction and design by james fletcher at the lab. © april, 2007

Discography

"Rehearsal" EP - release date: April, 24 2007

"Modern Love, the Wooden Vehicle" - release date: December 4th 2007