The Michetons

The Michetons

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Retro-modern guitar rock, sophisticated yet unruly, foxy and sly. Inspired by the songwriting of The Doors and The Anniversary and the tone and rumble of Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin, the Michetons translate for new audiences the archetypal sounds of rock ‘n roll.

Biography

They hail from California’s steamy central valley. Their name references a group of stylish, young Frenchmen—les michetons—who hung out at Paris’ Le Drugstore in the late 60s and early 70s, and were employed by the quarter’s affluent but lonely women to satiate unfulfilled desires. Their sound is retro-modern guitar rock, sophisticated yet unruly, foxy and sly.

The Michetons were born from fever and sweat. The fever—small town boredom infected by a burning desire to create music. The sweat—what poured forth when the five young men first congregated in vocalist Matt Heath’s garage, oblivious to the rising temperatures and aware only of the musical energy flowing between them. That fateful meeting fell on guitarist Dan Quigg’s 22nd birthday, but Dan, along with vocalist Matt Heath, bassist Evan Marques, guitarist Brian McNeely, and drummer Chris Giddings soon realized there was much more to celebrate. The five young men quickly tapped into an undeniable artistic chemistry and brotherly bond that has been the The Michetons’ driving force for the past three years.

The Michetons’ brand of music is rhythmically dynamic and always emotive. They continually rearrange and experiment to compose music that creates and relieves tension with energy and movement. These qualities are what first attracted producer Sep V. of the San Francisco Bay Area’s FM Recorders to the band and motivated him to help them tailor their sound. Inspired by the songwriting style of bands like The Doors and The Anniversary and the tone and rumble of groups such as Queens of the Stone Age, Smashing Pumpkins, and Led Zeppelin, the Michetons translate for new audiences the archetypal sounds of rock ‘n roll.

Having spent the past three years gigging in the Bay Area as the Hills, the band instinctively knew they’d found their true moniker when they read the following:

“Pamela [Jim Morrion’s common-law wife] was by now a familiar figure in [Paris’] upscale Saint Germain hangouts…Her acquaintances included young models and actors, a few diplomats… and les michetons (handsome young men, impeccably dressed and groomed, who hung around le Drugstore and were employed as gigolos by fashionable but lonely women of the quarter).”
– “The Last Days of Jim Morrison,” Stephen Davis (Rolling Stone, June 2004).

The Michetons have now embarked on a series of regional tours to support the release of their debut EP on Bright Antenna Records, which came out Januray 27, 2007. Four grueling months in the studio have produced a spectacular record polished by both grind and grace. Matt describes the process as a “happy exhaustion.” He says, “Working on this album has been like working out. It burns and it’s tiring, but it ultimately feels great, because we know in the end there will be a nice, tightly-shaped muscle.” In addition, the time strengthened the band’s bonds and saw their sound, creativity and drive flourish. Dan explains, “In a time when it seems like everything is either coming or going, in or out of style…one common goal unites this band: to create genuine rock music with which listeners can truly identify for years to come.”

Lyrics

Game of Chess

Written By: The Michetons

Take those words that you said
Take them all right back
Where you come from
There's no turning back
Spent your whole life confessing, it slipped away
We can leave this place, but not today

You said I'd be safe if I was with you
You said I'd be safe if I was with you

Take those words that you said
Paint them all jet black
Called your bullshit, there's no turning back
Lost my mind in the light that surrounds me
We can leave this place, but where would we be

You said I'd be safe if I was with you
You said I'd be safe if I was with you

Never thought it would come to this
You got yours and he forfeits
When did you think that you could say it was over?
Never thought it would come to this
Funny how that plot it twists
Did you think that you would say it was over?

You said I'd be safe if I was with you
You said I'd be safe if I was with you

Never thought it would come to this
You got yours and we forfeit
When did you think tha tyou coudl say it was over?
Never thought it would come to this
Funny how that plot it twists
I didn't think that you would say it was over
I didn't think that you would say it was over
I didn't think that you would say it was over

Radio

Written By: The Michetons

Fragments of this song spark memories
That rewind our lives
Through the faults and favors
With friends
Making plans so we can break them
Tune in
I hear my life in this song

On the radio
On the radio
One more night
On the radio

Fragments of this song spark memories
That transmit
Empty static through the thoughts of people
You hear songs, but they hear dollars
Roll in

As you hear your favorite song

On the radio
On the radio
One more night

Separate

Written By: The Michetons

Switch back to a similar situation
Both my hands behind my back my
Eyes did try to recognize you
But all I saw was shapes and colors
Fall back on my first intuition
That came to me those sleepless nights I
Hummed a line that in due time
Would slowly crack and chip away

It’s gone
There’s nothing to see
It’s all black and white
All along
The sky wasn’t empty
I’m right where you left me

If I could you know I would
Give my hand to say I tried
What manifested came to rest in
Pity that you brought on yourself
Bright as night what you brought to light
With more static than an old radio
Hard to swallow
Gritty sorrow
You’ve gotta give some to get some back

It’s gone
There’s nothing to see
It’s all black and white
All along
The sky wasn’t empty
I’m right where you left me

Discography

The Michetons EP - released January 27, 2007

1. Game of Chess
2. Move Me
3. Radio
4. Separate
5. Get Hurt

Set List

10-12 songs, 45-60 minutes:

Radio
Get Hurt
Separate
Time To Fall
Lost In Shuffle
Game Of Chess
Fallen Leaves
Love And Die
Never Know (ballad)
Nameless
Ten Cities