The Naked Stills

The Naked Stills

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Born out of a mutual love for the pioneering folk, blues, and rock movements of the 60s and 70s and an insatiable need to experiment, The Naked Stills are an intelligent, high energy, expressive rock band in every sense of the word.

Biography

"The Band, Counting Crows, and The Shins...Cochecho has a little bit of everything." ~ Inner Voice

"...an impressive amalgam of classic rock, blues, and folk born in the 1960s American music renaissance...The Naked Stills can only grow huge after such an impressive, dynamic debut. ~Bill Copelands Music News

"Poppy 'U2'like song "Touchdown In Boston" reminiscent of a band like "Counting Crows" ....that applies equally to the LA rock band "Dawes' remembering and strongly sung song " We Fall Apart".
~ Rootstime (Belgium)

"Keenly driven, 1960s 1970s rock furnished with hints of blues pop and Americana of the present day."
~Americana-UK

The Naked Stills released its debut full length album Cochecho in November 2012 to a sold out Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in early 2009 by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Rocco DeRosa and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Daniel King, The Naked Stills was born out of their mutual love for the pioneering folk, blues, and rock movements of the 60s and 70s. The two began writing material together and performing at local bars and clubs in the Boston area, when drummer Doug Standley was introduced to the duo at an open mic and instantly found a connection with their sound. Shortly thereafter, fellow Massachusetts native and bassist Ryan Callahan joined the band, completing their current lineup. With a budding and impressive resume of shows played in New York City and Boston, and winning a slot on WBOS Earthfest, the Naked Stills are already making themselves heard all over the northeast.

Cochecho boasts a hooky blend of rock and americana without a fear of a healthy dose of pop. The Naked Stills influences, including Ryan Adams, Wilco, and Dawes, can be heard throughout the album, but they also arent without the occasional bluesy sound, as heard in Is That Enough. The lead track, Impossible, pulls the listener in from the start with a full rock and roll sound, and the bass groove on Let It Go will keep you there. Touchdown in Boston is sure to touch the heart of any beantown native as it paints a perfect picture of the bleak nature of Boston in the winter and the homelessness of someone who travels more than they care to while searching for somewhere to grow roots. Cochecho blends genres seamlessly to maintain a cohesive feel as an album, but every track can also stand on its own.

Joining The Naked Stills in the studio for the recording of Cochecho was Mike Effenberger (Tan Vampires), who played rhodes and hammond on the entire album. All album instruments on Cochecho were recorded by Christopher Chase (Gin Blossoms, Smash Mouth, and Wycleff Jean) at 1130ft Studios. All vocals were recorded by Brian Packer (Cahill, Kate Klim, Yellowbirddd) and the album was mixed by Brian Packer.

Please check out The Naked Stills latest release, Cochecho. If you have any questions, comments or would like to set up an interview or are looking for more information, please contact Rocco DeRosa at our website thenakedstills.com.

Lyrics

Impossible

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

I’m on a road that seems impossible
Farther from my home that I have ever gone

And I can feel it, yea
Feel it in my bones

And I don’t know why we get so critical, no no no
Cause every time I try to run away I see it staring me right there in my face, in my face

And I can feel it, yea
It’s all that I have known
And I can feel it, yea
I feel it in my bones

Cause every time that I try to believe I get so insecure
Trying to find my own way
But I know it’s critical that I see it in my soul
I know it’s spiritual
It’s in my soul, It’s in my soul, It’s in my soul

Cause every time that I try to believe I get so insecure
Trying to find my own way
But I know it’s critical that I see it in my soul
I know it’s spiritual
It’s in my soul, It’s in my soul, It’s in my soul

Goodbye to Time

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

I’ve come a long way to be where I stand
And I ain’t going back no more
But if you could only understand
The world you see don’t exist to me no more

I’ve been racing ‘round this crazy life
Chasing rainbows and pots of gold
Stirring up all this fear inside
Never knowing what the future will hold

But in the absence of time I realized
the nothingness that lies between the words
So if you find in time you need me,
Just read between the lines and say goodbye to time

‘Cause in another world and another life I might have turned and walked away
But then I turn around the past is gone and fear is the only thing that remains the same

But in the absence of time I realized
the nothingness that lies between the words
So if you find in time you need me,
Just read between the lines and say goodbye to time

I realize, times they get so tough
You sometimes just don’t have enough to get you through
But if you look up at the sky
If you look up at the sky
You’ll see the light

Now if it seems so tough
You know you had enough
That’s when you find the love
That’s finally gonna get you through

Now if it seems so tough
You know you had enough
That’s when you find the love
That’s finally gonna get you through

It seems so tough
You know you had enough
You know you find the love
That’s finally gonna get you through
And it’s finally gonna get you through
And it’s finally gonna get you through
And it’s finally gonna get you through

Let It Go

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

Time has a hold on me
And every drop is a ripple that sets me free
Karma cascading like waves through centuries
Bringing me back home

Is there some way to show
I’m not wasting my time
If you can’t let me know
Think we should just let it go

Time seems to pass me by
But every breathes a reminder
A vigil light
Illuminating my mind in the darkest night
Bringing me back home

Is there some way to show
I’m not wasting my time
If you can’t let me know
Think we should just let it go

Just let it go
Just let it go
Let it go

Go inside
This is a place that you cannot hide
Behind the walls of your foolish pride
Let go and you will be the breathe of life

Don’t you know
You’re giving up all your heart and soul
In search of something so physical
I wish we could just let it go

Is there some way to show
I’m not wasting my time
If you can’t let me know
Think we should let it go

I know some times I can
I know some times I can
I know some times I can

But I can, I can, I can
I can, I can, I can
I can, I can, I can
Just let it go
Just let it go
Just let it go
Just let it go

My Dream

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

Oh it’s all right
We ain’t getting nowhere
But time don’t click
And don’t exist
These sounds
And seconds could take for hours
Don’t blink or you’ll miss
The entire dream

The dream where you’re wearing
Rose colored slippers
And slipping right out of my dream, again

No, don’t talk
I like the silence
So let’s sit here
And count the air
Pretend this dust is
Rain and flowers
If you blink you’ll miss
The entire dream

The dream where you are wearing
Marshmallow mittens
And punching right out of my dreams, again

No don’t talk
No don’t talk
No don’t talk

Pennsylvania Sky

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

Take me back there
Where there’s music in the air
Driving sideways
Turning right what do I care
Break the mold dear
Solving problems in your way
Break your back dear
Ain’t no sense in speaking sane

Pennsylvania sky
Pennsylvania sky
Pennsylvania sky
Oh don’t you cry

Rolling numbers
Rolling clouds are in your way
Rolling traffic
Not a soul for you to save
Roll the dice dear
Roll the dice and play the game
Take a chance dear
Ain’t no sense in speaking sane

Pennsylvania sky
Pennsylvania sky
Pennsylvania sky
Oh don’t you cry

Take me back there
Where there’s music in the air
Take me back there
Where there’s music in the air
Oooooo

Is That Enough

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

Is that enough to show I love you
Is that enough to see me fall
Cause I’ve been down before
And I’ve seen that it’s more
Than just the bottom of a barrel

What can I say or do to reach you
Who can I be to break these walls
Cause I’ve been trapped before
Couldn’t unlock the door
Til I turned off my mind
And stepped outside

Sometimes I don’t get it all
Or maybe I get too much
Guess I’ll say I’ve seen it all
And wait for your call
Just wait for your call

But will you call?
I hope you call

Cause I have these thoughts running round my mind
But it seems that it’s not their time
But if I could get you on the line
Do you think I could change your mind
Do you think I could change your mind
Cause you know that I’m not the same
You know nothing stays the same
You know nothing stays the same
You know nothing stays the same
Oooo

Touch Down in Boston

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

Touch down in Boston
Snowy side roads take me home
I can feel the crosswind blowing me where I don’t want to go
It’s been too long since I’ve known the color of the ground
I keep on wondering am I lost of am I found

But Oh, another winter falls on me
Oh, strips me bear just like the trees
And I keep wondering, am I where I’m supposed to be?

Broke down in Nashville with a suitcase in my hand
And I’m reading the street signs in this new and foreign land
It’s been too long since I’ve known the comfort of a bed
And I keep on wondering are these thoughts only in my head?

Oh, another summer shines on me
Oh, burns away my sanity
And I keep wondering, am I where I’m supposed to be?
Am I where I’m supposed to be?
Cause I know there’s something more for me
And I where I’m supposed to be, oh oh oh

Touch down in Boston
Touch down in Boston
Touch down in Boston
Touch down in Boston

Take Me Away

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

Disappear, another face in the crowd
Just another star lost amongst the clouds
Searching for the right words
Or something to say
Another lost soul waiting on his judgement day

Disappear, another face in a bar
Telling me “Son, I’m surely gonna make you a star”
But it’s all wrapped up in the hands of fate
And sometimes what you think you want is just a big mistake

But I can’t help but hope and pray
That the stars will align someday
And take me away

Disappear, another sound from a string
Gently reminding me we are nothing
Cause you and I, we’re the silent divine
Waiting for the hand to release what’s trapped inside

But I can’t help but hope and pray
That the stars will align someday
And take me away
Take me away
Take me away
Take…

Yea you know sometimes I bear the cross
Of feeling like the only one who’s lost
Out here with you, but alone in my mind
Praying for God to come and find me
But yes I know, it’s just part of a test
Pushing me towards my destination
And I can hear it sent from above
And I just want to fill my life with love

Price You Pay

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

Take it back, the things I said
They sounded much better in my head
But I guess that’s the way it goes
So I point the finger back at you
What would you have wanted me to do
But I guess that’s the way it goes

I guess it’s the price you pay
I guess it’s the price you pay
I guess it’s the price you pay for being in love
For being in love

Well now stupid things won’t pass the time
But now you got me standing in line
But I guess that’s the way it goes
Well I lost my faith and I lost my mind
When you treat me so unkind
But I guess that’s the way it goes

I guess it’s the price you pay
I guess it’s the price you pay
I guess it’s the price you pay
For being in love
For being in love, in love, in love, in love

Well now stupid things won’t pass the time
But now you got me standing in line
But I guess that’s the way it goes
Well I lost my faith and I lost my mind
When you treat me so unkind
But I guess that’s the way it goes

I guess it’s the price you pay
I guess it’s the price you pay
I know it’s the price I pay
For being in love
For being in love
For being in love
For being in love, in love, in love, in love

All I Need

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

It’s 3am I’m up again, I think of you
Lost in dreams, or so it seems, what will come true
You look at me, you beg me please to tell you the truth
If only, If only I knew

The sun will rise and sunny skies will brighten the day
But I can lie this dark inside frightens away
This love I feel, oh is it real or just a way
To make it through my day?

Why is something never enough?
Why is something never enough?
Why is something never enough when nothing, when nothing is all I need?

Another night, this just ain’t right, can’t count the ways
The way you fall inside of all the games that we play
This love I feel, oh is it real or just a way to make it through my day?

Why is something never enough?
Why is something never enough?
Why is something never enough when nothing, when nothing is all I need?

I just can’t hide the dark inside
The more I know
Just let me go

We Fall Apart

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

It’s about time I told you how I feel today
Though you’ll just want to dance round every word I say

It’s the first time since we fall apart

Go ahead if you want to, just take a shot at me
Get me in your sights, pull the trigger and delight at this lavish catastrophe

It’s the first time since the start
I’ve had the virtue and gall to not care if I fall apart
To not care if I fall apart

Well I watched you spin sugar coated candy daydreams
Around you and me
Well wake up to face the reality there’s no one coming to save you
From all of the you and all of the me we can be
All of the me we can be

Am I all of the me I can be
(all of the me I can be)
Am I all of the me I can be
(all of the me I can be)
Am I all of the me I can be
(all of the me I can be)
Am I all of the me I can be
(all of the me I can be)
All of the me I can be

Hands of Love

Written By: Rocco DeRosa

Sunny day and I believe that it’s the end of an age
Time to change and put away our childish ways
Take a leap of faith before the time is up
And hope you fall into the hands of love

Climate change, this ain’t no way to live
They take so much but I’ve still got more to give
This is my final escape, it’s been coming for so long
Let’s hope I fall into the hands of love

The hands of love
The hands of love
The hands of love

Breathe in, breathe out
Fear is nothing more than a shadow of your doubt
Release all your pain
Cause all is love, all is love

Sunny day, I believe that it’s the end of an age