The Prolific

The Prolific

 Kansas City, Missouri, USA
BandAlternativeSoul

The Prolific is one of Kansas City's hottest new bands. It's all original alt rock, imagine if Aretha Franklin sang for the Pixies and the Pixies could play like Zepplin.

Biography

Every member of the Prolific is a true master of their instrument, but Jesse Thompson's soulful vocal style will leave you breathless. "Her voice is just the right combination of sex and gravel." Jesse's wild style, crazy hair, and flailing barefoot performances will leave you mesmerized. Jesse is a truly free spirit in touch with the earth. She makes most of her own clothes and jewelery, paints and draws much of the artwork for the band, and is heavily involved with community based organizations.

A recent article about the band said, "While the entire band are masterful instrumentalists, Steph Prolific is possibly the best female drummer to ever live. Her flailing red hair is almost enough to make you miss how technically proficient her playing is." Her drumming was even featured on the Jumbotron at Arrowhead stadium. Steph can also be found throughout KC performing with touring & local groups, Broadway-style productions, and various theatre organizations.

"Josh Veach has crafted his own personal blend of feedback, noise and effects with almost saccharin 'pop-catchy' melodies and soaring guitar solos." In these days of minimalist, backseat, 4 chord guitar players, Josh stands out as a true to life Guitar Hero. "If Josh ever decides to hang up the guitar he could probably be a stand-up comedian. He's one of the funniest people I've ever met." Josh loves movies, both watching and creating. He can quote almost every line from every movie ever made (true story), and he has made several youtube comedy series that have garnered remarkable cult followings.

Raised in South Africa, bassist Walt Powell plays bass like no-one you've ever seen. Oftentimes bassists may go unnoticed, but Walt's style of slapping, tapping, hitting, scratching and thumping somehow combine to create not only beautifully noticeable music, but also a live experience of flying fingers that's hard to miss. Walt is a bit of a nerd at heart. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and is involved with many political and human rights groups.

When you put these pieces together, what they create is a show that is so entertaining and captivating that the music almost sneaks up on you. If you see a Prolific show, you will undoubtedly have at least one of their songs stuck in your head for days.

Earlier this year The Prolific hit the studio to work on their first full length album.The band approached songwriting together, imposing no rules as to what the new music would sound like. With musical backgrounds ranging from Broadway to Reggae, they began constructing songs with colorful personalities, loud, sonic choruses, delicate soulful breakdowns, and dance-infused funk. They wanted the album to give listeners the feeling that they were front and center at a Prolific show, and once it was complete, the band knew they had created something special.

With much anticipation for the new record (set to be released in Spring 2012), the band is currently hard at work playing local and regional shows, as well as putting the finishing touches on the album.

Lyrics

Machine

Written By: The Prolific

Oh this machine is tearing my heart away
And every time I see it I cannot help but stay
So cold to life but so much more that I need
For it is always there

Oh this machine knows me very well
And says that it loves me
And if I go to hell I can’t stop bleeding for this machine
Cause this machine is me

Blinding lights are haunting me
Broken metals
Twisted flesh to see
When I find my rusty grave on the ground
Oh please this machine please this machine please this machine…

Oh this machine is tearing my heart away
And every time I see it I cannot help but stay
So cold to life but so much more that I need
For it is always there

Oh this machine knows me very well
And says that it loves me
And if I go to hell I can’t stop bleeding for this machine
Cause this machine is me

Blinding lights are haunting me
Broken metals
Twisted flesh to see
When I find my rusty grave on the ground
Oh please this machine please this machine please this machine

How will you work me?
How much will you work me?
How much more to I do till I drop
Do I keep on going forever and ever?

Blinding lights are haunting me
Broken metals
Twisted flesh to see yeeaa yeaa

Broken metals
Twisted flesh to see
When I find my rusty grave on the ground
Oh please this machine please this machine please this machine ooooooo STOP!

The Great Escape

Written By: The Prolific

Summers fading into fall
But I don’t see the change at all
You seem sad
That I won’t let
These suburban lights destroy me yet
We fade out slow
Much too soon
Ahhhhhhhhhhh

Everyday’s the same
Sometimes I forget my name
I love how you’ve shown me
Exactly where I’m suppose to be
We’ll be here
And we’ll be fine

Lets leave tonight I’ll run away with you
To the ocean
I don’t need a single thing
Only you and your devotion
Fly by night we’ll steal away
To where the moon meets the ocean
Another life set in motion
ahhhhhhhhhhh

The nights all end the same
With you calling out my name
I love how you’ve shown me
Where I am suppose to be
I’ll leave with you
And I’ll be fine

Lets leave tonight I’ll run away with you
To the ocean
I don’t need a single thing
Only you and your devotion
Fly by night we’ll steal away
To where the moon meets the ocean
Another life set in motion

Lets leave tonight I’ll run away with you
To the ocean
I don’t need a single thing
Only you and your devotion

Lets leave tonight I’ll run away with you
To the ocean
I don’t need a single thing
Only you and your devotion

Fly by night we’ll steal away
To where the moon meets the ocean
Another life set in motion

Skeleton Heartbeat

Written By: The Prolific

I don’t ask questions
But I don’t need answers
Nobody cares about the past anymore
I diamond without a hand to hold
Lays on the sidewalk
The thin night air has never been so cold

We are lovers in denial
And through and through we’re burning with desire
Its just another dreamless night
We’re left with no promise of sunrise

Along comes a stranger
With a skeleton heartbeat
Looking for an angel to soothe regret
He can’t believe what hes found now
The blood starts flowing
This night breeds the best kiss yet

We are lovers in denial
And through and through we’re burning with desire
Its just another dreamless night
We’re left with no promise of sunrise
We are lovers in denial
And through and through we’re burning with desire
Its just another dreamless night
We’re left with no promise of sunrise

Wasting my breath
On the romantic dead
Wasting my breath
On the romantic dead

We’re lovers in denial
On an empty smile that never comes
We believe for a little while

Wasting my breath
On the romantic dead
Wasting my breath
On the romantic dead

Discography

The Prolific Self Tited EP
The Prolific Live @ CODA
Full length LP coming Spring 2012