The Receiver

The Receiver

 Columbus, Ohio, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Music of The Receiver is "filled with a richness of sound and moods, with a glowing ambience that must be heard to be believed....gauged to engage both musical masters and the masses alike." - AMG

Biography

The Receiver is made up of brothers Casey (Lead Vocals, Bass, Synths) and Jesse Cooper (Drums, Backup Vocals). Formed in 2005, the brothers quickly expanded on ideas composed the previous year by Casey for his senior thesis in music composition studies at The Ohio State University. After a few live performances in 2005, the duo was picked up by New York-based Stunning Models On Display Records. With the label's support, the band finished the recording of their debut album, "Decades" in 2006 and celebrated its release with extensive touring throughout North America. Their sophomore release, "Length of Arms" had a soft release (digital only) in August of 2009. The Receiver just released their third full-length album, "All Burn" via Kscope.

The Receiver has been active in the last several years, playing well over 250 shows throughout North America. They have performed with St. Vincent, Midlake, Dawes, Geographer, Telefon Tel Aviv, Maserati, and many others. The brothers were also featured on MTV2's "Bands On The Rise" and were awarded "Best Local Band of 2009" by ColumbusUnderground.com in Columbus, OH. Their music has been featured on FX's "Dirt" as well as a number of independent shorts and films.

Lyrics

In Tunnels

Written By: Casey Cooper

A feeling has found me, yeah, well it seems so long ago.
I’m glad it remembered me. I knew that I would never forget
the way that it moved me into a space that’s torn between
distraction and clarity. Well, it’s clear that it has me again.

I wish it would stay with all of its captivating might.
It tells me I’m wanted there, and so convincing maybe I’ll try
to force it again. Well, that’s what was killing me before.
A clever and crafty lie. And how it fooled me right from the start.

How backwards I moved with both of my arms stretched out in front.
My vision in tunnels, and with that spellbound grin on my face
It tried to convince me back to that place I was before
Guided by feelings and lacking reason to tell me the truth.

Goliath

Written By: Casey Cooper

One of us it is, one of us it's going to be, to lose it all or cast and strike.

Feeling small again, got this pebble in my hand, I'll wind and hope for solid aim.

One In

Written By: The Receiver

That house on Avery road was ours.
She made us smile with trees to climb and a puppy.
And with her hand she traced the lines above our heads.
And all our perfect flaws she bundled, setting
One in, and one thousand back.
She cradled it, everything for her babies.

Once five, now four to her and more to love.
And on those quiet nights she hears us playing.
Still in our house for sale and lives apart
She waits with tables set and doors left open.
One in, and one thousand back.
She cradled it, everything for her babies.
One in, and one thousand back.
She cradled it, everything for her babies.

Visitor

Written By: Casey Cooper

Give to me, let me have
taking all I can grab
with flattened palms and finger gaps.
Help me stand and carry more
fill my bag and hold the door
I’m gone I came as a visitor.

Let me see to pick and choose
what I keep and what I lose
I think I’ll follow nature rules.
Give me legs to wander off
all the words I need to talk
and safety nets for when I fall.

Because I’m near but outside.
Does that make it all bad?
How many times I’ve said
give to me, let me have.
But it doesn’t change a thing,
I’m looking in through a window.
My knees are shaking, shaking.

Skin and Bone

Written By: Casey Cooper

Out for months now from hesitation
that lost my bearing but I found out from relation
that I am far off on other sidetracks.
I’ve tried to follow these little markings
the lines and dashes
I’ve pulled my chest along behind me where the mass is
with massive value that never sank in
that I should treasure now.

It’s not that I mean to leave when I don’t follow.
Something out in the shade and the shallow
and bright lights from an old intoxication
keeps me out in a dislocation
where all I have is the dirt and all I move is old skin and bone.

Old infections have grown stronger
have spread across my legs in hope to take me over
and all my guide sheets are decomposing
the little tiny holes in the pages where heavy words fall
are wide enough to take the space that lets me move at all
In every night here I’m getting closer
to never waking up.

It’s not that I mean to leave when I don’t follow.
Something out in the shade and the shallow
and bright lights from an old intoxication
keeps me out in a dislocation
where all I have is the dirt and all I move is old skin and bone.

Length of Arms

Written By: Casey Cooper

Called in excess, called in rebound.
You were always there just out of sight
past the open, past the far fields
with us in our ease, now showing in trial.

Tried to walk out, tried to move on
tell my symptoms in long stares at the sky
over tiptoe and graceful motion.
Not a trait of mine, I’m all turning and tarry.

Hold me up in midair
over ash, in clover and unaware
and keep me around at a length of arms.
She talks with me in midair,
pretty phrases and words that I love to hear
that feel right but they’re wrong
if my back turns in the end.

Waive the excess, waive the ruin
let her make of mine old artifacts left
past the open, past the far fields.
I’m still turning and tarry.

Hold me up in midair
over ash, in clover and unaware
and keep me around at a length of arms.
She talks with me in midair,
pretty phrases and words that I love to hear
that feel right but they’re wrong
if my back turns in the end.

Drift

Written By: Casey Cooper

Wait if clouds hush me in grayness of their own.
You allow, they borrow
Roll and tumble just to blur that gray down below.

If you let me drift now I’ll come back then,
New and leaving old ways.
I am sorry if I’m not who I should be these days.

Transit

Written By: Casey Cooper

Tell me, always ancient
Why it was then, why you came in so quickly
Right when my home, my home was uninviting.
Tell me, ancient
All of it’s real and ready to be carried on undying.
So heavy this weight is a part of its charm,
So timeless the wait carries us on.
If I go, if you pass on
Call out my name, I will be calling yours.

Just ask me to stay, I will stay with you.
Ask me to wait, I’ll follow you into
All seasons full of color, all dials perennial.
I will stay with you.
Ask me to wait, I’ll never leave you alone.
All of our shadows annulled, all dials perennial.

Never faded and never cold.
Never buried and never mourned.
Always carried with this weight, such a part of its charm,
So timeless the wait carries us on in transit.
If we pass on
Just call out my name, I will be calling yours.

To Battle An Island

Written By: Casey Cooper

Divide never worried me
Coddled in a box with room to breathe.
But then you decided best to cut me free
And you’ve gone where I can’t go.

Open days to move and search.
All night to analyze my path and work.
But it’s hard when I want you at every turn
And now you have gone where I can’t ever go.

Was it not enough to feel the flame?
What was mine was yours, was ours to take.
Thought we had what we dreamt of someday.
Thought you’d never leave when I was wide awake.

Already absent, just to clarify
You tore out any lines that kept us tied.
It is hard to be so close but never right,
To battle an island just to see it rise.
But now you have gone where I can’t ever go.

Was it not enough to feel the flame?
What was mine was yours, was ours to take.
In your panic you’ve made me the prey.
I’m counting the sand until the water drains.

Collector

Written By: Casey Cooper

You trickle down from out of the ceiling
In hollow space so dark and cool.
And where you land is where I am layered.
I rise and pile out of pools.

Who are you today?
Won’t you shed some light
Or will you keep me on ice?

When you’re in drops am I your collector
In puddles gathered around my feet?

But if you, you decide to run,
Break me from this ground I grow on.
Take the space that we never filled
And give me a view of what is outside and above.

Old water cools and pushes me closer.
In broken streams you aren’t so high.
But what I reach is just what you left there,
All block and brittle, multiplied.

So when you, you decide to run
Break me from this ground I grow on.
Take the space that we never filled
And give me a view of what is outside and above.

So when you, you decide to run
Break me from this ground we grew on.
Take the space that we’ll never fill
And give me a view of what is outside
So I can see just where I stand.

But who will you be today?
Won’t you shed me some light
Or will you keep me on ice?

Dark Matter

Written By: Casey Cooper

Early nights wandering hills
Warm under brand new sky
Every spark amplified.
Simple in need.
Light coming up where clusters recede

Woke me and looked for you.
I thought you’d come back,
Back to some hills we knew.
Quiet and dim is where we grew.
Silent and dark,
Matter attracted you down and apart.
All of my days dragged on.
Footing was weak, slopes were strong.

Stay, make up a bed
But don’t ever call it a home.
Come and go, pile some things,
But you’ll spend your days under that roof alone.
Sleep, but the night there is so long.

No good tracks to follow you back
To see where you’re wandering to.
When I need some rest you wake and move.
When I’m remote,
Remember I wrestled the wind high and low,
That I tried to pull us out.
Some valleys sink and slope too hard.

April Blades

Written By: Casey Cooper

Tidings I could read
Spoken,
Stole some dreaming.

Writing on the wall,
Spelled out,
Buried belief.

Summer came
Ailing from April blades.

On the wain,
Summer came
Ailing from April blades.

Discography

All Burn
The Receiver
Release Date: 6/23/2015

Track Listing:

1. Drift

2. Transit

3. To Battle An Island

4. Collector

5. Dark Matter

6. April Blades

7. The Summit

8. Let It Dry

9. All Burn

10. How To Be Young

11. These Days


Produced by The Receiver
Mixed by Danny Kalb
Mastered by Brian Lucey

Length Of Arms
The Receiver
Release Date: August 11, 2009

Track Listing:

1. Keep The Desert
2. Visitor
3. Little Monster
4. Shimmer
5. Intervals
6. Hide
7. Castles In The Air
8. Length Of Arms
9. Strength In Numbers
10. Dislocation
11. Skin And Bone
12. Amazing Thing

Produced by Mike Landolt and The Receiver
Mixed by Mike Landolt
Mastered by Brian Lucey

- Top 25 Albums on WOXY.com - August 2009

Decades
The Receiver
Release Date: October 6, 2006

Track Listing:

1. Sober Hands
2. Relapse
3. In Tunnels
4. Corner Pt. 1
5. Prodigal
6. One In
7. Goliath
8. Afternoon
9. Waves
10. Corner Pt. 2
11. Moments Of Fire
12. Decades

Produced by Kieran Kelly and The Receiver
Mixed by Kieran Kelly
Mastered by Alan Douches

In Tunnels debuted at #1 on Discover Radio out of Dallas, TX (week of 9/18/06).
#1 Album Of The Month - October  2006 - WSBU 88.3 (St. Bonaventure).
#6 Album Of 2006 - WSBU 88.3 (St. Bonaventure).
Charted #2 album at M3 Radio (NY, NY)
In Tunnels added to KCRW (Los Angeles, CA) playlist for the months of Oct/Nov 2006.
#3 album at WGMU (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA).

Set List

Example Set List

Skin And Bone
Castles In The Air
Sober Hands
These Days
Visitor
All Burn
Hide
Keep The Desert
To Battle An Island
Goliath
Prodigal

- Sets can vary in length between 30-90 minutes depending on time allowed.

Song List

Sober Hands
Relapse
In Tunnels
Corner Pt. 1
Prodigal
One In
Goliath
Afternoon
Waves
Corner Pt. 2
Moments Of Fire
Decades
Keep The Desert
Visitor
Little Monster
Shimmer
Intervals
Hide
Castles In The Air
Length Of Arms
Strength In Numbers
Dislocation
Skin And Bone
Amazing Thing
Drift
Transit
To Battle An Island
Collector
Dark Matter
April Blades
The Summit
Let It Dry
All Burn
How To Be Young
These Days