The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

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The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, is a Chicago-based indie rock band with an orchestral sound that has generated considerable acclaim of late. Playing with the likes of The Walkmen, Camera Obscura, The Handsome Family, Of Montreal, & Mates of State.

Biography

Since its inception in the fall of 2002, the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir has quickly worked its way onto the Chicago music scene. In under two years, the band has moved from playing elite smaller capacity venues like Schuba's (capacity 150) to consistently appearing at larger venues of similar stature like the Metro (capacity 1,300). SYGC music has been heard on premier Chicago radio stations like Q101, the city's most popular alternative rock station and WXRT, a progressive rock station. The band was profiled on Chicago Public Radio and was also featured on the show “Sound Opinions”—a WXRT program co-hosted by music critics Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and Jim DeRogotis of the Chicago Sun-Times. Mr. DeRogotis, arguably the city's most influential rock critic, recently chose to feature the band for a full-page color spread in the Weekend Plus section of Chicago Sun-Times. In the profile, Mr. DeRogotis wrote that the band “hasn't taken a wrong turn yet, and that they're well on their way to becoming one of the most ambitious and rewarding bands in Chicago.”

Fans have echoed Mr. DeRogitis' sentiment, as SYGC has played to enthusiastic crowds at popular venues in Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Madison, Wisconsin, and Detroit. The band has appeared on bills with The Walkmen, The Handsome Family, Of Montreal, Mates of State, Camera Obscura, Califone, The Aluminum Group and Jay Bennett (formerly of Wilco). SYGC is thrilled to be embarking on its first East Coast tour, and to be unveiling its CD in cities accross the country. Their 14-track debut album I bet you say that to all the boys of orchestrated pop and rock songs will be available at the show, at local independent record stores, and on the web at www.sygc.com.

Lyrics

Bet You Never Thought It Would Be Like This

Written By: Matthew Kerstein

you've cut yourself from existance
for the sake of tradition
just to be alone
but all you found was a frown
and that acting the clown
can turn your thoughts to stone
so you abandon your dreams
for a city of screams and a necktie
and you sit and you think
of the tears you would shed if you let yourself crie
I bet you never thought it would be like this

Yet you're saved by the graves
of old men whose names play on the juke box
and when you see records turning
round people and sounds
you want to play your part
so you sing lonesome songs
of things they're long gone
your kissing them goodbye
and with your soul 'neath your feet
your hitting the streets in search of a collective sigh
I'll bet you never thought it would be like this

yah we're all just a start
a small part of centuries moving on
so you grab something good
and hold on 'cause the worlds gone wrong
and you can't go back home
cause your restless and scared with something to prove
that nothing should be left but burial grounds
with nothing to gain and nothing to lose
bet you never thought it would be like this

Along The Way

Written By: Matthew Kerstein


Tell me who do you think you are
hidding in back alley's stoned
when you've got yourself a life
and a place to call a home
are you afraid of the life that lies
just beyond your backyard gates
are you afraid of being torn between
worlds made of love and hate
I'm naive but I think I understand
I'm naive but I think we are what we set out to find
but no one set out to be a drunken driver
no one set out to be a unwed mother
no one set out to be a lying lover
we just pick it up along the way

In summer's past you laughed with the sea
you didn't have to try to be free
now you chace pipe dreams down one way streets
praying your paths will somehow meet
staring out the window of a northbound train
watching the light of day slowly change
is this what I envisioned in front of me
do we ever get to where where we set out to be
I'm naive but I think I understand
I'm naive but I think we are what we set out to find
but no one set out to be a drunken driver
no one set out to be an unwed mother
no one set out to be a lying lover
we just pick it up along the way

Ellen's Telling Me What I Want To Hear

Written By: Elia Einhorn


I was driving (yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)
She sat beside me just the way that you now are
And I never wanted anything
more than Ellen telling me the things she did
She told me of the boy she used to love
Said she'd stayed at home until she 'd had enough
Now she's living in the city
and that's allright by me!
We were walking, I was walking her home
Middle of February, I shivered in the cold and thought
'If I could only walk more slowly, tonight wouldn't end so fast
It could last for hours and hours'
And if when we finally got there, she said
'Would you like some tea?'
I'd glanced at my watch and say
'Sounds allright by me!'

Discography

i bet you say that to all the boys-Debut Album

Released in Chicago in Nov. of 2003 and nationally on August 13th of 2004. It has recieved airplay on WFMU New York, all Major indie stations throughout the midwest, and Q101 Chicago, and WXRT Chicago.

I Never Thought I Could Feel This Way For A Boy
Single, Available online at www.sygc.com
Recieved three stars from Illinois Entertainer

Jennie That Cries
Single, Available online at www.sygc.com
Recieved three stars from Illinois Entertainer and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Set List

45 minute to 1hr.
Thirteen tracks, 43 minutes to 50 min.
No Covers, All original work

1. Tropello Street 3:30
2. I Don’t Think I Can Relax Any More 3:30
3. Graceland 4:00
4. I Know a Girl 4:00
5. Jennie 3:30
6. Bet You Never Thought 4:00
7. Stupidest Things 3:00
8. Mother Son 3:00
9. We’re All Out of Our Heads 3:00
10. She Just Wants To Move 3:30
11. Ellen 2:00
12. Opera House 2:00
13. Good Kind of Crazy 4:00