The Smyrk

The Smyrk

 New Haven, Connecticut, USA
BandRockR&B

A harmonic hybrid of heaviness and hot buttered soul. 1/2 cup rock, 1/3 cup r&b, dash of Prince, zest of 1 John Bonham, tablespoon Radiohead, teaspoon Muse, 1/8 cup Foo Fighters. Mix vigorously and leave room for pop melodies. Season with cinnamon and clove.

Biography

After a brief hiatus in late 2008, The Smyrk returned to the national scene with a bang at the annual SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. The band, based in New Haven, CT, made waves in 2007 with an EP produced by Incubus bassist and former Roots guitarist Ben Kenney. With a loyal international following, two CMJ showcases under their belt, airtime on MTV, and a current single produced by Bryan Russell (Envy on the Coast, Straylight Run, Coldplay), The Smyrk is back and better than ever and planning to record new material this year.

Abridged:

- SXSW showcasing artist (2009)
- 4 self-booked full U.S. tours
- Top 4 finalist out of 4,000+ bands in 2007’s MTV2’s Dew Circuit Breakout (including airtime on MTV)
- CMJ showcasing artist (2006, 2007)
- Featured artist, Afro-punk Festival (2007, 2008) along with Noisettes, Earl Greyhound, The Exit, etc.
- Over 5,000 physical copies of both EPs sold with no distribution
- Average of 150 songs sold per month on iTunes

Lyrics

Dial V For Venom

Written By: Doron Flake

I was your armor
But you disappeared and yes
I would've loved for you to stay
But you were never there
I persisted, you insisted
You weren't made for me
So close you had to be free
I blinked and you fled the scene
I just looked up you were gone
It's so wrong because

Chorus:
I can't
It's criminal, I just can't get over you
Lately, though I'm tryin to, baby
I want to, but I can't
It's criminal, I just can't get over you
Lately, though I'm tryin to, baby
Forgive me, but I

Where are you now?
Can we pretend this never happened?
You're a Rorschach spot in my mind
All black and white, it's a sign
I see the sleight in your red right hand
(Tap, tap and thumbs out)
Through the cracks, your precognition is lacking
Although, it's such a secretive war
And I know because

Chorus

We could've been so perfect
You and I, we could've been so perfect
So tell me why
(I sheltered you from the dark,
Nothing could keep us apart, it was perfect)
You and I
(I was so deep in love, close as the blood
It was perfect, perfect)

Chorus

Cope Aesthetic

Written By: Doron Flake

What can I say?
What can I do, to make you understand?

You make it hard on yourself
You make this whole thing difficult for me
You take it all so seriously
So it's deeper than it needs to be
Tears stain your pillow and I wonder if you ever let go

Chorus

You take it all too far
Then you pretend it's natural
You force the water to your eyes for show
Cause everything is theatrical
Tears stain your pillow and I wonder
if you ever let go

Chorus

Put the blame on me I’ll carry this just let it go I’ll deal with it

Chorus

My Weakness

Written By: Doron Flake

Honestly, I never believed in love at first sight
(Now I know better)
Because you got my eyes, my heart and my tongue
Locked in a dogfight
(I can't get it together)
‘Cause you're so strong and tan
And lean and lovely
I can't stand when you walk by
Your eyes take, trap me in the color and the shape
You make it difficult to talk right

But, forgive the delay I just had to make sure it's real
I know I can assure you, this is how I feel

I got a crush on,
Hope I don't overstate what I'm about to
(What I'm about to say, my)
My time is less worth the livin’ if the livin’ is
Without you

Forgive the delay I just had to make sure it's real
I know I can assure you, this is how I feel
I got a crush on you, I do, I do on you
(Couldn't you tell? I just assumed you could tell)
I got a crush on you, I do, I do

The Ballad of Fletcher Reede

Written By: Doron Flake

I don't drink, I don't smoke
We were out late, and as a joke
She dropped a sodium pentathol
In my coke now I'm flushed
My mouth's dry
My face wet,
Beneath the bare lightbulb
In the basement
As I move to strike the statement
I just lost my self-effacing cool

She said "baby do you feel alright?"
She chuckled,
And I tried to ask her a favor

I wanna take the fifth
Cause there's some things you
Just don't wanna know
You're gonna wish I did
Cause there's some things you
Just don't wanna know

"Baby are my jeans too tight?
Where did you really go last night?"
How can I avoid this fight
If I can't keep my lips shut tight?

A hustle, a gamble
A handicap that I can't handle
She lit up, like Roman candle,
That shot straight for my throat
Well I choked
I stalled, I sputtered,
She hung on each word I stuttered,
Sometimes to protect each other
The truth is silver
Silence is gold

I would love to confess,
But I can't control
what's been comin out
Cause me and my jaw ain't speakin
Me and the claw had a fallin out
I just can't work in this condition
My whole life is a work of fiction
I hold myself in contempt
Why should you be any different?

Whenever You Call

Written By: Doron Flake

Though you may not see me when you wake up
Still wearing your makeup from the night before,
I made sure you got home safely, don’t worry baby that’s what I’m here for
Though I may not do everything you asked me at exactly the moment that you ask me to,
Remember I love you and as long as you want me I’ll be there when you need, there’s nothing I won’t do

Whenever you call me I’ll come running
Whenever you call me I’ll be there
Just give me a heartbeat
And I’ll catch you when you fall, when you call
Whenever you call

I play it close to the vest I know, I wanna see if you believe,
It’s just a test to see how far we go
And if you want to I wanna be close to you
You already know I will protect my own
Though I may not do everything you asked me at exactly the moment that you ask me to,
Remember I love you and as long as you want me I’ll be there when you need, there’s nothing I won’t do

Whenever you call me I’ll come running
Whenever you call me I’ll be there
Just give me a heartbeat
And I’ll catch you when you fall, when you call
Whenever you call

Wanna give you everything you need
You can just call me anytime
‘Cause you’re everything to me

I’ll be a still small voice
You can hear if you’re listening
Because I love you
I promise I’ll be there when you want me
Feel free to call on me

Discography

"2008 Exclusive" digital-only single (prod. Bryan Russell, 2008)
"New Fiction" EP (prod. Ben Kenney, 2007)
"Monsters on Maple Street" EP (prod. Eric Rachel, 2005)

Set List

30 minutes - 90 minutes, 100% original material, covers if needed.