The Soundness

The Soundness

 Louisburg, Kansas, USA
BandMetalPop

Our music isn't something you've ever heard before. A good, quite literal two word description is "precious metal"; we're poppy and upbeat, but our music is also heavy, accompanied with morbid lyrical subject matter to consonant melodies. Introducing a different, bold sound: we are The Soundness.

Biography

As three individuals, we all have very different personal tastes as far as what influences and inspires us musically. However, with all of our different interests and our specific talents, when we collaborate, we have great chemistry.

Our sound is very different from what we've heard anyone else do, and not just locally.

The Soundness was first formed in early 2010, under the name "Eyes in the Shadow" which was later changed when we decided it didn't quite encapsulate our music within a name. The new name, derived from a "Critical Thinking" lecture in argumentation, seemed to describe us perfectly. Thus, "The Soundness" was born.

Lead vocalist Valeri is from a small town, Louisburg, Kansas and is a film major at the Art Institutes International - KC. Drummer, Clay, with a degree in audio engineering, teaches in the film program at the same art school.

Clay and Nate, two musical collaborators looking for a front woman, found me, Valeri. Creating music became the way all three of us as individuals could band together and make something that had a bigger voice than all of us.

We strongly bond through this artistic musical medium we've created together that is The Soundness.

Lyrics

Bulemia

Written By: Valeri Bates

You get so self conscious
Until you can't even breathe
Speaking is no longer an option
Anxieties erupting while you sleep
Causing bad dreams
Eating away at your self esteem

You clench your fists
Bite your tongue
You wish this wasn't happening
But it is
You clench your fists
Bite your tongue
You try to keep it from happening
But you can't

My stomach compresses
It's gone days without substance
My stomach compresses
I've gone days without substance
Your stomach compresses
You've gone days without substance
My stomach compresses

You clench your fists
Bite your tongue
You wish this wasn't happening
But it is
You clench your fists
Bite your tongue
You try to keep it from happening
But you can't.

Suffocation

Written By: Valeri Bates

Keeping me here
Holding me back
Another day wasted
No dream chasing
Lost all passion
Can't feel a thing
Not even the sting of the syringe
When you wince and you cringe
I'm used to the torture
A routine I've become glued to

Pain and painful pleasure
You reach out your hand to save me
Suffocation
Oh, the sweet, sweet suffocation

Sitting all alone in the center of a dark room
A plastic bag is slid over my head
To stop my breathing
I hardly notice it's there
I need a place to breathe
A canyon to look out over
Close my eyes, and fall
Down... down

Sitting all alone in the center of a dark room
A plastic bag is slid over my head
To stop my breathing
I hardly notice it's there
I need a place to breathe
A canyon to look out over
Close my eyes, and fall
Down... down

Keeping me here
Holding me back
Another day wasted
No dream chasing

Conjoined

Written By: Valeri Bates

I'm not the girl you used to know
Heart broken and repaired
Splitting at the seams
Suffered so much wear and tear
Wake up, you've got to realize
The change is for the better
It'll save my life this time, but not next time
I won't be fooled again

I hope she treats you well

Why don't I have any control
Over anything at all?
My hands are empty now,
Please tell me how
Innocence takes the fall

Remember to breathe
Inhale, exhale
Keep my composure
Foundation crushed,
My trust forever scarred
I need closure

I hope she treats you well

Step with our right leg,
I'll step with our left
Jack falls first, but
It's Jill's fault, don't forget
She can never cure Jack's jealousy
He's always screaming, "You're part of me!"

Can we live if we're separated?
Medications expired, outdated
You infect me with hypocrisy
Double standards and apathy

All the things I want to do
I can't do until I'm rid of you
You make me sick with your ultimatums
Surgeon, can you separate us?

Alternate Reality

Written By: Valeri Bates

I can't wait to be there
But I don't think I can bear to
See your hands explore
The geography of another girl
x2

Aren't I dreaming?
Why can't I wake up?

Just like kids let's pretend
There's nothing wrong here
We'll play, and we'll say
Everything's gonna be okay
x2

Aren't I dreaming?
Why can't I wake up?
Extreme high inducing
Paranoia. Why can't I speak up?

Always made
Lies to tell me
I'm not the little girl I was
You have to tell me
Always made
Lies to tell me
Can someone help me?

Council me, please
I need help understanding
Your methods
I hate to say, you're losing me

Council me please
I need help understanding
Your methods
Whoa, you're losing me

So, council me, please
I need help understanding
Your methods
You're losing me

Council me, shrink
I need pills and understanding
With your treatment,
You've lost me.