the umbrella sequence

the umbrella sequence

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We put chords, melodies and beats into different configurations and then flip them backwards and inside out.

Biography

The Umbrella Sequence use laptops, drum machines, guitars, synthesizers, pianos, handclaps, gameboys, live drums, and Ryan Rupprecht's vocal chords to make indie-pop music for you. Members Jacob Swogger (guitars/programming/vox), Ryan Masterson (bass/synth), Marshall Baltzell (drums/percussion), Alan Church (guitar/vocals) and the affirmentioned Ryan Rupprecht (vox/keyboards) form the band's moody foundation. The four-piece create melodic rock inspired by the likes of ELO, Daft Punk, The Unicorns, and Super Furry Animals.

An Umbrella Sequence live show is pretty much the bee's knees. Never the same show twice, they bring it. Whether it's bringing the acoustic show to a theater, the beater guitars and sweaty punk rock to a filthy bar, or all the bells and whistles to the best club in town, the Umbrella Sequence can hold their own while playing with a diverse range of bands. The band has taken their music across the US on numerous occasions and has shared the stage alongside bands like The Starlight Mints, Tapes n Tapes, Of Montreal, The Advantage, The Klaxons and Cloud Cult.

With the help of Princess Records (Minneapolis, MN - Halloween, Alaska, Jeremy Messersmith, These Modern Socks) the band will be promoting "Events" with national and regional shows in fall/winter of 2007.

Lyrics

Urban Lull (at once charmed)

Written By: the Umbrella Sequence

Stars in your eyes cement in mine. A grid below turns on its lights.
Have you been chosen?
An acobat an enemy swinging round the day in suburbs clean.
I have been scolded.

I am at once charmed. Saved by the alarm bell.
The one we knew so well. And we weren’t even warned.
What is wrong and right in blasting stereotypes?
And shutting my eyelights. Yeah we all really know the score.
I am at once charmed.

I’ll be the gun you be the violence. This time we are positive.
Shuffle off and on down the street. Wrong wing grin with the right wing teeth.
Rehashed. Noted.

I am at once charmed. Sans the alarm bell.
The day went to hell. The epidemic swarmed.
Phone personified. Incoming calls benign.
The operator sighed. We’re all getting bored. We’re all getting bored.
We’re all getting bored.

I am at once charmed. Saved by the alarm bell.
The one we knew so well. And we weren’t even warned.
What is wrong and right in blasting stereotypes?
And shutting my eyelights. Yeah we all really know the score.
I am at once charmed.

An acrobat an accident indeed. The wrong wing grin with the right wing teeth.

I am at once charmed. Saved by the alarm bell.
The one we knew so well. And we weren’t even warned.
Phone personified. Incoming calls benign.
The operator sighed. We’re all getting bored.

Crossing the Wires

Written By: the Umbrella Sequence

please disregard the chimes and the strobes in the unit J
buildings fall down as fast as they’re put up
crossing the wires

crossed arms, crossed eyes, crossed lines then connections made
will this be on tape?
crossing the wires…

this said to me at the pharmacy
while reading a book about the end of the world
crossing the wires…

My blood thinned for easier transmital

there’s two in me, a dichotomy
there’s room for maybe more. my families’ lives reborn
crossing the wires

give him a hand. give him an arm. give him an opinion
take away his given right to be bored
give me my hands. give me my arms. given all that’s forgiven, included, chimes and strobes still control the me in me.

crossing the wires. crossing the wires. crossing my heart. won’t hope to die. crossing the wires.

Life Events and Sinking Ships

Written By: the Umbrella Sequence

i am a rocking chair. i say you don’t live there.
where’s your furniture?
lower-case t’s all around me.
you chose to see them as plus signs.

existing on a bench bleeding human knowledge.
puddles become rivers
flowing through these Plains that most refuse to call Great.
our lives were important.

all my dearies. all the weddings I have been missing for this band.
an aesthetic on a sinking ship. a stowaway pardoned returns to land.

woke up from vacation. you’ve all been so patient.
loose thought from work: We’re all still children.

all my dearies. all the weddings I have been missing for this band.
an aesthetic on a sinking ship. a stowaway pardoned returns to land.

Discography

events (full length) 2007
crossing the wires EP (EP) 2006
live DVD (DVD) 2004
the disappearing line/athena (EP) 2003
sparkler cliche (full length) 2002

Set List

45 minute set