The Wanteds

The Wanteds

BandRock

"Failure Looks So Good"

Biography

Portland, Oregon-based cathartic guitar-driven, melodic pop, indie-rock outfit The Wanteds are Tommy Harrington (vocals/guitar), Ryan Mullen (bass), and Adam Mack (drums). But, this wasn't always the case. For awhile, the band was only Harrington, a guitar, a laptop, a minivan, and his own demons - both pushing him to excel and fighting him at every turn. It was a ride that Harrington weathered into the band's forthcoming full-length, "Failure Looks So Good", set for release September 23, 2008.

"On some level, we all walk through life with a basic desire to be wanted. To be loved. And it's really easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the things we want will somehow fix us or make us happy and bring us closer to that goal. If I only had, whatever, then I'd be happy," Harrington says, discussing the band's name.

"It's an irony of life. We desire things in hopes that we'll feel desired."

In 2004, Harrington started The Wanteds, recorded the band's debut as a solo record, "Let Go Afterglow", and proceeded to spend eight months on the road over the course of a year, while local filmmakers filmed a documentary about his life. He sold several thousand CDs from the stage, had growing attendance in every market, and was starting to turn heads with the press. Harrington thought he was on the right path.

All of that changed when he came off the road, realizing he was about to become a father, and once again delved hard into drugs and sleeping around, while desperately trying to fill the want inside of him.

Life changed when his son, Brice, was born. Harrington sobered up, took a good hard look at his partying life-style, and settled down.

"I almost quit playing music all together because compared to creating a human being, creating music seemed silly," he says.

But once his life was cleaned up, and he began to watch his son grow from an infant to a toddler, Harrington began writing again.

The want was back inside him. He wanted The Wanteds back, but this time as a full band. No more one-man shows, solo tours, or making a record himself like he did with "Let Go Afterglow".

It was at this point he began scouting to put together the perfect band.

After seeing bassist Ryan Mullen play around town, noting to Mullen's girlfriend that Mullen looked bored on-stage with his current band, and having it confirmed by her that he indeed was, Harrington asked Mullen if he'd like to work on some songs with him.

Mullen was excited at the prospects, and the two began writing material together. After developing a batch of songs, the duo was on the hunt for a drummer. However, this would be no easy task.

"Ryan and I were playing with our second drummer in three months and weren't happy. We tried demo-ing the songs and it was apparent that, yet again, we had not found the right fit. We were stuck," Harrington says, disappointed at the time, but realizing everything does indeed workout for the best.

"Ten days before our last scheduled gig we just decided to let go and end it with that drummer," he continues. "We had no band and a show in ten days."

At this point, most bands would give up. But, not Harrington and Mullen, who answered a Craigslist ad and found drummer Beau Kuther, a member of Portland-based band Kaddisfly.

After rehearsing twice, they played their first show with him. He was a great fit - and exactly what they were looking for. But, due to his other obligations, Harrington and Mullen knew that he was just a temporary fix, and could not be their permanent drummer.

Disregarding this, they decided to use Kuther to make a record. After only playing with him for six weeks, the trio went into the studio to record what would be The Wanteds' second record, "Failure Looks So Good.

Recording at Supernatural Sound in Portland, Oregon, the trio tracked all the bass, drums, and guitar live to two-inch tape in only fourteen hours.

"It went unbelievably fast, as it had to, because we didn't have that much studio time," Harrington recalls. "I've never accomplished anything like that before in the studio. We did very few overdubs, a few acoustic guitars in places and a second guitar in three or four places and that was it. Everything else was just the three of us tracking live to tape. No pro tools. No plug-ins. It was all straight to tape and using analog gear at Supernatural. Totally organic and totally old-school."

A deeply personal record, and the most "me" record Harrington has ever been a part of, he says, he's also quick to point out that "Failure Looks So Good" wouldn't have been possible without Mullen by his side.

"Sure, I did most of the songwriting, but Ryan's bass work helped provide most of the vocal melodies and we co-wrote several songs and there is no way things would have turned out this good without him being involved," he discusses, when asked about the subject of co-writing. "That's a beautiful thing, when you find someone who meshes so well with you that

Lyrics

Ladysmith

Written By: Tommy Harrington

ladysmith, a perfect fit
smothering the voices inside disbelief
you are the king of covering up your own eyes
how can they leave me out here?
am i the only one? who cares
you build the perfect kill
my will, it's invisible

you lose, cuz failure looks so good on you
ashamed of all your precious blues
i know if anything means anything you do

ladysmith, i'm over it
suddenly the sweetest feeling is relief
when nothing is somewhere you'll attach some meaning
how can they leave me out here?
am i the only one? who cares
you build the perfect kill
my will, i will, it's invisible

you lose, cuz failure looks so good on you
ashamed of all your precious blues
i know if anything means anything
if anything means anything
if anything means anything you do
cuz you could be lost forever too

everyone's a lover, everyone's a sinner
every rejection feels like the end to you
are dreams worth coming true?

you lose, cuz failure looks so good on you
ashamed of all your precious blues
i know if anything means anything
if anything means anything
if anything means anything you do
cuz you could be lost forever too

Perfect

Written By: Tommy Harrington

you gravitate toward evasiveness
when every day is the bitter end
the things you say unemotional
this empty space feels so critical

what have you got to lose
i'm golden is something you've never been
you're my shot to prove it
it's perfect you've never been

the words unfold always justified
now the room feels cold when you're walking by
it won't erase, never let it show
this holding on feels like letting go

what have you got to lose
i'm golden is something you've never been
you're my shot to prove it
it's perfect, it's perfect, it's perfect you've never been

you wanna be certain
you think it's better somewhere else
you wonder if it is worth it
when everybody's on you, it's not behind you
are you my perfect fit?

what have you got to lose
i'm golden is something you've never been
you're my shot to prove it
it's perfect, what have you got to lose
i'm golden is something you've never been
you're my shot to prove it
it's perfect, it fits so perfectly on you

i wanna be...perfect...perfect like you
i wanna be...perfect...perfect like you
i wanna be...perfect...perfect like you

Heart Shaped

Written By: Tommy Harrington

my heart skips a beat
when i feel like i let you down
relinquish all safety
always wanting you around
i won't slow down
cuz i don't know how
and i won't be told my chest feels cold

it's shaped like a heart
but how does it feel?
the faster we start
the bigger the fear
i'm falling all in awe
you can break my heart
if you break my fall

i might be incomplete
whenever you are not around
and everything i need
might get lost in who i found
i won't slow down
not now
and i won't be told there's no such thing as gold

it's shaped like a heart
but how does it feel?
the faster we start
the bigger the fear
i'm falling all in awe
you can break my heart
if you break my fall

i think i might be scared that nothing means anything to me

it's shaped like a heart
but how does it feel?
the faster we start
the bigger the fear
i'm falling all in awe
you can break my heart
if you break my fall

i can't slow down...

and i won't be told...

Too Soon for Always

Written By: Tommy Harrington

everything about you says
too exposed, more than i am used to
i'm the one you can't resist
it feels so, so so dangerous

you're coming apart from all the little things
you're coming apart from your big dreams
you're coming apart from just about everything
at least that's the way it seems
it seems to be me

everything about you says
i can't show every weakness
i'm the one you can't resist
it feels so, so hard to express

you're coming apart from all the little things
you're coming apart from your big dreams
you're coming apart from just about everything
at least that's the way it seems
it seems to be

always, always too soon
too soon for always, always too soon
cuz everything is moving so fast, always something to lose
and i'm just here killing my time with nothing to do

too soon for always, always too soon
too soon for always, always too soon
cuz everything is moving so fast, always something to lose
and i'm just here killing my time with nothing to do

Discography

"Failure Looks So Good" (2008)
Released September 23, 2008.

"Let Go Afterglow" (2005)
#103 on the CMJ Top 200.
Songs featured on NPR, KNRK and over 300 college radio stations nationwide.

Set List

Sets are normally 30-45 minutes. Cover songs can vary greatly, from "In Da Club" by 50 Cent to "Dear Prudence" by the Beatles.