Tiles

Tiles

 Detroit, Michigan, USA
BandRockProgressive

Hard rock described by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull as: "...combining the presentation skills & rich musicality of the progressive rock '70s with today's hard-edged realism." T I L E S has released (6) studio albums worldwide plus (2) live albums. The band has placed songs on A&E's "Dog the Bounty Hunter" & "Parking Wars" - and in the documentary "Project: Ice." The band's most recent album - the 2-disc "Pretending 2 Run" - was released worldwide in 2016 to enthusiastic critical & fan response.

Biography

Hailing from the fertile Detroit music scene, T I L E S features Chris Herin (guitar), Jeff Whittle (bass), Paul Rarick (vocals) and Mark Evans (drums).  Formed in 1993 on the heels of a production deal with Gene Simmons of KISS, T I L E S has developed a structured-yet-spontaneous compositional style that blends the adventure of progressive rock with an aggressive hard rock edge. 

T I L E S has released five studio albums worldwide and recently commemorated their 20th anniversary with a pair of live recordings, “Off the Floor 01” & “Off the Floor 02”. The band has worked with renowned producer Terry Brown (Rush, Fates Warning) since 1997 and celebrated artist Hugh Syme (Aerosmith, Rush) since 1999.  Their breakthrough third album “Presents of Mind” received praise from drummer Mike Portnoy who invited T I L E S to tour Europe with Dream Theater in 1999.  Over the years the band has been nominated for several Detroit Music Awards in the Best Rock Album category and 2008’s “Fly Paper” album features a guest appearance by guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush.

Now, after eight years…, T I L E S returns with a vengeance by delivering the mesmerizing 2-CD magnum opus “Pretending 2 Run.”  Clocking in at over 96-minutes, “Pretending 2 Run” is an ambitious and richly crafted song cycle spinning the tale of a man blindsided and disillusioned by betrayal.  Brooding and expressive, T I L E S explores the dark subject matter by blending stylistically diverse musical elements.  Lyrical string arrangements, haunting choir performances, ambient textures and lush vocals co-exist with thundering drums, weaving bass lines and an army of guitars to create a vivid experience that delivers the story’s emotional journey from isolation to redemption.  

T I L E S teamed up again with producer Terry Brown – and with mastering by Grammy award winning engineer Peter Moore, “Pretending 2 Run” boasts a powerful and detailed sonic landscape.  Complementing the dramatic and multi-layered storyline is Hugh Syme’s striking and surreal imagery.  Featuring a lush 28-page full-color booklet, the design and packaging for “Pretending 2 Run” is an elaborate and stunning work of art.

Lending their talents to “Pretending 2 Run” is an extraordinary collection of special guest musicians: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Kim Mitchell (Max Webster), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Kevin Chown (Tarja Turunen, Chad Smith, Paul Gilbert), Max Portnoy (Next to None), Matthew Parmenter (Discipline), Mark Mikel (Pillbugs), Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) and other notable guests from the Detroit area… 

Destined to be on the radar of Prog fans everywhere, “Pretending 2 Run” is a distinctive presentation framed in the grand traditions of progressive rock.  Clearly and unmistakably T I L E S, but infused with a more expansive sound as the guest artists propel the band into new directions sure to please fans old and new. 

Over the years T I L E S has regularly performed throughout the Midwest and Northeast USA - and performed at notable progressive rock festivals across the country.  The band has shared the staged with many notable acts including Dream Theater, Kansas, Judas Priest, Blue Oyster Cult, Steve Morse and many others. 

T I L E S endorses Mesa/Boogie, Elixir Strings, Aquarian Drumheads, Eden Electronics and Ken Smith Basses & Strings.

Lyrics

Modification

Written By: Chris Herin

Show us a change or maybe a move
But don't be surpised if it can't be proved
We help reinforce the things that you do
Your behavior will be changed
As we apply the screw
Equality to all is advocated here
But you're not by yourself
There's nothing to fear

To modify
There's clarify
Conditioning we theorize
Systematic planning
Has advantages to modify

The more you've sold the more you will get
Your motivation's improved
But it's not quite there yet
What shall we do to keep you here?
What to say
What to say
What to say just isn't clear
Coerce and force hasn't worked
Our objectives were wrong
Instead of helping we hurt

To modify
There's clarify
Conditioning we theorize
Systematic planning
Has advantages to modify

© Standing Pavement Publishing

Back & Forth

Written By: Chris Herin

Downstairs up and upstairs down
I dream of angels
In white flowing gowns
Fancy fades as earth and sky explode
I should have understood
What I was told

Always longing for a place I’m not
It has a stronger pull
Than what I’ve got
Indecision builds a bigger mess
More is more but finally more is less

Back and forth
Between the poles
Comfort in the only place I know
In limbo lost
Holding only possibilities
Thinly stretched
The synapse snaps to impasse

Inside out and outside in
I see too many things
To know where to begin
I pace the floor
In search of middle ground
Lost in the weeds
I’m living downside up or upside down

Back and forth
Side by side
Between the poles
Comfort in the only place I know

When I’m here
I’m thinking there
When I’m there
I wonder what’s going on
I miss everything

Back and forth
Between the poles
Comfort in the only place I know
In limbo lost
Holding only possibilities
Thinly stretched
The synapse snaps to impasse

© Standing Pavement Publishing

Capture the Flag

Written By: Chris Herin

Toe to the chalk line - mark and set
Birthright conformity - a safety net
Lay down this bird held tight in hand
Beg favor from a distant emerald land
Chasing whims again...

Features blur in a casual glance
Pulse and promises notch the blinders tight

Capture the flag
Embrace prosperity
Hanging in the corridors of power
A withering vine of simple things
Waiting to die
Lift the symbol high

Indifferent to the present tense
A sense of purpose sits upon a fence
Sidelines strewn with blind regret
Haunted by voices that cry neglect
Standing in the rain

Wishing might explain...

Capture the flag
Embrace prosperity
Hanging in the corridors of power
A withering vine of simple things
Waiting - biding time to die
Raise the flag
Standing alone upon a hill
Dust upon a sill

I awake to a silent shout
Misguided past
Spent in endless quest
Time grinding down
Wisdom traded for mistakes that never end
Fences to defend
All while happiness wears a frown
Now the morning bell
Echoes out of step with modern decay

Capture the flag
Embrace prosperity
Hanging in the corridors of power

Capture the flag
Misplaced prosperity
Smothered in a blanket of desire
A withering vine of simple things
Waiting to die
Raise the flag
Half-mast alone upon a hill
Colorless & still

© Standing Pavement Publishing

Landscrape

Written By: Chris Herin

Standing there abandoned
And in disrepair
Stranded in a question
Frozen in the air
Left behind to find
That there is no one left to care
Unsuspecting unaware

Landscrape
Skeletons awake to play
Secret life in sins implied
Chasing time for ties that blind
Buried by the Landscrape
Landscrape
Looking in the wrong place

Sleeping deep inside
I’m drifting through the weeds
Sweeping up the ashes
Of these broken dreams
Looking to the past
To glance at all that might have been
In between the unseen sins

I’m believing & deceiving myself
I can’t keep carrying memories around

© Standing Pavement Publishing

All She Knows

Written By: Chris Herin

All she knows
Is what she's told
Is fact and fantasy
Life in harmony

She stands alone
Shadow on the wall
Gently lit her silhouette
Reflecting tall
She spins to look
On my command
The shutter clicks she blinks
And laughs offhand

I slow the pace
And pause to stop and think
Here is a moment
Where good fortune winks

Eyes that sparkle
And eyes that shine
Hazel eyes smile
As they peer into mine
Canvas blank
The slate is clean
With nothing in between us
Simple and untarnished
She is all she seems

All she knows
Will turn to gold
Colors spill in waves
Off the path she paves

She dreams a place
Chapters in a book
Stories long with heroes strong
How blue the sky would look
Then she stops to see
Who's listening
Seeds of consciousness
Come creeping in

All I know
Here is a moment
Where good fortune winks

Eyes that sparkle
And eyes that shine
Hazel eyes smile
As they peer into mine
Canvas blank
The slate is clean
With nothing in between us
Simple and untarnished
She is all she seems

Someday when she feels the comfort fade
Holding on to this humble place
All she knows
In her hands she holds
With little evidence
Of fading innocence
Eyes that sparkle
And eyes that shine
Hazel eyes smile
As they peer into mine
Canvas blank
The slate is clean
With nothing in between us
Simple and untarnished
She is all she seems

© Standing Pavement Publishing

Sacred & Mundane

Written By: Chris Herin

Evaporate
Drop by drop
Sinking inch by inch
Feel the ebb and flow
As momentum slows

Accumulate
One by one
Changing bit by bit
Ivory tower test
Entertains the guest

Hidden in the space between the words
Another dialect to learn
An ounce prevents a pound of cure
Sacred and mundane

Articulate
Word by word
Standing face to face
Bridges burning still
In a test of wills

Manipulate
Step by step
Twisting day by day
Addicted to the fight
Words as sharp as knives

I see blue washing into orange and red
Fanning sparks to flame
Details multiply
Never twice the same

Assimilate
Choice by choice
Shrinking lie by lie
False identity
Keeping you from me

© Standing Pavement Publishing

Crowded Emptiness

Written By: Chris Herin

I… shut out myself
And the world
You… ignore the past
Say it won’t last

Some mistakes will not erase
Coloring all that I do and say
Empty heart and crowded mind
Won’t make it right

I… hang by a thread
Upside down
We… step off a ledge
Onto the edge

I lift my head
I clear my thoughts
And listen for words of saving grace
I’m letting go of all the skeletons I chase

We can co-exist
Living in the Crowded Emptiness

© Standing Pavement Publishing

Discography

(2012) Tiles: "Off the Floor" (Live) - Standing Pavement.

(2008) Tiles: Fly Paper - Inside Out Music (Worldwide).

(2004) Tiles: "Window Dressing" (Regular & Limited Editions) - Inside Out Music (Worldwide).

(2004) Tiles: "Presents of Mind" (Special Edition Reissue) - Inside Out Music (Europe).

(2004) Tiles: "Fence the Clear" (Special Edition Reissue) - Inside Out Music (Worldwide).

(2004) Tiles: "tiles" (Special Edition Reissue) -
Inside Out Music (Worldwide).

(2000) "Presence In Europe 1999: Board Tape/Live Bootleg Collection" - Standing Pavement.

(1999) Compilation (2 Tiles Songs): "Magna Carta SixPack" - Magna Carta (N. America)

(1999) Tiles: "Presents of Mind" (Original Release) - Magna Carta (N. America); Inside Out (Europe); King Records (Japan); Rock Brigade (S. America).

(1999) Compilation (1 Tiles Song): "Rock Brigade Metal" - Rock Brigade (So. America).

(1998) Compilation (1 Tiles Song): "Pick of the Litter" - HM Magazine.

(1997) Tiles: "Fence the Clear" (Original Release) -
Standing Pavement (N. America); Inside Out (Europe); Teichiku (Japan).

(1997) Compilation (1 Tiles song): "Motor City Riffs" - WRIF FM / Harmonie Park.

(1995) Tiles: "tiles" (Original Release) - Polydor (Europe); Teichiku (Japan).

(1994) Tiles: "tiles" (Original Release) - Standing Pavement (N. America).

(1994) Compilation (1 Tiles song): Z-Rock's Best of Detroit Stuff - Serendipity.

Set List

All original material with an occasional classic rock cover tune thrown in for fun. Shows range from 45-minute opening sets to 2-hour headline concerts.