TOTEM

TOTEM

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Creating a fusion between heavy rock and alternative metal Totem is voted one of the top bands in Dallas. With an in your face distinct sound they are currently progressing forward with a strong cult-like following of fans which grows exponnentially with each show

Biography

Voted the best performance band (Hard Rock, 2004) Totem has gained respect and popularity at premier venues in the area such as The Hard Rock Cafe, The Aardvark, Galaxy Club, and The Ridglea Theater among many others. Band has won multiple contests and is attracting industry-wide attention. Heavy and introspective songwriting champion the way ahead of Totem. There are bands and musicians that have had strong influences over the years on individual members of Totem, yet it is the quality and the complexity of original material, and a fusion of unique sound that propels original writing of the band. Among many influences the band draws its inspiration from Jimmy Hendrix, Dimebag Darrel, Neil Peart, Adam Jones and Danny Carey of Tool, Ozzy Osbourne, and James Hetfield among a number of other talented songwriters, musicians and friends. Currently the band has finished up their 5 song EP In These Days...recorded at the famed Indian Trail Studios and produced by Alex Gerst (Voted Best Dallas Producer 1999 - 2004). Having wrapped up their 2004 tour to rave radio/print media and fan reviews, the band is currently working on music for a nationally televised TV show on ESPN, starring Michael Irvin (D. Cowboys), is a house band on 990 AM Sports Talk USA, was featured on the cover of the Harder Beat Magazine, and is undergoing a number of other development projects. Totem is booking dates for Spring/ Summer of 2005 at this time. Totem is set apart not only by the quality of their songwriting and performances, but by reputation for their professionalism, as well as respect toward others in the music industry.

Lyrics

Blame

Written By: Totem

(Verse)
This is your demise…
All your honesty
Never really did
Much to pressure me
It’s clear to me now…
How they’ve made this to be
Deception in the making
Of a life you want for me

(Chorus)
And it’s all because of me…
You despise the way I live
And it’s all because of me…
You blame me for the way that you failed

(Verse)
This is your release…
Your mode for agony
You shelf the self you keep
Run from your own irony
It’s clear to you now…
How they’ve made this to be
Deception in the making of a life you want for me

(Chorus)
And it’s all because of me…
You despise the way I live
And it’s all because of me…
You blame me for the way that you failed

(Bridge)
Harbor my anger…harbor my tears
Where do they go, when does it end?

(Chorus)
And it’s all because of me…
You despise the way I live
And it’s all because of me…
You blame me for the way that you failed

You blame me…You failed…

In These Days

Written By: Totem

(Verse)
For one I think I'm there
But my head has slowly swelled
And I feel so tight inside
Reasons I can't see
And I cannot hide

(Chorus)
In your pride you depend too much
In this life you regret too much
In these days can you live with pain
If you're right
You'll begin the game again

(Verse)
For once I think I'm sane
But my soul has lost it's way
And this hate I hold inside
Peace is the answer
But rage I can't hide
I can't deny it

(Chorus)
In your pride you depend too much
In this life you regret too much
In these days can you live with pain
If you're right
You'll begin the game again

(Break)
What's this mean?

(Chorus)
In your pride you depend too much
In this life you regret too much
In these days can you live with pain
If you're right
You'll begin the game again

(Bridge)
You'll begin the game again x 3

Watershed of Tears

Written By: Totem

(Verse)
This little box inside of me
That only I can see
That's spinning through my mind
In perfect harmony
This box grows bigger
Grows bigger day by day
Consuming every breath I take
It never goes away

(Pre-Chorus)
Emotions own my actions
Ringing with my soul pain
Treading through these swollen thoughts
Of doubt and shame

(Verse)
Swimming in this little box
Treading through my doubts and fears
Wrapped up tightly in this swollen box
A watershed of tears
Moving slowly in this swollen box
Gaining warmth without a light
I just hope I'm right

(Chorus)
Emotions overtake me
Ringing with my soul pain
Still treading through
These swollen thoughts
Of doubt fear and shame
Wading through my apathy
I'm entrenched in my own fears
Now comfort overtakes me

(Break)
Moving slow into this swollen box
Treading through my doubts and fears
It's all to my duel existence
Damn I hope I'm right

(Chorus)
Emotions overtake me
Ringing with my soul pain
Still treading through
These swollen thoughts
Of doubt fear and shame
Wading through my apathy
I'm lost...
Entrenched in my own fears
Now comfort overtakes me
In my watershed of tears

(Bridge)
You can't stop cause it's too late
Cause one day this will go away

Discography

Watersherd of Tears - Single 2004
In These Days.... 5 song EP released Nov 2004
All 5 tracks have streaming and radio airplay

Set List

Set lists vary by venue and time slot, the band plays sets as short as 30 minutes and as long as 3+hours. There are currently 30 original songs, and 16 covers in the repertoire. All covers are Hard Rock/ Metal