Tsavo

Tsavo

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandRockAlternative

TSAVO (Seattle, WA) is a group of individuals with vastly differing musical tastes, and incredibly different personalities. The have release a full length album to critical acclaim. Musically, Tsavo is a blend of various diverse modern rock and alternative sounds.

Biography

Seattle band Tsavo’s seductive brand of modern rock has quickly earned them a coveted reputation. Fronted by lead vocalist Cameron Mueller, the band’s members are guitarists Jason Edwards and Ryan Luke, bassist Gus Winecoff and drummer Sean Brown.

Tsavo had the distinction of having been honored in 2009 with receiving the award of runner-up in the category of “Social Justice” from Campus MusicFest, a respected entertainment industry confab featuring workshops that included prominent Hollywood movers and shakers. The voting committee lauded Tsavo’s song “Lost & Forgotten” as a highly eloquent modern rock composition whose message “tells the stories of those suffering from poverty and/or other social injustices.”

Tsavo, who have opened for respected rockers including Kings X (Atlantic), Taproot (Velvet Hammer/Victory), TrustCompany (Geffen), Royal Bliss (Capitol), and Vast (Elektra) have achieved respectability not only because of their memorable live performances, but also for having substance in their music and lyrics and the fierce musicianship to back it up.

Winecoff was nominated for “Best Bassist of 2010” on Comcast’s Hot Rocks television show aired in Seattle. Winecoff’s performances on stage have helped solidify Tsavo’s reputation for provocative live shows. Winecoff is literally a bassist that that will bend over backwards for his fans and he takes it to a new extreme. A seasoned yoga practitioner, Winecoff entrances his live audiences, playing bass riffs while he is bent over backwards, with his head touching the floor. Winecoff says that Tsavo is not just about style. He notes there is a message that Tsavo’s fans get when listening to the band. “Think for yourself. Open your mind. We think our music hits that place that gives them a sense of freedom that only comes from rock and roll.”

Mueller observes, “Sometimes I think the audience sees themselves in our music.” A classically trained vocalist, his mother was a vocal coach who vehemently disapproved of her son pursuing to a career in rock music. However, Mueller followed his heart and his vocal chords. The band includes their rock and roll philosophies and past experiences in their music in a way that fans can relate to. With hearts and minds of steel, or perhaps hard rock and metal, the lyrics are a beckoning part of the intensity Tsavo’s modern rock offers.

In 2008, Tsavo independently released their first full length album, entitled “The Search” which contains twelve tracks. Of the song “Absence”, Mueller explains that he had a “lightening rod moment” that permanently ended his past drug use. The song is “about my crossroads. It is a representation of what my path was going to be. It’s about a journey I went on in a very small amount of time that was life-changing.” He adds, “The fact that I’ve had people tell me that they pulled out of something, and that song helped them get through that period in their life, is very gratifying to me.”

Always rocking hard but thinking deeply, Mueller reflects on his lyrics, explaining that true honesty can only come from inside. “Lost & Forgotten” is one of the band’s songs that came from deep within. “I came to the realization that there were so many things that I had thought I believed, things that I had been taught, and things I had been told to believe, but what I really believed was quite the opposite.”

The pensive vocalist adds, “The only way you can really have a true opinion of reality and yourself and of what is going on is to get rid of all the other perspectives that can pollute your mind. Take the opinions and perspectives out that come from outside influences, and realize for yourself what you truly believe to be real.” Mueller refers to one of Tsavo’s lyric lines, “If I break out, will I be on my own?” This self-inquiry, laced with the power of rock and roll, is what Tsavo is all about.

With style, substance, musicianship and songwriting skills to match, the fans are rocking out and listening to Tsavo, while, Mueller notes, “they’re also taking something away from it at the same time. People get different meanings from our songs, but they’re definitely listening and that’s the important thing.”

Lyrics

Lost & Forgotten

Written By: Cameron Mueller

LOST AND FORGOTTEN
1 I’M FORSAKEN I’M ABANDONED I’M LOST IN THIS WORLD ALL ALONE LIVING NIGHTMARES BREATHE SPINNING AROUND ME IF I STAY HERE I’LL BE LOST AND FORGOTTEN IF I BREAK OUT WILL I BE ON MY OWN IF I STAY BACK I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN FREED FROM YOUR LOVE UNSEEN FROM ABOVE MADE TO BE FAR BEYOND THIS DEPENDENCE THE DICE HAVE BEEN CAST OUT THE TIME TO CHOOSE IS NOW SHED MY PAST AND FIND WHO I WOULD BE THE ROAD DIVIDED IN TWO MY LOYALTIES BURN THROUGH OUR TRANSGRESSIONS WE SHALL FREE YOU’LL NEVER BE A GUIDING LIGHT FOR ME

Absence

Written By: Cameron Mueller

ABSENCE
WHILE I DESCEND INTO THIS WORLD UNKNOWN SPIRALING FURTHER TOWARD THIS PRECIOUS VOID BURROWING THROUGH THE REMNANTS OF A
THOUSAND BEFORE MY TIME ESTEEM DIES BUT THIS TIME YOU WILL FIND NESTLED UPON THE DREAMS ENSNARING LIVES IT’S NOT MINE MY HEART IS NOT MINE WILL MY ABSENCE GO UNNOTICED TONIGHT WILL MY ABSENCE BE UNSEEN BY YOUR LIGHT TO PULL AWAY MY FACE I SEE A LIGHT EMPTY LIFE THERE’S JUST SOMETHING NOT RIGHT SO PURE SO BRIGHT UNTOUCHED WHY CAN’T IT BE MINE IT’S NOT MINE MY HEART IS NOT MINE LISTENING TO THE RECKONING OF AN ANGEL WHO’S LOST IN TIME NOT THIS TIME I HAVE EVERY RIGHT REACHING TO GRASP AND TAKE WHAT’S RIGHTFULLY MINE YOU WILL FIND MY HEART IS NOT MINE

Longing

Written By: Tsavo

LONGING
FORGOTTEN WAYS HAVE PLAGUED MY MIND CONTORTED VOWS WELL THEY REVEAL YOUR LIES THE BLEEDING HEART THE FALL OF MAN DEGRADED AND HATED YOU CHANGED MY WORLD AND THEN STAYED WITH ME ‘TIL THE END I LONG TO BREAK AND TEAR YOU APART AGAIN WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO FILL THIS VOID SO OVERWHELMINGLY A FIX OF BLISS BORN FROM THE SKY MY THOUGHTS OF YOU WELL THEY WILL FADE AND DIE YOU WAIT BEHIND
I WON’T LOOK BACK YOU BLAME ME FOR WHAT YOU CAN’T BE TIED TO ALL THE LIES OF THOSE WHO TRIED TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES BUT FELL SHORT AND DIED A KISS GOODBYE A LEAP OF FAITH THIS BLEAK OBSESSION WON’T GO AWAY

This Is Goodbye

Written By: Tsavo

THIS IS GOODBYE
I CAUGHT AN AWKWARD EYE I KNEW IT WOULD BE YOU FAILED TO FIGHT AND IT BLISTERED MY MIND AWAKING FEELINGS OF
DISRUPTED PRIDE AND TATTERED SELF-WORTH YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE DONE BY NOW YOU WITH THE LAST LAUGH BUT SOON YOU WILL SEE THAT I DON’T GIVE A SHIT CAUSE IT FEELS SO GOOD TO SEE YOU WALK AWAY FOR GOOD I’VE TRIED THIS BEFORE AND IT DIDN’T WORK OUT SO NOW YOU’LL FADE AWAY I LIE TO YOU BUT YOU NEVER SEE YOUR EYES ARE COVERED BY
LOATHSOME GREED IT’S TYPICAL THAT YOU THINK I’M WRONG I KNOW THAT I’LL BE THE ONE WHO WILL SAY IN THE END THAT MISCONSTRUED CONFUSED AND USED NO CONCEPT OF THE THINGS YOU DO I NEVER KNEW I’D BE LOOKING YOU SQUARE IN THE EYES AFTER EVERYTHING WE HAD THAT DIED I JUST WANT YOU GONE SO PLEASE GET THE HELL OUT OF MY LIFE FADING AWAY

Discography

“The Search” - August 26th, 2008

"Lost & Forgotten" - On all major local radio and streaming online
"Journey" - On some major local radio
"Longing" - On local college radio and streaming online
All other tracks from "The Search" streaming online and featured on many online radio stations.

Set List

Set lengths vary based on the type of show. Sets can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Songs include:
Intro (Untitled)
Campaign of Fear (explicit lyrics)
Journey
Caught In Limbo
Lost and Forgotten
Absence
Run
Nocturn of Illusion
Turning the Page
The Game (explicit lyrics)
Longing
This Is Goodbye (explicit lyrics)
The Trooper (cover)