Tsumi

Tsumi

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Tsumi is an alternative rock band from Nebraska. Heather Sticka's powerful voice and lyrics will move your soul while Luke Sticka fills the songs with expert lead guitar and thoughtful accompaniment. Tsumi is ready to move the show onto the road with their newest line up.

Biography

The word Tsumi means many things. In Korean it means "diva". In Japanese "innocent sin". In Hebrew "tsumet lev" means "natural attention". The band Tsumi commands a great deal of attention!

Tsumi is fronted by the fiery and exciting Heather Sticka. She is joined by Luke Sticka, Brandon Filbert and Stanley Sticka. Based in Lincoln Nebraska, the band consistently draws large crowds at The Zoo bar and Knickerbockers. They have also shared stages with many regional and national touring acts.

Tsumi is a successful hybrid of blues-based and indie-rock music. The band's sound is a unique - like a perfect blend of Chrissie Hynde and Dave Matthews.

Tsumi's latest album, Unhappy Things, is due to be released July 19th. Material already exists for follow-up recordings, guaranteeing that Tsumi is a name that you will be hearing for a long time to come.

In May 2004, the Daily Nebraskan said "Tsumi sounds like a folk-rock band featuring a female singer with a powerful voice like a river of molasses - deep, dark, slow and sweet, a skilled lead guitarist with quick fingers and a knack for nuanced harmonies... Together they produce an almost tangible chemistry."

Lyrics

Gummy Bears

Written By: Heather Sticka

Gummy Bears

So I try to get around it
Like a tree fallen in my path
Try tiptoeing about it
Like a kitchen full of broken glass
But you see it gets stuck in my throat
Like gummy bears in teeth
And I'm tired of longing for the sickness
So I can feel the cure
And its release

And I can feel it tearing at my soft spots
I can feel it
Wanting me to bleed
And that's really all I'm doing here
Is cutting open the heart
The heart on my sleeve

So I start to claw at it
Pick at like its a big scab
Try swallowing past it
Like I do when you hold my hand
But you see it gets stuck in my throat
Like gummy bears in teeth
And I'm tired of longing for the sickness
So I can feel the cure
And its relief

And I can feel it tearing at my soft spots
I can feel it
Wanting me to bleed
And that's really all I'm doing here
Is cutting open the heart
The heart on my sleeve

Lust

Written By: Heather Sticka

Lust


I can't stand it
This fire I feel inside
My body demands it
And now its to the point I can't hide
When you stand so close to me
I breathe so hard I feel high
When your hands are on me
My heart beats so hard I could die

And now it's getting to the point
Where we will just have to decide
Will we let our bodies take over
Or will we just say goodnight

You're standing so close now
I swear you could see into my soul
Oh can you see it
This thing I won't let take control
I want you to take me
I want you to lay me down
I want you to take me
And do all the things we are not allowed

And now it's getting to the point
Where we will just have to decide
Will we let our bodies take over
Or will we just say goodnight
I want you to
I want you to
I want you to decide for me

Slow Suicide

Written By: Heather Sticka

Slow Suicide

Oh I can feel the tear
The scar waiting to be
Oh and I can feel the fear
Of letting go into me

And you know you shouldn't
The slow suicide of it all
And God knows that I shouldn't
And you know
you should stop it, stop me, stop it
Stop it all

Oh I can feel the tear
This scar trying to be
And I don't know if what I feel is really fear
Or if its joy that I can feel anything

And you know you shouldn't
The slow suicide of it all
And God knows that I shouldn't
And you know
You should stop it, stop me, stop it
Stop it all
Stop it all
Stop it All

True Story

Written By: Heather Sticka

True Story

I'm sorry if you want to kiss me
You just can't anymore
I'm sorry if you want to hold me
You can't anymore
I'm sorry if you want to touch me
You can't anymore
I'm sorry if you want to stay here
You can't anymore

Don't tell me you never
Thought this day would come runnin to
Knock down our door
Cuz baby we've been over this and over this and over this and over this...
Before

I'm sorry if you want to hold my hand
You can't anymore

I'm sorry if you want to make me laugh
You just can't anymore
I'm sorry if you want to call me up in the middle of the night
You can't anymore
I'm sorry if you want to tell me that you still love me
You just can't anymore

Don't tell me you never
Thought this day would come runnin to
Knock down our door
Cuz baby we've been over this and over this and over this and over this before
Don't act like this is such a surprise
Like you never heard these words
Comin out from my mouth before
Cuz baby we've been over this and over this and over this and over this
Before...

Aqua Vitae

Written By: Heather Sticka

Aqua Vitae

So come and waste some life with me
We’ll sit and watch the sunrise
And wait for the four horsemen
To come and erase our history

I can’t stand to see you lying there
Pretending you’re alone
I can’t stand it oh anymore
So I’ll go

Just go and drink your life awhile
To drown the ghosts you chained yourself to
And search for the bottom
You’re already buried below

No I can’t stand to see you lying there
Pretending you’re alone
I can’t stand it anymore

Kelly's Song

Written By: Heather Sticka

Kelly’s Song

Just tell me that it’s real and I’ll stay
Just tell me that it’s all been for fun and I can go away
I’ll pack my bags, I promise I won’t cry
I’ll walk right out that door with my head held high

But it’s just got to be real
It’s just got to be real this time (2x)


So come take my hand, beg me not to go
Come and let your hand brush across my cheek
For once let your real heart show

But it’s just got to be real
Got to be real this time (2x)

Bridge

Cuz’ it’s just got to be real
It’s got to be real this time (3x)

Devil's Trick

Written By: Heather Sticka

Devil’s Trick


Well I was born an angel
Pure as the dawn
And by the end of my story
You’ll know why all of that is gone

Now I remember heaven
It was pure and it was white
Then one day I closed my eyes
And heard a boy singin, dark as the night

Aiiiiaiiiiiiaiiiiaiiiiaiiii

So then before I knew it
Well I was fallin down
Right through clouds and through treetops
And I landed in this tiny little town

Ooooo that boy he touched my skin
Oh he touched my soul
And with the sound of his voice
In my heart he healed a hole

Aiiiiiiaiiiiiaiiiiiaiiiiiaaaaaaaaaiii

(softly now)
One night he leaned in real close
He looked into my eyes
He said now I know you fell to get here
But me, I had to rise…..

Now I’ll tell you my secret
To serve in heaven sure was swell
But as for me I’d rather be
A star right here right now in hell

AIIIIIAIIIIIAIAIAIAIAAAAIAIAIAI
Aiaiaiaiiaaa

At All

Written By: Heather Sticka

At All

I saw your kingdom fall
I watched it crumble into its own sea
I felt it tumble down around my shoulders
And then I saw you turn and point your finger at me

I saw your future fail
All of your well laid plans
I witnessed this all
And still I felt nothing

Ch:
Now I can understand
Why you’d be so mad
And I know it doesn’t help at all
But I feel bad cuz I don’t feel bad
At all

I saw your face fall
I watched it crumble into a thousand tears
And I tasted them all
And still I felt nothing

Laughter

Written By: Heather Sticka

Laughter

Think I made a mistake
When I let you move away
Cuz you were in love with her and I with him
And I figured that was how it was gonna stay

And now I find myself lonely at night
Thinkin bout your laughter

Now I know I’ve made some mistakes
I never claimed to be perfect
That’s alright you never asked that of me anyway, did you
You picked me flowers from your parents’ back yard

And now I find myself lonely at night
Thinkin bout your laughter
And now I find myself lonely at night
Thinkin bout your laughter

I know we’re making this mistake
Reaching out to ghosts that don’t want us
That’s right they never gave us the time of day anyway, did they now
Or gave us back the love we needed so much

And now I find myself lonely at night
Thinkin bout your laughter
And now I find myself lonely at night
Thinkin bout your laughter
And now I find myself lonely at night
Thinkin bout your laughter

Back The F*ck Up

Written By: Heather Sticka

Back the Fuck Up

I wish I had known I was gonna fall in love with you
If I had known I would change all the things that I do
I would have been a better girl
I would have made myself good enough for you

CH:
Trust me, you don’t want me
There’s not enough good left in me
Trust me, you don’t want me
I’m broken down, wasted
Trust me I will poison you
There’s not enough good left in me
Trust me I will poison you
There’s nothing else I know how to do

Oh I would love you the best that I know how
Even though I know it couldn’t be enough
Wouldn’t be good enough
Oh but I would try oh so damn hard

CH

BR: So why does my heart break whenever you close the door?

Wish that I had known...
Would have been a better girl…
Oh how I would love you…
Oh but I would try so damn hard

CH

Discography

Tsumi Live at The Zoo, 2007
Unhappy Things, 2008

Set List

A typical set lasts 60 to 120 minutes with one cover for every 45 minutes of original music on average.

Originals:
Gummy Bears
Lust
At All
True Story
Kelly's Song
Aqua Vitae
Devil's Trick
3-4-5
Slow Suicide
Don't You Dare
Panic Attacked
Hear Here
Humpty's A Bitch

Covers:
You Oughta Know, Alanis Morrisette,blues
Let's Get it On, Marvin Gaye
Sober, Tool
Tainted Love, Ed Cobb, 6/8 instead of 4/4
Bad Moon Rising, Credence Clearwater Revival, D minor instead of Major
Jeremy, Pearl Jam
Volcano, Damien Rice
Dilate, Ani DiFranco