underwoman and the believers

underwoman and the believers

 Oakland, California, USA
BandAlternativeIndie

Haunting love stories via piano, vocals, strings, and drums.

Biography

Underwoman and the Believers is writer/pianist/synthist/vocalist Carolyn Chen with Gabriel Eriksson (bass, vocals). Her moniker is inspired by the anti-hero of the novel Notes from Underground, and her music is influenced by film scores, indie pop, electronic music, hip hop, and her classical piano background. Past shows in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, NY, DC/Baltimore areas include Pianos NYC, Brick and Mortar Music Hall, Hard Rock Cafe, El Rio, The Waypost, The Milk Bar, Amnesia, The Night Light, The Stork Club, Whisky a Go Go, Bazaar Cafe, Brain Wash Cafe, Alchemical Studios, An Die Musik, Mama Buzz CafĂ©, Red Rock Coffee, private home concerts, and three San Francisco Taiwanese American Cultural Festivals.

Underwoman and the Believers has toured with Portland, OR writer and songwriter Dao Strom (The Sea and The Mother), and has shared the stage with out-of-town touring acts such as The Human Circuit of Austin, TX, and Ray Wild of Columbia, MO. She is working on an album -- a culmination of song development that she started more than 10 years ago-- recorded at Shipwreck Studios, Oakland, due for release this year.

Underwoman and the Believers is also indebted to and thanks her past collaborators Tyler Sanders on bass and guitar, Arnold Kim and Danny Sheu on viola, Julius Cheng, Robert Pruett, Patrick Dean, and James Donald on drums, and Albert Yeh and Matthew Fisherkeller on guitar and violin/viola.









Lyrics

Breakpoint

Written By: Carolyn Chen

Have you ever felt
that you would die if you did-
didn't say what's on your mind
Would this be more fair?

What if you saw me
Would it be different
I don't want to waste more time
getting sad over questions.

'Cause life is too short
to say 'no' to what
could be wonderful
and I'll keep running now.

I'm not that young
to give up on myself.
Though I'm putting this aside
dear, I will fight for
what I think
is so
beautiful,
and I'll endure if it hurts.
I'll give it everything.

Life is too short
to say 'no' to what
could be wonderful
And I'm not running anymore.

Aeneu

Written By: Carolyn B. Chen

The ice melts away
the applause
I always saw in my dreams.
I gave it all to their empty gaze.

When they come here,
I will shower them with the love that
they never gave.
When they see me,
they won't leave me,
then I'll stop playing
all these mad games.

The bright lights --
they feel so good
as they wash the grooves that remain.
Can't smooth them now.
The show must go on.

When they come here,
I will shower them
with the love that
they never gave.
When they know me,
they can't leave me.
Then I'll stop playing all these mad games.

They'll pay
for the things they never said.
And I'll do
the things they wished they did but never could.

Mermaid

Written By: Carolyn B. Chen

I wish I could live
in your ocean
but I fear I will drown.
Will you come with me
to the light
and water my life?
Will the sun shine too brightly?
Will you learn to hate me?

I will remember this place
where kindness broke my heart.
How can they say that you're not real
where here love truly lived.
Maybe there's no place
for both of us.
Maybe you're
the home
that I've been waiting for
but I can't have.

Save Yourself

Written By: Carolyn B. Chen

I can't change the way
you feel about me
But I'm giving you everything I've got
What can I give
I've given you all that I have

Maybe I was lost
maybe that's true
But don't ever say
I didn't pull through

I know that I am not enough
I will let you go be yourself
Don't be afraid anymore
Don't look back from here
It may be hard
but it's the right thing to do

Save yourself
before you run out of time
Hate these thoughts
inside my mind

I wanted the best for you
but I killed myself for them
for them
for them
for them
for them

Policia

Written By: Carolyn B. Chen

Don't you believe
that you can flee from them.
Now you see that the end
won't come for you.
Don't you think that the answer can be found.
Don't you see that there's nothing from here.

Don't you believe
that you're better than this.
Go leave the ones
that were here all this time.
I know you worked hard for something more
but why go when this is all you have known.

And I can't live like this
Is there any rest
And I can't live like this
Is there any rest

I know it's hard to let it go
But I know you'll find
somewhere to go.

Lovely

Written By: Carolyn B. Chen,Patrick Dean Cummins

oooh...oooh...

I can make you happy
if you let me love you.
I know you want me
You just can't see the truth.

I'm the answer to your pain
I don't need the rules.
Don't you try to escape
'Cause you don't need me to.
You were so lovely
You were so lovely
Why don't you need me
Why don't you love me

I can make you happy
if you let me love you.
I know you want me
You just can't see the truth.

I'm the answer to your pain
We don't need the rules.
Don't you try to escape
'Cause you don't need me to.
You were so lovely
You were so lovely
Why don't you need me
Why don't you love me

Oooooh..
Love, love
true, true love
true love

True...
Love, true
true, true love
true love

Out of My Way

Written By: Carolyn B. Chen

I didn't know
seeing you would be so hard
but that's where things are
So don't take it bad
if I look away from you
It's better this way
Don't want to see your confidence
So please get out of my way

I've never taken well
being a part of a collection of beautiful things
for your curiosity
I'm worth more than that
Don't want your dignities
So please get out of my way

Get out of my way
Get out of my way
Get out of my way
Get out of my way

Set List

(1) Glass Box

(2) Policia

(3) Out of My Way

(4) Mermaid

(5) Cry for the Fool

(6) Breakpoint

(7) Pure

(8) Lovely