Viarosa

Viarosa

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In the words of a review: "Imagine the bastard offspring of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen who had been taught to play by Johnny Cash and had received singing lessons from Jim Morrison fronting a 21st century hybrid of Lindisfarne and The Doors, and you’ll start to get the picture..."

Biography

Following the success and critical acclaim of their debut album, ‘Where The Killers Run’, VIAROSA’s follow-up LP ‘Send For The Sea’ is released by Pronoia Records (UK) and by Tarnished Records (US) in September 2008 and will be released in Germany in spring '09 by Dandyland Records.

Led by singer-songwriter Richard Neuberg, VIAROSA have grown into a formidable act since their inception six years ago. Last year alone they shared tours and shows in the UK and in Europe with the likes of Midlake, Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3, Joan As Police Woman, Alejandro Escovedo and Josh T. Pearson. The highlight of 2007 came when, having watched them play, REM invited VIAROSA to open for them at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin – REM’s first live outing in two years. As expected, this unique London band went down a storm.

Reviews of VIAROSA’s first releases brought comparisons to many of the greats. Their EP Porous inspired Uncut Magazine to describe the band as: “Outstanding… like The Birthday Party doing Johnny Cash.” And when the LP came, Uncut continued in its four star praise: “’Where The Killers Run’ fulfils the promise... a country-wired Echo and The Bunnymen.”

Building on their distinctive sound, the second album ‘Send For The Sea’ takes the band to greater heights, the new songs reaching out with increased passion and urgency. ‘Send For The Sea’ has so many standout tracks, it’s hard to single them out. Tourniquet’s rolling guitars, bittersweet viola and screaming lap steel carry you across the plains, while The Last Resolve drags you up to the hilltops and howls up at the stars. With the band at full, ragged tilt – a drunken bar-room piano, a gypsy fiddle, a wild west baritone guitar – The Last Resolve sounds like a noir opera penned by David Lynch. The album’s other epic tracks include the impassioned, anti-war The Old Walls, the raging Beggars and Thieves, and the second track, Righteous Path, creeps up until you are hurled into its thunderous conclusion. With its lush layers of strings and voices, Righteous Path sounds like VIAROSA’s mission statement, calling out for redemption by way of the artist’s path.
But ‘Send For The Sea’ has plenty of tender moments too. The haunting Cruel Pull Of The Stars makes you think of The Bad Seeds at their most restrained; the delicate Ode To Sunlight glitters with sweet shades of early John Martyn; and the The Sea sounds like a Jeff Buckley ballad on a morphine drip. As the sound of psychedelic seagulls moan overhead, The Sea is the perfect closing track to the intensity that has gone before.

All together, the new material creates an original and special album, a raw heart collection of great songs that are sure to bring VIAROSA the acclaim and attention they deserve.

Lyrics

Poor Man's Prayer

Written By: Richard Neuberg

When the land was barren, bled
The cutters came, cutters came, with a poor man’s prayer
Called the king, and the law was said
What a way, what a way to hang your head

For their lives, for their daily bread
The cutters came with a price – was a poor man’s head
Called the king but the law was set
What a way, what a way to hang out the dead

Fought the cause for the common share
What a waste, what a waste, what a waste
Fought the cause, but the cost was had
What a waste, what a waste of a poor man’s prayer

So the land stayed barren, bled
The cutters went as they came with a poor man’s prayer
Lord of hope, Lord of hunger’s end
What a way, what a way to hold your kin

Not a son, not a daughter spared
What a waste, what a waste, what a waste
Lord of love, Lord of all we trust
What a waste, what a waste of a poor man’s prayer

All you kings and all you princes
Can’t cut the chains from their hands
All you kings and all you princes
Can you cut the chains from their hands
For a poor man’s prayer

Blood From A Stone

Written By: Richard Neuberg

So you wanna make it in the shape of a ball
Poor little sailor
Poor little sailor
Said you took it for the sake of us all
Poor little sailor
Poor little baby

Hey hey
Hey hey

Wanna keep sleeping with your face on the wall
You want him to save ya
Want him to say you’re the hero in here
You gonna feed him on the faith of your soul
You want him to raise you to a high brow hell where the crew won’t fail you

Hey hey
Hey hey

If you’re gonna stick, you’d better keep us near
If you wanna stick around; find a room for sale, buy a hole buy a suit fit well
If you’re gonna reap, you’d better meet us half way there
If you’re gonna reap the ground – better take the food, it’s a-good for you
It’ll save you now little sailor, so save your frown, little sailor
It’ll save you now little sailor, so save your frown, little sailor

Only Child

Written By: Richard Neuberg

In the wild of her eye
All the cold of all her lonely life
In the white, white heady lights
All the talk of all her holed-out life

When they found you, they hailed
Blood money for your head
All around you the sins of an only child
When they found you, they hailed
Blood money for your name’s sake
All around you the skin of an only child

She’d have cried for another kick at the right side of life
But only with a harder heart inside
So she died with a break of her neck and a knife from behind
And all because of a blood she couldn’t deny

When they found you, they hailed
Blood money for your head
All around you the sins of an only child
When they found you, they hailed
Blood money for your halo
All around you the skin of an only child

Born and raised and crowned in sorrow
Torn away without a mother
To hold your head, to hold your heavy heart

Tourniquet

Written By: Richard Neuberg

Tourniquet

Cut out
And tourniquet
The blood I keep
Is the blood I make

You're not all you dream
You're not all your kingdom takes
So come on, believe
Come home and lay your claim

‘Cause we paid the price
We paid the price
We paid the price
For the tourniquet

You were caught out in need
'Cause you were told you'd be complete
But when the hollow don't heal
You better crawl out and reach for the day that your soul gonna get out
So come on, believe
Come home and lay all your grief
Cause how you ever gonna come clean?
With a heartache closing in

‘Cause we paid the price
We paid the price
We paid the price
For the tourniquet
For the tourniquet

The Last Resolve

Written By: Richard Neuberg

The Last Resolve

This is the land
And this is the heart
So take what you can
Take back what you’ve lost
The sins of one night won’t make up for their wrongs
So hold back the tide and we’ll carry the cost

And we’ll go out into the wild
Where the coldest light meets the fire
And we’ll follow the stars
To the last, to the last resolve

So give me your hand
And we’ll make a new start
Yeah, this road will lead back to where we belong
I’ll give you my first and my last breath of love
I’ll give you it all, I’ll give you the dawn

And we’ll go out into the wild
Where the coldest light meets the fire
And we’ll follow the stars
To the last, to the last resolve

Righteous Path

Written By: Richard Neuberg

Is this all you were given
To shake off the trial?
It’s a slow dance of leaving the fray
Until the moment we come alive

Sure, you could stall them
But not without your hands tied
So make a deal with the common man
And let go of your last stand, child

Oh baby don’t give in
When they ask for your life
No baby don’t give them
The answer to what you hide
Hear the call of a righteous path
Hear the call of a righteous path

So you’ll live on this wasteland
Until you’ve traded your ties
And you’ll greet every mourner that strays
With a thunder held by your side
Oh just give me a place to run
Let me live by the light
Come the day that your wounds are done
We’ll walk out with our arms held wide

Oh baby don’t give in
When they ask for your life
No baby don’t give them
The answer to what you hide
Hear the call of a righteous path
Hear the call of a righteous path

Blindfold

Written By: Richard Neuberg

There’s an open wound in the father’s son
A souvenir for what he done
And a blindfold Across the old man’s soul
To show there’s nothing there
To say there’s nothing wrong

And you wait in fear of tomorrow’s gun
And you want his tears but they never run
‘Cause there’s a blindfold Across a loveless soul
The only word for a broken home

If you’re gonna feel disgrace
You’d better walk out the door
If you’re gonna hide your pretty face
You’d better not go back for more

If you take my hand I’ll take you home
If you don’t look back he’ll turn to stone
We’ll pull a blindfold Across the shame untold
And all the days you thought you’d never own

You’re gonna go the wide open road
You’re gonna know the wild love of your load
If you’re gonna feel disgrace
You’d better walk out the door
If you’re gonna hide your pretty face
You’d better not go back for more

Cruel Pull Of The Stars

Written By: Richard Neuberg

Caught in the middle
After the crime
The meadows were waking
The blossom was ripe
But I was left standing
The more you denied
The cruel pull of the stars

You were burned out and brittle
The end of the lineYou cried for the city
For the beauty outside
It could have been kinder to let you
Just call off the fight
But the rains came and pulled you through

Oh my friend - you would never belong
To the stain of your father’s black name
Oh my friend - you would never belong
To the shame of your brother
Who left you for dead
Oh my friend

So you'll send off their demons
You'll sell all their charms
And when you're cold, when you're hungry
You know we would never blind you
For love or for money
Because all we ever wanted was you
Yeah - all we ever wanted was you…

And you would never belong
To the stain of your father’s black name
Oh my friend - you would never belong
To the shame of your brother
Who left you for dead
Oh my friend

And you will raise your head
And you will raise your head

Ode To Sunlight

Written By: Richard Neuberg

Gonna shine a light
When the warnings come
Alive, alive
We’ll head for the north

Got a handful of stars
To drown out the noise
Gonna try, gonna try
Gonna rally the boys

We’ll sing an ode to the sunlight
We’ll sing an ode to the sunlight
We’ll sing an ode to the sunlight
We’ll sing an ode to the sunlight

So hold out your arms
When you stand at the door
Don’t hide, don’t hide
From the eye of the storm

Gonna hold up this town
With a cry and a drum
You know it’s time, you know it’s time
To throw down the glove

And sing an ode to the sunlight
And sing an ode to the sunlight
And sing an ode to the sunlight
And sing an ode to the sunlight

Without A Cause

Written By: Richard Neuberg

I heard a call from out of the storm
‘If you head out and dig in, you’ll beat the noise’
Oh never mind their stakes – you’re not what they know
If you can make it out of this year,
You’re gonna reach the road

All this without a cause
All this without a cause

My heart was ready when you turned the flow
I set out to take it, but I was cornered by the four winds blowing
And never mind their ways – they’re not what you know
If you can wake up out of this fear,
You’re gonna reach the road

All this without a cause
All this without a cause

Have you been waiting so long for heaven’s hand to hold you
Have you been waiting so long for heaven’s hand to hold you

Beggars and Thieves

Written By: Richard Neuberg

Stand on your own
Hold off the need
Better to run
Than carry all their greed
Than carry all the greed

If you follow their cause
On your bended knee
No you’ll never belong
Until you slay all their dreams
Until you lay down their dreams

We don’t fall for beggars and thieves
Throw off the mask, send for the sea
Send for the sea

And head for the night
With your hardened tears
No it’ll never be like
What they want you to see
It’s what they want you to see

We don’t fall for beggars and thieves
Throw off the mask, send for the sea
Throw off the mask, send for the sea

Send for the sea
Send for the sea

The Sea

Written By: Richard Neuberg

I’d like to stay above the sea
Keep my head up, keep my will
But when the storm gets high, I might swim under
Keep my head down, keep my will

I’d like to see you spread you wings
I can see the wind carry you all the way
And when the storm is high, I’ll take you with me
We’ll go to the last, lover, we’ll go until….

We stay here for our love
We stay here for our love

I’d like to stay above the sea
Keep my head up, keep my will

The Old Walls

Written By: Richard Neuberg

The Old Walls

Should I call you when we’re gone?
There’s nothing left here but the old walls
I wanna show you what this heart becomes
It’s not a refuge but a crown to be worn

Who needs a gun?
When you’ve already won

What of all your shattered stars?
They dissolve like they never could last
I wanna show you what this heart becomes
It’s not a refuge but a crown to be worn

Who needs a gun?
When you’ve already won

Don’t let yourself just fall into the dark
It’s better you stray then carry all that on your own
One hundred lives are waiting for the damn to break
One hundred souls are praying you will write your name

Who needs a gun?
When you’ve already won

All This Worry (will be over soon)

Written By: Richard Neuberg


All This Worry (Will Be Over Soon)

Go now baby
Go now, you are free
Go see the highest mountains
Your heart will start to breathe

All this worry will be over soon
All this worry will be over soon

Come now honey
Come now, feel the breeze
Come greet the brightest mornings
Your heart will be released

All this worry will leave when you're free
All this worry will leave when you're free

So do you hear it darling?
Can you hear them dream?
They're calling out to you dear
They're calling you to leave

And they're singing: "All this worry will be over soon"
Yeah they're singing: "All this worry will be over soon"

Porous

Written By: Richard Neuberg

Porous

Hold me like I'm made of holes
Pouring in and falling out, I'm porous
You told me life was skin and bone
And better when we chase the morning chorus

Hold me when I'm done
When all these plans are won
Hold me when the canon calls
Before I'm gone

Leave me ragged, leave me clear
Tease me out when all is said, my dear
You'll need me chained, you'll need me near
You'll need me when the faintest sound is all we share

Hold me when I'm done
When all these plans are won
Hold me when the canon calls
Before I'm gone

Hold me when I'm done
When all these plans are won
Hold me when the canons call
Before I'm gone

Discography

EP - 'Porous'
- released in the UK May '05 by Pronoia Records

LP - 'Where The Killers Run'
- released in the UK Nov '06 by Pronoia Records
- released in the US May '07 by Tarnished Records

LP - 'Send For The Sea'
- released in the UK Sept '08 by Pronoia Records
- released in the US Sept '08 by Tarnished Records
- to be released in Germany in spring '09 by Dandyland Records

Radio airplay: in the UK, US & in Europe.

Set List

Our headline set tends to run for about 1 hour.
We play all of our own material.
A typical set list might look like this:

1. Tourniquet
2. Poor Man's Prayer
3. Only Child
4. Beggars and Thieves
5. Cruel Pull Of The Stars
6. The Last Resolve
7. All This Worry (will be over soon)
8. Blindfold
9. Boy
10. Call To Arms
11. Where The Killers Run