waiting for brantley

waiting for brantley

 Laurel, Mississippi, USA
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Honesty, passion, and a dash of an old school rock attitude combined with a strong pop sensibility are the key ingredients that make up Waiting For Brantley's particular brand of "southern alt rock."

Biography

Honesty, passion, and a dash of an aggressive rock attitude combined with a strong pop sensibility are the key ingredients that make up Waiting For Brantley's particular brand of "southern alt rock." With the upcoming release of a 10 song LP, First Day Graduation, the band is determined to give a new insight of what a Mississippi-based rock band is all about. From colorful storylines in tracks such as "Call Her Friends" and "The Spark and the Flame" to the raw energy of "Static," the band showcases its ability to shell out dynamic rock anthems while still possessing that notorious southern charm.

"I think our goal with this album was to just take rock music back to the basics," explains Steven Holland who serves as the bands founder and frontman. "Lyrically, my goal was to translate my own life stories into something everyone could get something out of."

Since 2004, Waiting For Brantley has independently released 1 LP, "If Anger is the new Happiness..." followed by a 6 song EP in 2006 entitled "A Million Reasons to Try Again." However, after 3 years of regional touring in the Southeast, the band felt it was time for a change of pace. The unofficial "rebirth" of the band began with Holland and guitarist Sam Donald. " We just really wanted to take this band into a new direction," says Donald. "There are so many screamo bands and dance bands and the list goes on and on.. and that just isn't us. We are four guys that grew up listening to everything from Guns N Roses to Deftones to alot of 90's rock and this album was just us tapping into who we really are."

Not long after the band's musical revalation was the addition of bassist Lee Westmoreland and only in a few short months, the band began recording rough demoes of what was soon to become First Day Graduation. "We all had a hand in the writing process" adds Westmoreland. "I was actually a guitar player when Steven and Sam called me. I knew nothing about playing bass but I had seen the band play numerous times in our hometown and I definately wanted to give it a shot."

In August of 2007, the band began tracking with producer Eric Bass in Charleston, South Carolina. "Working with Eric was the best decision we ever made" says Holland. "He really challenged us as a band and we learned so much from it." As the sessions came to an end, the band began focusing on presenting their new found musical maturity with the addtion of drummer Cabe Prestwood. With all pieces intact, Waiting For Brantley has proven to be a force to be reckoned with onstage. "You really can't get the full concept until you see the live show" adds Prestwood. "We really try and put the show back in rock show."

The much anticipated First Day Graduation LP is expected to be independently released in early 2008 with release shows kicking off all over the Southeast. The band has been slowly unveiling some of the tracks across the web which has since drawn much exposure in the past couple of months. "For now, I think we will just work real hard on getting ourselves out there" says Holland. "So far, everyone is loving the new tracks so that for us is the biggest accomplishment."

Lyrics

The Promise

Written By: S Holland

I made a commitment. Come on and give me a reason give me a witness
I found out your secrets. How long can you keep a promise?
Take it or leave it. Or leave it

Call you up can I ask you why you made a promise that you’d never say goodbye
I never meant to hurt you baby I never meant to hurt you.
So promise me you still believe. Promise me. Promise me now.
Promise me you still believe. Promise me. Promise me, Promise me

I gave my convictions. My demons told me to say this, fueling the sickness.
I have no more secrets. How long can you keep me honest? Take it or leave it
Or leave it

Call you up can I ask you why you made a promise that you’d never say goodbye
I never meant to hurt you baby I never meant to hurt you.
So promise me you still believe. Promise me. Promise me now.
Promise me you still believe. Promise me. Promise me, Promise me

If I right these wrongs can we leave it alone
If I say I’m wrong can you play along?
Can you play along?
Can we leave it alone?
Play along..

Call you up can I ask you why you made a promise that you’d never say goodbye
I never meant to hurt you baby I never meant to hurt you.
So promise me you still believe. Promise me. Promise me now.
Promise me you still believe. Promise me. Promise me, Promise me
Promise me. Promise me now
Promise me. Promise me, promise me

Long time listener, first time caller

Written By: S Holland, S Donald

She was a princess, he was her life
But daddy’s little girl can’t keep herself from crying
As the years pass, she soon will find
A drug that fills the void he left
But, trust I know just how it feels to be
The one so easy to leave

Have you had enough, angel?
Have you had enough?

So call her friends and say she’s gone
She’s got better things to do
Seventeen, a drama queen.
Don’t you worry, she’ll be fine
She’s just like her father
Who left and never said goodbye
She’s just like her father

If you would let her, she’d live a lie
But, giving her the world will never satisfy
Where is your father? Did he forget to?
To never love you, always forget to
Trust I know just how it feels to be
The one so easy to leave

Have you had enough, angel?
Have you had enough?

So call her friends and say she’s gone
She’s got better things to do
Seventeen, a drama queen.
Don’t you worry, she’ll be fine
She’s just like her father
Who left and never said goodbye
She’s just like her father

So have you had enough angel
Have you had enough?

Have you had enough, angel?
Have you had enough?

So call her friends and say she’s gone
well She’s got better things to do
Seventeen, a drama queen.
Don’t you worry, she’ll be fine
She’s just like her father
Who left and never said goodbye
She’s just like her mother
who loves to make her daughter smile

So call her friends, call her friends

She’s just like her father

Beautiful Stranger

Written By: S Holland

Beautiful stranger, a ghost kept inside this house
I know I can hear her call out
Oh boy you don’t have time for love
You don’t have time for much
All these dreams are not enough
They’re just not enough

And all you had to say was that you cared at all

And if this is the last song that you ever get to hear
Just know I’m going through withdrawals from you dear
And if these are the last words that I ever get to say
Just sing yourself to sleep and hold on one more day

Beautiful stranger, where lies your heart right now?
Nothing can save her.. At all
I still remember every word
I still remember every touch
Of all the movements I rehearsed
They’re just not enough

And all you had to say was that you cared at all

And if this is the last song that you ever get to hear
Just know I’m going through withdrawals from you dear
And if these are the last words that I ever get to say
Just sing yourself to sleep and hold on one more day
Just sing yourself to sleep and hold on one more day

She says I don’t have time for love

And if this is the last song that you ever get to hear
Just know I’m going through withdrawals from you dear
And if these are the last words that I ever get to say
Just sing yourself to sleep and hold on one more day
Just sing yourself to sleep and hold on one more day

one more day

she says she don’t have time for love
she says she don’t have time for love

The spark and the flame

Written By: S Holland

Mama I just can’t believe I lost myself in everything
I said I’d never be, but I am. I am
The years just came and left from me
I’m older now and feel that I have failed to be
The better part of me. She tells me.

Remember to breathe in. Remember to keep yourself believing.
Remember to breathe in. Breathe in.
Remember the spark. Remember the flame.
Remember the love and remember the pain.
Remember to breathe in. Breathe in.

Hold the thoughts and dreams you keep
don’t lose yourself in what they need
Don’t let your fears control what you will be
Oh son the years they came and left me
older now and still I feel you’ll always be
The better part of me. So tell me

Remember to breathe in. Remember to keep yourself believing.
Remember to breathe in. Breathe in.
Remember the spark. Remember the flame.
Remember the love and remember the pain.
Remember to breathe in. Breathe in.

Can you help me find a meaning or have a loss of words to say
Throw it all away. I can’t do it again.
Can you rid me of the weakness if I ask another day
Take a breath and say, I can’t do it again
I can’t do it again

Remember to breathe in. Remember to keep yourself believing.
Remember to breathe in. Breathe in.
Remember the spark. Remember the flame.
Remember the love and remember the pain.
Remember to breathe in. Breathe in.

An american beauty

Written By: S Holland

Meet me here tonight. Don’t be late
Put me in place. My eyes will never look away
Forget the ending, savor the feeling
Its just me and you tonight
Keep me believing, whisper you need me
Its just me and you tonight

Kiss me violent
Turn up the radio, turn around and lock all the doors
Lift the silence
A paper made sugar cane, come and around and kiss me
Turn up the radio, turn around and lock all the doors

Sweet, the taste of fire. An inch is all I need to take tonight
I swear I won’t be late
Forget the ending, savor the feeling
Its just me and you tonight
Keep me believing, whisper you need me
Its just me and you tonight

Kiss me violent
Turn up the radio, turn around and lock all the doors
Lift the silence
A paper made sugar cane, come and around and kiss me
Turn up the radio, turn around and lock all the doors

And its not enough, its never enough
Turn up the radio and lock all the doors
Your body’s all I need tonight
it’s just not enough, its never enough
you know that this is all I wanted and more
your body’s all I need tonight

Kiss me violent
Turn up the radio, turn around and lock all the doors
Lift the silence
A paper made sugar cane, come and around and kiss me
Turn up the radio, turn around and lock all the doors

Discography

If Anger is the New Happiness... (LP, October 2004)

A Million Reasons to Try Again (EP, Fall 2005)

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Set List

Static
The promise
Beautiful stranger
Liar sinner
The spark and the flame
Mississippi (a sunday souvenir)
Kiss Me Violent
Call Her Friends
pills and novacaine
venomous girl
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usually 30 min to 90 min set and a couple of covers if needed

-->Covers<--
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
When doves cry - Prince
Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
Freshmen - The Verve Pipe
Comedown - Bush
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
Take me home tonight - Eddie Money
Time after time - Cindi Lauper
Say it ain't so - Weezer
Last Dance of Mary Jane - Tom Petty
Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
Bad Day - Fuel
If you could only see - Tonic
The Middle - Jimmy eat World

plus several others
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Cover set: anywhere from 2 and a half to 3 hours worth of music