Brother Valiant (EP)

by Brother Valiant

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released November 24, 2013

AJ Amsterdam - Lead Vox/Rhythm Guitar
Curran Banach - Banjo/Backing Vox
Ian Kenselaar - Upright Bass/Backing Vox
Gabriel Marr - Drumset/Percussion
Tess McColgan - Mandolin/Lead & Backing Vox
Allison Philips - Trumpet/Horn Arrangements
Mariel Bildsten - Trombone
Matt Pinto - Lead Guitar

Songs written by AJ Amsterdam, Curran Banach and Alexander Yasneski


Produced at So.i.Heard House of Music, Millburn, NJ
www.soiheardhouseofmusic.com

Album Artwork by Josh Sender
joshsender.com

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Brother Valiant New Jersey

Formed in the Spring of 2013, Brother Valiant began as a couple of friends writing folk songs in a basement in Northern New Jersey, which soon grew into an eclectic 7-piece ensemble. Together, they create a wholly unique sound by stitching together folk, rock, punk and jazz influences into a peculiar patchwork of song. ... more

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Track Name: Hotel For Heretics
Oh no,
I wouldn’t go
Back to the place where everyone used to know
My name
And they’d scream out loud
“Hey sonny boy, what are you doin’ here”
“You better run fast, or death will be near”
Well I wont, well I won’t
Say another word

Chorus:
Well, my best friends, they think I’m unstoppable
Oh, I know it’s so improbable
Just don’t stand so close
Close to me
Blacked out city lights
Cruisin’ down the coastal line
Oh, I know we left it all far behind
But you just don’t know
Who I be, not what you see

Oh lord, how can I think?
While I sit and watch these people sink
Deep down, into the sea
And every little hymn that they’d never play
Would be the one to wash their sins away
But I don't, well I don't
Have time for such games

Chorus:
Well, my best friends, they think I’m unstoppable
Oh, I know it’s so improbable
Just don’t stand so close
Close to me
Blacked out city lights
Cruisin’ down the coastal line
Oh, I know we left it all far behind
But you just don’t know
Who I be, not what you see

Oh no,
I wouldn’t go
Back to the place where everyone used to know
My name
And they’d scream out loud
“Hey sonny boy, what are you doin’ here”
“You better run fast, or death will be near”
Well I wont, well I won’t
Say another word
Track Name: Wartime Goodbyes
I have always been a little broken and unwell
Outside the box, as far as I can tell
Vindicate me, eviscerate me, tell me what you want to hear
But I still know the truth and it seems so very clear

Chorus:
Find another reason to drag us down the line
Tell another story of how we wasted time
Put together pieces, of a life we tore apart
Find another way to mend a broken heart.

Cigarette scars and spider bites seem like a fair trade
For all the pain you caused, I hope they never fade
Hold these words close to your ear, so you can hear them loud
I’ll leave you to your own devices, never make a sound

Chorus:
Find another reason to drag us down the line
Tell another story of how we wasted time
Put together pieces, of a life we tore apart
Find another way to mend a broken heart.

Please don’t go,
Please don’t go.

Please don’t go,
Please don’t go...
Track Name: Urban Everglades
Broken Bottles, urban everglades
The place I call home slowly fades away
As I see a soldier’s stare
Shotgun symphonies rip and tear.

Bullet boy, gunnerman, know your truths
Do you follow your leaders or do they follow you
Landmine Luxury, a barbed wire grin
Are you content in the world we’re living in?

Chorus:
Hold hope closer now
Lift it up, bleeds us dry
Until there’s nothing more
Then I will go. (x2)

Secret Stories left bitter and frayed
We throw down our weapons, our thoughts and our names
Friend thy enemy, enemy my friend
We’ll meet at the station where everything ends

Chorus:
Hold hope closer now
Lift it up, bleeds us dry
Until there’s nothing more
Then I will go. (x2)

As we fell off
Where the rocks meet the sea, and those colors will bleed
Into the sun
Watch as they fall, and their shadows will crawl
From one we’d know
We’ll muffle their screams with speakers set low.

Chorus:
Hold hope closer now
Lift it up, bleeds us dry
Until there’s nothing more
Then I will go.

Hold fear closer now
Lift it up, bleeds us dry
Until there’s nothing more
Then I will go.

Hold life closer now
Lift it up, bleeds us dry
Until there’s nothing more
Then I will go.

Hold death closer now
Lift it up, bleeds us dry
Until there’s nothing more
Then I will go.