One Step Closer

by the Silent Boys

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1.
OVER THE RAINBOW You've tried to pry one finger at a time, But the grip of shame is resolute. No one's chasing behind you to stamp out your brush fires. I can see in your wake the ashes of ambition. You thought that drugs were your salvation. You spiked your will with a poison needle. You don't believe, not for a moment In a place called home (somewhere) over the rainbow. It's the same old dream, but it's not a dream. You're running for your life, but you're light as a feather. Specks of dust suspended in the atmosphere of Mars Are a metaphor for the alien stillness you feel. Here's your chance- catch the day's first sunbeams. Watch the dance and play of light and colors. You don't believe, not for a moment In a place called home (somewhere) over the rainbow. You've been cut before by the glassy shards Of shattered hopes and jagged misfortune. We're specks of dust suspended in air. Suspended in air........
2.
Tin Heart 04:24
TIN CAN HEART I just can't explain The palpitations of my heart. When there's nothing I can see That hints at approachability. I don't want to think about it! My tin heart's been kicked in too many times! Will you cast a glance my way? Does my apprehension show? Was there a hint of a smile To spark a jumpstart for my nerve. I don't want to think about it! There are already too many smashed in hearts. Fashion a heart from steel To withstand the force Of the hammer of rejection And disinterest. I guess I need to think about it! My heart's been kicked in oh too many times! And the seconds go down like medicine when she walks in the room. And the minutes seem like hours when I'm waiting for the pot to boil. Well, I've had it all wrong Because up to now I really believed That it was up to a girl To fill the hollow of my heart. I really need to think about it! This tin heart's been kicked in oh too many times! I'll fill my emptiness By reaching out with a helping hand. I'll surround myself with friends Who'll be as steadfast as a rock. I really need to make it happen! A heart of steel can take the hammering. One hundred introductions Might be what it takes to find Compatibility- A receptive heart. I don't want to live without it! Each turn-down brings me one step closer to you! And the seconds go down like champagne when she comes into view. And the minutes are a rushing river when there's nothing I can lose.
3.
THE LETTERS OF ST. PAUL The bite of early morning frost tells you so- No one's exempt from the stinging slap of life. We all suffer mistreatment and failed relationships, Yet others are waltzing and you're still staggering. No more pointing out all the faults of your friends. Stop discounting your abilities. You've been silently applauding the misfortunes of your peers When your own feet are nailed to the floor. St. Paul's letters, brimming with joy, were written in the bowels of his prison. So sound a silver trumpet. Let them know you're here. There's no courage without adversity. There's a sadness in your eyes that belies your losses. Picture the summer in your mind. Then it will be summer all the time. What is it that you want to be realized? Pretend that it's happening right now. Touch it and taste it- use all of your senses To record a movie in your mind's eye. St. Paul's letters, brimming with hope, were written in the bowels of his prison. So sound a silver trumpet. Let them know you're here. There's no courage without adversity. There's a heaviness in your voice that belies your losses. Picture the summer in your mind. Then it will be summer all the time.
4.
SWEET VICTORY There's no win without a painful loss every now and then. It keeps me on my toes and nobody knows The fire I have inside- my eagerness to rise. In the spotlight's glare, I accept the blame and praise opposing forces. Yet, my insides burn; my fists are clenched. So entrenched is my desire. There's no sin in falling on your face every now and then. I'm tattered; I'm not torn. And nobody knows I'm tired, but not too worn to fight the good fight! And though these odds are stacked against me and I'm in the critics' crosshairs, All I need is a dose of courage- I've got my name. I've got my dignity. I'll spill my blood and shed a million drops of sweat Just to taste the nectar of a hard-fought triumph And there are those who doubt you'll go that far. Their bitterness will taste sweet when you show them who you are. There's no win without a painful loss every now and then. It keeps me on my toes and nobody knows The fire I have inside- my eagerness to rise. In the spotlight's glare, I accept the blame and praise opposing forces. Yet, my insides burn; my fists are clenched. So entrenched is my desire. I'll spill my blood and shed a million drops of sweat Just to taste the nectar of a hard-fought triumph When victory's tears are welling in my eyes, I'll deflect the adulation, cast the credit somewhere else. There's no sin in falling on your face every now and then. I'm tattered; I'm not torn. And nobody knows I'm tired, but not too worn to fight the good fight!
5.
LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER (I. C. WAS HERE) The child in me can see right through to the core of your character And what I see gives me faith- I 've made myself so vulnerable to you Sometimes we spread out our wings to ride different currents of air. There's no room for resentment when my breath provides the uplift for your flight. Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together We've driven aimlessly for days to huff the fumes of spontaneity Emotions soar and now I know the sweet and sticky taste of satisfaction. I've felt the caress of appreciative words and looks You delight in exposing everything good about me! Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together Sometimes in my dreams I sense the tremors of my insecurities. The sweat is real. Doubt is swelling- will there be some pain ahead for me? Then with warm hands she kneads my stiff back like bread dough. The knots and kinks of tension unravel as I drift to gentle sleep. Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together/Love will keep us together
6.
Love Struck 03:04
LOVE STRUCK I've been nudged awake by hiccupping trains And found my way home through the kindness of strangers. I've been Babe Ruth, pointing over a fence, My senses so heightened- time slowed to a creep. I've played for fun to the brink of exhaustion, And soaked in hot springs of euphoria. Nothing that I’ve done has readied me for the Wallop I took when I first laid eyes on you. I've saddled passing trains, Massaged a broken spirit, Been fully in the moment when everything's slow motion. So why are you flying under the radar? I’ll pretend that I’m a bat and use my sonar. I've savored champagne for a job well done. Shared beer-soaked stories of a dearly missed friend. Hey now, girl, this is new for me. You rattle my senses- every nerve is frayed! I've saddled passing trains, Massaged a broken spirit. With confidence bestowed I'll swing with all my might. So why are you flying under the radar? I’ll pretend that I’m a bat and use my sonar.
7.
SHAKEN & STIRRED Girl, I know you're playing but this is serious to me. Girl, I hear your pleading so this is difficult for me. Hold your horses! Well, she's a thoroughbread. She's fond of the track- I prefer the pasture, And there'll be hell to pay if I don't trot right out of her life! Stop this train! It's building up steam. Come to a grinding halt- oh no, it's not your fault. See I've been down this track, and I'm feeling so disconnected. I don't want to be shaken and stirred! Girl, I know you're playing but this is serious to me. Girl, I hear your pleading so this is difficult for me. Send my regrets! I can't bear it anymore. With all those party people trying hard to impress, I've downed one too many colorful cocktails! Stop the presses! I've got a headline for you. Man steps aside- let's woman test her wings, And I'll be last week's news if I don't walk away from you! I don't want to be shaken and stirred! Girl, I know you're playing but this is serious to me. Girl, I hear your pleading so this is difficult for me.
8.
CHUTES & LADDERS Green eyes, blue skies Your neon eyes are aglow, Pulsating with electricity. Let's spread a blanket over this rock, Overlooking this mountain valley. Green eyes, blue skies I swear I saw a deer Eat an apple from your hand. Let's share some bread, cheese, and wine. Everything's turning out fine I'm climbing up the ladders in your heart And sliding down the chutes of your soul. No matter what trail my head takes, My heart always wanders back to you! Green eyes, grey skies We spot a number of rain clouds, Parading down this great divide. You say that they remind you of Jellyfish with long tendrils. I'm climbing up the ladders in your heart And sliding down the chutes of your soul. No matter what trail my head takes, My heart always wanders back to you!
9.
NORTHERN STAR You are my northern star. When reminders of my failings sent me reeling, Your subtle tug helped me stay the course. Where would I be right now without your faith in me? I've come so far but not quite far enough To voice my gratitude for your encouragement. I hope you somehow sense the depth of my regret. And here's what you would surely say my friend, "Gifts from the heart require no thanks. It's enough to know that you're on your way. So keep your chin up, your shoulders back And turn your back to the sighing wind And let your sails fill with air." I'd be washed up on the shore of miser/y. Without that guiding hand, which steered me through. The maze of school halls, playgrounds, and alleyways. Since I heard the news, my heart flies at half mast. And I can see that there is one way up - Find a broken spirit to take under my wing. And here's what you would surely say my friend, "Gifts from the heart require no thanks. It's enough to know that you're on your way. So keep your chin up, your shoulders back And turn your back to the sighing wind And let your sails fill with air." You are my northern star!
10.

about

IS THIS MUSIC?
Like cassette mixtapes, Maxell t-shirts and Thatcherism, The Silent Boys are on a mission to keep the spirit of the 1980's alive. Not in the same way most bands currently are though; theirs is a manifesto less concerned with Pac Man t-shirts, mullets and Glo-sticks. For with every twist and turn of their lo-fi indie pop jerks a nod to the C86 spirit. Themselves huge fans of the latter and also labels such as Postcard and Factory, you get the sense they’d probably be releasing on these were it not for the labels’ distressing demise. From the likes of ‘Tin Heart’ and ‘Love Struck’, they’ve managed to channel the spirit (or crib wholesale, depending on which side of the bed you fell from) The Cure’s trademark acoustic twang, and layered it over mildly catchy alt. folk Americana. In keeping with such ideals, they’ve noticeably given less time to production duties, but with ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ sounding peculiarly similar to that Joy Division number and the gloomy, jangle-pop of ‘St Paul’s Letter’s’ shows The Silent Boys are worthy of your time. They were sadly a little late to make the C86 cut, but had they been on time…

DAGGER:
There’s low key then there’s LOW KEY then there’s….well, off the radar. Unfortunately the Silent Boys are pretty much off the radar (except for those of us on the indie pop list) which is a damn shame as they are so good at what they do. What is it that they do, you ask? Transport us back to a bygone era called the 80’s when labels like Postcard, Factory and Sarah (and bands like Orange Juice, The Field Mice and, of course, Joy Division…who are not exactly what you’d call jangly) brought us some of the best low-key jangle pop that any music scene has ever produced. This is this Virginia bands 3rd record and is definitely their best. Leader Wallace Dietz’s songwriting has gotten more confident and with his sturdy rhythm section (including longtime Virginia mainstay John Morand on drums) the melody flows and ONE STEP CLOSER is filled with one good song after another. “St. Paul’s Letter” has that guitar that speaks the language of love while “Love Will Keep us Together (I.C. Was here)” is an homage to (big influences on The Silent Boys) Joy Division and dance-worthy “Love Struck” nimbly peeks its head in and out of closed doors. While the rest of the world is vying for my space and you tube time the Silent Boys seem content to bask in their own little world and to me that’s perfect.

credits

released January 1, 2007

Recorded at Silent Boys Studio, Shelburne, VT and Sound of Music Studio, Richmond, VA

All songs and lyrics by Wallace Dietz
Acoustic Guitar & Vocals: Wallace Dietz
Lead Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Back Vocals: John Suchocki
Drums: John Morand

This album is dedicated to the memory of Betty and Charlie Dietz.


>>>Fans of the Silent Boys should take a listen to 2 other bands which include members of the Silent Boys....

STEAM TRAIN HEARTS steamtrainhearts.bandcamp.com
(alt rock, indie rock, folk rock)

THE SHATTERED HOPES theshatteredhopes.bandcamp.com
(punk rock, folk punk, political punk, garage)

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the Silent Boys Richmond, Virginia

The Silent Boys is an indie-pop band that has been silently playing and recording music for the past three decades.

Prior to their debut "Beauty Tips" CD, the Silent Boys released songs on various compilations including: Will There be Time for Tea (Morgan Leah), Seven Summers (Kindercore/Tweenet), and You Thought It Was the End of the World When the Rain Ruined Your Hair (Firestation Tower).
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