A Stadium Silence

by The Siege Perilous

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Recording began January 2nd 2013 at at Cherry Pit Studios in Menomonee Falls, WI with producer Eric LaBrosse.

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released February 18, 2014

Recorded at Cherry Pit Studios in Menomonee Falls, WI.
Produced by Eric LaBrosse.

Mixed and Mastered by Eric LaBrosse of Cherry Pit Studios.

The Siege Perilous is:
Peter Grau- vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, mandolin
Amir Hamizadeh- electric guitars, acoustic guitars, vocals
Troy Pronschinske- bass, piano, backing vocals, attempted cello
Andy Stone- drums, backing vocals, saved the day with cello

Featuring the musical talents of:
Eric LaBrosse- synths, drum programming, attempt at trumpet
Kealey Iverson- harmonies on "Railroad", backing vocals, playing trucks with Rylan
Mallory Bray- violins, viola on "Highly Unstable"
Mitchell Pozo- piano, synth, photographer, stylist, graphic designer
Eric Graszer- backing vocals
Krystal Esty- trumpet on "Grand Escape"

All songs written by The Siege Perilous
Except: "Downer Races" written by The Siege Perilous and Eric LaBrosse
All lyrics written by Peter Grau and Amir Hamizadeh
All string arrangements written by Troy Pronschinske and Andy Stone
Album artwork by Mitchell Pozo and Amir Hamizadeh.

Special thanks to the Stone family, Danielle Zimmerman, Rachel Morgan, Eric Graszer, Mitchell Pozo, Em Erdman, John Linn, Kealey Iverson, Richie Lyon, Jake Ulatowski, Cassie Boettcher and Kevin Wolffersdorf for your unwavering support in putting this album together.

Thanks to APM Music, Milwaukee's FM102.1, Cherry Pit Studios, Ashley Furniture, Supercuts and Noah's Ark Waterpark for helping us spread our music around the country.

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The Siege Perilous Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Formed in 2008, the Siege Perilous is a melodic Wisconsin alternative rock outfit that delivers an engaging live show that draws from three albums worth of original arena-style anthems in the vein of the Goo Goo Dolls, Jimmy Eat World, and Jack's Mannequin.

"A sound similar to some of the classic alternative albums of the 90's, with a updated influence of today's indie superstars."
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Track Name: Firecell
Maybe I don't want your honor
Baby its a big bright world and I won't let you down
Maybe we don't have to do this
Someone batter up, not too late to turn around

Keep your arms down low, and your expectations lower
You think you've got a piece of my heart
Let's just make it out of the dark

What's in your firecell?
What's in your bugroom?
Who do you turn to anymore?
A stadium silence

Save me from the clouds above us
Even in the dark, the sun comes back around
Maybe I can't make you falter
Standing on the edge of fear to tear it down

It's a warring world in desperate times
All the glory goes to the broken eyes
And I've had my share of the hardest kind but it's been so long

And it's taken me almost seven years
Just to write these words, facing all my fears
In an empty room just the two of us
Can you stand it, can you stand it

And in a savage land, under your command
Your rules to restrain, my soul to take
Illuminate or dominate, Submit or serve, that's the only way

Rest assured
Your plan did work
I stand here quoted
Like a bible verse
I solemnly swear I am on to you
But it's been so long

But it's been so long...
I'm not afraid of you
Track Name: Downer Races
Break into the day
It was touch and go for me
Because time alone was never on our side

Tidal eyes from years away
Nothing changes in the shade
But our history can always be revised

And the sounds of open windows, up and down the street
Concrete shadows of the trees, of the trees

When you fall asleep, and your eyes close
It's nice to finally meet you, I've been locked inside a smile
We fell along the way and we both know
The Downer races run back to the place we left behind

Someone had to stay
There's no room for company
Seems this duel cannot be settled by a tie

We can leave for our own sakes
But the storm that we will face
Will engulf us or leave us high and dry

And the sounds from Oakland windows, up and down the street
Concrete shadows of the trees, of the trees

When you fall asleep, and your eyes close
It's nice to finally meet you, I've been locked inside a smile
We fell along the way and we both know
The Downer races run back to the place we left behind (behind, behind)

[instrumental bridge]

When you fall asleep, and your eyes close
It's nice to finally meet you, I've been locked inside a smile
We fell along the way and we both know
The Downer races run back to the place we left behind
Track Name: High Rise
I let you get away with so much worse than this
I think it’s time you realized that you don’t understand my limits
I feel proud to say the old me’s dead and gone
So take, take, take, take, take, take what you want
Oh now, karma
Won’t you stay a little while?
I've broken into homes before and never taken anything worthwhile
But that one night, that dark and gloomy day
You said take, take, take, take, take, take, so I just went on my way

Chorus
Oh, Blackbird
We’re on the high rise
We’re doing this in real time, hoping for a gold mine
Blackbird, it’s still a stale light
We’re on the road to redemption, never second-guessing a thing
But tonight, we've got a lot to explain

Verse 2
I'm done waiting for your plans to haunt my dreams
It’s past the time to realize,
Oh they mean so much to me
It’s tragic, you’ll regret this every day
While you take take take take take take
I’ll just be on my way

And honey that smile’s contagious
Don’t you know the spotlight’s gone?
It’s hard enough with this radio bluff, to keep from moving on
Oh blackbird, Oh blackbird, Oh blackbird

Famous, dead, and gorgeous
She know how to make a scene
They cancelled all her TV shows, wouldn't print the magazines
And heaven knows how long it takes to get from A to B
From A to B, from A to B on a magazine
From A to be, from A to B on a magazine

Oh blackbird, we’re on the high rise
We’re doing this in real time, hoping for a gold mine
Blackbird, a sonic landslide
Rising high with suspension, pure as your intentions would be
But tonight
We've got a lot to explain
Track Name: Railroad
No one said it was better along the railroad tracks
Another winter’s eviction, a chance to take a stand
And the price of the runners, with the pistol at their back
Oh they’ll come down, with a blind attack

And oh this bleeding heart of mine opened up too late
Fall across the power lines, trying to escape

Under the stars, looking forward
Reliving what you can
Between the haze of the bedroom and the days you could forget

When you call, you whisper lullabies
Of all the things you wish that it would be
In a fading life, to love to is believe

And oh this bleeding heart of mine opened up too late
Fall across the power lines, trying to escape

No one knew how to love her, along the railroad tracks
There’s no such thing as a banner for a social anarchist

And I think about the time we lost
Shivers from the veins inside my fist

As you tighten yours
A sun-soaked incandescent heroine
Now you’re drifting by, you dream of home again
As a train rolls by, and snow the comes down in sheets of lead
I cannot accept that this is how it ends
Track Name: I Need a Day
People look at us like it’s all that we’re meant to be
Well, I need someone who can take me more seriously

We’re turning back time, the courage to smile
It’s all in your head, but you won’t last a mile
A freedom, you don’t have to fight for

I need a day, I need a day, yeah
I need a day, I need a day, yeah
I can’t fall in love cuz it’s not what they want
And heaven forbid if their lives fall apart
I need a day, I need a day, yeah

The universe speaks to me, I lose control
The universe speaks to me, I lose control

The miracle of life, a tough act to follow
You’re drowning in doubt, such a big pill to swallow
A freedom, you don’t have to die for

All around the world
There’s guys just trying to get the girl
But that’s just friendly fire, boys with nothing to lose
And one day I’ll have nothing left myself
White lies don’t always go so well
I need a day to make some waves
This brave new world can still be saved

Well I need a day, I need a day

I need a day, I need a day, yeah
I need a day, I need a day, yeah
Well I can’t fall in love
It’s not what they want
And heaven forbid if our lives fall apart
I need a day, I need a day, yeah

Oooh
Track Name: All My Friends
Am I good enough or do you need a change of pace?
Broken down, covered up, not erased
Caught up in my head, I feel the needle sway
Back and forth, side to side, day to day
The wind walks down the stage we play

All my friends are waiting at the bus stop
Can you hear the sirens, oh they won’t stop
Oh , I’m so low
When it’s time to fly from a stompbox
My alibis still stop me
Oh, I can’t stay
Ah oooh, hey

Verse 2
Damn my resignation, the lines that run so deep
Build me up, I’m not sure what I need
Show me something stable, and send me on my way
All at once, I’m seeing my mistakes

All my friends are waiting at the bus stop
Can you hear the sirens, oh they won’t stop
Oh , I’m so low
When it’s time to fly from a stompbox
My alibis still stop me
Oh, I can’t stay
Ah oooh, hey

[bridge]

All my friends are waiting at the bus stop
Can you hear the sirens, oh they won’t
When it’s time to fly from a stompbox
I cannot find a reason why I should stay
Track Name: Highly Unstable
The wind and the trees, they are highly unstable
We all know that seasons weren't meant to last
Night on the streets, before long you're labeled
Liars and waifs, shining broken glass

Don't hide away from the places we found far from time
Come back to me and imagine we're dust, and you'll find

Inside of me there's a boy with a light
And he knows it's love
Fight on, we'll hold our breath as we dive
And we'll make it out alive

Wrapped in your arms I invent our story
Built and erased just to start again
Falling asleep with the rain in Galway
Someday you'll know what these nights have meant

Don't hide away from the places we found far from time
Come back to me and imagine we're dust, and you'll find
Track Name: Bolder
Racing to the fall again tonight
It’s a long way down
All that I can do is hold the line
Before I hit the ground

And how does it taste to come in second place
For the ones that you put first?

I see that I’m too late to tear down a gate
And build a statue for a ghost

This time I’m bolder
I swear to you, I’m free
I'm more than what I came here to be
I’m yours, I said to the blackened fiery sea
Jump in so I can feel clean

Something in my eyes confuse the light
Now it won’t disappear
Following the sparks that slowly die
Oh, but I’m still here

And how does it taste to come in second place
For the ones that you put first?
Never again!

This time I’m bolder
I swear to you, I’m free
I'm more than what I came here to be
I’m yours, I said to the blackened fiery sea
Jump in so I can feel clean
Track Name: Luminous
They told me that I shouldn't go looking for love
But one of these days I’ll have to grow up
And if I have to start looking
I might as well start with you

I'll put my best foot forward, keep my head in the clouds
When you're a thousand miles away, I've gotta keep looking up
My fingers paint the pictures of a man
Who wasn't lonely anymore

How do you like me now
Where do we go from here?
Twenty years of our lives, caught up in our own love story
How do you like me now
Is this as good as it seems
When the sun goes down in your part of town, do you fall asleep to dream?

Ooh, ooh

Down the road from Barclay Park
Past St. Catherine and St. Paul
The city holds the secrets
The way I'll do to you

And some nights are long enough
Where we both chit chat til the sun comes up
I hear birds outside of your window
As I'm teaching you guitar

And one night when the time is right
One of us'll buy a ticket and we'll board our flight
On a one-way never look back again trip
Who knew that one night would turn out like this

You know I never liked my name, but I shiver when you say it
The boys in the brigade won't understand
And it's a simple thing, my dear, love's so often overstated
So let love speak the words my distance can't

It's too bright
I can’t sleep
Illuminate, Illuminate
Luminous, luminous
Track Name: Be Back Soon
I gave you all the time you said you needed to find
Respect that I don't care when you say you're alive
You like tired and lonely
I just want you to rest

Past two fifteen I don't know where you wanted to be
Not in this house with my company
Memories rising
But you're forcing them back

They say you ran away
And she won't look at you the same
And nobody thought to tell you
It's not your fault

It's been a long time since you loved someone like
They loved you
It's been a long time since you wished that he would
Be back soon
So we drink to move

When the room is dark you said you wanted to try
To dance in place on the bathroom tiles
Tinted glasses
Not a canvas or a throne

Am I different from the stranger who decided to drive
Into your town to escape the night
All he can tell you
Is that somewhere else is home

Nobody told me that everyone else needs something or someone to believe
Torn from the wreckage to forget the fall, I'm nothing. No one to deceive.
Track Name: Grand Escape
When the smoke clears
I won’t know my place
As my eyes stare
The faith inside me shakes

And I saw your face
In every choice I've made
Between the shiver and the dark

If all we are
Has come and gone
I’m worlds away
Still holding on
And now I wonder
What you would say
If you saw my grand escape

When a voice sounds
A city to their feet
It’s a call to arms
And my world is under siege

And I saw a throne, such a ways from home
Every step, every choice has been my own

I wouldn't know it if I saw it
Or if I had it in my hands
I just know that I can’t go
Home looking like this

I found a place
Where I belong
Our world to take
This is my home
And now I wonder
What you would say
If you found my grand escape