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Aurora

by Desoto Jones

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Instant gratification. That's the best way to describe the monsters of rock known as Desoto Jones. Going big on their masterful debut with irresistible hooks, incredible lyrics and towering riffs, every song on Aurora hits hard and lingers long. Combining post-hardcore elements with tender lyrics and soaring choruses, this arena-ready wall of sound leaves no stone unturned...nothing left to be desired. Aurora overflows with shimmering hits like "Giant Magnets" and the compelling "Don't Fail Me." Even slow-burners like "Sweet Sun" and the standout "Courtesy Call" crackle with electricity and excitement while holding fast to their emotional foundation. The band's ability to inject undeniable melodies into fiery barnstormers creates a modern-yet-timeless sound that will undoubtedly have fans coming back again and again. Ultimately, Aurora is an album about new starts, renewals and hope. The album title refers to the Roman goddess of the dawn, who streaks across the sky each morning announcing the arrival of the sun. During recording sessions, the father of the band's three brothers passed away. Obviously a confusing and hopeless time, Aurora provided lightŠa reason to continue. "Nonfiction" is a moving, passionate and emotionally charged dedication to their father. Produced by Chris Badami (Dillinger Escape Plan, The Early November, Midtown, The Starting Line). One of the very best records ever released by Deep Elm. (DER-470)

"Debut albums can either disappoint, be yawningly average or blow your top off. Well consider my head blown off. Desoto Jones marries post-hardcore crunch with emotional rock ballads and beautiful soaring catchiness. Aurora tackles the listener with a ton of affectionate and passionate arrays of moving choruses and smart sky-scratching guitar blitzes. Possibly one of the best new young bands out there, Desoto Jones catches you with disarming harmonies and incredible song writing. Aurora is dashingly brilliant, compelling and completely irresistible with hooks that sink their teeth deep into your neck." - Smother

"Fearless Records A&R reps pay attention! While you continue to sign pop-rock bands that make critics vomit, a relatively unknown band from Jersey has quietly released what is sure to be one of the top pop-rock records of 2008. Desoto Jones have managed to make a genuine pop-rock album that does everything right. Upon first hearing Aurora, I was struck by the band's ability to blend charged rock n' roll energy with the gracefulness of melodic pop and Desoto Jones quickly set themselves apart from the pack. Speed Bump is a quality introduction to the band with perfect song writing, incredibly strong vocals and hooks galore. Aurora has it all: relatable lyrics, strong vocals, quality instrumentation and top-notch song writing. The songs are catchy, memorable, sincere and worthy of both air guitar/drumming and singing along. Desoto Jones make the kind of music that makes me excited to be a fan of music and to be writing about it. Thanks to the band for writing an album that can restore one's faith in rock music any time." - Pastepunk

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released 20 November 2007

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Track Name: Speed Bump
how does it feel for you? pathetically pretending you care. catching the friends you let slip through your fingers. the scales don't lie. i shouldn't cross words with you or throw change to extend some favor. i wonder where everyone must get their nerve from. i've gotta know. what are the answers you're expecting to find? threadbare, broken down, disengaged, a pitiful love affair recycling. crying and crawling and sucking your thumb. this is justice, i knew it would come around. what are the answers you're expecting to find? you're not raising the dead, girl you're just wasting your time. so say your goodbyes you're over-exposed. you're a speed bump in everyone's life. but we won't forget you. either way you'll still have a place here. you're a speed bump, but you won't slow me down cos i'm light years past all the trouble you've caused and it's oh so easy for me. what are the answers you're expecting to find? you're not raising the dead, girl you're just wasting your time. so say your goodbyes, you're over-exposed. some day soon you'll finally let me be
Track Name: Don't Fail Me
i could have handled this a little better i know, but so far i have seen no evidence that this one would last. it's not a personal attack i just got bored and stretched out. let's not pretend to concern ourselves cos it's really not that bad. i better stop now before i get caught, get caught in a lie that i can't prove. i better stop now because it's not fair, for the both of us. don't fail now, don't fail me now, don't fail now. commitment comes and scares me away again. don't fail now, don't fail me now, don't fail now. what i've become has blown me away again. to keep avoiding you could surely make things worse. with a phone call i could be responsible for the first time in years. i better stop now before i get caught, get caught in a lie that i can't prove. i better stop now because it's not fair, for the both of us. don't fail now, don't fail me now, don't fail now. commitment comes and scares me away again. don't fail now, don't fail me now, don't fail now. what i've become has blown me away again. this bridge is burning down (so far so good) sit back, i'm not changing your world, i'm passing through, i'm just a face. this bridge is burning down (so far so good) someway somehow i'm better off alone, i cant wait til the fire burns out and it's over. don't fail now, don't fail me now, don't fail now. commitment comes and scares me away again. don't fail now, don't fail me now, don't fail now. what i've become has blown me away again
Track Name: Giant Magnets
celebrating distress with a good friend. sending promises down with a ship that sinks. a wrecking ball is our only solution. we need the company of someone who cares. too much love. too much joy. too much warmth. too much to ignore. touching down for the sake of approval. there's no opinion worth the toll of a thousand hearts. we're elbows deep in the jar with a cold fist. the well is empty and there's no one who cares. breathe easy, you know that we'll all get by. too much love. too much joy. too much warmth. too much to ignore. giant magnets will pull us all in, keep in mind all we ever want is change. giant magnets will sort us all out, keep in mind all we ever do is change. sing it loud, sing it strong. too much love. too much joy. too much warmth. too much to ignore. and i feel ashamed, honestly i feel ashamed...but you dont have to
Track Name: Cap Gun
what have we got? you know theres no sense in sticking around. we could experience a good time but we pushed up the ceiling and found that the examples we've set have become an obvious threat. we're drying out. tell me this is not for real. what did we take to get so happy with sitting around? and if it never ever counts for anything good, don't be let down. cos i'm starting to see it's the age of expensive taste and i can't deal. i'm starting to see it's the age of expensive taste. i'm cutting communication, spending the rest of time alone inside with my cap gun. i'm cutting communication, spending the rest of time alone inside with my cap gun. we sat beside the thought alarm but all we do is waste our time. there's nothing new for us to chew a hole into, we're bouncing off the walls. i'm cutting communication, spending the rest of time alone inside with my cap gun. i'm cutting communication, spending the rest of time alone inside with my cap gun
Track Name: Nonfiction
long ago i used to feel safe beneath this imaginary shield, big and bright. i stood up straight with confidence that nothing bad could ever come inside. the veil is off and now i see the swollen face and crooked teeth of a world less divine. back and forth like civil war, i battle tears when thoughts of you cross through my mind. this is nonfiction, it's as real as it gets. oh we'll have to learn to understand we are not invincible and our salvation won't be coming this way again. it's just our luck. tidal waves came crashing through with no permission, drowning out the chance of a smile. and i don't know who i'm praying to but i'm desperate for a miracle, i'd give all that i have. this is nonfiction, it's as real as it gets. oh we'll have to learn to understand we are not invincible and our salvation won't be coming this way again. and i must admit i'm a nervous wreck. the more i wonder the worse it gets and it's always dragging me down. this is nonfiction, it's as real as it gets. it's forcing my heart to the floor. i can't seem to dream anymore. it's forcing my eyes to the floor. my world has stopped and i don't feel it will ever turn again. this is nonfiction, it's as real as it gets. oh we'll have to learn to understand we are not invincible and our salvation won't be coming this way again. and i must admit i'm a nervous wreck. the more i wonder the worse it gets and it's always dragging me down. this is nonfiction, it's as real as it gets. it's just our luck
Track Name: Out Of The Blue
sleeping sound in the middle of september, just a few till the first of fall. we're all getting old and it's hard to imagine. i woke up to the white album skipping and a sore throat from the cold fan. i resent the times and this whole situation. then somebody sang and all of my days got brighter. this is the message i send to all of my friends. this is the message i send when everything ends. moving slow with everything still yawning, cursing all that surrounds me. then it comes on like switch on an old tv. this time should i choose to follow and collapse every support beam down? but so you say, will all of this last? we'll see. this is the message i send to all of my friends. this is the message i send when everything ends. hope comes out of the blue in your life now. hope comes out of the blue in your life now. choose between the hand that holds you up and pulls you down. a tug of war for something more exciting than a crown. i've gotta know that everything is made to balance out. i've gotta feel, i've gotta move forward. this is the message i send to all of my friends. this is the message i send when everything ends. hope comes out of the blue in your life now. hope comes out of the blue in your life now. so it keeps the light out of my eyes. it keeps the light, i'll never know why but it keeps the light out of my eyes now
Track Name: Sweet Sun
symphonies of grey confusion spin around and turn me inside out. it fuels the doubt. and if i could just hold on to something then what i'm worth would get a little better, i dont know how. sweet sun, sweet sun, melt the ice and warm everyone. balance beams are all i walk on but way up high the view is so sincere, so very clear. the evasion takes control of me and intensifies when i get a little closer to what i want. sweet sun. sweet sun, melt the ice and warm everyone. still fighting, we are all still fighting this cold, and its three against one. still fighting, we are all still fighting this cold, and its three against one. sweet sun. sweet sun, come out
Track Name: Working Class Daydream
can i steal one last glance at the rocks that mark my past? i shouldn't even want to know how im still attached. it's a puzzle i'll never solve and simply lack of sight. a viscous crossroads i'm not gonna lie. should i change direction or stay on track? take a few steps back. my faith is shifting, oh its losing its shine. it doesnt have to take so long. it doesnt have to be so tough to make a sound, and be heard. to be alive is so exhausting sometimes it's impossible to see the point. and when it rains all your colors wash away and your heart is something you can't touch. should i change direction or stay on track? take a few steps back. my faith is shifting, oh its losing its shine. it doesnt have to take so long. it doesnt have to be so tough to make a sound, and be heard. we will watch the time go by. we will watch the time go by. i'm worrying about this life, i'm wondering if i should try. i'm worrying about this life, over and over. we will push 'til were done. we won't slow down for anyone
Track Name: Courtesy Call
so before you go, could you read my mind? cos lately i've lost control, and my chest weighs a ton. i've seen love, or at least i thought so. but maybe i was just too young to know the difference. for the sake of us both, could you cheer up some more? this won't last past the door, i thought that was clear. horns will sound, and it's off my shoulders. maybe i've become too numb to love. i held you close and felt your soul beg for comfort, but i cant be home for you. you turned away and went to sleep, and when you woke up i was gone. what a big mistake. i've seen love, or at least i thought so. i've seen strength smashed and broken
Track Name: Waiting
the tension crawls down the side of the road as we sit there. with grinding teeth and cracking knuckles, this is hell, oh yeah. we're waiting. stay in your place, don't let go of your grip. the faster you run, the faster you slip. tolerate forgiveness, the only thing we have to keep us close. all together. one hand leaning on the hood of my car in the hard rain. my clothes are heavy and a girl is crying on the phone, oh yeah. we're waiting. stay in your place, don't let go of your grip. the faster you run, the faster you slip. tolerate forgiveness, the only thing we have to keep us close. all together. tempers will explode, destroying self control. we'll accuse everyone around us. but patience can revive the pulse in any system, or we will pay the price. stay in your place, don't let go of your grip. the faster you run, the faster you slip. tolerate forgiveness, the only thing we have to keep us close. all together we're all waiting. we're all waiting in line