Mental Photograph

by brad byrd

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Brad Byrd's "sophomore" release- 2nd official full length LP


"Mental Photograph"


*Indie rock/alt-country singer/songwriter Brad Byrd’s critically acclaimed debut album “The Ever Changing Picture” charted on ArtistDirect.com, with the single “Never Came Back” claiming the #1 downloaded track title edging out Jewel, Damien Rice, and Jason Mraz (amongst many other “names”). An unheard of occurrence for an artist on an indie label back then (2005). The popular indie rock radio station WBER Rochester, NY favored another single off that record “Weird Enough” seen here charting at #145 amidst some major label talent, wber.monroe.edu/site/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=PostWrap&file=index&page=http://wber.monroe.edu/2006_countdown.htm
Various other radio stations, both non-com and com, have spun some tracks over the years such as “92.5’s The River” whom have showcased Brad’s music several times. Brad’s debut album also landed a national “in-store” distribution deal through Navarre/ADA with big box placement in “end-caps” at major retail stores from Best Buy to Newbury Comics.
Since the release in 2005, Brad has toured across the country and parts of Canada, mainly focusing on developing his core following in Los Angeles, CA, New York City, and New England.
Various tracks have been licensed for use by major film/tv networks and music supervisors www.bradbyrdofficial.com/film-and-tv/

Brad’s sophomore effort/album is entitled “Mental Photograph” (released in the fall of 2011) and has quickly caught the attention of industry veterans such as “The New Music Tip Sheet’s” Scott Perry, who took the time to listen and state to Brad that the album “sounded great”. Popular European online music website “Melodic.net” recently voted the album as the “Best singer/songwriter album of 2011” beating out heavyweights such as Bon Iver and Ryan Adams!? www.melodic.net?page=bestOfYear&id=12 One of the most recognized Los Angeles based film/tv placement licensing co’s “Aperture Music” aperturemusic.com heard the album and quickly offered Brad a deal representing the 11 tracks to a major Hollywood film/tv community. You can see Brad’s extensive list of television & film placements below, most recently landing 2 new songs on ABC’s hit comedy “Happy Endings”. All of this early buzz has generated the interest of Los Angeles based film co. “Mind Venture Pictures” www.mindventurepictures.com/category/mindventure-projects who recently flew out to Cape Ann, MA to shoot a video for the first single off the new record “Zero to the 101” www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2GKj7i7eZY&feature=player_embedded

Brad’s voice, sound, and song-writing stylings are often compared to Lou Reed, The Jayhawks, Pete Yorn, Beck, Wilco, The Church, Nada Surf, Evan Dando, Aimee Mann, and The Wallflowers. Brad has shared the stage with a wide range of successful touring acts such as Gold Motel, Family of the Year, Reel Big Fish, Brian Wright, Buddy, Jurassic 5, Mary Lou Lord, Adam Ezra, Adam Cohen, Goldspot, Julian Velard, Wakey Wakey and many others worthy note. Brad performs roughly 150+ shows a year. His live show solo, and or with band is simply not to be missed!
much more @ www.bradbyrdofficial.com

credits

released 13 September 2011
Recorded and Produced by:
Steve Scully at Yellowsound, Cambridge, MA.

Mixed by Steve Scully, except:
“Zero to the 101” mixed by: Jon Lupfer
“On My Way Down” mixed by: Scott Riebling
“Train Tracks” mixed by: Bryan Cook

Mastered by: Fred Kevorkian

Songs written and arranged by: Brad Byrd

Drums/percussion: Steve Scully
Guitars: Matt Pynn & Brad Byrd
Bass: Joe Klompus
Keyboards/programming: Steve Scully
Vocals: Brad Byrd & Steve Scully

Album cover art: Brad Byrd

Album design: Ivan Depena (Airboat Studio)

Web Design: MacAdam Design

Photos by: Marnie Valley Byrd at Hotel Chelsea, New York City & Pigeon Cove, Rockport, MA

copyright 2011, Rockport Music Publishing/Elusive Tiger records

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Track Name: Zero To The 101
I can’t always do
What’s all been done before
I guess I’ll let go if I don’t hold on anymore
Everything has changed but nuthin has changed at all
I remember when it was just the two of us
Hang on

I couldn’t fight you with a loaded gun
Take me from zero to the 101
I stopped the cycle but I, I wasn’t done
Take me from zero to the 101

I can’t always say
Well, it’s all been said before
I guess I don’t know which way the wind does below
Hold on

I couldn’t fight you with a loaded gun
Take me from zero to the 101
I stopped the cycle but I, I wasn’t done
Take me from zero to the 101
In the sun

So many things have changed but nuthin has changed at all
I can still remember just the two of us
Hang on

I couldn’t fight you with a loaded gun
Take me from zero to the 101
I stopped the cycle but I, I wasn’t done
Take me from zero to the 101
In the sun
Goodbye
Track Name: On My Way Down
Lets start in the beginning
When we were all friends
Back before the answers
Before the amends
There was a northern sky
Stretched out before me
Those were the greatest days of my life

An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down

Then there came the scene
That i could not escape from
It pulled me in hypnotic in my mind
Could taste it in my mouth
Could feel it in my bloodstream
Those were the strangest days of my life

An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down
Until I met you
Now I’m not high anymore

Fast forward to the future
Rewind to the past
I’m somewhere in the middle
Present at last

An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down
Until I met you
An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down
An I was on my way down
Until I met you
Until I met you
Until I met you
Track Name: Just For Today
I wanna move
Into the city
Then I’ll move back
Heard it’s real pretty
So I talked to the stars
But they say back nuthin
I won the war
But then it meant nuthin

Just for today can we just hang out?
We’ll run away, we’ll figure it all out
An just for today, can we just hang out?
An listen to records we’ll figure it all out

It’s not your fault
It’s not theirs either
Weird energy It just appeared
An when you call I might not answer
Might be for days might be forever

Just for today, can we just hang out?
We’ll run away, figure it all out
Just for today, can we just hang out?
An spend some time we’ll watch the sundown

Just for today, can we just hang out
We’ll run away, we’ll figure it all out
An just for today, can we just hang out
Forget what they say their bitter an burnt out
An just for today, can we just hang out
We’ll listen to records
We’ll figure it all out
Track Name: Livewire
Livewire feeding my brain
These destroyers are going to invade
I predicted this anyway
Livewire we’re going insane
We’re all the same
Livewire

You’ll be happier there
You’ll be happier there
You’ll be happier there
This time around
You’ll be happier there
You’ll be happier there
You’ll be happier there
This time around
yeah
Track Name: Mental Photograph
Who is the captain of the ship?
I compromised an all of that shit
I drove for miles just to get away from you
Somethin more or somethin less

It was a smoke that we shared one night
A conversation that stuck in my mind
A new religion you said I should try
A mental photograph that i have inside

I’m just a fool just like you
A simple love simple attitude
I kind of know but your silence is all I hear
Just want you to know you’re not alone

It was a smoke that we shared one night
A conversation that stuck in my mind
A new religion you said felt right
A mental photograph

An are you fading away
An are you movin on with your life

It was a strange time in my life
These complications surround me all the time
This indecision that changed my mind
This mental photograph that I have inside
A mental photograph that I have inside
A mental photograph

It was a smoke that we shared one night
A conversation that stuck in my mind
A new position you said I should try
A mental photograph that I have inside
A mental photograph that I have inside
A mental photograph that I have inside
Track Name: Middle of the Road
I cannot erase time
Said the joker himself
It’s a sign that I know now
I can see in myself
So you start a revolution
Maybe one day forget

I cannot erase time she said
But I know now It was the middle of the road
An I cannot erase time she said but I know now
It was the middle of the road

I can hear it in high
I can hear it in low
It’s a sound that I know now
If I could only let go

I cannot erase time she said
But i know now it was the middle of the road
An i cannot erase time she said
But I know now it was the middle of the road

An I cannot erase time she said
But I know now it was the middle of the road
An you cannot change my mind again
But I know now it was the middle of the road
Track Name: Train Tracks
Goodness will find away
Save it for a rainy day
I don’t even know where it goes
An the paint it all comes down
Who knows about luxuries oh
I never really reckon’d much
I was goin for more
It’s the train tracks all on the ground

Hey come on my friend
Lets go runnin in my back yard
Say look at that man these train tracks go far

So much discovery
I don’t even know who to be
Pass me the limousine
There’s some good stuff goin on
I know about luxuries oh
I never really cared much
I was goin for more
It’s the love that’s all I know

Hey come on my friend
Lets go runnin in my backyard
Say look at that man these train tracks go far
Hey come on my friend
Lets go runnin in my backyard
Say look at that man these train tracks go far

Look how far we’ve come i think we’ve finally made it
Just keep rollin on these train tracks oh yeah
Oh yeah where has the time all gone
Hey come on my friend
Lets go runnin in my backyard
Sayin look at that man these train tracks go far
Hey come on my friend
Lets go runnin in my backyard
Sayin look at that man these train tracks go far

Come on my friend
Runnin in my backyard
Come on my friend
Runnin in my backyard

It’s the love that’s all i know
Come on my friend
Where has the time all gone
Track Name: Modern Day Miracle
I guess everything stays the same
But in a way I guess it always changes
Somethin tells me it ain’t gonna stop
There’s a game that we all have to play
It’s all right an all wrong you say
I guess I’m held up on the lies you said
It’s a full moon out tonight

It’s a modern day miracle
The kind you never get used to
The kind that sneaked up on me in the middle of the night
Is there somewhere only we can go
Somewhere only you and I would know
I just stepped up on the line in the middle of the night

Come on everybody needs to know
Come on everybody needs to go
It’s the kind of life I wanna lead
I guess I don’t even have to guess
Cause everything I’ve ever known is dead
There’s no sign of life i can see now
It’s a full moon out tonight

It’s a modern day miracle
The kind you never get used to
The kind that sneaks up on me in the middle of the night
Is there somewhere only we can go
Maybe somewhere down in mexico
I just stepped up onto the line in the middle of the night

I had to move so I could breathe
I had to move so I could breathe out

It’s a modern day miracle
The kind you never get used to
It kind of sneaked up on me in the middle of the night
Is there somewhere only we can go
Somewhere only you and I would know
As a matter of fact on the line

It’s a modern day miracle
The kind you never get used to
The kind that sneaks up on me in the middle of the night
Is there somewhere only we can go
Somewhere only you and I would know
As a matter of fact on the line in the middle of the night

Follow me out of here
Follow me out of here
Follow me out of here
Track Name: New York
In New York you’ll find the lucky ones
What a strange strange tale I know it’s begun
It’s your town but you’re not welcome
Two more miles and you’re in New York
New York
New York New York New York
New York
New York New York New York

Looking back it all seems like a dream
The lights the skyline the city streets
Just up ahead and around the block
Look out your window look what you have got
New York
New York New York New York
New York
New York New York New York
New York

New York
New York

New York
New York New York New York
New York
New York New York New York
New York
New York New York New York
New York New York New York
New York
Track Name: Only In America
I grew up in a small town not a lot of people around
A great fear of the unknown
I grew up on the eastside I went out on the westside
Well I guess no one really knows

Only In America
This is where the road goes
Only In America

Up and down the buildings high
Runnin in my suit in tie
Watch how high I go
Yeah I saw some movie stars
Drivin in their fancy cars
Wonderin where they go

Only In America
This is where the road goes
Only In America
Only In America
This is where the road goes
Only In America

Up an down the only road I know
Seein all the others as I go
Heaven only knows where the hell i’ve been
Still there’s somethin burnin deep inside
Tellin me you only got one life
Never knowin when it starts or it ends oh

Only In America
This is where the road goes
Only In America
Only In America
This is where the road goes
Only In America

Only In America
This is where the road goes
Only In America

Back livin in that small town
Not a lot of people around
Great fear of the unknown
Track Name: Hourglass
O brother can you hear me now
One day we’ll figure it all out
How much time is left in the hourglass
How much time’s left

I have suffered enough
Waiting for you

How much time is left in the hourglass
How much time’s left
How much time is left in the hourglass
How much time’s left
Who knows
Who knows
Who knows

How much time is left in the hourglass
How much time’s left
How much time is left in the hourglass
How much time’s left
Who knows
Who knows
Who knows
Who knows
Who knows
Who knows
How much time is left in the hourglass
How much time’s left
How much time
Is left in the hourglass
How much time’s left
This all ends now