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MP3 Perder Pie - 15 Cents a Bullet

Ben Folds influenced piano-based rock trio.

11 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Piano

"15 Cents a Bullet" would never have come into existence had it not been for the actions of two people who used to be my friends. The album is the result of coming home to find out that one of my best friends (my drummer at the time) had hooked up with my girlfriend while I was out of the country. Needless to say that band (Felt) dissolved and allowed for the creation of Perder Pie.

The name "Perder Pie" comes from the Spanish phrase "de perder pie", a saying which translates roughly "to lose one''s footing".

The album is a mix of piano-based rock/pop. Ben Folds has been one of my biggest influences as a pianist but I still try to keep an individual style present.

Thanks to the abilities of Daniel Glascock, a great musician and close friend of mine. He played drums, contributed his own original music with "Bad Acid Tree", added backup vocals on "Another Rainy Day", and produced a conglomeration of sounds for "True Love".

Jonathan Root, one of my best buddies, kept a steady and rockin'' bass line for all the tracks. Great guy.
Song information:

Silent Majority:

Silent Majority was one of Felt''s first songs. I can''t remember if this was written for the band before or after Another Rainy Day, but it''s one of the older ones. Not to say "oldie but a goodie", oh no. For a while we could only play this and ARD and maybe a shitty cover of "Not the Same". Yes, we were very accomplished as Felt. SM has the distinctive of being a really shitty song for the larger part of Felt''s existence. It really wasn''t until we sped it up a bit with Perder Pie that it gained some amount of "listenable" musical quality.

Enough self-deprecation. The song is something of an expression of my views on the program review, how everyone went crazy, and so many people threatened to leave but really no one but football players followed through and departed Bethel for good. Not like athletes really cared anyway, the hippy crowd always enjoys a good run against the man.

But strangely many of the people who were so strongly outspoken against the program review I consider some of the neatest, interesting, and cooler people who have passed through Bethel. Just didn''t agree with them, that''s all, not meant to be a personal attack on anyone.

Silver Woven Screen:

Silver Woven Screen was written about people who seem to constantly need entertainment. The second verse was originally about how John dances when he gets drunk, but turned into how easy it is to be a friend or have a smile when things are easy--when things are hard we show our true colors.

Some kids I knew growing up got every material gift they wanted from their parents, but little attention and love.

The whole song is about substance and how at the core of everything all we need is to feel loved.

True Love:

A conglomerate noise art-piece. The screaming was done by Daniel in the shower stall of 8B, as was the guitar feedback and clanging pipe.

Other than the piano and text, everything was recorded live in 8B.

Something to Come Home to:

Pretty self-explanitory.

Not You My Friend:

This song is me trying to work out my feelings over a suicide for someone who I never went out of my way to get to know. When I saw the impact his death made on those who knew him, I had mixed feelings. His passing saddened me greatly, but who was I to feel that way?

Pudding and Butter:

This piece was originally written on commission for the election of the new pope Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict the XVI). When we found that he had been involved in Hitler Youth, we pulled our support and song, much to the dismay of the Papal court. We decided that enough time had passed and the new pope had not issued any star-of-David arm bands so we included the song on the album.

Another Rainy Day:

The tropics experience a wet and dry season rather than the spring/summer/fall/winter we have here in the temperate United States. "Another Rainy Day" was written on the front porch of where I was staying while in Costa Rica. It had rained for a week straight and somewhere during that week between teaching guitar at the local Quaker''s school and bumming around in the rain I wrote the lyrics and chords on guitar for this song.

It wasn''t until getting back home that I started to arrange it for piano and later adapted it for my band at the time, Felt.

Basically it''s a song about the feeling of being hedged in by constant rain and how every song I write is somehow just a way for me to hopefully meet someone.

That''s not true anymore I guess.

Prelude for Elliott:

Elliott Smith is one of my musical heroes. "Prelude for Elliott" is something I came up with on the weekend we recorded the album after a night of little sleep. It is meant to honor Elliott and in my limited way give thanks to such an amazing musician who has given me so much through his music.

Bleed You Out:

You should know what this is about.

Goodnight Strong:

I originally wrote Goodnight Strong for guitar while I was in Costa Rica. The piano/bass/drums version on the album is a little different than the original. The lyrics where just written as they came to me in a stream-of-consciousness sort of way. Honestly, the song didn''t mean much to me until this year when I realized it was about losing friendships and how we can take the well-meaning phrase "Sing me a sweet goodnight song", and twist it around till it becomes so distorted it becomes a representation of a mistake rather than something a child might request of a parent.

And really, the song gives us a good chance to beat the shit out of our instruments. Noise and energy are good ways to disguise lack of musical ability.


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