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No Soliciting

by No Soliciting

A debut alternative rock album filled with raw sounds, softly spoken acoustics, and lyrics that make you stop and think from four Detroit teenagers with an impressive level of songwriting chops, musicianship, and talent beyond their years.
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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1. Excuse Me
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2. Visionary
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3. Ukraine
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4. Lacuna
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5. Plaid
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6. Listen
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7. My Guardian Shadow
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8. Who We Should Have Been Fighting For
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9. Sunlit Hills
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10. Give Me Your Hand
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11. Dreamer
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12. Hasenpfeffer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
No Solicting is South Lyon, MI's most promising young band, making waves throughout Michigan since 2007. Their self-titled debut album was written and recorded while the boys were all 15 years old...and show a musical maturity and complexity of a much older band.

No Soliciting is:
Braden Davies: Acoustic and electric guitars
Alan Macchiarolo: Bass guitar, vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bradelphone
Logan Raney: Drums & percussion, acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, vocals track 5, 7, 11
Alex Mahan: Electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, bouzouki, theremin

Special guests:

Kalli Allen: Choir vocals, track 8, backing vocals, track 5
Mark Boone: Organ, track 2, 8
Alyssa Impullitti: Choir vocals, track 8
Horns on track 10: David Maki, bari & alto sax; Pat Padilla, tenor sax; Brandon Cooper, trumpet

Robert Stinolis: “No Comment”

Canis vox: Hershey


All songs written and performed by No Soliciting

Produced by No Soliciting and Matt Macchiarolo

Recorded June-November 2010 at ATM SoundWorks, South Lyon, MI, except Track 7, 9, 11 recorded July 2010 in the Huron National Forest, Oscoda County, MI
Engineered by Matt Macchiarolo

Mastered by Ken Landers, Bent 6 Music & Post, Franklin, TN 

Special thanks to: Kalli, Mark, Brandon, Jacquie, Rosemary, Alyssa, Ken, Dave, Pat, Robert, & the Davies, Macchiarolo, Mahan and Raney families

Extra special thanks: Jim Mitchell for the kind words; and the one and only Mitch Ryder for the great advice


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1. Excuse Me
Lyrics by: Logan Raney
Music by: Alan Macchiarolo, Alex Mahan

Excuse me sir, now how do you feel?
You sit here all day barely eating a meal
And you beg for change just to make it through the day

"Well my clothes are tattered, but my heart is strong
And that’s just enough to move me along
You’d have to be in my shoes just to really understand"

(Chorus)
Excuse me, the common man
Excuse me, tell me, what are your plans?
You’re out of work and you’ve got nothing to do but pray
Excuse me, the common man
Excuse me, tell me what are your plans?
The bomb has been dropped and everyone is in your way

Excuse me ma’am, now how are you?
How to pay the bills, well, you don’t have a clue
And you feel like your head is stuck in the sand

"Well I’ve got a loving family of five
And that’s just enough to keep me alive
You’d have to be in my shoes just to really understand"

(Chorus)

Excuse me, sir, now are you the man?
Who rakes in the money as much as he can?
While the rest of us suffer because of you?

[No Comment]

(Chorus)


2. Visionary
Lyrics by: Alan Macchiarolo, Logan Raney
Music By: Alan Macchiarolo, Alex Mahan

(Chorus)
Visionary – the past is on his mind
Visionary – the only one of his kind
All that has happened he can see
He’s under torture, he just wants to be free

Well, the bombs are flying, people are dying
And the world is turning black
The hopeful say we’ll fix everything
But there ain’t no turning back
Who save us from this mess
And give us a plan that’s new?
Listen to the visionary
He’ll show you what to do

(Chorus)

Well, I don’t know what goes on in his head
But it isn’t something nice
You can tell pretty easily
By looking into his eyes
Well, he doesn’t have any friends
And he doesn’t have any wife
I don’t know, but if you ask me
I would hate that life

(Chorus)


3. Ukraine
(Instrumental)
Music by: Braden Davies, Alan Macchiarolo, Alex Mahan, Logan Raney

4. Lacuna
Lyrics by: Braden Davies
Music by: Braden Davies

I have not wondered more than my borders
I always seem to come up short
I’m never perfect
But not always that wrong
I can’t seem to please
This flawless world

This is the life I’d like
With no rules and everyone was true
Sit in a field and look back and say
This is where I grew

We can’t all be rich
One is always poor
So pull your foot back in the door
Don’t be so uptight
I’ll make it alright
And show that it’s not hard

Here is the life I’d like
I’ll get as high as a kite
The world’s anger burned to no more
Preaching peace and love, not war

So I’m scared of what’s to come
I think it’s time that we all are
Let the comfort guide your way
It’ll get you through the day

5. Plaid
Lyrics by: Logan Raney
Music by: Braden Davies

I’ve felt your poems
And I’ve read your emotions
Seen your cursive ways
Travel the oceans
Witnessed your highs
And been there for your lows
And all I need to know

(Chorus)
Why can’t you fold a paper ten times?
Cross out your mistakes and erase all your crimes?
So let’s smooth this paper
And color outside the lines
For awhile

Painting a picture of eternity
Mixing the colors as if you were free
Look into the past and see where your love will go
All I need to know is

(Chorus)

Capturing your words is the child of a tree
Close it up tight so no one can see
Make it fly its way over to me

(Chorus)

Brush off the ashes of the burnt-out tree
The closeness is over, but not as it would seem
I’ll be here for you, if you’ll be there for me
‘Cause I’ll be here for you, if you’ll be there for me

6. Listen
Lyrics by: Alan Macchiarolo
Music by: Alan Macchiarolo

You should have seen it coming
It took you by surprise
Your winning streak was over
And you handed over the prize
But when you went to give
You snatched from our hands
What good is it to be the ruler
Of the deserted land?

(Chorus)
Your mind is filled hate
Based upon your faith
Screaming will get you nowhere
But with just enough it’s true
Did you check the facts?
Did you go to school?
Is it ‘cause it’s easy?
Or because it’s hard to try something new?
You try to turn your back away
Just do the mature thing, and

To ridicule our success
Makes you look like a fool
Or maybe it’s because you think
It makes you look pretty cool
You say no, no, no
No, no, no
You think the world’s a stage
But that you’re running the show

(Chorus)

People in the streets all wondering why
It’s such a cruel world in the land of the free

Listen...

I just don’t understand
why we have to go through this mess
If they left us alone
Oh, the amount of success!
But they don’t know
And I guess they don’t care
Just open your eyes, and listen to me
Stop covering your ears, just listen to me!

(Chorus)

Listen!

7. My Guardian Shadow
Music by: Alan Macchiarolo, Alex Mahan, Logan Raney
Lyrics by: Logan Raney

For all my life you have followed me around
Matching my moves without making a sound
But now in the darkness, you cannot be found
To guide me away from temptation with its eyes so round

(Chorus)
You’re always there to make sure I’m well
You were sent from heaven to keep me from hell
To help remind me that my soul’s not to sell
You need to tell me you’re here because I can tell
You’re my guardian shadow

Well, the darkness has been here for very long
And there’s no room for you when my life is so wrong
So here I am now trying to write you a song
But that won’t happen when I’m not feeling so strong

(Chorus)
Wait a minute, something’s happening here
The light is shining so bright and so clear
Now I see you and I’m glad you’re near
‘Cause you’re the one part of me that I hold most dear

(Chorus)

8. Who We Should Have Been Fighting For
Lyrics by: Logan Raney
Music by: Braden Davies, Alan Macchiarolo, Alex Mahan, Logan Raney

(For many years, men were sent to war
Breaking up their families and making them all poor
Now the soldiers are sleeping alone in their beds
Having many thoughts running their heads)

They think about their children, and that the king wants war
And those soldiers slowly realize who they should have been fighting for

The housewives of the kingdom are gathered today
They talk about their husbands who were all sent away
They all tell the stories, both good and the bad
While thinking about all the great times that they’d ever had

They talk about their husbands, and that the king wants war
And those housewives slowly realize who they should have been fighting for

All the children of the village are playing in the woods
Running around and screaming like all children should
They remembered what their mothers said about obeying rules
Even though that they all thought the rules were stupid and cruel

They think about their mothers, and that the king wants war
And then those children realize who they should have been fighting for

After I heard that story I had tears in my eyes
I fell onto my knees, and looked up at the sky
Our world is just like the king and always wanting war
And then I slowly realize, who we should have been fighting for

9. Sunlit Hills
Lyrics by: Alan Macchiarolo, Logan Raney
Music by: Braden Davies, Alan Macchiarolo

(Chorus)
Your eyes reflect the sunlit hills
Lighting up the sky
They reach the vast distance
Yet they seem so high

The time has come to realize
The image reflecting in your eyes
It’s not your friend, but it brings no pain
Life and love will always sustain

(Chorus)

The life in you is so confusing
People smile and think it’s amusing
Your mind may feel so invaded
But life itself has not faded

(Chorus)

Your life purpose may feel like a lie
But it is to justify
The pain and hate on this earth
You’ve really known it since your birth

Your eyes reflect the sunlit hills…

10. Give Me Your Hand
Lyrics by: Alan Macchiarolo, Alex Mahan, Logan Raney
Music by: Braden Davies, Alan Macchiarolo, Alex Mahan, Logan Raney

Give me your hand please
Get me on solid ground
There are voices calling me
But I can’t hear a sound

I am the one who
Is always lost and found
Can you expect me
To always be around?

I’ve always been living with
A dark and rainy cloud
When the storm comes brewing in
It makes us all feel down

Now I’ve found a way to
Finally come unbound
Now the pressure of my life
Does not weigh a million pounds

11. Dreamer
Lyrics by: Logan Raney
Music by: Logan Raney

Weaving in and out of branches
A glimmer in snow
Where will we go?
It all doesn’t matter
Life’s different through the window
Where will we go?

(Chorus)
We may be looked down upon
But we really aren’t confused
We know just what to do
When the world is being abused
We don’t need your knowledge
We don’t need to be the same
You must be someone special
If a dreamer knows your name

Living off of happiness
Playing in the streets
Who will we meet?
Being with the ones you love
Is more than a feeling so sweet
Who will we meet?

(Chorus)

And if you aren’t a dreamer
Then you know that you are blind
You don’t have to like us
‘Cause we don’t really mind
You can count your blessings
And we will count ours
Sad to hear you
Support a world apart

(Chorus)

We are so happy in this life through the window
How will we know?
The world is fixed, and peace will truly show
How will we know?

(Chorus)

Are we believing?
Or are we dreaming?

12. Hasenpfeffer
Lyrics by: Alan Macchiarolo and Logan Raney
Music by: Braden Davies, Alan Macchiarolo, Alex Mahan, Logan Raney

I used to go a-sailing, but I don’t go sailing no more
I said I used to go a-sailing, but I don’t go sailing no more
‘Cause a big ol’ whale ate my ship
‘Cause a big ol’ whale ate my ship
And washed me up ashore

(Chorus)
I get lost in your sunshine
Until I can’t see the light of day
I try to see the sky, oh baby
You keep turning me away

Ladies and gentlemen, let the fun begin
I said ladies and gentlemen, let the fun begin
‘Cause the only way to beat this game
‘Cause the only way to beat this game
Is to quit, and win

(Chorus)


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