I'm looking for band members to form a band around my original songs.
I like to think I've fused these influences into my own unique songwriting style, adult alternative, indie and pop/rock, folk, blues and country. These things are never planned, they just are.
In 2015 I self-recorded and released my debut solo album "Home-Made Heartache". 10 heartfelt and confessional tracks recorded in my garage at home playing and programming everything myself and engineering/producing in Logic.
The album has seen tracks played on various internet stations around the world including UK, midwest USA, Los Angeles and the Far East.
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- Member since:
- Dec 16 2015
- Active within 1 week
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
Bob Dylan, Beatles, Ryan Adams, Counting Crows, Justin Currie, Mike Scott/Waterboys, Glen Hansard/Swell Season, Bens Brother, The Wallflowers, Tom Petty, Neil Young, REM, Wallflowers.
- Rhythm Guitar:
- Acoustic Guitar:
Takamine, Tokai and Fender guitars, Fender amps, Boss pedals,
Into Your Heart
Into Your Heart Track number: 1 Year: 2015 Album: Home-Made Heartache Genre: Alternative
Track 1 from my debut solo album "Home-Made Heartache"
Against My Will
Against My Will Track number: 2 Year: 2015 Album: Home-Made Heartache Genre: Alternative
Between The Lines
Between The Lines Track number: 4 Year: 2015 Album: Home-Made Heartache
Call Me A Dog (Temple Of The Dog Cover)
Call Me A Dog (Temple Of The Dog Cover)I love Temple Of The Dog, I also love Chris Cornell. Heres my acoustic take of "Call Me A Dog" from sometime in 2017. Tons of reverb...lost the damn file, can't fix for now lol
When Your Ship Comes Home (Demo 2019)
When Your Ship Comes Home (Demo 2019)So long loneliness She don’t live at this address She’s been my friend for too long So long bitterness Goodbye to regret Kinda feel its time to move on A man losing time Balancing on a high wire Chasing after days soon gone The miles clocking up Each bar and whiskey stop Is there still something you want Others they will push you Knock you down, do you no good Turn your sails to the wind, leave them behind Turn it up when the lights down low Give it all, never let it go Hope can seem an empty road Tired and broken Feel like your gonna fall apart Listen to whats in your heart You won’t be alone When your ship comes home So long emptiness Even that pretty face Cannot save you from this storm So long phoniness Within this tawdry mess Are memories tattered and torn Others they will play you Tear your heart from your chest when they can Don’t keep em around they just drag you down Chorus You’ve been holding onto darkest times Trying to stay afloat Watching the horizon Land is near, you’ll be found...
Burning Matches (Demo 2019)
Burning Matches (Demo 2019)We’re all drawn to a flame Our hands trembling in the rain These sparks so briefly alive They keep the fire alight These rooms full of broken parts To build something in your heart Values we place on everything Worthless in the cold light of day We burn matches to keep us warm flickering since the day we’re born A fragile light keeps the fears at bay Lights your heart so it doesn’t break Init Smiling out of a frame Time laughing at your face Shaking, begging for flame Strike the match once again We burn matches to keep us warm flickering since the day we’re born A fragile light keeps the fears at bay Lights your heart so it doesn’t break We tell ourselves love still lives here Watch the flame slowly disappear Matches falling down to the floor Lets watch this fire burn out of control
Postcards From America (Acoustic Demos 2019)
Postcards From America (Acoustic Demos 2019)5000 miles moving across the sea Leaving the ghosts of another life Switched off the lights into the dark 5000 times you ask yourself what if Sick of the lies they were selling ya Bored of the things they were telling you You feel the waves Breaking over you Bury it deep and hope no-one can see Between the drugs and the jail cell The crushing defeat and the private hell I loved you and you threw it all away Somewhere in the dark it lives there still Buried within the walls you built So you ask me if I’m well I’ll say its getting better I’m sending postcards from America Until I feel something Feel anything One day we’ll be together Watch the weather change See it change Your fire will light the way A broken heart will mend someday Until then I’m sending postcards from America Thousands of times I heard you begging me Fighting the pull of the tide Making sense of whats inside Choking it down with bourbon and pills Love threatening to tear a hole Warfare within your very soul Under a different sun A new world beckons Chorus The crash you heard was someone falling apart If you didn’t hear it, did it happen? It was there in front of you all the time I’m sending postcards from America Until I feel something Feel anything I’m sending postcards from America Maybe someday, someday...
Into Your Heart
Into Your Heart
Rocket To The Stars (LANDR Demo 2019)
Rocket To The Stars (LANDR Demo 2019)Let’s build a rocket to the stars It’s the only way we can go on Our broken world is warming up You don’’t know what you’ve got til its gone Let’s build a bridge to all those hearts Let’s not leave it to chance All the money we squander on meaningless things That cannot save you, you can’t take with you Open up, let your light shine out Make it count while we have time Send a message to the people Who’ll be here long after us How will we ever reach unless we start? We can build a rocket to the stars Let’s build a rocket to the stars Our feet have stood on the moon We’ve played this game for far too long The world still seems so cruel Open up, leave it all behind Let love be love Out in the stars we can solve The errors of the past How will we ever heal unless we start? We can build a rocket to the stars… We’ve got time Its not too late To learn from our mistakes Asleep too long Its time to wake Lets be together Let’s build a rocket to the stars It’s the only way we can go on We will go on…
The Sea Will Remain
The Sea Will RemainIndie rock sadness from an old band of mine "Fallen Poets" circa 2010...
Between The Lines
Between The LinesSong I wrote around 2015 that I've been messing around with.... Between The Lines Falling between the lines Over time Watching all the letters slipping You and I Signal lost we’re not communicating Stare ‘cross the room Could be here, could be the moon As we fall between the lines Colour me in You filled the spaces Now we paint by numbers Fading away Like these walls, exposed to sunlight Where did we go There was a change Coming out of nowhere Falling between the lines Cos your eyes Say it all We pretend we’re not lost This candles fighting hard against the breeze Dripping down, melt away Slowly watching the light fade Photographs slipping from their frames Between the lines Falling between the lines Torn apart like old newspaper Leaves turning brown Like the roses wilting in the window Sweep up the words that we spoke Put them all back together Falling between the lines You know, I love you I’ll fight for you I’ll never go astray This life seems without meaning if you go… Falling between the lines Let the roses feel the rain again…
Say It Again (Acoustic Demo 2018)
Say It Again (Acoustic Demo 2018)Say It Again Theres a light still In that old house Something inside, trying to stay alive The confetti gathers dust now Champagne glasses empty on the bar You told yourself that life would never be the same again Then she appeared from nowhere, stepping from the rain Say it again Cos I can’t believe it Wake me up I must be dreaming The fire lit inside It lives again Love will get you in the end Say it again So that I can see it Too many times you watched it leaving A whisper grows within Raises you up Please say it, say it again Running empty, moving further Away from someone that you recognize You are looking, in the mirror Seeing the ghost behind those eyes Crashing through the rainclouds Sunlight breaking through Her words like holy water Wash the past from you Say it again Cos I can’t believe it Wake me up I must be dreaming The fire lit inside, it lives again Love will get you in the end Say it again You were down and beaten Tired of the world, that song repeating Lighting up the sky In neon lights Just say it Those words they fall so easy Say it again...
Two (Vocal/Piano Demo 2018)
Two (Vocal/Piano Demo 2018)Two I wonder if you’ll get this when I’m gone Your tattoo in my heart put into song I spent these years with my fears, trying to move on If only had only had one moment to tell you History is filled with rooms of light Every one you entered fills my mind Like every man who finds it hard to let the words come out I’ve been trying ever since to get that right What am I but a fool Who gave my all to you Well, the wines talking now It always speaks the truth The rose in my heart It grew all these years just for you Aching to be two I know you always thought I was no good The young they dream of things that aren’t the truth I’m standing in the street on fire Love letters they’re returned Tearing out my heart, this lesson I won’t learn All the roads they turn and each one bears her name Her voice the gentle rhythm of the rain Another wreck survivor, another castaway Back into the sea to find someone the same Chorus Now the streets are silent You’re calling to the stars Wondering if her memory will ever leave your side One day maybe you’ll find her Petals fall but the rose stays alive What am I but a fool Who gave my all to you Well, the wines talking now It brings me back to you
Fork In The Road (Acoustic Demo 2018)
Fork In The Road (Acoustic Demo 2018)Fork In The Road Sitting in the car wreck Screaming out the windows broken now Another man standing in the smoke and steam Laughing loud No one here is listening Pour the gasoline The flames are rising In this burning dream The future is slipping through our hands I knew you 30 years I can’t look at your face here anymore The hurt driven so deep Its now just a mess of unsettled scores We hide in the smoke The darkness is rising Some kind of joke In the truth and lies Its not too late to turn this car around I’ll meet you at the fork in the road The place where we let it all go Where the lines uncrossed We stood together now Its not far for us to go I’ll meet you where we parted the ways Searching now for better days We let go of our fears Rolling back the years Its time to go back Go back Freight trains are crashing Running down the track out of control Through these towns and cities Digging in the dirt to find the soul I dont wanna argue We are brothers here The love we have won’t disappear The cracks are growing wider every day Chorus Standing in a circle Voices rising up now The dawn is coming Raise your hands We all join together Lets banish the night
Backroads (Acoustic Demo 2018)
Backroads (Acoustic Demo 2018)Backroads Thrown around here like a hurricane Like a tumbleweed blowing round Got a suitcase and some memories Someone who once lived here Shroud is drifting down like falling leaves Pictures scattered all around The wind is picking up the papers Blows them right out of your heart At a red light waiting The rain is crashing down Like a storm is inside rising With no way out Think I’m gonna leave today Yeah I’m gonna find my way Down the backroads I’m heading down the backroads Maybe I’ll come back someday When I find that love again Down the backroads I’m heading down the backroads Swinging round here like a wrecking ball Like a machine out of control Sirens wailing, devils talking here All the pieces start to fall I’m heading out Where the truth is found Throwing the dice Watching them land Take my hand Theres nothing more to fear
Against My Will
Against My WillIt was 2015 and I was having a conversation with myself about whether I hated writing songs as much as I loved writing songs.
Uncharted WatersIn 2013 I came up with this. Not happy with the lyrics but the melody is pretty good, I've always liked it for some reason :)
Into Your Heart (Live Acoustic)
Into Your Heart (Live Acoustic)www.facebook.com/stephenruddmusic Song written in 2015. Into Your Heart I know I’m not dreaming Its a long time coming She puts the bags down in the hall I’m standing there searching Trying to reach you It seems the time for talk is gone When you look in her eyes You see it fading We lost our spark The light gone I’ve been searching everywhere But its not here anymore Burn all the papers here All the records of these years Find the secrets we could never learn Don’t show me those tears All our hopes and all those fears Can you show me The way back to the start Into your heart Life like flood water Rising around us Theres too many bills to pay The colours draining We’re left with the mundane TV droning to the show When we speak these days I know theres something Left unsaid We fight on I try to picture life without you When you’re gone In my mind I’m tracing All these lines now, see your face now You’re threaded through me I won’t let go
Stranded (Live Acoustic)
Stranded (Live Acoustic)www.facebook.com/stephenruddmusic A song I wrote around 2010, been reworked and given a new lease of life. Been in my solo acoustic sets for a while :) STRANDED Once lost in a dream Places you thought you would be The garden so bright, not afraid Out of that bed left unmade Her words mended your heart Broken pieces, falling apart A cynic dies, jigsaw complete Give yourself up to the sea Now its all been washed away Trying to find the sun again Reaching out, reaching out for the past The corridors of history Where you lost the golden keys They’re gone, all gone They’re long, long gone… You are stranded Never planned this Now you’re alone Cold wind blowing Across the ocean So far from home Your heart rises when it’s found Then you fall on the cold ground All alone, empty handed You are stranded Heart shaped locks, lie strewn ’cross the land The keys rust with the turn of your hand Retracing the steps through your life The memories you thought could bring light Those days are gone, no way out What you remember now in doubt Just time, time All lost in time Chorus Back in time, you were mine But you slipped through my fingers I was always last in line The ghosts they walk These torn paths of thought Then they go to the light
Satelliteswww.facebook.com/stephenruddmusic Song written in 2009, first performed with my indie rock outfit Fallen Poets. Revamped with the producers in Nashville USA October 2017. SATELLITES Give me one more chance Give me one more chance for you You know I’ll pay you back someday All through my life Well you know I tried for you I know the story stayed the same It takes some time to grab your moment This old road is rough and long Just a little faith will keep us going strong Stand up and shine like satellites Anything can happen let’s do it tonight Living like today was your last sunrise Promises we make Lost along the way sometimes Through the fear of losing face What you see in my eyes Nowhere for you to hide The truth is, I did it all for you It takes some time to swim an ocean Through the storms coming your way Try to stay afloat You’ll get there someday Stand up and shine like satellites Anything can happen let’s do it tonight Living like today was your last sunrise You’ve got to Stand up and move on down the line This train won’t wait so be there on time Passing like shadows, in the glare of the sunshine Don’t you lose hope, you’ve got to chase it Don’t you feel down, we can still make it We’ve been through bigger things than this before Stay on the ride, until it’s over Hold on to me, we’re getting closer We’ll never ever get this chance again Stand up and shine like satellites Anything can happen, let’s do it tonight Living like today was your last sunrise You and I we catch the light Sparkling above the sky Shining down like satellites