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Originally completed in April 2002 andrRecorded to two-inch-tape throughout 2001, this album has never before been widely available and captures this young band at its best. Download it for free--with three bonus tracks.

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CIRCLE OF WILLIS (from The Visor, April 10 2001)

The emotions, ideas, and relief music can bring is what ties Circle of Willis to the local band scene.

Made up of senior Mike Wood from Wayne County Career Center, senior Brian Ullman from Rittman High School, and senior Zack Kelly and freshman Cody Kelly from Revere High School, Circle of Willis is a modern rock band which, with six solid months under their belts, is making its way to the top.

The group has been around since the winter of 1998, but it is not until recently that all four current members have been playing together. Circle of Willis has performed at many places, including the Agora, the Odeon, Phantasy, Sadie Renee’s, and numerous coffee shops. They also took second place in the Rock Off finals in January.

The band has produced a few demo CDs, but when they were contacted by Sony distributor Jason Gula, who was interested in their music, the band decided to produce their first actual album. Entitled 'What’s Next,' their CD Will be coming out in May of this year.

The band’s music focuses on a combination of emotions. Ullman believes teenagers can relate to the lyrics.

“I don’t want to sound like a little kid with the lyrics,” Ullman said. “I’d rather write about things I believe in strongly than pretend I’m grown up and write things I haven’t the slightest clue about.”

The band takes inspiration from groups such as Nine Inch Nails, Korn and the Dave Matthews Band, but Ullman feels the group draws from a large variety of styles.

“I listen to all kinds of music and have really learned to try to draw and learn from everything from [Britney Spears’] Oops I Did it Again, to [Outkast’s] So Fresh and So Clean,” Ullman said.

The band not only has influences of its own, but hopes to become an influence for its listeners as well.

“Music is a soothing escape from everything,” Ullman said. “You need that outlet from the stresses of everyday life. Our purpose for playing and writing music is to provide that outlet for someone else.”

GENRE: Modern Rock

INFLUENCES: The Dave Matthews Band, Rage Against The Machine, Korn and Deftness

FUTURE: “Since most of us are seniors going our separate ways, we don’t know what the future holds. That’s why we’re making this CD, just in case the end of us comes in the next couple months. We’re prepared to stay or leave.” —Ullman

ALL-TIME FAVORITE CD: Incubus’ Science

FAVORITE MEMORY: “A tie between placing second in the Rock Off finals, being contacted by Sony, or last Thursday, sitting in our dressing room at the Agora.” —Ullman

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE THE BAND: Rock

DREAM CONCERT BILL: Nine Inch Nails, Dave Mathews, Deftones, Korn, Incubus

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released August 29, 2014

Cody Kelly - lead guitar
Zack Kelly - drums, percussion, bass
Brian Ullman - rhythm guitar, vocals
Mike Socrates - bass, backing vocals

Additional Musicians
Dave Brooks - additional vocals on tracks 2,3 & 7
Stephen Hawkins - cello on track 10
Bud Kelly - lead guitar on tracks 1,7,8 & 9
David Ullman - additional vocals on track 5

Produced by Dave Brooks and Circle of Willis

Recorded and mixed by Dave Brooks @ Grooveyard Studios in Akron, Ohio

All songs written by Brian Ullman, except 'Plasticity' written by Zack Kelly & Brian Ullman, 'Naked' - written by Nate Pelfrey & Brian Ullman, 'Daydreamer' - written by Chris Metcalf & Brian Ullman, 'None' - written and recorded by Zack Kelly

All lyrics written by Brian Ullman, 'Daydreamer' written by Chris Metcalf

Photography: Matt Jackson

Art Direction: Brian Ullman
Design: Christina Holmes, CHolmes Designs

This album is for Bud Kelly, for without him this would not have by been possible. Thank you.

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Track Name: Misunderstood
You'd never let me be anything that you didn't understand
You'd dress me up as a fool everyday just to show you can
I never picked to be here now, I never wanted to
And now i can't even use my name to get solace through...

I don't care if you don't like my ways
Didn't build this life for you
And all these things i hide inside, i hide because of you

You think that you know the best for me
Well i'd hate to strain your mind
Because are all made in different ways, ways you can't define
So why don't you take a different path, a different look on life
Cause you are not the only one who can't sleep tonight

I don't care if you don't like my ways
Didn't build this life for you
And all these things i hide inside, i hide because of you
Track Name: Without You
Is there something i missed?
Something i've failed to say?
I'm not one to pretend, but maybe nothing lasts anyway
I'll try to ignore self-defense, i'm just trying to act on what's true
But i'm losing my breathe from chasing after you

If you want me, here i am
In a state between a lover and a friend
And i know this has proven true
I am not content without you

Still this keeps pushing on
I'm afraid i'm falling away
It's eating me from the inside, for me not to show and only say
You are the one i adore, each day i only crave more
This conclusion that i've come to, i can't listen
Because i don't want to be without you

If you want me, here i am
In a state between a lover and a friend
And i know this has proven true
I am not content without you

I love you, I need you
When fate and love both have their say, who will turn around?
Who will stay? Will you stay?
Don't walk away, please stay
Track Name: Maybe Someday
We've always known, these days would come
To divide the weak from the strong
Remembrance, just like fingerprints
Our memories will always live on
Don't forget while you are gone

All we are and all we've seen
Are the spaces in between this photograph dream

Maybe someday, we'll leave this town
Drive until the stars in the sky burn out
We'll let the winds guide us through the city streets
Maybe someday, just you and me

Six of the senses hit at once
To die is to feel alive
And Dali knows the beauty i saw that night
Do what you feel is right

All we are and all we know
Can point us to our past
But only fate will show

Maybe someday, we'll leave this town
Drive until the stars in the sky burn out
We'll let the winds guide us through the city streets
Maybe someday, just you and me

If we believe, in someday
Time will set us free, someday
Lost with no where to be, someday
In this photograph dream, someday
Track Name: Plasticity
I don't know where to begin, this end has left me speechless
If everything that i've said can't make you believe, then you'll never listen

Give me one good reason
And say that you're sorry

I took you in and gave you all that you wanted
But i was just your crutch, a second best to your love
I will never let that happen again

Give me one good reason
And say that you're sorry

I've had enough of this, enough of you're childish bullshit
You're only around when you find it convenient
When i'm the only left to come crying to
I've giving you too many chances
You're not worth it anymore
Find someone else, if there's anyone else left
Go ahead and walk away, i can't stand for this any longer
You've got yourself blinded by the situation
I've lost my empathy for you
And maybe someday you'll see all the mistakes you've made & people you've hurt And just for the record, you really made me feel abandoned, insulted and betrayed

Give me one good reason
And say that you're sorry

Turn around
Track Name: What's Next
Have i fallen from what's right?
Am i living by the verse?
Do you think i'm thinking much too hard?
I am straying from the worse

You can't save me
Your bedtime stories have lost their love
You can't chain me
You can't save me

Don't you tell me what i think
I can't hear myself anymore
I'm not gonna let you pave my way
I'm tired of listening

Advice is advice, and you're not bound to the way i live my life
All good things meet their end
So let loose and let me live

You can't save me
Your bedtime stories have lost their love
You can't chain me
You can't save me

Don't you tell me what i think
I can't hear myself anymore
I'm not gonna let you pave my way
I'm tired of listening

Break free, live your life
Break free, see the light
Break free, feel the light
Break free, live your life
Track Name: December
I hoped to find you, a change soul anew at heart
I only wish you would oblige me, for i can't take part

You only see yourself in this world of unhappiness
You scream that we are wrong, and i'm left in your misery

Are you satisfied with the mess you've made?
Why do you insist on making it worse on you and me?

Open up your eyes, can't you see that it's sucking the life out you
Forgiveness is limited for the unworthy

You only see yourself in this world of unhappiness
You scream that we are wrong, and i'm left in your misery

But only we seem to care, so i'll see you next December

Open up your eyes, can't you see that it's sucking the life out you
Forgiveness is limited for the unworthy

You only see yourself in this world of unhappiness
You scream that we are wrong, and i'm left in your misery
Screaming in your misery, You're breaking up my family
Leaving me in your misery
Track Name: Before You Hold On
I can't be like this, I feel like such a shit
Let's do what we can do while we still have the time
Why am i doing this?
We do this ever-going match of the pigs
I am proud to win, check out my badges
Don't you wish you could be as cool as me?

I don't want to be here forever
It's my fault and i know it's true
No one can satisfy me
No one can live up to my standards, not even me

Let's go away to a secret place, i will lie for you
Forget yourself and all these things, let it all come down
And i'll try to leave before you start to hold on

Sure i think twice sometimes, sure i care when it is mine
But i just don't care this time..
I can't let this happen to me, not this time. Not to me

I don't want to be here, forever
Loneliness is devouring me
No one can satisfy me
No one can live up to me standards, not even me

Let's go away to a secret place, i will lie for you
Forget yourself and all these things, let it all come down
And i'll try to leave before you start to hold on
Track Name: Perfect
I've been tempted by your beauty time and again
But it's not these arms you've been resting in
Every time i need you he leaves me in doubt
I'm always the last one who finds out
You've got to be perfect i need you tonight
I can't take more of this wrong or right
Leave me alone in this dying pain
I just don't know anymore

I'm drawing circles around my head
I feel so low i would rather be dead
I need your love to hold inside me
Why do you have to do this to me?

You're so beautiful when you're faithful to me
But you're too innocent and naive to see
That what he wants in someone he can use
One to toy with, left accost and accused

And i'm struggling to keep love alive
I'm up the plank ready to take the dive
So be the one who we both truly need, someone who won't leave

Come close, lay your body next to mine
I need you, you need me
Why can't we live the life we want to live?
Why can't we just be perfect?

I'm drawing circle around my head, i'd feel better dead

You're so pretty when you're faithful to me
You're so pretty, no
You're so pretty when you're faithful
Track Name: Naked
I feel fate's not on my side
I know nothing's right
Won't me let me climb inside you
Far away from strangers

Please they don't understand
I can't meet their demands
Take my pride and take me from her
Far away from strangers

I'm searching for some answers
And the place where we lost our world can't be seen
I don't need no other lover
So help me, give it back to me

Orange, orange as the moon that shown
Orange as the clock that glows
As faded as the love we had and let go
Far away from strangers

I'm searching for some answers
And the place where we lost our world can't be seen
I don't need no other lover
So help me, give it back to me
Track Name: Daydreamer
You always knew it'd never be this way
And all along you planned to hold on 'til the daylight came
You'd always touch me a little more when i tried to get close
You've never push me away, you'd just let go

But you're floating endlessly, broken into place
Somewhere deep inside of me i'll change all my mistakes
In this God forsaken place, in this daydream

I've been waiting for the days, waiting for a change of pace
Of missing you
Wishing you away, wishing you'd beg me to stay
Running away from you
The fire in the sky, the moonlight in your eyes tonight
Do you fake it, is it true?
I see you're feeling fine, would you tell i'll be alright?
Cause i'll be alright, right?

I'm regretting a past i can't re-live
I lies i loved, but i can't forget
I awake late at night
I never sleep, i don't know why
Just leave me alone, there's nothing more in here
Won't someone take me home, cause i'm lost somewhere in this daydream

I've been waiting for the days, waiting for a change of pace
Of missing you
Wishing you away, wishing you'd beg me to stay
Running away from you
The fire in the sky, the moonlight in your eyes tonight
Do you fake it, is it true?
I see you're feeling fine, would you tell i'll be alright?
Cause girl i'll be alright

Don't you deny you were here
I know i'll find myself in here
You are the worst kind of people
This is the worst kind of love
You are the worst kind of people

Daydreamer, awake
Daydream her away, awake
No, you don't belong here
Track Name: Numb (Demo)
Our story begins today and we lay our setting where you are
Cause today's your lucky day pig. that's right, this one's for you

Stand up and prepare to hear the sad truth
My breakdown is from what is true inside of you
It's the inability of honest, hypocrisy, stupidity, you show
You are the cause of this animosity
I'm sorry people like you, come and go

Truth has become too clear, realities what i fear
This spells been cast over me, it's forced me numb

I'm too far from the light, i can't find my way home
Well here i am once again, left on my own
There is a place outside the shadows, makes it all disappear
But maybe i don't deserve that, don't deserve them and i'll stay here

Truth has become too clear, realities what i fear
This spells been cast over me, it's forced me numb

We all get like this, it's okay to be like this
I thought we all got like this, i'm not suppose to be like this
God help me, i don't want to be like this

Truth has become too clear, realities what i fear
This spells been cast over me, it's forced me to be numb
Track Name: 223 (Demo)
Time has led me through the oceans
And showed me the depths of now
It's only an imbalance in time before the rain changes it's sound

I can't believe the things that have done
Broken thoughts of things that are to come

These are the letters i've kept
In cupboards hidden in the walls
These feelings i've push aside
Longing for the days when i feel alive

But i've giving up my hope
For things that i cannot control
You're only one moment, but please don't leave me alone

I wish that you were still here with me
So we could stop regressing on feelings
Cause you are all that i need
And nothing can stop these emotions
But i don't know what love is
And you don't need someone to bring you down
So i'll be on my way now
But i'll be thinking of you til i drowned myself in my washed dreams