in the event of rhythm

by steve

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STEVE
matt jackson
sean kammer
logan ramsier
nick robinson
david ullman

“Pilgrimaté” - Penned by Jackson, also on vocals -- which escape like some dark, delicious secret -- and rhythm guitar, the disc wastes no time taking us on a journey with this initial track. We are elevated to a panoramic view of a pending thunderstorm: Jackson’s moody guitar and vocals rumbling and crashing on top, Ullman’s soaring backing vocals pushing the dark clouds along.

“Darkest of Days” - Ullman moves to lead vocals and guitar and Ramsier pounds percussion that can only be experienced. Begins with soft vocals but quickly grows darker and angrier, losing its temper in front of us. Even as the song quiets, it threatens to boil over at any moment. Written by Ullman.

“Weird Kid in the Corner” - Kammer’s incomparable masterpiece tugs playfully at our hearts and senses of humor. Rich guitar textures and bouncing bass line make for a tremendous sound. “He hears music of a different kind” and such excellent lyrics tell a hilarious tale of a perpetually out-of-place student.

“Chapter Four (Sad Song)” - “Weird Kid” has led us away from the darkness of Tracks 1 and 2 to this poignant and heartbreaking ballad about the struggles in Ramsier’s life. Unflinchingly personal lyrics long for times past and lost memories. In the final verse, Ramsier raises quiet, subtle vocals, encouraging us to sing “My sad song.”

“World Unseen” - A tender tale of seclusion penned and sung by Kammer. Sobering lyrics such as “I wash my face but it doesn’t come clean,” “The sun came out but it was still too dark,” and “I have a woman that doesn’t know my name,” speak of, according to Kammer, “being afraid of the inevitable changes that occur in our lives.”

“Weakman’s Delusion” - Ambitious, grand -- simply epic. At eight-and-a-half minutes long, Jackson takes us on the true journey he only hinted at in “Pilgrimaté.” “Come with me and I’ll show you what it’s like to live” snarls Jackson. As opposed to Kammer’s victims of the cruel, dark world, Jackson is all that is cruel and dark. Sparse guitar and percussion paint the cold, bleak landscape of his delusion.

“Start Anew” - Sounds of ocean waves are subtly replaced by beautiful acoustic picking in this ballad written by Ullman for his girlfriend. Percussion completely absent except for the quiet waves of sound that reinforce the smooth lyrical splendor. As we’ve just come from the dark, gritty “Delusion,” we are left with no questions as to Steve’s incredible diversity.

“The Longest Day” - “Sometimes it seems that each day gets longer than the one preceding it, whether it’s from being alone, missing someone special, or just being bored at work,” says Kammer of his expression of despair and hope. Interwoven acoustic textures accompany, again from Kammer, incredible lyrics.

“Whammo” - A slow, muted acoustic riff is soon accompanied by tapping percussion and shakers, the overall sound gaining speed as each new sound is introduced. Drums enter, sending all into a fireworks show of rhythm before -- silence -- then a triangle, and finally, the only lyric (spoken by all) “Whammo.” And we begin again, this time going faster and faster; guitars hammered and drums pounded lighting-quick before the cut to “Whammo.” And we begin again, this time faster still. As a song, this is a train wreck with each broken car magnificently laid out for onlookers to admire. By the fourth “Whammo,” we have reached a brilliant blur of deftly arranged rhythm and sound before exploding into silence and, finally, laughter.

-Ryan LaBo, HỲP magazine (December 2000)

**The free digital download also includes a .pdf of steve's eight-page feature in the December 2000 issue of HỲP Magazine.**

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released December 30, 2000

all songs produced by brian ullman
additional production: david ullman
except on darkest of days, produced by david ullman, additional production brian ullman

recorded at Killa B Studios, Rittman, OH July through October 2000 using Cakewalk Guitar Tracks

remastered in 2014 by brian ullman and re-released on bandcamp September 20, 2014

sleeve designed by: david ullman, matt jackson, sean kammer, logan ramsier

cover photo: sean kammer

very special thanks to: jim, sara, and amy ullman and all the families of STEVE, wctv, nick owensby, cafe 4111, joanne widmer, ryan labo, andy palmer, katie hammond, matt and mike wood, daniel mainzer, marek for the didge, richard potts, and...

a very, very special thanks to brian ullman....we all love you!

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Track Name: darkest of days
watched it all slip away as quickly as it came
now you and i my friend are all that remain
nothing left to do, no words to explain
we’ve everything to loose, and nothing to be gained

the sins of the father imprison the son
all that he’s said and all that he’s done
illusions of hope drive him to dream
of happier times; safe, warm, and clean

it all comes back to the start
there’s bridges to burn and rivers to part
lies will be told, the truth must be sought
give it all that you’ve got and watch it all fall apart

moving along through these darkest of days
found someone to cherish and love for always
together as one, no longer afraid
still he felt himself slipping further away

cause it all comes back to the start
foolish and young, he gave up his heart
swore to be true, till death should they part
gave it all that he had, watched it all fall apart

it all comes back to the start
there’ll be bridges to burn and rivers to part
friends will be lost and loves will depart
give it all that you’ve got, watch it all fall apart
Track Name: weird kid in the corner
the boy looks up with an evil glare.
all the other kids are beginning to stare.
even though they don't even care,
everybody worries about…the weird kid in the corner.

everybody goes out on the town.
he says a lot but makes no sound.
they wonder why he hangs around.
they say he's strange, he's…the weird kid in the corner.

CHORUS:
every class has a weird kid in the corner.
but why does it have to be me?
why does it have to be me?

the boy tries hard to capture her heart.
she laughs aloud, rips him apart.
he wonders why he was given this part.
he wonders why he's…the weird kid in the corner.

everybody thinks that he's out of his mind.
whenever they look at him, they don't know what they'll find.
he hears music of a different kind.
everybody worries about…the weird kid in the corner.

at the beginning of every new class,
i sit in the front like an out of place ass.
eventually though, undoubtedly so,
i end up being…the weird kid in the corner.
Track Name: chapter four (sad song)
play rhythm on my drum
play rhythm on my drum
can i sing to you my sad song?

lyrics run through my mind
but all my thoughts can’t combine
do you want to hear a song that almost rhymes?
or am i just a waste of your time
can i sing to you my . . .

my sad song?
my sad song?
my sad song?
my sad song?

life ain’t simple like it had been
i could always run to the cabin
even as our time ran thin
we used to have the cabin
this is why I sing my . . .

my sad song?
my sad song?
my sad song?
my sad song?

it’s hard to read an emotion
and to see through all this commotion
feelings from other songs might bring
hope that someday i could sing

My sad song?
My sad song?
My sad song?
My sad song?

When did it all go wrong?
And how long does this have to go on
I think my soul is starting to rip
Yet I still hold hope that Jesus wept
Even Jesus wept

As I play a rhythm
On my drum.
Track Name: world unseen
i listen to the words that i can't see.
the door is closed and i have no key.
she reached for my hand but grabbed my knee.
i listen to the words that i can't see.

i live in a place where no one goes.
i learn of a history that no one knows.
his coffin was covered in ribbons and bows.
i live in a place where no one goes.

CHORUS:
i live in a world unseen.
i washed my face but it's still not clean.
i tried to be nice but they were still so mean.
i live in a world unseen.

after noon the man sells liquor in the park.
i kicked the dog but he refused to bark.
the sun came out but it was still too dark.
after noon the man sells liquor in the park.

i have a woman that doesn't know my name.
the world looks different but i feel the same.
i looked to the past the day the future came.
i have a woman that doesn't know my name.
Track Name: start anew
come and make me feel like i believe
a blind man once, but now i see
how you’ve set me free
won’t you set me free

come and make feel like i belong
to feel like this just can’t be wrong

and if you say you want me to
i’ll spend my life with you
oh to be with you
with you i’ll start anew

together forever and a day
for you i’ll find a way

carry on my wayward one
from behind the clouds bring forth the sun
and with you i’ll start again
both my love and my best friend

you make me feel like i’m alive
and for you i’ll take the dive
oh to be with you
with you i’ll start anew

and if you just say the word
sweetest voice i’ve ever heard
it cut’s right to my heart
we will never part

and after all is said and done
my dear, my only one

come aboard my sweetest friend
on this trip that never ends
ocean of love strong and true
rolling waves brought me to you

you make me feel like i believe
once a blind man, now i see
what you’ve done for me
and how you’ve set me free

now i know where i belong
and to you i sing this song
how happy we will be
come away with me

and if you say you want me to
i’ll spend my life with you
oh to be with you
with you i’ll start anew
Track Name: the longest day
by now i know when the day is done
when the twinkle in your eyes gets lost
in the darkness of a whisper unheard
i can still follow you
listen, listen to me, listen closely
i'm calling out your name…
my one true love

they all smile when the air glows bright
my tears only dry up in the winter
what a shame for it all to waste away
i die again
without you, without you, without you
to hold my hand so tight…
my one true love

sometimes i take the long way home
the leaves on the trees rejoice
as they anticipate the coming day
i sympathize
i'm walking, i'm running, i'm stumbling
in search of you…
my one true love

i want each day to end before it begins
to drift into a perfect sleep
and let it all just slip away
i dream of you
listen, listen to me, listen closely
i'm crying out your name…
my one true love

by now i know when the day is done
when the twinkle in your eyes gets lost
in the darkness of a whisper unheard
i can still follow you