Refuel

by Rocket Scientists

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Refuel 02:13
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SHE’S GETTING HYSTERICAL by Erik Norlander (c)2014 Waking Dream Music, BMI She's half asleep with her wild eyed dreams An early fall, a restless sea The lights go down on tired eyes Days go by, it's no surprise She's getting hysterical No talking anymore She's getting hysterical All's fair in love and war She's on her way, there's no return I walk a road and watch it burn A crazy world goes rolling by She's got the look in her eye She's getting hysterical No talking anymore She's getting hysterical All's fair in love and war I should say I'm sorry And come back for more I could make it easy But all's fair in love and war She's getting hysterical She's half asleep with her wild eyed dreams An early fall, a summer breeze She's on her way, there's no escape You try to turn but it's too late ...
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Martial 03:41
MARTIAL by Erik Norlander (c)2014 Waking Dream Music, BMI One more mountain in the distance, haze and clouds behind Face the future, climb the mountain, take each step at a time Martial will, and testify Leave your dark days behind One last valley past the mountain, get to there in time Present future, deep the valley, far as ocean as wide Martial will, and testify Leave your dark days behind
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It's Over 06:25
IT’S OVER by Mark McCrite and Don Schiff (c)2014 Vermiscious Music, BMI I have no sense of rhythm I have no need for time I can't see any reason in the rhyme And I just can't remember Before it felt this way And all the things we lost along the way Wishing I could just start over I need to feel alive again I'm so afraid to make the next move For all the things that might have been But it's over It’s over No easy way to find it On any road I've known I've learned to make my way out on my own I can't explain what's missing But it's missing all the same I had to lose to learn to play the game Doesn't feel like starting over Cause this is what I've always been Wake me up to face the new day Another chance to shed my skin ‘Cause it's over It’s really over I must be a fool to think of leaving With so much more to say If I could find a way I'd be alright given time But it's not right and I'm not fine I wish that I could just start over And feel alive again Wake me up to face the new day One more chance to shed my skin ‘Cause it's over It’s over
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Regenerate 04:33
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THE FADING LIGHT by Erik Norlander (c)2014 Waking Dream Music, BMI Strange roads have brought you here Far away from home Dark days have turned to years Through the great unknown When all is lost You hold on to the fading light When changes darken all you knew The fading light will guide you home Strange engines turn their wheels It's a big machine Steam powers brass and steel If you could see what I have seen When all is lost You hold on to the fading light When changes darken all you knew The fading light When all is lost You hold on to the fading light When changing skies go darker blue The fading light will bring you home
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THE WORLD WAITS FOR YOU by Mark McCrite (c)2014 Vermiscious Music, BMI Standing on higher ground You don’t make a sound Trying to get to tomorrow I’ll be a better man And keep you safer than All of the ones who will follow Searching for a deeper meaning That’s right before your eyes You won’t know just what you’ll find ‘Til you’re flying through the sky Wishing your days away Everything fades away Like a New Year’s resolution And after the long goodnight Wake with the morning light Hoping to find a solution Maybe it’s just part of the journey Where no one knows your name When you finally get where you’re going Will you still feel the same? So hold on tight through the long, dark night It’ll be alright And I’ll be there to help you Let go of my hand, but stay in command Then you’ll understand The world is waiting for you
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Reconstruct 01:29
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CHESHIRE CAT SMILE by Erik Norlander (c)2014 Waking Dream Music, BMI There's nothing left but a ghost A photo faded to gray Before it all slipped away You burned as bright as the sun That's how I remember you Like the Cheshire Cat smile The Cheshire Cat smile Smile The Cheshire Cat smile Only few find the way Would you know if you did? And do you really want to at all? I saw a face in the crowd Dressed up like a memory That's how I remember you Like the Cheshire Cat smile The Cheshire Cat smile Smile The Cheshire Cat smile
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ROME’S ABOUT TO FALL by Mark McCrite (c)2014 Vermiscious Music, BMI Here we are again Starting at the end It’s hard to find a friend When it’s over Nothing left to say We’ve thrown it all away We’ve sold our souls today To buy tomorrow One step into the mouth of madness One step into the dead of night We’re out on our own Just trying to get it right We don’t know where this is going But this ain’t how it’s supposed to be We always thought that we could have it all But now Rome’s about to fall Now you’d like to try To kiss it all goodbye You’re living in a lie But you don’t know it You don’t understand Why you’re never in demand And it got so out of hand In the end One step into the mouth of madness One step into the dead of night We’re out on our own Just trying to get it right We don’t know where this is going But this ain’t how it’s supposed to be We always thought that we could have it all But now Rome’s about to fall
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Galileo 05:05
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THE LOST YEARS by Erik Norlander (c)2014 Waking Dream Music, BMI I had a dream We broke through the sky I held on with both hands But the dream passed me by And now it's gone I'm just an empty shell I wonder how my heaven Went all to hell The lost years The lost years Gone like yesterday The lost years I grieve for the future I live in the past I long for the moments That never could last And now it's done So much empty space I wear the mask of sadness Lines on my face The lost years The lost years Gone like yesterday The lost years The lost years The lost years Gone like summer days The lost years The lost years The lost years Time just slips away The losts years
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IT’S OVER by Mark McCrite (c)2014 Vermiscious Music, BMI I have no sense of rhythm I have no need for time I can't see any reason in the rhyme And I just can't remember Before it felt this way And all the things we lost along the way Wishing I could just start over I need to feel alive again I'm so afraid to make the next move For all the things that might have been But it's over It’s over No easy way to find it On any road I've known I've learned to make my way out on my own I can't explain what's missing But it's missing all the same I had to lose to learn to play the game Doesn't feel like starting over Cause this is what I've always been Wake me up to face the new day Another chance to shed my skin ‘Cause it's over It’s really over I must be a fool to think of leaving With so much more to say If I could find a way I'd be alright given time But it's not right and I'm not fine I wish that I could just start over And feel alive again Wake me up to face the new day One more chance to shed my skin ‘Cause it's over It’s over
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CHESHIRE CAT SMILE by Erik Norlander (c)2014 Waking Dream Music, BMI There's nothing left but a ghost A photo faded to gray Before it all slipped away You burned as bright as the sun That's how I remember you Like the Cheshire Cat smile The Cheshire Cat smile Smile The Cheshire Cat smile Only few find the way Would you know if you did? And do you really want to at all? I saw a face in the crowd Dressed up like a memory That's how I remember you Like the Cheshire Cat smile The Cheshire Cat smile Smile The Cheshire Cat smile

about

ROCKET SCIENTISTS LOOKING FORWARD WITH "REFUEL"
California prog rockers begin their third decade with a new studio masterwork

(El Dorado Hills, California, 18 November 2014) The enduring trio of Erik Norlander (keyboards), Mark McCrite (guitars and vocals) and Don Schiff (Sticks and strings) are delighted to release their 7th studio album, "Refuel." The full-length album combines both vocal and instrumental songs with the band's signature songwriting, performance and production style in 12 unforgettable songs. Refuel also features stellar performances by guest musicians Gregg Bissonette (drums), vocalists Lana Lane, Kelly Keeling and Emily McCrite along with others including the brass players from the band's previous release, Supernatural Highways, and Norlander's Hommage Symphonique album which also featured Schiff and McCrite.

Refuel started in 2012 with the idea of marking the band's 20th anniversary of their 1993 debut release. Producer / keyboardist Erik Norlander notes, "We decided to write some new music at the end of 2012 to celebrate 20 years of Rocket Scientists. We wrote a lot. Too much, in fact, for a single album!" The band released a 30-minute all-instrumental EP, Supernatural Highways, earlier this year which represents the first part of those creative efforts. Refuel contains the balance of those 20-year anniversary recordings and is a more traditional album mixing vocal and instrumental tracks in the style that so identifies the group. A video for "She's Getting Hysterical" will closely follow the Refuel release.

Guitarist / vocalist Mark McCrite takes his craft to new heights on the Refuel album. Says vocalist Lana Lane, "Mark is one of the most musical people I know, and Rocket Scientists wouldn't exist without him. He is always up for the challenge of creating meaningful music and delivers incredible work. The songs he has contributed over the past 20 years to both the Rocket Scientists and Lana Lane catalogs are definitely some of the most memorable."

Keyboardist Erik Norlander turns in another production full of depth and color. Don Schiff comments, "Erik is a never-ending source of master keyboard wizardry. His tones are the best, and his choice of harmony is flawless. As for his keyboard technique, it's the stuff of the timeless legends that we know and love." Norlander's keyboard work especially shines on the instrumental, "Galileo," keeping alive the RS tradition of naming an instrumental track after a famous scientist. Norlander was even persuaded to step out with more vocals to the Refuel effort. Mark McCrite notes, "I'm really excited to have Erik return more prominently as a lead vocalist this time out. This was an important element of our first album, Earthbound, and I'm happy to see it come back!"

Don Schiff performs his usual Stick and bass guitar magic in addition to penning 2 of the album tracks, "Regenerate" and "Reconstruct." He also plays contrabass, cello and viola throughout the record. Norlander comments, "In the few years since the Rocket Scientists Looking Backward project, Don taught himself to play the cello! He had been experimenting with various bowed guitar-like instruments on the Hommage Symphonique album and even on the last 2007 studio recordings like "Earthbound." Those sounded great, but I think Don decided that he needed to learn the real thing … and he did!" Schiff's cello is prominent on the 26-minute opus, "Traveler on the Supernatural Highways," released earlier this year, and the Refuel album takes his string-player role even further on nearly every song.

Guest vocalists on Refuel include symphonic rock chanteuse, Lana Lane, and long-time Norlander collaborator, rock icon, Kelly Keeling. Mark McCrite notes, "It's also great to feature the inimitable Lana Lane. Singing at the same mic with her was one of the highlights of these sessions, and I love that our signature blend is featured as the very first vocals you hear on the record." And Don Schiff adds, "Kelly's vocals embody all the characteristics of legendary vocalists in style, power and control. On top of all that he also is 'Kelly Keeling,' a legendary voice on his own. It's always a great pleasure to hear his artistry." Keeling provides guest vocals to the horn-driven anthem, "Cheshire Cat Smile," and Lane concludes with album with a stirring delivery of the symphonic gem, "The Lost Years."

credits

released November 18, 2014

Mark McCrite - vocals, guitars
Erik Norlander - keyboards, vocals
Don Schiff - NS/Sticks, bass guitars, cello, viola, mandolin

with
Gregg Bissonette - drums
Lana Lane - vocals
Kelly Keeling - vocals
Emily McCrite - vocals
Jon Papenbrook - trumpet
Rich Hofmann - piccolo trumpet
Eric Jorgensen - trombone

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Rocket Scientists El Dorado Hills, California

Formed in the late 1980s by keyboardist Erik Norlander and vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite, the two released their first CD in 1993 joined by bassist Don Schiff who soon became a part of the band. RS has played many festivals and concert dates across North America and Europe and continue to release new music. Memorable songwriting and innovative instrumentation are Rocket Scientists hallmarks ... more

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