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"Erstwhile" is a collection of songs written by Gabriel Soriano and performed by Soriano and his friends. Recording for "Erstwhile" began in 2013 while Soriano was still finishing his previous solo album "Tell Me I Told You So". "Erstwhile" was a project created and completed in between other musical endeavors, and thus it spans close to 2 years in the making. The songs are an eclectic mix of swing, blues, latin-jazz, folk, country, funk, and rock. "Erstwhile" was recorded at Beehive Studios in Costa Mesa, CA, USA. Please share this album with your family and friends!

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released August 18, 2015

All songs written by Gabriel Soriano except
"Simple Math" - written by Gabriel Soriano & Kali Dancel
Various parts written by their players, respectively.

All songs engineered, mixed, snd mastered by Scott Zschomler

All songs produced by Gabriel Soriano and Scott Zschomler

"Crooked Spine"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Backup Vocals, Slide Guitar
Adam Walter - Saxophone

"Gravedance"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Backup Vocals, Classical Guitar, Bass
Adam Walter - Flute

"Dirt Nap"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Drums, Percussion

"Pussyfoot"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Scott Zschomler - Backup Vocals
Adam Walter - Saxophone

"Belle Of The Ball"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Bass, Melodica
Kali Dancel - Vocals
Adam Walter - Saxophone

"Simple Math"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion
Kali Dancel - Vocals
Ann Nguyen - Vocals

"Switch"
Gabriel Soriano - Guitar, Bass, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Guitar, Synth

"Sleeping In The Rain"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Piano

"Midnight Sun"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Backup Vocals, Slide Guitar
Kali Dancel - Vocals

"Keepsake"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Piano
Kali Dancel - Vocals

"The Culinarian"
Gabriel Soriano - Guitar, Bass, Piano, Percussion

"Clip Art"
Gabriel Soriano - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Synth
Patrick Killeen - Vocals
Adam Walter - Saxophone

"Lockjaw"
Gabriel Soriano - Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Percussion
Scott Zschomler - Bass, Organ
Trevor Zinn - Vocals
George Boulos - Saxophone

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Hi. My name is Gabriel Soriano. I write, record, and perform original music. I also make killer guac.

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Track Name: Crooked Spine
I'm just a penny spent, a dollar short on last month's rent
A nickel shy of one more for the road
You're just a melody, you're sung out loud and out of key
I swear to God, you're haunting my soul
So let us cry and let us dance and let us spend our second chance
Just looking back on what we left behind
We'll dig a hole, we'll jump inside, we'll fall asleep, we'll say goodnight
We'll whisper just one more lullaby

I still feel your teeth dragging down my spine, in a crooked line...
I know I've said it all before, and you swear it all sounds the same
But what good is living if you just keep giving up on the hope for a change?
Don't give up on the hope for a change...

I'm just a heart with a hole, you are my shore in the sea
Well the girl and the ghost and the grave diggers' son
Cut a crack in the earth just for me...
And home is a rain never-ending, washing away all the world
And I can't surrender 'cause you are forever
The light in this tired old soul...

I still feel your teeth dragging down my spine, in a crooked line...
I know I've said it all before, and you swear it all sounds the same
But what good is living if you just keep giving up on the hope for a change?
Don't give up on the hope for a change...
Track Name: Gravedance
And in the depths we swim alone, caressing all the emptiness
And flesh will give away to bones, slow dancing in the dark abyss
The veins are dry of blood and tears, but filled with guilt & shame & pride
We're breeding whispers born of fear to blindly run into the tide

And all this time I've wasted, falling back asleep when I should stay awake
But oh your... Your siren song, it calls to me
'Cause in my dreams we're breathing, I don't wanna wake up
To another moment where you're just another memory

And in the caverns of the deep, my secrets lay, awaiting light
But dawn is not the harvest reaped, there's not a single shore in sight
And out of GRACE and into Hell, I flood the cracks surrounding me
I'm sinking deep into that swell, a ghost inside an empty sea

And all this time I've wasted, falling back asleep when I should stay awake
But oh your... Your siren song, it calls to me
'Cause in my dreams we're breathing, I don't wanna wake up
To another moment where you're just another memory
Track Name: Dirt Nap
Fall at your feet, kiss off the dirt, blood caked cold
Filling up a big hole inside my soul, inside my soul
Left me for dead, swallowed you whole, crumbling bones
And I'm bleeding out slow, got no control, got no control

My, my, my girl... Where did you go?
Out deep past all the broken headstones
Stuck in the cold, stuck in the cold

Whisper a prayer, bask in the glow, of that light that I barely got to hold
Lost my way home, lost my way home...
Track Name: Pussyfoot
I've been a fool, I've been afraid, I've been oh so lost
Broken down and betrayed, I pray it's done, it's gone
Forever changed, forever changed

All of your precious words, they only move to serve you
Lord, it's bleeding through...
And I wanna leave you, but I love you, I need you, I don't want to
It hurts too much so I'm moving on...

I'll tell you something, darlin'... One day you gon' see
You wake up next to someone else, just wishing it was me
But I'm never gone, I'm forever chained, forever chained by you

All of my wasted words, they only move to serve you
Lord, it's bleeding through...
And I wanna leave you, but I love you, I need you, I don't want to
It hurts too much so I'm moving on...

Oh you gotta feel the fire, before you feel the rain
Falling in love and out again
Oh you wanna see the light? Oh you gotta feel the pain
And it hurts so much but I ain't ever moving on...

I'll tell you something, darlin'...
Track Name: Belle Of The Ball
I put your picture by the phone so I could look at you when you call
I pulled your scarf out of the drawer and I nailed it to the wall
I'll buy you ribbons and pearl, shiny things, and all I ask in return
Is to fall asleep in your arms and wake up without a care in the whole wide world

Never felt like I belong 'til I was deep in your arms
Holding fast and holding on, wanna stay, wanna stay with you
'Cause you're the light that shines on me
Burning bright for all to see, ever after, happily...

I pull your sweater out the drawer and I wrap it around my skin
Let it hold my beating heart as I'm holding you within
'Cause when your love is away and I can't feel the warmth of your embrace
I wrap your clothes around my body and let 'em hold, let 'em hold, let 'em hold me in your place

Never felt like I belong 'til I was deep in your arms
Holding fast and holding on, wanna stay, wanna stay with you
'Cause you're the light that shines on me
Burning bright for all to see, ever after, happily...
Track Name: Simple Math
I've been thinking 'bout what you done to me
How you ain't even cut the chord you strummed
And it resonates, picking up the pace, until my heart strings come undone
See, I've been trying to find my way to you
Singing everything I did is done, and I believe in love
When you just want me to turn high tail and run...

It's the chains that set us free, if you think that we're meant to be,
Well in time we will see if you really hold the key to my heart...

Springtime blues, knowing what I have to do
Flowers in bloom, carrion's cheering us on, singing their tunes
I know that you love me, and I love you too, I do, it's not enough
Springtime blues, knowing what I have to do...

It's the chains that set us free, if you think that we're meant to be,
Well in time we will see if you really hold the key to my heart...

Is it possible you could be the one? Take this chance with me, it could be so fun
Oh I feel for you, more and more each day, oh just tell me love, do you feel the same?
This could be our chance, take this step with me, I am into you, are you into me?

It's the chains that set us free, if you think that we're meant to be,
Well in time we will see if you really hold the key to my heart...
Track Name: Sleeping In The Rain
I woke up tomorrow having dreamt of yesterday
Mustered up the guts to say the stuff I never say
Took back every word of it to take away the pain
Another night, I'm sleeping in the rain

Look away when everyone is looking back at me
Chase away my chances 'cause I'm choosing misery
And I'm changing everything until it all just looks the same
Another night, I'm sleeping in the rain

She said where have you been? Your dinner's getting cold
The kids are fast asleep and if we're quiet they won't know
He smiled politely as he made his way o'er to the door
Before he said, "Goodnight, and sleep tight..."

Keeping up with company is harder than it seems
You sew and stitch the cracks, but still I'm bursting at the seams
And looking back, those memories feel like a ball and chain
Another night, I'm sleeping in the rain

She said where have you been? Your dinner's getting cold
The kids are fast asleep and if we're quiet they won't know
He smiled politely as he made his way o'er to the door
Before he said, "Goodnight, and sleep tight..."

I don't get the joke but still I'm laughing way too loud
Lover can't be bothered, hope I make her father proud
And when I die a lonely soul and no one knows my name
Another night, I'm sleeping in the rain

He said where have you been? Your dinner's getting cold
The kids are fast asleep and if we're quiet they won't know
She smiled politely as she made her way o'er to the door
Before she said, "Goodnight, and sleep tight..."

I woke up tomorrow having dreamt of yesterday
Mustered up the guts to say the stuff I never say
Took back every word of it to take away the pain
Another night, I'm sleeping in the rain
Track Name: Midnight Sun
Wishing away my memories, everything in front of me
Keeping awake this flickering heart
Everyday I'm listening, searching the silence for something
Say what you want or don't say nothin'

My midnight sun, won't you shine on down?
And put a little light onto me
I'm keeping my word and I'm skipping this town
I could use a little company
Let a slow cold wind just carry my skin
To the edge of the light you've found
'Cause I'm withering away and it's killing me to say
That I'm counting on you to come around...

Following you is like falling into the few and forgotten
Fading away but still watching you...
Sucking on my last cigarette, tracing the shape of your silhouette
Saving a place for your dissonant soul

My midnight sun, won't you shine on down?
And put a little light onto me
I'm keeping my word and I'm skipping this town
I could use a little company
Let a slow cold wind just carry my skin
To the edge of the light you've found
'Cause I'm withering away and it's killing me to say
That I'm counting on you to come around...

I don't know where I've gone, where you've been
Where we're going... But i'm counting on you
Running behind the sun, blinding us
Just bury my bones... 'Cause I'm counting on you

My midnight sun, won't you shine on down?
And put a little light onto me
I'm keeping my word and I'm skipping this town
I could use a little company
Let a slow cold wind just carry my skin
To the edge of the light you've found
'Cause I'm withering away and it's killing me to say
That I'm counting on you...
Track Name: Keepsake
Come inside, follow me to the depths of your soul
You know I tried, forgive me, and I'll do as I'm told
Holding on to the chance that you could look at me
See the person I once was, see the one I could become
Such a fool I became, I let you go, tried to walk away but now I know
What it is to bleed...

Gonna try this one more time, 'cause I lost my way without you
There's no peace without you
Someone told me love is everything that we cannot see
Is there room for me? Or have we kissed for the last time?

You're such a sight for sore eyes, you bring me to my knees
And when you move, I move too, so do as you please
Holding on to the part of you that's pulling me closer to what I can't see
Stuck inside a memory... Everyday's the same what can I do?
Try to break away but I find you in every corner of my mind

Gonna try this one more time, 'cause I lost my way without you
There's no peace without you
Someone told me love is everything that we cannot see
Is there room for me? Or have we kissed for the last time?
Track Name: Clip Art
*gotta get the lyrics from Patrick Killeen
Track Name: Lockjaw
I got a lockjaw mama who keeps her cool
And she don't even know my name
She pick me up for a ride then kick me off on the side
Of the tracks of an oncoming train
See, I been trying to get back to where I was
Tracing my steps on a trail of blood
Dripping off of your lips on the cusp of a kiss
That you cursed on the tip of your tongue

Yeah I'm on a roll, stay in the groove, break in my soul, I need another reaction
I'm gonna fold, nothing to lose, paying the toll so I can kick it all night, yeah

It's getting lonely at the end of this bar
It's getting lonely by the end of this drink
And I, I never thought it would get this far
Falling down into this lonely mans' dream
And then it kicks in, got a broken heart
Cuz I'm living this life for too long
She got me running all over town
It's time to break loose, it's time to get down

Yeah I'm on a roll, stay in the groove, break in my soul, I need another reaction
I'm gonna fold, nothing to lose, paying the toll so I can kick it all night, yeah
Caught in the cold, wait for the cue, tell what I'm told, I need a little more action
Bury the dead, cover the hole, pay my respects and pray to God for your soul