Ward: Alternative, post-punk and new wave in Los Angeles, CA
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"Sublime splendor...an evocative voice and the lyrical chops to match, the future looks bright for Ward"

-Atwood Magazine

"Every release Ward drops takes you on a high."

-Music of The Future

"Der Song gibt von Anfang an Vollgas"

-We Love That Sound

"Classic-sounding melancholy"

-The Line of Best Fit

"There is no genre checkbox for Ward...you will be hooked!"

-Music Junkie Press

"Only rising higher every day with every note they play."

-Indie Pulse

"In the world of alternative rock and upcoming young artists, Ward has sprinted up the ladder"

-Imperfect Fifth

"There is something beautifully honest about Ward's voice and lyrics...he really is the new thinker in music and I am so glad to walk that path with him."

-Audiofuzz

"Post punk gold"

-Audiofuzz

"A cathartic missile aiming at blowing up those workaday blues."

-Buzzbands.LA

"Art rock elegance...Ward cuts his blend of rock with an 80's leather shine and deep 90's pop hooks."

-American Pancake

"What a relaxing quality brought on by a talented artist"

-Imperfect Fifth (review)

"An uncanny blend of modern rock"

-IndieCentral Music

"By the time the song ends you will already want to start playing it again"

-Rock The Pigeon

"You have to love this"

-We Love That Sound

"Straddles alt-rock and pop worlds while keeping feet on solid conceptual ground"

-Buzzbands.la

"Ward entra con emocion"

-Rokeamos Infinitamente

"Soothe the Soul once again demonstrates Ward's strength as both singer and songwriter."

-Northern Transmissions

"Take a dip in this melodic, emotional endurance...and unprecedented songwriting."

-Musigator

"A lovely ode"

-Buzzbands

"With the percussive drive and New York sensibilities of one the better LCD Soundsystem offerings, Ward delivers."

-Indie Obsessive

"My god, I love this guy's voice...this generation's Richard Ashcroft"

-Audiofuzz

"Who doesn't love a song that makes you wanna get up and dance?"

-Keep Walking Music (Spain)

"A driving, fun, catchy-as-hell gem."

-Groundsounds

"Los peinados, chamarras de cuero y el protagonismo de Ward nos hace pensar en Morrissey y Brett Anderson."

-Warp Magazine

"The good Ward just hits you...reminiscent of Richard Ashcroft, 'Stand Me' is a classic rock song with an outstanding vocal."

-We Love That Sound

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In 2016, Ward quit his desk job in NYC, moved to LA and started a band. Since then, the group (Chris Gongora, Mauricio Munguia, Ryan Dietzenbach, and Ward) have grown a fanbase of tens of thousands online and played their high-energy post-punk live set throughout the Western US and Mexico. In 2019, Ward has already played or booked over 30 shows, including Echo Park Rising (Los Angeles, CA), Mesa Music Festival (Mesa, AZ) and set to headline the LIFA Festival (Mexico City) this October along with a 2nd tour of Mexico. In 2018, Ward sold out a 150-person show in Mexico City and his song "Crush" was recognized as one of the top 100 songs of the year by Buzzbands.la. To date, his releases and videos have been streamed over 200k times, and earned praise from online music blogs such as Groundsounds, Line of Best Fit, Atwood Magazine, Buzzbands, Imperfect Fifth, Northern Transmissions and more.

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Lyrics

Slowfast

Father died now you can paint your face, mother dies you can keep your place however you want. Some day you'll die and I'll die too and someone else will do whatever they do wherever they want, whenever they want. What kind of man agrees to this? To take all his time and confidence? Still his time is leaving so it's so, so, so slow but it goes so, so, so fast. Father died, now you take his place. When mother dies you can keep your place however you want. Some day you'll die and I'll die too and everyone around will do whatever they do but everyone lost, and everyone lost. What kind of man agrees to this? Take all his time and confidence? Still love you say you're so, you're so, it feels so so so slow but it goes so, so, so fast. Don't want you feeling bad. Don't want you feeling bad. I'll be the way you were before. I'll be the son who wanted more. I don't think now, I just go, go, go. If I go go go, would you ask? What kind of man agrees to this? Take all his time and confidence? Still love you say you're so, It feels so, so, so slow, but it goes so, so, so fast. - ©2018

You Ruin Me So Good

It all makes sense up in my head But then my love I see you coming You're like a needle to a thread When I don't know where the blood has gone rushing You're like a spotlight to the stage You stop to show me where I'm tripping up I try to act like I don’t change But you’re not buying my lies that sell nothing You ruin me so good You ruin me so good In all the ways you should In ways I never could You ruin me so good All I draw is monochrome You color me a thousand brilliant shades I swore I knew the line to hold But I can’t stand when your flood comes gushing You’re like a fire to a home You warm me up then you smoke me out You dig me right down to the bone And cut out all of the snares I been drumming You ruin me so good You ruin me so good In all the ways you should In ways I never could You ruin me so good Baby walk lightly Baby don’t drop With my lip drawn tightly Baby don’t stop You never gonna beg You never gonna stop Cuz you never really cared about what everyone got You only want love So cause and effect Now I’m wrecked beside you You ruin me so good You ruin me so good In all the ways you should In ways I never could You ruin me so good - ©2019

Getting Further From The Edge

You start to taste it You spinning circles in the sun And you see, there’s no way out One way I think you had it One way for sure But our souls I swear Are thinner than the air And no one else will care Except maybe me We're the right people, wrong place Right world but we're out of space So we say, we say, then we walk on by We love the city We love the flow But a soul isn't safe When it's all around A soul out here ain't safe It's all around We love the city We love the flow But a soul isn't safe When it's all around A soul out here ain't safe It's all around We'd love you to say it's safer We'd hope your soul is safe but Will it, will it Be all around? - ©2020

Whatever Takes You Home

I know you think it’s bold, to play this role But all the things you run to, they go I know you think it’s love, cuz you let it roam But it never took you home I don’t think it’s alright to feel this way No one round here holds you, they just know your face So you only got one way to go Whatever takes you home, Whatever brings you luck Whatever gives you love, Love love love, baby love Whatever picks you up, Whatever builds you soul Whatever takes you home Whatever takes you home Never see from the front what’s right behind us Hard to see from the left what’s right beside us I don’t want to make mistakes but life is all about that I don’t care what people say right now Hey, hey love if you got Love if you got a way, Hey love, if you got a way Hey love if you got A way to be safe to be loved to be sane You love don’t explain you need love and you get pain Okay love need it all Love it baby love it baby Love it baby Don’t get angry All the pain you get Don’t get crazy Love Don’t be angry love But I have to say, “With all you give Are you loved?” I can-not-take All this bitter stuff For long I can’t stand you gone Always way too long I hope you know you always safe with me Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah yeah Whatever takes you home, Whatever brings you luck Whatever gives you love, Love love love, baby love Whatever picks you up, Whatever build you soul Whatever takes you home - ©2019

Bring Me Low

Can't go back to everything Set right the way it should I know that I'm seeing things Not quite the way I should I'm not making this up But I'm making it worse I get cold in the sun I get pulled in reverse I get lost, these thoughts They bring me low I won't fall back on anything The way I always would But know that I'm getting clean Just how we always should When I try to get up I know just how it feels To be down on your luck Left out of the deal I get lost, these thoughts They bring me low I get lost, these thoughts They bring me low - ©2020

Liars

Let’s all pretend we’re not liars Let’s all pretend we’re not here to stay Let me tell you I’m not living that way Let me tell you I don’t want to go where You’ll stay until you start to sway Still searching for something to save Let’s say we’ll put out our fires Let’s pretend we’re safe from smoke and flame\ Something tells me burning makes you happy Something tells me you don’t want escape You’ll stay until you start to sway Still searching for someone to save To save, to save To save, to save You’ll stay until you start to sway Still searching for someone to save To save, to save To save, to save- ©2017

Spy

I’m a spy on the human race I rely on all the hidden spaces Because a little bit safe Is a little bit not A little bit gained Is a little bit lost And no one saves For what they don't even want Remember where you come from Isn't where you will go Don't stare at the world, life ain't fair to be sure Dare to get yours, dare to get yours I didn't love in the way that you wanted I didn't say some thing some way I didn't let myself get all fucked in the head I didn't settle for the world I'd made So I’m a spy on the human race I reside on all these hidden spaces If you’re a little bit sane You’re a little bit not A little bit gained Is a little bit lost Because no one saves For what they don't even want Remember where you come from Isn't where you will go Don't just stare at the world Life ain't fair to be sure Dare to get yours Dare to get yours Would you love Would you hate Would you walk out the door Once you saw my disguise? I’m a Spy - ©2017

Crush

I see you're alone, I see you get crushed down the middle. You must know, everyone's got something. So hate this, and save this. You're a success, you confess, is when you slide to the left, or leave it alone, so why you ever got to go, get crushed? I'll let you go, just swear to stay out of the middle. Find a home, everyone's got that one thing. Feel the crush in the middle of the city. In your car hundred-ten degrees. You get rushed all around this busy, but you can't get where you need. So your foot sits baking on the metal. On the crawl from La Brea to the 10. And the sun keeps cutting through the palm trees. And the cars keep cutting in. Feel the crush in the middle of the city, And the push to the western sea. You can move through all the middle of a city, but you'll never get what you need. - ©2018

Soothe The Soul

Feel loose Like I felt then Who else Is gonna win it back for me? I've been living my life as some other guy I've been living my days as somebody's son Whose soul knows better See I lose when I lose the goal I lose just to choose control What did I lose just to soothe the soul? Just to soothe the soul Well bruised Still searching One brain Too many shoulds stamping on my name Still got time, still got reasons to try Peace only hangs in a purple sky For souls who know better I knew when I lost the goal That I'd lose just to choose control What did I lose just to soothe the soul? Just to soothe the soul? I'm not begging and twisting And hollering through your shit And hedging and drifting One hundred-eighty degrees from you Not a life spent Not my life man Not in sight man Not my wife man All you needed All you needed Don't you waste all your life What did I lose when I lose the goal? What did I lose just to choose control? What did I lose just to soothe the soul? Just to soothe the soul - ©2018

Swimming

I, I went swimming In a world inside my mind I, I went spinning And I’m swirling out of time I don't know how to make this feeling stop Don't have a way to turn it off When it's on I don’t know what make of feeling stuck — I don’t got no way to toughen up When you’re gone I don’t what to say Which way is Up? I only know the day’s been rough When you’re gone I don’t know how to really change my Luck — Don’t got no key to break the Lock when the flood rushes on I’m swimming I’m swimming I’m swimming Under Under the breaking waves They won’t be breaking me I, I went swimming And the shore is out of sight Why is it beginning To blur between the lines I don’t know what make of feeling stuck — I don’t got no way to toughen up When you’re gone I don’t know what will make me feel enough — I don’t got no way to feel at All when the flood rushing in I’m swimming I’m swimming I’m swimming Under Under the breaking waves They won’t be breaking me I’ll get better Pretty as ever a- Lone I learn to float Hard up there To feel again (When) It pours out from my throat I’ve had brittle and bad dreams I’m in (the) middle (of) stirring things But I not giving up anything In all the wars to come I’m swimming I’m swimming I’m swimming Under Under the breaking waves They won’t be breaking me Under the breaking waves They won’t be breaking me I don’t know what make of feeling stuck — I don’t got no way to toughen up When you’re gone I don’t know how to say which way is Up — I know the day’s been wrong Since you’re gone - ©2019

Velvet Walls

Velvet walls seeping through the backs of things. Nothing falls, but nothing ever stood up straight. Trouble that I don't look for, and pain that I don't need. Things that I didn't plan for bring me to heel. Black as dark and lacking heart. Souls in parts stretch though their ends to where they start. My skin and heart thinning down the winning way. Until I pull apart all the signs and clear the way for the way I feel. - ©2017

Stand Me

How can you stand me, When I just toss and turn? When I stay up every night just to try and make it work? I'll tear it down I do it all the time babe I'll tear it down I do it all the time babe So I'm asking How you stand me, and all my songs? About the ways I still regret all the things I wish I'd done I'll tear it down, I do it all the time babe I'll break it down, I do it all the time babe So I'm asking... Love I can't save myself From drowning under water And I can't find Another way to fill my bones So how can you stand me? When I just twist and turn? When I stay up every night just to try and make it work? I'll tear it down I do it all the time babe I'll tear it down I do it all the time babe So I'm asking- ©2018

Dirt

One of these two Is better to lose One of these games Is better to lose You're so so so so Sure of yourself Unfettered youth Talking of truth Nobody's name Has yet to struggle through, you’re so so so so Sure of yourself You hurt, the dirt, you earned Don't weigh it on yourself You hurt, the dirt, you earned I'll sing in LA Don't get in my way Don't ever scream Back on the street You'll end with dirty seams - ©2020

No Time

I can’t change the way you feel I can’t get to your source But I will, I will I say I can’t trust the highs you live on I don’t buy all your lows Did you make them up Just to say, to say you got them? We got no time We got nothing left You can’t make it You can’t buy it But you can fuck it up These days you swear you got it all But I I swear, I swear you don’t Will we have some time to see What no one knows for sure While we live...inside (and die) Willful, begging life Will you beg for seconds? You will You will in time We got no time We got nothing left You can’t make it You can’t buy it But you can fuck it up These days you swear you got it all But I I swear, I swear you don’t If you needed a singer, you’d write us a song If you needed a singer, you’d write a song, a song See all of us all winners, but none of us knows Where we tear And where we’re sewn Same old tapes Different tunes Words they only matter When we got no time When we got no time… We got nothing left To say, to say to say - ©2017

Unsettled Souls

You really serious? You think you are. You think you know where the hazards are Unsettled souls, unsettled souls, Unsettled soul, unsettled What do we all lose? What do we win? What did we forfeit when we first began? We’re unsettled souls, unsettled soul, Unsettled soul I been like this before, Just not with you, You got to know That I need a minute I haven’t got I need to know where the hazards are My unsettled soul, unsettled soul, Unsettled Soul Whatever you say to me I will be ready for You gon’ be blaming me Egging me, taking me Gotta be kidding me Loving then Slugging with me in the end I just want to fall in love and make my way out At least I’m not Afraid to fall To play a game And scale a wall You watch us walk You take, You talk, you stay way up, way up up on the side I been like this before But not with you You got to know That I need a minute I haven’t got I need to go the hazards are My unsettled soul, unsettled soul, Unsettled soul - ©2018

I Can't Fake It Anymore

Can't look at this shit Can't look at these stars Look at this world that Tells you just how far It wants you to go where it wants you to stay But the last thing you got Is the another day to dream in I can't fake it anymore I can't fake it anymore Can't take this hit Can't right my frame Can't wait to own a piece of my brain The world wants me to blend my blade Like having sex when the weather stained The last thing you want To keep your soul from screaming I can't fake it anymore I can't fake it anymore So look at this shit look at these stars Look at this world that Tells you just how far It wants you to go where it wants you to stay And the last thing you want Is another day of dreaming I can't fake it anymore I can't fake it anymore - ©2019

Sober

I got, I got threaded I got set in the wrong way And now I’m light-headed My god, I got shredded I gone regretting the long day Without my unleaded Put another beat down Get me lost in this crowd Never been lower Since I been sober Never felt lower Since I been down Who’s not empathetic? We all wanting to drown in a brown antiseptic There I, there I said it Now-let’s-get sunk in the junk Till we drunk and on credit Drowning out the beat now Getting lost in this crowd Never been lower Since I been sober Never felt lower Since I been down No one ever breaks without a blurring of the juice no No one ever shakes without stirring all the screws no No one ever tells what to be without your booze no Living out all your life with all the things You got to do Never been lower Since I been sober Never felt lower Since I been down (2x) Never felt slower Since I been sober Square and hungover Since I been dry Never felt older Since I been sober Watch it all smolder Since I burnt down - ©2019

All The Things I Want

I don’t know where I got this feeling I don’t know what I need it for I don’t care what the thread will weave With the work it takes to sew I don’t like the way it takes me low I say I need it But I don’t believe in All the things I want All my dreaming Losing feeling With all the things I want, want, want I don’t think I can stop this bleeding I don’t feel how to heal what’s torn I don’t why I still believe In the calm before the storm I don’t know why I still want it more I say I need it But I don’t believe in All the things I want All my dreams and All my scheming For all the things I want, want, want If you don’t care Love I swear Love Im feeling dead - ©2020

Leave It On

No one dares to get in your head No one spared from the vinyl red No one cares what you wear to bed You gun wear what you want Just like you always did Leave it on Girl we getting on? Leave it on Girl it turns me on Leave it on, Leave it on All your shakes got me feeling quick The skin you scraped with your neon kicks All your shapes got me feeling thick So baby wear what you want What ever does the trick Leave it on Girl we getting on? Don’t take it off Girl it turns me on Leave it on, leave it on Hey, my weirdo... Hey, yo quiero... I been missing you since dawn Have you been bad, since you been gone With your skin and seams and sporty thongs It’s all your fault with how you leave it on …. You’re gone? Girl are we getting on? Leave it on Girl it turns me on Leave it on, leave it on Hey, leave it on, Hey, don’t take it off Hey, hey, hey, hey- ©2020

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