Static

by Dave Kerzner

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    "Static" is Dave Kerzner's follow up studio solo album to his acclaimed debut "New World". It's a progressive rock concept album and a "rock opera" about the distractions, chaos and clutter in everyday life and about navigating past this "static interference" in our heads toward clarity and happiness.

    The album features Kerzner on vocals, keyboards and guitars and he is joined by Steve Hackett (Genesis), Fernando Perdomo (Jakob Dylan), Randy McStine (The Fringe), Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact), Nick D'Virgilio (Big Big Train), Derek Cintron, Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Alex Cromarty (Mostly Autumn), Stuart Fletcher (Sea Horses), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and more!

    "Static" is a "rock opera" with dramatic twists and turns from dark moods to uplifting atmospheric pieces to rich nostalgic rock sounds to modern alt rock edge. The album is the length of a traditional double album on one jam packed CD (or 75+ minute album on CD or download). It features the songs "Hypocrites", "Static", "Reckless", "Trust", "Dirty Soap Box", "The Truth Behind", "Millennium Man", "The Carnival of Modern Life" and more!

    Dave Kerzner - Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
    Fernando Perdomo - Guitar, Bass, Drums
    Randy McStine - Guitar, Bass
    Matt Dorsey - Bass
    Steve Hackett - Guitar
    Nick D'Virgilio - Drums
    Colin Edwin - Bass
    Stuart Fletcher - Bass
    Derek Cintron - Drums
    Nick D'Virgilio - Drums
    Alex Cromarty - Drums
    Durga McBroom - Vocals
    Lorelei McBroom - Vocals
    Ruti Celli - Cello

    Album Artwork and Graphics by Ed Unitsky
    Artwork concept by Dave Kerzner

    Mixed by Dave Kerzner and Rob Aubrey
    Produced by Dave Kerzner
    Assistant Engineer - Andrew Gonzalez

    Recorded at Sonic Reality Studios Miami Fl, Reseda Ranch Studios, Resda CA, Aubitt Studios, UK and all over the world.

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"Static" is Dave Kerzner's follow up studio solo album to his acclaimed debut "New World". It's a progressive rock concept album and a "rock opera" about the distractions, chaos and clutter in everyday life and about navigating past this "static interference" in our heads toward clarity and happiness.

The album features Kerzner on vocals, keyboards and guitars and he is joined by top musicians including Steve Hackett (Genesis), Fernando Perdomo (Jakob Dylan), Derek Cintron (DC3), Nick D'Virgilio (Big Big Train, Spocks Beard), Randy McStine (The Fringe), Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Alex Cromarty (Mostly Autumn), Stuart Fletcher (Sea Horses), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and more!

"Static" is a "rock opera" with dramatic twists and turns from dark moods to uplifting atmospheric pieces to rich nostalgic rock sounds to modern alt rock edge. The album is the length of a traditional double album on one jam packed CD (or 74+ minute album on CD or download). It features the songs:

1 Prelude (0:39)
2 Hypocrites (8:29)
3 Static (5:19)
4 Reckless (5:38)
5 Chain Reaction (4:43)
6 Trust (4:46)
7 Quiet Storm (2:08)
8 Dirty Soap Box (5:43)
9 The Truth Behind (7:11)
10 Right Back To The Start (1:50)
11 Statistic (2:53)
12 Millennium Man (3:31)
13 State of Innocence (4:48)
14 The Carnival of Modern Life (16:52)

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www.davekerzner.com

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released September 28, 2017

Musicians include:

Dave Kerzner - Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Drums, Bass
Fernando Perdomo - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Backing Vocals
Derek Cintron - Drums
Randy McStine - Guitar & FX
Durga McBroom - Vocals
Lorelei McBroom - Vocals
Ruti Celli - Cello
Steve Hackett - Guitar on "Dirty Soap Box"
Nick D'Virgilio - Drums on "Dirty Soap Box"
Matt Dorsey - Bass on "Reckless"
Colin Edwin - Bass on "Static"
Ewa Karolina Lewowska - Vocals on "Static"
Alex Cromarty - Drums on "Chain Reaction"
Stuart Fletcher - Bass on "Chain Reaction"
Chris Johnson - Guitar on "Chain Reaction"

Produced by Dave Kerzner
Mixed by Dave Kerzner and Rob Aubrey
Mastered by Dave Kerzner

CD Cover and Booklet Artwork by Ed Unitsky
Artwork Concept by Dave Kerzner and Ed Unitsky
Graphic Design and Layout by Ed Unitsky

Recorded at SR Studios, North Miami
Mixed in Miami, Florida, Mykonos, Greece and various parts of England
Additional Remote Recordings by Fernando Perdomo (at Reseda Ranch Studios), Randy McStine, Matt Dorsey, Nick D’Virgilio (at Sweetwater), Colin Edwin and Durga McBroom
Sound Effects by Scott Martin Gershin and Dave Kerzner
Co-Management: Ann Rinaldi
Creative Consultant: Ewa Karolina Lewowska
Kickstarter & Creative Consultant: Veronica Malazzo
Audio Editing by Andrew Gonzalez, Jeremy Plasencia, Rob Aubrey and Dave Kerzner

Special Thanks To: Daniel Earnshaw and Martin Darvill, Cherry Red, Steve and Jo Hackett, Tom Lord-Alge, Fernando Perdomo, Durga McBroom, Ewa Karolina Lewowska, Ed Unitsky, Lorelei McBroom, Jerry Ewing & Prog Magazine, Larry Morand & Cruise To The Edge, Simon Collins, Kelly Nordstrom, Matt Dorsey, Ann Rinaldi & ACR Management, Veronica Malazzo, Ruti Celli, Hal Feldman, Colin Edwin, Derek Cintron, Stuart “Tetra Fletch” Fletcher, Alex Cromarty, Howard Rankin, Nick D’Virgilio, Sweetwater, Robbie Bronnimann, Clavia, Yamaha, Kevin Pollack, Billy Sherwood, Simeon Spiegel, Scott Martin Gershin, IK Multimedia, Sammy Gonzalez, Andrew Gonzalez, Erik Nielsen, Erik Norlander, Sonic Reality, Marty Dubois, Allen Mackenroth, Joel Barrios, Tom Palmieri, Rob Rutz, Jonathan Schang, Mike Cornelius and Claudia Bierschenk (for hurricane help), Jay and Gail Kerzner, Gary and Claudia Kerzner, Daniel and Leah, Sherri and Ken Nahan, all of our friends, fans and family plus an extra special thank you to the amazing Kickstarter backers who helped to create this album including David DeNuccio, Brian Dillman, Malcolm Newington, Andy Verdi, Torben Andersen, David, Richard Schilder, Ed Mulhall, John Kuehne, David Giezen, Dave Lewis, Jacques Paquet, Rick Armstrong, Michel Clares Grande, Gary Bittick, Mario Hudon, Keith Greenberg, Renee Mantkowski, Jon Haverman, Joseph Alvarez, Michael Onufrak, Jens Weimar, Phillip Bailey, Arnold De Larisch, Takashi Oguchi, Josh Gilliland, John Myhill, Michael MrWickey Thompson, Jed Levin, George Yorty, Bruno Kerrien, David Beard, Michael Galligan, Lennart Fagerman. Gary Bruce, Erik Giethoorn, Valentin Vlasenko, Rodney Kidd, Michael Ostrich, Alan Dawes, Steven Wilson, Arjan Van de Logt, Paul Elliott, Joe Sharkey, Michael Treacy, Mathieu Thibault, Mark Marriott, Doug Curran, Claudia Bierschenk, Melanie Shiffman, Oscar Quintero, Richard Ijams, Scott Moskowitz, Marcel Hartenberg, Frank Barrus, Kevin Amburgy, Mark Crouter, Andrew Griffin, Rick Rosinski, Mark Mittentag, John Wyant, John Doney, Marco Casella, Karl Renaud, Judy Humphries, Aaron Breidenbaugh, Asad Rahman, Paul Claxton, Volker Warncke and Executive Backers Bob Harris, Alejandro Araujo and Kathy Axelrod Giroux!

With special dedication to inspiring music artists Kevin Gilbert, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and John Wetton.

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Dave Kerzner, of the band "Sound of Contact", has a variety of Progressive Rock projects including his work as a solo artist. Dave's “Sonic Elements” project uses sounds from his company Sonic Reality and features iconic guests like Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Billy Sherwood (Yes), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), with SR drums from Neil Peart, Nick Mason... ... more

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Track Name: 02 Hypocrites
Hypocrites (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

Out of the woods into the clear
Rats in a race running to sheer fright

Turn on the set turn up the blame
There’s no more shame and everyone’s right

So right

Sharpen the blade lie to invade
Ready the pawns sparing the royal knight

Giving to steal
Standing to kneel
Hurting to heal
Failing to feel
To feel

Leap from the cold into the fire
Out of control tripping the wire
Pointing at me pointing at you
Making us gorge on your point of view
Dropping the bombs fighting for peace
Selling a war profits increase
Dying to love loving to die
Destroying ourselves no one knows why
So why?

Faking for real
Does anyone know the deal?

Are we for people?
Are we just narcissists?
Walking through playgrounds
Tripping in politics
Judging the weak in the crowd
Dividing the meek from the proud
Scared of the same in us
Who can we blame or trust?

Obscuring for clear
So far from near
Crying to cheer
We’re yelling to hear

Kicked in the head of the state of the innocent minding the gap in the logic where wrong turns to right wings of freedom to fall forsaking it all in the name of the one true God not yours or theirs just mine

We’re all hypocrites
Track Name: 03 Static
Static (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

The crowd around you
Of no concern at all
Lost in a haze of confusion
On another call

Addicted to distraction
The curse of discontent
You struggle on the path of least resistance
To suffer and lament

One last chance for saving face
There’s no net when we fall from grace

We can’t get through the static
that reigns inside your head
The pulse of life is beating
but someone’s playing dead
We can’t get through the static
cause chaos fills your mind instead

In an ocean of your fortune
you swim against the tide
People try to reach you
but you’re drowning deep inside

One last chance for saving face
There’s no net when you fall from grace

We can’t get through the static
that reigns inside your head
A thousand screaming voices
the one of logic fled
Can’t rise above the static
The waves of reason crash
You had the throne of kings
and burned it all to ash
Track Name: 04 Reckless
Reckless (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

Hey there
Pretty baby
Thinking maybe
You’ve got nothing to lose tonight
Pack up the brews and let’s go for a ride

Be my honey
Bring the money
We’re gonna go and paint the town
I’ve got the fastest wheels around

Sweet lady
Call me Shady
cause I know a damn good time
Chasing a thrill is not a crime
Reckless like you’ve never been
Crashing on the road within
Reckless like you’ve never sinned

Now we’re racing
You’re embracing
The other side at 135
What better way to feel alive?

Tires screeching
Limits breaching
I think it’s time we hit the brakes
Do a few lines to raise the stakes?

Reckless like you’ve never been
Crashing on the road within
Reckless like you’ve never sinned
Throwing caution to the wind
Spitting fire from the back
Burning speed and losing track
Risking all to get a lift
Spinning out on a mental cliff

Hey there
Pretty baby
Thinking maybe
We could do it again sometime
As long as your boyfriend doesn’t mind
Reckless like you’ve never been
Crashing on the road within
Reckless like you’ve never sinned
Throwing caution to the wind
Track Name: 05 Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

When you criticize
and you realize
cuts you down to size

When it’s getting late
and you take the bait
but you better wait

When the innocence
turns to self defense
into consequence

And you wonder how
you’ll work it out
with no conclusion now

Merciful sun
Shining on every single one
A battle of words we fight who we are
Leading to tears and going too far
When you’re meaning well
and you broke the spell
and it goes to hell

Shaky alibi
with emotions high
and the insults fly

When the lines are crossed
and the feeling’s lost
and you see the cost

When you hear the crack
and your fears attack
and you cannot take it back

Merciful sun
Shining on every single one
A battle of words we fight who we are
Leading to tears and going too far
Dominos fall and promises stray
Caught in the chain and slipping away

One wrong step and the mine explodes
One bad move and the whole thing blows
Spiraling down and we lose control

Merciful sun
Shining on every single one
A battle of words we fight who we are
Leading to tears and going too far
Dominos fall and promises stray
Caught in the chain and slipping away
Track Name: 06 Trust
Trust
Lyrics and Music by Dave Kerzner

We used to sleep inside your head
I know
It didn’t matter what we said
I know
You woke up in another bed
I know

It's too late for trust
and now
We’ve reached the end for us

We never stood another chance
You know
When you gave away your own romance
You know
Wisdom gained from circumstance
It's too late for trust
and now
We’ve reached the end for us

Down the stream we flow
No one really knows how long
I’ve heard the cries
Now I chase the sound of alone
With certainty unknown
Accept what I’ve been shown

It’s too late for trust
In the fights we disengage
It’s too late for trust
From the pain we turn the page
It’s too late for trust
Another path another stage
You can never break the trust
We’ve reached the end for us
Never break the trust
Track Name: 07 Quiet Storm
Quiet Storm (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

Quiet storm rising
changing faces in the wind
what once was held sacred
became hatred with a spin
Disguised as freedom
Control the way they live
and they will lash out
so we’ll feel the pain we give
Track Name: 08 Dirty Soap Box
Dirty Soap Box (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

Here we are at the crossing point of lunacy and mayhem
People walk the city streets with torches in their hands
Dog eat dog it’s fight or flight put the money in the mattress
Alright

The magistrate is smoking crack
The grimy pot calls the kettle black
The lawyer grabs his pile of cash with a monkey on his back
Self righteous preacher stands in the corner stage
On his dirty soap box

Here we are at the turning page from decency to defect
Shifty scammers sell their smiles with the deepest disrespect
Give me your time and I will rob you blind

Neighbors hide and lock their doors
Saints confide in greedy whores
Shrouded men will spew their hate
Desperate housewives test their fate
Leaders posting tweets obscene
Scholars read the lines between
Hackers leaking every last name
Imposters feel their shame
Track Name: 09 The Truth Behind
The Truth Behind (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

So many strangers lurk
Too many odd disturbing signs
From her denial
Prying to read between the lines

Look at yourself
Such a fine mess
Consumed with stress

She found a new face
To get past your blind-folded eyes
It’s part of a scheme
made of deception and lies

Just look at yourself
Your head in a cloud
floating about
and your core is screaming out

It’s happening again
the chaos and mind-numbing games
Your path to the end
crawling through slow burning flames
We want to live the life we have visions of
Sometimes we sink so low we can’t rise above
When your suspicions grow
from all the clues you find
You feel that you have the right to know
The truth behind

With your tears rolling down
You know that you’re the fool who wears the crown
Watering the roots of your disdain
A relentless pursuit that fuels your pain

Is this what you need?
You ready to bleed?
The stories unfold
Outrageous and cold
Mislead and played
Shocked and betrayed
The truth that’s behind
It’s blowing your mind
Eyes open wide
Devotions collide
How much can you take?
Don’t drown in the wake
They’re sneaking around
There’s more to be found
Their act is a crime
But you’re doing the time
Doing the time
Track Name: 10 Right Back To The Start
Right Back To The Start (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

Tomorrow is just a seed in your heart

Change will take you right back to the start
And now your thoughts unwind



Drama is just a part in your brain

Tales that taunt you driving you insane

But soon you’ll find the strength
To leave it all behind
Track Name: 12 Millennium Man
Millennium Man (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

I am the millennium man
I’ll get into your head just as fast as I can
It doesn’t matter if you love or hate
As long as I’m the subject of your debate
People say that I’m the big head cheese
I look real tall when they’re down on their knees
I grab and take with no thank you or please
When you’re a star you can do it with ease
That’s right

A simple education on money and fame
is all that you need to play in this game
I’m the high school bully
I’m the low class clown
My smug face gets around
I’ve got invisible plans
I play pocket pool with my oblivious fans
Reach around and I’ll fill your cup
I’ll put you down so I can feel up
I subscribe to the church of greed
all of your change is all that I need

I break down
expose the wires
a robot with feelings implied
Less and less human inside
It’s time to turn up the pride

I have a bigger word
I’ve got a prodigy mind and my thoughts are absurd
I don’t need no reality tease I’ve got a bottle of gin and a local squeeze
I can buy some friends on the street
I’ll pay them to leave after kissing my feet

I’m the high school bully
I’m the low class clown
Yeah I know it ain’t funny
I like your noses brown
I need all of your attention
Gotta feed the beast
Wanna hear more cheering
To hell with the ones we like the least
Gonna go for the big one
There’s never enough for my insatiable feast
Track Name: 13 State of Innocence
State of Innocence (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

I used to float in waters clean
Then my soul went submarine
Out of depth far from serene

All the pieces felt like one
Till I saw the puzzle done
Now I stand doubting everyone

Wake up you dreamers see through the lie
Shake off the fear of wondering who, what or why
All in all no one is solely to blame
All of us part of this difficult game called life
Don’t be the victim of your own sword and knife
On and on the living sphere will turn
and we yearn, we burn and we learn
Track Name: 14 The Carnival of Modern Life
The Carnival Of Modern Life (Lyrics by Dave Kerzner)

Pt. 1 Welcome To The Carnival

Step right up and win some crap
We’ve got everything here
We’ve got gallons of beer
Over in the corner on the left your favorite reality tv stars
Full of entertainment value
What ever will they do next?

There’s plenty of booze
Nothing to lose
Gamble away
Hold on to your shoes
I’ll be your guide
So get on the ride
Stick out your tongue
and open wide
We’ll fill your brain inside
with gobbledygook
Ain’t that right?
Just ask my organ-playing monkey
Drink that punch
and follow me
into the fun house
the fun White House
Welcome to the carnival of modern life

Pt. 2 Freak Show

Freak show
We’ve got a freak show
Free swag
We’ve got free swag
Drugs flow
Let the drugs flow
Street slag
Come on street slag
News reel
Watch the news reel
Clowns cry
Hear the clowns cry
Spin wheel
See the spin wheels
Fists fly
Let the fists fly
Just come on by
Just come on and buy

Untrue and unkind
Watch morals unwind
And you’re losing your mind
The blind’s leading the blind

Pt. 3 High Noon

It’s high noon and you’re running cause you’re rolling the dice
you owe your self worth but you can’t pay the price
All the believers convinced that they’re right
All of them here for a day and gone in the night
Seeking those to fight
and hiding from the light

Pt. 4 Leave It All Behind

Tomorrow is just a seed in your heart
Change will take you right back to the start
Your power to leave it all behind
When will you claim your right to scale the mountain?
If you’re still wondering
What it’s all about
Don’t be the judge and jury
Fate will balance out
It’s only a drop of time
in waters full of rhyme

When you look inside
In the corners of your mind
What’s what & who’s who?
All of mankind
Is in you

Pt. 5 The Grand Finale (Look At Yourself)

Are we for people?
Are we just narcissists?
Walking through playgrounds
Tripping in politics
Judging the weak in the crowd
Dividing the meek from the proud
Scared of the same in us
Who can we blame or trust?

I break down
Merciful sun
Static
Here we are at the turning page
Doing the time
We’re all hypocrites
Look at yourself

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