Supercell

by Three Unassisted

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about

Life in middle America is anything but quaint. The country roads are impassable each winter, and each summer brings a fresh crop of new potholes that would make even the strongest of tanks give a wide berth. But Milwaukee-area alternative band Three Unassisted chooses to call this area home for countless reasons, and their brand new album, "Supercell," explains why.

"'Supercell' is about the storms in life, and how just when you think they cannot get any worse, things seem to clear up," explains guitarist and vocalist Will Richter. "This album is nothing short of optimistic."

"Supercell" is the Three Unassisted's first release since the successful reception of their 2015 EP, titled "Wake Me at the End of the Line." The band has spent the last two years tirelessly writing, playing shows all around the midwest, and independently recording the album in the comparatively hilly resort town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Inspired by their closest friends' accounts of the trials and celebrations that life has to offer, the quintet set out to write a diverse set of songs that are as energetic as their stage performance. This collection has culminated in an album of ten groove and funk-influenced numbers that are as striking as the aptly named record suggests.

The lead single from this album, "Hillside," references Richter's home in southeastern Wisconsin. The major-key of the chorus begs the listener to pretend that everything is okay, while the minor-key in the verses push the question of what defines "home." The theme of home is prevalent throughout the album, with the lyrics suggesting that home is more than four simple letters can confine.

"Coffee & Aspirin," the pop-driven follow-up single, cites a daring attempt at falling in love in the transient phases of life as a twenty-something. Lyricist Michael Richter suggests that "there is more than one way to leave the past behind," while showing how love can grow or wither away over a single, somewhat apologetic cup of coffee.

As the record plays on, the lyrics seem to take a compensatory spin on so many of the band's recent experiences. The title track refers to Will Richter's experiences with some of his closest friends battling health issues, and how all he could muster up was a vote of confidence that the storm would eventually clear. As the song builds to a final resolve, the ballad ends with the phrase, "We persevere." Behind the lyrics lies the energy of intricate guitar riffs and jazzy saxophone solos laid down by multi-instrumentalist Kenny Jones, while gifted singer/keyboardist Will Frillman provides intricate harmonies and a shimmering tonality. The heartbeat provided by Mark Gesior drives the melody forward, and his accents on the melodic riffs of the Richter brothers have become a hallmark of the Three Unassisted sound.

"Supercell" is the promising debut album from Milwaukee's own Three Unassisted; a stormy collection of songs that have been independently recorded, written, and released for your listening pleasure.


Album Liner:
As our moniker delineates, Three Unassisted represents the culmination and cooperation of musical styles, influences, and personalities into one cohesive expression of self. This project is our platform for expressing the emotions evoked from our lives. These emotions build the stories that make us who we are. These stories are our Supercell…

Three Unassisted would like to thank,
All of our musical influences, for instilling a passion for creating music. Tom Moscinski, for helping us to lay the foundation of this band. The members and fans of The Allies, Forty Cents Flat, OUTDrejas, Brinksman, The Entrepreneurs, and Flooded Ceiling, for teaching us so many lessons about what it means to be a songwriter and an artist. Rock Central, for becoming our home during the writing, recording, and self-producing of this album. The entire Richter, Gesior, Jones, and Frillman families, without whom we would have no reason to sing these songs. Delaney Thomson for the inspiration and direction of the Supercell artwork. Shaun Morris from Headroom Mastering. Ashley Davis, for constant support of the band and music. Eric Merlin, for showing us that the storm will always pass. Finally, all of our closest friends in Milwaukee, Chicago, and beyond, without whom we would have nothing to share.

“Although rewards in all their forms seldom appear, just persevere…”

credits

released May 17, 2017

Kenny Jones - saxophone, guitars
Mark Gesior - drums
Michael Richter - bass, guitars, vocals
Will Frillman - keyboards, vocals
Will Richter - guitars, vocals

Supercell was recorded, mixed, and produced by Michael Richter at Rock Central in Lake Geneva, WI. All songs mastered by Shaun Morris at Headroom Mastering. All songs written by Three Unassisted. Copyright, 2017.

As our moniker delineates, Three Unassisted represents the culmination and cooperation of musical styles, influences, and personalities into one cohesive expression of self. This project is our platform for expressing the emotions evoked from our lives. These emotions build the stories that make us who we are. These stories are our Supercell…

Three Unassisted would like to thank,
All of our musical influences, for instilling a passion for creating music. Tom Moscinski, for helping us to lay the foundation of this band. The members and fans of The Allies, Forty Cents Flat, OUTDrejas, Brinksman, The Entrepreneurs, and Flooded Ceiling, for teaching us so many lessons about what it means to be a songwriter and an artist. Rock Central, for becoming our home during the writing, recording, and self-producing of this album. The entire Richter, Gesior, Jones, and Frillman families, without whom we would have no reason to sing these songs. Delaney Thomson for the inspiration and direction of the Supercell artwork. Shaun Morris from Headroom Mastering. Ashley Davis, for constant support of the band and music. Eric Merlin, for showing us that the storm will always pass. Finally, all of our closest friends in Milwaukee, Chicago, and beyond, without whom we would have nothing to share.

“Although rewards in all their forms seldom appear, just persevere…”

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Three Unassisted Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Three Unassisted is the alternative project of brothers Will and Michael Richter (guitar and bass respectively), Mark Gesior (drums), Will Frillman(keyboards/trumpet, and Kenny Jones (saxophone/rhythm guitar). Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, the band seeks to provide an unparalleled approach to groove rock. Check out their debut album, Supercell, available now! ... more

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Track Name: Background of a Photograph
Have you ever dared to look towards the Background of a Photograph?
Just past the mind's eye, to the side of what it took to make you laugh or
Cry inside, or where the feeling died the second time around
The faint blue sky, the walls inside, or what was sitting on the ground?

That's how I feel about it all
It's all peripheral, immaterial
Irrelevant, or indifferent
If life's a book, it's the chapter that I never chose to read,
The sources page, where footnotes fade
From where you hold your memory

I'm recalling these mistakes in color,
Made not that long ago
It seems ultra clear, but you might hear
The opposite of what you know
What you're seeing changed the foreground, blood hounds sniffing at the mat below
The big picture changed and rearranged,
An anchor pulls it down below

That's how I feel about it now
The only essential, it's principal
Paramount, beyond a doubt
Try to drown it out, but the message is simply plain to see
Just can't erase a two-fold face
From where you hold your memory
Track Name: Rain Over Enterprise Park
I’m finding a place to hide out, down in Enterprise Park
A silhouette for the work week hiding, he doesn’t know where to start
I’ve found a place to go
And it’s somewhere you won’t know
I’m finding a place to hide out, down in Enterprise Park

The clouds are stuck to the taillights and windows as the clock wastes me away
Expose the truth behind the feeling that strikes here every day.

Save me, save me
Won't you come and
Save me from this battle, my head, it can't control
Blame me, Blame me
All I do is wonder why I'm here...

I found a place to hide out down in Enterprise Park
A brighter place where my past can’t find me, where I’m not stuck in the dark
I’ve found a place to go
And it's somewhere you won't know
I found a place to hide out down in Enterprise Park

Well, the fog connects to the taillights and windows as the clock wastes me away
Expose the truth behind the feeling that strikes here every day.

Save me, save me
Won't you come and
Save me from this battle, my heart, it can't control
Blame me, Blame me
All I do is wonder why I'm here...
Track Name: Coffee & Aspirin
I got the feeling that you'd wanna catch up
And that you had something to hide
Behind each gray and moonlit eye, eye

A spyglass into a town still messed up
It's yet another well run dry
And higher hopes to say goodbye

Prechorus:
Is that what you hoped I'd recognize?

Chorus:

There's more than one way
To leave the past behind
Take your time and talk things through,
And I can take mine with Coffee and Aspirin
There's more than two things that sit here on my mind,
And I'm gonna say them but not to you
'cause it's not for me to...

I find the comfort in the click of a seat belt
But when I push the car in drive
I find I'm feeling half alive

The rear view, it shows a town still messed up
Take to a cold, washed-denim sky
And hold the hopes to say you tried

Prechorus:
With the thoughts of you tucked safe in the back of my mind...

Chorus:

There's more than one way
To leave the past behind
Take your time and talk things through,
And I can take mine with Coffee and Aspirin
There's more than two things that sit here on my mind,
And I'm gonna say them but not to you
'cause it's not for me to...
Track Name: Hillside
Off the map,
just a day away
Hillside, I guess the view's okay
I haven't got a single thing to say
And you know that's not like me

I've been responding with a "can't complain"
While waiting for a southbound train,
Got it all, I guess you'd say
But try to sway my heart or brain

Prechorus:
Just outside the means
You'll find me in a clearing back behind the trees
Just beyond the streets
Where the Outliers rest their tired knees

Chorus:
Nine months in paradise
When it cost six nickels and a worn-down dime
I'd beg for your advice
If I even cared or had the time

Nine months, it all looks nice
To any man to shake my hand more than twice
So let's make-believe it's all okay
It's all okay

Ten miles from the halfway stop
Another fifty til the car keys drop
Into the bag that holds a stock
Of what weighs on my mind

I pay the rent, to call the place "my own"
But find a feeling that I've always known
There's meaning to a word like "home"
That four letters just can't confine
Track Name: Commuter
I was praying for the storm to hit,
It seemed I'd reached out to any God
Another nightmare stopped just as a full-day clock
had come to strike me down like a lightning rod

And each thought I had
Couldn't motivate me more
Somehow I knew it'd soon be June and
I was not alone on 94

Prechorus:
The eye contact hadn't happened more than twice
To survive the longest drive, I thought the songs they would suffice

But "I'm tired" isn't strong enough,
"Exhaustion" is a word too tough,
Mundane seems to explain it best of all,
As the engine starts to stall...

Chorus:
Oh Commuter, it seems I've shared each song with you
I had left lane hopes as I learned these ropes
It was the 55 you clung to
Oh-oh no Commuter, no plane or train will do
There's a while to go, check your side window
For the empathy
You know, I feel the same as you

Verse 2:
I hit the ramp at 50
one pedal on the floor
By verse 2, I'd thought of you
Saw your bumper sticker and
The duct-tape door
Commuter, were you headed somewhere far?
I'll check your mood in the rear view
As if we'd known then grown
Apart

Prechorus 2:
The eye contact hadn't happened more than twice
To survive the longest drive, I thought the songs they would suffice

But her steering wheel keeps the beat,
The singer in the driver's seat,
Her eyes tell stories better than them all
Still the engine starts to stall

Well I could take another route
And risk finding what I want while I'm lost
But that brings nothing more than doubt
And I'm done inhaling your exhaust
Track Name: Still As Sand
3AM, by the phone,
I'll hang on every word you said
Caffeine buzz, convictions strong
Despite everything I've read
I could really use a break right now
From all the shouting matches filling up the silent streets
But sometimes you find there's just nowhere left to go

Ears are ringing with the nonsense, pretense
Counting lies, may I borrow your hands?
Keep complaining, using hashed-out stories, still I never seem to know where I stand
Well these times aren't set aside for
The kind of dance you're making, and it's just to stall
You've got a blank commission check
Tell me to sign or get this train-wreck out before the curtain calls,
Or it falls...

Chorus:
Is there a solid belief in a cluttered mind point of view?
Shaking hands and smiling eyes can force a thought askew
You're screaming out to help me now with a voice still as the sand
I still don't fall in the wrong lane

Hold it in, hold it in
Keep your words numbered and your thoughts out of the gutter
Breathe it out, breathe it out
Your next step to pleasure, keep your two feet runnin'...
Track Name: Backburner
Wake up thinking
Another day ran out and just about a minute too soon
A ship sinking
It seems that we are stuck inside, a light about as bright as the moon

I've been dragging this out
Like a half-written check
I've been speaking in tongues
With two hands around my neck

In this wreck, I find the comfort and the courage seems to push right through

Halfway Home
If what you're telling me is true
Halfway Home
Discredit what you thought you knew
You might know
That there's something called fate, you pray to hold it
When it seems out of your hands

You could stay
Beg for the skies to turn blue
Look away
From all you hate to do
One more day
Is all it took for the jump that took you far from what you planned,
Out of the flame, we fall into the nearest pan

Backburner
It all can wait a day, get after it tomorrow instead
Inferno
A new "normal" arrives, ignore it like a kick in the head

And we've got things that we think
Like luck takes timing and skill
But what we leave out is the ache, the heart,
The power of will
And I still feel your heartbeat and it's dying just to push right through

Right through
Track Name: Malarkey, WI
Town between a great Lake and a low land
Tell me more just to spit me out
Down 3rd Street, the gutter in "The Good Land"
Has dished out little more than doubt

Took the high road, but landed on the North side
At 2AM it ain't the place to be
One more storm, I shiver as I piss pride
Hardly seems to be the place for me

I wanna know what you're thinking I owe you
I wanna know what you're thinking I owe

Your hair, sick of picking it off my coat
It'd be enough to clone you twice
Since you left, leaving nothing but a stained note,
Empty bottles, and take-out rice

So this time, I'm trading Coffee for the Aspirin
This time I'm fashioning an action worth a reaction
Backing down, half a reason and a weak rhyme
I think Chicago sure sounds nice

I want to go where nobody will know you
I want to go where nobody will know

So bitter, I know it's self-inflicted
But still as bad as could be (don't you agree?)
So bitter, I know that you're addicted
To all I find wrong with me
Track Name: Supercell
This is not a test
Some unwelcome guest
It rolled in from the west and it filled your head
Tell me what they said

Some blip on the radar
A mark on the screen
The smallest in measure but unsure of what it means
But can't go unseen

Your sirens are cursing the air, time and again
Over the waves I called out I'd be there if you'd tell me when
Just beyond what was forecasted, came just the same
A storm that's unworthy of giving a name, oh
Your sirens are cursing the air, time and again
Give a night to let skies clear, my friend

Come home to the lights on
Enough on your plate
The sky holds a Supercell
You say it can wait
At least one more day

Yet the more I blame elements,
It brings back the snow
It's not like the clear skies are all we've ever known...
But don't hang up the phone...

Outro:
Is it the pill, or how you take it?
Is it the bread or who you break it with?
Is it the distant hand you're holding on the coldest of nights, or the punches that you pull to win the fight?
Although rewards in all their forms seldom appear,
Just persevere...
Track Name: Compromise
I'd be lying if I called it a choice
And if I even had a say
You've been screaming over all of the noise
That we'd lose out either way

So with compromise and half-filled doubts
The haves and have-nots, and those without
Have lost out on this day but we're not going away

So are you taking up arms, or are you taking the blame?

If you're calling this a tragedy
If you're calling out for sympathy (don't look at me)
We're drowning in disparity (we've tried it all, there's nothing but spite now)
At least on that, we can agree
We're not going away

It's a problem that we're dying to fix
But it seems we've missed the mark
A thought bubble holds an energized fist
In a storm over Enterprise Park

So take compromise and half-held doubts
From those who are content and those who go without
Don't count on a loss this day, we're not going away

So are you taking up arms or are you taking the blame?
Who is willing to fight for something more than a name?