Chris, Ellen, Asarr, Sam and Anthony are collectively, Chamber Band.
They play music about love, heartbreak and dragons. Deities is their debut album.
They would love to get in on your next game of Settlers, whenever that is.
DEITIES, AN ALBUM ABOUT LOVE AND HEARTBREAK
SET IN THE WORLD OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
LAWFUL NEUTRAL. she was crawling across the kitchen floor I was sleeping dreaming of the war harpys singing she don’t know the song, no and I saw the sorry scribble in surprise she was wrong in trying to be right she was lawful to be neutral unaware that she was evil unaligned malefactor ally to herself roguish actor plus 10 to her stealth nothing missing that she couldn’t bear set traps for rigging and I saw the sorry scribbles in surprise she was wrong in trying to be right she was lawful to be neutral unaware that she was evil unaligned.
CONSTITUTION. to bravely attack the wight to lose oneʼs head but not to lose the fight my baby, she wait at home a trusted warlord delivers my bones she take my remains to the local priests she offers silver and fall to her knees, pleading she loves me she loves me so wonʼt let me go and I awake whole again lit by the soft warmth of the bedroom window where within she and I lie so peacefully I once was dead now I am not what is happening? Baphomet, the Horned King, a stubborn goat ainʼt got nothing on me gotta get loot gonna get paid gotta skill up gonna come back if i get killed today my baby, she wait for proof her constitution going through the roof the minotaur can be a bullish breed but they grow weary when they start to bleed not me oh Wee Jas I pray on you to brace my lover for my loss she couldnʼt know that loving me would have such costs she didn’t know to think such thoughts she couldnʼt know her heart would be in knots oh, my little Jasidin as selfless as she wanna be sheʼs scooping up whatʼs left of me and I awake whole again lit by the soft warmth of the bedroom window where within she and I lie so peacefully I once was dead now I am not what is happening?
PROPHETIC HEART. itʼs been two days, weʼre in love she fits me like a +2 glove how could i tell her at the start? my blood’s pumping through a prophetic heart itʼs been two weeks carrying on she left her sister with her mother and she quit her job how could I tell her at the start? my blood’s pumping through a prophetic heart and when we go down to the river for a summery day I already know everything that sheʼs gonna say but I play pretend my nodding never ends oh, raven queen remove from me the gift you gave no more prophecy itʼs been one year since we met sheʼs with child, I regret how could I tell her? no black art could compel my prophetic heart
YEENOGHU. Yeenoghu, destroyer destroy me for turning from you a maiden, a beauty, a love no abyss could undo oh master of mine, please give me a sign oh grant me the strength to go into town and steal the one that I love away oh Yeenoghu I want her so badly her magic I cannot resist I have to be with her to have her is my only wish oh master of mine, please give me a sign oh grant me the strength to go into town and steal the one that I love away oh Yeenoghu and her bitter blessings blow my heart away I’m at your feet, on my knees I pray for a favor from you Lord Yeenoghu I tremble I whimper I fumble I lose my mind my words have no meaning I need her, she will be mine oh master I plead please fulfill my need or grant me the strength to go into town and steal the one that I love away oh Yeenoghu
SHAPESHIFTER. oh, ehlonna I don’t know what I should do I don’t know my own heart I don’t fit in my skin I feel so askew she says she loves me why she asking me to change in familiar form into size not my own into a beastly shape I was the raven who scouted her skies (she feel my blackened feather) finding her flowers with my nimble eyes (we look so good together) but when I changed back I gave her such a fright I was once her shapeshifter but I won’t be tonight give me the wisdom to know what I can’t understand why my own lover don’t love me when I’m my own man why I’m coerced to become a companion ehlenestra, hope you hear my sylvan song I’ve been sleeping inside I’ve been burning the earthto make myself feel right and I was the raven who scouted her skies (she feel my blackened feather) feeding her berries and cawing my lies (we look so good together) but when I changed back I gave her such a fright I was once her shapeshifter but I won’t be tonight
HOLD ONTO US. we had set out packed all our clothes and things, adorned with rings, alive with life, to a place by the sea. you’d had a dream said there were “places to go” places to go places to go within reach so we set astride, with the compass my father had with him the day that he died with a feeling inside us there was nothing to fear as long as we hold onto us the future is clear the place that we found a little different for me A difference for me indifferent to me indifferent to everyone but that’s how it goes living in foreign lands customs and rituals I don’t know I won’t know I can’t know so I won’t but we said okay, we’ll stay until Sehanine Moonbow steals us away we won’t run home because there is nothing to fear as long as we hold onto us the future is clear.
OH IO. home for the day I wouldn’t know it home doesn’t feel the same as it once did home is a place far from the current far from my heart it doesn’t lie anywhere but where my baby’s gone. home is where my lover is though she currently ain’t telling home is where she rests her head even with a different fellow home is where her body lies not that I am even asking. home is where I’ll only be if I used the Orb of Seeing oh, leave your lover unseen leave her memory clean
PETITIONER. she was born in plane walked the land from birth turned her face from sun lost all sense of worth she was born to die a petitioner this kingdom of men steeped in castle wall as it’s always been watch the women fall she was born to die a petitioner she lost her will she lost her way she gave in to the evil things that serve to tempt you she made her mind she made her bed she made up mine pleading for her life as the sunlight spies hear the boatman’s bell giving word to wise never had a chance a petitioner
ASMODEUS. I went walking one day to the edge of my claim where forest meets plain worried words whispered low in the taverns of town thereʼs evil around I took a shortcut through the woods and heard the cultists singing out i heard a voice amidst the crowd: was it her? her family barn burned to the ground on the night of St. Cuthbertʼs Day her mother got sick and her brother got bit by a Lycan stray could this be? she saw things a little differently from me now I go to her house all covered in moss and reflect on the loss who were they to lure my love from me? and I hear her people pray all night to that heathen god of hate Asmodeus I will not join I will not cave I will be strong i will be saved I will not be one of them with her
GOD OF GREED. treasure called to us across the hemisphere a party of five formed the village elder warned, “Only four of you will return here.” still we set out on a foggy morn two elves and a dragonborn, me and my baby left our homes in the care of a friend who was sure we’d meet our end in the mouth of a manticore how could he know? oh, no that’s tiamat, the god of greed, in tow oh, no pick your feet up we have got to go my baby’s fast but she ain’t that fast I hear her calling out my name attack the world with everything you got don’t pause to question none you’ll beat the world by one you must keep moving while you’re hot in the dark led by a holy horn two elves and a dragonborn death follows where my baby goes she’s taking out them trolls she’s making all high rolls how could she know? oh, no that’s tiamat, the god of greed, in tow oh, no pick your feet up we have got to go my baby’s fast but she ain’t that fast I hear her calling out my name one last time she is so beautiful all wrapped up in her blanket forget she’s all covered in blood she says so quietly I almost do not hear her go on, go on, go on, go on without me we put her on the horse’s back and cross the river she looked, to me, as white as snow she says so quietly I almost do not hear her go on, go on, go on, go on without me you know I’m only slowing down the party I make her travel so far I start to feel evil her breath is fading fast and how oh, she says nothing but I know what she’d say, she’d say, Go on, go on, go on, go on without me you know I’m only slowing down the party if only I had not been so greedy my baby might be standing here beside me
SLEEP CHARM. olidammara i live deep in the mountains, banished away she is all that can get to me she is friend foe and family we exchange grumblings we make tea she don’t look at my ugly face stands across and takes in the place but I know why my baby comes to me coz I can stick out my hand and say go to sleep I can stick out my hand and say go to sleep all go to sleep all go to sleep all go to olidammara there’s a place beside me you can rest your head let a hundred winters pass you by you are safe beside me in my nice warm bed oh what a sweet little lie i live deep in the mountains, there I must stay. still she comes to see me. still she comes to be beside me I know why my baby comes to me coz I can stick out my hand and say go to sleep coz I can stick out my hand and say go to sleep all go to sleep all go to sleep all go to olidammara and so we go to sleep beside each other in my little room our bodies intertwined at last then lo lo lo lo and behold we woke up from our dream feeling oh so old we scale the mountain and look down upon a city we don’t know our hands are clasped so very tight then lo lo lo lo and behold we woke up from our dream feeling oh so old how did we get so old?
PRODUCTION NOTES // This album was written and recorded by Chamber Band in the extended winter of 2012/2013. Produced and mixed by Michael Flannery at Bass Hit Studios in the neighborhood known to absolutely no one as “upper-Chelsea” New York City. Co-Produced by Chris Littler and Sam Monaco with Chamber Band. Tracked by David Darlington and Michael Flannery. Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, NYC, assisted by Rich Morales. Special thanks to Kyle Benson for appreciating antique lighting fixtures. Art and design by Aaron Nestor at Death to All False Metal. Cover photo by Mel Lugo. Lydia-Berg Hammond, Allie Scully and Kelly Tieger sing on select tracks.
Thank you to our family and the extended family that is our friends and fans.
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“Indie nerds have jumped the shark.” – Someone on Twitter
According to founding member Chris Littler, the band was meant to be a goofy side project — a set of songs he could sing to blow off steam between scattered gigs as a production assistant. He thought it was too particular to live — or perhaps too earnest — but the loyal and outspoken fan base that developed from those first few shows proved him wrong. The band’s ranks grew quickly after Chris switched coasts, and the Chamber Band as we know it today arrived fully-formed and fully-weird to the Brooklyn indie scene in early 2012. Though initially sounding equal parts The Decemberists and They Might Be Giants, over the years the band has developed a style and substance wholly their own — fusing sparse musicality with lyrical call-outs to the major totems of nerd culture. Yes, their name is a bit of a misnomer (their music can be played in a chamber, of course, but it’d be best to give good warning to the downstairs neighbor) but that just plays into their anarchic sense of play. Called “one of the sharpest bands to ever hit the scene” by the Nerdy Show and “the next big thing” by Dorkland, the band’s genuine musicianship and ecstatic live performances have earned them the rare respect of both nerd culture and critics alike.
In other words, they’re your new favorite band. Here’s a video of them performing:
Some fans of ours:
“One of the dangers with ‘nerd music’ is that the novelty of nerdy content sometimes outweighs the musicianship and universality of the songwriting. That’s not the case with Chamber Band. Musically, they’re one of the sharpest bands to ever hit the scene and, with tracks like “Lawful Neutral” and “Shapeshifter”, they strike powerful chords with fantasy roleplaying enthusiasts of every class.” – Cap Blackard, Nerdy Show
“Seriously, if you haven’t already clicked on the link to their Bandcamp page and bought this, you need to do that right now.” - Chris Helton, Dorkland