ROUGH OUT

by Stead

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about

"A delicate and introspective acoustic album that reveals the talent of Stefano Antoci D'Agostino, helped by some indie Italian celebrities who tie a ribbon on a bunch of lo-fi folk songs that, born all around the world, show a very international flavour [...] an album that sounds a bit like a wanderer, but this doesn't mean that it sounds without having a specific direction" (Beppe Ceccato, ROLLING STONE)

"Minimalist folk-rock ... intimate, epidermal, intense and precious [...] Stead complies to the standards of the american folk tradition, he combines it with a vocal approach and melodic structures that recall Morrissey with some shades of brit-pop. It all ends up to be a forceful and pleasantly unusual mixture. (Barbara Santi, RUMORE)

STEAD - Lo-Fi/Indie/Folk (London, UK) : “ROUGH” and “ROUGH OUT” Digital Release, REPETITIVE Digital Single and Music

Out now, on digital release, "ROUGH" and "ROUGH OUT", first full-length release from STEAD, lo-fi, folk, indie music project curated and embodied by the sicilian and London-based singer/songwriter Stefano Antoci D'Agostino. A New York born project which grew up in the small clubs of Milan, established itself as a delicate reality of the german underground music scene before settling in London in 2010. “Rough” synthesyzes a long path through the last 4 years of this project's life, all its shades, Its journeys across europe and all the wonderful musicians who got involved, like the John Parish' collaborator Cesare Basile, Giuliano Dottori, Dave Muldoon, Veivecura, Roberta Cartisano and the cellist Francesco Saverio Gliozzi (Sursum Corda) just to mention a few. An infinite journey that “Rough” retraces through the 8 most significant songs written during this period, together with “Rough Out” (extended version, available exclusively on Bandcamp), that will include 8 more tracks, demos and rarities recorded in due process between Milan, Malmo, Celje, Berlin e London. “Rough” and “Rough Out” release was anticipated in 2011 by the single and music video “Instead”, entirly self-produced, filmed and published by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino. “Repetitive”, second single taken from Rough, will precede and celebrate the digital release of the album. Repetitive Music Video was filmed in Bricklane, London in 2011 and is curated by the Apulian film-maker Lino Palena. In the meantime the Stead is working on the successor of “Rough” and a new EP will be released within the end of 2012.

ROUGH OUT (extended edition, digital release exclusively on BANDCAMP. includes some "rough" out-takes and previously unreleased demos taken from "2007 Ep © Stead, 2008" - "?! Ep" © Stead, 2009" - "Swit Music © Swit Music 2009" - "The Sunlover's Tale © Mud Hair Jongleur, 2004")

rough - 01.COLORS 02.ANOTHER ME 03.FLAMING RED HORIZON 04.WHEELER DEALER 05.INSTEAD 06.REPETITIVE 07.29 TIMES (feat. Dave Muldoon) 08.GIUGGIULENA (feat. Giuliano Dottori)

out - 11.DEAL (instr.) 12.SHAPED (2004 with Mud Hair Jongleur) 13.GLASGOW 14.LIKE A BLAST 15.FIVE 16.FROGPRINCE 17.PLANETUNE 18.GONE (instr.)

credits

released 30 May 2012

* Stefano Antoci D'Agostino, Cesare Basile, Luca Recchia, Roberta Cartisano, Marcello Sorge, Francesco Saverio Gliozzi, Silvia Segale, Dave Muldoon, Giuliano Dottori, Stefano Chiodini, Marco e Nicoletta Tiberini, Mud Hair Jongleur. Produced by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino (05, 11, 16, 17), w/ Cesare Basile (01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 13, 14), w/ Mhj*, Nicolò Zaganelli & Gianluca Mancini (12), w/ Marcin Bricki** (15) w/ Giuliano Dottori (08, 18) * Shaped © Mud Hair Jongleur, 2004 ** Five © Swit Music, 2009. Recorded by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino (05, 11, 16, 17), Luca Recchia and Stefano Antoci D'Agostino (01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 13, 14), Giuliano Dottori (08, 18), Gianluca Mancini (12, Shaped © Mud Hair Jongleur, 2004), Marcin Bricki (15) - 2008/2011, Milan, Malmö, Celje, London - Mixed by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino, London, 2011. * 12 mixed by Gianluca Mancini, 2004, Milan ** 15 mixed by Marcin Bricki, 2009, Malmö. Mastered by Massimiliano Lotti, Milan, 2012 (01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07,08, 13, 14), Stefano Antoci D'Agostino (11, 16, 17) * 12 mastered by Nicolò Zaganelli, 2004, Milan ** 15 mastered by Marcin Bricki, 2009, Malmö. Words and Music by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino © Stead

The 2 Digital Singles taken from "ROUGH" are now available on ITUNES, AMAZON, BANDCAMP and all the most popular digital music provider. Every file includes the title track and 2 bonus tracks taken from “Rough Out”

01. INSTEAD (includes previuosly unreleased Glasgow and Planetune)
01. REPETITIVE (includes previuosly Like a Blast and Frogprince)

It was in 2008 that i left a world that i didn't like, to go looking for a world that doesn't exist. I had many things at that time, things that today i regret. But I didn't have what i wanted. I packed some of the things I had, I left some of them behind. Everything changed and a few months later i found myself recording an album, the album today I officially release. Today, after more than three years, I haven't found yet what I was looking for. One by one, day by day, i lost every little thing i had. Every little thing I had built in years got spoiled and only a bunch of rough songs survived to the hardest change i have ever faced in my life. Damaged. Alive. No world that doesn't exist. But i tried and it was at that point that millions of stories started to cross my way. In the end this is what "Rough" meant to be about, actually what "Rough" is about. This is the ideal place where a new little story will settle and grow up. Cause "A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal" (Will Bloom).

and Thanks to : Massive, huge, enormous thanks to Rita, Giovanni e Concetta Ventura, Marco Antoci D'Agostino, Melania Antoci, Silvia Segale and every little piece of my family for always loving me and for the incredible things i learned from all of them. Slightly smaller thanks to all those who, at some point during the last 4 years, played live or recorded these songs and all those who worked, for some reason, on the "Rough" project so far. In alphabetical order : Andreas Laudwein, Broken Toys, Carla Zerbi, Catharina Linden, Cesare Basile, Daniele Antonino, Danilo Torretta, Dave Muldoon, Davide Iacono, Dit Records, Francesco Saverio Gliozzi, Frida Linden, Gianfranco Caruso, Giuliano Dottori, Jonathan Arnlund, Lino Palena, Luca Recchia, Marcello Sorge, Marcin Bricki, Max Lotti, Marco Tiberini, Massimiliano Galli, Mara Palena, Mattia Pittella, Nicoletta Tiberini, Nicolò Zaganelli, PPZK, Raise The Bar Records, Roberta Cartisano, Ronny Seiler, Silvia Segale, Simon Linden, Stefano Chiodini. Then thanks to all my best friends, you know who you are.

Thank you all, dear listeners.

Stefano Antoci D'Agostino
aka Stead
info@stead.it
www.stead.it

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Track Name: Another Me
ANOTHER ME

The fire lies under, all this water above
the bottle is always the one i have earned
hey ... is it the same for your dinner ...
or is it the same thing just for your face ?

Cause there is a stage in disguise that is hiding your disgrace
Sadness is trying to conceal the lack of respect
but there is place where I am sure cheats will be cheated
That place is where another me wins ... another me.

The curtain is falling, clapping hands are tuning out
the story is without words but if words are still safe you lost
you steal words from this silence but it's loud
always remember the first line, my dinner is mine and yours now lies

Deep in a sound that is mildly screaming your disgrace
Can you be stupid enough to not understand ...
the eyes of the man who belongs to the places ...
where another me wins ?

where another me is respectfully standing
on the border line of the front row
that's where another me wins ... you know ...
that's where another me is alone
Track Name: Colors
COLORS

Put this life on this night, could you spend it asleep ?
no, you could not dream. Could you maybe turn off a light
just to turn it on when it could be late ?
it will never be dark, learn to face this night up
there's so much to get there's your star somewhere
so if you should close your eyes … just smile before

what i'm trying to say's that this growing is not getting old
what i was trying to explain, now it's late, i know
but you're the one you were before
with all the colors you lost

now take this line as a joke where some succeeds and someone,
someone else just fails
tell me what means a lot when both of them refused soon
their own way to be free cause they could be me
but weakness bought all rich wisdom and
now send the poor to pay much for this very expensive sleep

what i'm trying to say's this growing is not getting old
what i was trying to explain, now it's late, i know
but you're the one you were before
with all the colors you lost
and all that you never get to be alright
or just to feel proud
cause there must be a way to hold on
faithful to the promise made to all the colors you lost.
They are something you know, they are what you created
they are something you are, somehow and anyway
they are something you love and they feel the same
Track Name: Flaming Red Horizon
FLAMING RED HORIZON

Prayers in the box of the "untradeable" faith
with pictures never taken of a wonderful tale,
where no one stares at this horizon in cage.
So it is that your faith forgot to be fair
and left this silence in your stead.
how can i stare at the streets where you loved to walk
no Saint Marks ain't the same without you.

Then someone saw the sailor sailing the space.
It's said it smiles at stars as they pass by with grace
and that he writes down all the names screamed out by the flames.
So it is that the river that bloody morn
stole the sailor from the ocean.
So that it was ridiculous to be here,
New York makes no sense without you.

Now can you hear how this horizon in flames screams our names ?
hey .. that's your name

So i've been talking to you, don't know how long, pretending you were still there,
i asked you all the things that i didn't know ...
mate, come on can you please tell me more
Yes i've been talking to you, i don't know how long,
you know, there was so much to say ...
can you hear how these flames are now screaming out loud ?
Track Name: Wheeler Dealer
THE WHEELER DEALER

And if it was just that is time for him to die with a smile,
i mean ... he's been lying to himself for so long
that now lies turned into life ...
and he said maybe this is my happiness

Cause fools wash their lies into the eyes
Yes, fools wash their time into the price

But i've got a life not a job in my hands
i've got a smile not a laugh, this is my fun
i've got a light that is not a sun
but it's not dark yet ... enough to give up, enough to be done

And if it was just that it's never too late for him to get a new mask ...
I mean is not always that heroes are brave
sometimes they are those who escaped
and maybe this is my happy end.

Cause fools wash their lies into the eyes
Yes, fools wash their time into the price paid

But i've got a life not a job in my hands
i've got a smile not a laugh, this is my fun
i've got a light that is not a sun
but it's not dark yet ... enough to give up, enough to be done.

It's not enough.
Track Name: Instead
INSTEAD

one more time you keep the language wrong to save the meaning
time to get ahead to the end and back ... to the beginning
in stead of all those steps you use to hide instead
leaving pale puddles in the air
reading pale footsteps on a sound

one more time you keep the voice down to release the feeling
time to get ahead to the end and back ... back to the meaning
in stead of all those steps you use to hide instead
leaving pale puddles in the air
reading pale footsteps on a sound

Now come to spread your wasted pride
surviving through the back door
you've got to get back to see how long it burns
you've got to get a back door
you've got to get back to get out from the front
you've got to get back home
you've got to get back to wash your wasted love
you've got to get up before
you've got to get up before falling down again

now that is time get ahead to the end and back ...
mhhhhh ... time get ahead to the end and back
back to that meaning.
Track Name: Repetitive
REPETITIVE

Cant stop sayin the same things
i'm quite repetitive
well this day is fake, what am i inside of it?
Cant stop looking around
like the worst alien,
there's none in the right place
it sounds criminal
and if i'm just looking for silence

forgive me ... its just my opinion is tired

Cant forget that is small what your forgot to feed
all you don't think could be big
and what you did not love indeed
Cant forget how your story was born tiny to grow
and how you forgot it to be big mediocrity

so if i'm just looking for silence
its just that words move too blind
Forgive me ... its just my opinion is tired
forget it ... its just my opinion is mine
and it's not on sale

well if i am just looking for silence
it's just these words move to blind
Forgive me it's just my opinion is tired
Forget it it's just my opinion is mine
and it's not on sale

it's just my opinion ... forget it
Track Name: Twenty-nine Times
29 TIMES (Stead featurng Dave Muldoon)

Happiness burns in the wake of every smile, this is life, this is the compromise
Happiness is all you can keep not more than a while, It's not fast ... it is just free

tell me how it goes when your pride seems so armless, tell me would you have ever foreseen
that i counted 29 times when i tried to believe in the fireworks ?

I know this day has been made for a better idea, once i was rash and i loved the past
but now i know its like that someone or something is stealing the life that i left and the words ...
like it was a word

tell me how it goes when one half seems smaller, tell me would you have ever foreseen
that i would have counted the 29 times when i tried to be trading the tears ?
for a happy new year
for a happy new fear

The old year is gone, a cruel peace rules on the hope, promises now rest
drunken hearts in very fat souls
when the party is done ...
time now takes its place

so that if this time is getting on and getting on is gettin
dreadful and fast ...i will find my way back
so that if this time is getting on and getting on is getting short
i will be counting the 29 times
when i tried to be me ...
trading the tears for a happy new fear
Track Name: Giuggiulena
GIUGGIULENA (Stead featuring Giuliano Dottori)

You're gone, some leave just to stay
someone is so pure that remains in the air
that's the secret of the wind

You're gone and now you should be there
a place i was not sure it could really exist
a place you did create

now the best love is waiting for you to go
the best light is shining while darkness
is just what we cannot see
looking for all that we cant understand

You're gone and there's a cup of nuts ice scream
between the way you made laugh and your way to be free
i could not compare
You're gone, some leave just to stay
someone is so pure that remains in the air
like a secret in the wind

now the best love is waiting for you to go
the best light is shining while darkness
is just what we cannot see
looking for all that we cant understand

you're gone
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Track Name: Deal (?! EP)
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Track Name: Shaped (Mud Hair Jongleur)
(Shaped is taken from Mud Hair Jongleur "The Sunlover's Tale", 2004 © Stefano Antoci D'Agostino)

I run alone … i look at the road, i’m not scared
i know it’s the only road …
it could make me feel completely proud
completely released, do i still believe in me ? in this ?
do i want to change my direction ?
do care about it’s not easy ?
i’m so tired … and I swear

when I will find the rain I won’t be wet …
when I feel weak is just because I don’t know where …
where i will find the place that I would like to create

I run a lot … i look at the stones that i could leave behind …
how many of those stones i really want to take away with me … if I could answer …
maybe they don’t belong me
i would rather say that I need them …
i’m so tired … and I swear

when I will find the rain I won’t be wet …
when I feel weak is just because I don’t know where …
where i will find the place that I would like to create

your words in my youth
here there was no way out … nothing to say
i had noone to call with that name …
so i shaped myself on you
and now i wish you were here
Track Name: Glasgow ("Instead" b-side)
GLASGOW

The girl of the fifth floor's alone ... she has a piano
Pics of the past on the shelf, memories ... Glasgow
It's not there is not room enough for the love in that reign
It is just that is perfect for cups of tea and for smiles

She loves to paint and the shame is that
we did not take a bow
she loves to paint and the shame is that
we did not talk about

The aforementioned girl has job, she works in another world
Andes are far and it's not a shame, It's just fear
Journeys and stories and pencils and songs it sounds so real
But she's back every time in a dress that shows what she is not

She loves to paint and the shame is that
we did not take a bow
she loves to paint and the shame is that
we did not talk about

I'm not allowed to go on
i'd better stop
Glasgow forgive me
i'm not allowed to go on
Are you still waiting for me to write back ?
are you kidding me ?
Glasgow i've never been there
but somehow now you're mine too

She loves to paint and the shame is that
we did not take a bow
she loves to paint and the shame is that
we did not talk about
Track Name: Like a Blast ("Repetitive" b-side)
LIKE A BLAST

dry eyes to stare at the bomb which never explodes
to feel safe enough for a child and never grow up
then never beg for a Lord and never question the price
you paid to be someone else

It's like a blast that is fading away on the day
he'll try to forget all the promises never made
It's like a blast, are you looking at me ?
are you really in love with the tears i'm not gonna leave on the floor
cause this is a storm without the rain … like a blast

so what about this money that they save ?
what about the things they will never pay, cause it's not enough
to share the story they will never tell
to get inside a mirror the perfect smile that he knows
and that you missed …

It's like a blast that is fading away on the day
he'll try to forget all the promises never made
It's like a blast, are you looking at me ?
are you really in love with the tears i'm not gonna leave on the floor
cause this is a storm without the rain … like a blast

so you find yourself trying to fix a dream high on the wall
higher than the choices you pretend to curse
for every day that you spent like a blast
Track Name: Five (Sw/it Music)
Five in one like a star
not a real one not a Hollywood shot
Like the one painted from a child with five heads
all on the same side
The younger plays with a dog
between white lies and the meaning of love
One is gonna be a husband cause the colder sun sometimes may really keep you warm

Hail to the Jongleur
between the bows
of a bending tree and a tale,
the mudhairman and the clouds
innocence shaped
Respect for the jongleur

The older is painting a wave a young girl, a job and a way to be a father
The bigger looks for the skill that slipped away
like a dream ends in the morning sun

Hail to the Jongleur
between the bows
of a bending tree and a tale,
the mudhairman and the clouds
innocence shaped
Respect for the jongleur
and for the stories he told

The last one was the last who gave up
and the first who was beaten
Five in one like the star with five heads
all on the same side

Hail to the Jongleur
between the bows
of a bending tree and a tale,
the mudhairman and the clouds
innocence shaped
Respect for the jongleur
and for the stories he told
Track Name: Frogprince (2007 EP)
FROGPRINCE

I was fast and now im slow … speed is not the hitch
I was blind then I saw … and I saw nothing at all …
Thought to be unmistakable …
I was wrong, unmistakable was my desire
was a line left on a bigger line

I look around and im not alone here
A frogprince is looking at me …
a frogprince is laughing at me
cause he knows what is going on

I felt strong but im weak
I was nothing but
a rout in disguise
now that smiles became lies
I feel like I was born dumb … oh

I look around and im not alone here
A frogprince is looking at me
a frogprince is laughing at me
cause he knows how to be happy

and if I sing this song well I’m not alone
frogprince is singing with me
a frogprince is laughing at me
cause he knows that I should sing better
he knows so much about me
and he knows that a princess is coming back home …
once again.
Track Name: Planetune (2007 EP)
PLANETUNE

No noone is safe, in the 2nd week of the year
when the weather is like in may
No noone is wise enough fathers are trading my snow
for a plastic new sun
and if nothing is all nothing seems wrong
Oh noone is you when you say this is not mine
this is not what i need
cause till nothing is all nothing will ever change

and how can the ocean be like a friend
how the ground can resist to the weight of this hate
how can the wind forget all the shit that we shoot in the air
we are dead and too busy to care

And if nothing is real heroes today come from a TV show
so that nothing makes sense
and the poet and scientist words are not relevant
= Nothing is all, nothing is wrong

we are dead and too busy to care
to care ... to care ... to care ...
to stare.

and if nothing is all no place is home
oh if nothing is all, all must be changed
cause if nothing is all, noone is you
Track Name: Gone ("Rough" Promo)
(instrumental)