ROUGH

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)

"ROUGH OUT", extended version of "Rough", is available for purchase on BANDCAMP at the following link : stead.bandcamp.com/album/rough-out-2

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.)

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released 02 June 2012

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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: 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: 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