Earthbound

by Simple Forces

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about

Chuck Cote has worked in many facets of the music industry, but at heart, he is a bass player. Chuck started out playing bass for Multi Color House, a Tampa based alternative rock band from ’89 to ’91. The band performed at the New Music Seminar in New York, and did multiple dates up and down the east coast, and performed live on 95YNF radio. During that time, Chuck also worked at Nova Guitar Company, owned by renowned luthier John Buscarino. “I learned many valuable guitar building skills while working for John at Nova. He is a brilliant craftsman. It was very rewarding to build instruments, as well as play them.”

Chuck left the Tampa area in ’92, and formed a new band called “The Miracle Field” with his wife Igna and brother Bill. The band received positive reviews, and airplay on college radio. Chuck also had the opportunity to work as a production assistant for REM, during the recording of the “Monster” album. “Seeing REM record in the studio was really thrilling, and it left an impression on me. They were a hard working band, and their music was heartfelt, and genuine. They were a friendly bunch. I mostly worked as a gopher, you know, getting meals for them, making sure they had the gear they needed; drum heads etc. It was a great learning experience.” REM’s bassist Mike Mills came out to see The Miracle Field live at the Cotton Club in downtown Atlanta.

After a few years in Atlanta, Chuck returned to the Tampa area to launch Charles Cote Basses. Chuck built basses for many pro musicians, including Bonnie Rait’s bassist Hutch Hutchinson and bassist Ronnie Garrett. Chuck actively produced basses from ’94 to ’98. During this time, Chuck was also playing bass in the band Emmett Brown with his brothers Bill and Dan. They moved their band and bass workshop to Chicago from ’97-’98 to try their fortunes there, and played many clubs including the Double Door. They released a self-titled EP in ’97, which received radio airplay on various college radio stations. Emmett Brown later returned to Tampa, and changed their name to The Reverse Engineers. They released their CD “Max Q” in 2004. Max Q received college and Internet radio airplay, and the band twice were guests on the nationally broadcast David Lawrence radio show. “Hearing our music on a nationally syndicated radio show was a big thrill. Radio has a certain sound, and hearing your music over radio is always memorable.” The Reverse Engineers went on to release several singles during the years following Max Q.

Chuck began studying audio engineering in recent years, and mixed several singles for the Reverse Engineers, as well as brother Bill’s solo project “Letters from Jeremiah”.

Simple Forces is the name for Chuck’s solo music project. His first album, “Earthbound” was released on September 5, 2015. “The project started as just me doing music for my own self amusement. After a few songs, I got really caught up in it, and before I knew it, I had 12 tunes recorded and mixed”. The album features alternative rock tunes with memorable melodies, and features tasteful but sometimes adventurous bass playing. On “Earthbound”, Chuck played a Fender ’63 American Vintage reissue Precision bass with flat wound strings. “I love the sound and feel of flat wounds on a P bass. The combo sits very well in the mix. I split the P bass signal, running one channel into a Rupert Neve Designs 511 preamp, and the other into an SWR Interstellar Overdrive tube preamp for some pleasing distortion. I also used a variety of outboard analog hardware by SSL, Elysia, Shadow Hills industries and Warm Audio. Mixing music on a computer using Pro Tools is powerful and fast, but it can sound a bit sterile. Analog compressors and equalizers add pleasing harmonics to the music, similar to the sounds you used to get from big mixing consoles in large studios.” Chuck also did vocals, guitar, synths, drum programming and lyrics for Earthbound.

As for the future of The Reverse Engineers, Chuck thinks there is another TRE record on the horizon. “We hope to write another Reverse Engineers record soon, and I look forward to playing on it, as well as mixing it.” Chuck also plans to release more Simple Forces music, and will work as a session bassist and audio engineer for other musician’s projects.

“I love making music, whether it’s writing, recording, mixing, or building instruments. But in the end, I am a bass player, so I want to play bass on as many projects as I can.”

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released September 5, 2015

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote

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Track Name: Broken
Broken

Now it’s broken
And you just can’t bring it back
Now it’s broken
And you just can’t bring it back

Everything has its limits
There’s a lot that we can take
But sometimes a single action
Causes us to break

Try to look the other way
Try to find the words to say
These events can't be spun
The damage has been done

You can't bring it back

Most of all I regret
Not letting go of the past
It will never be the same
But we move on at last

Now it’s broken
And you just can’t bring it back
Now it’s broken
And you just can’t bring it back

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote.
Track Name: Losing Touch
Losing Touch

We connect through the void's invisible wires
A command, a location or our deepest desires
Hands to speak
Our hands grow weak
Talking with hands
Losing touch

The speed of thought
The speed of light
I'm losing touch...
We harnessed the wind
We banished the night
I'm losing touch...

Hands to speak
Our hands grow weak
Talking with hands
Losing touch

These hands that made factories
These hands that laid rail
These hands are retired to virtual mail
I'm losing touch...

Hands to speak
Our hands grow weak
Talking with hands
Losing touch

No silent glance
No courtship dance
We're losing touch
The safety of distance
Without taking a chance

Hands to speak
Our hands grow weak
Talking with hands
Losing touch

We're so out of touch...
We're losing touch.

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote.
Track Name: Green Eyes
Green Eyes

How do you know?
When you’ve found the one
Is there a way to prove?
That your search is done

Feelings I can’t disguise
My heart beats fast
When I see your green eyes

Love is hard to explain
Is it in the heart, or in the brain?
Is it simple chemistry?
Is it luck or destiny?

Feelings I can’t disguise ...
My heart beats fast
When I see your green eyes

How do you know?
When you've found the one

So many years since we first met
Our feelings ebb and flow like tides
Even now a simple glance
The same feelings I can't deny

Feelings I can’t disguise ...
My heart beats fast
When I see your green eyes

Is it luck or destiny?

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote.
Track Name: Quiet Mind
Quiet Mind

The stillness
It easily escapes
Our minds want to move
Want to measure, want to prove

Chaos and confusion
Are just an illusion

I need to find my quiet mind...

The chaos we feel is perceived
We create what we believe
Our thoughts control
What we receive

Chaos and confusion
Are just an illusion

I need to find my quiet mind...

Chaos and confusion
Are just an illusion
The universe was designed
By the Quiet Mind

I need to find my quiet mind...

My quiet mind
My quiet mind

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote
Track Name: The Wild
The Wild

The deer turned and stared
The sound of shoes and paws
Triggered a response
Its instincts made it pause

We live outside the wild...

The land we inhabit
Is merely on loan
The wild will reclaim it
And everything we’ve sewn

The border of our land
A boundary between
The present and the past
The tamed and the extreme

We live outside the wild...

The land we inhabit
Is merely on loan
The wild will reclaim it
And everything we’ve sewn

On the coldest winter nights
I see the panes of glass
I thank those who had vision
They accepted their mission

The land that we inhabit
Is merely on loan
The wild will reclaim it
And everything we’ve sewn

We live outside the wild
We live outside the wild...
Track Name: Earthbound
Earthbound

Made of star dust
Water. Metal. Rust.
Wood and stone
Flesh and bone

I’m earthbound...

This sphere is home
Beneath the blue dome
So paper thin
A fragile skin

I’m earthbound...

We must live
We must die
Nothing is forever
Except sea and sky

I’m earthbound...

We must live
We must live

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote
Track Name: Journey
Journey

Point to point
We keep moving
From mundane tasks
Or theories proving

Our journey has no beginning
Our journey has no end

A journey for the heart
A journey for the mind
We run to reach our goals
Or leave the past behind

Our journey has no beginning
Our journey has no end

Sometimes we can't decide
Which path we should take
There’s no perfect answer
For every move we make

Our journey has no beginning
Our journey has no end

Chaotic interactions
Or part of a master plan
From a single cell
To a thinking man

Our journey has no beginning
Our journey has no end

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote.
Track Name: Haunts
Haunts

A glimpse of the past
A sight or a smell
The sorrow and joyful
The places we dwell

Don’t forget me
I won’t forget you
Don’t forget me
I won’t forget you

A note, a picture
A trace of the past
The roots of our trees
Some vanish, some last

Don’t forget me
I won’t forget you
Don’t forget me
I won’t forget you

We need to remember
We need to forget
Our triumphs, our failures
Those things we regret

Don’t forget me
I won’t forget you
Don’t forget me
I won’t forget you

We need to remember
We need to forget

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote
Track Name: Morning Commute
Morning Commute

Feel the wheel in my grasp
The simple act of continuing
As simple as riding the road
To the target ahead
Temptation and rationalization
Waiting to press the gas
Break through the glass
I know I won't miss the target
But I still turn

Straight and true
To what’s inside of you
The path is clear
We can’t stay here
Straight and true

Sitting in a staff meeting
Plastic plants and vinyl seating
Empty eyes, well chosen lies
Taking notes not worth reading
Bodies sit in warm quick sand
Counting down time
Until the end

Straight and true
To what’s inside of you
The path is clear
We can’t stay here
Straight and true

Doubt and fear
I always veer
Tomorrow will be different
cause I won't stop

Dreams and aspirations like treasure
Trapped in a leaking hold
Sinking in the darkness
Silent and cold
The sun is getting lower
But there’s still some light
Orange and Glowing
Before the night

Straight and true
To what’s inside of you
The path is clear
We can’t stay here
Straight and true

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote.
Track Name: Perception
Perception

Truth or fiction
It's not always clear
People only say
What they want you to hear

What is real?
What is real?

Adjust the reception
Change your perception

Some see black and white
Some see gray
Some are willing to fight
Over words we say

What is real?
What is real?

Adjust the reception
Change your perception

Some use words
To control or deceive
But we’re all free
By how we perceive

Adjust the reception
Change your perception

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote.
Track Name: Static
Static

The sound of the stars
Electrically charged
From the smallest spark
To lightning’s arc

Tune out the static...

I try to reach you
But the spark's too strong
I try to hear you
But the frequency is wrong

The static can collect
The potential to disrupt
The way we connect
The message can get corrupt

Tune out the static...

I try to reach you
But the spark's too strong
I try to hear you
But the frequency's wrong

The sparks of life
Or the sound of space
The static is transformed
Without leaving a trace

Tune out the static...

I try to reach you
But the spark's too strong
I try to hear you
But the frequency's wrong

Tune out the static...

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote.
Track Name: Day One
Day One

Just setting out
On the first day
Great expectations
Don’t know what will come my way
Now everything feels new
Like the first days of spring
Like the sun breaking through

Day one
You’ve made your choice
Day one
Go find your voice

They hold warning signs
To stay within the lines
You’ll surely fail
It doesn’t work this way
Misery loves company
You’ll have to stand alone
You’ll have to learn to walk again
Or slowly turn to stone

Day one
You’ve made your choice
Day one
Go find your voice

Don't turn around
Don't turn around

Day one
You’ve made your choice
Day one
Go find your voice

Day one
Don’t turn around
Day one
Don’t turn around

Music and Lyrics by Chuck Cote.