The Heat Run

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The Heat Run is an indie-groove-folk collective based in Philadelphia. Brothers Mike and Steve Schaller began their musical collaboration as Oso, but it evolved into something new that demanded a new name and a fresh start when Steve introduced his brother to Ms. Mandy Shearer, an old friend from Virginia. A musical and romantic connection was immediate and they began churning out a bountiful harvest of new material that drew inspiration from the classic outlaw country, bluegrass, and soul records in Mandy’s record collection as well as the indie, surf, dub, and psychedelic rock in Mike’s. The now married couple introduced the batch of songs to the other members of Oso (including bassist Mike Gordon and drummer Josh Fullam) and the soulful, foot-stomping, hand clapping, group sing-a-longs that define The Heat Run’s music ensued.

To fill out the sound they added multi-instrumentalist Frank Ewing, formerly of Downtown Harvest. They are also often joined by Ben Trout on keys and Mark Henderson and Tina Marie on percussion. The crew has been meeting for revivals up and down the East Coast from Roanoke to upstate New York.

The Heat Run’s self-titled debut album was recorded in warehouses, churches, garages, basements, bedrooms, closets, and backyards throughout the Philadelphia area. It is a true collaboration, with songwriting credits spread between the three Schallers, and bassist Mike Gordon. Each member performed on multiple instruments and almost everyone contributed vocals. The record was released in March 2011.

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released March 11, 2011

Performed by:
Mike Schaller - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Banjo, Organ, Accordion, Samples, Percussion
Steve Schaller - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Banjo, Piano, Samples, Percussion
Mandy Schaller - Vocals, Percussion
Mike Gordon - Vocals, Upright and Electric Bass, Percussion
Josh Fullam - Drums, Percussion
Frank Ewing - Saxophone, Accordion, Percussion
Ben Trout - Piano, Organ
Mark Henderson - Percussion
Tina Marie - Percussion

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Steve and Mike Schaller

Mastered by Paul Hammond and Paul Sinclair
at Fat City Studios, Blue Bell, PA


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The Heat Run is an indie-groove-folk collective based in Philadelphia. It's a family affair characterized by soulful, foot-stomping, hand clapping, group sing-a-longs.

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Track Name: Ms. Miller
Don’t you waste your days worrying ‘bout being breakable
Go out and find yourself something unmistakable
You gotta take it, fake it on voyeur floors
Hiding behind your mystery doors
Cause I see a little silhouette of a man

So won’t you spend your time feelin fine, make it takeable
Don’t waste another night alone cause it’s forsakeable
You gotta shake it, make it, fall to the floor
Open your eyes, quit looking for more
Cause I see a little silhouette of a man

Ms. Miller, Ms. Miller, Ms. Miller, Ms. Miller
She don’t know, she don’t know, she don’t know
Where you go, where you go, where you’re supposed to go

It’s like a never ending hourglass
With a tick and a tock beat, beating
To keep you marching past life’s social classes
Some more classless as they climb
I’ve got to climb on something, more than something
Tick tock time goes by

Ms. Miller, Ms. Miller, Ms. Miller, Ms. Miller
She don’t know, she don’t know, she don’t know
Where you go, where you go, where you’re supposed to go

She’s alright, she’s alright, she’s alright

It’s like a never ending hourglass
With a tick and a tock beat, beating
She don’t know. She don’t know.
That tick tock time goes by
Track Name: One More Shot
You work eight hours a day and retire to the bar when your boss tells you it’s ok, it’s ok
You arise with your eyes on the payment, while your time is slowly drifting away
One more shot, this is all that I’ve got and the bar keeps telling me that it’s ok, it’s ok
I can hide you, I can blind you,
But I can’t help you find your own way, your own way, your own way

On your mark get set get paid, get your muscles juiced up, get your face re-made
Find your moment on the tv screen and let it tell you what to dream and have faith in it

The only God you seem to know is the one that’s green and feeds your soul
So you build your own sky and watch it bleed, but you cover the blood with a magazine
It’s the darkest thing I’ve ever seen

You’re taller than the tallest tree, faster than a speeding freight train, stronger than a Hercules
And your brain’s a modern marvel so you think that you can see, but you work it like a damn machine

Your kids can’t see your disease, you’re never there, you leave them hopeless but to follow your lead
They need you, you got one more shot to chop it down before it rots
This is not a warning shot, no this is it your final stop
Cause I can’t hide you, or stand beside you,
Until you start to find your own way, your own way, your own way
Track Name: Plastic Chairs
I got the vision
To march til I rise and die
With the boots I got
I will not stop, I will not stop

Bring out the stretcher, for the past is laid out
Bring out the stretcher, for the past is laid out

It was one of those times
I needed to jump before I could fly

Bring out the stretcher, for the past is laid out
Bring out the stretcher, for the past is laid out

I see Billy Penn. He’s eye to eye with me.
Here with all my friends and lovers
Plastic chairs that bend, but never break

They say the Devil needs the rain,
To give God his name
But the good God needs disease,
To bring the Devil to his knees.

Bring out the stretcher, for the past is laid out

I see Billy Penn. He’s eye to eye with me.
Here with all my friends and lovers
Plastic chairs that bend, but never break
Track Name: Money Money
My father said “Son, time to choose who you are”
He hoped doctor or lawyer, I picked up the guitar
He said “Just like an apple, you didn’t fall far.
But just remember this as you follow your heart…”

Money, yes money, makes the world go around I know
It all comes down to money
Money, yes money, makes the world go around son so
Go get your money money

There’s a lot to pick up when you're out on the road
You learn people you learn places, stories are told
But wealth of knowledge is such a damn funny thing
With the more that I know it seems the less that I gain of…

Money, yes money, makes the world go around I know
It all comes down to money
Money, yes money, makes the world go around son so
Go get your money money

Make me an offer that I can relate to
Give me a good price and throw in a good rate too
Make me an offer that I can’t refuse
By refusing your bet, I’m refusing to lose my…

Money, yes money, makes the world go around I know
It all comes down to money
Money, yes money, makes the world go around son so
Go get your money money

It comes down to making money
Go get yours, get money money
Track Name: XYZ Love
All
Behold
Cold
Days
Everyone
Feels
Gonna
Hide
Inside
Just
Knowing
Love Love Love
Might
Never
Open
Please
Quiet
Romances
Soul
To
Un-
Veil
Whoa Love Love Love
X
Y
Z

Love
Track Name: He Walks
He’s got some sense of decency, he’s heard when he talks
But when it comes to leading he can’t fight the feeling, he walks
He walks, he walks

He lives on an easy street up on a hill
He can hear the screaming but he can’t stop the bleeding, he walks
He walks, he walks
He walks, he walks

He’s got miles and miles
Miles and miles, but he walks

He brings home an orchestra stuck in his head
He’s quick to fall asleep, he gets back on his feet and he walks
He walks, he walks
He walks, he walks
Track Name: The Ivy
Spend the money get the fast shoes hot chi lite
Lost in the loot cakes rollin’ to the right
Spin it up with the shock feet, picking up the top meat
Workin’ up the clock ‘til you lock me up

Back from the edges but the middle’s just right
Cryin for a bigger cut you’re tearin’ up the night
You’ll be doin’ just fine with your head in a mud box
Chasing little piggies like a fox

The ivy creeps from brick to brick
Taking the strong and makin’ em sick
You lost your foundation
Leaving a war torn nation
How’d it happen?

Now I’m hungry ‘cuase the doc said my heart wasn’t covered
A mother, face down pullin on the covers
Now the son said “Mom, don’t be scared. I got you covered, me and my brother.”
Now the poison ivy won’t delay so behave
Or be safe be safe be safe

The ivy creeps from brick to brick
Taking the strong and makin’ em sick
You lost your foundation
Leaving a war torn nation
How’d it happen?

The ivy creeps from brick to brick
Taking the strong and makin’ em sick
Stop the climbing at the roots and leave the negative for the suits
Take the ivy from the walls and you’ll find peace

The ivy creeps from brick to brick
Track Name: Suzie
Suzie just got a new red bandanna
Now she lies on the ground bloody and cold
She took the wrong street, their territory
One bullet took her off her feet

She liked it for the design so she paid
$1.99 but her life’s what she really gave

Suzie just got a blood red bandanna
Now she lies in the ground awful I know
There stands her mother, cries on her brother
Is life worth less than a color?
Track Name: Low Overload
The back will never be the front
Our eyes are fixed ahead
Alone we strive to be the one
Together we can

Low Overload

Black the blinders film the story
Orion shot a lonesome star
Keep perspective, keep on dreaming
The lights can only reach so far

Kick the horse until he feels it

But watch your speed

We’re in a tunnel
We’re on a bridge
Pacific waters
The lights can only reach out straight ahead
We’re in a tunnel
We’re on a bridge

Low Overload
Track Name: Keep The Light
Solemn stillness soaks the merry gatherers
Sounds of wisdom shine in waves
Love has led them down the road to unveil
She is lovely indeed
She is lovely indeed

Reverent houses built with honest walls
Enter happy hearts
Let the rain, let the rain fall

May I have this dance with you tonight
Won’t you shake your tambourine
Invite the orchestra to play with you
The shadows even know the tune
The clouds have parted, spirits are in delight
And all good people, raise your jars to the night

Good night, my friends
Good night

We’ll see you when the wind delivers us
To meet again
Keep the light
Keep the light

Keep the light
Keep the light