Songs of June, Moon and Gloom (1980-2014)

Media Line Road

Media Line Road's 20-plus year retrospective, beginning with home studio porta-studio recordings right on through to new songs recorded this year. These rare and new tracks do not appear on the artist's four albums.

You know this road from a lifetime ago. You walked it many times. You remember the faces. You join the ghosts of those who re-trace their steps along with yours. They smiled then and smile now. Your best friends. Your gym teacher. Your brothers...here and gone. Your mom. Your dad. Someone you used to love. And, Kitty. Do you even recognize the child you once were? The best friend? The boyfriend? The father? This old man? Garage music rides the wind even now. Ricky's garage is a mile and 40 some years away. But, Linda still sings Never My Love. The needle rises and falls on the acetate. Yet, her voice is beautiful: what makes you think love will end? There was so much promise in a road that lay ahead of us. Still, the sun is bright today. The stars are in their places and ready to shine tonight. We can forget the moment and recall the steps to now. It's alright, and it's all right here on Media Line Road. Welcome home!

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Pierce the Darkness

Media Line Road

This is guitar-based rock and pop with themes for the life-experienced: it ain't no kid stuff.

Welcome!

Media Line Road's first CD -- Pierce the Darkness -- sprung from the once-upon-a-time towhead of William Edward Pierce IV, -- the force behind the "band" -- slightly unformed, but committed to zeros and ones through a collaboration of lifelong friends (and family).

The first CD's mission: "To shed some light on the path that leads us home as well as the obstacles we face (or create) along the way".

Pierce had the audacity and utter gall to assume this mysterious musical identity with its highfalutin mission, like some poor-man's Bruce Wayne with a guitar instead of a Batmobile.

Since the days of teenage songwriting contests and schoolboy crushes, WEP4's outlet has been songwriting. It is a prime imperative and primal urge -- filling a thousand pages and hundreds of hours of tape... detailing some self-inflicted miscues, deadends and backslides as well as the self-awareness found in "everydays" or the pleasure of selfless love, given and received.

Media Line Road music is as confusing as the person -- rock, pop, alternative rock, alternative country.

Confessions, regression and doubt are as likely to be found as love, joy and good cheer.

The songs on Pierce the Darkness defy easy pigeon-holing. They are as blurry as the definition of love. Yet, you know this is real because it affects you. (Well, hopefully.)

This debut CD from Medial Line Road spawned long-term airplay of "Living Dead", "Get Out of Dodge" and "Ordinary Man", along others, on college radio around the country.

"I'd Rather Dance" became an international sensation among indie country stations after its inclusion on the "Song 1, Radio's First Choice" compilation.

This is an eclectic collection.

Your open ears (and mind) are appreciated. wep4

www.medialineroad.com

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Under the Sea - William Edward Pierce IV

Media Line Road

Like the first CD, Pierce the Darkness, WE Pierce continues to write about relationship highs and lows, good and bad, self-doubt, self-loathing, self-ishness, and signs of redemption...all to a jangling guitar and a brisk beat. True Americana.

The second collection from Media Line Road -- WE Pierce's invented amalgamation of personalities, family and friends -- continues to plumb the depths of life experiences, while proving that pretense founded on good form can overcome the natural tendency to drown when you're over your head.

These songs reflect both the hope we long to inhale and the demons we wish to expel...the unfathomly low lows that remain uncharted and the wish-you-were-here unmitigated highs. All real, all felt, all soon gone.

Once again, music for the life experienced! wep4

www.medialineroad.com

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Naughty Naughty Nice

Media Line Road

It's an eclectic Americana collection, for sure. And, any radio programmer/agent will say, correctly, that there's no particular style.

Naughty Naughty Nice. Takin' the Way Back machine to 1960 for the cover's Pierce brothers' Christmas morn shot to 1967 for the Decoys' "Battle of the Bands" shot. And, some of these songs mark past years' "wish-you-were-here (instead of me)" memories (although, based on the still-healing scars, not nearly as far back)- "Deceived", "Who the Hell", "Where Do I Begin?".

But then there are the new songs -- reflecting a newfound peace, a new definition of happiness and a fresh look at real (less selfish, more instinctual) love - "If I Ever", "You're All I Want", "May You Dream", Time Tested and True".

Finally, there are those songs that materialized just from living in this material world. Built on the foibles, failures, fancies and fascination with "Why?", I opened my eyes to find "Abandoned", "Vous Deux", "Elisa (Jammin')", "Lick the Knives" and "Thank You".

It's an eclectic collection, for sure. And, any radio programmer/agent will say, correctly, that there's no particular style. There's no easy-to-pigeonhole sound. There's not. The only thing these songs have in common: a formerly lost, but happily found man, husband, father and lifelong pupil. Thank you, friend. Thank you, lover. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, earth and sky.

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