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“Vices“ was recorded on a Vintage 8088 Neve console using the following gear:

Guitars -
1965 Gibson Hummingbird
1954 Martin Antonio
1972 Fender Telecaster Custom
100th Anniversary Edition Gibson ES335
2013 Gretsch George Harrison Duo Jet
Gibson Les Paul El Paso
Rickenbacker 360
1965 Gibson SG Junior

Bass -
1966 Fender Precision

Amps -
1958 Fender Harvard
1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb
Fender Bassman 1959 Reissue
Vox AC30 (custom hand wired)
1969 Ampeg SVT Classic Blue Face
Ampeg 8x10 Cabinet


Drums –
22” DW Bass drum
12”, 13”, 16” DW Toms
14” Custom A (top) and Custom K (bottom) Zildjian Hi-Hats
Two 18” Zildjian Crashes (Custom A and Custom K)
22” Meiln Ride

Keys -
Norde Stage 2


A very special thanks to the following people for their support via KickStarter:


Kelly & Kelley Francis, Andy Wine, Shann Chaudrhy, Douglas M. Smith, Risa Morales, Sherman Donegan, Cassidy Rose Smith, Dan Shaughnessy, Ashraf Younes, Brandon Swift, Alan & Julie Bush, Judi Gibbons, Ben Liff, Jordan Williams, Michelle Cadavid Wagaman, Nick Garza, Megan Fischer, Josh Huskin, Keith Villano, Tawney Carter, Hugh White, Steve Carnes, Michael Liff, Melissa Vanover, Jeffrey M. Olsen, Peter Owen, John Saboe, Mark Schwenneker, and Francis Pablo.

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released August 15, 2014

Our Sleeping Giant is Danny Gibbons.

“Vices” was recorded in Tornillo, TX, @ Sonic Ranch Studios from March 31 – April 5 in the Adobe Studio

Produced by Ross Ingram and Danny Gibbons
Recorded and mixed by Ross Ingram
Mastered by Charlie Vela at Sound of Rain in Edinburg, TX
Digital design and layout by Colton Holliday at SkyMap Creative

Drums preformed by Ashraf Younes
Cello on “The War” written and performed by Emily Booher
Keys and harmonies preformed by Ross Ingram
All guitar, bass, and vocals preformed by Danny Gibbons

Special thanks to:
Patrick & Judi Gibbons, Chad Smith, Shelley Smith, Keith Villano, Ross Ingram, Ashraf Younes, Colton Holliday, Alan Tolentino, Jordan Williams, Gonzalo & Cindy Gonzales, Nick Garza, Daniel Proud, Mikey Carrillo, Shann Chaudhry, Colin Wells, Josh & Steph McVey Huskin, Chris Godfrey, Sherman Donegan, Jeff Kelly, Zach Deptawa, Joe Ramos, Gabe Velazquez, Mike Ruiz, Bryon Farris, Richard Tobin, Eric Andersen, Octavio Gonzalez, Dan Shaughnessy, Starr Waymack, Tom Leagan, Mark Schwenneker, Lizzie Villarreal, Kent Zambrana, and The Ten Eleven.

This record is dedicated to the nearly 30,000 Americans who take their own lives every year and the almost 40 million dealing with Depression and Anxiety.

If you are in a crisis and need help right away: Call this toll-free number, available 24 hours a day, every day: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a service available to anyone. You may call for yourself or for someone you care about. All calls are confidential.

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Our Sleeping Giant is Danny Gibbons. He was born & raised in San Antonio, TX. He writes heart felt stories set to melodic tunes that come from a deep & personal place. He hopes by sharing his stories & experiences through music to make connections and help others through their own personal struggles. ... more

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Track Name: Oneiraphobia
Oneirophobia

1) It's so quiet, it's so damn loud
I can't breathe, can’t make a sound
It’s like I'm driving, the brakes cut out
It's so quiet, so goddamn loud

<refrain>
I try to write it down to let you know how bad it gets for me when the nights creeping in.
My thoughts are piling up like 'past due' notices inside my head, it's keeping me awake.
These dreams are keeping me from sleep.

2) It's so quiet, it's so damn loud
It's like I'm falling, but there's no ground
The ship is sinking, I'm going down
It's so quiet, so goddamn loud

<refrain>
My dreams are keeping me awake...

3) It's so quiet, it's so damn loud.
A burning building, the roaring crowd
Can't find the exit, there's no way out
It's so quiet, so goddamn loud

<refrain>
My dreams are keeping me awake...
These dreams are keeping me from sleep...
Track Name: Travelin' Shoes
Travelin' Shoes

1) I've been wishing all the days of my young life
That you would settle down and by my wife
Oh but wishing hasn't gotten me that far
'Cause I'm alone tonight and I don't know where you are

2) Yeah I know that there are things we all go through
Battles we must fight and sides we choose
But if that side of the tracks just gets too hard
There's a home for you with a picket fence and yard

<refrain>
And I know that life's for livin' and there's things we all must do,
But I have put away my travelin' shoes
So if you're sick and tired of runnin' round and feeling used
Then I suggest you put away your's, too
'Cause I might not always be waitin' here for you...

3) There's a quite comfort looking in your eyes
Like the way you said I held you just felt right
That night we stayed up late and bared our souls
You'd make any room with four walls feel like home

<refrain>

Yeah I might not always be waitin' here for you...
No I won't always be waitin' her for you, no...

Oh I've been wishing all the days of my young life,
That you would settle down and be my wife.
Track Name: Choruses
Choruses

1) Life, as we breathe,
is fading away
Like the leafs on the trees,
They're falling astray

As the days turn to nights,
And the years slip away
It's the songs that we sing,
That will always remain


<refrain>
All I want is your time,
Set aside, boxed up, or buried alive
I will shoulder the weight if that's what it takes,
I will give you all of me

2) Life, come what may,
I'll take it in stride
'Cause the more, that I live,
The harder it gets

As the months turn to years,
And the pain, starts to fade
It's the songs that we sing,
That will stand the test of time

<refrain>

<bridge>
Some say there is a place we all go when we die
As for me, I believe, we have only this life
I won't waste my time with fantasy, or make believe
It's the songs that we sing that will never expire

<refrain>
Track Name: The War
The War

1) On the battlefield, there's bodies strode about
All the men that came before me, you put them in the ground
But I won't repeat history, and I'll learn from my mistakes
Many braver men before me, have crumbled at you feet

<refrain>
Now that the war is over
You're waving white flags all around
And I shouldn't, but I love to say "I told you so"
Looking back you'll realize that I'm your better half

2) All these twisted roads, that kept me from your door
I see skeletons and weed, things that will not grow
But I won't repeat history, and I'll learn from my mistakes
Many braver men before me, have crumbled at your feet

<refrain>

There is no treaty to be signed
I will fight until the last man dies
Until I'm broken down and dead from trying
There is no treaty to be signed

<refrain>
Track Name: Colorado 1555
Colorado 1555

1) Leaving 232, it's all I can do
Shake these struggles
Clarity all the way home
Difficulty breathing, carrying this weight
It's far too much, I think I've met my match

The pills are in my hand, I think I found the cure for all my ills
As selfish as this seems, I think it may be the only way for me

<refrain>
I'm still here,
All the times I've tried to, end my life I pulled thru
I'm still here,
I've battled all my vices, and now it's time to make this clear

2) I wake up in shock, my family surrounding me
My headache won't stop
The beeping of this EKG,
Difficulty breathing, carrying this weight
It's far too much, no running away this time

So this is what I need, some time for me to take care of myself
PTSD, depression have weighed on me too long

<refrain>

<bridge>
Yesterday is gone
Tomorrow's not here yet, there is no need for stress
Today is in my hands,
I'll just keep moving forward,
They're my mistakes, I'll own them
Now I have got to make it clear

But I'm still here...
I’ve battled all my vices, and now it’s time to make this clear

I'm still here...
All these time I've tried to, end my life I've pulled thru
Yet I'm still here...
I've battled all my vices,
Somehow I’m still surviving,
This time I'm got to make it clear