Notion Lyrics

The Rare Occasions
Sure it’s a calming notion, perpetual in motionBut I don’t need the comfort of any liesFor I have seen the ending and there is no ascendingRise
Oh, back when I was younger, was told by other youngstersThat my end will be torture beneath the earth‘Cause I don’t see what they see, when death is staring at meI see a window, a limit, to live it, or not at all
If you could pull the lever to carry on foreverWould your life even matter anymore?Sure it’s a calming notion, perpetual in motionBut it’s not what you signed up for
I’m sure there won’t always be sunshineBut there’s this momentary beam of lightYou don’t have to wait those salty decadesTo get through the gate, it’s all in front of your face
I’m sure there won’t always be sunshineI’m sure there won’t always be sunshineBut there’s this momentary beam of light
I could cross the ocean in a fit of devotionFor every shining second, this fragile body beckonsYou think you’re owed it better believing ancient lettersSure it’s a calming notion, but it’s a lie…

How do you define a rare occasion? For me it is something that I don’t think about every day. But when it happens, it makes me feel like I am living my life. And that’s what we are here for – to live our lives.

The band formed in 2013. They are composed of lead vocalist/guitarist Michael McLaughlin, drummer Chris Imbusch, bass guitarist Matt Stone, and keyboardist Zachary Cohen. The group grew out of a friendship between McLaughlin and Stone, who had attended college together in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating, Stone moved to New York City, while McLaughlin stayed behind in Providence. While there, he began playing guitar with Cohen, whom he knew from his days at Brown University. In addition to being friends, McLaughlin and Cohen shared musical interests, and soon became interested in starting a band together. In 2013, the foursome recruited Imbusch, who had been drumming for local bands since 2007.

After many months of jam sessions, the group finally settled on a name – The Rare Occasions – and began writing songs. By summer 2013, the band had finished recording their debut EP, Feelers, produced by Joe Chiccarelli. The band signed with Equal Vision Records, releasing it on May 6, 2014. The EP received generally positive reviews, and was named one of the best EPs of 2014 by Absolute Punk. In October 2014, the band released their followup single, “I’m Not Gonna Die”, featuring guest vocals from American singer-songwriter John Mayer. The song peaked at number 13 on Billboard”’s Adult Alternative Songs chart.

In 2015, the band released their first full-length album, titled The Rare Occasions. It was recorded over two years at the band’s own studio, The Rare Occasions Studio, located in Providence, RI. The album features guest appearances from American rock musician Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters), as well as members of the band Modest Mouse. The album debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 11,000 copies its first week. The band toured extensively throughout North America and Europe in support of the record, including opening slots for artists such as The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and The Civil Wars.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *