Because America

by 3 Star General

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When the powers that be create an environment where music and the arts are slowly and systematically shut out; when everyday people feel like it’s harder and harder to survive; when fear is used as a method of control–there’s a visceral and defiant response. 3 Star General is a band that embodies this sentiment; “pushing back against a system set up to make us fail…”

Newly formed in 2014, 3 Star General’s sound combines heavy riffs, singable melodies and guitar wizardry to create big, memorable performances both live and on their debut album, Because America. If Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Muse, Rage and Against the Machine and The Stokes combined to make a record, it might sound something like this.

Frontman/guitarist Jesse Brewster approaches the mic and guitar with a vengeance alongside guitarist James DePrato, who weaves in distinct and original textures and tones, combining with Brewster to leave no prisoners in their wake. Ryan Low pounds out big, musical beats with Dark Kent holding down the low end. Together their goal is to grab a crowd by the throat and not let go until the set is through.
3 Star General - unapologetic rock for the 21st century.

Because America will be released on March 15th 2016, with an accompanying music video premiere for the first single, "It Keeps Calling".

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released March 15, 2016

J. Brewster - lead and backing vox, lead and rhythm guitars, bass
R. Low - Drums
J. DePrato - lead and rhythm guitars
B. Brooks - backing vox

H. Lyons - synth on "Without Fear" and "Real This Time"
A. Rossi - synth on "A Changed Man"

Produced by D. Simon-Baker and J. Brewster

All songs written by J. Brewster ©2016*

* "64 Soliders": music by J. Brewster, lyrics by J. Brewster with T. Thompson and S. Williams

Cover design by U. Duffy and S. Williams, concept by J. Brewster

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3 Star General San Francisco, California

3 Star General’s sound combines heavy riffs, singable melodies and guitar wizardry to create big, memorable performances both live and on their debut album, Because America.

3 Star General - unapologetic rock for the 21st century.

Because America is set for release in March 15th, 2016, with a new music video premiere on the date of release.
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Track Name: It Keeps Calling
Could this be a sign? Coming out of the darkness
And I’m hoping it was posted for me
I’m looking to find an exit and
I don’t wanna have to feel this again
A cinching grip on me
And the more that I struggle the tighter it gets
There’s no victory
Only incremental lessening of how much I’ve failed

It Keeps Calling (pulling me under)
It Keeps Calling (never recover)
It Keeps Calling…me

I’m walking the line, one clumsy step
And it’s a hell of a long way down
I’m frozen in time…that’s my life as I knew it
And I won’t let it fade away
Comin’ out of the depths, just one more breath
See the light in the tunnel but just can’t reach it

It Keeps Calling (pulling me under)
It Keeps Calling (never recover)
It Keeps Calling me

One last taste and it’s over, tell myself one more lie
Ain’t got what it takes to stay sober, a hunger that’s never satisfied

I’m going in blind, holding faith in the hope
That I can keep the temptations at bay
I’m all out of time, it’s my last chance at freedom
I’m either taking it now or I’m lost forever

It Keeps Calling (pulling me under)
It Keeps Calling (never recover)
It Keeps Calling me
Track Name: Dead and Buried
The rest of me, what’s underneath
It’s always better safe than sorry–and all for good reason
Locked in the cage
I’ll set the stage and watch you searchin’ for the clues
And I’m so carefully misleading

In the darkness, I’m not heartless
Trails that lead nowhere

No you’ll never break me shake me loose
I’ll be dead and buried before I let you in

The best of me, you’ll never see
But here’s the torch good night and good luck–‘cause you’re gonna need it
At this stage in the game I just won’t be to blame
Another soul that falls victim to heartache and shame
So believe me, there’s no giving in now

No confessing, keep on guessing
Trails that lead nowhere

No you’ll never break me shake me loose
I’ll be dead and buried before I let you in
No you’ll never break me shake me loose
I’ll be dead and buried before I let you in

Elusive, dodging, all your attempts in vain
Avoiding closeness only keeps me sane
You never stood a chance

No you’ll never break me shake me loose
I’ll be dead and buried before I let you in
No you’ll never break me shake me loose
I’ll be dead and buried before I let you, before I let you in
Track Name: Told You So
When you've got no leg to stand on
Blundering your way through space
I will be there on the sidelines
Waiting to watch you lose the race

I'll be your disappointment
Your one regret
And don't say I never told you so

We've all seen the plight of the straggler
Left behind when he can't keep up
So what's it like back there in the shadows?
I bet now you don't fell so tough

I'll be your disappointment
Your one regret
And don't say I never told you so

It's been coming for so long
For you to get what you deserve
And I will be the one
To watch you lose your nerve
It's only pity that remains

Such a sad and painful feeling
Wishing that you could be brave
The perfect storm you feared is bearing down
No way to dodge that rising wave

I'll be your disappointment
Your one regret
And don't say I never told you so

Thorn in you side
I'll be thorn in your side
I'll be thorn in your side
Track Name: A Changed Man
For years I tried to hide and shunning all responsibility
I never understood how unveiling your soul could reward and feel so good
In misery, and self-pity It takes it toll and leaves you blind
Malintention, and dissention
Placing the burden on your mind

I stand before you a changed man
I can’t ignore the truth and
Now I’ve got to make you understand

I fell upon my dagger one too many times for you to bear
A tragic failure of my introspection, bullshit and bold-faced lies
No more abusing, I can’t without losing
So little joy and so much pain
Can’t be complacent, cause I’ll never face it
Maybe you should get out while you still can

I stand before you a changed man I can’t ignore the truth and
Now I’ve got to make you understand
Making you understand

I’m doing the best I can
Ain’t gonna turn back now

I can no longer hide or shun any responsibility
And now I understand how unveiling my soul is the way escape my pain
The misery, and self-pity
Won’t take its’ toll and leave me blind
Can’t be complacent, or I’ll never face it
Just free this burden from my mind

I stand before you a changed man
I can’t ignore the truth and
Now I’ve got to make you understand
Track Name: '64 Soldiers
You hear it in the streets, you hear it in the wind
The sound of revolution coming back again
The '64 soldiers and the ones before
Meet a new generation, pounding on pavement, banging on doors

And all indications, point to a change
In the way that you see us, you will know our name
And the modifications, you made to the game
Are coming back on ya, we're here to to claim

Speaking truth to power for the 99
Who won’t take this shit no more
We ain’t going away
Until we see the change we’re fighting for

Rebel encampments, for the world to see
The American pipe dream, just a fantasy
Words they keep twisting, like the tongue of a snake
Wealth consolidation, never get a fair shake

It’s not like we’re asking, we’re taking back our right
To a chance at a future, never give up the fight
Pushing back against a system set up to make us fail
A charging locomotive about to come off the rails

Speaking truth to power gonna make a stand
Like in 1964
Never giving in
We won’t take this shit no more

Surprise we’re not asleep as they counted on
Rise of the truth that we mounted upon
Dawn of their heads now wide awake
The light that we give is what they try to take
Pull back the mask, exposing the lies
Boots to the ground cause we’ve opened our eyes

And we won’t stop now, for our time is here
Tear off the blinders and history made clear
And we won’t stop now, for our time is here

Speaking our truth to power gonna make a stand
Like in 1964
Never giving in
We won’t take this shit no more
Track Name: Real This Time
I think I need a dose of comfortable normality
If I can ever just let go
Cause I been caught up in this web for an eternity
Now honestly I just don’t know

Digging upwards through the dirt and I’m reaching for the light
It’s got to be real this time
Lost between a gentle murmur and a desperate scream
It’s got to be real this time, this time

I think I caught a glimpse of land up ahead
Lost out at sea within my mind
It’s such a struggle to keep my bearings straight
Why’s sanity so hard to find?

Swimming closer to the surface and I’m gasping for a breath
It’s got to be real this time
Lost between a gentle murmur and a desperate scream
It’s got to be real this time, this time

It feels so calm here back in the fold
Without my whole world spinning out of control
When no walls are chasing me I don’t need to hide
Now that the strength’s back by my side

Slowly peeling off the layers and I’m committed to the fight
It’s got to be real this time
Lost between a gentle murmur and a desperate scream
It’s got to be real this time
It’s got to be real this time
It’s got to be real this time, this time
Track Name: Grip on Control
Handle with care
These contents are fragile and perishable
The mind spins so fast, the fall is so slow
How you play the game it’s always touch and go
Getting dangerous, stay back from the ledge
Sweaty finger on trigger and I've always pledged
To fight this spiraling implosion
I welcome it with a smile

This pain only seems to grow
I'm losing my grip on control
Let me be
The only way I’ve ever known

No one took notice of the empty chair at the the table that night
And no one took notice of all the lengths I’ve gone to stop this fight
But what does it matter now anyway?
The lives are all shattered now anyway
So don’t try to follow me down
And while it pains me to see the destruction left in my wake
It’s a chance I’ll take

This pain only seems to grow
I'm losing my grip on control
Let me be
The only way I’ve ever known

This pain only seems to grow
I'm losing my grip on control
Let me be
The only way I’ve ever known
I'm losing my grip on control
Track Name: For Sure
There’s something in this change I’m feeling
I’ve tried to catch a glimpse but there’s something fogging up the lens
I’m seeing movement in the distance
Rustling in the brush could it be a touch of what’s coming

‘Cause I need to know for sure
I wanna see what’s coming
I need to know for sure

If being up front is what I’m good at, so you say
Then how can I lead when I never know which way is forward?
It’s so easy to say, “Just stay strong and have faith”
But not if the faith is what’s holding you back
And I don’t wanna be caught holding the smoking gun

‘Cause I need to know for sure
I wanna see what’s coming
I need to know for sure
Ground under my feet and I’m running
I need to know for sure

Release, unwind
No one ever told you this world would be kind
Break free, from your grasp
Never meant to be drowned in a world of confusion

It’s all a question of conviction
The only certainty is we’re all endin’ up in the ground
We’ll be six feet under

‘Cause we’ll never know for sure
We’ll never see what’s coming
We’ll never know for sure
Don’t waste time thinking you can run from it
We’ll never know for sure
We’ll never know for sure
Track Name: Without Fear
Obey the routine and just stare straight ahead
The terror level’s going from green to red
No way to escape our destiny of doom
So be the patriot and indulge and consume
Keeping us safe or fulfilling your greed
Ignore all of those who are truly in need
Yeah you, point at somebody else
When any kind of change will begin with yourself

Don’t tell me the end is drawing near
I’m gonna keep on living without fear

All of your secrets, your torture your lies
There’s no situation that justifies
Taking advantage of sorrow and pain
When you’re the only one who’s got something to gain
So stand on your throne with a smirk like you do
Knowing that there’s no one to answer to
Never taking the fall, someone else is to blame
Pretending that it’s all carried out in God’s name

You tell me the end is drawing near
I’m gonna keep on living without fear
You say that we’re losing all that we hold dear
No more living in your state of fear

Gross negligence
Blanket incompetence
Here to take back what you stole
Never giving you control

Don’t tell me the end is drawing near
No more living in your state of fear
You say that we’re losing all that we hold dear
Well I’m gonna keep on living without fear