Off the Floor 02 (Limited Edition)

by Tiles

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    Tiles Off the Floor 02...

    In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Tiles devised the "Off the Floor" project as both a career retrospective and their first official live recordings. Opting for the controlled environment of a soundstage, the band delivers "live in the studio" performances that offer new perspectives of standout tracks from each of Tiles' five studio recordings. Noted producer Terry Brown (Rush, Fates Warning) renders the final mixes with a refreshingly natural and powerful sound that harkens back to classic '70s live albums.

    Picking up where 2012's "Off the Floor 01" left off, "Off the Floor 02" gives the listener more than a carbon copy of the studio versions and includes a healthy dose of improvisation, a bit of re-imagining and even a little new music in the form of a bass & drums interlude. For the initial "OtF02" 2-disc Limited Edition version, Tiles dug into the archives and dusted off a few tunes unique to their appearance at the 2005 Rites of Spring Festival – featuring the last of only two full performance of the epic "Window Dressing." Also included are two bonus videos from the "Off the Floor" sessions.

    Admittedly this is not your typical live CD since the band opted instead for the controlled environment of a 'soundstage.' But have no fear..., "Off the Floor 02" is truly live..., just live in the studio. And even though you could count the audience on two hands there's no shortage of energy as Tiles delivers no-frills renditions; even leaving in the few "jazz" notes and other imperfections to retain a stamp of authenticity. It's clear the band has fun taking risks and wisely rejected the temptation to turn either "OtF" into a polished studio production.

    The set list represents a portion of what the band played in support of 2008's "Fly Paper." What's interesting is hearing the band's lifetime Detroit residency seeping out of their complicated prog rock constructions: a bit of garage rock looseness, Nugent abandon, Motown pulse, and a healthy dose of Elvin Jones' controlled chaos courtesy of Mark Evans' jazzy underpinnings. Lofty (and seemingly unrelated) references to be sure, but meant only in humble recognition of the inspiration and influence they provide...

    In today's world of predictable and homogenous sounding recordings wholly lacking in character, the magic ears of mixing engineer Terry Brown render a refreshingly organic sound. Harnessing the performances captured by Tiles' confidant Bob Phillips, Mr. Brown pulls it all together and puts everything is in its proper place. Serving up the audio equivalent of a Van Gogh where everything interacts, blends and magically comes together to create the big picture.

    "Off the Floor 02" and the previously released "Off the Floor 01" provide a fresh look at some old songs, add a few new things and give Tiles fans something to tide them over until the next studio release (finally) appears.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Off the Floor 02 (Limited Edition) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Download includes Disc 1: "Off the Floor 02" (10-tracks, 62-minutes) and Disc 2: Live at the 2005 Rites of Spring Festival (4-tracks, 36-minutes). Multimedia content is not included in the download, but is available free at: http://www.tiles-music.com/offthefloor/video.php.

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Tiles: Off the Floor 02 (Limited Edition).

"The second installment of Tiles' 20th Anniversary celebration, "Off the Floor 02" continues with more live-in-the-studio performances of staples from the band's live sets. Taken from the same sessions as "Off the Floor (01)," the track list draws from each of the band's five studio albums and gives the listener more than carbon copies of the studio versions with a healthy dose of improvisation, a bit of re-imagining and even a little new music in the form of a bass & drums interlude.

For this 2-disc Limited Edition version, Tiles dug into their archives and dusted off a few tunes from their appearance at the 2005 Rites of Spring Festival. These songs are not reprised on either "Off the Floor" disc - and feature the only recorded full performance of the epic "Window Dressing." Also included are two bonus videos from the "Off the Floor" sessions.

"Off the Floor 02" provides a fresh look at some old songs, adds a few new things, and gives Tiles fans something to tide them over until the next studio release appears in 2015...

All music is mixed by Terry Brown (Rush) and the CD features artwork by Hugh Syme."

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released June 3, 2014

Disc 1: Off the Floor 02

Chris Herin - Electric guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Jeff Whittle - Bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Mark Evans - Drums & percussion
Paul Rarick - Lead vocals

Produced by Tiles & Bob Phillips

Recorded live 'Off the Floor' at Sound Escape, Shelby Twp., MI
Engineered by Bob Phillips

Mixed by Terry Brown, Toronto, Canada
Mastered by Peter J. Moore at the “E” Room, Toronto, Canada

Disc 2: Live at the 2005 Rites of Spring Festival

Chris Herin - Electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Jeff Whittle - Bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Pat DeLeon - Drums & electronic percussion
Paul Rarick - Lead vocals

Recorded April 30, 2005 at the Colonial Theater, Phoenixville, PA
Event Producer - George Roldan
Engineered by Paradox Sound

2013 File Preparation by Bob Phillips
Mixed by Terry Brown, Toronto, Canada
Mastered by Peter J. Moore at the “E” Room, Toronto, Canada

Cover by Hugh Syme

Tiles Proudly Uses:
Mesa/Boogie Amplification, Elixir Strings, Ken Smith Basses & Strings,
Eden Amplifiers, Aquarian Drum Heads

Communication:
Standing Pavement Entertainment, P.O. Box 75, Trenton, MI 48183-0075 USA
info@tiles-music.com | www.tiles-music.com

All music published by Standing Pavement Publishing (BMI).
© 2014 Standing Pavement Recordings. All Rights Reserved.
Cover Artwork © 2014 Hugh Syme.
Tiles ® is a registered trademark ™

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Tiles Detroit, Michigan

TILES is a progressive hard rock band from Detroit, MI that has released five studio CDs (Inside Out Music) worldwide. Over the years the band has developed a style that blends the adventure of progressive rock with an aggressive hard rock edge. Notable musicians such as Alex Lifeson (Rush), Ian Anderson (Tull), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) have lent their talents & support to Tiles. ... more

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Track Name: Patterns
"Patterns"

Take the chance to break away
This doesn't happen every day
The future's too unsure

Take the time to check the tab
Reality is not that bad
Truth need to be exposed

Sometimes it's easier
To copy history
It's tough adapting when there is no cure

Patterns are the maps you draw
Patterns don't take very long
Patterns weather ups and downs
Keep your feet flat on the ground

Know when it's time to cut
It doesn't mean you're giving up
Don't ever leave unless you're thinking

It's always easier
To cling to history
Sometimes your instincts know which way to go

Patterns are the maps you draw
Patterns don't take very long
Patterns weather ups and downs
Keep your feet flat on the ground
Patterns are the maps you draw
Patterns don't take very long
Patterns weather ups and downs
Keep your feet flat on the ground

Don't get too upset
No one wants all they get
Are we really comfortable?

Patterns are the maps you draw
Patterns don't take very long
Patterns weather up sand downs
Keep your feet flat on the ground
Patterns are the maps you draw
Patterns don't take very long
Patterns weather ups and downs
Keep your feet flat on the ground
Track Name: Hide and Seek
"Hide and Seek"

Something else to occupy
Something else to drain your energy
Something more weighs on your mind
Something more that’s keeping you from me
All these things to make me bleed

Tangled up in the weeds
Playing hide and seek

As you fade from my view
Where are you?
You’re not here when you should care
Reaching out for your hand
But it’s not there
Hide and seek
You’re not here

Somewhere else is beckoning
Somewhere else is hidden in plain sight
Somewhere else is my retreat
Somewhere else is shelter deep inside

Floating on the sea
Random currents moving me
If I don’t care
I will go somewhere
Rain in the morning light
Dreamt a lifetime in a single night

Weathered and worn
Creased and torn
Creased and torn
Understanding comes too late
Track Name: Taking Control
"Taking Control"

I can't find an open door
Recall what I was looking for
Waste from haste we fail to see
Stop to think reluctantly

Now? When? Here? Then?
Demoralized, compromised
Check integrity at the door
Cutting throats, dashing hopes
Face down upon the floor

Our goal, to be the best
To find a way to belong
Help the ones who need
To mold their destiny
But good intentions don't always
Work the way they should
Some end up harming more
Than doing any good

We can't take all the blame
For everything gone wrong
When will others have the right
To find a way with their own insight?

What? When? If? Then?
Bottom lines with token fines
Slim chance to get caught
Example set by hedging bets
Means to and end are bought

Our goal, to be the best
To find a way to belong
To help the ones who need
To mold their destiny
But good intentions don't always
Work the way they should
Some end up harming more
Than doing any good

Our goal, to be the best
To find a way to belong
To help the ones who need
To mold their destiny
But good intentions don't always
Work the way they should
Some end up harming more
Than doing any good
Track Name: Remember To Forget
"Remember To Forget"

Dignity in hand
Trapped inside a vacuum
Hostage in wonderland
I try to run slipping and sliding
Stumbling blindly off the cliff
What if - adrift - I can't get back?
Numb I can't understand what's been done
By the other hand
This is now it's not the same
The anguish calls to stake its claim
Sharp in relief time creeps on by

I try to make my peace
With what is and what might be
Home in another time
Memories persist without rhyme
Sounds trigger thoughts trigger pain
Whispers of doubt still remain
Clinging to regret
I struggle to resist
Scars that won't forgive
Can't I remember to forget?

Paranoia building a wall
Naïve misconceptions
Feeding a future I cannot recall
Chaos as I think and feel
Groping blind for the truths that I conceal
All alone upon my throne
Intentions fail to lift the stone
Wear the badge of resentment proud

I try to make my peace
With what is and what might be
Home in another time
Safe and secure of some things
I could be assured

Walk the slippery slope of the past
I choose to dress up my burden
Call it salvation as it drags me down

I try to make my peace
With what is and what might be
Home in another time
Memories persist without rhyme
Sounds trigger thoughts trigger pain
Whispers of doubt still remain

Shackles rust as I release the past
Free from bitterness
Without looking back I can remember to forget
Track Name: Analysis Paralysis
"Analysis Paralysis"

I can't make up my mind
Or put this off forever
Always counting on luck
Keeps my mind in a rut
I can't keep ignoring signals

Bombarding me from every side
I can run - but I can't hide

All the facts after the fact
To live this tragedy
It happens time and time again
Analyze until we're paralyzed
We can't comprehend

Here's the info that I need
Now I'll play the devil's advocate
This excess we feed
Is wisdom we don't need
Now I'm afraid to place my bet

Information overload
My head is ready to explode

All the facts after the fact
To live this tragedy
It happens time and time again
Analyze until we're paralyzed
We can't comprehend

Ulterior motives - secret pacts
No one knows all the facts
Hidden message - double talk
Fallen prophets, no safe place to walk

Information up to here
It's no wonder we all live in fear

Analysis Paralysis
All we get are opinions
Analysis Paralysis
Overkill - now we can't comprehend
Analysis Paralysis
Analysis Paralysis
Analysis Paralysis
Paranoia is winning
Track Name: Cactus Valley
"Cactus Valley"

A line of clouds forms in the sky
A hazy heat builds slowly

The sun appears beyond the point
A barren stretch awakens
Cracked but seamless to the horizon
Idle landscape, no distractions

Dust and 'weeds drift in the distance
An image flickers by

I see the colors unfolding before me
There's a presence in this unrelenting force
Wind and water work in tandem
Claim the living - unforgiving 'til the end
Can't stop this natural course

The moon will light the changing scenes
A silent contrast to the efforts never seen
Burrows fill as life retreats
A constant battle to defeat the path serene

Cactus valley

The ground hardens worn but sharp
Stifling heatwave focused
Idle creatures scan dominions
Balance failures lost

I see the colors unfolding before me
There's a presence in this unrelenting force
Wind and water work in tandem
Claim the living - unforgiving 'til the end
Can't stop this natural course

The moon will light the changing scenes
A silent contrast to the efforts never seen
Burrows fill as life retreats
A constant battle to defeat the path serene

Cactus valley
Cactus valley
Track Name: Sacred and Mundane
"Sacred and Mundane"

Evaporate
Drop by drop
Sinking inch by inch
Feel the ebb and flow
As momentum slows

Accumulate
One by one
Changing bit by bit
Ivory tower test
Entertains the guest

Hidden in the space between the words
Another dialect to learn
An ounce prevents a pound of cure
Sacred and mundane

Articulate
Word by word
Standing face to face
Bridges burning still
In a test of wills

Manipulate
Step by step
Twisting day by day
Addicted to the fight
Words as sharp as knives

I see blue washing into orange and red
Fanning sparks to flame
Details multiply
Never twice the same

Assimilate
Choice by choice
Shrinking lie by lie
False identity
Keeping you from me
Track Name: Dancing Dogs
"Dancing Dogs"

Stand back and watch - order falls in place
Left by the wasteside - misled in our haste
Following leaders - but they should follow behind us
Bearing the clout - casting more doubt
Drowning in water too shadow

Nip at your heels - they gnaw at the rope
Hung by a thread - left without hope
Look up and focus - gamble and risk your routine ways
Turning the gear - time drawing near
Embrace the plain we face our fear

Time consumes time
Quick to grasp - too tough to find
Time consumes me
Like dancing dogs too quick to see

Racing full speed - cliffs looming ahead
Pushing and pulling - backwards we tread
Calling the names - Beads of sweat forming on my face
Blurring our sight - jaws storking tight
Memories fade to brave the fight

Time consumes time
Quick to grasp - too tough to find
Time consumes me
Like dancing dogs too quick to see
Time consumes time
As thoughts race through my mind
Time consumes the doubts we believe
Like dancing dogs too quick to see

There's no harvest where nothing is planted
There's no reason this road of success
You must argue what's taken for granted
To the last

Time consumes time
Quick to grasp - too tough to find
Time consumes me
Like dancing dogs too quick to see
Time consumes time
As thoughts race through my mind
Time consumes the doubts we believe
Like dancing dogs too quick to see
Track Name: Safe Procedures
"Safe Procedures"

At the end of the day
Nerves are worn, a little frayed
Move to wash up after toil
Look to see the sweat and soil
Passion for existence
Can't be bought, can't be sold
Altering conditions to pave the way
Caution on hold

Caught in a rut of safe procedures
Realize that change is always a feature

So you've done what you're told
Following the rule of gold
Rescued from obscurity
By a sense of destiny
When the cast peels away
Clearing fog reveals the day
Thoughts and plans and dreams take shape
As new fears wait to awake

Caught in a rut of safe procedures
Realize that change is always a feature
Track Name: Another's Hand
"Another's Hand"

Bullets split the air
Sounds of destruction and despair
Break the silence - sense the fear
No place to run, no shouts to hear

Creep through the silence
Crouched on his knees
Lurk in the corners
Fault what he sees
Lost in the timeless
Age of vengeance past
Force justice blindly
Another's hand is cast

Signs of life are gone
No trace of fate to linger on
Lost perspective - hopeless rage
Live for the thrill of a war engaged

Creep through the silence
Crouched on his knees
Lurk in the corners
Fault what he sees
Lost in the timeless
Age of vengeance past
Force justice blindly
Another's hand is cast

Creep through the silence
Crouched on his knees
Lurk in the corners
Fault what he sees
Lost in the timeless
Age of vengeance past
Force justice blindly
Another's hand is cast
Track Name: Facing Failure (ROSFest 2005)
"Facing Failure"

Thread the eye
Led by an ill frame of mind
Judge to justify
End results sometimes lie friends and peers
Motives unclear - disappear
Facing fear and doubt
Hear the whisper explode into a shout

Too late to get out

Words stinging twisting turning
Echo in my head
I can't afford the cost of wasted time
No failure
Trapped in a spiral without an end
Around another corner
Turning blind

Tensions crest
Dunce cap crowns the litmus test
Smoking guns report
Can't leave the line to start as scars return
Nothing learned, hopeless and burned
Raging on and on
War of words fought yet again are seldom won

Too late to belong

Words stinging twisting turning
Echo in my head
I can't afford the cost of wasted time
No failure
Trapped in a spiral without an end
Around another corner
Turning blind

Asking, answering, looking, seeing
Take refuge from the storm
Seeking, finding, directions clearer
Truth takes many forms

Words stinging twisting turning
Echo in my head
I can't afford the cost of wasted time
No failure
Trapped in a spiral without an end
Around another corner
Turning blind
Track Name: Ballad of the Sacred Cows (ROSFest 2005)
Instrumental Track
Track Name: Paintings (ROSFest 2005)
"Paintings"

Trapped inside this dark and narrow mind
Far from the outside
If I could stand beside myself
And see what you see
Left alone high upon a shelf
Dust collects on things discarded
I retreat while the world passes by
Scars to justify

Am I a fixture in time and place?
As our old promises fade
Like the paintings we see everyday
That hang in decay
So the familiar feeds neglect
Too plain to perceive

My finger points to my demise
But three point back at me to my surprise
All the same I'm a fixture in time and place
As our old promises fade
Like the paintings we see everyday
That hang in decay
So the familiar feeds neglect
Red and blue pale to black and white

Images live and speak a thousand words
In solitude clouds grace the tranquil sky
Sense the calm sighing in pain

I'm a fixture in time and place
As our old promises fade
Like the paintings we see everyday
That hang in decay
So the familiar feeds neglect
Simply too plain to perceive
Color drains from the scenery
When routine courts apathy
Track Name: Window Dressing (ROSFest 2005)
"Window Dressing"

PART ONE
Tell me what I want to hear
And what keeps you safe
Talk tempts fate
The game is engaged
She plays with fire
Vanity sidesteps around common senses
Shrugging off conscience embracing pride
Twisted scenes bring comfort in delusion
Hide reality from the line of sight
The harvest to intrude
Fight proof
Hollow her words ringing absurd
Lies to save face compounds disgrace
Light filters through the veil exposing guilt
Clutch the straws of logic lost
Hanging on the cross

Ignorance lives in bliss with blinders on
While it shows denial is en vogue
Age-old wisdom's whisper dies from neglect
Our egos to protect

Now that I know
How little we know
About each other
Tracing an image of a portrait
That we wish was true
But the colors run
Faces I see
Tell little about
What to believe
Layers of window dressing
Barely hint at what's beneath
Covered up like paint on rust
Who to trust?
Dress the window
Draw the shade
Light and darkness trade...

PART TWO
If I can still recall
Simplicity seemed like nothing at all
Summertime days to spend without end
Hazy warm faint scent of pine gracing the air
We let our whims take us away
Not to return as Eden drew to a close

Careless deeds strip my faith
Heart on ice I retreat
I wish true were false and fiction real
Bit by bit the mirage fades from view
Never taught finally learned
The corner turned
Wish I may wish I might
Forget illusion's charm

Now that I know
How little we know
About each other
Tracing an image of a portrait
That we wish was true
Fashion covers all we hope to hide
Faces I see
Tell little about
What to believe
Layers of window dressing
Barely hint at what's beneath
Now that I know
How nothing we show
Really matters

Optimistic - pessimistic
Expectation to blame

PART THREE
So much happens that we can't perceive
Safe in a cloak of ignorance
With passing time childish notions finally die
When the pain we endure
Compounds with consciousness
Delusions to protect and survive

Reflecting on what I know I will never know
Curtains drawn concealing the light of truth