Catch for Us the Foxes is indie rock group MewithoutYou's second full-length album, released on October 15, 2004 by Tooth & Nail Records.
Catch for Us the Foxes reached a peak position of number 20 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers on October 23, 2004 Top Heatseekers: Catch For Us The Foxes.
* Troy Glessner – Mastering
* Chad Johnson – A&R
* Christopher Kleinberg – Group Member
* Robbie Lackritz – Assistant
* Richard Mazzotta – Group Member
* Daniel Pishock – Group Member
* Aaron Weiss – Group Member
* Chick Wolverton – E-Bow
* Brad Wood – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
* Michael Weiss - Group Member
Recurring motifs throughout the album include foxes ("Disaster Tourism", "The Soviet"), leaves ("Tie Me Up! Untie Me!", "Leaf") and day/night ("Disaster Tourism", "The Soviet"). Front man and song writer Aaron Weiss quotes many different sources, but most often he borrows from Jalal ad-Din Rumi, a poet of Sufism, the religion of his mother. The album title itself is taken from Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs) 2:15 in the Bible.
#"Torches Together" was written in light of Aaron Weiss's experience at and Brouderhoff, two communities that take the idea of church as seriously as the early church. While there Aaron wrote this song. "The song off our new record, ‘Torches Together,’ talks about community and coming together and loving each other.." Decapolis: MewithoutYou Interview He also references his previous suicidal tendencies: "anyway, aren't you unbearably sad?" and looks into the Simple Way philosophy of living simply and with no plans: "so never mind of plan making, we'll start living." He also uses common biblical concepts of the church like a building (1 Peter 2:4-5), being the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), and quotes Proverbs 26:14 with "turning like a door on its hinges" and references Luke 11:33 when He says "Why burn...under a bowl...". The song ends with a reference to Matthew 11:16-17.
#"January 1979" is a song themed around Aaron Weiss's failure as a human in life. He and former bassist, Daniel Pishock, were both born in January 1979. The "crash" Aaron explains refers to his birth. Aaron wrote this song discussing his frustration surrounding his "overfed, unconcerned, and comfortably numb" existence. Realizing his failure, he sings of becoming a servant of all, a reference to Matthew 23:11. Becoming the lowest would imply that there would no longer be any possibility of failing more. While he remarks that his eyes have become useless, the song ends with hope of a cure. His concept about grasshoppers may reference to Numbers 13:33, or Isaiah 40:22. The line "My ear pressed against the past / like a glass on the wall of a house in a photograph" closely resembles a line in Richard Brautigan's novel So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away.
#"Tie Me Up! Untie Me!" shows themes of suicide and the mysterious salvation of the Lord. Weiss begins with a search for someone, probably God, on the "tops of the trees", where a glorious God should be found, but with no success. He rather finds that Jesus is "buried" and mostly left unnoticed. Despite Weiss's inability to find God, God grabbed him, like a sickness. Then his "sweetheart moved away," possibly referring to his previous relationship with sin or the world (with further references to this girl in the chorus). However this provided more tension as Weiss goes on to speak of his distance from God, and his fickleness is obeying God or obey his flesh ("Tie me up! Untie me!). Suicide seems to be a major distraction. Again he describes the search for God, and his surprise in finding God in a "dull shell." The song ends with witness of victory over seemingly unsurmountable tendencies towards suicide. He takes from Rumi using the line: "Love moves away. The light changes. I need more grace than I thought. Selection of Poems by Rumi"
#"Leaf" likely is a song born out of Aaron's sudden change from caring about his clothing and dance style to his disgust with showiness and fame. In an interview Relevant Magazine Interview with Aaron Weiss by Relevant Magazine he comments about clothes "I feel embarrassed buying food when it's being thrown away everywhere I look! And dressing up in new clothes every day, trying to look attractive or desirable and stay clean and respectable—it's a lot of effort, and I don't have it in me anymore. When I see people with their hair done and make up and stylish clothes, it looks silly to me now, like a costume." He goes on in the song to say that logical talk, or dancing or even singing is stupid and doesn't allow God inside of him to speak at all. He rather desires purity of heart in his "call to love my brother." The chorus is a reference to Søren Kierkegaard's work .
#"Disaster Tourism" is probably a song about wisdom or some new revelation calling to a man lost in hedonism. While this new revelation does not make sense, the man still replies. Aaron stated in an interview at Purple Door '05 that this song was based on a trip he took to the Red Light District in Amsterdam.
#"Seven Sisters" is written considering creation and the place of humans in it. The Creator made things soft and easy. However, men's clever philosophy is simply neat arrangements and men are left try to discover "where to sleep." He paraphrases a quote from "Icon of Light", a prayer written by Symeon the New Theologian. "Come, Light that knows no evening come, alone to the alone." Icon of Light: from Saint Symeon the New Theologian : Prayer to the Holy Spirit. Aaron also uses the ideas of Rumi: "A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home", Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing and then again in the next line: "You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do.." Sufism Poetry by Rumi. These two prayers form a plea to the Creator to give men a madness that is whole, and to offer a resting place. The chorus refers to the cleansing and salvation found in God. The expectation continues that men are "expected to believe that any of this is real. The lines "covered like carpets with graceful, meaningless ornamental designs" comes from the novel The Journey To The East by Hermann Hesse."
#"The Soviet" is about the human struggle with selfish love and fear and the shame springing up from them. A resolution offered is to take care and watch to prevent needless pain that comes with lust and impurity. Aaron Weiss passionately sings "I don't need this," renouncing the seeming truth found in culture that the physical and emotional love is necessary. References include 1 John 4:8, Song of Solomon 2:15 and Oscar Wilde's poem . The lyrics "O' wake up sleepers and rise from the dead!" is a reference to Ephesians 5:14.
#"Paper Hanger" is about dying to find life in Christ. Aaron lightly borrows from the story of Jesus turning water into wine at a banquet as told in John 2. "She was like wine turned to water then turned back to wine." This line might refer to the perfect creation of God turning away from God and then turned back to God again. The surrender to God offered in the lyrics "My life is no longer mine" leads him to fit into the function of community that provides wholeness. Men, when they "stop leaving" and show unselfish commitment, that therein lies the betterment of men. Lyrics quote the Gospel of Thomas: "If they ask you, 'What is the sign of your father within you?' say to them, 'It is movement and repose.'" Stevan Davies explains: "The seven days of Genesis begin with the Spirit moving upon the waters, continue through six days of the movement of creation, and conclude with a day of repose." Gospel of Thomas Saying 50 at Early Church Writings
#"My Exit, Unfair" is a song Aaron wrote about his mother. He refers to the Biblical account of Jonah and his foolishness is fleeing from God's plans for him. The realization is that "a hard rain is going to fall." The emptiness and failures of men are temporary while deep inside us the eternal is written, an allusion to Ecclesiastes 3:11. The end of the song is a Islamic prayer that Aaron prayed as a child, that he learned from his mother SongMeanings Discussion Boards translated "Oh Most Patient, Glory be to Thee, I seek refuge in you from Satan the accursed. Praise be to God. In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful." SongMeanings Discussion Board
#"Four Word Letter (Pt.2)" is an interesting song born out of the difference in the faith of Aaron and his family. While there seems to be a bit of meaninglessness, "..aimlessly drifting around." there is a yearning for purpose even in doubt: "Oh, doubters, let's go down, down to the river to pray.." borrowing from , a traditional hymn. There is a bit of discussion about seeking out God coming from his family, to which he responds appropriately to each excuse. However, Aaron admits that he does not desire his beliefs or those of his family, but rather to have the "God of peace." By using imagery of a song and its artist comparing them to God and his creation, he shows the absurdity of complaining, even if its "clever" or philosophical. The real "hunger" is not satisfied with a set of beliefs, whether Christian or Islamic. Fans often express belief that the four word letter is "Jesus I love you" or "I love you goodbye" SongMeaning Discussion Boards
#"Carousels" is a song about the foolishness of the world and the true need for God. Aaron wrote this song after riding into town one day. He was struck by the billboards and consumerism found in the American culture. This realization leads him to lay prostrate before God. As the Israelites once wandered in the desserts of Sinai, so Weiss admits that he would wander without God. He also expresses the meaninglessness and evil of existence apart from God's existence. He quotes Jack Kerouac's book The Dharma Bums when he sings: "Like a horn blown by some sad angel." There is also a plea for Jesus to come back, referring to his expected return. In the background of the first verse, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom," is heard - the words of the criminal crucified beside Jesus who repented. In the second verse "we bow in unity when we come into your kingdom" is heard instead.
#"Son of a Widow" is a poem about dying to self. From the start, there is a persistence for connection between Aaron and God. The idea is that only in the crushing of a grape is wine made. There is a burial performed by Aaron's close friends of his identity apart from God, including all his accomplishments. There is simply the desire to retire from lonely existence. It may be referencing Luke 7:12, "The boy who had died was the only son of a widow."
The song "Leaf" is sometimes listed as having the title "Linear" instead Amazon.com: Catch for Us the Foxes.
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MewithoutYou (styled as mewithoutYou) is an American rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consists of vocalist Aaron Weiss, guitarist Michael Weiss, bassist Greg Jehanian and drummer Rickie Mazzotta. MewithoutYou's music is generally dominated by spoken-word vocals and free-ranging drums, bass, and guitar. On their third album, Brother, Sister, the band incorporated more varied instrumentation including percussion instruments, accordion, and harp.
The band was originally conceived as a side project. The Weiss brothers and former guitarist Christopher Kleinberg were playing together in another band called The Operation with current bassist Greg Jehanian (who released one album and one EP, 2001's There Is Hope for a Tree Cut Down & 1999's Invisible Man EP, on Takehold Records), but Aaron wanted to start another band to experiment with new sounds. With the help of Ricky Mazzotta, Ray Taddeo, and his brother Mike, Aaron formed what is now formally known as MewithoutYou. At first the band was a four piece, with Aaron Weiss on both bass and vocals. However, in only a few months Chris Klienberg joined to play third guitar. The band released their first EP (I Never Said That I Was Brave) in 2001 and shortly thereafter signed to Tooth & Nail Records after a show at Cornerstone Festival the same year. Around this time Taddeo had moved on, and Daniel Pishock was recruited to be the first official and permanent bass player of the band. The Operation disbanded soon afterward, and MewithoutYou's debut full-length album, Life, was released in 2002. The band garnered more attention for their second release, 2004's Catch for Us the Foxes, which was produced by Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate). In December 2004 Pishock had made the decision to retire as the bassist to pursue a career in teaching and explore other musical ventures, and former Operation frontman, Greg Jehanian, was selected to replace him. In 2005, MewithoutYou won mtvU's "Left Field" award for most original artist for their song "January 1979." Their third album, Brother, Sister, again produced by Wood, was released on September 26, 2006. In late 2007, guitarist Christopher Kleinberg left the band, to pursue a degree in medicine. Pete Syoum filled in for guitar in the fall of 2007, but later Kleinberg returned to play with the band on their 2008 Summer tour since school was not in session. Kleinberg also played some shows on their, It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright, tour in June 2009.
Aaron Weiss provides narration for the Forgive Durden album entitled, "Razia's Shadow: A Musical" which was released October 28, 2008. He also provides vocals for Norma Jean's "Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste" and Indie/Hip Hop project Bella Futuro's "70 X 7".
As of September 2008 the band has finished recording the follow-up to Brother, Sister titled, It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright. The title of the album is taken from parable 518 in the book 'The Golden Words of a Sufi Sheikh" by Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. In this he writes, "It's all false, It's all a dream, It's all crazy, It's all over, It's all right, Let's see what's next". The latest album is a departure from Weiss' trademark shouting and the band's raucous grooves. The mile-a-minute rants, thick with lyrical angst, are traded for simpler melodies with lyrics about anthropomorphic food and animals. Similarly, the band has scaled back their edgier post-hardcore sound, at times trading riffs for chords and guitars for pianos and harp. Even a classical composer was called into their Fishtown, Philadelphia studio for various arrangements on several tracks. The album was produced by Dan Smith (Danielson, Sufjan Stevens) and Brian McTear and was mixed by Brad Wood.
They tour in a 42-foot 1976 MC8 Charter bus that runs on vegetable oil. Before July 2009 the side of the bus read "Altus Bulldogs." Jeremy Enigk and Aaron Weiss Catch Up as the World Waits, 2006-12-07
The Weiss brothers are of Jewish descent and their songs use Jewish, Muslim and Christian imagery to explore spiritual themes. The Weiss brothers were raised in a Sufi Muslim household—their mother had converted from the Episcopal church, and their father from Judaism. Due to the Christian imagery in some of Aaron Weiss' lyrics, they have been categorized as a Christian band, although in interview, A. Weiss has stated he doesn't think they are a Christian band. Their lyrics reflect a personal relationship with God, and are not evangelistic. Other lyrical themes explored include suffering and self-doubt.
Many lyrics are taken from the Sufi poet Rumi including the song "The Cure for Pain" from "A to B: Life" and a line in the song "Seven Sisters" from "Catch for Us the Foxes".
In the song "Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt" from their album "A to B: Life", Aaron Weiss' lyrics are based on a poem from the metaphysical poet John Donne called "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning". John Donne wrote the poem to his wife to explain that there is no need for dreading their physical separation or distance because their spiritual love will always keep them together. The lines of the song "thy firmness makes my circle just, and makes me end where I begun" are directly from John Donne's poem where the conceit is revealed as a compass (Stanza 9, ll. 35-36). The title of the song itself is a Kurt Vonnegut quote.
The title of their second album Catch for Us the Foxes is taken directly from Song of Songs 2:15: "Catch for us the foxes,/ the little foxes/ that ruin the vineyards,/ our vineyards that are in bloom" (New International Version). This passage is also used in the song "The Soviet": "Good God, please! Catch for us the foxes in the vineyard—the little foxes". See lyrical themes of Catch for Us the Foxes for the themes explored on the album.
The title of their third album, Brother, Sister, is derived from St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of the Sun": "We praise You, Lord, especially for Brother Sun, We praise You, Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars". at prayerfoundation.org
Their fourth album, It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright explores many of the teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. The sufi teacher's story of "The Fox, the Crow, and the Cookie" from "My Love You My Children: 101 Stories for Children" is told as well as his story about the "King Beetle" from "The Divine Luminous Wisdom that Dispels Darkness."M R Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, Other concepts from the teacher are explored in "Allah, Allah, Allah," about seeing God in every blade of grass and in "Fig with a Bellyache" dealing with sexual temptation from "The Divine Luminous Wisdom..." and "The Golden Words of a Sufi Sheikh." Guitarist Mike Weiss has been quoted as saying that the themes of the album reflect a time in vocalist Aaron Weiss' life where he is, "...sort of revisiting and holding himself up to those teachings that there's no one religion that's going to be the only way to God..." reveals Weiss. "If you really want to just try to follow a path to God, I don't believe you need anything beyond , but it's just the idea that you're fixed on the only way and that everybody else is just completely misguided... that is a sort of obtuse attitude that can hurt your own spirit."
*Aaron Weiss – Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, percussion
*Michael Weiss – Guitar, keyboards, vocals
*Rickie Mazzotta – drums
*Greg Jehanian – Bass guitar, vocals
*Christopher Kleinberg – Guitar
*Daniel Pishock – Bass guitar, vocals, keyboards
*Ray Taddeo – Guitar
*Timbre Cierpke - harp
*Lauryn Peacock - piano
*Matt Chapin - trumpet
*Derek Paquette - trombone
* Life, 2002 (Tooth & Nail Records)
*Catch for Us the Foxes, 2004 (Tooth & Nail Records)
*Brother, Sister, 2006 (Tooth & Nail Records)
*It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright, 2009 (Tooth & Nail Records)
*Blood Enough for Us All EP, 2000 (self-released)
*I Never Said That I Was Brave EP, 2001 (Kickstart Audio)
*Norma Jean / MewithoutYou, 2002 (Solid State Records/Tooth & Nail Records)
* Life, 2002 (Gilead Media)
*Catch for Us the Foxes, 2004 (Gilead Media)
*Brother, Sister, 2006 (Burnt Toast Vinyl)
*Nice and Blue (Pt. Two), 2007 (Strange Addiction Records)
*It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright, 2009 (Burnt Toast Vinyl)
*Songs From The Penalty Box, Tooth & Nail Volume 6, 2009 "Every Thought a Thought of You"
*Gibson Custom Les Paul Goldtop (Michael)
*Fender American Telecaster, Sunburst (Michael)
*Fender Standard Stratocaster, Pink (Michael)
*Rickenbacker 360, Fireglo (Michael)
In order of appearance:
*Dunlop crybaby Jimi Hendrix model
*Line 6 DL4 Delay x2
*Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Analog Chorus
*Demeter TRM-1 Tremulator
*Fulltone Fulldrive II MOSFET
*Boss RV-5 Reverb
*Rocktron HUSH Noise Reduction Pedal
All pedals are connected to the effects loop in Michael's Vox AC30.
*BOSS RC-2 Loop Station
*BOSS DD-3 Digital Delay
*BOSS CS-3 Compression/Sustainer
*Fender Jazz Bass (Greg)
*C & C Drums
*Meinl Byzance Heavy Hi-Hat Traditional 14"
*Meinl Byzance Medium Thin Crash Traditional 19"
*Meinl Byzance Medium Ride Traditional 21"
* directed by Shane Drake
* directed by Shane Drake
* directed by Casey McBride & Daniel Davison
*"Leaf" from Catch for Us the Foxes directed by Josh Bender (unfinished)
* directed by Lex Halaby
* directed by Shane Drake
* from It's All Crazy! It's All False . . . directed by David Bell & Amy Carrigan
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