Eden Boulevard

Diego Allessandro & Lot 25

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The lone album by Diego Allessandro and Lot 25, a two part rock opera about two young men named Nicholas and Jerome.

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  1. 1 Against The Night 03:53
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  2. 2 Eden Boulevard 05:30
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  3. 3 Don't Let Me Sleep Alone 02:20
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  4. 4 Dirty Little War 04:45
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  5. 5 Restless Heart 03:58
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  6. 6 Disillusioned Blues 03:25
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  7. 7 Radio Static 02:48
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  8. 8 Echoes 02:47
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  9. 9 Baby's Game 03:04
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  10. 10 The Ledge 03:58
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A Note from Diego Allessandro:
 
     When I started writing this album I had no characters, no titles, no story; I had whatever songs I was working on at the time. My idea was to create a modern rock album tailored to the band Lot 25 was in 2013/2014. We were a four piece band with a single guitar and a keyboard. I wrote and wrote and wrote and demoed over 40 songs with over a dozen still unfinished by the time we started recording. While listening to the demos and playing around with the track order I found two very different young men. I traced their stories through the songs and tailored the arrangements to the narrative and the power of Lot 25.
     Nicholas is a man in his late 20’s, cynical and snarky. He looks at the world around him which fills him with a crippling fear. Together with his best friend Frankie, also a cynic, and his girlfriend Amanda he starts out determined not to make the same compromises that others made causing them, in his eyes, to lose themselves and surrender. The fear mounts and he retreats inward pushing away the people that matter most to him. Fear has a way of sneaking up on you and causing you to act against your nature. It can reduce you to a fraction of the person you were no matter how old, how smart or how rational you are.
     Jerome is quite the opposite. He is fueled by an inconsolable rage. The world around him makes him angry. His sense of betrayal, desertion and rejection causes him to lash out at the world and those closest to him. Even in the quiet moments of the early morning, Jerome seethes and grits hi teeth at the things that hurt and anger him. He’s in love with a woman who is incapable of loving him back and continually dates other men. That kind of angst only seems adolescent to those who never experienced it. Going through life every day angry at the world and wanting to lash out at everything and everyone is not adolescent angst, for some it’s their very existence.
     Thank you to James Dellatacoma for bringing out the best of the band, the music and myself; love you cuz. To Brian Morelli for putting up with me, helping me develop the narrative and the sound of this project, and for his friendship. To Joey, Reid and Marissa for their amazing performances on this album, their friendship and devotion to the band, the music and this album; it was amazing. Thank you to Danielle Spoelstra for her amazing artwork which provides a great visual to the themes and characters on the album. Thank you to my parents and my sister Lauren for their love and support, always. To our fans, thanks for your support since 2013, we love you and we’ll see you very soon.

 
PART I: NICHOLAS

AGAINST THE NIGHT 
Nicholas Jonathan Amanda & Additional Characters

 
Lightning strikes, the sky ignites
Living under the gun, held hostage for life
It rages in your mind like a battle scene
You lie at night shaking from the unforeseen
 
Fire and brimstone, from the sky they will fall
And soon these dead eyes will see through these walls
We’re soldiers, fighting for our lives
It’s you and me against the night
 
It’s a town without pity there’s no prayers answered for the lost
If you want heaven then you’ll have to pay the cost
Everybody goes in search of paradise
Yet no one is willing to lose their life
 
Fire and brimstone, from the sky they will fall
And soon these dead eyes will see through these walls
We’re soldiers, fighting for our lives
It’s you and me against the night
 
Gray lightning, black rain,
Branch banging against the window pane
Thunder bouncing around your brain,
The blood throbbin’ in the vein
Between faith and fear, the sacred and devine
It’ll reach down and grab you by the spine
 
Fire and brimstone, from the sky they will fall
And soon these dead souls will scale the city walls
We’re soldiers, fighting for our lives 
It’s you and me against the night
 
Fire and brimstone, from the sky they will fall
And soon these dead souls will scale the city walls
We’re soldiers, fighting for our lives 
It’s you and me against the night
 
EDEN BOULEVARD
Nicholas Jonathan Amanda & Additional Characters

 
Pale moon on the horizon
Brings the night into view
The taste of defeat
Life rendered askew
In the distance you hear the battle
Feel a chill of creeping death
A flash in the sky
And the wind carries that stench
 
It’s a dream you can’t shake
Something you can live without
A fear no man can fake
A struggle you know too much about
Your heart pounds like a freight train
Eyes never off guard
This is your home
This is Eden Boulevard
 
In exile on Main Street
All the blinds are closed
Doors shuttered and boarded
Left completely exposed
Phone wires disconnected
Your cell keeps dropping calls
And all you hear is silence
In the Garden before the fall
 
It’s a dream you can’t shake
Something you can live without
A fear no man can fake
A struggle you know too much about
Your heart pounds like a freight train
Eyes never off guard
This is your home
This is Eden Boulevard
 
Dreams are never free
Too many end up broken
A sacrifice on the altar
Of words left unspoken
 
Last night you saw a young mother
With a baby crying in her arms
She was tryin’ to lull it to sleep
The child could not calm
The forgotten roamed the avenue
The disenfranchised littered the streets
Specters of the once young and hopeful
Whittled by defeat
 
It’s a dream you can’t shake
Something you can live without
A fear no man can fake
A struggle you know too much about
Your heart pounds like a freight train
Eyes never off guard
This is our home
This is Eden Boulevard
 
DON’T LET ME SLEEP ALONE
Nicholas & Additional Characters

 
Tonight I cannot sleep
I got something haunting me and my dreams
I can hear the echoes call
All I see are shadows that crawl
 
Don’t let me sleep alone (don’t let me sleep alone)
Don’t let me sleep alone baby tonight
Don’t let me sleep alone (don’t let me sleep alone)
Don’t let me sleep alone baby tonight
 
From the darkness of the rooms black veil
The silence starts to crackle and wail
Visions of Mary’s piercing eyes
Drift from within the pale moon light
 
Don’t let me sleep alone (don’t let me sleep alone)
Don’t let me sleep alone baby tonight
Don’t let me sleep alone (don’t let me sleep alone)
Don’t let me sleep alone baby tonight
 
Don’t let me sleep alone (don’t let me sleep alone)
Don’t let me sleep alone baby tonight
Don’t let me sleep alone (don’t let me sleep alone)
Don’t let me sleep alone baby tonight
I can feel something watching me
I can hear scratching in the hall
 
Don’t let me sleep alone (don’t let me sleep alone)
Don’t let me sleep alone baby tonight
Don’t let me sleep alone (don’t let me sleep alone)
Don’t let me sleep alone baby tonight
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep alone
Don’t let me sleep…

DIRTY LITTLE WAR
Nicholas and Amanda

 
You planned your latest escape
A part of your twisted game
Never realizing it’s too late
You’ve condemned us to our fate
It happens when it happens and it’s over
Better duck for cover
 
We start to scream
Throw around blame
You start to cry
I die inside
Then you slam the door
On our dirty little war
 
Act two let the fireworks begin
You wash your hands of your sins
Accusations we can’t rescind
Time and time again
It happens when it happens and it’s over
Better duck for cover
 
We start to scream
Throw around blame
You start to cry
I die inside
Then you slam the door
On our dirty little
 
Why can’t you just
See how much this hurts
 
We start to scream
Throw around blame
You start to cry
I die inside
The heat turns up
But we can’t stop
Those words we wield
Won’t let wounds heal
Then you slam the door
Then you slam the door
Then you slam the door
On our dirty little war
 
 
RESTLESS HEART
Nicholas

 
I woke up in the middle of the night
Screaming from a dream
I saw a blackened face in the sky
And thought it was a reflection of me
 
I wanna go find what I got
I wanna go and rip the world apart
I wanna break out and blow the spot
‘Nother sleepless night for a restless heart
 
I went to work this morning
And didn’t have time to eat
And the coffee just ain’t workin’
Somehow I know that it’s all just me
 
I wanna go find what I got
I wanna go and rip the world apart
I wanna break out and blow the spot
‘Nother sleepless night for a restless heart
 
Sometimes I sit alone in the darkness
And tell myself just to “let things be”
Seems like everyone’s got something
Is it true or is it just me
Tonight I’ll probably order take out
Turn on the TV watch the same old shows
And end up slippin’ into a day dream
When the picture fades and credits roll
 
I wanna go find what I got
I wanna go and rip the world apart
I wanna break out and blow the spot
‘Nother sleepless night for a restless heart

PART II: JEROME
 
 DISILLUSIONED BLUES
Jerome & Additional Characters

Here’s a story of American youth
And their unfortunate truth
See that young kid lying on the ground
Another innocent has been shot down
Hear them scream, disappointed youth
Singing disillusioned blues
 
Here’s a story of American youth
One you won’t see on the news
They abused her after they slipped her drugs
And the school wants to sweep it under the rug
Hear them cry, disappointed youth
Singing disillusioned blues
 
Here’s a story of American youth
Working hard to get into good schools
Workin’ til death to pay off their loans
Waking up in a world somebody else owns
Hear their plea, disappointed youth
Singing disillusioned blues
 
Here’s a story of American youth
Why do you look so confused
All these kids open up their wrists
They’re tired of taking all your shit
Hear the groans of disappointed youth
Singing disillusioned blues

Disappointed youth singing disillusioned blues
Disappointed youth singing disillusioned blues
Disappointed youth singing disillusioned blues
Disappointed youth singing disillusioned blues
 
RADIO STATIC
Jerome, Radio Announcer & Additional Characters

 
Morning clouds trace sad lines
Sorrow written across the sky
TV talkin’ up a fools parade
Is anyone fooled by this masquerade
If the only tool you got’s a hammer
Soon everything looks like a nail
 
Hello is there anyone out there
Can you hear my voice call
All I got is radio static
I can’t hear nothin’ at all
 
The world’s become post-authentic
Feel the heat, the new apocalypse
And you can’t find no friends
This town’s just cheap drinks and cigarettes
And poets with stanzas that got no rhymes
And the dead got nothing left but time
 
Hello is there anyone out there
Can you hear my voice call
All I got is radio static
I can’t hear nothin’ at all
 
Please don’t adjust your dial
 
This has been a test of the emergency warning system
 
Your eyes see total strangers
That call themselves your neighbors
Til your soul is sterilized
It’s the new world’s sacrifice
That moment betrayal is easier than love to grasp
And every angel’s got a past
 
Hello is there anyone out there
Can you hear my voice call
All I got is radio static
I can’t hear nothin’ at all
Hello is there anyone out there
Can you hear my voice call
All I got is radio static
I can’t hear nothin’ at all

And now the new hit single from…
I can't hear nothin' at all
That one’s sure to be a hit
I can't hear nothin' at all
Keep it here for the best in Top 40 radio
I can't hear nothin' at all
 
ECHOES
Jerome

 
Sun down in the heartland
Lyin’ awake in your bed
Got too many voices screamin’
In your head
The man on the radio
Says “troubles headin’ our way”
‘Til you’re feelin’ numb
At the start of each day
 
You can feel their presence
You can feel the remains
And all of the sorrow
Of Johari’s hidden pane
And all that you were once
That was all stripped away
And all the faded colors
That run to the gray
 
The voices that haunt you
Their echoes decay
Silence sets in
Moonlight splits the shade
Your mind is adrift
You try to breathe deep
Your heart starts to pound
Waiting for peace
 
BABY’S GAME
Jerome & Raphael

 
Baby lives in her own little world
Behind the face of a postmodern girl
Where her demons are kept
Her smile can make your heart beat at double pace
You sink into the sadness in her face
Where her saviors rest
 
Her men, all wanna know Baby’s name
They all play Baby’s game, but to Baby they’re all the same
 
The city boys, who try to buy Baby’s charms
Usher her around in fancy cars, she sighs lying in their arms
Burning, inside are the fires
Of everything she desires, and all that she requires
 
Diamonds and gold, from every heart she’s ever sold
All that remains hidden deep in the soul
 
Baby’s got seven suns burnin’ in her eyes
One kiss and you’re bewitched by her lies
You’ll follow her beyond the night
 
Baby wants to spend her days, wastin’ life away
But Baby can’t see that I
 
Love her so, she hides her heart in the streets below
I promise my Tokyo Rose, I’ll be there tonight
As the silhouettes of the dead reunite
For one kiss I’ll pay any price
I will fight, I will die
 

 
THE LEDGE
Jerome & Baby

 
They’ll never know who you are
Or what you mean
They’ll never understand the sting
When the knife slips in between
 
You never learn how to walk
Until you’re forced to crawl
You’re only truly on the ledge
When you don’t care about the fall
 
You’ll never win their love
They’ll say you don’t deserve respect
They’ll meet you with indifference
Abuse myopia neglect
 
You never learn how to walk
Until you’re forced to crawl
You’re only truly on the ledge
When you don’t care about the fall
 
If you don’t comply with their demands
Then your everything will be denounced
But out here on the ledge
You chose to embrace the way down
 
You never learn how to walk
Until you’re forced to crawl
You’re only truly on the ledge
When you don’t care about the fall
 
You never learn how to walk
Until you’re forced to crawl
You’re only truly on the ledge
When you don’t care about the fall
 
You never learn how to walk
Until you’re forced to crawl
You’re only truly on the ledge
When you don’t care abo-


 
 
Diego Allessandro – Nicholas, Jerome, Additional Characters
Brian Morelli – Frankie, Raphael, Radio Announcer, Additional Characters
Marissa Cohen – Amanda, Baby, Additional Characters
Joey Preziosi – Additional Characters


Diego Allessandro - Vocals, Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Bass on tracks 5 & 8, Synthesizer on tracks 5 & 8, Programming, Percussion, Sound effects

Lot 25:

Marissa Cohen – Vocals on tracks 1-2, 4, 7 and 10
                                   
Brian Morelli - Vocals, Drums on all tracks except 5 & 8, Synthesizer on tracks 1-2, 4, 7-10, Farfisa on track 3, Hammond B3 on track 6, Percussion

Joey Preziosi – Vocals, Electric guitar on tracks 6 and 10, Percussion track 3

Reid Weinman – Bass on tracks 1-4, 6-7, 9-10

Addtional Musicians:

James Dellatacoma - Programming, Sound effects

Recorded at Orange Sound Studios in West Orange NJ
 
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by James Dellatacoma
 
Produced by Diego Allessandro, James Dellatacoma & Brian Morelli
 
All songs written by Diego Allessandro, A.S.C.A.P. Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved
                                   
Artwork by Danielle Spoelstra