Alternative Rock Theatre. A unique blend of art rock, jazz, electronica and psychedelia that relies heavily on mood and textures to propel thought-provoking lyrics into the deep recesses of your consciousness. It's also the creative output of a certifiable madman, albeit one with something to say.
Having always been a huge fan of concept albums, it should come as no surprise that this is my own modus operandi as a songwriter/conceptualist/musician. I am currently at work on my third such album, Shock Therapy. The lyrics and music are in the can, as I continue to work up the courage to attack another round of vocals.
1. The Enemy Inside (2011, remastered release 2013) combines psychological themes of addiction, alienation, self-loathing, megalomania and madness with sociopolitical commentary to present a portrait of a successful, but lonely technology entrepreneur who also moonlights as a modern-day cybermenace.
2. Running After Midnight (2013) is the story of a U.S. military war veteran who returns home after several overseas tours, now afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder. The hero of this story struggles with substance abuse and relationship problems, while also experiencing a political and spiritual awakening.
All songs were written, arranged, performed and produced by Howard Lawrence and his merry band of misfits, Black River Sanction, using a mysterious form of musical alchemy.
Mixing by Cooper Anderson (www.hotmixing.com)
Mastering by Vincent Pablo (www.reverbnation.com/vincentpablo)
"The Enemy Inside," "Water Over Wine," "Hypnosis For Theatre" and "Far From Heaven" short musical films were written by Howard Lawrence and directed by Chris Mauldin of Mauldin Media Group.
LYRICS FOR VINCENT PABLO
In addition to my Black River Sanction projects, I have also had the pleasure of composing lyrics for the inimitable Vincent Pablo, most recently on his wondrous 2016 album, The Moontide. VP and I are currently collaborating on his latest album (untitled).
In addition to my music and other artistic projects, I am also a successful financial/estate planning software entrepreneur and a recovered financial/tax advisor, blissfully married for more than 30 years to a dream wife.