The Return | Build Me a Reason

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Build Me a Reason

by The Return

Adrenalin-filled sounds and solid songwriting provide this trio the basis for explorations into reggae, indie rock and straight into the ethereal.
Genre: Rock: Ska
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1. Facing the Ghost
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2. Bottlerocket
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3. Ambition
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4. The Warning
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5. Broken Record
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6. Ambition
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7. Build Me a Reason
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8. Polaroid
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9. Almost Midnight
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10. The Sleepers
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11. Without Water
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Album Notes
The Return is a three piece punk, ska, reggae and rock band based out of Ventura, California.

Until January of 2000 the three members of The Return formed the core of the punk/ska band The Shecks. When The Shecks decided to disband Andrew (bass), Derek (guitars/vocals) and Justin (drums) decided to remain together and The Return was born.

Immediately following their inception The Return recorded their first demo, the 8 song self-titled EP. Although the demo sold well at their shows it neglected to receive industry attention. The Return shot a video for the song "Falling Down" off the self-titled E.P. and has since been getting occasional airplay on MTV2. Deciding to try something new The Return moved to Long Beach in attempt to widen their fan base. In September of 2001 they released their live demo Expect to See Blood and later released their third 5 song studio demo Sometimes it Hurts to Smile. This time their demos received many positive responses from independent record labels but The Return still didn't come away with a record deal.

After moving back to Ventura, The Return teamed up with Omaha punk-rockers, Jank1000 and managed to do a completely DIY national tour, with over 25 shows in May and June of 2002, making over $2,000 in merchandise sales (pretty good for band with absolutely no backing by any record label). Also in June The Return were featured on the cover of Skratch magazine in conjunction with a 3 page interview. When they arrived home from their tour they immediately recorded their final full length demo "Revolution of the Mind". This demo, along with an exceptional live performance gained the attention of local independent record label Missing Words Records. On March 11, 2003 The Return released their debut full length album "Build Me a Reason" and will be touring in support of the release for the rest of the year.

The Return have shared the stage with a number of respectable acts such as: The Specials, Slick Shoes, RxBandits, The Skatalites, No Motiv, Craigs Brother, Jeffries Fan Club and many more. "She's Gone Sour" and "This is My Life" off of Sometimes it Hurts to Smile, have received airplay on local and national radio stations.


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Micah J

Really good CD. It would get a full five stars if not for the long period of nothing but electrical noise for a couple minutes in between the first and second song. I also did not like the little electronic song (#6). All the real songs were awesome.


one of the best cds that i've ordered from cd baby! so great that even my friends are buying their own copy!!


usually hate build me a reason
The Return's Build Me A Reason is one of the few ska cds that i actually enjoy.
There's not a bad song on the cd.
From the ska lovers to the ska haters, i haven't seen one person not like this cd.
Buy it now!!!

Jordan Sweeney

great music. great people. favorite song is the sleepers... their pretty much all great.


In all seriousness there isn't one song on here I don’t like, every last one is amazing. The singing is heartfelt and soulful and hits the spot every time. The musicianship, next to none. This CD hasn't left my player since I got it, I would suggest you buy this as soon as, put simply... Wow!