Iron Will & The Lessons Learned, Vol. 2: It's Nice To Laugh, But Don't Be The Joke & At Night I Wonder Where The Universe Goes​.​.​.

by Brett Schieber



This is the second chapter of the three part trilogy of Iron Will. Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy it!

Hearts vs Heads - This was written to be a ballad, however, while producing it up, it became clear that it should be much more upbeat than that. I was lucky enough to get my extremely talented friend, Stacey Wright, to duet on this with me.

Don't Be The Joke - This is a song about being picked on in school. And here's a sentence you may not hear often - I love the shakers on this song! My friend, Josh Kaler, played them (and on Iron Will pt. 2). Check out how they bounce back and forth between the left and right speaker. Also, the banjo was played by the great Stevie Blacke.

100x16 - This is an older song about insomnia that has been reworked into a more aggressive sound. It's possibly my most "Duran Duran-ish" sounding song to date (wait for the chorus).

Certain - This is possibly my favorite on the album? It's the only song I've written that someone has come up to me at a gig to tell me that they hate because of the lyrics. That makes no sense to me because it's about treating everyone nonjudgementally, especially my LGBTQ friends and family. Religion shouldn't be an excuse to treat others as nonequals. Also, it's about the idea that someone can be so 100% certain about the unknown. Musically, I mixed many different versions of this song and it sounds quite different than the original. The live drums Josh Kaler played on top of the electronic drums is killer.

Medication - This is also a song about insomnia and sleeping medicine, but it's also about how drugs never lead to a good conclusion. Musically, it's my attempt at a Band on the Run kind of tune with the intro.

Pretense - This song is about looking back at your school days with the perspective of an adult. All that seems important at that time will fade, as the truth comes to life through the passage of time. My great friend Darrell Leven helped me find the chords for the prechorus and chorus and the baseline I played is quite Duran Duran-ish, I believe.

Iron Will & the Lessons Learned (pt. 2) - The strings, played by my friends, The Class Chicks, are AMAZING. Mary Beth, Mandi, and Tiffany are just so darn good. They've played on many of my other songs too. Also, Josh Kaler did great work with the percussion on this one too.

Timothy Tsang, the incredible artist that also did the illustration for Vol 1 of Iron Will, returned to do this cover too. I'm a big fan of his work and I am so lucky that he agreed to turn my ideas into this cool piece of art. This is looking back at Iron Will during his school days. References to the songs on this album are all over the cover.

Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy it! And thank you to my friends who helped me put all this together!


released March 18, 2017

All songs written by Brett Schieber.
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, & 7 produced with Josh Kaler.
Track 3 produced with Gavin Fisher.

Brett Schieber - vocals, guitars, bass, keys, programming
Stacey Wright - vocals
Josh Kaler - drums, bass, guitar, keys
Darrell Leven - guitar
Stevie Blacke - banjo
Jason Meekins - drums
Marc Kipfer - drums
Mary Beth Hussey - cello
Mandi Watson Crosby - violin
Tiffany Watson - viola
Artwork - Timothy Tsang
Mastering - Calvin West



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On this Bandcamp page, you can purchase music from Brett Schieber, Arcanum (Brett Schieber and Tree), and Prankster (Brett's instrumental electronica project). You may find a couple albums he produced for others, as well. Brett's music for Mark D. Pencil & Friends can be found on another Bandcamp page. Thank you! ... more

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