Hey whoever reads this blog!
The last few months/half year really/ have been nuts. We got home from our last long tour in late January and have been busy doing all of the things. Basically we are still playing lots of weekend runs, but also working any odd jobs we can get in the meantime. We’ve written a new album of material and will be recording at the end of May with Mike Montgomery in his KY studio, Candyland. We usually record with John Hoffman (from the band Vacation, and Swim Team) and will definitely be doing more projects with him as well, but thought we’d mix it up a little bit. I can’t wait to get these songs recorded and out…They are all over the place.
This past weekend we got to open up for Brainiac’s reunion show in Dayton at a 500+ person venue and holy hell it was insane. It kind of reminded me of when we played Nelsonville….it’s just a different vibe when you are playing for that many people, and the energy on stage was something else. I got to sing a few songs with Brainiac which was an honor, and an incredible time. Huge thanks to Brainiac, and The Brightside Dayton for having us.
Later this week we are on the road again! We’re heading north, and then all over. I’m trying to think what else is new……I shaved my head on a whim. That was fun. I hadn’t planned on it but woke up one morning, after attempting again at cutting my own hair with kitchen scissors and thought “THIS ALL HAS TO GO!” I highly recommend shaving your head to anyone who hasn’t done it and wants to.
On a very sad note, one of our friends Omar Higgins from the hardcore activist punk band Negro Terror passed away a few days ago. He was a brilliant front man, and an incredible human being. I remember our first time playing Memphis and I was super intimidated and lacked confidence, and Omar made me feel welcome right away by being his charming, and absolutely hilarious self. He then proceeded to melt faces in his set 30 minutes later. In their sets they would play these really driving and intense hardcore punk songs, and then break things up with talking. The first night I saw Omar he was particularly on. It was right after Trump was elected, and he joked “I heard that a lot of liberal art schools are providing therapy dogs for all the students who are shaken up about Trump being elected.. What I want to know is, I fought in Iraq. Where’s my damn puppy dog?!”. I don’t know why that stuck with me but it just is a small example of his wit and ability to be both funny and to make serious points at the same time. If you haven’t heard Negro Terror, check out their bandcamp. They also have a documentary coming out later this year. It was very sad driving home from the Brainiac show and finding out about Omar’s passing. It made me think of Tim, from Brainiac, and how unfair and heartbreaking it is when these incredibly talented, hard working people get taken from us all too soon. Be good to the people around you because we really don’t know how long we have with each other. We are sending all of our love to the Memphis music community and everyone that ever was lucky enough to meet Omar. Rest in power.