“And if you do something stupid, what then? It is sometimes a mistake to climb, it is always a mistake never even to make the attempt. If you do not climb, you will not fall. This is true. But is it that bad to fall, that hard to fail?
Do you know what happens when you dream of falling?
Sometimes you wake, and sometimes, yes, you die. But there is a third alternative.
Sometimes when you fall, you fly.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman
What a year. We really packed a lot into it, as a band and as individuals. The year’s end is making me reflective, introspective.
We were very ambitious this year. We recorded an album with a dream producer, Brian Virtue at an amazing studio, Stagg Street. An absolute bucket list, magical weekend.
We played several shows finally, each one getting better as we shook off nerves and grew in confidence and camaraderie.
We shot a music video. We took pictures. We all got the Modern Bronze symbol tattoo. We started writing for the next record. We got a new rehearsal space that was all our own.
And then, as the holidays started approaching and we were making plans for some time off, we had to say goodbye to our guitar player, Matt. The band is a full time gig for us, taking up a lot of our time, energy, and cash…something that not everyone can commit to, especially a father of two beautiful girls. It was bittersweet to watch him leave…we are a family, we all have the same tattoo! But for the 3 of us remaining, we talked and decided to keep going…for Adam, Corey, and I there is too much love, blood, sweat, and tears to let it go.
So that meant auditioning, reaching out to friends, and friends of friends, battling the dreaded Craigslist, and talking to a TON of weirdos. God bless Corey Manske for taking that monumental task onto his shoulders, carefully weeding out the flakes, the crazies, the noncommittals to find us a new member. One that we hoped would not just be a hired gun, wouldn’t be a placeholder or fill in…an actual new member of our family. It’s not just talent—it’s attitude and personality, it’s maturity and inspiration, someone with a genuine love and need to create music.
We were lucky to only have to go on a few awkward blind dates before we found Fred Ferrari. We had put together a setlist of 6 songs to audition, expecting most people to pick up 2…he had them all. He came in with NOTES. Pro gear. Positivity.
Now after playing together for a month, we are beyond thrilled to announce him as our official new member of the band! We are deep in the writing process for our next record, and that leads me to comment on the quote I posted above.
That quote is from a series of graphic novels that I was given at 13 years old, and it is one that has stuck with me since. I have endeavored to live my life in the most authentic way, take risks and make jumps. This band, and this year, has been a long climb up a steep mountain. We still have a long way to go, and we have slipped as many times as we’ve made progress. We could wake up, we could fall to the ground and die.
Or we could fly.
So enjoy our excitement at having a new member, and a sneak preview at the crux of our new album “Sometimes When You Fall”. There is still so much music to make, and we look forward to having the opportunity to share it with you in the new year.