I’m confused. I don’t understand what the heck hardcore/metal bands are trying to do these days. Even the popular ones like August Burns Red can’t write anything original. EVERY one of their albums sounds the same. Even when I was really really into metal, I knew they couldn’t write an original song if their lives depended on it. I understand the appeal of this kind of music, because I was really into it at one point, and there’s definitely times where I’ll pop in an As I Lay Dying album in my car just for kicks. I just don’t get where people think they’re going to get by writing the same stuff over and over again. That’s why I got into post-hardcore and indie rock, because I knew hardcore/metal didn’t have anywhere to expand. Oceana was one of the few hardcore bands that got smart and totally reinvented their sound. 3 times. Underoath and Norma Jean are also still putting out incredible albums as well. They’re smart with their music. Oceana and Underoath especially have evolved significantly from album to album. And that’s EXACTLY what it takes for a metal band to survive. Now I have no idea what indie label hardcore bands are doing. It’s amazing that some of them have as many fans as they do considering their lack of even a hint of originality. I’m not saying this to put down anyone’s dreams of being in a touring hardcore band. I just hope that they’re smart enough to either write stuff that’s somewhat original, or join an already existing touring band (I’ll let you know if I ever hear of any openings in Underoath or The Chariot). That’s all. Just wanted to vent a bit.
They rock, but not in any way/shape/form that people like Jack Black “Rock”. Seriously these drums do hit hard though. Also, for anyone who doesn’t know: They’re done.
Intro: Straight up, one take, done. I proudly kicked major ass in this song, and I’m very happy with it. Drums hit hard, played on the metronome, s’all good.
Bottles: THIS WAS THE FIRST SONG WE FREAKING EVER WROTE AND IT TOOK ME LIKE 8763405YT0WYE9RY TRIES TO GET IT RIGHT. Seriously though, I really love Bottles. For those of you who are tired of it, you can suck my toe because that song is so emotional and fun to play live. For Christ sake just pay enough attention to sing “I am not the one” at the end of our shows, and give us a courtesy clap at the end of it. That is fine with me. I will always love that song, even though it’s simple and sounds like Minus the Bear.
Worth Trying: We are retiring this at the release of the CD. It’s sad because this was the song that Zack and I agreed on musically that THIS song was the perfect mixture of intensity and complexity that we wanted in our music. It is very clear that we never actually went in that direction, sometimes (a lot) I miss Indie drumming, so solid, so complex underneath, so emotional. There WILL be more Author/Illustrator chilled songs though, mark my words. RIP Worth Trying, you will not be forgotten.
Left: This song was a big ol’ wiener to record because of the coolio polyrhythm in the bridge, but so worth the time and effort (and slight jimmy rigging of my part). This song turned out great and I’m super excited for everyone to hear it. This is also a song that will continue on to Session II because there are added surprises to it that were written but never done live, but now they are. (Please pause for moment of awe and total stokement)
5: Another one take, that song is so fun, definitely one of the more “rocky” songs that we have, even though it is in a major key, still super fun to play.
The Creek: technically two takes, but if I remember right, we used the first one, so I’m going to stick with that. Basically what I’m trying to say is that I’m the best drummer alive and that no one can match my mastery in the studio. When I’m sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead, because I’m awesome. (Please pause for another moment of thinking/talking/knowing that I’m a giant douche bag)
Tapping Song: I swear to everything that we recorded this too fast, I remember recording it and it being a giant wiener to overcome. However, like the rest of the drums (because of quality of recording), it sounds fan-freaking-tastic.
Butcher/Swan: THIS SONG ENDED UP BEING ONE TAKE TOO, SO YOU ALL CAN BE DAMN EXCITED BECAUSE IF I CAN DO THIS SONG IN ONE TAKE, IT WILL BE INTENSE AS ALL HELL. No but really it was a good take. I’m really excited to see how this final installment of Session I turns out because this song is extremely emotional for me.
(BTW: we are retiring Butcher/Swan for awhile as well with the release of Session I, we’re tired of using it as a closer and don’t have room for another 8 minute song in our set, we have a new closing song though! (Pause again for moment of awe and stokenment))
This CD is going to hopefully reflect everything that we are live, because thats what we want to feel when we listen to it, and we want everyone to be as into it as we are. Thank you so much for listening to us and coming to our shows and listening to the same songs over and over again. You have no idea how much it means to me and the rest of the band.
our drummer’s monologue about the (Re)recording of Session I.
Wow, you guys really just want to dissect my darkest memories, don’t you?
Something that makes me sad when I think about it - The fact that I won’t be able to do everything in life that I want to. The fact that I am almost to the point of hating the person my 6 year old sister is, and she’s just fucking six, but I can’t stand who she has grown up to be. It makes me sad that my family is torn apart. It makes me sad that there are some bands I will never get to see live. It makes me sad when I think about my past.
Cliff, Fuck, Marry- This one is stupid. DGAF.
story of my first kiss - Stupidest thing ever. My friend asked me to kiss her. I did. she was older than me. I hate it. You asked.
something I’m not proud of - My first kiss. My previous relationships. My consistent inconsistencies towards my friends. My tendency to act selfishly. A lot of my older musical works. Anything I’ve done to upset those around me. The cover of mixtape by brand new I did for elisa.
I really wish I could finish something in my life. I have such an incredibly failure rate of completion, on anything I attempt. I can’t even write six songs on my own that fit together. I always get stuck or give up or get lazy, or something. The one thing I’ve managed to complete was the writing of Session I with my band, but that was only possible with the four other guys. and I am so thankful for them because I would be nothing and nowhere without them. I just want to complete something alone, without any sort of help. But I don’t want the emphasis to be on the word alone , it’s not that I don’t want to write music with my band. I just want to know that I can complete something.