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You’re effing right that is short for Vogue/blog/update/disc/site. Let us explain…dial it in here, there’s an awful lot going on in the world of BoTo and if you haven’t been paying attention, then you best tune in.

First up. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and for the record, we’re supportive if you do), then you know that we’ve got a pretty exciting gig coming up. We made a little video, because that’s what bands do, to promote it. So before you watch it, we do feel obligated to tell you what it’s all about. We’re incredibly excited to headline the Vogue for the first time on January 13th. Also appearing on the bill will be our good friends the Jeremy Vogt Band and Chad Mills & the Upright Willies. We’re going to have a great time. Tickets are $7.00 ($10.00 day of show) and are available from any of the bands, by clicking here (we’re 84% legit by having a ticketmaster link) and of course at the door. Ok, so after you buy your tickets, check out the video for a preview. What’s that you say? you haven’t bought them yet? Ok, watch this…you’ll want to. We think. We’re pretty sure anyway.

So we’ve been very busy and as the update part of the blog title would suggest, we want to fill you in…We’ll save you some time and combine the update and disc parts together. The disc is officially finished. We couldn’t be any more proud of it. 13 songs which in our very humble opinions are pretty damn good, but as usual, we’ll let you be the judge. Below you can see a picture of the cover, filled with pictures that we took ourselves…looking for an excuse to reach out to us? If any of the pictures look familiar, give us a shout…we’d love to tell your story along with all of the others on this album. The most magical part of this album to us is that we feel like there is a story in it for everyone. Listen and find your place in this story. We’re confident you’ll find one.

This is what we've been working on...

The name of the album is Too Far to Feel. We’ll admit, we’re just teasing at this point. The album will not be available for public release for some time. We’ve got a couple of things that we’re working on, so if you want it…you’ll have to come to the Vogue and get it because it won’t be available anywhere else for an undisclosed period of time…we know, we’re asses. We’ll try not to make you wait too long!

What’s that you say? You want more ways to see pictures of our sexy singer (it’s wintertime ladies which means he’ll be growing his beard again soon). We are so thrilled to announce that our website has recently had an overhaul. Check it out…we’ll be making some continued updates, adding some more content, posting some new blogs (this being exhibit A), and doing everything that we can do spread the good word of BoTo. So check it out, share it on your Facebook profile, shoot us an email and tell us what you think. Hell, if you just go, that would be pretty badass. And of course, as soon as the album is released, it will be there as well. Check it out here, enter it manually into your browers at http://www.borrowtomorrowband.com, visit early and often and by all means, share it with your world.

Check it out.
This is where you can learn about us.

So that’s about it for now. We’d love to hear from you. Tell us what you’re up to. Tell us what songs you’re most hoping made the album. Tell us what you want for Christmas. Tell us how naughty you’ve been. You get the point.

What Keeps Me Going

People often ask me, “How’s the band going Robert?” I am always happy to tell them about our latest irons in the fire and our hopes and dreams for tomorrow, but by virtue of my open book personality I rarely refrain from giving my lighthearted questioner much more than they bargained for. I go on at length about how trying at times it can be to maintain a commitment to a dream that does not even pretend to offer any firm guarantee of financial security…or in other words, a future. To borrow from one of Chris’s lyrics from the new album: “I don’t ever want to give up, but I’m breaking down. Keep pushing when I’m fed up, now or never.” You get to some point where you start to relish the difficulty of it all. We all know the quote that goes something like, “the harder the battle, the sweeter the triumph.”

It’s sick how you almost start to enjoy being perpetually behind on the bills and not being able to even dream of buying a new pair of slacks or that sweet Kenny Loggins t-shirt at the stupidly overpriced vintage store. Before I finally sold my Oldsmobile Alero because of one too many mechanical break downs, the first dream I wanted to realize if we ever did make any amount of money worth writing home about was to fix the badly damaged front bumper. I mean, I’m not asking for much here. I’m asking for enough dough to pay the bills and to fix a bumper. (My bumper repair dream has since been replaced by the dream to maybe one day upgrade my cassette tape deck stereo in my newly acquired S-10…although I do somewhat enjoy playing the only cassettes I could find in my closet: Storm Front by Billy Joel and Skeletons in the Closet, The Best of the Grateful Dead.)

People often interject after I go on for a while, “But you love it right?” as if that’s all that matters. Well, love it I do, but reality falls somewhere in between the Beatles’ lyrics, “All you need is love,” and, “Your lovin’ sure gives me a thrill, but your lovin’ don’t pay my bills. Now give me money.” It would be quite a charade to postpone career and financial growth for the past 5 years for something I didn’t love. I do love it. I am nothing short of ecstatic to get up on the stage with the guys and do my best to pour it all out…to express all that hurt, anger, restlessness, and yes, occasional joy. I feel that I, along with my bandmates, were given gifts. I hope that you, the reader, have listened to our music and that you at least somewhat agree with me! It has been a challenge to make due sacrifices to be available to keep nurturing these gifts. I can only hope and pray that someday these gifts will make me money to live on, therefore making me feel less insane for dedicating so much time to them.

As I start to see the eyes in the poor fellow’s head that asked me about the band start to roll back in his head, I ask him about us. “How would you describe our sound?” I like to ask. “What does it make you feel?” I eat this stuff up. I love it when people have specific things to say about how we sound. It never fails to surprise me. I was delighted to hear my friend Andy describe Chris’s voice as, “a cross between the guy from Death Cab for Cutie and Chris Martin from Coldplay.” I’ve heard Wilco and REM comparisons. The more specific the descriptions, the more enthralled I am. I got a text from a good friend of mine, Bekah Proctor the other day after I gave her and her sister a couple copies of “Retrospective.” Bekah and her sis hooked me up with some Nyquil one evening that I was feeling pretty sick. Thanks Beks! Anyways, this is what Bekah’s sister Abby had to say about the record, verbatim straight from my text messaging inbox: “It’s a mix between Blink 182, Bright Eyes, and an Irish band. Sometimes the songs are mellow and other times I can’t describe the feeling but it’s a good one. I was with my best friend when I listened to it and she really liked it too. And she’s a pretty good judge of music I’d like to think.” That description was totally one-off. It’s different for everyone. I absolutely love how our music evokes different feelings and comparisons in each person that listens to it. Bekah said Abby couldn’t stop raving about us. Raving? Holy crap. I think that was the first time I’d ever heard “raving” and “Borrow Tomorrow” in the same sentence. We may not be on a fancy North American tour or even be making enough dough to make a living right now, but it’s words like that that keep me going. Honestly. I could tell that Abby had put some thought into what she thought of us. That meant that our music affected her. To see proof that we’re connecting gives me life! It makes me think, man…maybe we’ve got something special here. I’m going to get a little corny. It makes me think I should borrow tomorrow a little longer.

The Thunder Rolls…

Or something like that. We at the very least thought that with all of the recent summertime storms, that some kind of weather tie-in might be appropriate.

We’ve been a bit elusive. There is a lot going on “behind the scenes” right now and we wanted to loop the BoTo faithful in. What do you want to know? Here’s a start…

The first thing on our minds is the ongoing work for our upcoming release which will be entitled, “Too Far to Feel.” The line affectionately came from a line that will be found on one of the songs on the disc called, “Brand New Start.” We’ve been road testing it a little bit for a while now and are pretty excited to get it to you. Fret not Botons…we’ve been talking about this for quite some time. If you’ve been with us the whole time, you’re probably thinking something like, “It seems like you guys have been talking about this for about 10 months.” And if so, you’re right. We started really positioning ourselves in terms of songwriting, arranging, practicing and saving the massive amounts of money that it takes to make an almost a year ago. We started tracking songs right before Christmas and wrapped up right around March 15th. Since then, we’ve been working on the amazingly meticulous process of mixing. If you know anything about this band, you know two things. 1) We’re ridiculous and 2) Listening to the four of us sit around and ask for “more of the 138th guitar track that I laid at 3:54 in the morning on March 8th” is one of the most absolutely obnoxious displays of human life ever imagined.

As it sits today, we’re about 47% through the mixing process and are working hard at wrapping this up for you. We’re biased. We’ve put our blood sweat and tears into this thing and if it weren’t for those of you that come to the show, read the blogs, like us on facebook, etc…we would have given up long ago. The only thing more amazing that writing and playing music, is doing it for people that really know what we’re saying.

With that being said, we have a lot to say on this album.

We’re a long way from being finished. We want to thank everyone for their patience and we definitely hope that once you do get this “bad Larry” in your hands, that you’ll love it. We’re looking at having pressed copies late in the year. So…if you need to get your BoTo fix in between now and then, you’re in luck. We’re going to be playing a bit in the coming months…come out and see us. We’ll preview the album just a pinch.

7/1 – Rock & Roll Barbeque – http://www.indyrocknrollbbq.com/

No effing around here…we’re kicking off the inaugural Rock & Roll BBQ at Victory Field on July 1st. Let’s do this right…put these things on your list of things to do on July 1st. 1) Come see BoTo. 2) Eat a lot of ribs. 3) Drink a lot of beer. 4) Get smashed with BoTo while we all enjoy the Kentucky Headhunters and the Charlie Daniels Band! We’ll be leading the charge. Get your ass down there. Word.

More to come…

Ok…that’s it for tonight. We’re working on a couple more exciting blogs. 1) Artists that we’re listening to right now. 2) The BoTo “roadcase.” We’ll do doing a feature on all of our gear. Not because we have endorsements, but because we’d like to. Just kidding. We just thought it would be a fun look inside of the BoTurban and the BoTo trailer.

All right…have a great week all. We’ll talk soon!

BoTo

New Vocab Term: Progress

We’ve been fairly quiet as of late with the exception of Mr. Jerles’ most recent blog post. Probably appropriate considering the past few weeks have been filled with recording, gigging to pay for said recording and the beginning of what will soon be the finishing touches on our first full-length album.

Sample album art.

As Chris alluded to in our most recent blog post, we are about three to four sessions away from having every single instrument for every single track “in the can” as they say. As I take a few minutes and look back not only at the past three or four months but the past three or four years, it’s hard to really say what an amazing feeling we’re experiencing right now as we approach the finish line on the yet to be titled project. For lack of a better term, a dream come true.

This band has been riddled with mistakes, long nights, tough gigs, etc. We’ve had more than our fair share of car trouble, sleepless nights, stolen gear, flawed execution, scheduling conflicts and not to mention the fact that every time we play, our gear gets packed up and set up twice. I mention all of the above not because we want a pity party. We don’t. We chose to do this because we wanted to. We will spare you the details on all of the trials and tribulations mentioned above (at least until the Behind the Music airs) for the sake of your interest and our time and cut right to the point.

Chris mentioned in his last blog that the beginning of this album really dates back to about 18 months ago when we finished up our latest EP Retrospective. We had recorded four songs with our great friend Kyle Ferguson and his (and soon to be our) good friend Brett Baird. As we all packed up and drove home from Nashville, Tennessee each of the four of us will probably tell you a different story as to where the dream for the next album began. I’ll do my best to do all four of us justice.

Randall will tell you that shortly after returning from Nashville, he felt so comfortable working with Kyle (Ferg as we call him) that we needed to find a way to get him involved in our next project. If I remember correctly, we hadn’t been any more than 15 minutes outside the city limits when he told me this. Mind you, we didn’t have a single idea for a song for said “album” at that point.

Robert is Sexy
Robert in the control room working out a part.

Robert will probably tell you that recording an album was always the goal. We talked about it very early on in this band and although we always knew that we wanted to do it, we didn’t ever really know how we were going to get it done. As the idea came together and as we realized that we might have a shot at achieving this once lofty goal, Robert came through big. He started writing songs, writing lyrics, coming up with ideas for guitar parts, hand claps, wood blocks, tambourines, etc. He really grasped the idea of this project and ran with it.

 

Chris may tell you something similar to that of Robert and Randall. We all left Nashville with a renewed vigor and desire to make this thing work. I probably couldn’t tell you a lot about Chris’ thoughts on this project and as I sit here reflecting on it, I wish that I could. Most of the conversations that I had with Chris regarding this project were about the overall feel, pushing him to keep writing songs, discussing the direction of the album and helping him keep the creative process moving while we found ways to book shows, cover the costs of keeping this thing moving and keep everyone out of jail.

Deep in studio thought.

I don’t think that any of the four of us can take credit for the overall feel, vibe or direction of this disc because I think that all four of us should. Countless hours of writing in a barn (literally a storage unit), rehearsal in Randall’s basement, working on new songs at our favorite rehearsal space and the arguments, hugs and priceless moments that ensue brought us up to the point where it was time to start laying tracks.

Kyle & Andrew talking out parts
Who knew that 4th grade 2 on 2 baseball with ghost runners would turn into all of this?

Shortly before Christmas, we started recording music. You’ve seen all the updates so we won’t walk you through day by day what it took to get this thing done, but all we have left to do is this: 1) Robert is going to work on guitar tracks for one more song, 2) Chris is going to play some keys for a couple more songs 3) We are going to a special undisclosed location in which Chris will record piano and vocals in one afternoon to close out the album. 4) We will name what we’re dubbing arrogantly our “first masterpiece” and 5) we’ll select pictures and design for the cover, insert and disc art and 6) we’ll turn it over to you.

Tuning drums before the Saturday sessions.

I suppose that what I’m getting at, in more than enough words, is that recording an “album” has been a dream of mine for years. Spending time in the studio with your band mates who are essentially either family or lifelong friends creating something that you all together have created from scratch is a pretty incredible feeling. We set out to do a few things when we started this project. We wanted to write an album that first and foremost had an overall feel. We wanted it to be a compilation of songs that while all different, were all the same in that they told the story of us. And by us, we mean you. We wanted it to tell the story of all of us. We spent an awful lot of time discussing what kind of songs we wanted to put on it and decided that the only songs we wanted were good ones.

 

The disc will have 13 songs that are filled to the brim with the heart and soul of this band. This thing has been built from the ground up. It has been taken apart and put back together and here in the next couple of months, we will be very excited to share it with you. Stay tuned, get excited. Many of you we will probably be asking to take a sneak peek at it and if you’ve read this far into this blog, we’re hoping that you’ll listen to it.

The man behind the curtain. Ferg-a-mania.

Luckily, rarely are we this serious. So along with the new disc, get ready for new videos, new pictures, some new exciting gigs and more of our pretty faces. Cheers!

Vogue/Homecoming

Ahh friends…think back to a simpler time. The days of old where few things mattered more than getting together with your friends on a Friday night. Think back to a time when as long as you had your lady friend, a terrible movie and no parents, then it was on. See: Hot High School Heavy Petting Preparation Material Go to that time, whether it be in college or high school, when you celebrated homecoming.

For us, in many ways, playing the Vogue this coming Friday is very much a homecoming. Although there are many more worries, probably just as many for you as there are us now-a-days, many more balls to juggle and far fewer minutes to spend doing nothing other than trying to figure out what to do with your friends, we want to take you to a place where none of that matters…at least for 90 minutes or so!

The past few months have been a busy few for your old friends in BoTo. In backwards chronology: Countless hours in the studio, countless hours writing new songs, what seems like countless hours on the road, not to mention the countless number of times we load and unload the gear! Important to note here however is that countless, at least in this instance, is not intended to have any negative connotation. This is what we live for!

While playing shows in Chicago, Kalamazoo, Terre Haute, St. Louis, Cincinnati, shooting videos here or there, practicing in anything from a storage shed to a basement to a lavish rehearsal studio and driving the many miles in between, the one thing that has been discussed more than anything else over the past few months has been……..coming home.

We finally get to do it, this coming Friday. If you read the Facebook or twitter posts, you know that we’ve been busy. You know that we’re working on new material and you know that we are about to enter the bullfighting ring in which we will make fame and fortune our collective bitch. Before all that…we’ll play for you and your friends in our own backyard.

I could try to tell you how excited we are to be back home and what a thrill it is to play again for our family, friends and friends of friends, but I still probably wouldn’t do it justice. So instead of rambling on for countless more paragraphs (this is where countless does have negative connotation), I’m going to do something much more fun. I’m going to invite you to come to the show, bring as many or as few of your friends as you like (just so long as you come) and forget about what you’ve got going on. Forget about what you have to do on Saturday. Go out to dinner with your friends, come see the show with your friends, go out in the Rip-Nasty after the show with your friends. Make this Friday about what music is all about…taking you someplace else. It’ll be fun…we promise!

Here are a few demos…click on the links to have a listen. These are rough demos that the lovely and talented Chris Jerles has put together. These songs are just a small preview as to what you’ll hear this Friday. We made the set list and we’re looking at no fewer than 5 brand new songs. We share these not so that you’ll know what to expect on the new album, but because selfishly, we’d love to hear and see you singing along! When you hear them Friday, you’ll start to get a feel for what the new album is going to be like.

Basement Song
Brand New Start
Born with a Broken Wing
How Could You Let Me Down
Sometime Back in the ’70’s

Oh don’t worry…we’ll play some old favorites too. If there is something that you’ve just gotta hear this Friday…drop us a line and let us know. As long as you pay $5.00 to come and see us, that makes you the boss. What do you want to hear? We’d ask what you want to see, but Andrew would then think that is an invitation to do some stupid Jim Morrison shenanigans. Anyway…

Check it out…looking forward to seeing you on Friday! Much love,

BoTo

Outtake Video

So, as I type this afternoon, we’re into day six in the studio. Things are moving along very nicely and we’ve started working on bass tracks. As I sit here and listen to the tracks get played back, I figured that instead of sitting and doing nothing all day, I’d make a funny little compilation video of some of our ridiculous antics.

A few things that you should keep in mind while viewing.

1) The answer to your question is, yes. We are all grown adults.
2) That answer to your next question is also, yes. We are actually being fairly productive and you might see the finished product before the time I turn 40.
3) The answer to your next question is, no. I will not tell you how old I am now.
4) Fortunately, this is only a small glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors. I sifted through about 4 hours of video to track down these four minutes. Only adding validity to the theory that people in bands are losers…at least this band anyway. This video is just from the last three days in the studio. Days 1-3, thank God, belong to Chris at the present time and while he parties in Canada…we’ll spare you more of this rubbish.
5) We hope you like it.

Being in a band for us is hopefully like listening to music for you. It’s an opportunity for us to do something that we absolutely love. We like to make music hopefully as much as you like to listen to it. We’ll gladly share all of the funny stuff that we do and keep all of the hours of us sitting at our instruments to ourselves. It’s all part of our ploy to get you to fall madly in love with our charm. That being said, what you’d find if you were to come sit next to Chris and I during the next couple of video editing sessions is that things are progressing nicely. In between the silly antics and ridiculous-ness, there are some really amazing takes being laid down. Day by day, each song takes shape and gets a little bit closer to being the one that will undoubtedly become the most played song on your iPod.

If you don’t hear from us again before the New Year…have a great one. Be safe, have a great time, and drink one for us. We’ll be back after the New Year cramming more music, tour dates and mindless videos down your throat before you know it!

All the best & happy New Year!

Andrew

Studio – 0, BoTo – 1

Hope you all had an amazing holiday. We spent the final days leading up to the holiday laying down the first round of tracks for the forthcoming album, which to date has yet to be named.

So, when you put together a studio from scratch, this is kind of how it plays out…read one if you dare.

Day 1: This is the toughest. We started at 11:00 am this past Monday and setup gear, worked on microphone placement, trying to get some sounds and more or less worked through the endless list of challenges and issues that present themselves as the “studio” gets put together. Fortunately, with Producer Ferg and Engineer Ferg (yes, he does both) at the helm, things came together much better than anticipated.

"Engineer Ferg"
Ferg is cold. Randall cuddled him later.
"Producer Ferg"
Producer Ferg is busy with computers fixing all our shitty tracks. Just kidding...we're referencing the often used Ben Folds line.
By 10:00 pm, we were laying down drum tracks until about 3:00 am.

Day 2: Drums all day! The first night we were able to do about a song and a half…we were just getting warmed up on “Curtain Call” when it was time to call it quits. Day two we came in ready to rock. Andrew belted through about five more songs and then we called it an early day. Chris was sport enough to stick around all day and help lay down scratch vocals and guitar tracks. Sorry…Day two is all Andrew and therefore boring. Except for when he would get a bit giddy and want to see more of himself on camera…big shocker.

"Stupid Drummer"
For a guy that has chosen to spend time behind the rest of the band, he sure takes every opportunity to be out front.

Day 3: Things really got exciting on this one. We for the most part finished up the drum tracks for the eight songs that we know are going to make the album. Some of the fun stuff came later in the day when we worked on the tracks for “Born with a Broken Wing.” We easily spent more time on this one layering as many as 25 different drum tracks than we did any other of the songs. Banging on trash cans, rim knocks on the toms, egg shakers, tambourine and more! We pushed through this and eventually wrapped up drums. At about 11:30 pm, we elected to push through into rhythm guitar. This, for us, is where things get fun. Chris belted out a number of tracks. Nailed them, each and every time. We got into “Let me down” around 3:00 am, about the same time that Andrew started to fall asleep on the couch. After hearing the second take, everyone got their second wind and we finished the last rhythm guitar track (at least on Chris’s magical tele) at about 6:00 am.

Everything to this point has been simply “electric.” Ferg has had some amazing ideas and is pushing the band pretty hard. We’re exploring some things that we’ve never tried before, we’re bringing Gracie out for inspiration, we’re taking a couple of days off for the holiday and we’re back in business this week.

"Gracie Dog"
In between takes, drummer cuddles his beefy dog.
We are still a ways away from being able to share it with you, but as we listened to one last take of “Let Me Down” and turned off the lights at 6:00 am on Christmas Eve, the only term to describe what we were hearing was unanimously, “Rock and Roll!”

We hope you that everyone had an absolutely amazing holiday. We’ll be sending out some updates on upcoming shows…be sure to come out. We’ll be debuting some of the songs that will be on the forthcoming effort. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. Stay tuned for more updates!

BoTo

Life in the Studio

We’ve done a modest bit of recording over the past three years and had some pretty incredible experiences doing it.  The first project The One That Stays we recorded at the Pop Machine in Indianapolis.

Studio staples: Mugs, Coffee, booze.

As I sit here and type this I’m enjoying a lovely adult beverage out of my Pop Machine mug (thanks Marc & Eric).  It was a pretty incredible experience for us as a band and we learned a lot about the band that we were and the band that we wanted to be.

After that, we did Retrospective down at SAE Studios in Nashville.  We had grown a lot as a band…musically anyway.  From a maturity standpoint, we had deduced that the collective IQ of the band drops dramatically when we’re in a room together.

Big Console
Thank God Ferg knew how to use this thing. Robert just got googely eyed at all of the lights.

This project was so fulfilling for the band as we watched our “style”  or our “identity” come to life.  The console that we recorded on had been used by the likes of Duran Duran and INXS just to name a couple.  Something about being in the studio just feels really good.

This project is a lot different.  It already feels different and oddly enough we have yet to start rolling tape.  Whereas the first two projects were recorded in professional studios, this one will be recorded in a place that is very near and dear to our hearts…which for the time being will remain undisclosed for security reasons.  We can’t have our crazed fans swarming us as we try to get into and out of the studio.  We appreciate your understanding and concern for our safety. Sample “real moment” from the studio.  This is where I reference the part about our IQ dropping again. 

Home sweet home.

The location is much less important than what is going on inside the four walls of the famed room. We’re working with a great friend of ours, Kyle Ferguson (the Giant).  Kyle and his good friend Brett produced Retrospective for us and if there is one thing that this band does well…it’s go back to the well.  Ferg as we affectionately call him and another good friend of ours, Adam Fair (also known as Fair) have become known as the fifth and sixth members of the band.  These guys know us as well as we know ourselves and have been charged with harnessing our collective ridiculousness. Anyway – I digress.

The eight songs are going to be a sampling of some things that we think you may not have heard from BoTo to date.  There are even a couple more in the works that might be added to the list very soon.  We kind of feel like there is something for everyone here.  You’re going to get the best of BoTo on this next one.  There will be some songs that have a country vibe.  There will be some songs that will have a really strong beat.  There will be some songs that will inevitably help us sell 14 million copies of this next album, but more importantly, we’re trying very very hard to write our first masterpiece.  While that may sound a pinch bold, this is going to be the first time that the whole album, regardless of song style, is going to have a “vibe.” This one is going to have a feel and while you can call it what you will in terms of style…this one is all about us being open and honest musically.  We’re not recording the first 10 or 12 songs that we write.  We’re recording 12 songs that we think you’ll enjoy the most.

More to come as the project progresses.  We think this one is going to be pretty special.  Then again, we’re biased.  You be the judge.  Check out a couple of the demos…

Curtain Call

How Could You Let Me Down

We hope you enjoy watching them turn into the final product as much as we do.  Take care, talk soon…

Andrew & BoTo

Inevitable World Domination (i.e. new album and movie)

So, not everyone gets to get up everyday and do something that the love.  We’re pretty lucky to have that opportunity.  I don’t blog very often, mainly because I don’t know what to shut-up, but with a lot on the radar, I wanted to take a minute and talk about a few things that our modest band (me being the exception) would probably never talk about. 

The next few months are going to be exciting for us for a couple of reasons.  The road ahead is filled with the two things that make being in a band worthwhile.  1) Playing shows for our fans and 2) Recording our music.  In case you haven’t noticed – there is a theme.  That being sharing our music with people who enjoy it. 

I’ll give you either something to look forward to or dread depending on your thoughts of our band.  As we begin the process of writing and recording our first full-length and yet to be named album, we are videotaping damn near the entire process (see gas station stop en route to gig).  There will be interviews with each band member, shots of the writing process, video from the studio, video from the road and undoubtedly a ton of grown men giggling like children.  More or less, we’re creating a documentary of what it’s like to be this band.  We’re calling it Botography. We’ll share more as it progresses, but look for it to be Oscar-worthy.

Now to the meat and potatoes.  The next album.  It’ll be our first full-length effort.  Something that we’ve always wanted to do and whether it sells a 1/2 million copies or not, we’re putting gold copies on our walls.  The only thing mildly as fun as performing is recording.  Watching a song grow from a few chords and turning into the production that we manage to make them, really is something to see.   There are a few gems on the next album that I’ll boast on behalf of their creators:

“Born with a Broken Wing”

This is one that Chris has been working on for a while. It’s an acoustic number in the vein of “The Highway One Bridge Song.”  This one however boasts BoTo’s first recorded cuss word.  More importantly it tells the story of trying to love when always at a disadvantage.  The vocals and acoustic guitar work on this one will haunt you – in a good way.  “I’m sorry I’m the asshole for telling you the truth, if you never want to see me then I guess that’s what we’ll do.” If you’ve never been there in your life, stop reading right now and quit liking this band.  Really though, this is the song that really opens up Chris’s mind and heart.  We’ll post a demo soon and you’ll get it.

“Sometime Back in the ’70’s”

This is an up-tempo little number. We’re hoping to grow on some of the strong, vintage guitar sounds that we captured when working on Retrospective on this one.  This one is going to be a little bit happier though.  It’ll have a little bit of a different drum beat than what you’ve grown accustomed to from BoTo and as always – the lyrics will hopefully incite some of the same feelings that we felt the first time we heard it. 

“Untitled”

This one is so new that we don’t even have a name for it yet.  I can’t speak for the band, but I will.  So far, this one is my favorite.  The hook lines are absolutely contagious and Chris really puts his vocal range to use on this one. 

“How can you let me down

When the glasses come crashing to the ground

How can you turn away as the lights go down?”

Wait until you hear it with the guitars blazing.  It’s going to have a big sound and the dynamics in the chorus are really what drew me in.  We’re pretty excited to bust this one out and see what you think at the next few shows.

I don’t think that as we gear up for this next record that we’ll be holding anything back. We’re really grateful for everyone’s support up to this point and want to be pretty clear in that this album is for those of you have helped keep gas in the truck, have come to the shows, have applauded us when we probably didn’t deserve it and for those of you that make this worthwhile for us.  This one is for you guys and we’re going to do our best to share every special moment that the four of us have together with you.  There will be laughter, there will be tears, there will be more laughter and then probably some screaming followed by hugs and man-love.  That’s just the way it goes.

Anyway, this is a small glimpse into our world. Hope you like it…there’s lots more to come.

Andrew