We’re extremely excited to announce the release of our newest record. We call it Ends of the Earth, and it’s available right now from the digital music marketplace of your choice (iTunes, Spotify, borrowtomorrowband.com).
These 7 songs date back to mid-2014, and again the band teamed up with Producer/Genius/Male Model Kyle Ferguson. This marks the third recording project in which we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Kyle, starting with the 2010’s Retrospective. He and the gang hunkered down in the winter of 2014 into the early months of 2015 shaping these tunes and bringing them to life.
The decision as to what to do with them is largely to blame for the delay. Do we release individually as a series of singles? Do we shoot for another full-length and keep working until we’ve got a cohesive set? In the end, what matters most is sharing them with our friends, fans, and supporters regardless of the packaging, and the EP was born.
“Wait, is that Angela Buchman?” several people asked as our Cincinnati friends Elk Creek warmed up the crowd before our Feb. 28 performance at Radio Radio. Too bad the city’s favorite weathergirl can’t actually control the weather, as 9 inches of snow dumped on Indy that night…leaving little demand for an encore around midnight…(at we’ll tell ourselves that was the reason). We were pleased to bust out 6 new songs to freshen up the standard BoTo set list; studio versions will be released in the coming months as our audio engineer is engulfed in the mixing/mastering process.
There were several birthdays in the crowd, including Andrew and Robert’s mother, Cathy Newport, and BoTo superfan Marjorie DeStefano who was gifted a plunger halfway through the show due to her low flow, environmentally friendly but turd unfriendly toilets. Our very own Mr. Chris Jerles’ birthday was just a few days later on March 4th, and he was greeted by a packed house.
First time BoTo showgoer and friend Katie Klee noted, “I bet one of your shows is kind of like a wedding reception, where a lot of your closest friends and family are there to support you, except you only get married once, and you guys get to experience it every time you play.” I liked the analogy. It made me realize how fortunate we are to have such a supportive following come party with us on the reg. It is a rush to hang out with so many special folks, and to think that we win them over to create a collective escape into our musical wonderland, if only for a couple songs in between their conversations with fellow concert goers, is no small thing.
Little words of encouragement make that gear a little easier to pack up at the end of the night (that and our friend Damian, who packed up about half the gear despite our best efforts to tell him to take it easy). A friend of my brother’s, Rudy, made it a point to tell me how talented he thought we were and to “keep going man, keep doing it.” I could tell in his eyes he wasn’t just blowing smoke up my ass and he was sincere. It’s little stuff like that that keeps us going.
We made a lot of new friends, including our new musical allies, Elk Creek, who we hope to team up with in Cincinnati soon. Robert played his first Radio Radio show in 5 years with a beer in his hand, and it was evident as he rambled on about plungers and birthdays in between songs. Andrew was his usual solid, reliable backbone presence holding it down behind the drum kit. Chris shined as he debuted a few new songs revealing a window to his private thoughts and the group’s essence, and finally, when he wasn’t carving out the groove on the bass, Shawn took time to explain that his last name is pronounced Canary like the bird, not Connery like the actor.
Billy Mac was there to savor the tasty goodness of his favorite tune, FallOut, along with 40, yes 40, of his friends. Even without any hair, Robert was still getting hit on by married chicks, our old high school principal was buying us beers, and in between hugs Andrew and Robert’s Dad was telling them to stop talking about turds and plungers on stage. And I thought turd was spelled terd but auto-correct says otherwise. Tony Pruitt drove down from Ft. Wayne and back after the show despite the winter monsoon.
Thanks to everyone who braved the snow and made it another special night for us. We love you and look forward to the next rock and roll wedding reception…a marriage of good friends, tasty jams, and a whole lotta love.
All right – I’ll try to stay focused, but no promises.
November 2006 – we started this band and played our first shows in early 2007. We were younger, no comment as to whether or not we were dumber then than now, and probably a little bit skinnier. We have spent a lot of time as a band, arguably all of our time as a band thinking about how hard things are. How hard it is to play in a band and still move forward with your life. How hard it is to be successful in this music juggernaut. You know what? Things are hard. But not anymore.
We have spent the past eight years playing music together. Some nights to no one and some nights to 15,000 people. We’ve had the great fortune to do every single thing that we had hoped that we’d ever do as a band and more, with the exception of one little thing (topic of a blog post yet to come). And yet, we’ve seemingly found a way to look back and lament on what we haven’t done. Ha! What more evidence do we need to prove that we are fools?
Maybe it’s the time of year, maybe it’s the place that we’re in as a band or maybe, it’s just growing up (although growing up for us is doubtful). Many of you may not know that in October of 2013, we TRIED to break up as a band. We all sat in dressing room (and undoubtedly over stayed our welcome to the host venue that evening) and gave ourselves 12 weeks to start writing new material. If no new music emerged, we were calling it quits. 12 weeks turned into 16, 16 into 20, 20 in 30 until finally we call came to the conclusion that we weren’t getting rid of each other that easily, but that we had to get back to work. We couldn’t quit. We couldn’t walk away. We weren’t done yet, despite our best efforts to call it a day. Damnit, we tried. But we couldn’t do it. Finally new songs began to emerge. The same new songs that we’re looking forward to rolling out in early 2015.
I mean seriously. Who the fuck have we been kidding? Hopefully we have always been really good about telling you how much we love you and how much we appreciate you coming to our shows, listening to our music, reading our blogs, watching our videos and squeezing us in between the items on the list above which surely doesn’t include a million other things that are important to you. But honestly, we’ve spent the past eight years wondering how it was that we were going to get to the next step, when in reality – we were taking the steps that were important with you.
You had kids, so did some of us. You got married or engaged, so did some of us. You got divorced, we’ve had some of that too. We’ve bought and sold cars, bought and sold houses, taken new jobs, moved from city to city, we’ve lost some friends and gained others. Hopefully we could all say that we’ve grown together. Life can be hard, but not if you navigate it with the right people.
We won’t be so cliché, arrogant or rude as to think that we are writing the soundtrack to your life. Not in the slightest, but to even be a little bit of noise in the background is pretty damn cool for us.
So thank you. Thank you for seeing us through the hard times. Thank you for allowing us progress. Thank you for providing us hope. Thank you for making us feel that our countless hours locked in rooms late at night writing songs hasn’t all been in vain. Thank you for listening. Thank you for watching. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being there for us. We only hope that we can provide a fraction to you that you have already provided for us.
2015 will very soon be here…and that’s pretty damn cool. Let’s kick the effin’ door to the New Year in together (see picture below)!!
We are working on seven brand spanking new songs. We haven’t named the new EP but we hope to wrap that up and start sharing some artwork very soon. We are finalizing some details on a few live shows for the first quarter of 2015 and are incredibly excited about it. We can’t wait to get out, test some of the new songs, share them with you, hit the road and hear what you’ve been up to as well.
Hope you had a great holiday season! Hope that you have an unbelievable New Year.
From the absolute bottom of our hearts. Thank you. From here on out – we’re taking no prisoners. It’s us against the world. We Borrow from Tomorrow no longer. We’re grateful for today.
The season has turned, the holidays are upon us, and as this time of year warrants some reflection, there is a lot for us to be thankful for. If you’re reading this post, then hats off to you–you’re at the top of the list, because you’re likely one of the countless friends, family members, or fans that has supported us over the years.
We should also pause to think about how lucky we are that we’re still at this racket after all this time. Real life has a way of forcing you to re-prioritize often, and those old dreams from one’s youth so often end up on the cutting room floor. We’re thankful to still have the pleasure of making music together and for those people around us that allow it to happen.
But enough with the sappy stuff, let’s get on to what we’ve been up to.
Back in the Studio
Over the past few months, Andrew, Robert, Shawn, and I have been slowly but steadily working on a new batch of original songs. We’re excited to again enlist the services of our good friend Kyle Ferguson to help us set up shop and being recording. Kyle produced our last record, and evidently he just couldn’t get enough the first time around, so he’s back for more (I mean, who could turn down our bribes of leftover Halloween candy and late-night couch spooning? He’d be crazy to say no.)
No decisions have been made yet in terms of a release date or schedule, but keep an eye out for sneak-peaks and other announcements in the coming weeks as the tunes begin to take shape.
Upcoming Shows with Sister Hazel
Indianapolis and Chicago fans can catch us live this week at the Vogue in Indianapolis and House of Blues in Chicago in support of Sister Hazel. We’ll be playing a stripped-down acoustic set to open the evening. It will be a fun departure from the typical Boto show, so if you’ve seen us before, I think you’ll enjoy the chance to hear us put a different spin on tunes you know and love. Hell, maybe you’ll even like it better and we kick Andrew out of the band for good. Win-win! (We kid because we love, and because we know Andrew wouldn’t go quietly.)
Probably no different than most bands. Maybe we should start being more creative.
All that being said – we’re going to hit the studio again soon…THAT’S RIGHT! We’ll hit the studio in the next eight weeks to get to work on a BRAND NEW EP!!! We’re incredibly excited to get to work again, but the excitement doesn’t stop there. We’re starting to put a number of dates on the calendar for this fall and winter so that we can share the new hit songs. More to come…we’ll be sure to keep you posted!
So – looking backwards – just a bit.
If you missed the Radio Radio show on July 11th, we hate to hear that. Here is a cut of one of our favorites, Nashville. We hope you enjoy it!
Share, enjoy, listen on repeat, tell us what you think…were you there? What else do you want to hear?
Well, for starters, hello. We’ve missed you. Hopefully the feeling is mutual. Embarrassingly it’s been a year since we last took to the interweb and wrote a blog. Seriously – what the hell were we doing?
Always a pleasure to visit our good friends at Indy In-Tune. We like that Darin fella…who by the way is like the equivalent of the Indy music Pope. Anyone he doesn’t know in this town? (We’ll get to working on the Pope graphics – standby for that).
Had the great pleasure of playing the wedding for a couple of long time fans and friends. Oh yeah, we discovered Vine that night too.
Radio Radio was on our list of stops – we like that place. We traded in our lamps for trophies.
What can we learn by digesting all of above info? You guessed it – you picked the dumbest band in the world like! We’re thrilled you did though. So what does that hold in store for us for 2014?
Well, if history tells us anything, it would say that we typically follow-up long periods of down time taking a look backwards, trying to figure out why our music doesn’t automatically make itself famous (seriously, isn’t there some kind of Google inspired famous-making machine for bands yet?). We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how hard being in a band is, how hard it is to make it happen and you know what? It is hard. But do you know what else? It’s a privilege…and we are so grateful for the things that we have done. And…
We’re excited for what’s yet to come. So what should you expect out of your favorite foursome in 2014? Expect us to be interested in today. Expect us to care about the present and not the things behind us. Expect us to be funnier. Expect us to be around more. Expect us to be listening to and interacting with you…after all, we have you to thank for all of this.
Have a great New Year. We look forward to seeing you.
–Robert Newport, on recording the full-length album
Bands become bands for one reason–to create and share music. Well, maybe “Girls” are another reason. “Dreams of world-wide stardom” is probably up there, too. Ok, fine. There are plenty of reasons, but our goals have always been modest, if not always quantifiable. Our love for writing and performing our music is second only to the gratification that comes from sharing it with our friends, families, and fans.
Too Far to Feel didn’t happen overnight, not by a long stretch. The project humbly began with a handful of new songs, and soon the vision took shape. Over a year later, we held in our hands what we could only imagine since Borrow Tomorrow first jammed in late 2006–our first real album.
For the first time, we’d like to invite the public to check out this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video that catalogs our recording process, from the early song-writing sessions, to the final take, and everything in between.
We like to refer to this as our story, and we invite you to find your place in it:
When we were putting the finishing touches on the new record late last fall, I began thinking about the people with whom I wanted to share it first. Of course, family and my closest friends were a given. They’ve been the largest supporters since the very beginning. But after 5 years, we’ve been lucky enough to develop relationships with people in and around the local music scene. People who’ve had their finger on the pulse of Indy’s music long before Borrow Tomorrow tried to find its place in it, and whose opinions I respect very much.
Darrin of Indy-In-Tune falls squarely into this category, and as someone who has inexplicably shown us a tremendous amount of respect and offered a great deal of support, he was one of the first discs I mailed; a burned, Sharpie-scribbled copy no less.
Needless to say it was a no-brainer when Darrin invited us to appear again on his podcast program (or did we invite ourselves?). Darrin, Andrew, Robert, and I talk about the new songs, the inspiration behind them, the recording process, Shawn, Randall, and where we go from here, with plenty of smart-ass comments in between.
Well…72 hours ago, we were wondering what the hell we were going to do. Our New Year’s Eve gig got cancelled and for lack of a better word, we felt as if we were F-U-C-T. However, this band is like a fly that won’t go away. We knew we had to get the show on the road and send some of that Robert Newport, I might want to show you my hairy bare chest, vibe out for the big night!
Let’s bring you up to speed…for those of you following along at home. New Year’s Even gig got cancelled. We tracked down some amazingly fine people that were so kind and added us to the lineup for the Nuvo, Z99.5 & Stella Artois Masquerade Ball. We want to thank, sincerely and from the bottom of our hearts, Danielle Beck, Ricky Lee Potts and My Yellow Rickshaw for respectively adding us to the lineup, getting us in touch with the right folks and bending over backwards to let us spread a little NYE cheer BoTo style. Seriously – it was so incredibly refreshing to wind down the year playing a show and doing it with so many people that couldn’t have been any nicer to us. Thank you all…we hope our paths cross again sooner rather than later.
Ok, so the gig…you want to know what that was like? Ok…We played about 90 minutes of some hot and nasty rock and roll. Some originals that went over great like “One Foot Out the Door” which is on the new disc. We also had a blast playing some of our old favorites a gyrating mob of party-goers: “Billie Jean”, “Jenny/867-5309”, “Firework”, “Summer of 69” just to name a few. Indy, you couldn’t have been any kinder to us. Special thanks also go out to Paul Poteet from Z99.5 for some fabulous props. If you haven’t had a chance to see My Yellow Rickshaw, we recommend them. They’re seriously a blast.
All right – a couple of reminders. Only 12 days left until the Vogue Show! Remember this little gem? Watch it, love it, and get your tickets quick! Shoot us an email and we can get them to you to save you on service charges or if you’re into the whole convenience thing (and who isn’t now-a-days with the interweb and all) you can get them at Ticketmaster.
P.S. Get on board – this train is rolling bee-yatch!