New Friends, Warm & Fuzzies

“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.

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This should get it.

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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.

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We love those Elk Creek boys

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.

-RN

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Getting Back to Work – Finally!

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.

What does all of this blabbering horseshit have to do with anything?  Well – I’ll tell you.

Doing things like playing in a band is hard.  But do you know what? It’s a hell of a lot easier than waking up every day and going to work, raising your kids, being a good parent, being a half-responsible adult, working on projects at the old homestead, saving enough money to go on vacation or to buy that new car or hell, to go out to a nice dinner with your guest of choice.

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.

Andrew's Will joined us for a writing session for Too Far to Feel
Andrew’s Will joined us for a writing session for Too Far to Feel

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're sober
We’ve lost some friends.
We've gained new friends and family members.
We’ve gained new friends and family members.
 

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)!!

KICK PUNCH!
KICK PUNCH!

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.

With that being said…kick this mutha in!

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Winter 2014 Update – Studio & Shows

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

Recording 11.2014Over 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.)

Here are the upcoming show details:

Sister Hazel with Shayna Leigh & Borrow Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 10
The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
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Friday, December 12
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
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Saturday, December 13
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
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Social Media

If you’ve not done so already, give yourself an early Christmas gift and like and/or follow Borrow Tomorrow on your social media outlet of choice:

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Have a safe and happy holiday everyone, and we hope to see you soon.

cj

Saddle Up & Ride

Just when you thought that we’d once again vanished into the abyss of musical obscurity, we’re about to kick a hole in the status quo and stab your ears with the sweat sounds of BoTo.

Side note – did you know that one of our considered band names was the Ear Stabbers? Story for another day. Anyway…

Usually the summer time for us is down time, oh, but not this year my friends. We’ve been working hard. A sample of our most recent to do list is outlined below:

1) Write songs at least as popular as this one. 

2) Eat Qdoba

3) Record Songs 

4) Drink Beer

5) Tell bad jokes (what did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt)

6) Go on a band trip

7) Look excessively sexy

8) Take over the world

9) Sell 4 million copies of our next record

10) Start taking selfies

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?

All right – kisses.  More to come!

Andrew & the boys!

The Long and Winding Songwriting Process

Howdy friends…

So my good friend and, well, brother…Robert stopped by last week to work on a couple of new ideas for songs.  Let me bring you up to speed for those of you that haven’t been following us since 2007…

Two Roberts is better than one.
Two Roberts is better than one.

Usually, up until now, this is how the songwriting process for our band works:

  1. Chris and/or Robert come up with an idea for a song.
  2. Chris and/or Robert complete the idea and present it to the band.
  3. We all get together and hammer out structure, transitions, solos, placement of sexy kicks, etc.
  4. Once the idea has been completed, Chris puts lyrics to it and well…then we’ve got ourselves a hit song now!!

Life changes though and while world domination for our band at this point is eminent and nearly within reach, the way that we are writing songs, has well…changed…dramatically.

Songwriting has become a team effort, a collaborative endeavor in which we are all pushing the limits of our comfort zones to see what kind of dog shit we can sprinkle a little BoTo upon to parlay into a song that will afford us new opportunities!  Instead of waiting for someone else to show up with some new ideas, we’re all working on ideas.  We’ll see where it takes us, but at press time, we’ve got about twelve brand-spanking new ideas that we’re cooking up.  The songwriting collaborations are helping us to explore some new avenues that before, would have remain untouched. Cue inappropriate comparison photos…

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Inappropriate comparison 1.
Supplement to inappropriate comparison 1.
Supplement to inappropriate comparison 1.
Beginning of something incredible?
Beginning of something incredible?
We know these guys were good, eh?
We know these guys were good, eh?

We’ll keep you posted on the progress.  As the title here would suggest, this process is a long one.  Even longer than before as we all work on and share ideas.  Rehearsals have been replaced by interweb videos being exchanged, phone calls and weekend get-togethers.  We have also learned that we enjoy videotaping ourselves singing, dancing like idiots and sharing the occasionally funny picture, as seen below.

We make dumb even easier than it should be.
We make dumb even easier than it should be.

Stay tuned, share with your friends.  And again, for those of you that haven’t been with us since the beginning, here’s an opportunity to get caught up

Andrew

An Oldie but a Goodie

While we’re busy writing some new music, we don’t want to disappear from the face of the planet.

Speaking of disappearing from the face of the planet…has anyone seen this?  Some of the most spectacular abandoned places in the world.  Incredibly interesting.

Anyway, I digress.

We’ve played a few shows, had a few laughs over the past few years and we wanted to share them.  We were saving this for a rainy day.  While (at least where we’re at) it’s not raining so much.  In fact, we’re looking at about 8 inches of snow on the ground on our way to 10 or 12.

Speaking of which…I have seen more pictures of grocery stores and empty bread aisles in the past 24 hours than I can ever remember.  Please, explain this craze to me.

I digress again…

Here’s a video of our song “Shy Away.”  We recorded this song in Nashville at the SAE studios with our good friend Kyle Ferguson along with the help of Brett Baird.  We knocked this thing out in about two days and had an absolute blast doing it.  The trip and recording sessions also served as inspiration for our song “Nashville” which was later to be recorded for Too Far to Feel

Anyway…enough dilly dally.  Here it is.  Enjoy and as usual, please feel free to share, but only if you like it.

Last Year Meets Next Year…

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?

Let’s recap this past year.

  • We played the Vogue Nightclub in January – huge crowd.  Robert brought lamps.
  • We played a few shows here and there, kicked some holes in walls, you know.  The usual band stuff.
  • 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.
  • We lost and found Robert.
  • Introduced BoTo to the world of Bloomington, IN by playing one lovely night at the Bluebird.  Nice town ya got there Hoosiers.
  • Bloomington was good to us – we played a couple numbers for The Weekly Special
  • Chris got engaged.  Meow.
  • Shawn gets the award for wearing our favorite gig shirt of the year.
  • We played the First Friday Food Truck Festival at the Old National Centre, had a blast and more or less tried to figure out what the hell we wanted to do with this band. Oh yeah…we made more Vines too.

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.