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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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…

Inappropriate comparison 1.
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

Queen Latifah

So, as we continue to navigate the depths of social media, music, the interweb and God knows what else it takes to get people to listen to our music…we stumbled across this little gem on our SoundCloud account.

She's badass.
She’s badass.

We did this whole band thing backwards.  Start a band, write some songs and hope that people like you.  Five years down the road, we’ve got some pretty hot and sexy music, but have just now scratched the surface as to what it’s really going to take to hit the masses, share our masterpieces and eventually conquer our goals of world domination.

We figured this was a step in the right direction.

Thanks Queen Latifah.  You’re one bad Larry.

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.

Rock in the New Year

We know what you’re doing. If you haven’t had your New Year’s plans dialed in for a while now, we assume most of your conversations with friends go something like this:

You: What are we going to do for New Year’s Eve?
Friend: Well, I don’t know. I think there is a party going on downtown that so and so is going to, but it’s like a $100 cover to get in.
You: Ya, I don’t want to pay $100 just to get in, then drop another $100 on drinks. And that’s only if I don’t meet some smoking hot young philly that I think I might kiss at midnight, drop $100 on her dirty martinis (that she orders to eat the olives and then drops the rest of the drink on the floor) that turns out has some cheap-ass Jersey Shore boyfriend that is too cheap to buy her drinks.
Friend: Hmm…seems as if you’ve put some thought into this. Ok, what else is on the table?
You: Well, I’m sure someone will have some friends over to their house, we’ll play board games until 11:45, watch the ball drop, kiss someone (maybe their dog) depending on how the night goes and call it a night by 12:30.
Friend: Ok, so what’s the alternative? What makes this NYE different?

You: Well I’m glad you asked.

There is going to be one swinging NYE party at the Kessler Mansion this year. Have you seen this place? It’s Ri-Donk. $75.00 gets you a full open bar, access to one bad-mutha style buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, entertainment by your favorites BoTo, Mardelay and DJ OhBeOne. Don’t forget, the theme is Hollywood style so dress as your favorite movie star, Hollywood hooker or Borrow Tomorrow member and be eligible to win prizes (we’re kidding about the hooker and BoTo parts). Also – there are deals available for designated drivers, so we’ll be sure that everyone shows up, eats plenty, has plenty of spirits and a safe ride home.

Check out http://NYEIndy.eventbrite.com for more details, to buy tickets, to arrange your DD and to get ready to rock!

We’ll see you there!

Vlogueupdiscsite

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.

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