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

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

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.

Rock in the New Year – Part Deux | Kessler Mansion New Year Gig Changes!

Party Bitches
Let's rock this mug, eh?
Oh loyal Botons, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. Bad news first:

As of about 5:30 pm today (Friday), we were informed that the Kessler Mansion/Hollywood NYE party would either need to be moved or cancelled due to some last-minute zoning issues that arose between the event organizers and the Kessler Mansion owner. We were as surprised as you are, no doubt. We can assure you that the issues were unforeseen and far beyond the control of your old friends, BoTo, Mardelay, DJ OhBeOne and friends. But, we were not about to let you down…or let you ring in the New Year without a little BoTo. So before we get to the good part, let’s take care of business first. Here’s the deal with the Kessler Mansion show:

– The show at the Kessler Mansion has been cancelled.
– Refunds will be processed through the Event Brite site and will be processed tonight (Friday night) and according to Event Brite, refunds may take up to 4 days to process depending on your financial institution.
– We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

So, that’s the bad news. The good news is that, we tried our best not to let you down. Our offices full of staff (that’s a massive exaggeration) have been working since we got the word to make sure that we could offer the BoTo loyal another good party alternative and a little BoTo. So…here’s what we’ve got!!!

We were able to track down (through some good old BoTo faithful) some of the fine folks that are hosting the Masquerade Ball downtown at Union Station. They were kind enough to find a home for us performing between 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Here are the details on this one:

– Tickets are NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC…but, organizers have held a limited number of tickets for anyone that wants to come to see Borrow Tomorrow.
– Tickets are available at the door, for $49.00 (cash or charge), but you have to mention that you’re coming to see BoTo to get access to the tickets set aside.
– Tickets include access to the party hosted by Dave Smiley, costume contests (with cash prizes), door prizes, face painting, a magician and in addition to Borrow Tomorrow, a number of other great bands!
– Unlike the Kessler party, the Masquerade Ball does not include drinks or food. However, the Masquerade Ball will offer reasonably priced drinks. We hear that food will not be available, so you’ll need to feast on BoTo.
– Learn more about the Masquerade Ball here.

Seriously, as much as we hate that there was a change in plans and we do apologize sincerely on behalf of all involved, we wanted to be sure that if you wanted to party, that we’d be there to help you. We’d love to see you there and want to thank you for a great 2011 and here’s hoping that we’ll be able to kick 2012 off on the right foot with you!!

P.S. Our set will be badass.

Upcoming Show Dates

Boto Christmas

Season’s Greetings, Botons.

Just when you think Santa and all his goodies can’t get here soon enough, your favorite band in the world brings you some early Christmas gifts of its own. That’s right: new show dates! Folks in Chicago, Indianapolis, Terre Haute (and everywhere in between) have not one but two opportunities over the next several weeks to catch Borrow Tomorrow live their cities. See below for full calendar.

Upcoming Borrow Tomorrow Shows:

Saturday, December 18
Show-Me’s
Terre Haute, IN

Thursday, January 6
The Verve
Terre Haute, IN

Friday, January 21
The Vogue
Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, January 29
Double Door
Chicago, IL

Friday, February 12
Radio Radio
Indianapolis, IN

Friday, March 4
Goose Island Wrigleyville
Chicago, IL

See you soon!
cj

Official Video for ‘Shy Away’

Boto Video Shoot
Official Shy Away Video Shoot. Chicago, IL. 9.5.2010

Greetings everyone!

We in Borrow Tomorrow are proud to have finally done our part in the effort to kill the radio star with the release of the official ‘Shy Away’ music video. It was directed and produced by the very talented (and equally generous) Chris Baer in Chicago last month.

Check it out:

Some fun facts:

  • Robert begged and pleaded with not only the rest of the band, but the production crew as well to shoot a scene of him jumping into the lake fully-clothed. Despite his insistence (and my lord, did he insist), we ultimately refused to let him because we neither wanted to deal with a wet Robert for the rest of the day nor take the chance that he’d leave his cell phone in his pocket to be ruined.
  • The kite scenes were a surprise addition by our director, and while none of us had flown one for years, it was incredibly fun. We were told we “had enough footage” several times.
  • The lovely girl with the kite at the beach was chosen from a pool of over a million rabid Boto fans at an open casting call held the day before. Not really. Her identity remains a mystery, but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t also be a huge fan.
  • Chris has since broken the Hollywood shades he sports for much of the video. Turns out they weren’t made to withstand the force of a bouncing basketball.
  • The band played a show in Chicago the night before but was unable to procure a hotel room afterward, and therefore spent the night before this day-long video shoot in the truck. Luckily, we always look amazing.

You can download the studio version of this song, as well as the entire Retrospective album absolutely FREE at the band’s official website.

We would be nothing without our fans, so if you dig the video, please share it with a friend or 10. Tell them about how good Andrew looks in his “Use Jesus” shirt, or how much you love it when Rando color-coordinates his shades and his clothing.

See you at Doc’s this weekend!

The Autumn Wind

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Andrew and Robert backstage at Schubas. Chicago, IL. 7.8.2010.

After a big Labor Day weekend, and the stifling heat of summer gives way to deep blue skies, cool breezes, and a crunch beneath our feet, Borrow Tomorrow have been using these few weeks away from the stage to prepare for what we hope will be a very busy fall. That isn’t to say that we’ve been taking any time off–quite the opposite, in fact.

First, we spent a lovely day in the Windy City filming a video for our song “Shy Away” (from our Retrospective release, available for free download here) under the direction of the very talented Chris Baer. From what we’ve seen, the footage looks excellent, which is particularly impressive as it’s no small feat to make this band look like anything but complete douche canoes. We’re hoping to release the video in the next week or so.

Here are a few screen shots:

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In other news, we’ve been giving a great deal of attention to new material–working on demos, trying to help nurture a few ideas in order to grow them into the songs that will make up our next recording and, naturally, those that will catapult Boto into the rarified rock ‘n’ roll air that includes the likes of The Stones, Beatles, and Michael Bolton. Er, well anyway, you get the idea. We’ve had a couple of really good sessions, and I’m awfully happy with the direction the new stuff is headed. Ideally, we’ll have some more demo recordings to share as we move forward, but rest assured, we’ll be sprinkling the new songs in future set lists.

Finally, after a trip up to the great state of Michigan to entertain for family and friends at Rando’s old stomping grounds, the next performance proper is slated for Saturday night, October 16 at Doc’s Music Hall in Muncie, IN. We’ll take the stage at 10pm. Muncie folk, we’re looking very forward to visiting some stomping grounds of our own in a couple of weeks, so we hope you’ll join us.

That’s all for now. Listen to the music, spread the word.

A Big Week

Andrew

As we enter summer’s home stretch, it’s more important than ever to take full advantage of our fleeting opportunities to enjoy delicious food, beer, and fun in the sun. Of course, we’re referring to this weekend’s Rib America Festival held in Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Borrow Tomorrow will take the stage at noon on Saturday (9/5) so come out early to rock out with us and enjoy the festivities. Keep in mind that the $5 entrance fee is waived for everyone that makes it out to the park before 1pm. That means not only will you get a healthy dose of Boto, but you’ll have more dollars in your pocket for beer! Win-win.

Tonight, Borrow Tomorrow has the privilege of recording a podcast with Darrin of Indy In-Tune. Darrin is a great supporter of live local music and has an impressive catalog of interviews with tons of great Indiana-based groups. We’re pleased to have the chance to divulge all of our deepest and darkest secrets to him and as a result, the world. Stay tuned for release date updates. Please visit his site for more info about him and his cause.

Of course, a reminder to our Chicago faithful that we’re hitting the road after our Rib Fest performance Saturday and will see you all at Goose Island in Wrigleyville at 9pm that night! Goose Island and its patrons have been very good to us, and we’re looking forward to another visit. See you all very soon.

A Labor Day Double-Header

Greetings Boto fans:

For the first time in our band’s history, we are playing 2 shows in one day. Both our Indy faithful and our fans up in the Windy City will have the opportunity to enjoy some rock ‘n’ roll courtesy of Borrow Tomorrow on Saturday, Sept. 4.

At noon, we’ll kick off an entire day’s worth of music on the main stage at the Rib America Festival at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Come out for delicious ribs and stay for the live music. Ted Nugent headlines our day. Rock!

Rib America Fest

Mere hours later we’ll take the stage at Goose Island (the Wrigleyville location) in Chicago.  Also featured that night are Veda, Of Dark Matter, and The Main Squeeze. We’ll open things up around 9:30, but be sure to get there early so you’ve got a delicious Goose Island beverage in your hands at show time. Here’s the event listing for your BookFacers.

Goose Island Poster 9.4.10