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.

Anatomy of an Album: A Look Inside ‘Too Far to Feel’ [VIDEO]

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Kyle and Chris tell each other hilarious jokes while listening to playback during recording sessions for “Too Far to Feel.”

 

“For me, that was always the goal.”

–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:

 

 

 

Get your copy of Too Far to Feel right here.

cj

Our 2nd Indy-In-Tune Appearance

Indy-In-TuneWhen 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.

Here you’ll find the podcast, along with Darrin’s write-up on his official site.

Click here if you just want to get down to business and go straight to the podcast.

Indy-In-Tune has recorded over 100 episodes each featuring local bands and artists like us. If you dig it, check out some of the others.

cj

Indy X-Files

Borrow Tomorrow had the pleasure of appearing on this week’s episode of Indy X-Files, a weekly radio show on Indianapolis’ X103 that showcases some of our area’s local talent, and we couldn’t have been more pleased to be asked and to oblige. In case you missed the original broadcast (or even if you didn’t), we’ve gone the extra mile and put this little video together to help you put faces to those sexy voices.

Some notes:

–Robert loves impromptu wardrobe accessories.

–Yes, that’s Jennifer Aniston watching from on high. No, we don’t know why she’s there.

–“Andy” is hilarious.

–As we all learned during the interview, Shawn has a hidden talent. Who knew!

–A special thank you to Kimmy at the station for making it all happen. She rocks.

 

Enjoy!

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.

Only the Good…

Rando

There are many lessons in life. Some are harder to learn than others, but there is one in particular that, despite its relentless persistence and stunning pain, I never seem to grasp: life isn’t fair.

Our family, the tight-knit group of men and women whom have invested so much time, energy, and love into the hopes and dreams of our band, has lost a founding member. Randall has passed away. Whether you knew him as Randall, Randy, the Amazing Rando, or by countless other affectionate nicknames in whatever walk of life you happened to share with him, you were lucky. He was caring and compassionate, loving and warm, generous and thoughtful. He was, with uncompromising loyalty, a dedicated husband to his wife Amanda. In the nearly 5 years since he joined Andrew, Robert, and me to form Borrow Tomorrow, I have enough fond memories to last a lifetime, but that’s not to say I hadn’t room for many more. He was the glue, the sounding board, the handyman, the seasoned vet. He was a man you wanted on your team. For nearly 5 years, he was on ours, and call us selfish, it was far too brief.

Rando, you’ll forever grace the stage as a permanent fixture in our memories and in our hearts.

“We all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun…”

cj

From the “Did That Really Happen?” Files

Greetings Boto fans, new and longtime alike.

There’s been a lot of clamoring for some concert footage of the band performing on stage at Conseco Fieldhouse. If not for the video to serve as proof of actuality, that evening feels like nothing more than a dream. We’ve had a chance to go through some of the footage and have this to share with you.

Here are Robert, Andrew, Shawn, and Chris performing “Sometime Back in the ’70’s,” one of 13 new songs to be released later this summer on the band’s first full-length album entitled, “Too Far to Feel.”


Other post-show links round-up:

Photos courtesy of the Indianapolis Star

Show review courtesy of Nuvo

We cannot thank everyone enough for the outpouring of love and support we’ve gotten over the past couple weeks. Thank you to our longtime supporters, and allow me to officially welcome the many newcomers who heard us for the first time last Saturday. If you liked what you heard (and I’m going to take the liberty of assuming you did since you’ve made it this far), do us the huge favor of telling a friend or 10 about us. Remember, both of our EP’s are available for download absolutely free from our website. Pick them up if you haven’t already.

Keep in touch.

cj

Tracking Is Done!

Greetings everyone.

We’re incredibly proud to say that tracking sessions for the new album are officially done. In layman’s terms, this means that the long hours we’ve spent strumming guitars, banging drums, and singing into microphones have come to an end. From here, the recorded tracks are mixed and mastered, though that process falls squarely in the lap of our talented producer despite our best efforts to commandeer the task every step of the way. “What’s that, Chris? You’d like more of your guitar part here? Sorry, Andrew already decided the drums should be louder there.” You can imagine how well that works.

It’s been an inspiring experience that in many ways I’m sorry to see come to an end. Alas, editing, mixing, and mastering aside, plenty of work remains. A seemingly overwhelming mountain of decisions regarding the completion and release of the album still lingers, and since we’ve come this far, the attitude is to leave no stone unturned. This means a lot to us, and we hope to have you share in our moments of reflection and celebration. As soon as more info becomes available, we will let you know! Meanwhile, thanks for coming this far, and please enjoy a few photos from the process:

Robert Recording

Andrew Recording

Andrew Chris Murat

Chris Recording

Epiphone

Ferg and Andrew

Rando and Chris

Ferg Control Room

Robert Hallway

As always, thanks for reading. We’ll be in touch.

cj