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:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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

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.

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: 1/18/13 at the Vogue

The boys of Boto want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Once you’ve recovered from your turkey-induced slumber, be thankful there’s another chance to see Borrow Tomorrow at the Vogue in Broad Ripple just over the horizon!

Friday, January 18, Borrow Tomorrow will anchor another awesome night of great music at Broad Ripple’s venerable Vogue Theater. We’re thrilled to share the stage with our very good friends the Jeremy Vogt Band and Jenn Cristy. Tickets are $10 at the door, but don’t wait ’til then. You can buy them from any band member at a discounted price of $7, or online by visiting this website.

It’s always a great night when we are lucky enough to take the stage in Indianapolis in front of our incredible friends and supportive fans. Let’s do it again on 1/18!

Borrow Tomorrow - The Vogue - Indianapolis - 1.18.13

Borrow Tomorrow & the Vogue. Need I say more?

Vogue Marquee
Borrow Tomorrow return to the Vogue Theatre May 11, 2012.

OK, well maybe a little. How about some details?

We had such a ball at the Vogue back in January that we’ve decided to rekindle the magic on Friday, May 11. Joining us this time around are Brent James & The Contraband and Whoa!Tiger. Brent James and his band hail all the way from Nashville, TN by way of Seymour, IN. Learn more about them here. Indianapolis’ own Whoa!Tiger, another Indy-In-Tune favorite, keeps our IIT streak alive, and you can check them out here.

Boto at the Vogue. 5.11.12

  • Friday, May 11 at The Vogue (6259 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN)
  • Doors: 7:30 pm
  • Show: 8:00 pm
  • Tickets: On sale now. $7 Advance, $10 Day of Show. You can buy them from any band member right now for $7. Shoot one of us an email (here’s mine: chris [at] borrowtomorrowband [dot] com), and we’ll get you squared away. At the door, it’ll cost you $10 bones to get inside. You can also purchase them online via Ticketmaster, but you’ll have to pay those pesky fees. If you’re into ornithological carnage, I recommend you kill two birds and buy them from us ahead of time.
  • Facebook Event – Hey BookFacers–tell us you’re coming.

Whoa!Tiger will kick things off with a Siegfried & Roy-esque trained tiger routine. Actually, I think they’ll just play good music. Either way, you don’t want to miss it. Brent James & The Contraband will follow, and hopefully they don’t rock your entire face off, or else they’ll be nothing left for us to do to close the night.

If you couldn’t be bothered to read the above, here’s Robert and me giving you the details in person:

 

Mark your calendars, round up the guys and gals, pick up your tickets early, and we’ll see you at the Vogue on the 11th!

cj

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.

Rib America Festival 2011

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Robert digs it. Sound check. Rib America Festival, Indianapolis, IN. 2010.9.4.

While Labor Day Weekend may represent the (un)official end to another lovely midwestern summer to many, for Borrow Tomorrow, it’s become synonymous with good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll and world-class barbecue. I’m referring, of course, to the annual Indianapolis Rib America Festival to be held downtown at Military Park September 2-5.

This marks our band’s third appearance at this very cool event. Lots of great bands will hit the big stage throughout the weekend, like REO Speedwagon, the Doobies, Everclear, and Johnny Lang. You can catch Borrow Tomorrow at noon on Monday, September 5. So bring your dancing shoes and your appetites and come help us close the book on the summer of 2011.

Some informative links:

Official Rib America Festival Website

Performance Schedule and Times

Grizzly Bear in the Wild

 

See you this weekend!

cj

41st Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair

BRAF Logo

Hello everyone.

To those of you looking for fun ways to ring in the end of the world, we invite you to join us at the Broad Ripple Art Fair this weekend. Things get underway Saturday (5/21) and continue through Sunday. There’s plenty of good stuff to be had, including legions of visual artists displaying their creations and three stages’ worth of live music. Dare we consider ourselves “artists,” we’re in the latter group and will be taking the X103 X-Files stage at 2pm Sunday afternoon. If you didn’t click the link in the sentence before last, here is one explicitly directing you to the complete entertainment schedule.

Today is the last opportunity for discounted advance tickets (apologies for the short notice), though they’ll be available at the door for $15. More ticket details here.

We’re thrilled to be a part of a cool event showcasing a little Indianapolis local flavor. Come out and support the artists. Hope to see you there!