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!

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

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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

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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!

Big News

Chris at Indy Rib America Festival 2010

Greetings everyone.

We’re very excited to share with you some really big news from the Boto camp. We have been given the fantastic opportunity to open for the one and only Bob Seger as he and his Silver Bullet Band make a tour stop in Indianapolis next Saturday night, May7 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

It’s a thrill and an honor to share the stage with a rock and roll legend, and we’re proud to represent our great city and state in support of what we hope is a legendary night that’s just as memorable for all of you as it certainly will be for us.

Click here for more details and ticket info.

cj

News

What up?

First and foremost, wanted to thank everyone that made it out to Martyr’s this past weekend in Chicago.  We loved the venue, loved the crowd and had a blast playing with Surrender Dorothy and On The Run.  Hoping to get back up that way soon!

We’re dark this week but coming back strong next weekend when we return to Hammerhead’s in Jasper.  This place is a blast.  Some of our favorite moments include the removal of shirts, the maestro and some incredibly fantastic dancing.  Oddly enough, those memories are all from the same person…just think what the rest of the show is like!  Anyway – looking forward to hitting up Hammerhead’s again on the 20th.  Oh ya – there are a couple new cover songs making their way into the set list…it’s going to be sick nasty.

Lots of things in the works right now that we’re very excited about.  We’re currently putting the finishing touches on our forthcoming EP.  This was a very special project for us that was recorded in Nashville.  We had the amazing pleasure of working with longtime friend, Kyle Ferguson who produced, mixed and engineered the project.  Nothing like combining some of lifes biggest loves (music and friendship) into one.  The name and contents of the EP will be coming soon.  Hope you’re looking forward to it…we had a blast making it and we hope that you’ll connect with it as much as we have.

Chris has been working hard on a special little video to a previously unreleased/unperformed song entitled “Nashville.”  It was actually written (or at least partially written) about our time spent recording the new EP.   We’re hoping to bust that out in the next few days…please check it out and share it with your friends. 

Last but not least – we’re working hard on some new tunes, producing our first professional video, wrapping up the EP and of course – performing live.  In a bit of a retrospective here – I think that performing and connecting with all of you makes all of the hard work, band meetings, long hours in rehearsal and travel worth it.  We really appreciate everyone’s support and hope to continually keep things interesting for you. 

All the best – hope you’re well – come see us sometime soon,

Andrew