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

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 – Part Deux | Kessler Mansion New Year Gig Changes!

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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.

New Vocab Term: Progress

We’ve been fairly quiet as of late with the exception of Mr. Jerles’ most recent blog post. Probably appropriate considering the past few weeks have been filled with recording, gigging to pay for said recording and the beginning of what will soon be the finishing touches on our first full-length album.

Sample album art.

As Chris alluded to in our most recent blog post, we are about three to four sessions away from having every single instrument for every single track “in the can” as they say. As I take a few minutes and look back not only at the past three or four months but the past three or four years, it’s hard to really say what an amazing feeling we’re experiencing right now as we approach the finish line on the yet to be titled project. For lack of a better term, a dream come true.

This band has been riddled with mistakes, long nights, tough gigs, etc. We’ve had more than our fair share of car trouble, sleepless nights, stolen gear, flawed execution, scheduling conflicts and not to mention the fact that every time we play, our gear gets packed up and set up twice. I mention all of the above not because we want a pity party. We don’t. We chose to do this because we wanted to. We will spare you the details on all of the trials and tribulations mentioned above (at least until the Behind the Music airs) for the sake of your interest and our time and cut right to the point.

Chris mentioned in his last blog that the beginning of this album really dates back to about 18 months ago when we finished up our latest EP Retrospective. We had recorded four songs with our great friend Kyle Ferguson and his (and soon to be our) good friend Brett Baird. As we all packed up and drove home from Nashville, Tennessee each of the four of us will probably tell you a different story as to where the dream for the next album began. I’ll do my best to do all four of us justice.

Randall will tell you that shortly after returning from Nashville, he felt so comfortable working with Kyle (Ferg as we call him) that we needed to find a way to get him involved in our next project. If I remember correctly, we hadn’t been any more than 15 minutes outside the city limits when he told me this. Mind you, we didn’t have a single idea for a song for said “album” at that point.

Robert is Sexy
Robert in the control room working out a part.

Robert will probably tell you that recording an album was always the goal. We talked about it very early on in this band and although we always knew that we wanted to do it, we didn’t ever really know how we were going to get it done. As the idea came together and as we realized that we might have a shot at achieving this once lofty goal, Robert came through big. He started writing songs, writing lyrics, coming up with ideas for guitar parts, hand claps, wood blocks, tambourines, etc. He really grasped the idea of this project and ran with it.

 

Chris may tell you something similar to that of Robert and Randall. We all left Nashville with a renewed vigor and desire to make this thing work. I probably couldn’t tell you a lot about Chris’ thoughts on this project and as I sit here reflecting on it, I wish that I could. Most of the conversations that I had with Chris regarding this project were about the overall feel, pushing him to keep writing songs, discussing the direction of the album and helping him keep the creative process moving while we found ways to book shows, cover the costs of keeping this thing moving and keep everyone out of jail.

Deep in studio thought.

I don’t think that any of the four of us can take credit for the overall feel, vibe or direction of this disc because I think that all four of us should. Countless hours of writing in a barn (literally a storage unit), rehearsal in Randall’s basement, working on new songs at our favorite rehearsal space and the arguments, hugs and priceless moments that ensue brought us up to the point where it was time to start laying tracks.

Kyle & Andrew talking out parts
Who knew that 4th grade 2 on 2 baseball with ghost runners would turn into all of this?

Shortly before Christmas, we started recording music. You’ve seen all the updates so we won’t walk you through day by day what it took to get this thing done, but all we have left to do is this: 1) Robert is going to work on guitar tracks for one more song, 2) Chris is going to play some keys for a couple more songs 3) We are going to a special undisclosed location in which Chris will record piano and vocals in one afternoon to close out the album. 4) We will name what we’re dubbing arrogantly our “first masterpiece” and 5) we’ll select pictures and design for the cover, insert and disc art and 6) we’ll turn it over to you.

Tuning drums before the Saturday sessions.

I suppose that what I’m getting at, in more than enough words, is that recording an “album” has been a dream of mine for years. Spending time in the studio with your band mates who are essentially either family or lifelong friends creating something that you all together have created from scratch is a pretty incredible feeling. We set out to do a few things when we started this project. We wanted to write an album that first and foremost had an overall feel. We wanted it to be a compilation of songs that while all different, were all the same in that they told the story of us. And by us, we mean you. We wanted it to tell the story of all of us. We spent an awful lot of time discussing what kind of songs we wanted to put on it and decided that the only songs we wanted were good ones.

 

The disc will have 13 songs that are filled to the brim with the heart and soul of this band. This thing has been built from the ground up. It has been taken apart and put back together and here in the next couple of months, we will be very excited to share it with you. Stay tuned, get excited. Many of you we will probably be asking to take a sneak peek at it and if you’ve read this far into this blog, we’re hoping that you’ll listen to it.

The man behind the curtain. Ferg-a-mania.

Luckily, rarely are we this serious. So along with the new disc, get ready for new videos, new pictures, some new exciting gigs and more of our pretty faces. Cheers!