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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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.

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

Back in the Saddle

It’s been a trying couple of weeks. With music as our common bond, the source of joy that propels us to our highest of highs, so too does it provide solace in moments of despair. It is with heavy hearts that we’ve prepared for our next show this weekend, but rehearsals have not been short on fond memories and plenty of laughter. They say the show must go on, and I’m sure Randall would have wanted it no other way.

Broad Ripple Music Festival 2011

This Saturday, October 15, Borrow Tomorrow will be appearing at Local’s Only as part of the Broad Ripple Music Festival. Venues all over town are playing host to tons of local bands, and we’re thrilled to be sharing the stage with our friends in Mardelay for this cool festival. Also appearing later that night are Jascha and The Bonesetters. Tickets are $10. Doors open at Local’s Only at 9pm, and Boto will kick things off at 10pm. Full schedule and details here. And for the BookFacers, here is the event link.

Join us this weekend for an awesome night of music. If music isn’t your thing, they’ve got booze. If music and booze are not your things, then I’m not sure we can be friends. C’mon, let’s be friends.

cj

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

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

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Ferg and Andrew

Rando and Chris

Ferg Control Room

Robert Hallway

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

cj

Outtake Video

So, as I type this afternoon, we’re into day six in the studio. Things are moving along very nicely and we’ve started working on bass tracks. As I sit here and listen to the tracks get played back, I figured that instead of sitting and doing nothing all day, I’d make a funny little compilation video of some of our ridiculous antics.

A few things that you should keep in mind while viewing.

1) The answer to your question is, yes. We are all grown adults.
2) That answer to your next question is also, yes. We are actually being fairly productive and you might see the finished product before the time I turn 40.
3) The answer to your next question is, no. I will not tell you how old I am now.
4) Fortunately, this is only a small glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors. I sifted through about 4 hours of video to track down these four minutes. Only adding validity to the theory that people in bands are losers…at least this band anyway. This video is just from the last three days in the studio. Days 1-3, thank God, belong to Chris at the present time and while he parties in Canada…we’ll spare you more of this rubbish.
5) We hope you like it.

Being in a band for us is hopefully like listening to music for you. It’s an opportunity for us to do something that we absolutely love. We like to make music hopefully as much as you like to listen to it. We’ll gladly share all of the funny stuff that we do and keep all of the hours of us sitting at our instruments to ourselves. It’s all part of our ploy to get you to fall madly in love with our charm. That being said, what you’d find if you were to come sit next to Chris and I during the next couple of video editing sessions is that things are progressing nicely. In between the silly antics and ridiculous-ness, there are some really amazing takes being laid down. Day by day, each song takes shape and gets a little bit closer to being the one that will undoubtedly become the most played song on your iPod.

If you don’t hear from us again before the New Year…have a great one. Be safe, have a great time, and drink one for us. We’ll be back after the New Year cramming more music, tour dates and mindless videos down your throat before you know it!

All the best & happy New Year!

Andrew