Wow, what a week. Lots and lots of big news. First of all, the 22nd was my birthday and it was a lot of fun. I rounded up about 20 of my friends and we all went down to 16th Street Mall and had a party at ESPNZone. I realized that I have a bunch of different groups of friends who don’t know each other, so I invited them all to come meet together and play. It was a lot of fun. I’ve never really drank before, so it was a big event in terms of that – everyone came to watch the lightweight get tipsy. The party was a blast – we had a big dinner and then played a bunch of arcade games and what not. During dinner, Matty and Drew were in charge of ordering me drinks. Based on my taste and alcohol content criteria, they got me a Sex on the Beach and a Strawberry Daquiri… and somehow a shot of Raspberry Vodka got slipped in there. I drank all three in about an hour, and didn’t feel a thing. I swear. I was a tiny bit lightheaded, but besides that I felt completely normal. I wasn’t stumbling around saying stupid things, or slurring, or anything. They tried to order me more but I said I was done. I didn’t really like any of the drinks, I just did it to make everybody happy. It was a really fun night, but I don’t plan on drinking more – it’s just not my thing. Whatever.
For the last few weeks I have been setting up getting To The Rescue to perform in May Daze, a big on-campus music festival with DU and Denver bands. I got us scheduled to play this Wednesday, called Jinji the bassist 3 times to make sure he was free to play it, and I was all ready to start passing out flyerson campus asking people to come. I went to talk to Jonny and Jon about when we needed to practice on Saturday to get ready, and Jonny told me that he didn’t want to play the show at all. This was pretty surprising to me since we just spent a bunch of time and money recording a new demo, and now he didn’t even want to play a little show on campus. I asked why he seemed so unenthusiastic about band stuff and he told me that he no longer had any motivation to continue doing any To The Rescue music. He said he’s sick of the genre and wants to maybe get into indie/emo type stuff, and that I don’t have the experience or skillset to expand our style. He said he’s happy teaching music lessons as a career and really doesn’t care about making a career out of writing music. Also, he and Pat said that they wouldn’t play May Daze (which was scheduled about 5 days after we had this talk) and that we’d have to back out… even after all the work I did to get us into the concert. Jonny said he didn’t want to tell me about not wanting to continue with To The Rescue because he didn’t want to let me down. Jon and Pat agreed with him. So, there you have it, folks. My bandmates are bored of the music we’re making and so they’re done. I am definitely not finished with this, and now I’m on a quest to find kids who are actually dedicated to making great music. I can’t wait. I’m already in the process of teaming up with a professional instrumental pop writer to write lyrics and do demos for big pop artists and make some serious money. Details as they happen.
Finally, Molly and I went to see Zebrahead last night, and they rocked the house. They have a new lead singer, Matty, and he was really cool. We got to the show early and sold the tickets I had bought a few weeks ago before I was put on the guest list. We talked to Matty for a while and he was a really nice guy, very eager to get up on stage and prove himself to the Zebrahead fans. I’ve seen Zebrahead 5 times, emailed back and forth with almost everyone in the band, and talked to each of them at length whenever I saw them. I didn’t even have to approach them to get a “Hey Peet, what’s up man? How you been?” from each member of the group. I’m also buddies with Jeff the merch guy and he hooked Molly and I up with a half-price discount on tshirts, and gave Molly a free tanktop. The show rocked and we chatted with all 5 Zebrahead members afterwards. I got some great pictures, rocked out in the mosh pit a little, and did a stagedive during the last song of the encore. Rock.
Listening to: Zebrahead – Photographs (new demo)