From Talent Shows to T-Shirt Sales
When you start a band with your twin brother and two best friends, you take on an artistic mission. Mostly we started the band to release the kind of music that we wanted to hear.
Our music roots can be traced back to Grant getting that first electric guitar for Christmas. Eventually I’d get my own guitar and we’d start learning our favorite Blink 182 songs. Our skills were honed further in high school marching band. But the school talent shows let us really shine bright.
Once old enough to drink (and maybe a little before too), we’d start playing local bars & clubs. Slowly, but surely our fanbase started to grow. We’d start seeing the same faces consecutively showing up at our shows. It’s a great feeling
Two albums and several tours later, we’d open for bands like Sum 41, New Found Glory, & Sevendust. We’d placed in the Top 3 of numerous Battle of the Bands. Eventually, we would please the gods of rock enough to score opening spots on the Vans Warped Tour not once, but two years in a row.
When we look back on our musical career, the album sales & social media are the last things that come to mind. We remember the camaraderie felt with our tour mates. We lament on the sticky sunblock during humid summer tours. We strategize equipment assembly in our trailer like a game of Tetris. We reminisce skating to the Warped Tour production office to see our set-times. We recall bonding with fellow musicians from across the country. We bemuse selling CD’s & T-shirts out of a backpack, and relish the thrill of success when we make a sale.
It’s knowing that we are one of a small percentage of the population to not only have seen, but to have lived behind the curtain that makes this whole crazy thing worth while.
But perhaps even more important than all of that, it’s YOU, the listener, that makes all of it matter. We look forward to many more sometimes hard, sometimes ugly, always worthwhile experiences along this musical journey. Here’s to hoping that you are part of our journey. If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen to our most recent album, ‘Radiance’. Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.