Sorry I haven’t updated in a while, but life got in the way. Where shall I begin?
Let’s start positively, shall we? I had the fucking time of my life two weeks ago with good ol’ Penguin at a free Coheed and Cambria concert in Brooklyn! I can count the number of times I’ve been to Brooklyn on one hand, pretty much, so this was a big deal for me. First thing I noticed after I got off was a music store, but it was closed! I shall be back for you!! Anyhow, we had to walk to the venue (Williamsburg Waterfront on Kent Avenue), and it was a huge outdoors place, about three blocks long! The line was ridiculous, which was unexpected, and went around the corner after the third block, but it actually moved pretty quick.
Once we got inside, I bought the customary concert tee, as did John — quite shocking, to me, since I’ve usually known him to wear solid colours; please don’t let me have broken the boy’s standards! The show was standing room only, so it was a decent view. We weren’t TOO close to the stage, but had a very nice spot. We missed the first opening band, Tigers Jaw, but I heard them outside the gates and people said good things about them. The Adrian Belew Power Trio was on next, led by the singer/guitarist from King Crimson. It’s always strange to me when I see legends opening up for modern bands, regardless of how huge they are (Brian May opening for Guns N’ Roses, The Velvet Underground opening for U2, etc.). They put on a nice show to warm everybody up, though.
So Coheed rolled out on stage shortly after, first for a nice, intimate acoustic set. People say this often about bands, and I’ve said it about some others, but Coheed’s music really got me though a shitty point in my life, and hearing some of the more poignant songs I remember from that period (like “Mother Superior” and “Wake Up”) done acoustically was indescribable. I really don’t have the words to articulate the feelings hearing those songs again gave me, but I hadn’t heard most of them in YEARS and remembered every word. There wasn’t any nostalgia or bitterness, just a feeling of peace (as well as the realization that if you’re going to pick “a song” for you to “have” with your girlfriend, make sure it’s one you BOTH like, and that it IS a love song).
Once the acoustic set was done, there was a short break, then the band came back out to play their entire Second Stage Turbine Blade album, as well as a selection of songs from their other albums after. From the minute the first note of “Time Consumer” rang, a huge fucking mosh pit broke out! The entire crowd was just thrashing about, and the entire night I exchanged looks with John of complete awe and brotherhood. Again, I hadn’t listened to Coheed and Cambria in quite some time, but it all came back to me, and I forgot how much I loved their music, especially the first album. My dream of one day standing in a crowd, shouting along to “Devil in Jersey City” and “Everything Evil” was at long last being realized! At one point, during “Devil in Jersey City,” my friend Mike got thrown at us from the pit: we said “hey” and pushed him back in! Great seeing him again! As for the band, they were tight as fuck! Claudio’s voice was dead on that night, and everybody had so much energy. Hands down, it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to! John and I might actually be seeing Coheed and Cambria again, when they open up for Soundgarden in two weeks at Jones Beach. Don’t think it’ll have as big a pit, or at least one that people will be doing jumping jacks and push-ups in during the calmer parts of “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” (seriously), but definitely looks like a promising show, and we’d love to check it out.
Well, you had the good news, so here’s the bad: as some of you probably saw, Hope’s New Fear broke up. It is for personal reasons between Michelle and I, most of which I’d rather not get too deep into on this blog. Pretty much just woke up on Sunday morning, and got a big “fuck you” text message after we’d already patched things up over a different issue. She is my cousin, and at times she felt more like a sister, but it’s disappointing to have a close relationship with someone for 21 years and then one day they suddenly don’t recognize you and second guess everything you do. Unfortunately, she’s already done some things out of spite, which is why I’ve seized our band’s name and site. In the grand scheme of things, nobody gives a fuck, but it was something we’d set out to do at the end of high school and I still feel that connection with the name and concept, even if the partnership was pretty much D.O.A. That said, I’d love to get a real band together under the Hope’s New Fear name and put something out. Any takers? I know it’s a low blow, but I really want to “brand” the name so nobody else uses it, be it my cousin or some garage band in Arkansas.
Finally, on positive notes about my music, I’ve gotten myself a SoundCloud page. I’ve archived every surviving Peter Mixx/Miss Frotrap/dj Nibiru/System X recording I could find, mainly for posterity’s sake. I also recently released a Christmas single, “Gristle Bells,” on the page, along with an “acoustic” b-side. Everything on the site is downloadable, so if you like what you hear, share it, burn it to a CD, put it on your MP3 player, whatever. Also, comments on the page are much appreciated!
With regards to new material, I’m still demoing songs for my project with Mia, as well as churning out demos for my band with Felicia (The Hotel Chelsea) at an alarming rate. I don’t have anything ready to show the world right now, but structures and lyrics are all in place, it’s just a matter of expanding the arrangements (read: adding drums, mainly), and other finishing touches. I’m also working on a pet project of mine that I conceived last year, entitled Rooftopballads. Its name is derived from my friend Alex’s old website, and it’s pretty much a concept album about the club we had back in the day, the Wrenchbearers. I wrote up lyrics for all the songs last year, as well as a tracklist, but I hadn’t been able to find it until last night. I did a one take demo of one of the songs, called “(Put a Little) Wrench in Your Soul,” and so far it sounds great! It was completely improvised, musically, but sounds just like I’d imagined it should. I’m gonna keep doing that, and hopefully have it done one day so I don’t look like any more of a crazy than I should, talking about my grand plans. So yeah, bye!