I'm Nate. 21 years old. SUNY Oneonta. I drum in a band called Bray with two of my best friends. I like intellectual conversations, bad jokes, and thoughtful people.

 

The Life and Death of a Mid-Level Band: The End of The Swellers

absolutepunk:

Head to Vice’s Noisey to read drummer Jonathan Diener discussing the career and end of The Swellers.
Maybe we missed our big shot by not cashing in at the right time. Maybe we could have set our artistic pride aside and written the same record over and over again. Maybe we released too much music. Maybe we shouldn’t have been so accessible to our fan base. Maybe we could have picked a different record label or a different manager or changed our band name a few years in. You can question yourself forever, but it won’t change a thing. I like the choices we made. I like that we took risks and kept it real.

Glad I got to see these dudes do their thing. Much respect to a great band who put on an awesome show every time.

You Blew It! Vandalized in San Antonio

absolutepunk:

It’s sad that this is becoming a daily thing now, but You Blew It! were vandalized last night in San Antonio, Texas. A slew of items were stolen from the band, so if you have some extra cash, pick up some clothes or some records. Or if you feel extra kind, the band is accepting donations as well. Head to the replies to see the full write up.
Yesterday something awful happened. Our van was robbed as it sat in a heavily trafficked parking lot in the middle of a hot, bright, San Antonio day. The lock on our rear passenger door was pried open, and our gear and personal items tossed into a Grey Chevy Suburban that drove away only minutes before we discovered that the following items were missing:

- Rickenbacker 4003 bass
- Reverend Charger 290 guitar
- Pedaltrain Pedalboard (pedals, too)
- Sunn Coliseum head
- Traynor YBA-1 head (baffle missing)
- iPads
- iPods
- GPS
- Passports
- Luggage

We feel confused, violated, and absolutely defeated. We’re crossing our fingers that something will turn up and our gear (and my retainers) will be returned, but we know how unlikely that is. Regardless, whether it’s a matter of pride or principle, the last thing we want to do is ask for help, but none of us really know what else to do.

If you feel so inclined, we will be accepting donations through PayPal (youblewitfl@gmail.com).

If you feel odd donating, we have some shirts for sale on our merch store (http://apdot.net/1zvGD2x). The kind people at MerchNOW will be running a “sale” of sorts where they will be waiving the typical processing fees that usually come out of what the band sees and donating it to us which is very awesome and very generous.

If clothing isn’t your thing, you can purchase ANY of our records via BandCamp with all proceeds being donated directly to the band by our lovely label, Topshelf Records (http://apdot.net/1ttBaZE). They will also be posting some rare items for sale in the next few days so keep an eye out for that.

By no means do we feel entitled to your assistance, but I can say that absolutely anything helps. We’re not the only band that feels that way, either. Have Mercy and Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) just suffered similar pitfalls, and I’m sure they too would be very grateful for anything you could spare.
Most importantly, though, I want to issue a very heartfelt “thank you” for everyone’s support since the robbery. My retainers are gone, so I can’t speak for it’s attractiveness, but I’m still smiling. We all are.

- Tanner & You Blew It

P.S.
Here are some photos of the gear that was stolen, either in the foreground or background. If you see anything listed on the internet, please come forward. In addition, photos of the van door they broke into and the location of the robbery.

Okay I’m gonna be completely honest and candid right now. And apologies in advance if this comes off conceited, but Bray is the first band I’ve ever been in where I actually am really stoked on the music we’re making and recording. Like I actually fucking love it and am so stoked to share it with the world once all this copyright paperwork finally goes through.

No one’s life seems great between midnight and 7 a.m. Go to sleep. Things will be better tomorrow.

(via felicite)

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ninfia:

im going to inject garlic bread into my blood stream 

youre gonna smell real funny

(Source: fruitpacks)

embarrassmental:

tssfimnotsadanymore:

iamjayse:

Mike Kennedy - The Wonder Years

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I have to re blog this every time I see it

it’s not about forcing happiness