THE RECORD IS FINISHED! It’s insane how your life can change in the blink of an eye. One year ago we were touring the UK and Australia (with the bands that were directly responsible for our careers), selling records and headlining a tour. It’s safe to say we were in a groove, the groove that bands get into which consists of touring, videos, and recording records. Things were planned out, moves were being made, and it seemed like the only way to go for us was up. Then, like it happens, we blinked and we were back in Ohio getting jobs, missing the road and questioning the future existence of this band. ts was an awful time for us, but at the same token, you need something like that to appreciate the things that have already happened. Five pop-punk kids from the middle of Ohio went from K of C halls covering Juliana Theory songs, to selling out shows in a different country. If it took Colin quitting to get us to realize that, then I thank the powers that be that they gave me/us that chance. We’ve done what so many would give their limbs for(myself included). I don’t even want to think of what our 2nd record would have been like had everything went like it was “supposed to”. We wouldn’t have wrote the songs that we did, we wouldn’t have recorded with Bob(who is going to blow the FUCK UP when people hear this stuff and realize how incredibly talented he is), and we wouldn’t have had an opportunity to step back and look at the big picture. What’s the big picture? The fact that I have been blessed with friends who I can rely on, depend on, and write music with while at the same time having people who will stick by us no matter what. The kids that leave us comments and messages letting us know they’re with us 100%, our label owner Fred Feldman who stepped up to the plate and had our backs through this when most labels would have been sweating pudding, Matt Galle – who has never stopped calling us his dudes, and our families who supported us when most would be begging for us to go back to school. I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished and I’m happy that everyone is going to get to share the outcome. There will always be people who think we suck or won’t listen because “Colin’s voice WAS the band”, but there is no way that they can turn their backs on these songs without giving us the credit we deserve. WE FUCKING DID IT, we came out with a record that we couldn’t be prouder of, and we did it when all there was to rely on was the four of us. HIT THE FUCKING LIGHTS. My goal wasn’t to go on a rant, or to tell people how awesome we are. I just think that the people who stuck by us are going to be proud of us, and that makes me smile every time it goes through my head. Our first show back is on Saturday, it’s going to be a lot lighter without my guitar, so if we could add some weight by adding a couple of singing kids on my shoulders then it shouldn’t be that much different. The old songs are a piece of this bands history, and they mean as much to us as they do to you, so I won’t sing them alone. Through out everything that has happened, we’ve done incredible things and hopefully things will be going as they were one year ago; up. We’re just happy to have the chance to.
“…and every drop of sweat that we’ve bled has been worth it, ’cause we earned it”
– COUNT IT