January 24th, 2010

Hanging from the rafters at The Grey Eagle!


What a way to start out the new year.  For our first show in 2010 we played for over 350 of our most incredible following at The Grey Eagle in Asheville NC.  It was over the top and put me into the rafters, literally!

I didn’t think it all the way through but before I knew it I was already hanging from the rafters.  I can’t believe I didn’t hit something on the way down.  The energy there was uncontainable.  Everybody was there in the moment at the same time.  That’s the beauty of music, it brings us all into the same time together and when it’s right it unites us into a single moment where we all can let go and be crazy.  It was right!  Believe me, we didn’t play flawless but it was right!  Check out some great shots of the night from David Childers (our photographer) CLICK HERE

Justin Miles opened up for us with 3 brand new songs.  He quite successfully warmed up the crowd.  I was truly impressed and would have him open for me anywhere anytime.  He looked so natural although I know he was freaking out!

We also had the help of several guest drummers that joined us in the end of The Edge of the World.  These boys did an amazing job!  They lifted the mood (and volume!) higher than I could have ever done alone.  Their names are Jon Scroggs (my little brother), Johnny Becker, Kevin Uncapher, and Michael Lyda.  I hold them personally responsible for making me jump up into the rafters!

Thanks to everybody that came out.  You brought the energy, we just utilized it in our music!

Leave a comment about your experience at the show.

January 21st, 2010

Shooting a music video! WOW!

It was really exciting to be on the set of my first music video. It was like living 5 very active days in one 24 hr period. Next time I’m going to write a slow ballad so that the video doesn’t feel like a P-90 work out routine. My body was sore not to mention my vocal cords. Your supposed to mouth the words for the camera while the song plays on a speaker but I couldn’t find my groove so I yelled my own song into a mic that wasn’t plugged in in sync with myself on a cd playing very loudly on a PA until I had no voice. And then I had smoke bombs unleashed in my face until I literally almost died. No seriously, the thought I had while coughing so hard I couldn’t catch my breath was, “I should have checked the side effects of directly inhaling sulfur smoke to see if dying was one of them”.

By the end of shooting I had I played my guitar through burning fireworks, outside in the rain on top of a hill, running in the steet, and on a set in front of a crowd. At one point I was laying on the ground on my back on the pavement with guitar in hand. The part of the video that was shot in an old factory was shot with the help of our extras, our most loyal fans. We asked them to come and act like we were playing the show of a lifetime and they came and were very convincing! Their showing up was pure energy that can’t be created any other way and for that we are extremely proud and thankful.

Then the next day Steven and I find ourselves in the middle of a dead corn field with mud up to our ankles turning my black converse into a crackled brown. We walked then ran through the mud and broken corn stalks. At one point my legs almost gave out while at the same time I was tripping over the cornstalks and how I kept myself from falling face first I’ll never know, but it does look awesome on the video! Running Running Running. I guess that’s what we get when writing a song that’s 160 beats per minute like “Coming Down”.

We had a great time as painful and intense as it was. We saw a lot of the clips and they look amazing. It should be a real treat to watch us in pain! If you have any comments about this momentous occasion please leave them below and I will respond. The video will be released soon!

January 20th, 2010

So what’s the plan? (5/5 Blog)


Today we had our first conference call, and when I say conference call I mean Steven and I were huddled over one outdated cellphone on speaker phone talking with Dave Rossi (our manager) and Dan Hannon (the producer) about the plan for The Enemy Lovers’ 5 days in the studio.

So what’s the plan?  Take 5 days and turn them into 5 songs.

For the first part of the call everyone was talking over each other then pausing for awkward silences but then once we got the rhythm of a conversation we started talking about the studio.  We will be among the first artists to record in Dan Hannon’s newly designed and outfitted studio in Atlanta GA.  He and Brad Fisher (the engineer) spared no expense in building a state of the art space with all the best equipment all with names that I’ve never heard of, except Neve Preamps.  We are excited to break it in or at least warm it up for five days.  From what I hear the vibe is happening.

Why the 5 days?

Besides it making more sense with finances, the idea came to us while in the studio at the end of last year.  When we accidentally recorded “Light Up Pt.1″.  (A limited release that we gave away as a free download for Christmas. ) We only went with the intention of quickly recording rough demos of some new song ideas.  But we realized after hearing the feedback for Light Up Pt.1 that we stumbled upon an approach to recording that worked for us.  Simplify and record one song in one day.  Let it happen.

Then the question came up, what 5 songs?

Now this is the hard part when you’re going into it with 9 or 10 brand new songs.  How do you choose?  As always an artist is most excited about there most recent work and since all of these songs are so new it’s very hard for us to make that decision.  Our plan is to not over think it or add to many tracks to the songs.  Give the songs only what they need.  Keep it simple.  Focus on vocals, lead and backing.  Write less parts but make them the best parts.

At the end of the call we were all jazzed about this new thing.  It’s uncharted waters for us.  We’re recording new songs with new music in a new studio in a new way for a new year.  So there in lies the plan.  We’re just going to go with it.  We have plenty of time and the right songs will surface.  Go with us.

We hope to release a new full length record in the spring.  It will have the best songs of the EP and 5 brand new songs.  Plus we will be releasing a new music video for Coming Down!


January 15th, 2010

5 days. 5 songs. (The complete documentation of February 1-5)

Welcome to this blog roll where we will attempt to document 5 days, recording one song per day starting February 1st.  We will be recording again with Dan Hannon in Atlanta GA. Our hope to provide you with a way to see inside the creative mind of a musical artist when creating new music.  We will be uploading videos, pictures, and song outtakes from the studio and writing the story down in this blog every day.  We will also be using twitter to keep you updated on a more instant basis.  Welcome to this exciting time for us and we are glad that you have joined us.

We’ll talk soon…

December 23rd, 2009

Commitment – Life is a mind trip.

#76 (The Way She See’s It) – A qoute from a coffee drinker printed on a coffee cup.
“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.” Anne Morris
I read this over 3 years ago on a coffee cup and copied it on some paper so that I wouldn’t forget it…I just found that piece of paper today. This quote moves me – as a son, as a brother, as a man, as a husband, and now as a father. I’m noticing that certain things in this life (i.e. marriage, kids, family, mortgage, and maybe even death…) have developed haunted ghost stories that make them seem terrifying, inciting fear in our minds. But now that I’m married, have a baby and own a house I have seen into the inside. I should feel like I’m in over my head but I don’t. You have to wake up and choose to love your life and all the details whether you venture out or stay inside. I’m beginning to love the hard parts of my life the same as I have loved the easy parts. No matter what you do, life is a mind trip. The trick is to invest in things that enrich your heart.