Monday, January 19, 2009

NAMM convention and some venting

So, I recently spent the last couple of days down at the NAMM convention down in Anaheim, CA. It was the first one I'd ever been to so naturally I was pretty excited to get in there and see what's going on. I mean, I'm not an instrument buff, but I can definitely appreciate the skill of a player. With that being said, let's talk about why NAMM sucks. Don't get me wrong, I think it's an amazing place for people who are involved in selling guitars, owning a shop, technology advances for instruments and what not. But all you assholes who show up and think that you're going to "make it big" by getting a pass somehow and passing out demos or trying to get endorsements when you haven't even put in the time with your band. This just pisses me the fuck off. I was there with some friends who got me in and asked if I would like to go and just check out all of the latest guitars, drums, and whatever else, but not once did I go in there thinking that soliciting my band, when these companies are trying to do business to make a living, would be a priority for myself or my band. Also, wearing leather pants, with bandanna's in your back pocket, hair down blowing in the wind, playing the most dipshit ass solo ever heard, just stop this garbage now. 80's metal is not back, it's not cool. Let's just stop this right now. You're embarrassing to yourself and to metal in general. I'm not saying everyone has to be "black metal" cause hey, I really do enjoy Saxon, Skid Row and other bands of the genre, just, now, 25-30 years later, you can stop dressing like a fucking moron. ok i'm done.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Cut the shit.

There are times when I really just want to hang myself and a lot of people around me. Now, feels like one of those times. Reason why? Now, you people don't take offense to this, but there are TOO MANY FUCKING BANDS. Ok, you might think, "Well funeral pyre, you guys are a band that's polluting the earth just like any other fucking band out there right now." And, you're kind of right. Like or dislike us, we have still tried to produce quality music for people since '00. Before that, we were in bands as young teenagers playing the most god awful music you will ever imagine. But you know what, we didn't try to take over the world without some of our chops ready to go. My point being, it's not that i don't support bands as a whole, it's that every band wants to be huge right off the bat! That's not the way shit works. I'm sorry everyone. A blunt look at reality for you. Creating a myspace, not having songs, yet trying to take professional promo pictures before you've laid any type of foundation in music what so ever! I'm not trying to be negative, just realistic. So, for today's lesson, just remember this - write songs first. Music is more important than what you look like or what you're mission statement is. Please, just take this as advice and continue to write songs until you're ready to actually play shows. Then, play some shows, DON'T TRY AND TOUR THE COUNTRY RIGHT OFF THE BAT! So, let's just calm down everyone and remember, music is about songs. Speaking of which, here are some records which has some great songs!

Grand Magus - Iron Will
Deerhunter - Microcastle
Trap Them - Seizures In Barren Praise
Samothrace - Life's Trade

There, i'm done. have a good weekend everyone.