2013……. It’s been a year of Korn, a new album, lots of new videos, Pitchforks, new friends,Rolling Stones, and most importantly Pizza hut express.
It’s really amazing how long ago some things feel, even though it’s been less than a year…. 2013 has been a busy year for us.
JANUARY/FEB – In the studio working on SEACATS
At the beginning of 2013, we were about 2/3 of the way to finishing tracking the record. Right at the beginning of the year in January we did our final stretch of studio time at the soundhouse in Seattle. During that session we recorded Longer, Jacob, We’re always gonna be cool, Minus World, and Had it Made.
I already feel fondly nostalgic for the period of time when we were in the studio working on the record. The making of the record was an extremely exciting time for Mike and I. We felt the music that we were making at the time was far beyond the level we had in the past, and we were getting to work on it in a real studio w/ a sick producer, Steve Fisk. And to top all that, we were starting to make friends in the big city and we felt like bigwigs making trips to Seattle every weekend. It was really, really fun.
We took some vids of the recording time, and edited some of them into these three behind-the-scenes videos, if you wanna check em out.
MARCH – WRECKED + SXSW TOUR
Next up we got word from Fin Records that we were going to go to Austin to play at the SXSW festival in March. We were super excited to go on tour so far from home. So I spent the next period of time putting together the best tour I could all of my own accord. It went pretty well, we actually got a pretty solid tour booked:
Mike, Jordan and I were all set to go on tour, but we didn’t know who we were going to get as a 4th member. We considered a lot of options but most everyone we know just was not able to up and leave for 3 weeks for a tour, and we didn’t know who to get, so we just planned to do the tour as a 3-piece band, and tried to figure out how to best be a 3-piece band (and towards the end I think we actually got it sounding pretty good, haha).
Luckily, during this period of time we were also working with our good bud Mikey on what was at the time planned to be a collaborative 7″ split.
**SIDENOTE** What we were working on at the time was actually this song.
Give it a listen if you haven’t yet! and go like Talktin and Easy on Facebook. we are going to be making a full Talktin and Easy record soon so if you like this song go like the page so you can follow us on our journey: LINK
At some point while we spent the weekend together recording the song we asked Mikey if he would possibly be able to go on the tour w/ us, and he immediately said yes and committed, with no hesitation or schedule to be checked. And from there it’s all history.
Right before we left for our tour, we released our 1st music video of the year, and our 1st song from the new record “Wrecked”
It felt so great to release a new song and music video into the world, and luckily the response was great. Hearing some good feedback really meant a lot especially since we had been working on the record in a vacuum since March 2012.
So then we embarked on our tour, and had a wonderful time. We met the awesomest new friends, played many great shows, and saw new sights and most importantly ate new burritos. It was far beyond the level of our previous trips. We made some fun vids on this tour:
The most explosive story of the tour is of course at SXSW when mike was shocked onstage by the PA system and had to be taken to the emergency room. It was a super scary experience, but luckily he was okay and we learned a lot about emergency services……
APRIL – THE 7″ BURGER
So in April we released The 7″ Burger
It had two of the songs from the record “Firewood” and “Lately” and so to celebrate we released our music video for “Firewood”:
We had a wonderful release show for the burger 7″ at Lunchbox Laboratory in Seattle, that ended in a cover of Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” w/ a ketchup + mustard finale on stage:
After we played the show at Lunchbox we immediately rushed over to Silver Platters to play an in-store, but I didn’t have time to change my shirt before we left. When I arrived to Silver Platters my bandmates and the employees all immediately complained of a horrible smell. The combination of my sweat and the (now drying) condiments had created a disgusting smell concoction. Luckily the employees of silver platters gave me a complimentary shirt, and saved everyone from my horrible smell.
We also spent a good portion of time in April hanging w/ Steve at his house and finishing up overdubs and doing mixing on our record.
Oh also, at the beginning of April we had one of our best shows of the year at Make.shift in Bellingham for the Yellingham fest. It ended w/ us paying tribute to MCR (they had recently broken up) and everyone flipped out in the most amazing way
photo by Tommy Calderon
JUNE/JULY – Mike finishes high school and we finish mixing the record
Mike finished his favorite school, high school, and we finished mixing our record w/ Steve. I remember fondly the final session when we listened all the way through the whole thing for the first time at Steve’s house at our last mixing session. Was really cool. Our good bud Sebastien (Deramat) hung out a lot during the process of making the record and was our unsung creative consultant. I also remembered that he sort of conceptualized the album cover by telling us to combine the two record cover ideas we had (The lightning bolt + the baby picture)
We also played some sweet shows in this stretch, including our first time playing at Heartland which quickly became one of our fave places to play. And the first time we played there I had the extreme honor of doing a Weezer-themed interview for Kelton at the weekly
August/September – Tour #2 of 2013 and album release preparations
We headed out on the surprise tour in August and played some pretty sick shows, and had a pretty fun time. On this tour we filmed a video (nearly) everyday of us playing a song from the new record, and called it “SEACATS play SEACATS” you may have already checked a lot of em out, but if not here’s a playlist of all the ones we’ve released so far:
Also, Keenan blogged the whole tour on his blog, it’s a great read: http://toxicundergroundband.wordpress.com/
Finally, when September rolled around we got to start releasing the videos we had made for the new record’s promo.
First off we released our Album announcement/infomercial video:
This was such a fun video to make. Jordan and Christian’s improvs made the whole thing, basically none of it was scripted. And Steve really came through in the clutch and delivered a performance none of us saw coming as the “recently divorced, sad man.”
Next, we released the Music video for “Minus World”
Watching Mike plan this video was really amazing. He took an idea that I thought was sorta crazy and impossible for us to execute at our level of production and organized it so thoroughly that it was really effortless when it actually came time to film the video. (effortless for everybody except Christian Womack, who had to hold the steadicam for 2 or 3 days straight)
Here’s a couple behind-the-scenes videos we put out about the video-making process:
Also, we cannot forget that August also contained one of our favorite shows of the year, Catapult Fest. That our performance at this show culminated in the retirement of our version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” followed by the whole band taking a dive into the ocean
Photo by Wendy Costello
Also, in August our Keys man Justin Salisbury released his first solo record, Doctorthug. Mike produced and mixed it, and we all pitched in to make the artwork for the physical packaging. It is a very special record w/ a lot of love and heart in it, give it a listen here:
OCTOBER – Album release time!
Finally…. we get to release the album. The record is what had been driving everything the whole year, all of our content was at least loosely based on the record and finally….. it was our big day!!!!
To celebrate the release we played some shows w/ some of our best buds
Our show at the heartland was truly one of our most special nights. Steve Fisk sat in on the keys for our recently departed Justin, and all of our friends came out and it really just felt like a celebration of all of our hard work. It was such a fun night and the memory of it will stick w/ me for a long time.
Next up us boys set out on tour again
We had great time seeing a few parts of the country that we had never seen before, and played some really awesome shows.
In November we headed out on the road once more to do a quick trip down to AZ and back up the west coast.
Including a little stop in Las Vegas
We also met up w/ a really cool girl named Clarisse from the radio station at USD and she wrote a cool story on us
Then, in December we played a great couple shows. First, the Fin 3rd anniversary show. Fin has been very good to us, and we are excited for many of the new artists they are working w/ right now.
Then we played a couple shows w/ our buds from Candysound, and we holiday-themed our set by adding Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” as a closer. “Freak on a Leash” ended up being retired from our set at an accelerated pace, due to it being too physically tiring to play.
Photo by Teo Crider
Finally, this week to top off the year we played a live in-studio at KEXP, check out photos here:
We had a really great experience, it was so fun. It might not seem like much to some people but doing a KEXP in-studio is something we’ve been gunning for for a long time. We pestered them for years until they finally gave in because they were too annoyed w/ us.
So we did it. We made it through another year. We made more content than we ever had. I’m more proud of it than anything else we’ve ever made. Sooooo what’s next??????????
More cool stuff hopefully. We’ve got lots of different plans for the types of content we are going to make next year, so I’m sure there will be plenty. I hope you all had a great year and great holidays, and thank you so much for reading this and checking out what we do. It means so much to us that we have people watching our vids and listening to our music, it is not something we have always had and we are grateful for it.