Being in a band is tough. A lot of times, to be in a band means acting as a fulcrum in an intricate balancing act. On one end are the essentials of a life at home: school, work, bills, living situations, and relationships. And on the other end are the demands of being in a band: touring, writing, practicing, and recording. It’s a romantic, manageable lifestyle for a little while, but before too long the scale starts to shift, and the issue is no longer balance, but sacrifice. Most of the time, those sacrifices are far too demanding and a decision has to be made.
In this case, our best friend Trevor O’Hare had to make that decision. As a recent college graduate and full-time employee, Trevor’s at-home responsibilities were adding up, and You Blew It was demanding sacrifices far too heavy to be feasible. Level-headedly and remorsefully, we have come to the mutual decision to allow Trevor to focus his time in areas where it is needed outside of the band. There are no hard feelings or ill tempers, and we’ll more than likely be sitting on that dude’s couch later this week. To rightfully pay homage to all the hard work Trevor had put into You Blew It these past 2 and a half years, we’ve mutually decided that our album release show will be his last as a BlewIt. Trevor has played a key role in getting this band to the point it is at now, and we are eternally grateful (faux hawk and all). With that in mind, Trevor plans on continually making music and I’m sure it’s going to rip. Keep an eye out for it.
As far as the future of You Blew It goes, we’re still going to be stinking up your guys’ basements. Our good friend Andy Anaya (Kit Fisto) has stepped in to fill the role of guitarist. Andy is 5’10”, has black hair, brown eyes, a love for his long time girlfriend Maria and his dog Frodo, and “has nothing better to do than dine in at Taco Bell.” We took Andy on tour with us over winter ‘11/’12, so you might have seen him before. The guy is really good at guitar, and he has some killer stage moves. I think, as far as people go, Andy Anaya is a perfect fit for You Blew It and the direction we’re heading. He will be going out with us through the Midwest this March, so maybe you can come out and see for yourself. Just don’t spill beer on his pedals, accidentally step on his tuner, or crowd surf him for too long. Being in a band is tough.
And now some words from Trevor:
Over these past few months I have been struggling with something, putting it in the back of my mind until finally, begrudgingly, I had to come to terms with it. As I get older I realize I have to make time for more things like work, family, the woman I love, etc. During a period of my life where time is at a premium, it is inevitable that some endeavors won’t be given the time and effort they deserve.
Let’s get right down to it: YBI and I are parting ways, unfortunately. It’s hard to let go of something so important to me like that, but I think that the rest of the guys in YBI deserve a guitarist that can put more time and effort into the music/touring than I am able at this point in my life. I would be doing them a disservice by holding them back from what they are truly capable of.
It has been an honor and a privilege to play music with Tim, Tanner and David. I am sad to leave, but also excited to see what the future has in store for them.
Also, in no way does this mean that I am done making music. It just means I’m done making music with these knuckleheads. :) I’ll be playing my last show with them when we release our new album “Grow Up, Dude” and then we will be parting ways. You should all come out and sing songs with me and get all emotional and shit, okay?
Andy will be making his debut with us two weeks from tonight (Monday, February 13th) at The Peacock Room. More information here!
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- mangledwurzels said: best of luck to you trevor!! love you, ybi!!
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