Grown Up, Dude.
On February 27, 2009 You Blew It! played its first show; albeit under a different moniker, one that shall not be mentioned. Four years, five months and two days later, on July 30, 2013, You Blew It! will play its 237th show at Will’s Pub in Orlando, FL; what will be my final show with the band.
Even now as I write this in the South Bound lane of Interstate Five, 2,641 miles from home (thanks Google) in the middle of some California wasteland, I’m shocked at how much we as a band have accomplished. When this thing started, I had no intentions of it ever becoming something that people took seriously. We were just a couple of dudes with haphazard excuses for musical instruments writing some songs in a very small bedroom. But then we started playing out of state and you people started knowing the words. Damn. That was and will forever be really cool.
I still remember a phone call with my dad on the way to our first out of state show on our first tour ever, where we probably played to a total of 24 people over the course of 13 days. He told me I was doing something really special that a very small percentage of people get to experience. I laughed at him. It took me four years to realize that he was right.
Through music, I have been able to see parts of this country I never thought I’d be able to see. Through music, I’ve tasted all sorts of different foods this country has to offer (no lettuce, please). Through music, I’ve created stories and captured moments that I will never in my life forget. But most importantly, through music, I have met some of the nicest, realist, truest, craziest, funniest, and raddest people that this planet has to offer.
Having just written and recorded a a new record, You Blew It! will undoubtedly continue without me and are currently searching for a drummer (preferably in the Orlando area) to take over my responsibilities. I sincerely wish my closest friends the best of luck as they continue their endeavors and can only hope that they will guest list me when they start selling out arenas.
Real talk, though: I’d be lying if I ever said that the past four years weren’t the best years of my life.
This is next Friday.
We hired this guy to do the art for the Fake Problems/You Blew It! split
That’s how many miles we put on our van over the past 36 days. We visited 35 cities in 23 states and 2 countries. When we set out on this journey, it was hard to wrap our heads around the idea that we wouldn’t be seeing our home, friends, or family for the next five weeks.
It may not seem like the longest tour. Heck, bands are constantly going out for longer than 36 days. But this was our longest tour. This was our challenge and it would be a disservice to anyone and everyone who helped us out with a show, came out to a show, shared the microphone, got sweaty with us, and/or put us up for a night to say we didn’t conquer that challenge.
It doesn’t sound like that long now that we’re home. It feels nice to say that we’re home. Home. Being students, we’re often moving around, finding a new place to live every year; and because of that, the idea of home quickly becomes an abstract concept. But we’ve been fortunate enough to call Orlando home for the last three years. We’re home.
We love it here. We love it in Florida. We have the greatest friends and the best families anyone could ask for. We could never begin to thank the people that make this hobby of ours possible. But we can sure as hell try: Thank you. Sincerely.
With that said, we’ll see you Tuesday Orlando.
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Also, there will be a slew of pictures finding their way to the internet in the next couple of weeks courtesy of Evan McGrew Photography. Give him a few follows so he doesn’t have to buy them anymore.
Meet Jon. Jon came and hung out with us tonight in Grand Rapids, MI. About a month ago, it came to our attention that he had made a drum cover of Hope Its Not Deposit Bottle and posted it on YouTube.
Now I (Tim) have never let anyone play my new drums. As tanner comically put it, I threaten anyone with their life who comes close to them. Seriously.
So in the spirit of trying new things, tonight Jon played Hope live with the guys and absolutely killed it.
We tip our collective band hat to you, Jon.
Also, I was tired of drumming. Next time know all the songs.