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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Extraction 2004

Yesterday was amazing.  By the time we made it home, exhaustion was washing over me in huge waves and the lights of the cars were making my eyes hurt - but it was worth it.  Everyone was so cool, all the bands, crowd and everyone else involved.  Thank you.

We took loads of photos and shot a load of video - i promise to try and get it up on the site as soon as we can, but we are really busy over the next couple of days so i won't go making promises i can't keep.  On that note - to the girl i told i would take her stuff backstage and get [spunge] to sign it, i did look for you at the end of the show but i couldn't see you around.  All the bands hung out outside after the show anyway so i hope you caught up with them.

See you soon, Max x

Tuesday, July 27, 2004


I really hope tomorrow goes well.  Shows can swing wildly between highs and lows - everything that involves something you love generally does.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Run your mouth....it'll never catch my racing heart

The CD is out.  Finally.  Excited and relieved all at once.  We played last night at a little home-town show and had a great time...i've never had to play after a samurai sword/light sabre show before, and hopefully i never will again.  If you weren't there that may not make much sense, but it was surreal.  Sometimes i wonder if it's just because we are in a band and end up meeting so many people that we see so many odd things, or if it's just that some people are plain weird.  I hope it's both.

It's great to have something to sell at shows, people have been asking us for ages when the CD is out and we could finally get people some songs.  Hopefully in the future there will be videos of new songs up on the site for people to hear - i think there is a rough version of Brand New Enemy in one of the vids, but the lyrics still aren't 100% so every version so far has been made up on the spot.

It was Kev's birthday yesterday, we all got drunk after the show and had a great time dancing, singing, shouting and seeing friends.  The whole night made me feel better.  The morning after i felt a little worse but i guess that's what happens.

Pretty much everything that i do in my life, i do whilst listening to music, so i bought myself a mini-Ipod this morning off the internet.  If you see me, chances are i'll be listening to a song about you x

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

"Max, wake up, your CD's are here..."

The shipment of CD's arrived at my house this morning.  Naturally, i was still asleep (been up late working the night before).  They blew my away, they look so cool i can't believe that the three of us had a part in making them - I'm just glad there were people who knew what they were doing to help us out along the way.
When we were in the studio, we all sat around in our spare time drawing up ideas for what the CD's would look like and what would be on them.  Nothing came close to what we ended up with, they are better than we had hoped they could be.
If you get your hands on one and don't like it, i don't care, because i know i did everything i could to make sure that the three of us did.  If you love it, join the club.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

These friends are, new friends are....

Friday nights show was awesome.  I almost passed out due to the crazy heat and singing songs that i am in love with.  We got cut short which sucks, but that seems to be what happens to us recently so we just went with it.  I hope everyone that was there had as much fun as i did.  So many heartbeats that we went out afterwards and danced and laughed.
Saturday night was cool in a very different way.  The show wasn't posted up on our site as it was a private party for some friends of ours..the set was cool, although i hate not being able to move when we play - i want as stage as big as my ego, but i don't think one exists.  It feels slightly claustrophobic to be stuck in the same spot, but i tried my best to do what it is we do.
Stayed up super-late chatting and playing guitar with friends.  I loved it.  The people i grew up with are all heading in different directions and if i stopped to think about it, it would scare me to death.  One of my oldest friends stops to think about it every time i see him, i am scared for him that he'll spend so long being worried about growing up, that it might have already happened before he realises it.
The guys in [spunge] have asked us to go and play a show with them on the other side of the country.  They asked us because of the songs we sent them.  Sometimes i forget when we write/record songs that other people are going to like them, add that to the list of things that i avoid thinking about because it's scary.  The songs are for everyone, we just get to hear them first. 
Back to business.  The new site is up, some things are broken but they are getting fixed as fast as we find them.  New things are on the way.  New songs are in my head, but i am having trouble getting them on paper...they'll come out when they're ready.

Friday, July 16, 2004


The new site is up... more to be added very soon, this is just where we got up to before we knew we could release it.  Hope you like it.
I gotta go, late for tonights show.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

You are a mystery to me..

Sometimes i come up for air just long enough to see what everyone around me is doing. Most of the time it just confuses the hell out of me. I am more than willing to admit that i live in my own little world...but there's nowhere else i'd rather be.

New site goes up in the next few days. I hope you like it, email me and tell me what you think. Shows this weekend will be cool...come and say hi x

Monday, July 12, 2004

Screw it, i'm giving up sleep

Why am i still awake and working? I know that i'll feel way better tomorrow if i sleep right now, but i am and always will be my own worst enemy...although i know a few people that are running a close second.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Almost There, Going Nowhere

Every day this week i've been woken up by a phone call. I am always supposed to be up - but mornings have never really been my thing. I think i need a new alarm clock.

Been working hard - been getting artwork proofs through (already on the third draft due to a few problems). If I miss anything it will end up on the CD's so i hope i caught everything last time.

Gotta head to a different printers later and check out the stickers for the front of the CD cases - you never really think about stuff like that when you're buying a CD, but some guy (me) had to sit and design it, decide what it was going to say and then get it all printed up. More work has gone into them than i ever did on anything in school. Probably a good job i joined a band in the end, i'd be a liability doing anything else.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Back where we belong...

The show tonight was like being back at home after too long away. We've played a run of shows that have been really different for us - some outdoor stuff, some daytime things, charity events..stuff like that. We enjoy it all - but they are so different from what we have grown used to...dark clubs, late nights, cool bands, hanging out, playing, watching, late-night van drives home from wherever. i love all those things which is why i do all this in the first place. i guess tonight was just a reminder of that.

if you were there, you probably didn't feel the same, but we needed it.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Same few thousand people, different year...

We played at a big music local music event on Sunday, it was cool to see so many people out enjoying the music, but it rained all morning and then again all afternoon which kind of made it hard for everyone. It was crazy backstage as nothing seemed to be working to plan. I guess that's just the nature of these things sometimes. I had fun.

The new site is looking amazing in my humble opinion. It's coming together pretty quickly right now and we're gonna try and show you all before the CD comes out (no promises though, things always seem to change).

Speaking of the CD, I was working on it until about 10 minutes before it had to be packed off to the factory. I hope it's all ok to get printed, otherwise we'll never make our release date.

Thank you to everyone who came to sign the board. You made all the stuff that went wrong feel better.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

"I love deadlines. I especially love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

Lessons learned the hard way...

I have a love/hate relationship with my home town.

I love my family and my friends and the places I grew up, they are the things I miss when i'm away. I hate the small-mindedness of the majority of people here. It's what makes me say 'escape' rather than 'leave' when i talk about getting out. I don't mean it, i just like the way it sounds.

I have a love/hate relationship with home town shows. I would gladly never play another one if it wasn't for the faces i see looking back at me as we play. It's the only time we play and I can look straight into the eyes of the person that the song is about or for. I love that.

Tonight was good. Right up until the moment it became worse than I had thought it could.

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