When you have insomnia, you’re never really asleep… and you’re never really awake.
——Tyler Durden, Fight Club.
Its been a weird and crazy 2012, and 2013 is bound to be something better. it has to be, or else i might just have to give in to demons and erase somebody.
I decided to take the filter off for once, and no im not high. in fact, i think its because im not high that i am willing to take the filter off.
As far as the band goes, we’re doing well, except Alex has decided to leave for Thailand in March. Which means we will be without a bassist from that time until i can find a new one. Balls. But the band has finally learned all the songs for the new album. but Alex most likely will not be performing on it. And unless I can book us a show for february, I dont know if we will be able to put one on before he goes. Balls.
I decided to use a facebook ad in Mexico and the facebook page blew the fuck up. from 55 likes to as of right now, 257. Its been growing by about 25-30 per day since i started, and i’ve used about one quarter of the total money allotted for the ad. Now i just need to figure out how in the hell to use this new found market of people who like us in another country. Don’t get me wrong, im ecstatic that we have grown on facebook, but i know there is a market for this in LA and I’m not getting the results I’m wanting. Balls.
I’ve been in a few arguments over Facebook about Political issues as of late with a few friends of mine. I’ve had to correct their faulty logic and ignorance, and I kinda feel bad that I feel I have to go to that length to tell people how not to be uninformed, but also kinda good that I can run circles around peoples arguments because they believe they are informed because they watch cable news.
All this makes me wonder seriously if people are even ready for what I have to say. Speaking and writing songs about my experiences unfortunately goes hand in hand with my political beliefs because everything I experienced was history in the making. A friend of mine told me a while ago, “Dude, you’re like, a walking breathing part of history, and no one can say the things you can say, and mean it.” That stuck with me. I know a hell of a lot more about this system we call America, from its banking practices to its Monetary System, from its Political processes to its military law. From its foreign affairs to its bad secrets it would never want normal Americans to hear. from its Religous standards to religion’s inevitable integration with Conservatism. I could write books on this shit…books and books and books. But, frankly, I dont think anyone in America would want to hear it. I personally believe Americans have to be bitch-slapped with a vengeance to even get their attention from out of their proverbial asses and then look in a mirror, unfiltered. Unfortunately, the business i have chosen is the current contemporary outlet for distraction from everything of importance. But that is the point of The Quarantined. Its everything you dont want to hear in a palatable format and musical structure. That is the sweet, tough pill to swallow that is my vision for this thing. I just dont know if anyone inside of America will understand or listen or care. How do you make a message no one wants to acknowledge stick out in a medium that is overrun with the idea that music is an escape, when I firmly believe it is not an escape, but a place for expression of your conjectures of the time? What is art if it is not reflective of your surroundings and of your experiences?
These issues keep me up, as I have been up for about 36 hours. I normally am able to sleep when im exhausted, but recently its been harder and harder.
But anyway, our EP is out. Listen to that at bandcamp for free, just for our blog people…person…whichever. ;) (http://thequarantined.bandcamp.com)
New music is coming. Our new songs, as we have tried them out in rehearsal are fucking bomb. I’m really jazzed about “Freedom Is…” coming together as it has. Also, “point the finger” and “Anti-evangelist” I think are completely groundbreaking in that I am playing rhythm guitar, singing, rapping, and Guitar soloing thru both of those songs. Take that Lil’ Wayne, and sit the fuck down while the big boys show you how its done. Yeah thats a challenge, and fuck him. Also, I dont talk about “yolo” or that dumb bitch you slept with last nite. There’s more important issues for the men to talk about.
…god damn im angry…lol
I really hope for me that 2013 is the year it all comes together and I can really start gaining some traction. I know we need to play live more, and I’m thinking I might just, once again, start going to open mikes to try and blow some people away. Hopefully. First I gotta restring that acoustic i’ve been putting off for a month…
Anyway, hope all is well, and i leave you with a good friend of mine’s great words:
You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.