This is in the food and restaurants category for a reason - because it's gonna be tasty and mother fuckin' delicious, just like this new Big Boi album I'm listening to right now, which is, by the way, really good. If you haven't checked it out you absolutely should. That's the soundtrack to this blog and the funkiest shit I've heard in quite some time, although new Cee-Lo is certainly lookin' promising too. So yeah...Big Boi aside, where are we? Three months since the last blog? Well I can tell you where we AREN'T. We AREN'T on Warped Tour, which is really fucking weird after waking up for seven weeks straight in a one hundred degree grass parking lot. Waking up in a larger than coffin-sized bed, WITHOUT Liam across from me and Ben above me, is still bizarre over a week later.
Seven weeks...what happened? Well besides throwing packs of black cat firecrackers into our guitar tech/all purpose badass Doug's bunk and having him not even blink an eye or act even remotely startled, accidentally swimming in an alligator infested lake, and watching Ben eat a birthday cake with a purple dick on it...fuck. I wish we could somehow have all of you there for every killer moment, cause the offstage stuff is twenty three hours of the day, playing is just an hour, and in the case of warped, was only a half an hour. All the REALLY good shit happens offstage. What sums it up, is that the first day of tour I sliced my finger open so deep that I could see bone(once again...enough super glue will heal ANYTHING), and the last day I stepped in dog shit INSIDE of the bus. When you bookend a tour with blood on one end and dog shit on the other...well...that gives you an indication of what must have come in the middle. I'd like to just write down a list of "stuff you shoulda been there for", like when I missed the first half of Panasonic in Pomona 'cause I was stuck in traffic, and an iron-balled guy from the crowd got onstage and manned the mic, but the list would be long and never as good as if you were all there.
Really the biggest point of this blog is just to thank every one of you that came out to Warped, and made your presence felt. It was REALLY fuckin' cool to meet a lot of you at the signings we did every day. Those things became a daily highlight for me, it means just as much to us to meet YOU guys, trust me. Nothing's better than meeting people who are into your band, and finding out that 99.99% of those people are people you would have a blast hanging out with...down to earth people....non-mutants. I walked away from every signing being completely psyched on the people that I met. Oh...the blog soundtrack just changed to the newest Deftones album....best since White Pony? I think so!
As you can see, we're coming to UK and mainland Europe this October/November, with The Ocean, Rolo Tomassi(in the UK), and Cancer Bats. We're hittin' all the usual spots, as well as going back to Russia, AND FINALLY getting to Greece and Israel. We should get an electrical generator and play a surprise show right on the border of the Gaza strip and annoy/confuse both sides so much that they'll forget their differences and try to kill US instead of one another. Blog soundtrack just changed to Converge - Axe To Fall...pure fury!
That's it really. There's some other stuff in the works but nothin' worth talking about just yet. I hope you are all having a good summer or whatever season it is where you live. We're takin' a month and a half off right now, until the European tour starts on October first. Only a week into our break and I've seen the Bad Brains(they're 500 years old but it was still amazing watching the band that in my eyes at one point captured and embodied everything I love about this kind of music), worked on a KMFDM remix, shot an AK-47, slept in my own bed most nights, and hung with amazing friends in all assortments of killer scenarios....but you know what? I miss you guys and touring ALREADY. When it's in your blood....it's in there for good. I can only hope that twenty five years from now we can still be playing and have ANYONE give a shit, the way EVERYONE did when the Bad Brains came out the other day, and people that were office workers and businessmen and construction workers by day, forgot their problems and inhibitions and LOST THEIR MINDS the same way they did when they first saw H.R. belting out "Pay To Cum" and napalming posers thirty years ago. What I'm saying is that I and we love you guys and we can't wait to see our European friends in October/November and GO THE FUCK OFF together. When we get there lets treat every night like the sun'll never come up again.
Always "do it live" or your last breath will be filled with regret.
(check the above out for more current/frequent updates)
Oh yeah, also, if any of you are in or will be in Tempe, Arizona this Saturday Aug 28th, come out to the Marquee Theater for the annual memorial concert for Dana Wells, who if you don't know, was the son of Max Cavalera and his wife Gloria, two beautiful people who lost their son 14 years ago in a case that is still unresolved.
Hey there people of the internet. Since sitting on the internet is inherently a dorky pastime, I'm gonna give you some non-dork stuff to read about to help create some balance. So close the fifteen facebook chats you've got open and pay attention for like two minutes. There's some stuff going on you may wanna be in the know about.
Over at Amazon.com, actually the real link is HERE, they pick a hundred albums each month and they sell 'em for five bucks as high quality MP3 downloads. Our new album, "Option Paralysis", is one of them. Tell that one mutant friend of yours that somehow listens to the worst shit imaginable that it's only five bucks to man up and start fighting on the right side of things.
I'm not really sure what this is because I live in a mud hut that has internet and electricity and guitars and an arcade game, but still haven't had a television in five years, but I guess "Music Choice On Demand" is some sort of television thing that all you civilized types that have cable or satellite or whatever it's called are probably aware of. Anyhow, on that thing, our "Farewell, Mona Lisa" music video will be available starting TODAY. Play it on your TV now instead of YouTube, since it's easier to punish a whole room full of people when it's on a television than a computer. This is one of those occasions where bigger actually IS better, so if you've got like a sixty inch widescreen make sure that whenever someone enters the room you've got our video queued up and the volume knob dimed to eleven and scorch those people as they enter and try to ask you a question or tell you something unnecessary, or even if they're just walking by. Scorch your dogs, your cats, anything that enters the vicinity.
There's a lot of metal radio stations, including Sirius and local stations, college stations, etc, that are playing songs off of our new album, which is actually pretty cool. Call them up and keep requesting songs, it makes a difference believe it or not.
What else? The last limited T-Shirts were mailed, they should be showing up anytime now, keep your eyes peeled. Check this out. Jeff Tuttle is writing a column for the Fangoria website. For those of you who don't sink to that level of dorkdom, Fangoria is a magazine and website for the people who have achieved the highest possible level of psyched when it comes to horror movies and monster makeup and anything else related to that genre. I'm pretty happy for him, because I know that for Jeff, who I've literally seen watch silent black and white horror movies for 9 straight hours, this is like being asked to pen a new verse in the Bible, if you're like, one of those people that believe that stuff. It's basically like if Liam were asked to write an ongoing blog for Yoga/Bass Playing/Weed/Beard magazine(it exists). It's like that one time our old guitar player Brian was asked to be an extra in the new Rambo movie. Anyhow, Jeff's first kickass blog about all things creepy/campy/scary is right over HERE, and the part that really gets my manseed flowing is the fact that the blog is named FACE RIFF, which, if you don't know, is when a crushing riff comes on in a song and you air guitar it as close to someone's face as possible until they stop laughing and become extremely annoyed, and then you just keep going past that point until it just really sucks for them. I've seen Jeff, with his actual guitar, face riff a kid so hard in the front row for the ENTIRE end of 43% Burnt to the extent that the kid almost fell over. Jeff Tuttle: Master Face Riffer.
We leave for Australia in five days, and we are beyond excited. When you get off of the plane from a thirty hour travel day, it's like being birthed again(you're actually pretty much just as slimy/greasy), especially when it's one of our favorite countries in the world to play. We can't wait for the shows, we're gonna set shit off so hard that it blows fools back to the dreamtime(all you Australians know what I'm talkin' 'bout!). After that, the tour wheels keep turnin'. All of our confirmed upcoming shows so far are below. See you all soon.
Just quickly wanna let everyone know, because we've been getting asked about it, that the April 13th show at the Glasshouse in Pomona is the ONLY DEP HEADLINING SHOW in Southern California(or all of California for that matter) on this tour and the known future so far. SO, for those of you planning to drive from L.A., or Orange County, or San Diego or wherever the hell you are coming from, please get your tickets in advance HERE to be sure you don't drive all that way only to find that there are no tickets left. Doors will be at seven, it IS an all ages show, and we go on around 9:45, so plan accordingly if you'll be making a drive.
Other than that, thanks to everyone we've seen so far on this tour for coming out and creating memorable experiences with us; these have been some of the most gratifying North American shows we've played in a long time. We have six more to go on this tour, check the main page for the dates and places. I'll check back in soon.
First off, thanks for everyone who went out and got our record on DAY ONE. It made a difference. We were neck and neck with people on the Itunes and Amazon charts that were just hilarious to us. Sandwiched in between JIMI FUCKING HENDRIX and PEARL JAM on the Itunes rock charts was little ol' us, and on the main album charts page we were in the company of mouthbreathers like Kesha and Disney pedophilia wet dream icon Justin Beiber. Life is, at times, hilarious. How killer is it that we basically sound like noise to the average person, that if we were an animal we would literally use those aforementioned people as food, and yet there we were in their company. Talk about infiltrating enemy territory. We're like the dudes that were just doing their thing and then somehow ended up in some yuppie house party and before you know it we're trashing the place like it's the Beastie Boys "Fight For Your Right To Party" video and everyone there's just gotta deal with our presence or get the hell out. Somethin' like that. So thanks to you guys so far. This album is making so much noise that people on the sidelines can't help but deal with our obnoxious presence in their boring comfortable existence. We're showing up and pissing badassery all over the mainstream music world's high priced carpets and you guys are right there with us. Suck it, Beiber.
Yet, with all of the first day insanity, and despite the last blog, some of you have STILL been writing in saying "dudes....I went to Wal-Mart and they didn't have yer album....whadda I do?" So...for those....I wanna show you in the EASIEST way possible, how to go about obtaining our new album, "Option Paralysis." Here are some...uh....options, that don't involve wandering around in a huge warehouse full of garbage:
ORRRR....because there's tons of places in each city to get this album, you can just call the store you wanna go to and make sure they have it, BEFORE you go there and get caught rooting through the "Disturbed" section or the "Annie DiFranco" or "Celine Dion" sections like DORRRRRRKS trying to find our album, cause that's the delightful company we usually find ourselves in thanks to the first few letters of our name.
Again, thanks for the preposterous first day. It feels good to know that you guys care, and that when we take a year of our time laboring over ten songs and getting them ready for you, that a great percentage of you guys actually show your support. That's the only way possible that we're even showing up next to those huge pop slop dorks on the charts, because for every 1000 people that like that shit, only like 1 pays for it. But, our place on these chart thingies show us that a good percentage of you guys are actually CHOOSING to show your appreciation for our band and our album, and we fucking LOVE YOU for it. We have the best fans....fuck that, friends, that we could ever ask for. For all the integrity that we pride ourselves on, you guys've got that shit in spades too and that makes our day. Who would wanna despise their audience? Not us, and we certainly don't. Oh and by the way, the shows on this tour so far? Yeah. Whew. Yup. KILLER. Thanks to everyone who has come out so far and everyone else who is planning on coming, these shows have been huge fireballs of power between us and you guys and we've loved every one of them. See you all soon if we haven't already.
Check the rest of the dates for this North American tour on the front page, as well as some May dates for AUSTRALIA!!! That's right, Aussies. We're coming back. Get ready.
Thanks again everyone, see a lot of you soon, time to go to bed. It's 7:55am.