Current mood:accomplishedI know that rumors have begun to circulate about the state of Meriwether, so I thought I'd let everyone know exactly what is going on. After seven wonderful years together, Josh and Steve have decided to depart from the band. As we have grown so close together as friends over such a long time, we have also evolved individually. Also, Sam recently got an offer to tour with the band and has decided to pursue that opportunity. Skip and I, however, don't plan on ending our tenure as band mates just yet. We will continue to perform music together and are actually recruiting a new group of musicians; some which you guys have probably seen play in other bands with us in the past. As a whole, we know we have accomplished some incredible things together - things we never thought we ever would accomplish. And we especially cherish the tradition and community that our music has created. That is inspiring and what keeps the fire burning, and i don't plan on ending this wonderful tradition and community that easily. I am looking forward to the future, honoring the past and grasping hold of the present with excitement. As always, when new members join a band, the sound may change. All I can hope is that you will all love my new music just as much, if not more than you have loved the old. This is just the next chapter. Band names might change (this is currently undecided) and people may go, but I put my heart into everything I write, and that will never change. Josh and Steve will be playing their last shows with Meriwether in the near future. We look forward to sharing those last days with all of you. So please come out and show your support for them. The shows will be spectacular, I'm sure of it. We have two coming up soon, that you can see listed below. I will also be playing some solo shows here and there, so keep a look out for those. You can also continue to see Steve perform as NightEater. Keep an eye out here for updates for when there is news, we will share. Again, thank you for all of your support over the last seven years.
It's not over until it's over. And I ain't sayin it's over yall.
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http://blog.straightuprandom.com/post/543697113/t-g-i-f-featured-band-meriwetherThis week’s T.G.I.F. Featured Band is Meriwether from Louisiana. The digital release of their album Plug In The Snakes was released last month on iTunes, and the band has some shows line-up that you can check out on their MySpace.INTERVIEW:How did the band come together?We started as a three piece. We knew each other from different bands and all wanted to try something new. Once we got together, the chemistry was perfect and we started making the best music you’ve ever heard from there.How’d you come up with your name?Meriwether is the first name of Lewis from Lewis and Clark the explorers, which I, Drew, am a direct descendant of. So the family thing along with the reference to traveling and exploring with music just seemed cool. It sounded cool too.What bands/artists are you influenced by?Individually, we are all influenced and grew up around different styles of music. This has really helped to mold our sound. We dont try to sound like anything else. When we write, whatever comes naturally at the time just seems to fit. We’ve been influenced by heavy metal, Motown, jazz, you name it. You wont witness a van ride without hearing some Stevie Wonder, Zeppelin, and Killswitch thats for sure.How would you describe your music for people who have never heard it before?Ah the describe your music question! In a nutshell, we’re a rock band. We like to have fun. Lots of fun. If you’re not having fun, we’re not having fun and thus, not doing our jobs. We’re catchy at times, and heavy at times. It all depends on our mood. But you’ll always be able to sing along and bang your head.What makes your band different from all the other ones out there?I think the things that makes us stand out the most is our honesty. We care less about what our hair looks like and more about the music. All killer no filler right? Same goes with out lyrics. You can connect with them off the bat. Which I think music needs more of. Honesty. plus, we’re the best band in the world.