Thank you! It’s been an honor to share a bill with them for a few nights.
Go to the “store” section of this page and the t-shirts will be over there. I should also mention that international shipping is readily available!
Sorry to hear that you are stuck in a rough patch. However, I don’t think you should be viewing your personal demons as a setback from exhibiting or polishing your own craft as you know it to be. Music, above all else, is a cathartic art. At the time I was making my first release as Mister Lies, I was about ready to stop making music all together. I had just gotten over a bitter end of a relationship with someone that two years later I’m still a bit in love with. I had huge falling out with the music department of the college I was attending, had just switched majors to something I was less passionate for. I suffered from pretty hardcore seasonal depression, and I made the release (it became Hidden Neighbors) in the span of two weeks in the worst part of winter in Chicago. I think the lesson that can be learned is that if we go about acknowledging that the inner demons are there rather than trying to shoo them away (without turning molehills into mountains) and if we disregard what others think of our work, we allow ourselves enough margin to actually make something great.
Also, it’s a bit silly to become preemptive and say that no one will care about your music. First of all, at this rate you should only be caring about what YOU think of your own art. The key to success is realizing that absolutely no one’s opinions truly matters, and I think there are a multitude of people in the industry who are constantly forgetting this and burdening themselves with masks. If you put a lot of time and effort into venting and thus turning your “demons”, as you call them, into works that you are proud of, the battles halfway won. You are right in that giving up will make things much worse. I almost did, but sticking it out will be worth your time. I promise you that.
Hope this helps. Hang in there, friend.
long time no speak.
i have finally settled down from touring with giraffage and slow magic amongst other artists around the support of this little mancub named ‘mowgli’ for a while to focus on the writing and principal recording of the second mister lies LP. i am once again recording in the small vermont town of ludlow near a body of water called lake rescue.
i would like to tell a little story about how said lake was christened, as i believe it best represents where the mindset of this next album is going: there was a child who got curious one day from his father’s home, who was one of settlers of the village. he eventually became lost in the woods. a search party was formed and they later found the child on the eastern shores of the lake on a rock. this child appeared to be unalarmed by her experience of several days and nights in the forests. the story goes that she spent one night with a big black sheep and two lambs who kept her warm, and those who heard her story believed that this could have thought to have been a friendly black bear and her cubs who had rescued her, hence the name lake rescue.
a few things i will say about this album as it is being created: the careful talents and contributions of my dear friends warren (foxes in fiction) and malcom (arrange) are helping to make this thing happen. also, without putting this on blast, i would truly like to think that what we’ve made of the album thus far will see a much more naked side of mister lies material; a clearer, shamanic attempt of a hidden story to be told. i eventually hope to present these songs in a live setting without a laptop screen and table full of gear separating myself from the crowd, to connect.
on a related note, my hats off for all who have come out to support my music in a live setting over the past year. your company and sincerity towards me have made going out on the road worthwhile.
please feel free to drop my any questions of your choosing in the “ask” section of the site that i have added. i will do my best to answer as many as i can.
also, to my american friends, check the “shows” section of this date for the select few dates where i’ll appear from now until 2013 is finished.