The Story

Monday, April 03, 2006
The Story
Current mood: indescribable

This is pretty incredible; it has yet to settle in my system that we have signed to a label. We have been talking to numerous labels since the early fall but things didnt start getting serious until around new years. Traveling from MD to NY, FL, IL to play for some of the biggest Indie labels in America was the greatest feeling ever. It was also our first experience with anything of this sort and we had no idea what we were doing. Luckily we had the guidance of our good friends Keith, Matt and Nano. All three of them were there with us all the way, even if matt wasnt there physically, he was constantly calling us to check in and see how things were going. During this whole 3 month period, I was going through this weird transition in my life where I couldnt quite put a grasp on reality. At one moment I wanted one thing and the next moment my mind had completely changed. It was really neat to have all my friends and the band there to talk to. Of course I had my close friends updated on the status of what was happening but I had to make sure they knew to keep it a secret because were in high school and word travels faster than the night crawler on various drugs. While playing for these labels one might have imagined we would be on the verge of filling our pants with excrement but honestly it didnt feel any different than other shows, except for IL…but thats a story for another day. During the end of our random little trips to un-ventured land, I received a phone call from the man who would actually be my 'boss' a few months later. It was the first time I had spoken to Louis (President of Hopeless/Subcity Records) and I must admit I was pretty nervous. He mentioned he had gotten my contact info from Greg from Amber Pacific, and continued by asking me every question about the band you can imagine. Everything from whats your favorite song to play live to what do your parents do for a living. This let me know that not only does this man know his business but he learns as much about a band he can before he goes any further. If there is one thing I learned after that phone call it was that this guy knows what hes doing. I then continued to have frequent phone calls with him, averaging about 2 or 3 a month and then becoming 2 or 3 a week. Things were getting more serious and since no other labels seem to give as much attention as Hopeless did, we began to seriously look at our options. We could either wait and hope for the best, or take what is in front of us…The opportunity to live out a dream that all of us have had since our days of dancing to "Nookie" by Limp Bizkit at our various Middle School dances. We were ready to commit to this label and we were ready to begin our new lives, in a way. Later on, after having Hopeless talk to our parents and what not, we found ourselves a lawyer. The man was Scott and he has also represented (Panic At The Disco, From First To Last, Atreyu, Thrice, and many more). We were super stoked to work with this guy and it seemed to be a mutual feeling. Keep in mind that throughout all these stressful trips, conference calls, meetings, weird late night calls we managed to keep passing grades in our final year of high school. Yes we were hanging out with our friends on weekdays, partying on weekends, going to church on Sundays..not (please forgive us god! But Recess now plays only on Sunday mornings!) but we were in a way, balancing two separate lives. I am really bad with dealing with my stress and this long stage that we went through took a toll on me, I couldnt handle a relationship anymore and I had to put an end to what was the best relationship with a girl I have ever had. This wasnt easy but in my eyes, there was no way around it. Hopefully I can find a way to work around that one day Finally after a pleasant but monotonous negotiating stage, we received the final contracts and let it be known that Alex and I pranced around the house quite merrily proclaiming we got a record contract!. This soon ended with Alexs mom making fun of us then cooking the best tasting Mexican stew Ive ever had. The rest of the process contained many conference calls to Cali while we did led our usual lives (playing shows, going to school, playing shows going to school.) while trying to keep our mouths shut about the deal. Eventually the time came when Hopeless was ready to announce the signing and we couldnt wait any longer. Alex and I eagerly sat at home waiting for the Press release to hit websites across the world and as we did he slept on my bed while I ate fruit by my computer. Then everyone announced itour secret was no longer a secret to anyone. When i found out we were going to be playing Warped Tour and are going to be on the comp, i flipped out. Its so weird that you have been attending/hearing about something since you were in 7th grade and finally, you become part of it…its weird how life works itself out sometimes. The response we got was INSANE and it has made me smile to this day and I know it always will. Its pretty amazing what can happen in such a short period of time, and even though those few months seemed like a year, they were the most exciting, entertaining, scary, unbelievable days of my life. I cant wait to see what the future brings and its the greatest feeling to know that you have your family, band brothers, friends and fans there to share it with you. If you read this whole thing, I thank you for taking the time to read about my feelings and though this story is probably filled with more grammatical, spelling, vocabulary errors than a 6 year old, I hope you understood the message I was trying to say. If you want something really bad, then go for it and make things happen, dont just sit there and wait for it to happen because chances are it wont. Were still trying to make our dreams come true as we speak, but its good to know that were just one step closer. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for our Debut Hopeless/Subcity Records EP titled Put Up or Shut Up in stores EVERYWHERE out this summer : )and to think it all started with the song My Paradise…

Jack

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