I don’t frequent the land of blogging much these days but then again for the last couple months I have also not been very active on most social networking sites either. I thought instead of writing a string of 97 tweets I would just go ahead and lay this out here.
First on the agenda is CAMPAIGN. Things have been extremely quiet and for good reason. We have been trudging through tours and fest appearances playing with fill ins this last year on the drums. We had a lot of great shows but things began to become difficult when it was time to really start writing new material. We are fortunate to have many amazing and talented friends that play drums but at the end of the day we have been searching for a full time member. After Fest 11 we thought we finally had that part of the puzzle figured out. We spent months getting our back catalog tight, writing songs for a split which we recorded, and then got about 5 songs deep for what would be a new release.
Life happens and our newest member decided he needed to focus on his family and a new job prospect. I fully respected that decision but it was a pretty hard blow to all of us. We had spent 6 months playing with fill ins and then another 6 months getting a new member up to speed and writing two releases. Our summer plans were also well underway and shaping up to be our busiest yet. To also have to cancel and bail on a lot of that was tough. We had more tryouts that didn’t end up fruitful and once again we find ourselves on the hunt for a drummer. Maybe it would be better to continue CAMPAIGN in SOME capacity with fill ins and this could be just us being hard headed. We have always done things exactly how we want and when we want but we really don’t feel like it would do the band justice to slowly fade into the slump we were in before but permanently.
I am sure you probably have a feeling where this is heading and let me be quick to say this is not me saying CAMPAIGN is done. Things had just become very frustrating. We have a lot of time, money, and heart into this band and really the only solution that made sense was just to walk away for a minute, take a breather, and cross my fingers that we finally get that missing member that we really need so we can do this band right again. I want it more than anything but we also can’t settle. So at this time I am not really sure when there will be new CAMPAIGN material or shows. We are slated to play Fest 12 and I don’t see that changing so party.
This now ties into the second part of the story which is…me. The height of all this band stuff was also coinciding with a lot of physical pain on my end. I found out I needed to have a surgery and that process was long and arduous. I have been sorta out of the loop as it took about two months for me to finally get my surgery and the last month has been recovering. For most of the recovery I barely had any energy and certainly did not feel creative or witty. I haven’t picked up a guitar in about 2 months which is a very new thing for me.
I am at the point where I have accepted the situation CAMPAIGN is in and I am getting closer to 100% health wise everyday so I am not sure what my next move is temporarily. Maybe I’ll start another band to pass some time or hell maybe someone needs a lack luster guitar player who can sing a mean gruff melody? This brief reprieve has actually been kinda nice and relaxing but as my health improves the antsy-ness is slowly setting in. I have gotten to focus my attention on some other things I enjoy doing like writing but I believe the time is upon me to get the ball rolling on a new project.
So that is that. I am always going to love punk and I am always going to love music so I guess it is time to figure out what is next.