07 September 2007

a trip down memory lane

by popular demand... once again, from the MPB Trustkill blog vault.

On this date in history:

"September 7, 2004...
tonight we were supposed to have an off day but our merch guy Ronaldo, his sis Cindy and Hans from Liar hooked a last minute show in Belgium. set up 48 hours in advance, a million kids showed up and the show was a bl'ast!"

Yes. I actually remember this one. It was in this weird dilapidated wharf area an hour or so outside of Bruxelles. We listened to the Jerky Boys "Stop Staring at Me!" on the way there and back. It was always fun to see our European drivers trying to understand what we were laughing at. I think it helped better their English while making us more dumb. The show was in a small stall of this sort of cobblestoned canopied fish market area and it was hot and crazy. Way too crowded. We did a photo shoot with Cindy which is always fun and I think Roadrunner UK wound up using the photos for their main press photo for a few years after. There was no room inside the club to set up our merch so Ronaldo just set it up out the back of the van. It was awesome. I loved how that looked. Very fly by night punk rock. Fun times.

"Septmeber 7, 2003

sitting down at a desk you stare, a fucking slave to a computer screen
you thought before but you sat and dropped. what did you learn? you don't even know
and i kid myself but my eyes are glued on this thing.
it steals my time and wastes what i've learned (about real social interaction).
i'm holding out for a better deal, for something real.
you know i'd like to say that i could spend a day at home with it left off.
how strong's our will?
i can't blend with the pop-up ads i see. they're better looking than me.
you try to look your best, but you'll never rest. think, it won't make you happy.
a standard set that i just cannot live up to.
it steals my time and wastes what i've learned (about communicating with people in reality)
i'm holding out for a better deal, for something real.
you know i'd like to say that i could spend a day at home with it left off.
how strong's our will?
our lives are led by computers, you know it's true.
instead of communicating in real life we're on friendster.
there's something wrong with that.
we're made to think life's like a reality show. so there we go again.
the one to die with the most email accounts is the one who wins.
i just can't stand it.
sitting down at a desk, you stare, a fucking slave to a powerbook.
you thought before but you sat and dropped. what did you learn? you don't even know.
it's a reality vacation. a (virtual) mental masturbation.
it steals my time and wastes what i've learned (about expressing my feelings with my mouth instead of an ergonomic keyboard).
i'm holding out for some reality.
i'd like to say that i could spend a day at home with it left off.
how strong's our will?"

I remember typing this up. A bastardised version of Gorilla Biscuits "Stand Still" but instead of television and video games, I made it about computers and sitting online all day. Gee, I'm so clever.

So I guess I did two entries that day. We were in the midst of the war over the album art for the "Our Lady of Annihilation" record...

"I guess this album art controversy thing has grown wings. Everyone thinks its bullshit though. I wish it was. People are saying its some marketing plan drawn up by the evil Trustkill "marketing team". Don't know about that, I haven't met them yet... and thats because they don't exist. I wish this whole thing was something clever from a graph or a pie chart but its not. The cover art is not anything blatantly obscene, its more cerebral I guess, but I suppose still offensive to people who might take it the wrong way. If u know us and where we're coming from with it, you wouldn't be offended at all by it. Its all in the mind. Its the Minor Threat "Guilty of Being White" syndrome. Anyway, we're not giving up on it. We are fighting to get the CD released on time and "as is". And thats the deal. Say what u want about this being some clever marketing ploy but it simply is not. Heres to another day of confrence calls and meetings. CHEERS. -

playlist:
midtown 57 & 7
buzzcocks
pixes
john mayer
andrew wk

"i've seen heroic falls
busted lips from microphone brawls
angelic songs sung by all
within the hardback walls
it never mattered who you were or where you worked
it never mattered who you were or what you earned
what mattered was what you gave and what you loved
what mattered was what you gave and what was learned
like one for all for one whatever turn of events may come
we all live underground where it stays warm
community with common sounds we work together to break ground
it doesnt matter who you are or where you work
it doesnt matter who you are or what you earn
what matters is what you give and what you love
what matters is how you live and if you love"
HWM"

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