Happy New Year! 2016 was a tough year for a lot of people, and we lost a lot of celebrities, but we're trying to remain happy and remember many of us survived and will go on to do great things in 2017 and beyond. We also have a turd for president, but we've covered our noses for worse and we'll get through this.
One of the things that made 2016 tough for us as a band was having to make a really hard decision to scrap the recordings we self-produced for our new album. The recordings sounded good, but not great. It is tough to self-record, and even tougher to self-edit. We tracked the songs for months at one location, then had to move all the equipment to a new location, tracked some more, then we re-wrote the ending of a song and had to re-record it completely, and when we did that we decided to re-do a few other tracks... By the time we were done tracking we were all so deeply immersed in the process that it was tough to distance ourselves enough from the project to mix it. Throw into that pot that none of us are professional recording engineers and that creates a recipe for mediocrity.
But, out of failure comes opportunity. We have really great demos for 12 songs, and we've gone through the recording process with all of them at least once. It is with much excitement that we can officially announce that we are going to record our upcoming full length album at Mobtown Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, with extraordinary producer Mat Leffler-Schulman (Wing Dam, Sun Club). Mat has worked on some of our favorite records and we are super stoked to have him at the helm for this one.
We still don't have a title yet, and we have a lot of work to do before our big release (including re-doing this shitty website), but we are well prepared and confident that we are on the brink of creating our best music yet, and we can't wait to share it with you.
Peace and love,
Craig & the Gregs
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Monday, June 13, 2016
If you think you need a gun to prevent a tyrannical government takeover, I’ve got a newsflash for you: the government has already taken over. America was built on the illusion of freedom. This was done intentionally, because a truly free society would be anarchy by definition. So, it is impossible to have both a government and total freedom. We have dribbles of freedom, including the right to bear arms, which all feed the thing inside of us that keeps the illusion alive. I don’t think this is a bad thing, because people, for the most part, need rules, and they, for the most part, need something to hope for. I think this is what the founding fathers had in mind.
If you think owning an assault rifle capable of mass killing is integral to keeping the fabric of society intact, then your end game is literally to kill people who disagree with you. How is your ability to overthrow a government (killing innocent people) not tyranny in itself? And once the government is overthrown, who will be in charge? You? That’s fine, but what else is on your platform besides “I need guns because other people have guns”? Do you really want to live in a society that is in a state of perpetual standoff?
The only weapon that works against tyranny is love.
Laugh all you want. Killing begets killing, and the only way out of the vicious cycle is to break the chain.
Legislature to regulate guns is not tyranny. Threatening actual people with actual guns to overthrow a system you find unnecessary is tyranny.
Getting money out of politics, including the gun lobby, isn’t tyranny. Blindly supporting an organization that wants to keep money in politics, and therefore limit our freedoms under the guise of expanding them, is tyranny.
Nothing is as it seems. Keep the people you love close, and try to accept their differences. Don’t read articles online. Don’t argue with people on Facebook. Don’t post pictures of you holding guns, or any flag, or any divisive symbols. If you are religious, take comfort in it, but don’t impose your beliefs on anyone else. If you are not religious, take comfort in it, but don’t impose your beliefs on anyone else.
You are a person, not an idea, a statistic, or a tool.
Just.. try to be decent to your fellow creatures inhabiting this ball of rock hurtling through space towards an imminent crash landing in a ball of fire.