After 3 years.. this is the first Monkeys In Space fan uploaded video. Thanks Jvel for the live version of Hate Hate Everything! The first time we ever performed it.. i didn’t even have the words down yet, its a mouthful- but it sounds pretty good, ya think!?
So Typhoon went off and I was stoked to see so many happy rocking faces singing back at me! Wish I saw the same when I looked to the back end of the stage where the rhythm section resides. Despite exhausting efforts to train a new drummer in time we just couldn’t pull it together and after all that went down between Josh and Ryan and I.. or well didnt go down between us.. in fact nothing really was said about anything except it was clear on this night that the Monkeys In Space I knew was changing and there was a clear and definite divide between Ryan & Josh and Jeremy & I.
I have always been a bit of hard ass about practicing and keeping our shit together tight.. I push hard and I try to evoke the will and determination to succeed. I have learned recently that this technique, will wear on certain people and have quite the opposite effect. I have watched before as something important to me has slipped through my fingers out of pure stubbornness and I have tried to correct this behavior.. but alas the ever-emotional musician side of me pours out and can often overwhelm anyone in it’s path. So out of pure impulse and drive and determination to not fail (and not return to day jobs) J and I started making the hard decisions we have, as a band refused to make or acknowledge fully. Josh and Ryan rather than cast a vote, sat back and waited for direction and then had nothing but sour faces at the direction we had chose. After two months of touring it became evident that the will of our rhythm section was fading fast and after so many words said about family and this that before leaving- we hit a rough patch and these guys were out quicker then we ever saw coming! Naturally this drove me ballistic and my personal relationships with Ryan and Josh quickly deteriorated after that. I was furious that these guys hadn’t thought anything through we had been talking about for the last year, their unwillingness to make any sacrifices and to show any fight for Monkeys In Space sickened me. There lack of preperation and support was beginning to weigh heavily on playing and creating music and with them everything turned into more of a chore then our saving grace as it once was. And Ryan- whom I have been friends with for the last 15 years refused to even look us in the eye or acknowledge or talk about anything.. who knows if he ever cared at all. Like a machine. Except when it came to drums.. So enough of that.. whether I like it or not.. I have to let this chapter close. So here it finds us at our last show together.. split as ever we have chosen corners and stick to them like two boxers in the ring- only coming together for a few brief clashes of wit and insult. Funny enough we actually killed it that night.. so we might not have been talking to each other- in fact Josh left without even saying goodbye to me.. but the all business side showed up and we handled it- as i have drilled it into them.
This situation continues to bring a lyric from the Strung Out song “Crossroads” to mind “Remember when the music used to be everything, the music used to heal- but business soon becomes reality and nothing left inside is real…”
J and I are determined to get back to what is real!
I am stoked that we are finally moving on and we will be back June 10 2012 rocking for a good cause with some very special guest players! On the 10th we will be rocking a benefit alongside the Filthy Violets in support of the Invisible Children Foundation. Knowledge is Power.
“In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such as story. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them. A story where children are weapons and children are the victims. The “Invisible Children: rough cut” film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. These children live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers, and are being forced to fight as a part of violent army. This wonderfully reckless documentary is fast paced, with an MTV beat, and is something truly unique. To see Africa through young eyes is humorous and heart breaking, quick and informative – all in the very same breath. See this film, you will be forever changed.”
Invisible Children Benefit Event Details:
Students at HTHNC in San Marcos work with the organization, Invisible Children, a non- profit committed to providing the citizens of Northern Africa with sustainable resources and skills to live and thrive in peace.This is non- profit and to raise money to aid in providing schools, education, development and resources to the people of Northern Africa.
This concert will take place at the Ché Café on UCSD’s campus in La Jolla on Sunday, June 10th.
Live Entertainment provided by: Monkeys In Space, the filthy violets, the fixtures and one I red.
After meltin some faces for a good cause we will be back in San Diego again on the 23rd sharing the stage with UNWRITTEN LAW and Versus the World (including members of Lagwagon and the Ataris). How fuckin cool is that!? We will be gettin a party bus together for all of you PB kids and we hope you guys will turn out in full support so we can let UL know who should be out on the next tour with them.. Soon enough..
Also a new record is in the works and if you are worried that losing the members will distract or take away from our sound “Flying Under the Influence” was J and I’s creation.. nothings changed..
Back with more ranting and raving soon enough im sure..