"Anthem For Today" was my first band that I ever joined. I joined in 2007-2008. The members were, "MATT COMER" (Guitar/Vox) "MATTHEW HASH" (Bassist) "DAVE EDMUNDS" (Guitar) "SEAN GORDON" (Drums). Iwas only in "Anthem For Today" for one year but that one year changed my life completely. We recorded 5 songs total in my singers garage (Matt Comer). It was horrible quality but it's something to have and to say that we did it! My first ever performance was in front of my whole school at Mapelton Jr. High at the end of my 7th grade year and that was a scary scene to be at! It was nerve-racking and I was shaking a lot, mainly because it was my first ever show playing drums for my friends and family. It was a make it or break it time at that point. My band played 7 songs and pulled it off and won the battle of the bands at my school.
Their were 5 bands total and we won 1st place! Being in this band helped me learn about myself. It taught me how to be a leader and take responsibility for myself and my actions, being a good friend towards my band mates and friends, a better drummer skill wise, learning how to work and get things accomplished and learning how to face trials in life and conquering them. "Anthem For Today" was only just the beginning of my drumming career and I was excited about the future and what comes of it. I loved being in this band, it brings me so many memories everytime i think back to it. Those memories; I can cherish them forever. I like to thank "MATT COMER" for bringing me into "Anthem ForToday" because he gave me what I really needed all my life.
IN THE MIDDLE OF MAY
"In The Middle Of May" was my second band that I've joined. I joined this band from 2009-2011. The members were, "IAN LOWRY" (Lead Vox) "MATTHEW HASH" (Synth/Keyboards) "NICK SALES" (Bassist/Vox) JORDAN JACOBSON (Guitar) LUIS MONTERO (Guitar) SEAN GORDON (Drums). Being in this band, I had the most cherishing experiences that I've ever captured in my life. 6 members on a stage can be crowded but that didn't stop us from moving around and going crazy! We were unstoppable in our music. Everytime we had band practice, our songs would better and better through our lyrics and song writing.
We played 23 shows total and added up to 1,300 fans on facebook, 678 fans on reverbnation, 235 fans on purevolume and 24 fans on youtube. Doesn't look like alot when you read it but if you came to one of our shows, we brought pretty big crowds. People/fans viewed our music as Post-Hardcore or Punk/Rock. We called ourselves post-hardcore/pop-punk simply. We had a lot of haters and a lot of lovers. Haters ridiculed on us all the time for just simply playing shows locally and releasing songs from our E.P. album. They thought we were showing off and trying to look cool and stuck up but really we did this because we CAN do it and we have the talent and potential to do it. We didn't do it for the fame or popularity, we did it because we all had something special to bring to the table in making music together. Their was an opportunity and we took it.
Overall, we did it for the memories. We knew that "In The Middle Of May" would go far so we took responsibility for that. We managed to break 1,000 fans on facebook. We managed to have people who had no idea who we were to where they come to our shows every weekend. We managed to record 6 songs, put it on itunes/websites and actually earn money from it. We even managed to influence others through our lyrics and song writing from what we heard. This band that I was in was very successful and we kept getting higher and higher to where we wanted to be.
Unfortunatly, things had to come to an end. One day on a practice day, none of us seemed to be energetic, excited or ready to write songs again. We all wanted to relax and finish our homework or watch TV. I stopped drumming in the during the middle of practice, looked around at everyone and began to say, "Why is everyone so down today?" "Are you guys ok?" "Are we still going to try to do this?" Ian Lowry (singer) spoke up and said, "Well, I'm graduating soon, and I have scholarships to write." But I knew that I could see it in everyones faces especially for me personally that we all really wanted to rest and go home and do our homework or do something else besides band practice. The band was tired of being a band. We have been a band for almost two years at that point; we were depleted. The next week, I kept getting texts from my band mates saying that they couldn't practice today or that weekend. This happened for a month in a half. We all still hung out together but we didn't make anymore music. We still played shows on the weekends when we could but while playing in the shows, it just wasn't the same. The energy wasn't there anymore and our high hopes were gone. That's when I knew at that point that it was the end for "In The Middle Of May."
Through a 6 call-way, I said, "Guys, we have been together for 2 years now and currently, were not making music anymore or putting any excitement on the stage. This is a sign that we all want to go our seperate ways. I've seen it in practice a lot. So, I'll have you guys make a decision if we want to keep going as a band or stop what were doing and go our seperate ways." The vote to going our separate ways was all 5 of them except me because I wasn't ready to go yet but I was out numbered so I just gave in that we're going to stop. We had our time.
This band that I was in wasn't just some band that got a lot of fans and played a lot and shows than stopped after 2 years. No, it was more than that. This was a band that made everyone in that band a better person, a better brother, and a better friend. We were all brothers it felt like. That's why after 2 years it was weird breaking up and emotional at the same time because we were always together sharing our thoughts, music and everything we did in it. I will always remember being in this band forever and what I learned in it. Currently, I am still friends with all of them and we all left with good terms. Ian Lowry is now a marine in the military. Matt Hash is now preparing for an LDS mission and in college. Luis Montero in his 3rd semester of college and in my current band called, "Wired For Havoc." Jordan Jacobson is graduating high school at the same schoo I am going to and going snow college and applying for the music scholarship by playing the guitar. Nick Sales is currently on an LDS mission in Columbia and I am currently in the band, "Wired For Havoc" and graduating this year going to snow college after. No regrets and no take backs from all this.
WIRED FOR HAVOC
After my 2nd band, "In The Middle Of May" broke up, I was literally going insane. I felt like I was out of place, all the time. It had been 8-9 months bandless. Truthfully, I was sick of not being able to play music or jam with anyone. On occasions, I would make flyers and post them everywhere in my high school and local shops looking for a band to be in. Unfortunatly, I didn't get any responses. I tried everything. I even tried to start up a band with one of my few friends that didn't even play instruments. I was pissed at that point and I was in a depression state. In June of 2011, I was attending EFY at a college campus in Provo (BYU). I got a text during a class at BYU coming from Luis Montero, (Guitarist From "In The Middle Of May)". He said that his band needed a drummer because their other drummer quit.
Now, Luis Montero right after "In The Middle Of May" went to "Forever Inclined", a band from Mapleton, Utah. Luis was was in the band for 7-8 months untill there drummer quit. Luis asked me if I can be a replacement for them. I answered surprisingly, "No." I said no because I checked out "Forever Inclined" on the internet and they were terrible to be honest. The singer especially. I didn't like them at all and I didn't want to be in a band that had a bad singer. Luis answered back, "Are you sure?" I replied, "Yes, I'm sure."
Later, I got news from Luis that they were breaking up. I called Luis and asked, "Why did you guys break up? Was it the singer?" Luis replied, "Yeah we broke up because none of us had interest anymore and we knew we weren't going anywhere." At that point, I had an idea. I asked Luis If he wanted to form another band. Luis replied and said, "Dude let's do it!" Luis got a guitarist/singer pretty fast. His name was, "Andrew Conner" and he was in "Forever Inclind" as well. Andrew didn't sing but he played the guitar and was good at it. Later, Andrew got Caleb Palmer to come in; bassist from "Forever Inclined". Now we had 4 members. I realized that we formed a band behind Holly's back. Holly was the singer for Lui's band and she had no idea that 3 of her band members quit and formed a band behind her back. She didn't know what was going on. We got texts from her saying that she wants band practice but funny enough, Andrew and Caleb replied no everytime. Holly was way confused and called Andrew up one day and we all said that we formed a band behind her back. Later, we drove to her house after talking to her and told her about what was going on. She surpringly didn't care and actually supported us on it. We thought to ourselves, "Cool, let's get things started!" On that same day, we went to my house to figure out a band name. We were all in the basement of my house and we were dead silent. We couln't think of any good ideas for a band name.
I threw out an idea and said, "How about Wired For Victoria?" Everyone hated that and despised me of it so we kept naming off names. Luis suddenly yelled out, "This day has been so havoc, freaken stressful!" Than I yelled out, "Wired For Havoc!" Everybody loved the name and thought it was different but yet very catchy. We kept the name and published websites about us like crazy. We did all of this in one day funny enough.
Months gone by and we were getting higher and higher in our music writing and fan expansion. We recorded 1 song during those months and the song was very expensive to do. $315 up at noisebox studios. A lot of money but well worth the money to get a song out for our fans to hear. We were proud of our work but the cost just killed us! Anyways, we had issues in the band between Andrew and Caleb. They were fighting about stupid things like girlfriends and telling eachother that I'm better than you or you need to get better at this. This went on for days than suddenly they would compromise and they're friends again but than it would happen again. One day, our bassist told us he quit the band because he couldn't take it being in Wired For Havoc. Mainly it was because of Andrew but Andrew never did anything that was bad. Caleb actually skipped practices and slept during band practice believe it or not. We even planned band nights and Caleb would always say he already made plans, which was with his girlfriend. But thats all he did, hung out with his girlfriend and never made the time to practice or get better at his bass. So, we left with good terms but on occasions, we would come back talk Andrew and "Wired For Havoc" for being so bad to him in everything. Within my case, we didn't do anything that would hurt his feelings. I never especially did. Luis never did. Caleb never got over the fact that leaving a band is officially leaving but apprently he still talks bad about us and how terrible we are and spreads rumors about our singer Andrew. Overall, he was bored and he said he wanted to try something else.
On the other hand. "Wired For Havoc" My band is still in searching for a bassist. We are ready to record an E.P. album in the spring and releasing it as soon as possible. We have shows scheduled and we are ready to take the next step in becoming a better band. Please come and be a fan and listen to our single, "ANCHOR." Visit our facebook, reverbnation, purevolume and youtube page when you can. Personally, being in this band will definatly hold exciting surprises here in the future.