#TBT: A lot has changed in 3 years
Growing up is a mind trick. From one moment to the next, you can go from being a total noob, to feeling like the hottest shit on the block, back to wishing you knew what you were doing half the time. The major principles that have mattered to our career are staying true to who we are, working hard, and trying not to take ourselves too seriously... All that as we seriously try to "make it" in a highly competitive industry.
All that can present some serious challenges to a young band, but we just keep swimming. We know we're on the right track when folks come up to us after a show and earnestly say that it was better than the last one. It's one of the greatest gifts we could be given because it reaffirms our belief in what we're doing and simultaneously requires us to continue to push and improve our game for the next time. If we don't, we will get bored, plateau in our abilities, stagnate musically, and people will stop showing up.
I was thinking about this concept today on the heels several great shows, and having just seen Lettuce at the Top Hat with the band. It's refreshing yet terrifying to see such a tight, talented band with such a sick show. It keeps reminding us of how far we have to go to be the band we want to be... To play on the level where you sell out a 700 person venue without ever having played in that state before.
It reminds me of the time we opened for Big Gigantic at the Zebra Cocktail Lounge in 2012. Looking back on the photos of that show brings back some great memories.
We were a completely different band then. Neither Matt Rogers, nor Steve Brown had joined the band, and I don't believe we had traveled much past the borders of Montana to play music.
Boy, a lot has changed in three years!