recently we had to do an interview with a guy who was going to be writing our new bio. mark and i spoke to him for about 45 minutes each, and he then went and wrote up a nice piece about our new record, our favorite songs off the record, and our intentions and mission as a band. it was perfectly acceptable and well written. it was also a complete masking of everything that has driven us to the point we’re at, everything that has made us who we are, and everything that motivated the making of DOGS. it’s nothing against the author; he did the best he could with what we gave him. it’s next to impossible to have never seen a band live or spent any time with them, and be asked to summarize their entire lives based off an hour of small talk. we just came to the conclusion after reading his piece that if we wanted to accomplish what we wanted out of a bio, we had to write it ourselves. so we did.
you will see a bio out in the world that is slightly different from this one. we were asked to remove some of the more “negative” statements to avoid sounding too bitter or angry. a legitimate criticism, sure. but i wanted to post this, the unedited original version we wrote, because even though it may come off a bit too bitter and angry, the fact is that this business has indeed made us bitter and angry. more has happened this week alone than i could even begin to explain. it’s a crazy thing to have all of your life’s eggs in one basket that someone else can just tip over or misdirect at any time without your control. this is the machine we’re in. we’re trying every single day to direct this negative energy towards positive pragmatism. some days its easy and productive, some days its most definitely not. but the struggle of it has bound the five of us together for life, and it most definitely drives us even harder to succeed against the odds. we have proponents who support us from within, for sure, and their help is invaluable. time will tell how the cards fall, but we’ll keep working always.
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