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New Logo

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you may have noticed our latest profile pic taken from Muir’s iPhone.

I took the muir’s snapshot into Photoshop, flipped it so it actually looks like a C and a 9 and started going to town on it. What do you think?

If there are any designers out there who want to take a crack at it, here’s the Photoshop file I’ve been working with.   You can also just start with the full-res source photo like I did.  If you send us something we’ll post your work, give you the proper credit, and take you out for a night of adult beverages.

Coldplay Are Wankers

This is Steve Wilson, the vocalist, lead guitarist, and mastermind behind Porcupine Tree, one of our band’s favorites.  An account of the photo above said that a fan threw the piece of paper on stage and Wilson held it up to the crowd — an endorsement of sorts.

When I think of these two bands, Porcupine Tree and Coldplay, I think of Ayn Rand’s characters Howard Roark and Peter Keating from The Fountainhead.  Roark is a brilliant, forward-thinking architect who is unsuccessful due to his immutable creative integrity.  His close circle of friends and clients consists of characters who admire and respect his genius.  In spite of being a lesser architect, Peter Keating, (Roark’s classmate and contemporary) is extremely successful in his field because he operates by pandering to the demands of others, and appealing to a safe and traditional artistic sensibility.

Like Howard Roark, Porcupine Tree earned a small but passionate fanbase of listeners throughout their pursuit of personal artistic ideals.  Their music is beautiful, complex, rich, and versatile, but not everyone’s cup of tea.  Coldplay, their UK contemporaries, in step with with Peter Keating, have pursued a more accessible sound and become a household name.  Critically, however, they are a punchline. Even their most recent and most mature effort, Viva La Vida (an album I thoroughly enjoyed) received mixed reviews, and was under scrutiny for plagiarism.

Also, the word “wankers” is hilarious.

Cloud Nine

Going in to last night we knew it would be an amazing time, but we never expected it to unfold the way it did…

On top of sharing the stage with one of our strongest musical influences, John Hogg, the drummer from one of our all-time favorite bands (Jerry Gaskill of King’s X) was in the audience. It sounds like I’m speaking in hyperbole, but I’m not. Hanging out with these guys after the show, talking about music, art, inspiration, and anything else was a dream come true. We were legitimately starstruck.

Our set felt great. We debuted a new song, “By Myself” and brought some older material back to life. We represented ourselves well and warmed up the stage for John Hogg’s latest band, Cassini, who absolutely crushed it. They are the real thing. I can’t wait to hear their work in the studio.

We owe a huge thank you to everyone who came out. Wednesday night be damned, you were a GREAT crowd: attentive, responsive, and loud as hell. Thank you for being a part of such an amazing evening for the band.

VIDEO | “I Saw The Change”

At the end of rehearsal the other day, we decided fire up the webcam and make a quick acoustic recording of a new song, “I Saw The Change.” Stylistically, it’s a slight change of pace from the usual stuff but it should make a nice addition to the set.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments…