It's been real quiet around here, hasn't it? Hard to believe we'll be sticking a fork in the year that was 2014 just over 12 hours from now.
What a strange year it's been for our band.
On paper, it seems a little underwhelming - a few new songs, a handful of shows and that was pretty much it.
Behind the scenes, it was anything but boring.
One of the trickiest parts of being in a band at this stage of life is balance - balancing family, work and the band is always challenging and this year was loaded with curve balls and missteps. Our philosophy has always been that our family lives come first. As a result, we didn't get to do all the things we hoped for in 2014. But we loved the things we did do - Matt playing Clem Burke's kit at the Split Single Show. Being a part of the Balloon Squad reunion show. Celebrating Jerry's birthday with a Happy Mondays show at Wonder Bar - where Mark got the gift of his life from some of the greatest people we have the pleasure of knowing. Ringing in David Wilson's 40's in a small Jersey City bar. Wrapping it all up with the great guys in Stuyvesant at their record release party a few weeks back was the perfect ending.
We'd love to tell you that 2015 is the year we record the follow-up to Palace Amusements, but that's probably a little ambitious. We've got a number of songs ready to go and many more that have already been started, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility - but as always, you never know when "life" is going to creep into these schedules.
Rather than judge this year on shows or output, we prefer to judge it on the experiences of the past year - and in that respect, 2014 was a huge year for us. A big thank you to all who came to our shows, played our songs on the radio, bought our music or enjoyed our band this year. Your support never goes unrecognized and we can't begin to tell you how much it's appreciated.
We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2015.
Jerry / Matt / Mark / Steve