Thursday, August 28, 2008

Great God

All the "Turn On the Outside Lights EP" banners and such and such you see on our Myspace page? Wellll just so happens they're not accurate whatsoever. Haven't been for quite some time.

Indeed, we had planned to be releasing the new EP by May; no wait- July; no wait, end of August; end of September? Nope. Right now it's looking to be end of October. Maybe a good ol', haunted EP release show. Now that'd be swell. But who knows- maybe it'll be Santa Claus who gets the final say on which nice boys and girls finally get their hands on the EP.

If anyone was still wondering, the show we had last Saturday, in Richmond, for the side project Mark and I now have (Carlyle Petes' Chessmen of Doom) was amazing. Mostly thanks to all the wonderful people, whom we never expected to show up, showing up. Of course, there are two types of people we would've never expected to show up; there's: (I'm a BIG fan of lists- can you tell?)

  • 1. The type that say they're friends/fans and either maybe going to, going to try to, or even flat out GOING to come, but then...don't.

  • 2. The type that would have a more legitimate reason not to come- usually in the form of being a little too far away. THIS was the group that really shined that night, and gave me more faith in the diminishment of the roll that Time and Distance play on Friendship/Fanship/Givingaship.

    We had people come out all the way from both ends of Virginia. My friend Kelly came all the way from Roanoke, my sister and brother-in-law from Charlottesville, and my old friends came out from all the way over on the Eastern Shore of Virginia (across the bay, East from Va Beach). Kelly's a true devotée- you'll see her up as the lovely Kellbells on our Top Friends (friend her- she's amazing); she almost always finds a way to make it out to our main shows. My sister and brother-in-law have been out to see us a couple of times; but the Eastern Shore folks presence really hit me hard. Gave me pomp like I'd never had. Mark and I clambered onto that stage and the gears never stopped turning. It was magnificent.

    (Stepping off the screen for a second, I'd like to note that - I don't know if you caught it, but- I started this entry in a particularly sarcastic and defeating mood- but talking about this show has cheered me up a bit. Thank goodness. Let's try and carry on in the light of that.)

    Anyway, that new project of ours now has a Myspace, so PLEASE check us out HERE and friend us if you haven't done so already. And I'd just like to thank Lucas F., Ben A., Ben F., Christen G., Andrew F., Tatum S., Colin M., James M., and that Austin guy that was pretty damn nice and cool.

    To wrap up, I WILL deliver some delightful Plato! news, and that is that: we HAVE finished up a final design to be made into our very first batch of t-shirts, which will be first available at our October 7th show at The Camel, with our good friend, the ever-so-soulful-and-honest Alex Enggist, and the excellent band Run, Run, Run. So please please please try to make it out, so that you can be one of the very very first to get your hands on We Know, Plato!'s, first ever T-SHIRT.

    Have a wonderful night, and DON'T be like me: make friends, don't lose them; listen to music; and get a worthwhile job.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2008

    7 maybe 8 in 5

    You may or may not know by now but Ben and I are doing a little side project, currently dubbed Carlyle Petes' Chessmen of Doom, in order to do something a little less We Know, Plato! like, but then again so are Daniel and Todd. So maybe one day we will be able to book a whole show with nothing but WK,P! related acts.

    Anyway, while Daniel and Todd choose to keep their project tightly under wraps, Ben and I are trying finish up writing, arranging and learning 7 or 8 brand new songs at a frantic pace so that we can unveil them in some fashion or another at our "acoustic" non-acoustic show this coming Saturday at The Camel.

    It has been a bit crazy to say the least, but it is very much the same way We Know, Plato! started when Ben and I played our first show up in Harrisonburg about 2 years ago. At least this time we have lyrics to all the songs.

    But yes, it has been a pretty hectic pace trying to fit in practices whenever we can. So far we have managed to get some sort of arrangement and structure to about 7 songs. Of course, I am sure as we progress and record the songs, things will change but for now we have a running start which I hope will be mildly entertaining at the show on Saturday.

    I feel I can speak for Ben as well as myself when I say we are quite excited about the idea of the new songs or rather the seedlings of new songs we have brewing. And no need to fear, even though we have our project and Daniel and Todd have theirs, it doesn't mean the end for WK,P! we are still hard at work on this EP. This is just an outlet for both factions of WK,P! to get a bit more creative and go in different directions in order free up creativity for both the side projects and ultimately We Know, Plato!

    So now you will not only have one band creating great music but you will now have three.

    We Know, Plato!

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    We Know, Plato! Divulges In "The Midnight Snack"

    My old chum Snack (yes, that is his name to you and all his friends) has his own radio show, entitled "The Midnight Snack" (clever boy!), on VCU's college radio, "The Midnight Snack" is on at -can you guess? that's right- MIDNIGHT, and Snack's going to be promoting We Know, Plato! and a couple of our songs, so tune in! You'll have to have/download Real Player in order to listen in, but it takes about 1 minute to download it and set it up, so there's no trouble.

    This fella is crazy cool and unpredictable, so there's no telling what he might say/not say about the band/music, but I can tell you right now- you're going to enjoy whatever portion of the show you do end up catching!

    Thanks for heeding,
    We Know, Plato!

    Thursday, August 7, 2008

    Ladies and gentleman, WE HAVE DRUMS!

    Yes folks it's finally happened, we have successfully tracked all the drums for all five songs for the upcoming EP. It has been a long , tiresome, drawn-out process and much more time was spent on the drums than we should've spent, but alas we finally have the final drums for all the songs and it sounds pretty great!

    Daniel and I finished up the final two songs on Monday and Tuesday. Monday we tracked drums for 'Mothra' which was a pretty difficult thing since there is a section, the bridge, that speeds up faster than the rest of the song and then going back into the last verse it slows back down to the regular tempo so you can imagine that taking a bit of time and skill to nail it or get even close. However, we were successful and we are feeling good about it.

    Tuesday, we started fresh on the last song, 'Moon & the Sun'. That one was pretty easy so there was not much to say about that, only that it differs from our current live version a bit and we were going to try to record the live version after we got the EP version but time ran out and so we just called it a wrap and celebrated by leaving the studio and knowing we won't have to agonize over the drums for this EP ever again. Now we can move on and we have learned from our mistakes.

    So given that we now move forward with the Ep finally. Sorry for the delay everyone. But you will have your EP or at least be close to having your new WK,P! EP by this fall. Next we will be recording guitar, bass and piano and lastly vocals. Then we go into the mixing stage and then off to be mastered and printed. WOOOOO!!!

    In other news we have two shows coming up this month. The first being August 9th with Bock's Car and a few other harder rocking acts. We seem to always get shows with bands that are nowhere near our style of music but it's still good fun t o be had by all so come on out for that. It will be a rocking show at Rocks on Main St. in Shockoe Bottom.

    Then Ben and I will be doing a stripped-down acoustic type show of pretty much all new material. We may play a WK,P! favorite or two but for the most part it will be stripped down versions of all new songs most of which are still currently unfinished as we speak. haha Therefore, it's not hard to do stripped-down versions of these songs. So come on out for that, it will be a great show with our good pal Brett Harris and this time he has a full band.

    Oh yeah, and you will want to be a part of this show because you may never again hear these songs in this style, as we might change out a chorus or totally change a section of the song when we later record it. This is your chance to hear these new songs in a very raw light.

    Thanks for stopping by and reading these ramblings.