You Blew It! in the newest issue of AMP Magazine.
You Blew It! in the newest issue of AMP Magazine.
You Blew It! released their great new album via Topshelf Records a few weeks ago, and PropertyOfZack is now very happy to be doing a Track-By-Track feature with the band to take fans behind the meaning of the songs on their record. Check out what the band had to say about the songs on Grow Up, Dude below!
Grow Up, Dude
This song has like 4 lyrics. They’re pretty self-explanatory. Also artsy. Way, way artsy. RESPECT ME AS AN ARTIST YOU GUYS.
The lyrics to this song were actually written by our old bassist, Marc Ispass. He was on a trip through Tennessee with an old friend, but after he had to leave the band, we kind of changed the lyrics to reflect our feelings about going on tour. The title comes from the name of a house we played in Virginia Beach, VA on our second tour. It was the first time we ever saw a good physical reaction from a crowd.
The One With David
This song was written after a pretty long, frustrating back-and-forth between “the muse” and I. We met at her apartment to go to lunch, but then we more or less ended up sitting in her room and pointing fingers at each other. The next couple days were spent going back and forth between blaming myself and then subsequently blaming her for everything that had happened. I’d take different routes to class and neglect entire sections of campus that I had seen her at. Man, I’ve been to the bookstore like twice in the past year and a half, and I have a free coffee coupon for it. It’s terrible.
Terry v. Tori
This song is one of our favorite stories to tell, I think, but you’ve got to know a couple things about us first. Red beard and all, Tim is the most Irish human on the face of the Earth. His birthday is even on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s ridiculous. Him and I also live in a house called The Buffalo, named after Terry, a gigantic fake buffalo head that we keep mounted in the living room. On his birthday in 2011, we threw a pretty nutty party at our place. Our friends showed up with their friends, who showed up with their friends, who showed up with their friends. By that second or third degree, you’re dealing with total strangers, but they’re drinking your beer so like, that means they’re friends or something. I don’t know. I also feel like it should be noted that I’m a total square and think parties generally suck, so I spent the entire night a sober dad. Around 1am, I was sitting outside with Tim talking about nothing, when a friend of a friend of a friend stormed out of the house. I caught the door and walked inside to Terry lying on the floor. Tim and I mounted him back on the wall, and the party pretty much dispersed. The next morning, we come to find out that friend of a friend of a friend is named Tori, so I put some words about the incident over a song we had written. I was real mad.
You Blew It! will be releasing their first full length record entitled Grow Up, Dude with us on April 24, 2012. In the video below, gentleman extraordinaire — Frank Doucette — announces the details of the release for the band’s first full length. Enjoy.
You Blew It! will be hitting the road with Direct Effect in March. Dates are below. Please email us if you think you can help fill any of the TBA’s!
*w/ direct effect
Being in a band is tough. A lot of times, to be in a band means acting as a fulcrum in an intricate balancing act. On one end are the essentials of a life at home: school, work, bills, living situations, and relationships. And on the other end are the demands of being in a band: touring, writing, practicing, and recording. It’s a romantic, manageable lifestyle for a little while, but before too long the scale starts to shift, and the issue is no longer balance, but sacrifice. Most of the time, those sacrifices are far too demanding and a decision has to be made.
In this case, our best friend Trevor O’Hare had to make that decision. As a recent college graduate and full-time employee, Trevor’s at-home responsibilities were adding up, and You Blew It was demanding sacrifices far too heavy to be feasible. Level-headedly and remorsefully, we have come to the mutual decision to allow Trevor to focus his time in areas where it is needed outside of the band. There are no hard feelings or ill tempers, and we’ll more than likely be sitting on that dude’s couch later this week. To rightfully pay homage to all the hard work Trevor had put into You Blew It these past 2 and a half years, we’ve mutually decided that our album release show will be his last as a BlewIt. Trevor has played a key role in getting this band to the point it is at now, and we are eternally grateful (faux hawk and all). With that in mind, Trevor plans on continually making music and I’m sure it’s going to rip. Keep an eye out for it.
As far as the future of You Blew It goes, we’re still going to be stinking up your guys’ basements. Our good friend Andy Anaya (Kit Fisto) has stepped in to fill the role of guitarist. Andy is 5’10”, has black hair, brown eyes, a love for his long time girlfriend Maria and his dog Frodo, and “has nothing better to do than dine in at Taco Bell.” We took Andy on tour with us over winter ‘11/’12, so you might have seen him before. The guy is really good at guitar, and he has some killer stage moves. I think, as far as people go, Andy Anaya is a perfect fit for You Blew It and the direction we’re heading. He will be going out with us through the Midwest this March, so maybe you can come out and see for yourself. Just don’t spill beer on his pedals, accidentally step on his tuner, or crowd surf him for too long. Being in a band is tough.
And now some words from Trevor:
Over these past few months I have been struggling with something, putting it in the back of my mind until finally, begrudgingly, I had to come to terms with it. As I get older I realize I have to make time for more things like work, family, the woman I love, etc. During a period of my life where time is at a premium, it is inevitable that some endeavors won’t be given the time and effort they deserve.
Let’s get right down to it: YBI and I are parting ways, unfortunately. It’s hard to let go of something so important to me like that, but I think that the rest of the guys in YBI deserve a guitarist that can put more time and effort into the music/touring than I am able at this point in my life. I would be doing them a disservice by holding them back from what they are truly capable of.
It has been an honor and a privilege to play music with Tim, Tanner and David. I am sad to leave, but also excited to see what the future has in store for them.
Also, in no way does this mean that I am done making music. It just means I’m done making music with these knuckleheads. :) I’ll be playing my last show with them when we release our new album “Grow Up, Dude” and then we will be parting ways. You should all come out and sing songs with me and get all emotional and shit, okay?