Brandon: How did we meet and what made you decide to release your first LP with Bad Apple Records?
Andy: We must have met at a Castle on a Cloud show but I don’t remember specifically. I do remember convincing you my name was Pete at an open mic in BG many years ago. It’s interesting to note that the drummer and bass player of Castle on a Cloud later became the original drummer and bassist for whytheycame.
Two summers ago, my husband took me to Chicago to make one of my dreams come true: seeing U2 in concert. On the way, and especially the minutes leading up to the show starting, I began to have little pricks of worry. What if I am disappointed? What if I have looked forward to this for twenty-eight years and it’s not as great as I think it is? Will this drive/ticket price/two nights in a hotel be ‘worth it’? And then, as I was caught up in the religious experience that a U2 concert is, all of my fears were dashed away and drowned out by the singing.
I feel similarly regarding this album that we are working on. This is a dream in my heart that began twenty years ago. Many times during those years, this dream nearly died. I tried to make it happen on four separate occasions and the project was shelved due to lack of finances, time, moving, and unreliable people. Then, after a wilderness period that nearly killed me, I found myself in Bowling Green talking to Brandon one day about writing music, playing music, really about loving music.
Now, as I am recording and planning arrangements, music videos, cover art and launch parties, I am having similar pricks of worry mixed with elation. Will this be as great as I think it can be? Will this be worth all of the time and heart and effort and tears that went into writing these songs over the past twenty years? My great hope is that the answer will be drowned out by all the singing.
Stay Tuned for Bethany Pedigo’s Debut LP Early 2018
Today is a big day for many of us across the United States, as we’ll be witnessing the rare event of a total solar eclipse. Some of us will see totality for a matter of minutes, and others for mere seconds. It’s hard not think on the passage of time and look back on all the unique events of one’s life. We hope everyone is able to do so with fond memories and hopes for a bright future.
For some of us, it’s also a good day to jam to Stellar Kin’s 2004 cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler and appreciate our days in the thriving and caring music scene of the early 2000’s. If you missed out on that, pump up the volume on the video below and consider grabbing We Need to Know on iTunes for more. A lot has changed since then, but as music audiences have declined our family of artists continues to grow. Maybe hearing this will rekindle some old memories and encourage you to reconnect?
Welcome to our official online listening party for “Challenge the League” by Re-Education Camp!
We will be live with Jon and Zack from Re-Education Camp in the comment thread from 8 PM until at least 9 PM (Central Standard Time). Listen to the LP straight through using the YouTube playlist here, and chime in with your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Ask about the production or behind the scene elements, influences, songwriting, your favorite track, or anything you want to talk about. We’ll try and stay live until every question is answered.
If you’d like to support the guys, consider purchasing a copy of Challenge the League or their debut LP, PsyOp’s Boombox. You can get both, and our entire catalog, by supporting us on Patreon for only $3 per month (no obligation, cancel anytime).
Update: If you missed it live, still give it a listen and leave your comment. We’ll reply as quickly as we’re able. Enjoy!
Challenge the League is the sophomore LP from Lexington’s true school hip hop duo, Re-Education Camp.
May 12th: Early Release for only $3 on Patreon (available now) May 15th: Brandon visits the camp on our Podcast (available now) May 19th: Official Release on Bad Apple Records (available now) with “For the Record” Music Video (watch after the jump) May 26th: Available on iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, etc… June 4th: Online Listening Party (RSVP on Facebook)
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