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Interview with Andy Barnett: 10 Years of Why They Came and “A Stick Full of Bells”

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Why They Came’s debut LP and look forward to their brand new studio Christmas LP, we sat down with Andy Barnett to reflect on the past and look down the road a bit.

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.

As far as our first record, I just remember thinking it was time to make a record and knew you had put out a few records. We loved you guys and the label so we just asked if you would be interested in releasing one with us. Here we are ten years later still pretending to be good at this. Thanks for going along. Continue reading Interview with Andy Barnett: 10 Years of Why They Came and “A Stick Full of Bells”

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Music Video: “Up the Wrong Tree” by Why They Came

Here it is!

The music video premiere for “Up the Wrong Tree” by Why They Came from the upcoming Holy War Hymnal LP, out Thanksgiving 2016. Directed by Ryan Staples (who also directed their music videos from The Scarecrow EP and Don’t Eat From the Candy Tree).

Click here to watch it on YouTube! Make sure to leave a comment and give it a big ol’ thumbs up while you’re there. We’d also appreciate it if you’d share it with as many friends as possible.

Holy War Hymnal will be released on Thanksgiving 2016, but it is available right now to our $3/month and up supporters on Patreon!

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Spammers (or My New Best Friends)

Spam

We get a ton of spam comments in the back end of badapplerecords.net. My favorite thing about these comments is how nice they are. These bots have manners.

Having a rough day? Read the spam comments! Day=awesome.

So, here are a few screenshots of comments that we have gotten lately (with a bit of commentary.) Enjoy.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens vs. Expanded Universe

Contributed by Josiah Murphy (guitarist for Why They Came). Their latest release, The Scarecrow EP, is available on iTunes. Watch their Star Wars themed music video for “Echo Three to Echo 7” at the bottom of the page!

Josiah and his old pal, Boba Fett!
Josiah and his old pal, Boba Fett!

I’ve had Star Wars in my life since before I could retain memories. I can’t recall the first time the saga was shown to me… It’s just always been there. I grew up pretending that I was a hero fighting along side my heroes. Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2, and 3PO were my friends who I could always go to another world with no matter what I had going on in real life. I’ve incorporated Star Wars into every aspect of my life. (Just ask my closest family, friends, and band mates… it’s kind of a problem!)

Anyway, I’m the guy who waves his hands in front of automatic opening doors and has enough Star Wars clothing to wear something different for weeks at a time. I have Star Wars tattoos, and I collect toys that I never open. Not a day goes by that I can’t find a way to reference Star Wars to something I’m dealing with. I think you’ve got the picture.

When I was ten, maybe eleven, I discovered that there was more to the story than just A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Way more! There were novels that sent my heroes to worlds I’d never heard of, people I’d never seen, and adventures I’d never dreamed of. There was an Expanded Universe.

Flash forward to the year 2015, going into what is now 2016. Disney/Lucasfilm have taken those stories that I have been reading for years and de-canonized, re-branded, and re-marketed them as Legends. We now have a whole new timeline of stories being spearheaded by what will probably be the highest grossing film of all time, The Force AwakensContinue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens vs. Expanded Universe