So back in Jan 2002 we recorded a demo, a tool to help us get some shows to do something fun on the weekends after a typical working week. None of us knew how far that little demo would eventually take us…
Last year Joe Gibb from Mighty Atom took it upon himself to remix and remaster the old songs, they sounded tighter and better than ever. We were pretty excited, but then something pretty unexpected happened…
When we started out all those years ago there was one band that collectively we held up as one of our biggest influences, that was/is Boysetsfire. We were fortunate enough to do a small run of UK shows with them in the autumn of 2002 and we became great friends through to this very day. So it was kind of mind blowing when they wanted to get involved with this ‘Anniversary’ edition of BOAM, offering to release the physical version through their own label End Hits Records alongside Mighty Atom. This to us is coming back full circle in many ways. We’ve never forgotten where we came from, we may have strayed from the path once or twice but we’ve always reset our course to follow our hearts and minds.
These songs are the birth of our band and without them we probably wouldn’t be where we are today. This is for the people that give a shit about our band, those who have stood buy us through all the changes and everything we’ve done in the last 12 years. It’s also a chance for those who have just joined us to get acquainted with our humble beginnings…
There was no real idea for Funeral for a Friend, no lofty goal to play arenas and the like…it was always about friends making music and having fun. And that is what Between Order and Model is all about.
So here it is remixed and remastered, expanded with a few alternate versions of songs that made their way out on later releases and a bunch of live versions recorded while on tour this summer. Yes it’s rough around the edges…we wear our hearts on our sleeves and that’s something we’ve always been proud of.
There are some hardcore records that you can’t ignore. If you don’t really follow then that’s okay because hardcore is all about discovery. It’s not some kind of secret club that you need a secret handshake to join, Bane were always good at laying out that explanation in some of the most poignant, heartfelt songs i’ve ever heard.
As far as hardcore records go this is one of the most influential to me. ‘It All Comes Down To This’ was a big help in directing me to a scene of music that was accepting of the rich differences that make us who we are whether we’re fully aware of that at the time or not.
'Can We Start Again' a song about going back to a simpler time before fashion, before elitism crept in. 'Open minds and open hearts, the things that set us apart'.
Not everyone loves Bane, but at the very least they should be respected for the message and the attitude they hold. If anything, let the words inspire you, after all, that’s what good hardcore should be…inspirational.
In an effort to keep this ‘blog’ of ours updated (possibly interesting to folks who have decided to give us a follow) we’re gonna talk about records, bands we like, influenced us, that kick ass and the like.
Maybe this will give you a little more insight into the inner working of what makes a band like us tick…maybe it will just sound weird and really fanboy-ish. Who the fuck knows or cares really, this is all about fun.
Luther - Let’s Get You Somewhere Else (Chunksaah Records)
I got this record last year while on a trip to go see some kick ass bands play in New York. I was told that Luther were power pop-punk, kind of like early Get Up Kids. I guess that comparison is pretty fair because this record is a regular visitor to my turntable and does remind me of The Get Up Kids, maybe with a bit of early Fountains of Wayne (pre- Stacy’s Mom stuff peeps). I guess I like it because it’s familiar and it’s done well, it’s the kind of record that makes me warm and fuzzy on the inside (yes, i am nothing if not sappy) and I have a soft spot for super sweet pop punk with a little rough around the edge feel.
Don’t take my word for it, go over to their bandcamp and have a listen (and if you like it, buy it and love it forever and ever…).