music meme: one band - Envy on the Coast (x) (listen)
“When we started this band, we had no idea what we were doing, nor what we wanted to accomplish. Like most bands, we hopped in a van and vowed to stick together and figure it out along the way. In a very short time frame, we decided we wanted to preserve integrity, credibility, and put our art at the forefront above all else. We knew turning down certain opportunities would sometimes leave us broke and maybe regretful, for some of us, but we knew it wasn’t within our capability to compromise. Sure, we did a lot of things we were apprehensive about at first, but on ‘Lowcountry’, our most recent effort, I can proudly say we made something that was 100% us. We played ball for a few years, but not on that record; we did what we wanted. We wrote the songs we wanted to write, the way wanted to write them. We shot the video we wanted with the creative individuals who we entrusted to do it with. We did it all our way. I don’t care how many copies it sold, because I’ve got a lot of acquaintances who have sold a shit-ton more records than I may ever sell, but they don’t sleep as well as I do at night.
I’ve toured with the flavors of the week. I’ve watched teenagers place “band dudes” up on pedestals, not for the music they make, but for the aura they omit. I’ve seen the looks in our fans eyes. I know that this little band meant something to you. I know that all of our sacrifice, all of our struggle, and all of our hard work was worth it. I know that we didn’t have to tweet what the fuck we were doing every hour of the day in order to stay connected with our fans. They stayed connected to us through our music, regardless of where we were or what we were doing. You understood. You got it. (…) We were a rock and roll band from Long Island, NY.”
…..I started crying while reading this. NOT OKAY