May McDonough & Company

A Strange & Murky Few Days

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It’s that time again – that time of year where bloggers, weekly columnists, and quasi-journalists of all kinds begin all of their articles needlessly with the phrase “it’s that time again!”. (Kids! For a true example of irony in practice, see the above run on sentence. Or for the very definition, try watching 90′s cult classic “Reality Bites”). What a strange way to begin a blog entry, but it has been a strange and murky few days. To begin with, our loyal little tribe has been touched with death, illness, and heartbreak over the past week or two in our personal lives, all of which was slowly accumulated and mostly anticipated.

So, instead of falling to our knees in agonizing shock or disgrace, we’ve all sorta just been shuffling about in a malaise, not knowing what to say to one another, and passing knowing nods back and forth when the wind changes ever so slightly. But these periods of simmering, agitating, unidentifiable emotions and confusion expose a nerve to music in the most vulnerable way, and make for some very raw, powerful, and almost transcendental band practices. These are the moments when being a musician feels like a gift (as opposed to most others when it can seem like a cruel burden of cosmic torture somehow, but that’s just me…).

We’re all fine, and would prefer not to go into details, so don’t start flooding us with condolences (all though, just the thought is appreciated; so I’ll thank you now, and we can just pretend it all ready happened. Thank you. There. You see? Less awkward all ready). I’m very grateful to have band mates with such incredible character and caliber. These two friends are very brave and their impressive commitment to sound reason and compassion is steadfast and fucking amazing. It’s an honor to work with them.

All things aside, we have some exciting shit on the shelf. Our music video for Careful of the Tales is in post, but we previewed a sneak peak to a small group on Halloween and they loved it! No release date specifically planned yet, coming soon! We have a show coming up January 12th at one of my old favorite watering holes, the spectacularly classy bar-turned-venue just a few doors down from Jumbos Clown Room: Harvard & Stone. That will be a fun one. We’re also putting together a cassette tape release of Bullyboywithaglasseye through Weiner Records, AND come February we will be part of a psychedelic box set alongside some of the greatest artists of all time like MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, and Hawkwind! More on that later. Oh also, don’t forget we now have Bullyboy on VINYL in our store, and if you buy the vinyl you also get a free download card so you can download the album to your mp3 player! AND the download card is not only biodegradable, but it contains wild flower seeds. So after you download, bury the card in soil in your backyard or in a center divider somewhere and wild flowers will grow! In fact, I think I’ll go seed bombing later this evening. Maybe next album we can get vegetable seeds in there, start feeding the homeless with the things. Keep on keepn on, May.

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by May