THIEFCLUB.COM IS UP AND AT EM’!!!
Greetings and salutations from St. Louis, Missouri where I’m sitting in my new apartment typing this and contemplating whether or not to take my morning deuce… NO. I MUST FINISH THIS POST!
I’m proud to announce that my Thief Club site is online and active and in celebration, I thought I’d clear the air and explain exactly what my Thief Club project is and how it came to be:
Over the past year I’ve been off the road and away from most touring and HTL related activities. I know that might make some people worry but fear not: this is something that needs to happen and for the greater good. Aside from that aspect of my life, I began releasing new material for a project I call “Thief Club” in late October. I know that this raises many questions as far as what this means for the future of HTL, why Thief Club sounds similar to HTL and what my motives were for this project. Hopefully, I can answer some of these questions now.
As most people know, HTL took a LOT of time in between the release of Skip School, Start Fights and Invicta, most of that having to do with label turmoil. It was a lot of fun for us, believe me! During that time there were many, many songs written and when you have lots of songs and everyone is trying to agree on a small amount for a record, sometimes songs get left behind. I wrote many songs for our record and in the end, some of them didn’t get used that I really loved. When you have 5 songs writers in a band, and you all listen to different stuff, you’re going to have different opinions as far as what you like and dislike. The main thing is finding that medium where everyone is happy. I would rather play songs that all of my bandmates like than force something down their throats and make them play songs they don’t believe in. I respect the guys in my band, I care about their opinion and I want us all to have a say in the sound of Hit The Lights. That’s the bottom line. At the same time, when all was said and done, I had these songs that I felt were some of the best I’ve ever written and I didn’t want them to be shelved and never heard by anyone. Knowing that, I booked time with Rob Freeman(producer of Skip School/My Heavy) and recorded some songs with him in 2012, simply because I wanted to hear some of those songs completed. Some of you may have downloaded them when I released them between October and December of 2012 under the moniker of “Thief Club”. I expected nothing and was just happy to release these songs that I felt so good about.
From there, HTL went on break and in the spring of 2013 my good friend Masa, who works for HTL’s Japanese label Kick Rock Records, reached out to me about using a TC song on a compilation. Still having a few songs that I still wanted to record, I asked him if he’d be interested in releasing a Thief Club EP. He told me that it would be in the better interest of Kick Rock if we just did an album, something that never crossed my mind. Being in a writing funk since Invicta, I decided that it would be good for me to get back into writing again. I told Masa I would do a full length, contacted Rob Freeman about producing it, and began writing what would become “My Heavy”. It’s my project, mine alone to answer to, I love watching my vision come to life, and I couldn’t have done it without Rob Freeman and Kick Rock Records. They made this happen. I understand that it “sounds like HTL” - I WRITE AND SING HTL SONGS! It’s just me being me, that’s it. Over the past few months I toyed with many ideas on how to release a record myself and this is the conclusion that I’ve come to:
I’m going to release two songs a month for streaming and online retail and set up a pre-order for the physical copy of the record. This way, everyone gets to continuously hear new music for the next few months and anyone who has already paid for the 3 songs I released in 2012 won’t have to pay for them again if they buy the album online. Anyone who wants a physical copy can order it from me and we’ll keep it nice and intimate as it should be! Meanwhile, I’ve been having my good friend Chad Bercea build an awesome website that will have all the songs for streaming, as well as a background into how the songs came about and what went into writing them. I thought it was a cool idea and Chad has done an amazing job making my vision into a reality. Any more questions, feel free to ask me here. I know I haven’t used this for awhile, but life is pretty boring off the road anyway :)
Now go check out ThiefClub.com and as always, I’ll keep you updated on HTL as well as the release of “My Heavy”. Everyone stay safe and keep your ears out for some new Thief Club jams headed your way!
p.s. Oh my god I have to poop so bad now