I hate that my first Tumblr post is gonna start this negative… Sometimes heads have to roll….
Consider the lesson 101
Us four in Shinedown are 4 of the most open minded individuals you will ever meet. Wether is bands , food (w/ the exception of me and food) , travel , love , life . Anything.
Im not one to say this helped us in where we have gotten today..But I am fairly sure it did not hurt
This brings me to the current Sad Sad Sad So Sad state of the Music “Scene” in Memphis,Tn . My beloved home , birthplace , and where my home still is today.
Here is why it will be ME to tell all of you that your a joke… Yes a Joke… It will be me to tell you this . . Because you all think I’m arrogant , stuck up , nose in the air , “Rockstar” asshole with my head up my ass… .It’s the same story you’ve been telling about me since I got a record deal when I was 14… And here’s why you think this… Because I never wanted to be in your “Clicks” . . I wanted to hang out with REAL Musicians…I’d rather listen to Otis Redding and Prince that search what was New and Cool. . But if I happened to stumble upon what was New and “Cool” I listened before I jumped on it…Im not an “Indie” or a “Hipster” If its good. . its Good. . Period. . I learned that from Eric Bass. . Who is the Bass Player in Shinedown . .Also one of the most talented Humans on this earth.
So You can say “Zach Myers from Shinedown’s head is up his ass” Or ” He’s got a fucking huge head and ego” . . Well that may be so. . But that HUGE head is Huge and *OPEN MINDED* to ANYTHING thats good in Art , Music Etc.
So here it goes.
Last night I went to a show involving 5 Local Bands … 1st band I dont recall the name , Haven Hill , Chosen View , Surrender the Fall , and Tetanus
I was so laughably amused by the . . Let’s call them “Legos” Local Egos… I arrived Early so I could see ALL the bands as I never get to get out in my city and see local music and I was actually a little excited to see some of these new line-ups of these bands and some new songs …
When I got there all i saw was a giant punchline **W/ The exception of the people i will name later **
You guys are so deluded…..it was a joke…To find none of you speak to someone UNLESS they speak to YOU first… . Myself included…… Your Egos are so out of control it was a comedy show…Wether you looked like a Dragon Ball Z Actor or You were trying to be the singer in Papa Roach… No one speaks unless someone “Recognizes” them… Dude. . Recognized from where??? . . Your job at Kroger?… or your local celeb status on facebook?. . Get over yourself…
I watched the first band. . They were good. . Drummer was awesome. .
2nd was Haven Hill who I was excited to see because my long time friend Chris Johnson was in the band … This band was F****NG Amazing!. . And heres where I started getting pissed off… EVERYONE LEFT THE ROOM WHEN THEY PLAYED… Because Haven Hill . . Had great songs. . and ROCKED BALLS. . and didnt wear Eye liner or cut up jeans or bang every stripper in the city… And they were the best band there… Period! . . But because they weren’t in a “Click” you ignored them… It was a joke. . You stood in the bar and stroked your over sized egos… and for some of you . . good thing your ego is that sizable. . cause nothing else is…or from what I hear…But because Haven Hill doesnt go out to Every Ladies night every night of the week to “Keep face out on the town”…You ignored the band that was the most talented there
3rd was the Chosen View 2.0 . . Wich i was impressed with. Ive known Dave Cowell since I was 13 years old , Along with Josh Myers as well ….As I watched a couple more people start to stumble in to watch these guys cause they are a little more socially “acceptable” …It was starting to become painfully obvious
4th was Surrender the Fall… Who I will say. . I have heard the record. . It sounds great. This is when people started piling in. . Only because these guys are out “friending” everyone… So everyone wants to be “Cool”. . Yet you wont watch all the other bands . . It’s a joke. . Ive known Devin for a long time and he’s a great soul…and Watching Ed Harris play drums just gets me off…period… But its great to see something let it influence you. . and move on . .Dont steal it…idiot. . people watch shows. . they see someone else did it first…ecsp when Ive seen you have the talent to do it originally … And when all these other bands are coming in and watching…Ive never seen so many people talk SO much shit about someone behind there back and not to there face…its comical… And all the Cling -ons , “Techs” hahah , “Tour managers” . . you have to GO ON TOUR. . to do that… All you guys do is stand around pulling out your under-sized cocks and having a small dick contest…stop it. . you look dumb… . Get along with one another…Join TOGETHER… Make it a Scene. . not a click…
And the other 2 “Bands” that didnt play but were there as “unit”. . C’mon get with it… Put the video camera down and focus kid…
Tetanus is always ridiculous since the first time i saw them. . Scott Hardin is one of the most talented people in Memphis…All around
All of you need to get your shit together… Almost ALL of you dont give a FUCK about MUSIC. . You just want to be famous. . and i’ll tell you this right now. . you WON’T BE unless you get your heads out of your asses.
It’s sad that pretty much the only 4 bands I can think of that don’t talk shit about other people behind there back in this city in the rock scene are… Sore Eyes , Prosevere , Tetanus , and Now Haven Hill .
I remember when we would book a local show at the New Daisy and ALL 5 bands would SELL OUT the show. . 1800 people for a local show… Wich is how it SHOULD be…because we worked TOGETHER… If we had beef with someone. . we worked it out. Because it was about MUSIC . . Not how cool you are… or who you hang out with.
But thats not gonna happen with all of you punks not speaking to each other cause you think your too cool . .and you want that person to notice YOU first…several people did this to ME and ALOT of other people last night… guys ive known 12 years…
Guess I just needed to get the big white
rabbitt Elephant out of the room.
Oh and the girls…c’mon now. . lets have some self respect… Some of you get passes around Memphis Band dudes like Tom Brady’s favorite practice ball… *Look I know ive been a running back on several occasions as well . . But Jesus. . Get with it*
Now. . go to work . . and write SONGS. . and listen to EVERYTHING and EVERYONE. . Be open minded. . And UNITE!. . for god’s sake. . seriously. . Stop talking shit about each other. . unless your gonna do it out in the open….
Yes theres Grammar errors. . but some of you probably graduated from gateway to. .
PS. Im ready for whatever.
This is my opinion. . no one else’s. .
as my man T.I says. . ”Opinions are like Escalades …Everybody’ got one”
Stay Positive. .
Dont use this and get angry . . use and Make it make YOU work for it. .
But if you do get angry … .Not scared…….