Friday, May 27, 2005

Live song from Madrid

So when we were in Madrid, Spain we were scheduled to perform a national concert on public radio and tv. We were to record in front of a hired audience of 12 people standing on a wood panel with a camera on each side to help make it look like just a small section of a large crowd. They did not get actual fans of our music or the genre, they got actors to stand there to applaud when they were told. This was also to be recorded at 9am, to be shown on a later date, later at night. In all honesty it was quite an honor and it was for a well respected show that was watched by the whole country.
Well... we pulled into Madrid, every single one of us sick! Sick, I tell you, sicker than dogs! For the first time in her 4 year career in EIB, Liz completely lost her voice. It was a traumatic time for her and for us. I convinced my self at this point that it was probably going to go badly, so I stopped thinking about it and decided to try to have some fun and make the best of it. Liz was very hard on her self. The station doctor, yes the tv station had a doctor, gave her some medicine, it made her feel a little better, but she still had no voice. It went very badly.
So anyway, this is not about that, this is about the show later that night that went very very well. Somehow the amazing Liz had regained her voice, and Gub, Phillip, Dave and I stood without dizzy spells casting down to the sweat stained stage floor, and we had a great, high energy show in front of about 300 Spaniards. I just received a cassette tape of the concert, and have put this cassette on cd. It was a fairly messy concert, but we all jumped around like jumping beans in a hot hand, that's not a very good simile but it was the first one that came to mind. Anyway, I have put a song from this concert up at our purevolume page:
It's called Darkest Days. Check it out if you can.

LIke I said it is pretty messy, but I think it sounds cool. You can't hear the bass, and we are missing Bice, sadly, but Dave did a great job on drums.
Darkest Days.

John Pierson

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Hello to everyone throughout the greater galaxy and a few suburbs, Even In Blackouts are on a hiatus for a few months while we return to our lives and try to make sense of our situations. Liz and I are due for a meeting to discuss the future of the band. The last two tours: Europe and The East Coast, went very well, but it took alot out of us. I am beginning to feel like the band needs to find a new way of promoting itself. I tried to create a punk band by doing things that I have never done before, in order not to repeat myself. I think we succeeded, but in the process we have put ourselves slightly out of the market with which I was most familiar. I love touring the pop punk circuit, but I feel it does not love us as much. I am taking some time to analyze this dilemma and see if we have to formulate a new game plan. I don't know anything other than the do it yourself punk world, so I am a little confused on where to go from here. I have tried many labels with a bit more booking power and better distribution, but no one is biting. This should be the time to analyze the band and figure out whether we suck. But I hear so much good about the band, that I don't want to give up that easily. We have had bad reviews, but we have had opposite amazing reviews for the same shows and the same albums. I pretty much new this would happen going into Zeitgeist's Echo, but I didn't want that to stop me and Liz from experimenting with less acceptable ideas in the punk vein. Anyway, I am just babbling because this is on my mind lately.
But if any of you fans have any ideas about labels, or scenes, or booking agents, or managers that are into our type of music just let us know by e-mailing us at

Also there is a Scottish online zine that is pretty popular that is publishing and interview with me. It's pretty interesting, take a look at it. It's very thorough. review/jughead.html

There is also an in depth review of Zeitgeist's Echo by the same interviewer that I will be posting soon.

thanks for listening.

Even In Blackouts