As I come into 2015 with my wonderful band-mates, friends and brothers (Matt, Ian and Ali), I reflect back on 2014, not only in our “band-life”, but in my own as well.
2014 was a particularly tough one for me, professionally and personally. I made a lot of difficult decisions, and a lot of bad choices. But through it all, as ever, music was my constant. I feel I grew as a singer and songwriter in 2014. Everyone knows the only thing that’s ever gotten me through the shit is songwriting, so it was good to have that tool of release to use when things got extra tough. All of the projects I’m involved in began to really thrive when things got hard — and isn’t that always the case? Your personal life suffers and inspiration takes hold in a cathartic rush of melancholy and sadness! But everything is now falling into place — the dust is settling — and while I still never know what the hell I’m doing with my life, this feels good to me right now.
As you must know by now because I’ve pretty much shoved it down everyone’s throat, we released our debut LP, This is OK for Now, in 2014 and on December 15th, we released our first official music video for our second single, Underemployed. It premiered on Exclaim, which was awesome (thank you!!), and I’m very happy with how it turned out. I wanted to juxtapose the ideas in the song, with happy, joyous imagery. The song is about the banality of life, the struggle of workplace and personal life today, the constant need for money just to stay afloat, all while feeling as though you’re making it just to spend it… basically, I never know what I’m doing and this song encapsulates that. So I wanted the video to portray what I (and many people) do to make it all worth while — what we do to get through the shit — and that’s listening to some good music, hanging with friends, and having a great party. We filmed it in our jam space (and as you can imagine, the shoot went very late).
So as I venture into 2015, I want to concentrate on music and what makes me feel good, all while surrounding myself with positive people and positive situations. There’s no room for shit anymore. I’d say that’s a pretty good resolution — positive vibes only.
Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2014, who came out to our shows, bought our records online or in person, showed us love, and made us feel like it was all worth while. We hope to bring you even more exciting things in 2015.
Happy New Year from all of us at Persian Rugs!