Hi guys.

I’m pretty lucky. And I mean that in almost every sense of the word. I’m reflecting on this right now because as I was walking through the cold this morning, the song Ladykiller by the Horrible Crowes came on, and my mind immediately busted out with “man, I’m so lucky to be alive to see a young Brian Fallon making music at such an amazing level of ability.” But as I pondered this thought, I realized that, sure, that shit’s true, but I’m so lucky on so many levels, it’s pretty fucking astounding.

I was born into a pretty peaceful and happy environment and I’ve never had to sleep in the cold or run for my life or wonder when I was gonna eat again (well, I have, but it’s been fairly self inflicted. Let’s be honest. Living in a van being in a rock band is like nerf homelessness). I’ve got healthy kids and a beautiful wife. I’ve got great friends. Fuck, the two guys in my band are two of the most spectacular people I know and I’ve been friends with one of them for twenty seven years. The other one, I’ve been friends with for a mere 19 years. I’m actually still friendly with most people I’ve ever been friends with, because I’m lucky enough to have been consistently surrounded by great, kind, awesome people.

Beyond that, I get to make music for a living and people enjoy it and that’s pretty overwhelming and cool. Our band, the Lawrence Arms, put out a record called Metropole yesterday and the response so far has been really great. It’s so humbling to be able to be a part of this scene and work with people that I grew up idolizing. I mean, fuck. That’s crazy! I’m lucky to just have all ten fingers and ten toes, but I also get to sing for appreciative people and get paid for it?!?!?! Pretty fucking good stuff, man.

Today, I’m going to Austin because a guy who I really respect a whole lot just passed away pretty suddenly. It’s sad. He was a great guy and, while he was older, his death was still very much unexpected. It’s just insane. One second you’re there, the next, you’re gone and the world just keeps whipping by so fucking fast that people don’t even have time to barely stop and recognize anything because they’ve gotta run full speed just to keep from falling off this motherfucker. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to lose a parent or a spouse or (ugh) a child, and I’m very, very thankful for that. I know lots of you guys have dealt with insane loss and personal tragedy and either come out stronger or destroyed as a result. I guess….

I don’t know, man. I love you guys. I say that a lot, but it’s really true. I don’t want to sound like a shitty hippy or anything, but I KNOW how lucky I am, and one of the best parts of my life is this awesome ability to connect with strangers all over the world through writing shit down and singing some of the things I’ve written down sometimes. I love my family and my friends and my band and everybody around me quite a bit. I love you. I do. Yes. You.

Fuck. This is sappy as shit, innit? I dunno. It’s not every day that I’m part of putting out a record about the futility of existence right as someone close to me dies. That’ll twist your cap back, man.

That’s all. Go back to pornhub, I guess. I’ll see you soon, Austin.

xoxoxo

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24 Responses to Hi guys.

  1. Heather says:

    We love you too! I met one of my very closest friends (I live outside of Detroit, he lives in fucking SOUTH AFRICA) because your fantastic blog exists. Great album too. Xx

    • Carly says:

      Hold the goddamn phone. There are OTHER South Africans who read this shit? Move over Mandela, BK uniting the rainbow nation.

  2. maxpower says:

    we love you too dude, guess you know that?

    i met two very awesome people through my love for your band and through your blog, one of them when i was in california, one of them while he was visiting here in munich. plan on meeting many more of those weirdos.
    and besides that there are people getting fucking married because they met through this thing. hi candice. hi dan.

  3. Daniel says:

    love you too, man. great words

    Also, I already liked “Paradise Shitty”, but the full greatness of it only really hit me today. What a fucking 1-2 punch of a closer you and Chris pulled there. Metropole is an instant classic!

    I guess what I’m trying to say is to keep doing what you’re doing. It’s appreciated

  4. Lauren says:

    Thanks for the new album! I’m happy you guys are still making music. I first saw TLA ten years ago in Denver, and you’ve been one of my favorite bands since. Cheers!

  5. Karl says:

    Sappy as can be, sorry for your loss, see you in February in the city of hippy love. Thanks for putting out more music and coming back on tour

  6. James says:

    See you in Asbury Park; expect a big hug and a kiss on the butt hole

  7. Stephen says:

    Thank you (and the other guys, of course) for this record. I’ve been a fan of TLA for just a few years now, but I’d been looking forward to this since I heard it was in the works.

    Anyway, this record has been a huge help over the last week and a half – my grandfather passed away the day after the album was available to stream online. A lot of these songs are really hitting home for me in a lot of ways, and I can’t thank you enough for the weird way they’ve helped my grieving process.

    That’s all I got – thanks again. Keep doing what you’re doing. Come play in Milwaukee. Xoxo

  8. Stephen says:

    Thank you (and the other guys, of course) for this record. I’ve been a fan of TLA for just a few years now, but I’d been looking forward to this since I heard it was in the works.

    Anyway, this record has been a huge help over the last week and a half – my grandfather passed away the day after the album was available to stream online. A lot of these songs are really hitting home for me in a lot of ways, and I can’t thank you enough for the weird way they’ve helped my grieving process.

    That’s all I got – thanks again. Keep doing what you’re doing. Come play in Milwaukee. Xoxo

  9. Black science says:

    I first saw you guys at the Nile in az open for mu330. Been my favs ever since. I feel lucky to have your music in my head every day.

  10. Black science says:

    I first saw you guys at the Nile in az open for mu330. Been my favs ever since. I feel lucky to have your music in my head every day.

  11. Eric says:

    Walking home from work this Tuesday I remembered that it was Metropole release day. I only had to detour half a block to stop in a local, independent record store and score a copy. To even HAVE a record shop that is still operating and stocking music I want to hear is beyond cool. I mean, I had a copy of Metropole within just a few minutes of remembering it was out. Bowling Green, Ohio, man – - I’m pretty lucky to live in such an easy place with a downtown that hasn’t folded up.

    As for the album, I’m the only one in my family that likes it.

    But see, even that isn’t a dickpunt. Or at least, it isn’t as far as I’m concerned because even if they don’t like the album (much,) just like BK, I haven’t lost my parents, or my wife and kids. So the fact that all those people are still in my life means I’m pretty lucky too. And my family was pretty pumped for me because they knew I was excited the album was in stock. They’re going to like their own music. I’m a lucky guy because they’re still in my life.

  12. Eric says:

    Walking home from work this Tuesday I remembered that it was Metropole release day. I only had to detour half a block to stop in a local, independent record store and score a copy. To even HAVE a record shop that is still operating and stocking music I want to hear is beyond cool. I mean, I had a copy of Metropole within just a few minutes of remembering it was out. Bowling Green, Ohio, man – - I’m pretty lucky to live in such an easy place with a downtown that hasn’t folded up.

    As for the album, I’m the only one in my family that likes it.

    But see, even that isn’t a dickpunt. Or at least, it isn’t as far as I’m concerned because even if they don’t like the album (much,) just like BK, I haven’t lost my parents, or my wife and kids. So the fact that all those people are still in my life means I’m pretty lucky too. And my family was pretty pumped for me because they knew I was excited the album was in stock. They’re going to like their own music. I’m a lucky guy because they’re still in my life.

  13. Matty says:

    Man, so sad to hear that Justin Sane is dead. I didn’t think he was that old.

  14. goose says:

    All these Metropole posts are getting boring, do you even have a day job with the benies anymore?

  15. jedd says:

    LOVE YOU TOO MAN. Making my way from Austin to Denver to see you guys for the first time next month, like an old friend I’ve not yet met.

  16. dustyfloors says:

    Fucking cheers, man.
    For everything, all of it.

  17. virtual vizor (Robb-disguiser) says:

    Correction – Beautiful Thangs as mentioned is A jam but YMCA is THE jam. Those two, Seventeener and title track are my four biggies atm. Just to, ya know, keep ya informed. Honorable mention to Drunk Tweets, easily the best fast n snotty tune youve penned imo. Lillingtons-y vibe there?

  18. virtual vizor (Robb-disguiser) says:

    Correction – Beautiful Thangs as mentioned is A jam but YMCA is THE jam. Those two, Seventeener and title track are my four biggies atm. Just to, ya know, keep ya informed. Honorable mention to Drunk Tweets, easily the best fast n snotty tune youve penned imo. Lillingtons-y vibe there?

  19. Kevin says:

    Hey man, nice post. I can relate to the feeling. My first kid, my daughter, was born last year and every time I walk into the room she breaks out this smile of monstrous proportions. It makes me feel like the luckiest dude around….it’s pretty hard to beat. New album is awesome too, by the way. Acheron River gets my motor running. What a great tune. See you guys in Philly in about a month. I’ll be hanging out with my lady and rocking my BSC shirt so uh, just look for yourself and I’ll buy you a beer.

  20. Kevin says:

    Hey man, nice post. I can relate to the feeling. My first kid, my daughter, was born last year and every time I walk into the room she breaks out this smile of monstrous proportions. It makes me feel like the luckiest dude around….it’s pretty hard to beat. New album is awesome too, by the way. Acheron River gets my motor running. What a great tune. See you guys in Philly in about a month. I’ll be hanging out with my lady and rocking my BSC shirt so uh, just look for yourself and I’ll buy you a beer.

  21. Kevin says:

    Acheron River is THE jam for me, man. It gets my motor running. The whole album is really great. I love how I can hear some Sundownery (sp?) vibes and Wandering Birds vibes in some of the songs, BUT there are also some rips that totally take me back to your previous albums. It’s a really good time man and you should all be really proud of it. My lady and I will be at the Philly show and I’ll have my BSC shirt on, so uh, if you see yourself I’ll buy you a beer.

  22. Kevin says:

    God damn World Wide Web. Sorry people.

  23. Dracula's Penis says:

    I was already thinking about going back to pornhub before you even wrote that. People that aren’t as lucky spend lots of time there.

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