September 2019 Guitar Pull photos are up!

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RSVP, Munchie, and more!

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Many thanks to RSVP Magazine for including me on “The List” for their Sept/Oct issue!

Read the article here.

You’ll also see my friend Charles Williams of Lush Photography on there. He did the producer headshots for the Remembering Anarcha team (myself, C. DeWayne Cunningham, and Royce Williams.)

In other news, I spent this past weekend in Alex City, AL helping on a film project. It’s a short horror film called The Munchie II, written and directed by Cedric Hatcher. I was a gaffer on this project, mainly, but I also helped as 2nd AC and boom op when needed, and they even let me be camera op on one scene. Great cast and crew. Fun times.

Aaaaaand… tomorrow (Friday the 13th!) BARRENS is playing with Abusements and the Chodes (from Panama City, FL) at Bomber’s Pub. Details here.

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August 2019 Guitar Pull photos are up!

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‘Jumper’ – music video and live version!

The official music video for “Jumper” by BARRENS is out today! Check it out!

Check out my previous post for more information on the video.

Also…

We recently stopped by Lisenby’s Music Shop in Prattville, AL to be part of an event with the Montgomery Advertiser. That story is online now.

Read: “Barrens bringing ‘Content Obsolete’ downtown Friday

And… the album obsolete is out this Friday. We’re having a release show at Commerce Beerworks with our friends in V-8 Death Car and Electric Blue Yonder. Info here.

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Preview more snippets from <content>obsolete below:

Jumper… and lots more!

 

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Last weekend, a music video was filmed for the song “Jumper” by Barrens. As with any film project, it was a group effort, and I want to take a moment to thank the folks who helped us out:

Thanks to my fellow band members – J. Slickwood and Clay Smith – for supporting my vision as director. Many thanks to my friends Jeff McKinney and C. DeWayne Cunningham for coming through as assistant director and assistant camera.

Special thanks to the stars of the video – Greg Loggins and V. Serrano. Y’all did a wonderful job.

Thanks to Johnny and Beth Veres and James Weddle for providing locations for the shoot. Y’all be sure to check out Johnny and Beth’s band Electric Blue Yonder and go get some food and beer at Goat Haus Biergarten. (Ooh, their weekend brunch, y’all… so good.)

Thanks to Yvette Hochberg and Glenn Grant for helping us out with props for the shoot. Thanks to Sharon Sanders for coming through for us at the last minute, to Rod Williams for helping us get in the last location, and to Lou Wood for helping out on set.

On behalf of Barrens and Terrible Master Films, thank you all!

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Now, since I mentioned Electric Blue Yonder, that happens to be one of the bands – along with our buds in V-8 Death Car – that will be performing with us at our album release show on Friday, Aug. 16. That’s coming up at Commerce Beerworks. Click here to see the Facebook event.

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In film news, the Foolish Henry Films short Bad Deal, by writer/director Shane Gillis, is premiering at Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham this month. It’s in the “Alabama Narratives” short film block on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4:55 p.m. See the full schedule here.

The writer/director of The Song You’ll Never Hear – Stephen Poff – has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise film festival submission funds. (Any indie filmmaker will tell you – those get expensive.) You can see the campaign and take a look at the perks here.

And Secret Weapon from writer/director Christopher S. Hubbard will be part of the Lanett City Film Festival and the Central Florida Film Festival this year, so congrats to him and the entire cast and crew on that!

And… check out some new music and video performances from my friends in the Abusements and The Last Thing You Remember, courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser. Links to those below:

Punk rock child care: Hanging out with Abusements’ ‘Uncle Dude’

Facing mortality with originality: The Last Thing You Remember’s ‘Home’

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‘Have you ever felt… unclean?’

Some of the videos linked on this post may be in the NSFW category due to language. Just a heads up. I mean… they’re funny though.

The title of this post is a line from one of the spots that aired during the Montgomery Film Fest X intermission, which is now online:

I got to be in a couple of those spots – the one this post title comes from is for Autumn’s Dusk. The extended version of that spot is on YouTube.

The Christian Mingle X parody is on the Terrible Master Films YouTube channel.

Also, I helped out writer/director Sharisma Bell in the audio department on her web series Adulthood Cancelled. She held a special screening party for the first two episodes recently. Check out the YouTube channel for that. Here’s the first episode:

And in music news…

BARRENS has announced a release date for <content>obsolete. The album will be released on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, and that night, we’ll be joining V-8 Death Car and Electric Blue Yonder at Commerce Beerworks to celebrate! Here’s the Facebook event.

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And shout out to Charles Williams from Lush Photography for the new head shot:

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Songs you’ll hear and songs you won’t

Here are some quick updates on some stuff and some things. Stuff and things, folks. Stuff and things.

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The Song You’ll Never Hear is a short film written and directed by Stephen Poff. I play “Ralph” the bartender. The old Hail the Titans van makes an appearance. And… it’s debuting this Saturday – July 20 – as part of the Montgomery Film Festival (which is held at the Capri Theatre.)

Check out write-ups on the film in The Montgomery Advertiser, RSVP Magazine, and ALMetro360.

Now on to songs you’ll actually be able to hear soon:

BARRENS has a new album coming out soon called <content>obsolete and the cover art, by artist April Allen, has been unveiled (along with a sneak peek of the song “Shut Up Peaches”):

In other news, Pinocchio opens tonight at the Cloverdale Playhouse and runs through July 28. I got a preview of the show earlier this week while photographing it, and it’s really good. You’ll definitely want to catch it.

Here’s the promo video I helped director C. DeWayne Cunningham create for it:

And… a short film I was in earlier this year  – Secret Weapon by writer/director Christopher Hubbard – is an official selection in the Lanett City Film Festival!

Also, since I mentioned the Montgomery Film Festival earlier, they will have their infamous intermission again this year. I got to act in a couple of the fake ads they’ll be playing, so be sure to catch that as well.

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‘Please, hug your loved ones’

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I was never really a Frightened Rabbit fan. I don’t know why some bands seem to have the ability to just grab me by the soul while others don’t. But I’m currently listening to the newly-released album Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s “The Midnight Organ Fight” which is an album of artists covering Frightened Rabbit songs from that album.

Two of my favorite artists are on it – Julien Baker and Manchester Orchestra. That’s how I found out about it.

I remember hearing about Scott Hutchinson’s death last year. The Frightened Rabbit founder and frontman was 36.

From Pitchfork:

“The fact that his body was found in a body of water called the Firth of Forth, where on The Midnight Organ Fight’s ‘Floating in the Forth’ he had imagined his own suicide (before rejecting the idea ‘for another day’), became the stuff of tabloid news.”

From “Floating in the Forth”

“And fully clothed, I float away
(I’ll float away)
Down the Forth, into the sea
I think I’ll save suicide for another day.”

He was known for being very open about his struggles with depression, as Mental Health America encourages: fight in the open.

Reading articles about how his openness and honesty inspired so many and gave people hope is encouraging. It’s also paradoxical – he gave hope while simultaneously losing it himself.

In his family’s statement, they said:

“Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you… His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues.”

Even in his last tweets before his disappearance, he was still putting kindness into the world:

“Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.”

Listening to the Tiny Changes album and reading about Hutchinson has me feeling a certain kind of way. I think it’s because of my own struggles with some of the same things he dealt with. It’s difficult sometimes. I just hope I can put some positivity out into the world while I’m here.

To quote Hutchinson: Please, hug your loved ones.