10.4.11: Finding Inspiration

Think about some of your favorite artists. Where are they now?

Where have they been?

What did it take for them to get there?

What draws you to their work?

 

A friend and I have been e-mailing each other and discussing what it is to pursue a life of passion in a modern world; And one concept that seems to resonate throughout the entire conversation is that of struggle. Whether it be financial struggle, personal struggle, spiritual struggle, or all of it, it’s one of the most basic human connections. I think you can agree that many – if not most – great works of art have come out of struggle. It adds something of an unseen element to the art, and makes it relatable to the audience. Even if the struggle isn’t obvious to it’s audience, the artist my never elaborate on the struggle, but it can still be felt; And it’s presence through art often gives the feeling that the work was made specifically for you. One of the most special feelings to have in my opinion.

 

For the artist, struggle – despite it’s painful truths – is used largely as inspiration. The fuel that turns the engine. When often artists live, and purposely acknowledge the struggle they live with, as well as the struggles of others around them, art becomes an easy outlet for the frustration created. However, the misconception is that when we put our pain down, whether it be to a song, to canvas, or a concrete wall, we step back refreshed and feel better. Far from it. Sure it helps in the moment, but when it’s done (it’s like a drug), it’s no better than it was before, it’s just manifested in a different form. It’s still there. It’s still hurts. And in the end all we’ve done is created something pleasant out of an ugly feeling.

It’s the muse.

Evil as you are we embrace you.

Ugly as you’ve been we love you.

Hurtful as you can be we take it on the chin.

And despite it all. Despite all you’re not. Despite your cruel sense of humor… you’re apart of us, of what we create.

You are us.

9.6.11: To be like you, to be like me.

A band is many things as an entity. It’s equal parts love, with hate, tonic, and a pinch of volatile subtlety. From the outsiders perspective, there’s a sense of grandeur, but when you sift through the cracks and get inside, the intricacies can be overwhelming. It’s tough. It’s fun.

Four personalities. Four thousand ideas. Four history’s. With this, figuring out a unified direction can have it’s ups and downs. Funny thing is, once you think you’ve figured out what direction you’re moving, you blink, and you’re going somewhere else entirely.

It all starts individually you know? Each individual wanting something more from ourselves, more from the world that surrounds us. Add onto that, being young and restless, and you get forward momentum. Watch it as the aspirations take on a life of their own, and all of a sudden it’s not you. It’s everything around you. It’s sacrifice. It’s expectation. It’s perception. It’s peace of mind.

Things that go unsaid often have a violent potential, but you breathe, and try to find a way to explain. Yet, things needing to be heard will fall on deaf ears. Eventually. It’s in these times the trick is to find a way to grit your teeth, and sacrifice what you need for the greater good of something we all believe in. Channel it right? Take our own advice and use it as motivation? Certainly. Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot, drop.

It can be so absurd :)

8.30.11: If you believe / If you belong…

Alright, alright, I know I haven’t been maintaining this as well as I could, but things have been pretty crazy lately. First and foremost: we’re returning to The Gothic Theatre September 3 w/ Deathbed Confession, Bullet Inc., Look! Our Hero, and The 4 Horseman. Same deal as last time w/ 21+ being comped and 16+ $9.50, doors open at 7. We’re psyched to be playing that stage again, we had such a blast the first time, so make sure you get your asses out there and check it! We have a powerful set prepared, so make sure you bring your voices and get ready to make noise!

Meanwhile we’ve been in the studio at Maximum Level Audio w/ recording engineer and producer Brian Knop recording our first E.P.. So far we’ve got the first track almost finished and will be recording 5 more tracks through September, so be sure to check back for updates from the studio. We’ll be releasing videos on the youtube, streaming live from stickam, putting photos up on facebook, and writing blogs, so there will be plenty of things to keep you entertained during the recording process. It’s been an awesome experience so far, and we’re psyched for you to hear a great quality E.P., we have yet to mix or master the first track, and it already sounds sick.

Now. While we’re doing our thing in the studio, we need your help to spread the word, and recruit for the ATP Army! Status updates, twitter updates, links, private messages, any of it and all of it. The only way we’ll grow, is if you help us grow, so if you have friends who like rock in general, have them take a listen to us! We have some really cool fan interaction stuff in the works that we’ll be throwing your way soon, be ready.

Also, in case you haven’t noticed, we now have a main website acting as kind of a headquarters for all things ATP related (www.athiefsplot.com). It’s still in it’s early stages, but we’ll be making tweaks along the way, to make an even better experience for you. Don’t forget, if you have any suggestions, please let us know, and we’ll see what we can do to get our shit together.

That’s about it, I’ll be sure write one of these at least once every two weeks from now on, but that’s what’s been happening in our world as of late. Stay classy.

-ATP

7.10.11: D.I.Y.

…And we’re back.

 

Sorry for the delay, but we’ve been hard at work trying to get some cool new things going. Every time we get together, it seems we become better and better at working with each other, and opportunities keep presenting themselves. We played our first headlining show at Sidekicks Saloon on July 1st, where we debuted a new song, ‘Strangeland’. It was a good time, we’ll be sure to put up some video from the show within the week

 

We also want to make mention that we now have A Thief’s Plot shirts. They’re slick, so if you wanna look like a tall drink of water, while reppin the ATP army, hit up our Facebook page. Soon we’ll have a more streamlined way to get our merch, so good things come to those who wait :)

 

On the western front we’re preparing for a solid week of recording. We’ve been tossing around the idea of recording an acoustic E.P. on our own for while; and after recording some drums and guitar for “Sinking Ships”, we’ve decided to go for it. After working with Bill Bergel of Plot 38 on our demo, we wanted to take the knowledge we learned from him and see if we could make use of it ourselves. We have yet to choose all the tracks we want to record, but we’ll be laying down five songs in an acoustic format. Confirmed songs so far are “Sinking Ships” and “Daystar”. We’ll release the other track names on our tumblr and twitter as they come, so be sure to check those out during the upcoming week.

 

Finally, we’re extremely excited to announce that we have confirmed that we are playing The Gothic Theater on Saturday, July 23. Doors open at 7 pm, 16+ $8.50 but 21+ is comp. We’re hard at work for this one already. This is a very significant show for us, The Gothic is one of those venues as a musician you dream of getting the chance to play. So to be able to have the opportunity to bring our fans out to a historic venue, and get the chance to play our music in front of new ears is a great feeling. So make sure you spread the word, and please come out and support us. You wont be disappointed…

 

ATP

 

p.s. http://www.athiefsplot.com coming soon… :)

6.8.11 – New Day. New Songs. New Show.

Our first day back in action since the show and we’ve picked up right where we left off. It felt good to get back to the creative process, and the songs introduced are proving to push the boundaries on anything we’ve done so far.

We’re going about these songs differently than we have before. We’re taking more time with the process, and really exploring what can be done with the music.

The first song introduced is tentatively named “Strangeland”. A slow building, surreal, ethereal kind of tune. Many peaks and valley’s with a strong ending. With some more time, this should come together nicely.

The second in contrast is one of our darkest to date. “Dinner Plate”  is a haunting song that is building in instrumental complexity. We have our engines running on this one, trying to build a strong piece of music while keeping it simple. We’re still toying with a few ideas vocally as well as instrumentally, and the challenge is refreshing.

Also, we’re excited to return to Sidekicks Saloon this coming July 1st. We will release details as they come.

ATP

6/4/11: Into The Rabbit Hole…

Left or right? Right or wrong? The red pill or the blue pill?

It’s choice.

It’s what led us here, and now it’s our choice to make something of it. As a people, we’re not really left with much when we leave it up to others, and that’s our goal. To try to do something different while enjoying doing something we love.

We’ve been together for awhile. Shared hardships, and shared many good times. Something seems different now though, perhaps it’s perspective, but we’re ready to take on the world. So we’ll go with that.

 

-ATP