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Look Up and Jam

I've been getting a lot of questions recently like, "Why don't you like Look Up and Jam?"  I figured explaining the story of the album will explain my distaste for the "recording" of it.  My first gig ever was an "open mic" at a bar called Jagermeister in Mount Pocono. I was 15 years old and had to have my cousin Jeff give me a ride down there. He insisted that I do it, although I was scared shitless. I had to wait in a backroom until it was my turn to play because I was so young. I played an original song called "Somebody", which is on Look Up and Jam and "Crash into Me" by DMB. After that, the bar asked us to play there. We didn't for another year or so until Nowhere Slow was first formed. We got the name from a Bloodhound Gang song the week of our first gig. I asked a friend from highschool to play bass and bring another guitar player along. We played the first gig and at the end of the night, the bartender came over to us and said, "play an original, there is a guy from Sony Records here and he loves your voice." I almost fainted. We really didn't know any of my tunes so I played a couple by myself. The "guy from Sony" left before we could meet him, but told the bartender he wanted to sit down with us next week. The following week we meet up with him and he said he wanted to make an album with us in his new studio. We were beyond excited. To make a long story short, we didn't get into the studio for an entire year and a half. Once we did, I had all the songs written for "Look Up and Jam".  We never stepped foot in a recording studio so we had no idea what we were doing. We lost our bass player due to his busy schedule so I played bass on the recordings. To make an extremely long story short, the "guy from Sony" really had no connections to Sony anymore and basically didn't know how to record properly either. I won't go into the recording process, but I will say, we did everything backwards, which made it really hard to do. Once we realized we were basically "getting played", we broke ties with the producer and moved on with our lives. I remember talking to Will at a county fair and he said how much he loved the album, so I told him (and his mom) that he should come over and jam with us sometime. He did and I asked him to be in the band.  Once that happened, we hopped back in the studio in Scranton for "2 Weeks", which was recorded way better.  To sum it all up, I love all the tunes on that record, I just cringe at how they sound. One day they will all show up again. 

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