Actually I can't wait for September and for my WWIII! I know that for sure are eager to see the album for sale:) I'm very proud of you. Much love Matt: D
thank you loads. this record is so ridiculously important to us. we can’t even express our joy enough that we get to release these songs to you stage. we have the good fortune of sharing it in real life, with exactly who we want to do so with
I've come to the conclusion you should make a dictionary of Matthew Leone. I think you're an incredibly talented writer, but sometimes, honestly, I can't get past the 2nd sentence without my brain exploding a little. And don't worry, that is a compliment! :D
hah ,thank you! it’s gotten worse too. my wife has to translate for me when we’re anywhere. restaurants especially. i’ll place my order and the server will look at her and she’ll say “he means, he wants the black bean burger with the tomato soup as a side, a water, and then he wants to know how much the cheapest red wine is and he’ll take a glass of it, and that he likes your tattoo. and she’ll say “tell him i said thanks.” lol
It's been five months since you last took a gander at your Tumblr. You're as bad as Nathan! Well, whatever. I just wanted to let you know: you are the reason I'm alive right now and the reason I haven't cut in - well, nearly a year now. I swore to God, the Goddess, Yahweh, the Universe, Allah... anyone who was listening, really, that if you made it out, I'd never cut again. And you made it out, and I've kept my promise thus far.
I've realized, thanks to you, that life is precious, and if I'm going to surrender it, it had better be for a reason worth it. No matter how painful my life is and how much it cuts me as I hold it in shaking hands, it's mine and it's worth everything I am and own.
Philosophical rambling aside, do you still plan to finish the Folklore? And where will we be able to find it? It's been AGES since the last (utterly confusing) updates. Thank you so much for everything. I hope you guys actually make it to Philly soon.
thank you for taking care of your vessel, you are too important to too many of us.
yes the book will be released in it’s entirety when the record comes out…you’re never alone xoxox
I sure hope you're doing well! or you know.. 'better' [i've never liked that word for some reason] well to get to the point this isn't really a question... i haven't seen you since i believeee May '08? whenever you were last in Albany, NY [Valentines, the lovely little whole in the wall]. I took a bit of a trip for VT to see you. Anyways i just want to say something im sure you’ve heard a million times, because well of course you deserve it…
but thank you. You are the single most deserving person for those two words, when it comes to people who have helped in my life. I’ve been having an incredibly hard time lately, after being homeless for a short while, now living with a group of boys, my father hating me, being chronically ill, a full time college student, depressed, anxiety ridden and just dealing with a whole bunch of complicated things that I simply rather didn’t exist, but of course, it’s life, so they do. I’m a bit of a mess but… you’re the biggest source of positivity for me, when often times I have nowhere to look to. So, yes, this is typical of course, but thank you. Thank you so much, to you and the rest of the guys. You’re music is always there when I need it and I couldn’t imagine it any other way, or I probably wouldn’t exist. You make me smile like no one else and it’s been this way for such a long time. You inspired me to finishing writing a book, be more confident and just keep going. I’m not giving up, though I sometimes consider it. I don’t think I ever will, and I hope you won’t either. We’ve all got shit right? Stay happy, it means a lot to us River People. And I hope I see you back in the lovely [sort of] state of Vermont sometime soon, but of course, no rush!
Actually I’ll finish this off with a question. You like philosophy right? I’ve taken quite a few classes in the past year and I’m curious of your recommendations on essays/books/philosophers? I’ve grown quite interested despite the 8-page papers I’m constantly assigned, haha.
Gosh, I feel all emotional and crap now. Sorry!
All the best in the universe,
thinking and destiny by howard percival… kant, and darwin to learn the other stuff, and eckart tolle to put the whip cream on top.
What do you think about the books "1984" by George Orwell, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, and "Anthem" by Ayn Rand? I've just read them in English class and they've been drawing the most interesting thoughts from my head.
they’re incredible to me in that they’ve managed to maintain incredible relevance and importance through one of the world’s most dramatic changes. i’m a fan of all 3
Hey! Just wondering, but would you maybe consider playing in London or Brighton some time in the future? (I've only just got into you guys so I don't know where you've played or not, sorry) Only really because I can't travel all the way up to Manchester or something. I'd love to see you guys live! I would go to your Warped Tour 2011, but it's in Durby... Bummer! :( Also, is Matthew ever gonna have the black strike again?! :P It was cool.
Much love! xxx
we are doing a full UK tour beginning in october. and certainly playing there or very near. i recommend coming to say hello and experiencing a room full of love while riding through the peaks and valleys of life
nathan and i have a code word. in a situation when one of us needs to convey a message to the other in front of others, he says it. that way you know either, you should abort whatever direction you were going w whatever you were saying, or change the topic, or the other guy is a guy that we previously knew through something….etc.. it’s a tell. either fold your hand or bet the ranch. a good ole fashioned “i.e.”seems reasonable here:
a fellow approaches and offers an enthusiastic “how-do you-do?”
nathan is aware of said gentleman, and i am not.
i bark out, “hello my friend, pleased to make your acquaintance.”
nathan says, “yeah man, it’s nice that you guys, *_B_*, finally meet!”
i now know that there’s something fishy going on. at that point it takes me two seconds to learn that he’s the guy who…… blah blah…..
so you see it’s more of a security measure.
it’s been highly effective and enjoyable through the years. but at this point in my life, we’ve adopted a unique to me, approach in life. it’s not like i won’t fire off a D**_b** now and then, but there is a transformation in me, in which now, i have a challenging time giving two shits about damn near everything. because what i’m going to say is either the truth, or a solid rip that i find enjoyable nonetheless. so i choose 2 wins over, 1 unforeseen, likely irritating scenario.
i began this stream of consciousness after many hours, days, months, now we’re in the year + mark wearing this ridiculous muzzle. at least it’s from WWII, but i’m hungry, i’m chomping my grill pieces to and fro….i smell food in the very near future… and i anticipate that i will react in such a manor that, love it or hate it, it’s sure to captivate and provide a solid amount of entertainment. i’m wagering that if this entertainment i anticipate, had a street value, ole obamster may wanna legalize it and tax it., and balance the farukin economy for heaven’s sake.
in conclusion, i have a certain day coming up soon that is incalculably important to me. i’ll be going somewhere i’ve never been, and sitting on a chair i’ve never sat, for hours. i’ll be speaking to people i’ve never spoken to and the duration of which, will certainly set a record for me. this place i speak of, puts a sizable level of importance on the time of those spent in such a chair and the collection of words they arrange and offer out to the others….it’s a good feeling knowing what i know. experiencing and miraculously, remembering what i remember. it’s almost like guessing the finale of lost. where i have seen it, like a responsible, caring citizen: meanwhile, the challenger, maybe caught a few commercials, but truly is a rabid fan of the “biggest loser.” (he took the title seriously).
in a world where the strangest things happen regularly, i’m fortunately in a position of knowledge, experience and a bullet proof vest in case someone maybe makes a feeble attempt to poke a hole in it with a cap gun.
jerry i agree, it has been one long strange trip, but you were on acid, i’m on my couch.
you were on stage playing circling riffs with their own sovereignty, that manifested a destiny to the subordination of your cue, while a host of other mind bended onlookers moved their bodies into first time positions, fueled by their adulation for you and the ride you gave em.
mine is long and strange too, but a comparison can’t rightfully be made.
a trip to disneyland (coma), a year of intense rehab and pain in the hearts of those closest.
a moab (mother of all bombs) of love and energy exploded in our grills, saved us.
a new record deal, a new record, a new dent, a beautiful wife, creative experience like never before, and an intensely robust month on the horizon.
my dayplanner’s september page reads:
justice, closure, release, rebirth, reconnection, return…. life is back.