After much thought (and many months of cringing every time the name “Miserable Crush” was uttered), we finally decided to bite the bullet.

The name “Miserable Crush”, conceived by melodramatic teenagers, has become limiting, implying something about the music which is no longer true.

We, now melodramatic twenty-somethings, will be adopting the moniker “After That, Silence.”

I have read A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis a number of times.   If you haven’t read it, just know it was written by Lewis in the wake of his wife’s death.  Lot’s of raw emotion coming from a man who was anything but raw. There was one quote that always stuck out to me - C.S. Lewis feeling abandoned by God in his grief:

When you are happy, so happy you have no sense of needing Him, so happy that you are tempted to feel His claims upon you as an interruption, if you remember yourself and turn to Him with gratitude and praise, you will be — or so it feels— welcomed with open arms. But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence.

A statement made out of grief, feeling honest whether or not it’s true.  There’s something I find appealing about that - a quality that’s shared with a lot of good songs, I think.  It’s a feeling I don’t mind having in the name.

Now lets hope it doesn’t turn into a habit.

Inexplicable New Followers - Followup

Just checked SoundCloud and all the new followers are gone.  Except one, that is.  I noticed it had tapered off a bit, yesterday.  Not really surprised.

Somebody must’ve created a bunch of fake SoundCloud accounts in order to sell plays and followers.  A botnet, but way less interesting or difficult to set up.

The best way to make fake accounts blend in is to have them like other random accounts on SoundCloud.

Score for justified paranoia!  Although, I guess it’s possible that our music spontaneously impressed two dozen people who simultaneously became disillusioned with it.

Amazon offered me a warranty to cover electrical and mechanical failures on foam.  I had no idea acoustic foam was susceptible to spontaneous failures.  I should’ve guessed though - foam has so many moving parts.

One of the openers before Sebadoh. This guy has the craziest eyes I’ve ever seen in person. The songs are worth watching just because of the faces he makes.