I’m excited to give you guys a preview of some of the music that’s featured in “For Three.” As has been well documented on this blog, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to musicians generous enough to donate a song or two. Luckily, I did have 18 good souls who let me use a song. I’m in no way legally obligated to promote them (aka – that’s not “part of the deal”). They were good to me, though, and in turn, I want to be good to them and hope that if you find something that you’re interested in, you check them out and buy a song, album, t-shirt, or whatever. All of them have quite an online presence, so at the very least, you can shoot them a tweet or Facebook message saying you think it was really cool that they are part of “For Three.”
The Offseason is the newest band to me in the film. In all honesty, I hadn’t heard of them before researching music for the movie. My cousin’s band – Our Life Story – which I highlighted a few days ago is signed to Barrett Records. On the Barrett Records Facebook page, I was looking at the other bands and I found a little band out of Boston called The Offseason.
Boston used to be one of my favorite towns I’ve never been to. 15 years ago, as a big sports fan, I used to look at people from Boston as “just like us (Minnesotans) with funnier accents (although some Minnesooootan accents are funny, too).” The Celtics hadn’t won anything meaningful in a decade. The Patriots got waxed in a few Super Bowls. The Red Sox were the pre-2004 Red Sox. And I don’t care about hockey (sorry hockey fans!)
Then they started winning. And winning. And winning.
When the Patriots won Super Bowl #1 (and even #2), it was cute that the city that never won anything finally got a ring. Then the Red Sox had the most memorable post season we’ll ever see.
Then, all of the sudden, it got a little annoying.Tom Brady is going from supermodel to supermodel. He’s breaking records and going (almost) undefeated. My late-childhood hero KG is shipped off to the Celts and they suddenly become relevant (my Timberwolves, meanwhile, have won an average of 19 wins per season). David Ortiz and Randy Moss both wind up in Boston. Bill Simmons becomes the biggest thing on the entire internet. The Facebook movie comes out and reminds me, once again, how much smarter people who go to Harvard are than me. Minnesota gets credit for Jingle All the Way and Mallrats. Meanwhile, Boston is the backdrop for The Town, The Departed, The Social Network, The Fighter, Good Will Hunting, Field of Dreams, and Gone Baby Gone. At least they’ve got Celtic Pride and Fever Pitch to bring that average movie score down. They’ve even got the biggest wrestler in the post Rock/Stone cold era (John Cena).
So why would I promote a band from Boston? Hasn’t Boston had enough victories already? Do we really need the next big thing in rock music, too?
Simple answer. Why not? The Offseason is really good and good music is hard to come by..
I’ve mentioned here that I’ve sent out something like 500 emails. If you extrapolate that math, that means I’ve listened to at least 500 songs. It was probably more like 3,000 songs. Thank goodness for Pandora, Grooveshark, and my healthy collection of cds (yes, they still make those) and songs from iTunes. Having an hour in the car and half hour at lunch every day doesn’t hurt, either. Anyway, I really feel like the cream rose to the top. When I heard the Offseason, I was thinking to myself ‘…I know nothing about these guys, but they sound awesome, they aren’t signed to a major, and they’ve info where I contact them.’ I lucked out and they were extremely generous to let me use a song for this movie.
Besides that, they seem like really good guys. Ian from The Offseason sent me a really nice email saying they were honored to be included in the dvd. I’ve read enough stories about Axl Rose, Motley Crue (read their book), and my personal favorite –
Art Alexakis from Everclear – being huge jerks (by the way – if you aren’t offended by blue language, you might be able to type “Art Alexakis jerk” in YouTube and see he did the EXACT same thing to somebody else that I describe in my blog from four years ago. I’ve said it before, but it’s refreshing to meet nice people.
On their Tumblr page (look for the link below), they describe themselves as “We’re a group of dudes from Boston, MA. We play pop-punk music and we love what we do. That should be enough.” Let’s not kid ourselves. At one point or another, we’ve all wanted to rock a sold out crowd on stage, right? The only thing that held me back from doing it was… musical talent. That and opportunity. And probably good looks. And maybe the fact that I didn’t really practice. Nonetheless, I think that simple mantra would be one that we could all live by. Find something you love to do and that should be enough. Very cool. And by the way, I was completely joking about the whole hating Boston thing. Except for maybe Tom Brady.
They’ve got a new cd coming out through Barrett Records shortly, so be sure to check back early and often. At the very least, do them a solid and “Like” their Facebook page. There’s a chance six months from now that they post your “new favorite song ever” and you don’t even know it yet.
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