Greetings everyone, a collective happy New Year's wish from each of us to you!
From Mike Ski on the M.I.C:
In just a few short hours, we’ll be bringing in 2006! After a long year of hard work and crazy times, it’s nice to be sit back, relax… and be thankful! On behalf of myself and the band, I’d like to thank everyone out there who supported us, and passed along that support to someone new and helped spread the word about our mission! Thanks to all our hardworking street teamers, those who came out to see us and danced the night away! Also, thanks to everyone who really listened and took the time to consider what it is about this music and this place in time that really makes us all family!
Take care or yourselves and be safe! 2006 holds a new record from our hearts, heads, and hands… so we are privileged for the chance to share that with you. We hope to cheer in 2007 with you and a million of your closest friends (who obviously share your stellar taste in tunes.)
Best of 2006:
Law and Order SVU
Vitamins and Spiru-teen
Law and Order CI
New Year’s Resolutions:
Write A Book
Have an Art Show
Make your new favorite record
Make my new favorite record
From Chachi Darin on the motherfuckin' Drums:
Seasons Greeting & Happy New Year! I'm happy to have
joined The AKAS/FBR family in 05 and am proud to be a
member of this righteous rock and roll machine.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing positivity and
support. The new year promises to be great and to
express my deepest emotions, I've written a Haiku
that's dedicated to you... the FBR Year-end Blog
Two Thousand and Six
Rock out with The AKAS
In your city soon!
Chachi Darin/ The AKAs
From Josie Outlaw:
As I sit here writing and looking back to all that has happened this year, I realize that there is only seven hours left before we ring in the new Year. So much has happened this year that I am thankful for. We added two awesome new people to our little A.K.A.s family. Justin Perry and Chachi Darin are great band mates and roomies! I’ve also met so many cool bands and people on the road. Playing the warped tour and touring with bands like MSI, TSOL, Gym Class Heros, Fall Out Boy…. it was an awesome experience. I also want to thank all the cool kids who wrote in and commented on my Craft time blog. I love all the awesome pictures that you sent me!! I love seeing stuff that you created! Thanks to all the kids who bought homemade A.K.A.s gear. You can expect more the next time we roll through. Thank you for everyone who has come out to see us, anyone who brought us treats on the road, and written us! I love getting messages from all of you. I hope everyone has a great new year and I hope to see you all on tour soon!
Touring and seeing places I thought I’d never see before
Street team kids
From Justin, aka Tiny Dancer:
Justin was unavailable for comment at this time. He is probably drunk, so we assume he wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Brrrrrpht!
And last but not least, the uncanny and enigmatic Chris Bazan! We saved the best for last!
And so with the days of December flying by faster then I ever realize until they are gone, so is another year. Rarely do I ever take a look back at the year that’s gone by and reflect on what I’ve done, what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve failed at… but, rather, I look at the year to come and make note of what I want to make of it. Call it denial of the year past. Call it optimism for the year ahead. Call it what you may.
For the purpose of this post, however, not only will I look back upon the year, but I will review the resolutions that I made for 2005, as well as make some for the year upcoming.
So, friends, join me as we first take a look at resolutions for the year previous… and whether we accomplished them or not.
* Tour twice as much as we did last year so everyone that wants to see us will get to see us. And multiple times.
We toured more. We toured longer. We still get messages from people who want to see us again. We’ll see you again soon, I promise.
* Write a new record.
Well, considering we were so busy working on resolution number one, it really didn’t leave much time to work on resolution number two. We did, however, write a few new songs, and the year isn’t completely over yet.
* Keep 'White Doves' available for only $5 at all of our shows.
This, we did. Yah!
* Keep below 50 unanswered Myspace messages at a time.
Hahahaha. Yeah. Right.
Much like I did last year, I bring you the…
* Warped Tour
* Justin Perry
* Chachi Darren
* Homemade A.K.A.s gear
* MSI tour
* The Kinison breaking up
* The A.K.A.s with sun tans
* George Bush
* Breaking equipment
* Pouring endless amounts of money into our van. Again.
And with that I bring you to my resolutions for 2006. [disclaimer: the words expressed in the following resolutions are the opinion of the writer and the writer only. If these resolutions are not met, he shall be held personally responsible so as not to tarnish the upstanding reputation of everyone else involved in The A.K.A.’s].
* We’ll put out a new record, godamnit.
* White Doves will still be only $5 at our shows.
* We’ll keep our Myspace inbox below 200 messages at any given time.
* We’ll make journal posts more often, more interesting, and with more photos.
* We’ll play more local-ish & regional shows.
Or something like that.
Thank you, everyone, for an amazing year. You’re beautiful. You’re wonderful. Here’s to another…
If you've made it this far, you are a trooper! THANK YOU! Hope to see you on tour with Anti-Flag soon!
XO, The A.K.A.s