The new album 'The Age of Fracture' out now
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Hi everyone
OK - this has been a year full of real pain and joy for all of us in CYMBALS. 
I’m going to hold back from going into detail because I don’t want to expose those most dear to me, and also because I just can’t think of the right words.  
With Sean, who originally formed the band with me way back in 2010, and left since he experienced his own emotional and mind struggles in 2012, we used to talk about songs as notes that adults pass each other because they don’t want to or can’t talk about some things out loud.  Things they need to say.  We felt like we were becoming adults at the time.
Since I’ve been writing songs with CYMBALS, those songs are getting closer to who I am.  I feel I’m pretending less with what we’re writing. I was so worried about being uncool, too old, a faker, when we started out.  I worry less about that stuff now.
And there’s a weird fact that over the past year, we have probably played as many shows, if not more, in the USA.  Audiences there (you know who you are, you might be reading this) have helped to shape me and helped me to learn more about performing.  
The idea was always finding something together.  Shout out to the crowd in LA.  Shoutout to the dude at glasslands losing his shit during Like An Animal.  What we do can’t me measured by financial success, but by what it means to you all. You’re part of making us who we are.
This is such a confused bit of writing: it comes from a place of some confusion.  I say ‘some’ because there are a few simple things that are constant there, and that I know won’t change.  Writing music, playing music, pushing it out into the world, whatever it takes.  There’s going to be no end to that, whatever direction it takes, and whatever absurdity derails the course of our lives again in future.
I’m writing because I’m the one that talks too much - but this band has always been collaborative and just as much about my co-writers as about what I’m thinking of.  I’ll write more about those relationships here soon.
Thanks for reading until the end - you make it worth it, our songs are yours as much as ours.

X J
PS as I write this I’m listening to one of Dan’s new demos and it’s moving me so so much.

Hi everyone

OK - this has been a year full of real pain and joy for all of us in CYMBALS. 

I’m going to hold back from going into detail because I don’t want to expose those most dear to me, and also because I just can’t think of the right words.  

With Sean, who originally formed the band with me way back in 2010, and left since he experienced his own emotional and mind struggles in 2012, we used to talk about songs as notes that adults pass each other because they don’t want to or can’t talk about some things out loud.  Things they need to say.  We felt like we were becoming adults at the time.

Since I’ve been writing songs with CYMBALS, those songs are getting closer to who I am.  I feel I’m pretending less with what we’re writing. I was so worried about being uncool, too old, a faker, when we started out.  I worry less about that stuff now.

And there’s a weird fact that over the past year, we have probably played as many shows, if not more, in the USA.  Audiences there (you know who you are, you might be reading this) have helped to shape me and helped me to learn more about performing.  

The idea was always finding something together.  Shout out to the crowd in LA.  Shoutout to the dude at glasslands losing his shit during Like An Animal.  What we do can’t me measured by financial success, but by what it means to you all. You’re part of making us who we are.

This is such a confused bit of writing: it comes from a place of some confusion.  I say ‘some’ because there are a few simple things that are constant there, and that I know won’t change.  Writing music, playing music, pushing it out into the world, whatever it takes.  There’s going to be no end to that, whatever direction it takes, and whatever absurdity derails the course of our lives again in future.

I’m writing because I’m the one that talks too much - but this band has always been collaborative and just as much about my co-writers as about what I’m thinking of.  I’ll write more about those relationships here soon.

Thanks for reading until the end - you make it worth it, our songs are yours as much as ours.

X J

PS as I write this I’m listening to one of Dan’s new demos and it’s moving me so so much.

Last night in Vancouver. We had a blast thanks everyone for coming. Now time to hop on a plane home. America, we’ll be back soon xx

Capitol Hill Block Party 2014, Seattle. Thanks to Glen (bearded) for everything

Portland to Seattle. America we love you… CHBP photos from Seattle coming soon

Drove 480 miles north from SF, stopped off and swam in the lakes of Mount Shasta. Next stop tonight: PORTLAND

Short but sweet in SF, amazing city. Thanks to the Rickshaw Stop for having us and thanks to everyone who came to see the show

LA part II.

CYMBALS in Los Angeles for the first time, perfect start to our journey up the west coast.

Photos by Karis Mackenzie - www.karismackenzie.com

We are here, we are somewhere. 

I won’t lie: there was so much adversity that it was hard not to be superstitious. 

But other things have just worked out perfectly. 

No plateaus. 

The thing is: to bring these songs closer to you all, sing at you and near you.  Since The Age of Fracture came out, we know you are all there, you come say hi, have a dance, I can see these songs mean something to all of you like us. 

They might mean different things to you and us but I don’t control any of that so we can celebrate it all.

So over this week we are driving from LA to Vancouver and playing 5 shows, and the photographer Karis Mackenzie is coming with us in the tour bus, and we’ll be putting photos up and writing a bit up here too.

It’s our first time playing music in all these places, so we’re excited and nervous. 

There’s also the road and sleeping in different places and being kind of disconnected and lost but together and living and breathing the songs.

Concert Recap: Cymbals →

kenami:

I was curious about what Cymbals had to offer at a live show, especially after loving their album (The Age of Fracture) throughout the year. Add in the fact that my friend Luke Carson was now part of the band and there was no way that I was going to miss their show at Pianos. It unexpectedly…

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