Sep 8, 2017
Hi friends - we just released our new compilation Rare/Unreleased (Available now on all streaming and download platforms!). This is a bit of a behind the scenes take from me on each of the songs. Thanks for being nerdy enough to want to read some thoughts on these random tunes. In a weird way these are some of my favorite songs we ever recorded, so don't ask why most of them remained unreleased until now(the answer is "poor decision making"). I wrote some of these blurbs back in 2011, when we kinda secretly released about half of these rare recordings to our "fan club" - so some of these thoughts are 6 years old, and some are from today. I've always found album leftovers and b-sides to be an interesting window into learning more about my favorite bands. It can often highlight inner-workings, and show off some (often failed) attempts at experimenting with your own art. This is by no means a "greatest hits" collection, but hopefully you'll find something that compels you! Again, thanks for reading/listening and hopefully these notes will shed a little light on these songs for those that are curious. Thanks for digging deep with us! -John
1. Mona Lisa Overdrive. (Mar 2009) We recorded a grand total of 26 songs during the sessions for our second album, Horror Vacui (many of which ended up on our two EP's, The Beached Margin/Done Waiting in addition to the twelve on Horror Vacui), totaling 50+ days in the studio, spread out over a full year. The plan for the album gestated many times- the initial tracklist and proposed running order being incredibly different from the final product. "Mona Lisa Overdrive" was recorded during the second set of sessions for Horror Vacui, and at the time was intended as the first song on the album. It was to replace the former contender for opening track, which you'll read about in a bit. Most of us are still relatively proud of MLO, but I'm quite glad that at the 11th hour, we wrote "Beneath You All The Way", halted the mastering process, and had it recorded a week before the album was due at the pressing plant. May the best song win(it did)! (originally appeared as a digital bonus track to the Get Big 7")
14. Benediction. (Aug 2008) Remember how I said "Mona Lisa Overdrive" replaced another song as the planned opener for Horror Vacui, before we came up with "Beneath You All The Way" at the last minute? For quite a while, "Benediction" was that planned opening track. Change is good! Definitely not one of our standout tunes, although I still think the lyrics have some merit. Also, fun fact: it's only in hindsight that I'm able to see this, but all three of those potential lead tracks were "us against the world"-type love songs-- an interesting coincidence considering the jilted, loner, fuck-off vibe of every other song on Horror Vacui. (originally appeared as a digital bonus track to The Beached Margin/Done Waiting 12")
Apr 4, 2017
We have three great shows coming up this spring, we hope to see you out and about!
Dec 18, 2016
Howdy all - it's time once again for my annual "Best Albums Of The Year" list! I've been doing this every year for at least the past 20 or so - I love geeking out and talking music, so let me know what your favorites were as well!
And here's my Spotify playlist of my favorite songs of 2016 - check it out!
Nov 29, 2016
We'll be supporting Third Eye Blind at The Ritz next Tuesday December 6th - we'd love to see you there!
Jun 16, 2016
Mar 29, 2016
Dec 30, 2015
1) Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
2) Grimes - Art Angels
3) Dutch Uncles - O Shudder
4) Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
5) BNLX - Good Light
6) Christine And The Queens - S/T
7) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
8) Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise
9) Bully - Feels Like
Sep 1, 2015
Oh hi. We are very excited to share with you our first new music in 2 years - our new single, "Yours Truly."
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Aslan Freeman (and mastered by Jesse Cannon), "Yours Truly" is likely the first of a new set of songs on the way from IWTDI. We're very happy about it. We hope you are too.
Please come rock with us at The Cave in Chapel Hill this Saturday, September 5th - in support of Planned Parenthood!
Thanks for listening,
Jun 9, 2015
Howdy! While it might seem like IWTDI are laying low, we've actually been a bit more busy in recent months than usual - we have even started tracking a new song, which got us excited and talking about possibly tracking a whole lot more songs as well! It'll be a slow process, but we're beginning to kick around ideas about making IWTDI album #5! We'll let you know when we know more.
In the meantime, we've been keeping busy with other projects. One such project for John, Rachel, and Curtis is 120 Minutes - our 90s cover band. It's silly fun, and we're playing a FREE show (and our last public Triangle show until October) this Thursday June 11th at Oak City 7 in Raleigh City Plaza. We play from 9-10:30pm, and the awesome See Gulls and Mary Johnson Rockers & The Spark are opening up for us. Here's a little taste of what we can do....
Finally, we DO have an IWTDI show on the calendar - Friday July 3rd at Deep South The Bar in Raleigh with our awesome buddies Youth League. We probably won't play a show again for quite a while after this, so we hope to see you there!
Apr 15, 2015
We'll be hitting the stage for the first time in 6 months on May 16th 2015 at Deep South Entertainment's 20th Anniversary Street Festival in Downtown Raleigh! Check out all the details here and buy your tickets now!
Dec 25, 2014
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, Y'ALL!
We played some very memorable IWTDI shows this year - including sharing the stage with our heroes, The Posies - among many other great acts. We're looking forward to 2015 - you might even hear some new music from us... ;)
As usual, I've geeked out and made a Top Ten Albums Of The Year list. And for all you hip kids with your Internets, I've made a Spotify playlist of favorite tracks from these 10 albums and other highlights from 2014. Check it out here, and be sure to let me know about your top ten in the comments!
JOHN'S TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2014
#1 LYDIA AINSWORTH - RIGHT FROM REAL
#2 U2 - SONGS OF INNOCENCE
#3 RYAN ADAMS - RYAN ADAMS
#4 RUN THE JEWELS - RUN THE JEWELS 2
#5 A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW - SEA WHEN ABSENT
#6 BLACK MAP - ...AND WE EXPLODE
#7 TOBACCO - ULTIMA II MASSAGE
#8 TYCHO - AWAKE
#9 PORTER ROBINSON - WORLDS
#10 D'ANGELO - BLACK MESSIAH
Nov 20, 2014
We're all staying busy with life and other musical projects at the moment, so the IWTDI shows have been getting fewer and farther between. Our last show was in August at Oak City 7 with The Posies, definitely a milestone for us!
Since it will have been a full four months, we're really looking forward to our last show of the year (and our last show for another long while).....check it:
Oct 7, 2014
I Was Totally Destroying It recognizes that we have fans on all sides of the political fence and we appreciate each and every one of you. We also recognize that North Carolina’s state government needs a serious makeover. We believe in equal rights and equal pay for all genders and races. We believe same-sex marriages are entitled to the same benefits and protection as heterosexual marriages. We believe in the funding and availability of comprehensive women’s healthcare. We believe what a woman does with her body is her business. We believe in funding programs for those who are down on their luck, and we believe we cannot judge those who use them. We believe that students, the elderly, and minorities all deserve ample time and opportunities to vote. We believe teachers should be treated with respect and adequately compensated. We believe the state’s per-pupil funding needs to be increased. Finally, we love motorcycles and vaginas but believe they don’t belong on the same bill.
It’s cool if you don’t agree with us. It’s cool if you do. But all the complaining on social media and in real life means nothing if you don’t put your money where your mouth is and vote.
Here is a link to a new IWTDI song attempting to express some of the beliefs listed above, featuring great contribution from Aslan Freeman (vocals, guitar, production, engineering, mixing) and Mike Kane (drums), both from the band Unifier. The song is called "Parentheses" and is paired with a remix of "Parentheses" by Paul Leary, as well as a new song from our friend Lutie Cain. Thanks to the NC Music Love Army for having us and for giving proceeds from the purchase of this single (available now on Bandcamp where you can "name your price") to the causes that need it most. Thanks for listening and thanks for doing what is right on November 4th.
Aug 12, 2014
Our only show for the foreseeable future is next Thursday August 21 at Oak City 7 with one of our favorite bands of all time - The Posies!
Lowderstill, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, and Dragmatic will kick off the night, followed by IWTDI at 8:30 and The Posies at 9:30pm. The show is completely free - check out OakCity7.com for all the info!
We plan to debut a brand new song at this show, plus play a lot of the old favorites! Come cap off the summer with us and enjoy some great live music in the process.
Here's a classic from The Posies....
Jun 16, 2014
We're back! Two shows lined up for this summer, both are FREE FREE FREE. Free.
Friday July 4: I Was Totally Destroying It @ Deep South The Bar, Raleigh, NC
(immediately following the fireworks, which are best viewed from Deep South The Bar's patio!)
Thursday August 21: The Posies, I Was Totally Destroying It, more @ Oak City 7, Raleigh, NC
See y'all soon!
Apr 10, 2014
Quick update on some awesome free outdoor shows we have lined up over the next month!
SATURDAY APRIL 12: Live & Local on Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC. IWTDI plays the Horne St Stage at 5pm.
SATURDAY APRIL 26: 140 Plaza, Chapel Hill, NC. IWTDI plays three separate sets between 3pm and 7pm.
SATURDAY MAY 3: OutRaleigh!, City Plaza, Raleigh, NC. IWTDI plays at 3:30pm.
Hope to see you out there!
Feb 24, 2014
Hello! Hope you are all having a great 2014 thus far.
Our first show of the year is shaping up quite nicely...
In other news, we've all been active with new musical ventures as well as keeping IWTDI going when time permits! Curtis has launched his new project Panels, of which John and Rachel are both members as well (along with members of Unifier and Lila, etc). The band is very excited about what is to come - they released their debut single "In The Dark" earlier this month and will be releasing more songs throughout the year - and making their debut live performance in May. "Like" Panels on Facebook to keep up with details on that!
Dec 21, 2013
I've been doing year-end lists for as long as I can remember, and here are my top 10 albums for 2013!
I've also made a Spotify playlist (embedded below - or just click here to launch) of my favorite tracks from these albums and others - except my #1 album is missing as it is not available on Spotify, so head on over to YouTube to listen to my absolute favorite record of the year...
Oh, and if anyone is keeping score, this is my favorite song of the year...off an album I wasn't super into otherwise....
So check out this list, let me know your picks, and enjoy the mix while you're wrapping presents for loved ones! Hope you've all had a great year and we'll see you in 2014!
-John & IWTDI
1. MY BLOODY VALENTINE - MBV
2. HAIM - DAYS ARE GONE
3. KANYE WEST - YEEZUS
4. DAVID BOWIE - THE NEXT DAY
5. DISCLOSURE - SETTLE
6. DAFT PUNK - RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES
7. VIENNA TENG - AIMS
8. PAUL MCCARTNEY - NEW
9. BOARDS OF CANADA -TOMORROW'S HARVEST
10. BIG SEAN - HALL OF FAME
Nov 19, 2013
We are very excited to be playing our first show in 4 months (and what will be our last for several more) at the Deep South Entertainment 18th Annual Christmas Party at Deep South The Bar on Friday December 6th!
The lineup is insane: come early for openers Unifier, Vinny Vegas, The Roman Spring...and stick around for the super secret surprise headliners that I totally can't tell you about for really real.
Advanced tickets are only $7 and are on sale now. You can buy at the door for $10, but if I were you, I'd buy now. Deep South The Bar only holds 100 people (25 of which will be in the bands playing, haha), and a lineup like this would usually play at a room 5 times the size...
Bottom line: this is one of the best shows we've ever assembled and it's going to be a giant throwdown. JOIN US, Y'ALL.
Sep 25, 2013