Canthrammer 4, allow me to explain.
Hello internet. This is Jake (the drummer) and I’d like to be real for a second.
I make a lot of posts for this band. Sometimes I try to be funny, sometimes I put up pictures of us doing stupid shit, sometimes I post some semi-real shit with a little joke at the end so I’m not a downer….But the reality for me is that’s not why I do this. That’s not why any of us do this. Music has been a huge part of my life….all music. I’ve been a metal head for years, but I also grew up on my parents’ albums. I’ve always loved a wide variety of music, and I always will. I play in 2 different bands that couldn’t probably be any more different, but I see them with the same light; the same purpose. Music is music. It’s all a matter of perspective.
I think what drew me to metal was the raw emotion of it, the culture around it, the figurative middle finger we were all giving by being a part of it. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that its not just those things. It’s because heavy music is REAL. It’s aggression. It’s violence. It’s drugs. It’s anger. It’s sadness. It’s joy. It’s partying. It’s love. It’s loss. It’s depression. It’s life. It’s brutal and it’s honest and it’s saved my life, and obviously a great deal of other people. I think we all lose sight of that most of the time. We’re in this scene for a reason. We work terrible day jobs and make ridiculous sacrifices to be in this scene. For what? Why? We’re obviously not raking in royalties. We’re not living the high life here, and yet we cling to it with all our might. Maybe your answer to that question is ‘because it’s fun and I like it.’ That’s valid. It is fun, and I do like it. But there has to be something else. I can only speak for myself here, but I need this music. It’s my escape. It’s my therapy. It always has been. The only difference is I’m not screaming at my car steering wheel on my way to school, I’m screaming into a microphone behind the drum set.
This band has always been about creating something new. It’s been about having a good time. We’ve invited you to our house. We’ve given you our beer. We’ve tried to continually push the limits of what we can do as a band. This band, in a very real sense, is our therapy. It’s about saying ‘fuck it.’ It’s about doing what you want to do and not taking any shit from anyone. It’s about being creative and pushing people’s perspectives to new levels. We try to play with as many bands as we can. We try to challenge ourselves with each new song. We’re trying to move FORWARD; Forward as people, forward as musicians, and forward in life. All the shows, the beer we make, the late nights and miles spent on the road……they’re more than fun for us. It’s a dream we all share. It’s an impact we want to leave. It’s a legacy we want to make.
As I said earlier, I’ve always been into a wide variety of music. Everyone in this band has too. I’ve been in 2 different outlaw country bands now. It’s a part of me, just like metal. It’s about the same principles. It’s the figurative middle finger. It’s the real songs. It’s the emotion. It’s the aggression. It’s all there. I see them in almost the same way. They both have helped me in so many ways. They both are true forms of art. They’re a declaration that the music industry doesn’t have to be about corporations and money. It can still be about the music. We can still MAKE it be about the music. That can be our impact. That can be our legacy. OUR legacy. TOGETHER.
Standing together, a wide variety of bands over the last 3 years have helped to raise over $3000 dollars for wounded veterans. It’s not about politics. You don’t have to agree with who sent the troops where they are. It’s not about money. The bands aren’t getting paid. We aren’t getting paid. It’s about that legacy. It’s about musicians from different walks of life coming together to help other people. It’s about making that impact. TOGETHER.
So ladies, gentlemen, and all genders, races, shapes, and sizes……we present to you the 4th Annual Canthrammer Music Festival. 12 bands. 2 stages. 6 hours of constant music. There’s death, sludge, thrash, country, folk, and jazz. PBR is sponsoring. Sik Pin is sponsoring. Capitol Guitars will be providing a backline on each stage. Black Coffin Tattoo is donating a free tattoo gift certificate which will be raffled off at the event. We sincerely hope to see you there. Come say hello. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us. We love you. I love you. The party’s just getting started.