Friday, December 3, 2010
A message from Pet Ghost Project...
"Well, big changes on the Pet Ghost front. Basically I’ve had a nervous break down due to being pulled in so many directions constantly with this band the way it is. Its way too hard for me to keep this machine running on all cylinders all the time. I cant concentrate on any one thing and with little to no help, I just feel really worn thin and its really not fun anymore. For me it all comes to a head when I get on stage and feel pressure/nervousness of trying to perform and convey the mood/energy… when things breakdown I feel like its all up to me to deal with it. Cant do it anymore, I don’t want to be the “frontman”, band leader, booker, manager, song writer, recording engineer, publicist, etc. At least not with this current arrangement and lineup, its been way too stressful for all of us.
I suppose what I was hoping for would be a gradual relief of pressure taken off my shoulders as this thing became bigger (laughable I know). Maybe less business oriented stuff and less of me “managing” everything. But it didn’t turn out that way, it only intensified. I felt like if I stopped, everything stopped. I love my band mates but its just mismatched chemistry and over time the rift has just made it too difficult for us to carry on like this. I’m sure everyone has their own take on how and why things haven’t been working, so this is just from my point of view.
Have no fear though; Pet Ghost will never really be done. That’s the beauty of it, in a worse case scenario it goes back to being a recording/album project…which is how this all started. Pet Ghost will easily jump back into the gigging form but right now I need a break and want to focus on other musical endeavors that I’ve been talking about for quite sometime. Another band is deep in the works and I will be getting my performing kicks out with these guys. Stay tuned!
ALLLLLLLso, “Shelf Life” will be released in February of 2011. I’ve worked on this album for over a year now and I’m confident that all you kids will find something on the album that resonates with ya. It will probably be mostly a digital release, with a limited run of physical copies (at least at first). We’ll probably have a listening party or two to celebrate its birth into this world, stay tuned on all that.
A big thank you to all those who have been helping us and supporting us. Again, don’t worry about Pet Ghost producing music; as long as you folks are willing to listen I will keep creating it. This is me signing off for a month or so to decompress, when I come back this will be bigger and better. I promise. Love you guys!" - Justin Stivers
Posted by Dan Goldin at 12:58 PM