A Year in the Life: A Home Above Guest Blog

Rough​ ​starts​ ​aren’t​ ​abnormal​ ​for​ ​many​ ​bands​ ​and​ ​Home​ ​Above​ ​is​ ​no​ ​exception.​ ​After having​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​end​ ​our​ ​previous​ ​band,​ ​for​ ​multiple​ ​reasons,​ ​we​ ​were​ ​excited​ ​for​ ​a​ ​fresh​ ​start. We​ ​had​ ​freedom​ ​to​ ​change​ ​our​ ​sound​ ​and​ ​pick​ ​a​ ​new​ ​name.​ ​We​ ​really​ ​enjoyed​ ​the​ ​phase​ ​in which​ ​we​ ​got​ ​to​ ​conceive​ ​ideas,​ ​but​ ​eventually​ ​we​ ​were​ ​faced​ ​with​ ​a​ ​dilemma – how  ​do​ ​we​ ​get people​ ​to​ ​care?

We​ ​felt​ ​that​ ​before​ ​we​ ​could​ ​do​ ​anything​ ​we​ ​had​ ​to​ ​have​ ​music​ ​out​ ​there;​ ​something “tangible”​ ​for​ ​people​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​that​ ​we​ ​were​ ​more​ ​than​ ​some​ ​garage​ ​band​ ​down​ ​the​ ​street. We​ ​wrote​ ​music,​ ​we​ ​found​ ​a​ ​producer​ ​and​ ​we​ ​worked​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​create​ ​something​ ​we​ ​felt​ ​people could​ ​care​ ​about.​ ​

Unfortunately,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​all​ ​for​ ​nothing​ ​when​ ​a​ ​car​ ​thief​ ​stole​ ​our​ ​producer’s computer​ ​and​ ​hard​ ​drive,​ ​setting​ ​us​ ​back​ ​to​ ​square​ ​one.​ ​We​ ​re-recorded​ ​our​ ​music,​ ​but​ ​slowly came​ ​to​ ​realize​ ​it​ ​wasn’t​ ​the​ ​same.​ ​We​ ​couldn’t​ ​recreate​ ​what​ ​had​ ​already​ ​been​ ​made​ ​and​ ​that was​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​a​ ​bummer.​ ​Still,​ ​we​ ​kept​ ​going​ ​and​ ​made​ ​our​ ​first​ ​EP,​ ​If​ ​Anything​ ​Will,​ ​and​ ​even though​ ​it​ ​might’ve​ ​​ ​not​ ​been​ ​​ ​exactly​ ​what​ ​we​ ​wanted​ ​I​ ​still​ ​feel​ ​there’s​ ​a​ ​few​ ​bangers​ ​on​ ​it.

So​ ​now​ ​we​ ​had​ ​a​ ​handful​ ​of​ ​recorded​ ​music​ ​and​ ​it​ ​was​ ​time​ ​to​ ​put​ ​together​ ​a​ ​solid​ ​set​ ​list and​ ​work​ ​on​ ​our​ ​live​ ​performance.​ ​Believe​ ​it​ ​or​ ​not,​ ​it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​insanely​ ​difficult​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​place​ ​to practice.​ ​Starting​ ​off​ ​at​ ​a​ ​local​ ​music​ ​store,​ ​then​ ​moving​ ​to​ ​a​ ​practice​ ​space​ ​an​ ​hour​ ​away; making​ ​something​ ​that​ ​should’ve​ ​been​ ​fun​ ​very​ ​stressful.​ ​It​ ​took​ ​us​ ​forever​ ​to​ ​finally​ ​move​ ​to​ ​a local​ ​storage​ ​unit,​ ​but​ ​thank​ ​goodness​ ​we​ ​did.​ ​We​ ​worked​ ​on​ ​our​ ​songs,​ ​solidified​ ​them​ ​as much​ ​as​ ​we​ ​could​ ​and​ ​put​ ​together​ ​the​ ​best​ ​set​ ​list​ ​we​ ​could.

We​ ​practiced​ ​and​ ​refined​ ​our​ ​set​ ​to​ ​the​ ​best​ ​of​ ​our​ ​abilities​ ​and​ ​it​ ​was​ ​time​ ​to​ ​move forward​ ​in​ ​getting​ ​our​ ​name​ ​out​ ​there.​ ​We​ ​started​ ​playing​ ​shows;​ ​some​ ​good,​ ​some​ ​not​ ​so good.​ ​Whether​ ​it​ ​was​ ​playing​ ​to​ ​only​ ​the other​ ​bands​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bill​ ​or​ ​having​ ​our​ ​own​ ​issues​ ​in​ ​the live performance,​ ​we​ ​still​ ​played​ ​when​ ​we​ ​could​ ​and​ ​networked​ ​with​ ​whom​ ​we​ ​could.​ ​Eventually,​ ​we made​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​started​ ​playing​ ​some​ ​bigger​ ​shows.​ ​We​ ​were​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​release​ ​our music​ ​and​ ​have​ ​our​ ​first​ ​official​ ​release​ ​show.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​like​ ​a​ ​climax​ ​of​ ​a​ ​story.  Our​ ​release​ ​show was – and​ ​still​ ​is – the  ​best​ ​show​ ​I’ve​ ​ever​ ​played.​ ​Our​ ​hard​ ​work​ ​had​ ​paid ​off​ ​and​ ​it​ ​was​ ​such​ ​a relief​ ​to​ ​finally​ ​have​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​accomplishment.

Being​ ​in​ ​a​ ​band​ ​is​ ​hard​ ​work​ ​and​ ​it​ ​never​ ​really​ ​comes​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​anyone,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​was​ ​all​ ​worth it.​ ​We​ ​wouldn’t​ ​be​ ​where​ ​we​ ​are​ ​if​ ​it​ ​weren’t​ ​for​ ​the​ ​ups​ ​and​ ​downs.​ ​We​ ​never​ ​know​ ​when they’re​ ​gonna​ ​come,​ ​but​ ​now​ ​we're​ ​well​ ​aware​ ​that​ ​there​ ​are​ ​reasons​ ​for​ ​it​ ​and​ ​it​ ​never​ ​keeps​ ​us from​ ​making​ ​something​ ​for​ ​people​ ​to​ ​care​ ​about.

- Cameron, Home Above