Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's time to make a statement.

Hello, friends. Donald here. I am writing to you to let you know that a lot has been happening in the Keep Calm camp over the last few weeks, and a lot of them are about to finally be set into motion in the next few days. All of these things are what we all believe to be a positive change, and Craig, Madison and I could not be happier at the direction of the show. But before we get to that, I want to come clean about a few things.

I started Keep Calm and Carry On when I was a junior in college. I had been awarded a slot for a specialty show on WTSR, with the approval to play the best in emo music, or at least what I believed to be the best. I had an eye on the future and realized that I only had two short years to make my mark with the show, so I opted for a name that people would recognized and feel a connection to immediately. With a familiarity in the name, I felt it would be an easier way to gain and keep people's attention, at least for the two years that I was in college. What I could have never imagined, however, was what would happen after that. I began to integrate my personal music blog (the one you're reading now) with the show, and ended up being able to use WTSR's resources to interview some of my favorite bands. The show became such a success that it attracted Craig to it, and within two weeks of knowing him, I knew that I had found someone who could help the show continue past my time at college. The two of us worked hard, went on some crazy adventures, and continue to have them to this day. The two of us accomplished things I never thought I'd even learn how to do and then some. Then, when we maybe started to take our accomplishments for granted, a young girl named Madison came to our show, and her work ethic and passion for the scene not only created even more opportunities for the show, but it also helped reignite the passion Craig and I were struggling to maintain. The three of us are now developing into a great team, and I've never been more proud.

But there remains the issue of how we started. When Keep Calm was conceived, I was alone, and therefore anything that went into the promotion, production, and direction of the show and blog was from me alone. Now, I'm one of three voices that's heard when we make decisions, yet we were still working with a blog that I created and a show time I selected for a show that I named. It sounds so totalitarian, I'm surprised Craig and Madison didn't revolt.

Anyway, the three of us have talking a lot over this summer, and agreed that it was time to reimagine the show, from the ground up. It began with our three schedules pulling us in different directions to the point that the three of us could rarely make our typical show time from 9-11pm on Friday nights. Therefore, we've requested (and been approved for) a completely new showtime on WTSR, which will be revealed in the coming months. The next order of business was the website. While we recently changed our layout, the three of us agreed that it was time to draw inspiration from our friends at Smash Cut Reviews, and decided to move our site from blogspot to a site that we had even more control over, with our own domain name. As we discussed changing the site, the show time, and the very format we post with, I had an idea: what if we changed the name, too? Craig and Madison agreed, and after much discussion, we've decided on a name, that I will now be sharing with you.

From this day forth, our show/blog will operate under the identity of The Garden Statement. It's a name that holds great importance to the three of us, as it serves as both a tribute to the state we were all born and raised in, while referencing a song from a band we all love (shout out to Hidden in Plain View!), and if you ask me, adds a little more impact to what we do. The most important part of the music we listen to is the statement it makes. Whether it's carefully crafted lyrics, expert musicianship, or that innate quality you sometimes can't even put into words, the music that sticks with us does so because it makes a statement. And that's what we want to do: we want to make a statement about the bands we love, the bands doing things the right way, the bands making the best music, and the bands that you need to check out.

I know I speak for Craig and Madison when I say that our run as Keep Calm and Carry On became something the three of us never could have predicted, and has taken us to places we never expected. We've been so fortunate to enjoy the success we've had, and we feel these changes we are making will help us accomplish even more in the future. We would all like to thank you from the bottom of our collective heart for any support you've offered and hope you will join us as we move forward as The Garden Statement. We'll still be giving you the same great content we always have, but with even more conviction and passion that we had before.

tl;dr: Keep Calm and Carry On has become The Garden Statement. You are cordially invited to the launch of our new site, which should be coming your way in the next couple of days. Thank you forever.

As always, and for one last time, Keep Calm, Carry On, and Open Your Mind.


Donald Wagenblast, Craig Ismaili, and Madison Ouellette.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Local Spotlight: Falling Through the Center of the Earth

Band Name: Falling Through the Center of the Earth
Band Members: Dan Boyle, Ari Gazetas, Dank Bill, Pat Fitzmaurice, Matt Kohanowski
Hometown: West Milford,NJ
Formed: 2014
Genre: Metal

Album Review: The Story So Far - Songs Of EP

Hate all you want, but at some point, you're going to need to give credit where credit is due: The Story So Far have figured out where they fit into the grand scheme of the scene, and they know how to keep finding ways to increase their already exponentially-expanding fanbase. Last year's sophomore effort What You Don't See was a mental maturation and audible tightening of the screws from the brash, bold, often immature Under Soil and Dirt. 2013 also saw the band stray from their pop-punk starter kit sound, opting for a stripped-down, subdues effort on a split with The Story So Far. Maybe it was the fact that Tumblr went crazy for the acoustic track "Clairvoyant" that turned out to be one of the band's best songs, the fact that they're on Warped Tour this summer, or the fact that their meteoric rise through the ranks may be too rapid for indie label Pure Noise Records to handle, but something's possessed the band to keep their creative juices flowing. And the result of that motivation, whatever its cause may be, has produced a brand new EP, Songs Of. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Keep Calm Presents: An Interview with Dylan Mattheisen of Tiny Moving Parts

     On June 5th, Tiny Moving Parts played to yet another sold-out crowd while a part of Modern Baseball's headlining tour.  Amidst all of the excitement of playing five sold-out shows in a row, including one at Webster Hall with 600+ people, Tiny Moving Part's Dylan Mattheisen took some time to chat with Keep Calm and Carry On about tour, an upcoming LP, and signing to Triple Crown Records!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Album Review: Tigers Jaw - Charmer

Throughout the early stages of this so-called "emo revivial," there were a few bands that held things down for the newcomers like Have Mercy, The Hotelier, or Old Gray came and really started the movement. One of them, very quietly, was Tigers Jaw. With their moody, smooth jams and their ability to capture the emotions of any given moment while always evolving their sound and setting the pace for the sound of the scene as we know it. They've been one of the most respected bands to come up from this scene in the last few years, and on Charmer, their fourth full-length, Tigers Jaw continue to prove why so many have fallen in love with them.