Sometimes I Go On Tour AND Star In Music Videos

So tour was an absolutely blast. I spent a week on the road with some amazing people. I’d like to thank the dudes in Upper Class Trash for throwing me in their van for a week, and the guys in Farewell and Forever The Sickest Kids for welcoming me onto the tour, and treating me like I’d been there the entire time. You can catch the UCT guys on tour the rest of the summer with bands like The Mile After, Rediscover, and Time & Distance.

I’d tell you who the Farewell and FTSK guys will be touring with, but I’d actually get in trouble with it. Let’s just say, I can’t wait to see them playing in front of sold out crowds and on arena tours. Good luck boys, make me proud.

Farewell’s album comes out on September 25th via Epitaph Records, and features photography from the ever talented Josh Hofer. Make sure you buy it the day it hits stores. I know I will.

This weekend I’m heading out to Pittsburgh to star in Silverstein‘s music video for the single for their new record, which hits stores via Victory Records on July 3rd. The band will be robbing a bank, and I play the inside man on the heist. I’m incredibly excited, as this video is going to be on MTV, Fuse, and just about every major music video outlet in the world.

It’s being film by the guys over at Endeavor Media, who are responsible for Bayside’s amazing video for Duality, and some other favorites of mine. like Lovedrug’s video for Spiders or Tokyo Rose’s video for Spectacle.

Tour photos are coming shortly, as well as two sets of Suicide Girl photos. If you catch me on AIM, say hi. I have an eight hour train ride out to Pittsburgh tomorrow, and the same coming back at like midnight on Sunday. Note: I have to be in work at 9am that morning.

Life is exciting. See you in another week.

Raise Your Glass Without Protest

“Over the years we made some friends
While on the road with the touring bands
Good nights we’ve had, some were the best
So raise your glass without protest…”
- The Planet Smashers “Raise Your Glass”

Well, off I go. See you all in a week. Expect lots of photos and tons of stories, a lot of which probably won’t be suitable for posting on here. *wink*

And don’t forget to check out the bands.

Forever The Sickest Kids
Universal Records
http://www.myspace.com/foreverthesickestkids

Upper Class Trash
School Night Records
http://www.myspace.com/upperclasstrashwpb

Farewell
Epitaph
http://www.myspace.com/farewell

Rock N’ Roll Weekends

So this weekend was extremely productive. I photographed a Suicide Girl, and her photo set came out absolutely beautiful. I’m really psyched to see them online. It’s always interesting seeing the array of emails / IMs I get from yad00dz…

*Yad00dz[yah-dood] noun – meathead type guys with an IQ hovering somewhere around their shoesize, constantly flirting with girls out of their league, mentally and physically. No one likes them.

who want me to introduce them to the girls, or want advice on how to become a photographer, but not because they’re artists, but because they want to see naked punk rock chicks. They also tend to think they have a chance with them.

Here’s the thing guys, nothing ever happens between me and the models I shoot. Ever. Grow up, most of these girls could snag any guy they want. The last thing they want is some pervert posing as a photographer trying to get in their pants.

I’ll post up some of the non-nude ones in the near future.

I also had an amazing unsigned band over, Atlantic Victory, for a quick press shoot in my apartment. It was a lot of fun, and the images still need a lot of touching up, but I thought I’d post one of my favorites.

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Kam, the guitarist, really wanted to pose with Ash for one of the solo shots, so I happily obliged. Who says rockers aren’t sensitive? These guys have a lot going for them. Keep an ear open for their EP on myspace, and an eye open for the photos, which aren’t going to be posted or released until their EP drops. Sorry kids! They look nice though, I promise.

Updated the press photos gallery. Hope everyone had as fun a weekend as I did.

Listening: Brand NewThe Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me

Watching Playing: Just Cause for XBox 360.


Pimp My Cube: Episode 1

So I’ve been working this amazing job for the past few months and realized that my cubicle was positively barren. For those of you who know me well, you know that simply isn’t me. So after looking around, I decided to do something about it.

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I mean look at this place! Does it look like Eric Smith works here?

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Hmph! Certainly not! The only decor in this photo is a disshelved looking green apple (it’s not even round, it’s almost potato shaped, wtf Trader Joes) and a list of emails next to my lappy. It’s time… for change.

*cue triumphant sounding music*

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Two very important things. My bunny and the girl I adore. Aw. There’s also the kitten who likes to walk on my face while I sleep.

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OMG! Space Invader!!! Made up entirely of Post It Notes! SKILLS!

Also note the framed robot prints. I’d like to thank the ever talented Anthony Clark for those. If you haven’t heard of this guy, do check out his website at Nedriod.com and his blog, Nedroid Comics @ Livejournal, where he makes daily updates. Dinosaur Warlock is currently my favorite thing. Ever.

What will I be up to this week and all weekend?

Reading: Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion by Jane Austen, all in that order, during the next six weeks. My head hurts a little. The joys of graduate school.

Listening: SocraticJust Turn. Self Against CityTelling Secrets to Strangers. Boys Like Girls – Self Titled.

Watching: Pan’s Labyrinth. A hundred times.

And counting the weeks to being on tour.

On The Road Again

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So I’m going on tour with the band
She said “stay for the summer” but she don’t understand
That the radio plays what they want you to hear
and I want them to play you your love song this year

Something Corporate

So I’m hitting the road for a week in June. I’m really excited. It’s officially been an entire year since I’ve last been on the road with a band, that being the Sleepaway / Believe In You tour (which also featured Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer, The Transit War, and River City High on select dates).

Click on the tour image to check out the full poster. The Over & Out Tour. How exciting!

I had a lot of amazing tour opportunities through the year, many of which I had to turn down due to college and having a real job, some I still think about, because they would have been absolutely amazing. But oh well. Such is life.

I’ll be spending a week on the road with my good friends Upper Class Trash (School Night Records) and two other great groups, Farewell and Forever The Sickest Kids. Farewell just signed to Epitaph, home to bands like Bad Religion and Motion City Soundtrack, and FTSK just inked a deal with Universal / Motown. I first heard of Farewell when the insanely talented Josh Hofer did their press photos way back when. Go check him out at Corrupted Lens.

So I’m psyched, it should be a fun week full of little rock and roll adventures. The tour spans the entire month of June and covers most of the east coast and mid-west, however I’ll just be on some of it. Grad school and work, sorry kids.

6.19.07 – The Troc – Philadelphia, PA
6.20.07 – Washington Ave – Washington, NJ
6.21.07 – American Legion – Manchester, NH
6.22.07 – Toquet Teen Center – Westport, CT
6.23.07 – The Dungeon – Watertown, NY
6.24.07 – Funk N’ Waffles – Syracuse, NY
6.25.07 – Jaggard UMC – Altoona, PA

These three bands will be seriously breaking out this year, and I’m thrilled to be there at the beginning. Friends and family often ask why I hit the road with smaller, often just-signed bands. When you’re someone who really believes in the power of music, who lives with the mentality that rock and roll can save the world, it really is a powerful thing watching your little secrets suddenly become mainstream successes.

Friends from New Jersey, I hope to see you when I’m in our lovely homestate. And new friends in Philly, you’re all invited to the party I’m going to have on the 19th at my apartment, which is literally a few doors down from The Troc.

Listen on Myspace: Upper Class Trash / Forever The Sickest Kids / Farewell