The video for LOVESICK dropped and I was again blown away from the second Matt's screaming came in followed by the riff and Trevor took over vocals. The smooth guitar licks, the fast paced riff, the chaotic drumming, the rock and roll vibe, everything was just, well everything I wanted. I found a new favorite band. At that time though I was still working full time and worried just like EMCK I would never get a chance to actually see them since they were in south Jersey. They played a show in January of 2016 in Holyoak MA and I wasn't going to miss it for the world. That night changed/ruined my life. They put on an amazing set it was the first band I filmed a set and uploaded to Youtube, we ended up at Applebee's after the show and just had a great time. It's one thing to connect on social media and whatever but entirely different to actually be able to hang out in real life.
Everyone in that band, despite consistently making fun of me, are the nicest people I've met. It meant a lot to me that they supported my work and my site as well. They might make fun of them but they watched and shared my videos. All of that I appreciated because it's nice to know that someone, especially a band actually gives a shit about what I'm trying to do.
The best moment of knowing them, and honestly one of the best moments of my life was in 2017 when they recorded an album (that I will get released if it's the last thing I do) in North Carolina. I was at one of the lowest points in my life and had a very bad reaction to some medication I was taking. I ended up driving about 17 hours straight from Connecticut to Florida. On the way back I talked them and despite them insisting I don't (kidding) I stopped in North Carolina and hung out with them for a week. That saved my life, just that brief time of forgetting everything hanging out with them, going from the house to the studio, walking around the downtown bars at night, watching scary movies, it was exactly what I needed. The picture above is from that time, I was happy, I was laughing, despite everything going on outside in my life, for that moment I was actually doing well and it set me on the road to being better.
That's the journey I took with Hot Gospel. It sucks whenever a band, especially a favorite, breaks up, but it's even worse when there's a personal connection or they've had that big of an impact on your life. I'm grateful for everything that they've done for me and for the music they've made. They are are amazing musicians and really deserved fame and recognition. If you haven't ever checked them out do it, they changed their style a few times so there's something there you'll like I'm sure. I will continue to support them in whatever comes next. I'm hoping it will be new music, I'm hoping it will be similar to Hot Gospel, but if they decide to do something completely different, it won't be a bad thing.