Blue of Colors release three party harmony “Coordinates”.

Here’s the live version of “Coordinates” that Blue of Colors played on the Downwrite Tour.  It was recorded at The Buzzlounge in Beltsville, MD by Eric Taft, who played drums on the tour.  There’s a real nice message from him below, too.  What a guy.  And check out the Blue of Colors StageIt Show tonight at 9 PM EST.


My name is Eric Taft, and I was the touring drummer with Blue Of Colors on the Downwrite tour.
If you’re reading this message, it’s because you’re a wonderful person, found your way to a stop on the Downwrite tour in May, and signed up for the Blue Of Colors email list. I want to thank you for your interest in Blue Of Colors, and for coming out to see us perform on this tour!
I am a freelance recording engineer, and operate a recording studio in Beltsville, MD called “the Buzzlounge. ( ) When the tour passed through Washington, DC, we stopped at the Buzzlounge to record a few songs. One of which was this live version of “They Always Come Back”.


We also recorded a special version of the song “Coordinates”, arranged tastefully for three dudes singing their hearts out.
As a thank you for signing up for this mailing list, we would love for you to download this special version of “Coordinates” for free.
If you like the things you have heard, please subscribe to the Buzzlounge YouTube channel, and feel free to poke around my website.
Thanks again for coming out and supporting Blue Of Colors.


Your Friend,
Eric Taft

Blue of Colors release three party harmony “Coordinates”. was originally published on Modern Short Stories

Blue of Colors - They Always Come Back (Live at the Buzzlounge)

Blue of Colors made a stop at the Buzzlounge Recording Studio in Beltsville, MD along the Downwrite Tour.

The players in the video are Eric Taft (drums), Jon Bindley (guitar), and Lee Hallett (bass).  See the video below for “They Always Come Back”.  Read the story behind the song here, and download the song here.

Shot by Taylor Morden.

Audio recorded and mixed by Eric Taft.

PS If you want Eric and myself to collaborate on a Downwrite song for you, we can do that for ya for a limited time.  Click this word.

Blue of Colors – They Always Come Back (Live at the Buzzlounge) was originally published on Modern Short Stories

How John Janick got his start.

It was announced last week that John Janick is the new CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M (Eminem, Maroon 5, Lana Del Rey).  Who is he?  He’s the guy who signed Punchline to Fueled By Ramen.  What does it mean?  It means he’s about to be running the music industry.  How wild is that?!

Hearing the news reminds me of how John got his start in the music industry.  At age 17,  he approached Vinnie from Less Than Jake about releasing a 7″ record for LTJ.  Knowing he didn’t have the experience in releasing a record, Vinnie offered to help with the process, showing John the ropes.  That’s how Fueled By Ramen began*.

I remember the first time John called me, just days after Punchline played in Gainesville, FL (original home of FBR) at the Purple Porpoise.  A few guys** from the label had come to see us.  They liked what they saw.  We were obviously thrilled.  The deal we were offered pre-dated the now industry standard 360 deal.  The agreement was straightforward, much like John and his staff were over the years.

We’d heard record label horror stories from friends and urban legends, but we didn’t have any of that.  Based on our experiences, the idea of sticky label situations seemed strange.  Why would a record label do anything outside of working with you to promote your music?  Perhaps we were lucky in that regard.

To this day, working with John and FBR and seeing bands like Fall Out Boy and Paramore skyrocket, inspires me.  It’s wonderful to see the relentless hard work and kindness that goes into making it.  Maybe one day Modern Short Stories will reach such heights.  John, if you’re reading this- congratulations man, we’re all very proud of you and you should sign Badboxes. Cool, thanks.

For more info, check out this Billboard article.  Comments/questions?  I’d love to hear them.

All the best,

Steve Soboslai

*But where did they get their name? I’d love to know.


Top: Kyle, Adam (punk/pissed) Bottom: Geis, Steve (goatee)

Top: Kyle, Adam (punk/pissed)
Bottom: Geis, Steve (goatee)

How John Janick got his start. was originally published on Modern Short Stories

Downwrite Tour Recap / Blue of Colors Full Set

The first ever Downwrite Tour just ended and now I’m back home in Nashville.  I can’t even tell you how good it felt to play these songs out on the road, especially with the mighty fine band that accompanied me.  I even got to play a few songs every night with Matt Pryor.  How about that.

I wasn’t looking for a tour for myself, but every week I check to see if there were any potential tours for Badboxes.  When I saw that Matt Pryor was looking for support, it hit me for the first time in a long time – hey dummy, you should try to do that.  I kindly asked Justin Bridgewater (Badboxes’ agent) to submit me for the tour.  He did (thanks Justin, I love your style) and I also emailed Matt to submit myself directly to him.  When I found myself taking the time to write a list of bullet points detailing how I could contribute to the tour, I realized that it was something I really wanted.  Matt responded with an “ok.” (for real, I think that’s all he wrote – haha), and I was left with the semi-good feeling of having semi-locked in the tour, maybe.

The Downwrite Tour, photo by Vince Sadonis, missing is Eric Taft.

After getting the official ‘ok’ and probably doing a flip, I sent Matt an email to thank him.  He asked me if I was going to play acoustic by myself like he was.  I’m pretty sure I responded with an immediate “hell no”, and I’m pretty sure he responded with a classic Pryor “ok”.  What kind of band could I put together with the limitations of touring in my SUV?  I asked my best Nashville bud Jon Bindley if he might like to play guitar.  He’s an amazing singer/songwriter.  I’m going to do a whole special post on his amazingness.  He said yes without hesitation – it was perfect timing with his lease ending.  I remembered my friend Eric Taft from Maryland (oh yes- a post about him and his studio & music are coming, too) saying that he’d like to play drums on a Blue of Colors tour if that ever happened.  I mentioned it to him and he loved the idea, and plans for the 3-piece band were set.

Eric came into town a week before we left to practice every day at Old Man Stanwyck, the house Jon and his roommates were about to move out of (Stanwyck is the name of the street but nonetheless they are crazy people). I didn’t have a PA system, but I knew Eric had his 8 channel pre-amp.  We ran our instruments into the pre-amp and out into headphones.  Turns out, this made for a much better way to practice.  It also made it very easy to track our progress into Pro-Tools for easy review.  When we pulled the trigger on mapping out programmed bass tracks*, we had the whole set already mapped out.  Easy peasy.

*I was on the fence about running tracks, but Eric convinced us we should program sine wave bass tracks to fill in the sound as opposed to recording bass guitar or something that was in any way flashy.  This was actually very easy to do and I think it even made our sound a bit unique.

We packed up the car and here’s what we brought…

  • 22 x 16 Kick drum
  • Snare drum
  • Drum hardware in a duffle bag
  • Rack mount w/ 8 channel pre-amp/interface
  • Fender Blues Junior guitar amplifier
  • Gretsch guitar
  • Martin acoustic
  • 2 laundry bags full of T-shirts
  • 3 personal duffle bags (including Eric’s Zeppelin sized bag)

There were a few other loose items, but this left room for one person to sit in the back.  Looking back I wish we had gotten a smaller kick drum, but Eric’s worked fine for the trip and maximized thud.


Two nights before we left we had a nice dinner here at my house.  Jon moved out of his house, so he and Eric were both staying here.  We drank some wine and had a nice evening.  The next morning, I woke up to find my little amazing kitten sick and having trouble breathing.  He had been sluggish the night before and by morning he was very ill.  He looked as if he hand’t slept.  He hadn’t been eating much either.  He couldn’t breathe.  We immediately made an appointment with the vet.  It’s not necessary for me to going to much detail on the matter, but his condition worsened severely over the course of the day.  By evening he was gone.  Man, I loved that cat.  His name was Viper.

little orange cat

Viper the cat, 2013-2014

This happened the evening before we hit the road.  I talked to the guys and they agreed we couldn’t leave Amy at home alone after all of that (I’m not implying that she’s not a tough cookie, because she’s actually overbearingly independent).  If we could leave the bass drum behind, she could come with us for the first few shows.  I borrowed my friend Grady’s cajon and Gibraltar kick pedal.  We used this for St. Louis (and, of course, broke it) and borrowed a kick drum from some new friends in the band Via Luna – thanks guys!  Also, bands on tour take note – I reached out to C&C Drums, explaining why we had left the kick drum behind for the first few shows.  One of the guys from the company almost immediately brought us a bass drum!!  We already had one locked down, but how cool is that? I don’t play drums, but if I did I’d play C&C 4 life.

We did 16 shows in 16 days and I’ll never forget them.  Shout outs to my dudes on the tour (as if they are watching me read this from a podium on TV)…

Josh Berwanger from The Anniversary did the first ten shows of the tour.  His new record is amazing and I love the art (check out the artist’s site here).  Josh, thanks for letting me play some songs with you.  Are there any videos of that on the net?  Can you hear me?

Mark Rose – you are one of the most solid guys I know.  Your work ethic and smooth baby making music vocals are inspiring to me.  Thank you for listening to my ideas for Downwrite.  I’m so happy to be a part of the team.

Bob Nanna – you owe me a phone call.  Do you know my number?  I shouldn’t put it on the internet, but you can get it from Mark.  I think you win most unique songs of the tour.  Also most calm dude on the tour.  I hope you liked me being around as much as we liked you being around.

Matt Pryor.  You’re a legend, man.  Thanks for taking us out and saying such nice things about us to your fans and friends.  I hope there’s a good video of us playing “Overdue” together, because I want to get that out to Palladia ASAP.  Also, you said you’d send me posters for us to hang on our walls.  You can find my address on the studio page.  Thanks in advance for doing that.  You don’t need to frame them, but you can if you want to.

matt pryor and steve soboslai

Matt Pryor & Steve Soboslai, photo by Vince Sadonis

Ok, I’ve got to wrap this up because I could go on and on and Don.  Below is a full Blue of Colors set, recorded by my friend Alex DiVincenzo in Cambridge at TT The Bears.

So yeah – great times.  The best.  Comments?  Questions?

-Steve Soboslai

PS There’s only 3-4 “What Seems So Heavy” T-shirts left if you want to pick one up.

Thanks for reading my little Downwrite Tour recap y’all!

Downwrite Tour Recap / Blue of Colors Full Set was originally published on Modern Short Stories

Coming soon: Badboxes “Cabin Fever” via AltarTV

Here’s a little taste of some new Badboxes material we’re calling “Cabin Fever” that’s coming your way in the next few weeks via AltarTV.

This nearly 20 minute live performance video was filmed earlier this year in a cabin in Western PA. Check out this clip via my Instagram.

I remember Harrison calling me up and pitching the idea of doing a throwback VHS effected live performance video.  I loved the idea even more when AltarTV got on board with it.  What better way to spend a cold winter day.  Stay tuned for more info.

Oh and here’s the greatest music video ever made.  I’m still not over it.  Great job Thom Glunt + Altar TV.

Badboxes – “The Mystery”

Coming soon: Badboxes “Cabin Fever” via AltarTV was originally published on Modern Short Stories



Blue Of Colors tour with Matt Pryor, May 2-17
Here are the dates for the upcoming Blue of Colors tour!!  For more information head to
4/30 Live Internet Show via StageIt (BOC only)
5/1 St. Louis, MO @ International Tap House, 9 PM  (BOC only)
5/2 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar (18+)
5/3 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
5/4 Indianapolis, IN @ DO317 Lounge (21+)
5/5 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
5/6 Huntington, WV @ V Club (18+)
5/7 Richmond, VA @ The Camel
5/8 Washington, DC @ DC9
5/9 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
5/10 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
5/11 Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears Place
5/12 Philadelphia @ The Boot & Saddle (21+)
5/13 Buffalo @ The Waiting Room (16+)
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe (21+)
5/15 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
5/16 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
5/17 Chicago @ Beat Kitchen (17+)

Blue Of Colors tour with Matt Pryor, May 2-17 was originally published on Modern Short Stories

Modern Short Stories Nashville office/studio opening

I’ve opened a gorgeous recording studio/office in Nashville.  Located at…

The studio is located in Midtown/Music Row.  We’re able to accommodate all of your production needs.

Contact for any inquiries.

Modern Short Stories Nashville office/studio opening was originally published on Modern Short Stories