I'm John. I am an engineer by day and a guitar nerd by night. This blog is mostly guitar and science stuff with a dash of anti-state politics and personal rambling.

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Anonymous asked
Why did Cerce break up

zachxweeks:

I’m going to answer this once and for all because I get asked this over and over and over again although it is extremely irrelevant at this point in time. I’m also sick of hearing the internet (see: people of tumblr) make up ridiculous details and stories about what should be an irrelevant topic in an attempt to portray my friends as bad people in the name of internet drama.

Again, Cerce didn’t traditionally “break up.” We fired our vocalist due to lack of commitment and responsibility among other reasons that are not important to anyone outside of the situation. This happened almost a year ago so honestly, it’s not really important at all anymore regardless. In fact, Cerce isn’t important. At all. The rest of us wanted to continue pursuing music together so we brought our friend Greg into the mix and changed the name to lovechild and began writing new, different material in an effort to further progress and challenge ourselves as musicians and as a band. There is a reason why the guitarists, bassist, and drummer of Cerce are also the guitarists, bassist, and drummer of lovechild. We are the same band at our core, just doing different things. 

Since the dissolution of Cerce, the rest of us have occasionally been labeled as anything from “hardcore tough guy assholes,” to “sexist,” which I find VERY intriguing as to where folks are procuring such information!! We didn’t “take cerce songs and change feminist lyrics,” or any of the other absurd fabrications people can come up with when they’re bored. Also contrary to popular belief, Cerce wasn’t a “feminist band”, though most of us do subscribe to and support radical social/political/cultural/etc. ideologies.

Cerce was dissolved almost an entire year ago, released maybe eighteen complete songs totaling thirty minutes of material, and only existed for shy over a year and a half. Started as friends and ended up on different pages. It is a thing that happened and now it is gone and there is no reason to be upset over it. We were kids and we all knew it could only last for so long. Though it is mind-boggling to me that people still ask me about Cerce ALL the time and it has yet to fade into obscurity, I think it is safe to say that we all continue to be very, very thankful for the continued support of what we created although we buried the coffin long ago. If you like the music we wrote and care enough, lovechild will be coming to a city near you sooner than later.

FOLLOW UP: The C_RC_ LP from 2013 isn’t out yet, I know. That is my responsibility and I am currently doing a very bad job of fulfilling it. Some people have heard it, some haven’t. Also, someone once accused us of removing Becca’s vocals from the record and replacing them, which would have been extremely disrespectful and didn’t happen because none of her vocals were tracked in the first place and only two or three songs had completed lyrics anyway. Mayfly cancelled the physical release and unless there is enough demand for a limited pressing, it will only be available digitally. I do not have an ETA on this project, but I can assure those of you who are still interested that I will finish it probably within the next couple of months once I am done with school and junk. It was an exhausting project that represents a pretty dark period and I still find it to be very exhausting to work on.

I hope this suffices as an appropriate answer to the question, mostly so people will stop bugging me about it.

This is my favorite xkcd in some time. 
Alt text: I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.

This is my favorite xkcd in some time. 

Alt text: I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.

If you think of this idea of nothingness as mere blankness, and you hold onto this idea of blankness, you haven’t understood it. Nothingness is really like the nothingness of space, which contains the whole universe. All the sun, moon and stars, and the mountains and rivers, and the good men and bad men, and the animals and the insects, the whole bit—all are contained in the void. So out of this void comes everything and you are it. What else could you be?

Alan Watts, The State of Nothing (via sciencesoup)

That choralflange though!

It’s a beauty! I have it dialed in for a very subtle chorus.