Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Fear + Whiskey's Future

Amy, George, Zack and I met for a couple beers last evening and discussed the future of Fear + Whiskey. I'm not sure that we came to any completely clear decisions. I did, however, voice the opinion that if a band isn't going to play more than 4-5 shows a year and doesn't really have the option of playing out of town more than once or twice a year (if that), then it seems rather futile to keep the band going unless it's going to replace performing in front of an audience with some other purpose. Certainly it is fun just to get together as musical friends and jam regularly, but I'm not sure that's enough for me. I don't want to speak for anyone else in the band so I won't.

George and I have talked briefly about forming a group with a focus on harder rock, I guess in a similar vein to the last BOK line-up, but again the issue of playing live arises. I did mention to Amy as we were walking to our cars that perhaps down the road we could do some recording and she seemed quite amenable to that possibility.

I know that I still have at least a couple years of performing live left in me, my health willing, so I'm not going to give up on trying to put together a line-up that could manage perhaps a dozen or more shows a year. Ultimately, I'd love to be in a position where if I and the rest of the band wanted to, we could go on the road for a week and play 4-5 shows in a row. But that seems like a near impossibility for various, probably obvious, reasons.

In the meantime, maybe I should turn my attention to writing and recording a new album. It has been three years since THIS IS YOUR BOOK OF KILLS dropped.