Drummer Found!

WELCOME GARTH MACALEAVEY INTO THINNING THE HERD.

Thank you all who auditioned and took the time for us.

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Playing Drums

I started to play drums quite regularly – I am about as good as the bald doood in Electric Wizard.

We are zeroing in on a drummer.

-Gavin

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Drummer needed

I wake up everyday hoping for an email that says ‘ I am your new drummer’. It used to be so easy, felt like I had people lining up out the back of the Van to get in and play with us. Now we don’t have any takes, I put the word out yesterday, and expected immediate gratification – instead I am not getting anyone.

Is this the end of this band? Just because I cannot find another long haired metal freakin NY? Amazing. I am amazed. This city is so big, this band plays with the coolest motherfuckers that come through, and still — no fucking drums.

I am going to start playing drums. This shit is WACK.

 

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What to do now?

We have a great new record coming out, one I have little steam for promoting. In the wake of my friend being killed, I am caught not wanting to play my guitar, not wanting to write music or even draw pictures. I am in a funk, and I cannot express on Facebook, to friends, to family or anyone in the music industry how this event is being processed.

The sad thing is not the loss of life, it is the death of dreams.

The selfish association I have with leading a band creates a dilemma for me. I can’t be in a band. I need to lead a band, or be a producer. This crossroads has me sleeping late and going to bed early, not able to meditate or be myself, in the moment.

The people and things associated with this process is getting me upset, getting me to a place where I want to paint alone, and not pursue music again.

 

I am upset with the lack of response in garnering a new drummer, though I have not put the word out there yet – I need someone.

I feel the universe owes me for the dues I have paid, but this is not true. I need to pound the pavement and create something as I did years ago — though I am now older, and could give a shit less about what you think.

If you play drums and can put up with a free place to rehearse, let me know. thinningtheherdmusic@gmail.com

-Gavin

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Thinning the Herd hits home

FUck

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Life after Death

Well its been about two weeks since my best friend and our talented drummer Rick CImato was killed by a car going the wrong way down the highway, on the night after x-mas. Since then I have been fighting sadness and grieving heavily. Everyone tells me to keep writing songs, not to stop performing and playing – but honestly – I don’t know what to do.

I find myself alone, a place I usually love to be — now lacks the relevance, as my lives project got intertwined with the metal and blood that was my friends fate.

I have no choice but to write dark and doom music, and to follow through with this – but I am not approachable. I am somewhat of a fascist, and write all the music. I need the control and fear I will not find what we need in the band, after Ricks departure.

I am doubtful in my talent, and fear this is the end, though I know in my heart it is just the beginning.

Eastern philosophy helps put a context as to what I feel and what is real. My focus is to rise from this, to help out with Ricks name and honor.

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Never Wanted – Video

This song was written about living a life as an artist – not wanting create out of an expectation from others.

Whenever someone says that It must be wonderful to know how to draw, paint, create music – I tell them It is not something I want to do, it is my work. I don’t know how to do anything else.

Choosing the life of an artist is the hardest road to travel, and it is not always a joy to create things. It is hard work, and mostly wrought with pain – though the days that work flows and accolades are revealed that make the dark days dim.1

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” -Van Gogh

-Gavin

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New Video directed by Thinning the Herd

Its been a rad week — two shows with all great bands within two days of each other. This is why I started TTH in the first place, to succeed at creative engagement – to see others moved by the work.

I am blessed to have this as an outlet of expression.

HAIL BUDDHA!

HAIL SATAN!

-Gavin

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Opening for Corrosion of Conformity

We are opening for Corrosion of Conformity on November 9th!

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/169053/

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Recording ‘Freedom From the Known’ is almost complete

We tracked 11 tuned with Steven Albini (Nirvana, Weedeater, Mudhoney) this summer and have since been laying down vocals and mixing. Our weeks have been about random gigs, making a music video in HD, as well as building a new studio in Bushwick Brooklyn.

I must say the scene here in NY is somewhat beguiling. We know our music is good, and warrants peoples attention. However, in NYC – if you don’t have a crazy thick beard and listen to only Pentagram and prog metal, or type o negative – seems you just can’t run with the big dogs!

We are the big dogs who don’t give a shit about anything accept making passionate music, videos and perform to the best of our aging abilities. I’m still amazed bands that get signed get ┬áput on these free shows around NY, band I never heard of but are young as fuck.

We played a show yesterday — I was leaving when some asshole shouts – ‘Hey! THINNING THE HERD’. Naturally I thought it was someone wanting to say thanks for playing so far from home, instead it was some Jersy guido dude wanting me to move the drums. I told him they aint mine and Ill call my drummer. He says to me, he says, he says, ‘ You move em’ I don’t know what your drummer looks like’.

We just played for .5 hr and he don’t know what my drummer looks like? I am getting tired of this small venue garbage pail kid loser mentality. We deserve a rider. 6 years into this, and still get the shit end of the stick.

-Gavin (Sick of it All) Spielman

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