14 NOVEMBER(RTWG) ft Mendo Dope

So the website is all fucked up, getting it all dialed in but in the meantime wanted to let you all know about the story of NOVEMBER(road trip with a gun).  I came across Mendo Dope while learning how to make water hash, their song “Ganjas Journey” was playing in the background, really the only way to explain my reaction would be to hear the song, so check it out you can stream it for free on their website.  So after hearing that I bought all their albums(theres like 8 of them) and bumped them for 14 hours straight down to LA to meet up with Dano.  Im like duddddddde……Just like I have been with everyone I know that smokes weed, because if you smoke weed and do not get into their music, then you must be smoking fucking shitty weed.

So as I’m smoking weed at 9AM the next morning waiting for Dano to wake up because were on opposing sleep schedules, I sent them an email letting them know how fucking amazing their music was and that we should fucking mix it up sometime and or throw down in the mobile stage.  Not to change the subject but I send a lot of emails to musicians and or bands that I appreciate, and I can tell you that this is the first time I have ever gotten a response, 5 min later nonetheless.  They were pumped and I let them know we were just as stoked and would hopefully make something work out in the future.

So as we were finishing up writing songs we decided to try doing a few that you could flow lyrics over, we have done it quite a bit live with our friends in Eugene The Architex, The Overflow Federation, and others, Lomo even chopped up Mr. Bo Pringle a few years ago and it was pretty fucking cool.  So the first two we wrote actually ended up being songs, one of them 05 ECHO Groovy Skate which is definitely one of Dano and I’s favorite songs, but then again there’s 25 others on there that are our favorites as well.  So we played 14 NOVEMBER RTWG and after listening to it for a few weeks we were like……duddddde……that song has some fucking groove to it, everyone listening to it is like damn I can hear this I can hear that.  So when it came time for us to do vocals in 4 hours…..because the dude recording it Mickey Marlboro had to bail, and that’s all the time he gave us for the beer and weed we supplied him with, which was ample, but honestly all he did was sleep and be in our way the whole time, it ended up being one of the songs at the end that we really wanted to add more to, but there just wasn’t time.

So Dano is like aaaaaaallllllllllrrrrriiiigghhhhhht, wanna send that one to Mendo Dope?  I was like fuck yeah but were kind of down to the last minute here, I would hope they could pull it off, but we are definitely hovering in the realm of impossibility here….starting mixing tomorrow with Kelly Asay in Oregon…I’m still in Southern California, they would have to get it done in like 3 days….but then again if they did pull it off then they are obviously as hardcore as we are and what better way to start out a fucking friendship than by writing a song together over emailing tracks back and forth.

So I sent it to them on June 11…..9 fucking days ago, from then to when I’m writing this, with the CD now sent off to be picked up next Friday.  They got it back to me 6 days ago, Mendo Dope as fuck, so fucking mind blowing hearing it for the first time.  Its so crazy because to see all this happen in 6 weeks, from discovering their music, to listening to all of their music on repeat, to having them throw down with us, its like the full circle happened in a matter of 6 weeks.  All I know is real recognizes real, just like they say in that Icepick song, just like Mendo Dope says on their new cd, all this compounding with the current state of music in general, it shows hope in an otherwise fucked up unoriginal artistic scene.  Endangered Artists like Mendo Dope are out keeping the originality of the art intact, and for them to collab with a couple crusty dudes that aren’t even sure what kind of music they are anymore no questions asked…..strength and honor, love and respect.

And this isn’t even the whole story, so Old E from Mendo Dope says he is stoked to hear what we put down for the rest of the song…..Only Dano was in LA so we would have to do this cell phone thing, which we don’t really have figured out yet, and I was walking out of a 7 Seconds show in Portland at 1AM, meeting ACE to finish up the mix on the farm at 7AM.  So here I am for the first time laying down some hip hop vocals, totally inspired from every song Mendo Dope has ever done in creating the weed nerd genre they bring to the table.  Ace is sitting there playing the part of the producer, really getting me to accentuate the right notes in the random phrases I started to write on the whiteboard.  Got the first section done and then there was really no good way to do the Dano phone message recording thing and line it up right to sound good…….so I channeled the power of the Myrmidon as this song shifted gears and went more towards the heavier side of things.  2 Hours later we had Road Trip With a Gun….Which is titled NOVEMBER on the album but that’s what we call it, you can call the song whatever you want, just know that if you smoke weed, grow weed, or just enjoy everything about it, check out MENDO DOPE, they just dropped a new album a week or two ago, on top of a website with about 8 other albums that have songs on there that push the boundaries of creativity and education revolving around the class I narcotic marijuana.