Saturday, June 23, 2012

Liam and Me Releases My Most Anticipated Album of 2007.

If there was an award for "Most Shocking Record Release of the Week" or "Worst Experience Trying To Release An Album" it would go to Liam and Me. Their album, Lives We Might Have Lived was released this week.. 6 years after production started, and even a few years after the band disbanded.

What took so long?

The band had massive issues with their record label. First the label bounced the band's advance check, but eventually left the band with no choice but to the album back from the label. This battle dragged on for years.

With their record tied up in litigation, they still pushed on. But there were still problems outside of their control. Liam and Me was scheduled to be the lone opening act for Boy George's huge U.S tour in 2008. Then a few weeks before the tour started, Boy George's visa was denied and the tour was canceled.

You can read all about their difficulties in the liner notes to the album. It's a sad story of success and failure, and the results of the choices that you make in life.
After our quick and promising rise and long protracted fall, morale was at an all time low. We were sick of struggling, sick of each other, sick of the record. We all drank a ton. Some smart and enthusiastic supporters tried to help us get back on our feet, but the disappointment and inertia was too hard to overcome. We owed tens of thousands of dollars to our family and friends. We put the record aside, and started to move on with our lives.
Jon left to go work for our former booking agency and move in with a lovely lady. Dan went to Memphis to get a Ph.D in philosophy. Matt began working in advertising as a copywriter and composer, and moved to New York. McKenzie followed shortly after to work at Sony Music. We all found some success and happiness in other pursuits. But we all miss the music, the experiences, and our friends and fans. And regardless of how things play out for all of us, we’ll always wonder what might have happened if we said yes instead of no, and did a few things differently. The lives we might have lived.
Lives We Might Have Lived is now available for free on their website, and for $9.99 on iTunes for those who want to help them repay some of the massive debt. It's a really slick production that reminds me of early The Killers meets The Cars with a touch of Bloc Party. It would have been huge if everything, or even anything fell into place.

Click through the jump for their 2009 music video for "Say It Out Loud" and details about tonight's reunion show in New York.

If you're in the New York area, you can see Liam and Me tonight at their reunion / record release show. 
NYC SHOW AT FONTANA'S, SATURDAY JUNE 23$8, 21+MATT, MCKENZIE, JON, LARKIN, the whole gang.Doors: 8pmLiam and Me plays promptly at 10:45pm
Location:105 Eldridge St.New York, NY 10002Phone: 212-334-6740


  1. Hey J. Someone just forwarded me this link. Thanks a lot for the note, and I hope all is well in your world.


    1. Good to hear from you Matt! Hope all is well, and hope to catch up at some point in our futures.