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August 9th 2015 

Location - Sorry House - Gorham, ME 

So, it’s been a week since I went down to Philly to meet with the guys. Literally a 72 hour whirlwind of a trip. Made the 411 mile drive from my house in Maine to my mom’s house in Allentown, PA on Thursday night in just under 8 hrs. It’s the first time I’ve made the trip without the wife and kids in tow so I was able to listen to whatever I wanted as loud as I wanted. Almost blew the speakers listening to Crowbar, Black Flag, and Torche then finished the drive with Drive By Truckers and Sinatra. I always get the urge to listen to Sinatra when passing through N.Y.C. at night. Funny that.  

Anyway, Friday We got started straight away tightening up all the material we had worked on back in April. One flaw in living some 400 odd miles away from your close friends and band mates is how quick the time passes between sessions. We picked up right where we left off however, and played til we physically and legally could not play anymore.  

Saturday, we mic’d the room and just started pre-production. We recorded the skeletal rhythm tracks of the first 6 songs. Our good buddy Richie Riot showed up while we were recording the final tracks and filmed us.  

So, to give you just a taste of some of the material you can expect on the record we are going to give you guys that Video. It’s for a song called ReWired.  

By the time we recorded this my voice was shot and I was only singing enough for cues. It’s raw and unpolished and I love that. It will show you the progression from skeleton to finished and all the steps in between.  

Next week I’m headed back down to work on more songs and lay some vocal tracks. Expect to hear some more new shit. Onwards and Upwards ya’ll. 

Scotty X


July 19th 2015 

Date: July 19th                 
Location - Sorry House - Gorham, Me    

So I’ve been getting a lot of people asking me what the record sounds like and what it’s about. I figured since I’m sitting here editing lyrics I’d take a few minutes to fill you in.. 

So let’s see..where to begin.. 

I’m a fucking mainiac. It’s my nature. If there was ever some kind of shit going down I’d usually find myself knee deep in it ...if not the cause. I don’t have “SORRY” tattooed across the front of my throat for being a sensible and level headed dude. Once upon a time having that disposition worked well for me. Living in a van, touring around god knows where, sleeping on the top of poorly stacked equipment, playing for dinner money, getting the dinner money and spending it on things that made you not want to eat or sleep anyway..that way of life suited me very well and I was really good at it. Even when I had got to the point where I didn’t have to slum it anymore and traded the van for a bus..I was a glorious fuck up. It’s what I knew, it’s what I wrote about, it’s what came natural. The seedy side of life. I loved it. 

Then all of the sudden everything changed. I’d been living in England basically estranged from my family when my wife (then ex-girlfriend) sent me an email letting me know that my son was in the process of getting diagnosed with Autism. Reading that email changed something in me instantly. It was like I’d been living in a fog and that fog immediately blew away. I closed down the computer, got on the phone with the guys in both bands (The Wildhearts and The Sinatras), and quit. I quit everything.  

I got on the phone with my father who was pretty much the only person in my family who hadn’t written me off and arranged to stay with him in Cleveland to dry out. Less than a week later I’d left England and music all together and headed back to the states to sort my shit out. I flew to Cleveland and stayed with Poppa Sorry for about a month. My old man has this saying..”Been there. Done that.” and he really has. We basically spent a month telling stories and getting to know each other again. I also spent that entire month reconnecting with my wife and kid. I was fueled by the conversations with my dad to get home and make things right. I’m from a pretty broken home and didn’t know my real dad til I was about 15. I’d started seeing how growing up that way had helped shape who I was and how i was repeating the same circle of mistakes with my own family. So, after the shakes stopped, I got back on a plane and headed up to New Hampshire to reunite with my wife and kid and do the right thing for once.  

That was six years ago and these have been the best six years of my life. That being said, it’s still a struggle. It’s not like you wake up a Saint one day. I’m still nuts. Now I just have no room for error. I still have demons I have to face, I still have this bastard depression that likes to rear it’s bastard head ever so often..  Only now I can’t just skip town and take a handful of drugs to deal with it. I’ve got to be a role model for the two little boys that wake me up every morning asking for cereal. THAT’S what the record is about. Those struggles. Keeping your shit together..and how fucking hard it can be. Also, missing the family I had on the road. I miss the shit out of those guys. The Wildhearts and The Sinatras are my brothers and I miss them dearly..but sometimes life takes you one way when it takes others another. 

So now I’m going to get back to finishing these lyrics. I’ve got a lot of work to do. In two weeks I head to Phily to meet up with the band. I’m going to be giving you daily updates and videos from the trip. I can’t wait to get back home for a couple nights. I never thought I’d miss my hometown this much, but I guess I never thought a lot of things.  

Take care ya’ll.  
Onward and Upward. 

Scotty X

June 4th 2015 

June 4th         
Location - Sorry House - Gorham, ME 

As you may have noticed things have been pretty quiet around here for the last couple months and I just wanted to write a blog to fill you in on a couple things.  

First of all, the songs are actually coming along better than we imagined. They sound huge. Even bigger than they did in my head. Roger and Larry are proving to be an amazing team to write with. When we’ve been able to get together it’s pretty electric and it’s definitely showing in the progression of the music.  

Unfortunately, I’ve had a couple family related issues and setbacks that have made it hard for me to meet with the guys as much as we had originally anticipated. These things were completely unforeseen and demanded immediate attention. That being said, we seem to be coming through it now and the guys and I are planning the final stages of pre-production before we pack up and head into the studio.  

We are going to be releasing a couple rough demos to give you guys a taste of what we’ve been up to along with more in depth videos and conversations with the band. The next sessions will be back in the old stomping grounds of Philadelphia. I’m really excited to head home for this one. One thing about Phily is you never know who’s gonna show up or what you’re going to get into, but I can guarantee you guys will be in on all of it… well… most of it.. 

I really want to thank you all for being part of this. It means the world to the band and I and inspires us to make this record the best it can be.  

Now, with all that said, I’m off to clean a house that my boys have destroyed. It’s payback. It really fucking is. Every Time I had smashed up a hotel room with Dunc, or been banned from a car park..for actually trashing the car park..also with Dunc..All those things have come back full circle and kicked me in the ass. No one can trash a room like my kids. No one. But more on that later… 

Thank you all again and I look forward to talking to you soon.. 

Onwards and Upwards.  

Scotty X