backyard heroes

Have you told Jeff Grosso that you love him lately? What are you waiting for? It’s a good habit to get into, telling our friends we love them. 

Jeffrey Blaine, we love you, buddy. You’re killing it! Burn Boise to the ground! 

Speaking of love, catch up on all of Grosso’s Love Letters to Skateboarding on our YouTube page.

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A song for all you beautiful women!

What up Neighbors! Here is our new home made vid for “SHE FEELS LIKE HOME!” We had a blast shooting this and I hope you enjoy watching it. We shot this on the last day of summer riding boats, fishing, boozing, camp fire sing-a-longs with our ladies the “she feels like home” girls. Please share, repost if you dig it. Hopefully you’ll get excited for summer which is now right around the corner. Much more music and videos coming out in 2012.

your neighbor,

Kidd Russell 

Itunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/backyard-heroes/id360542665

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Hello everyone! Today’s post actually is not about Backyard Heroes. A number of years back, I had another art project. It was music as well as a film. I called it Ode To An Adventure. It all started with my senior project in high school. I set out to record a concept album of my experience with cancer. However, during my senior year I wasn’t even one year off of treatment at that point. So due to growing personal struggles with the subject, it was shortened to an EP. 

Ode became a concept EP that chronicles the mindset of a teenage boy as he’s faced with the possibility and eventual diagnosis of leukemia. 

10 years ago today, marks the start of what you could say was the most infamous four days of my life. Today would be my first night in the hospital, which you’ll here me sing about in Answers, then finally, May 14th will be the official day of my diagnosis. I listened to the EP last night for the first time in a long time, and as you can imagine, I was overcome with a crazy amount of emotions. As tough as it is for me to listen to the stories told in these songs, I also can’t help but know that I am who I am because of this whole experience, this twisted gift. I wouldn’t change a thing. 

So to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of my diagnosis, I thought it’d be special to share the story that started it all. 

This is my story. If you’d like to learn more about each song, I wrote descriptions for each one that you can see by clicking the title of each song on this page:

http://soundcloud.com/tmathews

I used this as a chance to share “liner notes” about each song. Thank you to my cousins Dan and Bob, and my brother Greg for making this project with me. Thank you to all my friends and family who supported me through everything. Thank you all for listening. It’s been a crazy decade, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

-Tim Mathews

PS - As you can hear in the newest of Backyard Heroes songs and if you come see us live, I like to think I’ve grown a lot more as a vocalist. I was 18 when I recorded this EP and hadn’t “found my voice” just yet. Regardless, I’m still so proud of what we accomplished and how it came out. Thanks again!

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The other day Bobby realized and reminded me that we’ve been a band now for about a year. We started writing last march just here and there. Then we finished a song called It’s Time and recorded it’s first demo with our friend in NYC in April. That’s how Backyard Heroes started. We’d been best friends for a lifetime and had written music separately, then finally started to try writing together. It’s pretty awesome to see all we’ve accomplished and gotten to do in this past year and we look forward to doing so much more in the future. So today, I post our song It’s Time. This isn’t the original NYC demo however, this is the version you can find on our demo EP that we sell at shows. Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for sticking with us!

-Tim and Bobby

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Backyard Heroes recently had an awesome weekend. Worked on some new songs, met with the amazing organization Stupid Cancer. Really looking forward to working with them. More on that later. For now, we bring you the first of videos released from our show at 10th Street Live this past weekend. 

Here you not only see Backyard Heroes perform It’s Time, a song they recorded the first version of we think exactly a year ago that day, but you also get to witness two very white dudes in skinny jeans cover Party Rock by LMFAO. We’re just that awesome. 

Enjoy!

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Backyard Heroes performing Beat Me Black and Blue at 10th Street Live’s Open Mic Night!

My brother got married in September of 2012. For my best man speech, I wrote a song. Bobby and I sent drafts and demos back and forth, rehearsed it together for the first time in secret in the parking lot outside the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding (we are so stealth). While waiting in line for the bridal party to be announced, I was told we were doing the speeches immediately following that. This presented a problem as the guitar was in the car… so I simply said, oh my “speech” is in the car. My brother Greg and his wife Steph responded with “Are you kidding me?? (knowing this was typical Tim to forget something like this) Go get it, we’re right here (there was a glass door that led straight to the parking lot)”. That would’ve been fine if not for the fact that I wasn’t really getting a speech, I was getting the guitar. I obviously couldn’t do that because they’d see the guitar and the surprise would be ruined. So I just continued to be my difficult self and asked the DJ how much time I had after we were announced, he said seven minutes. I was like, “Okay it’ll be fiiine, I got this.” Not left with much choice, everyone had to accept my ridiculousness, no matter how much sense I didn’t make, because it was time to move along with the reception. I quickly texted Bobby and told him that when I got in after being announced I’d signal him and we had to bolt to get the guitar. We did just that, after the little dance routine, Bobby and I sprinted out the side door, and ran around the entirrreeee building to get to the guitar. We made it back inside and had Bobby hide near the door unnoticed with the guitar (seriously… we are so stealth). I went up shortly after to start my speech, signaled Bobby again as he walked up holding a guitar, from there, we premiered our surprise, my best man speech in song, September Wedding

We’ve been sitting on this recording since November 2012 when we recorded it at the First Baptist Church of Westfield, NJ. We’re happy to release this recording now that Greg and Steph have officially heard it and know it exists. Hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.

We love you Greg and Steph, and with true love and care, here’s to the two of you…

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Hey everyone, yeah Bobby usually handles the blogs, but I’m still awake and decided to send one out.

First off, we sadly have to announce the cancellation of our first Delaware show. All is well, just ran into some scheduling conflicts we weren’t able to dodge. If you were planning on going though, go out and support the other artists. We’ve never met them, but they sounded rad and it’s a free show! Hopefully we’ll schedule another show soon.

Having said that, we still have our show on April 7th at 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, NJ. So very excited for it. We love the people at 10th Street Live very much. We stopped in for an open mic night once and are now gracing everyone with a full set. So come on out and have fun with us.

Let’s see… anything else? I think there’s some news, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to announce yet or not sooo… yeah. What I can say is that we surpassed and broke down the walls of 1,000 votes towards a spot on Warped Tour. Thank you so much to everyone for your support, it means the world to us. We’re hoping to get on that acoustic stage for sure, but if we ended up at least meeting some rad new people and they enjoy our tunes as well… well then it was worth it.

So thank you again, and thank you for reading this rare edition to the blogosphere of Backyard Heroes. I now return you to your usual and very handsome, Bobby, for your future blog readings. I’ll pop in again sometime!

EAAAAGGGLLLLEEEEEEE!!!

-Tim